In her first few days in a new apartment, a woman discovers a mysterious black spot on her wall that won't go away.
THIS IS SHE is a short film that explores how the intimate experience of coping with loneliness, loss, and transition gives us an opportunity to know ourselves better.
The piece has no dialogue beyond a series of phone calls and voice mail messages between the woman and her unseen parents. The entire film takes place in one location, the woman's new bedroom, over a span of several weeks. These two choices - relative silence and a singular perspective on the woman's uprooted life - serve to emphasize the unique struggle to find balance and connection in an urban setting. Living alone in New York can feel like a constant oscillation between two vastly different environments - when you're home you're in silence, and when you are in the world you are surrounded by a cacophony of people and their sounds.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Tarik Karam - Director
Tarik Karam is a filmmaker based in New York City. For the past six years, he has worked side by side with director Stephen Daldry. He co-produced the Oscar nominated EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE while also serving as Second Unit Director. Previously, Tarik collaborated with Daldry on the Oscar nominated THE READER, serving as Second Unit Director and Associate Producer. Most recently, Tarik completed a short film entitled ZZZZZZZ, about two sleepwalkers in love, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and is set to play this year’s Austin Film Festival. Tarik graduated from the American Film Institute (AFI) with an MFA in Film Direction and is a proud member of the DGA.
Grace Rex - Writer/Actor
Grace Rex’s feature film credits include CONTAGION (dir. Steven Soderbergh) THE DILEMMA (dir. Ron Howard), THE COMEDY (dir. Rick Alverson), CASUAL ENCOUNTERS, SAY WHEN and the forthcoming films THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (dir. Ben Stiller), LIFE ITSELF (dir. Richard Locraine) and SONG ONE (dir. Kate Barker-Froyland, starring Anne Hathaway). She co-stars in the short films BART (Sundance Film Festival premiere) and Tarik Karam’s ZZZZZZ (Tribeca Film Festival premiere). Television: BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO), E.R. (NBC), UNDEREMPLOYED (MTV), STATE OF ROMANCE (dir. Peter Sollet, NBC pilot, series regular) and a recurring role as Martha Reed on THE GOOD WIFE (CBS). On stage she has worked regionally at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Denver Center, and A Red Orchid. She is the co-creator of the web series PREMATURE. Grace holds a BA in theatre from Ball State University and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
Dan Sharnoff – Director of Photography
Dan Sharnoff's recent feature length credits include the existential absurdist comedy TROUBLE DOLLS written, directed and starring Jennifer Prediger & Jess Weixler, Hal Hartley's latest project,MEANWHILE; the comedic drama *BOTTLED UP starring Oscar award winner Melissa Leo; SANITORIUM, a gritty psychological thriller Directed by Brant Sersen; award-winning films THE PROJECT, RUNNING FUNNY and the critically acclaimed drama, CHARLIE. Dan also photographed two seasons of the hit true crime TV series DEADLY SINS (ID). Other efforts can be seen on music videos, commercials, short films, documentary and web series.
Jiyeon Song - Art Director
Jiyeon Song is a Korean-born filmmaker based in New York City. She received an MFA in Film from School of Visual Art in 2012. She earned a BFA in Visual Design at Chung-Ang University in 2006. Her work includes producing, writing and directing, as well as production design. Her highly recognized film is THIRST by the most acclaimed Korean director, Chan-wook Park. Most recently, Her recent film BUBBLE GIRL has been screening in festival circuit 2013. She is a co-founder of Almost Always Corp. and The 6IX Studio.
Benjamin Fuqua – Producer
Benjamin Fuqua is a producer and writer based in New York City. Ben started his career working as an assistant at Tribeca Productions and Scott Rudin Productions. Outside of working for production companies, Ben has assisted a variety of above-the-line personnel on films such as: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut JACK GOES BOATING, I DONT KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT and Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE. Most recently, Ben produced the award-winning feature film, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, which premiered at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival and was the first feature film under his production company Bluff City Productions. Ben has two short films in post-production, a web series in pre-production; and is an Executive Producer on the upcoming feature film, THE BIG SPOON, starring: Alex Karpovsky, Agustin Silva and Mallory Culbert.
THE RIGHT FIT
Last year Grace Rex, the film's writer, acted in a short which Tarik Karam wrote and directed called ZZZZZZZ. It premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and will play at the upcoming Austin Film Festival. The film was also shot by director of photography Dan Sharnoff. Watch a preview:
We are currently in the heat of pre-production. The film requires a two day shoot in Mid-November in New York City. We've got a talented, bare-bones crew working on the project, so we're currently in the midst of finalizing location scouting for our bedroom space, scheduling, and meeting with our awesome art director to discuss design concepts for the "spot" in all its many forms.
We'll update you as this process continues!
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
Your money pays for the majority of the essential costs of production and post-production.
This is a passion project for the writer/actor, director, and producer, so while we’re willing to work for free, we’d like to have the funds to pay and feed the talented, professional crew we need. That'll cost us $3300.
Equipment is a major expense – the camera, lights, and sound kit. It adds up to just about $1500.
Location! Luckily, there’s just one. It'll cost us about $1550.
In post-production we'll hire an editor to splice it all together beautifully for approximately $1000.
We're offering some specially designed and handmade items, inspired by the film, to show our true thanks for your contribution. Most of them are creative projects unto themselves! Poems, postcards, film stills and tote bags are offerings, as well as some real doozies, such as your framed mug making it's way through New York City in your own personal, filmed movie montage. They're as fun to make as they are to give.
Grace's grandmother, Muriel, with NYPD.
Risks and challenges
We're making a movie! The whole thing is a risk! Luckily, this is a well-conceived story that allows us to take our time and put the money into good use. We all have a lot of experience, a unified vision, and a focused approach. There will by a myriad of challenges, but we're excited to face every single one of them. This is what we love to do. We look forward to updating you as we make progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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