GGS is a thriller short film that explores issues such as government surveillance, food deserts, power dynamics, family loyalty, honesty and betrayal.
We are seeking funds to submit this project to Chicago area film festivals as well as film festivals nationally.
Preproduction for GGS began in early January, 2011 as a very simple visual image. The script was built around this image to include many concepts involving the cycle of civilizations throughout history, but as it relates to experience on an individual level, as well as the nature of power and authority, of loyalty and greed, and of nature as nurturer. Once the script and many of the storyboards were completed in mid February, a lot of test footage was shot to explore various themes that would need to occur in the final film.
After assembling a small, dedicated crew and a handpicked cast of incredible Chicago talent, production began in early April. An ambitious shoot schedule kept the filming extremely tight. Luckily the weather was on our side and principle photography wrapped two weeks later. GGS moved into postproduction.
Chris Emmons was shown some of the rough footage and got excited to work on the project as our music composer. Two anxious months of painstaking picture correction, and sound mixing along with Chris' music work and GGS was done.
There are brilliant, visceral performances by each actor. The inspiring crew put in many long hours to support this crazy idea. Many other people have also lent their support to this project in various ways. And now we need to make sure this film is shown to as large an audience as is possible!
Derek Ryan, Celeste Burns, John Gray, Jill Oliver, Bryn Packard, Ian Smith, Jennifer McLaughlin, Nicholas Reise, Jay Gabel, Ed Wolf, Sean Hudson, and Michael Padron.
Written, Directed and Produced by David A. Holcombe
Associate Producers: Nicholas Reise and Del Harvey
Original Score: Chris Emmons
Production Assistant: Ian Smith
Stencil Artist: Kati Kat
Extras Casting: Ladie K Mraz
Our story is told by the shadowy ancestor of a hunted race and is set in the midst of a totalitarian political regime that has dominated a small indigenous urban population. They use nutritionally devoid and highly processed food as a means of control and to keep the population pacified and lethargic. A small band of smugglers struggles to import fresh food: this is their rebellion and a way to hold on to their culture. Two brothers, Clem and Raj, run the operation and are at odds as to the viability of their work. Clem's wife is pregnant and he struggles with a dilemma: whether to continue and endanger his future family, or to assimilate into the regime and guarantee their safety. The Administration uses a sophisticated video surveillance system to locate the rebellion's base of operations. Their hideout is raided and Clem and his wife, Kat, are separated. A top lieutenant in the regime commits an act that is too atrocious, even for her. After which she has a change of allegiances and desperately seeks salvation. Meanwhile, Raj, through a series of seemingly supernatural occurrences, finds himself catapulted to a position of authority within the regime. Charged to hunt down his brother, he uses the love Clem has for his wife against him. Later, he finds that he is being used as a puppet to legitimize the regime in the minds of those being subverted. Both are eventually destroyed, not by the regime, but by their own weaknesses and failure to remain united.
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