*NO DONOR LEFT BEHIND...Donors of every dollar amount will get to see the final version of SIN MATADOR and invitation to our KICKSTARTER Party!*
Darren and Sylvie are a young couple who have recently relocated to New York City who are struggling to adjust to the challenges and demands of city life, and it is beginning to tear them apart. The two plan an overdue romantic dinner together to reconnect. After all, what’s the point of living the dream if you can’t enjoy it? Their seemingly simple plans are foiled when they become entangled in an illegal, underground bullfight in the basement of their Manhattan luxury apartment building.
MY BULL SHOOT
This film is both a tribute and memoir of my “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me” experiences when I first moved to New York City. While an underground bullfight is highly improbable, it falls just short of impossible - especially in New York City, where truth is undoubtedly stranger than fiction.
Let's say it wasn't the easiest transition moving from laid-back Seattle working with wooden boats to the insanity of New York City and a rigorous MFA program in filmmaking at Columbia University.
Sin Matador is my most ambitious and most personal project so far. It mixes a compelling personal story with an exciting, entertaining comedy.
Against a lot of odds, I sincerely believe that a meaningful indie short doesn’t have to be a sad or serious. Instead, I want Sin Matador to have people sitting on the edge of their seats, laughing out-loud and marveling at this amazing thing called "movie magic."
Unfortunately the magic doesn’t come easy or cheap!
WE CAN’T DO “THE BULL THING” WITHOUT YOU!
Your support and pledges will help us create a freshly modern, compelling, believable comedy. To bring our audiences (YOU!) the very best film, we still need to cover everything from feeding our hard-working cast and crew, to transportation and location costs, to insurance (its a trained steer, but it still has horns and weighs 1500 lbs...), to building a life-sized elevator, to “el toro” and his handlers.
Your support - every little bit - will enable us to put the crucial resources into this film to make it a believable and exciting movie we will be proud to put out into the world.
We have creatively found ways to chip away at our budget and have the generous support of Columbia faculty and peers, over 40 donors to date and the backing of various sponsors, including Fractured Atlas and Steiner Studios.
This project means so much to all of us and is truly a culmination of our city experiences and a real labor of love! We appreciate any support you can give to make our dream a reality.
If you are unable to support us financially, please spread the word, posting this page on Facebook, Tweet about it, email the link to friends and family, or anything else you can do to get the word out!
The Sin Matador Team
THE SIN MATADOR PRODUCTION TEAM
Writer/Director: Zach Carver
Zach Carver is an award winning writer/director who has made six short films including ONE THOUSAND CRANES, which played the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2010. His previous short film, SWEET VIRGINIA was featured at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Williamsburg International Film Festival and the Vesak International Film Festival in Sri Lanka. He also received the the Steiner Studios G&E development award in 2011. Zach, a west coast native from Seattle, is living in New York City and pursuing his MFA in Directing at Columbia University.
Sylvie: Sophie Sorensen
Sophie has been a part of SIN MATADOR for over a year, patiently waiting for production. She is a NYC-based actress and a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She continues to study with Michael Howard and is a Patsy Rodenburg devotee. Sophie was born in Cheltenham, England and moved to Stockholm, Sweden at the age of eight. She has played a wide range of roles, some of her favorites are Olga in THREE SISTERS and Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT, both under the direction of Eve Best (NURSE JACKIE, THE KING'S SPEECH, THE HOMECOMING). Before becoming an actor, she worked as a Registered Nurse, studied Shaman healing and worked for an NGO in Thailand. She is "thrilled to bits" to be playing the part of Sylvie!
Darren: Walker Hare
Our newest addition to the SIN MATADOR team! Walker Hare is an actor who has worked in Film, TV, Commercials and Theater. Walker, originally from San Diego, California, moved to New York City 7 years ago to train at Circle in the Square, UCB and with Kevin Spacey and Bill Irwin.
He currently lives in Sunborough Park...it's between Sunset Park and Borough Park and if you look it up on the map it doesn't really exist. His twitter name is walkmancometh. It's so good, even Chuck Norris follows him.
He is beyond excited to be a part of the Sin Matador team and even more excited that he survived Ko-Rely's insane biking during the shooting of the kickstarter video!
Producer: Ko-Rely Pi
Ko-Rely Pi is a writer/producer based in New York City. Her short film credits include: FOREVER IN HIATUS, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; LEA (Co-Producer); THE DARK(Co-Producer) which will all be featured in the 2012 Columbia University's 25th Anniversary Film Festival.
Many years ago, Ko-Rely worked at Mills James Productions in Columbus, Ohio as a Production Assistant and Coordinator on local and national commercial spots, corporate training videos and a television game show. She owns Mark Pi's Koko's and operates an innovative, healthy, Asian quick-service restaurant operating inside a prestigious children’s hospital. Ko-Rely is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University.
Co-Producer: Quinn Orear
Quinlan Orear is a screenwriter and producer originally from the cornfields of central Illinois. From a young age, Quinlan was attached to a video camera and made his first (slightly amateur) film when he was seven. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois for Theatre Studies with an emphasis in directing before relocating to New York to pursue his MFA in Film Production from Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Quinn has written, directed and produced several short films, notably: LITTLE DEATH (Producer, Out Twin Cities Film Festival '12) and FIVE YEARS (Co-Producer, CUFF '12). Recently, Quinlan's original TV pilot GRUNGEwas a Faculty's Honors winner of the 2012 Columbia University Screenplay Competition.
Cinematographer: John Wakayama Carey (JP)
John Wakayama Carey graduated cum laude from Oregon State University with a B.S. in new media communications and immediately moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. He spent a year interning at two prestigious development companies; Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn’s Michaels/Goldwyn on the Paramount Pictures lot, and also at Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company in their feature film and television department. In 2007, he associate produced “Ten Years Later”, an independent feature film shot in San Luis Obispo, CA and after returning to Los Angeles, produced commercials and viral online content while serving as a freelance producer to Consortium Films, a Santa Monica based Production Company. John established Wakayama Entertainment in 2006 with partners Cameron Carey and Adam Uyemura, as a label for his side projects, which specialize in short film and music video cinematography. He is currently attending Columbia University for his M.F.A. with a focus on Producing and Cinematography.
Editor: Kristen Nutile
Kristen Nutile is an award-winning editor and documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Kristen has directed and edited nine documentaries, which have shown all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. She is the recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking at the Dallas Video Festival and has received grants from the Jerome Foundation and NYSCA. Kristen collaborated with legendary filmmaker, Albert Maysles and producer, Tanja Meding on SALLY GROSS - THE PLEASURE OF STILLNESS, a documentary about critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Sally Gross and premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and had it’s US premier at the Full Frame Festival in 2008, and was broadcast on PBS.
Production Designer: Brett Banakis
Brett J. Banakis is a production designer for theater, opera, film and television based in Brooklyn, NY. Recent credits includeLECTERN(Columbia Thesis), STOKER (Fox Searchlight),TITUS ANDRONICUS(Public Theater). Along with director Rafael Gallegos and costume designer Sydney Maresca, Brett is a winner of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase of OPERA America for their production concept of Philip Glass’s HYDROGEN JUKEBOX. As an assistant designer, Brett has worked internationally and in the U.S. in opera, on Broadway and regionally, working with respected designers: Derek McLane, Christine Jones, Mark Wendland, Paul Steinberg, Andrew Lieberman, Neil Jampolis, John Iacovelli and many others. Notable credits, Broadway : BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, AMERICAN IDIOT, RAGTIME, ON A CLEAR DAY...andHOW TO SUCCEED..., Off-Broadway:RUINED(MTC), RENT(NWS), THE SHAGGS (NYTW). M.F.A., Design for Stage and Film, NYU.
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