Chrysalis is a film about two sociopaths who invade a home and terrorize a family. They film the events and upload them on the internet in order to catch the attention of the media and the world. Their obsession with fame, regardless of consequences, drives them over the edge.
The film deals with many issues in today's society such as mental health, the media, and the glorification of fame along with the easy access through the internet, to reach anyone on the planet. The two main characters decide that their time has come to live out their fantasies and show the world who they are.
Chrysalis is a low budget independent feature film being made with a budget of $9,000. This is Indie filmmaking at its finest with only five actors, a director, one location, and a skeleton crew. This is a passion project that we know will shock its audience while delivering a very strong message.
DIRECTOR: Alexia Oldini
PRODUCERS: Chris Riggi, Alexia Oldini, and John Faughnan
WRITERS: John Faughnan and Alexia Oldini
Chris Riggi ("Jacob" from Vampires Suck and "Scott" from Gossip Girl) will be playing the role of Jake. Chris just wrapped filming on "Police State" and is more than excited to start "Chrysalis". His recent credits include, "Wolf of Wallstreet", "Adult World"(with Emma Roberts), and "Lily and Kat."
Chris recently directed and starred in a short film entitled "Bazaaro." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uc2hSvGHOI
Chris is currently writing his first feature film screenplay entitled "Cake".
"I've been circling roles like this for a while now, and with this team behind it I knew it was the right choice. The script is flawless and I have never read a character like "Jake." The fact that I get to work with an actor like John, a director as talented as Alexia Oldini, and a budget of $9,000 is a dream come true. This is a passion project for all of us. "Chrysalis" will create a great following and will certainly gain the attention of the indie world."
Actor, writer, and producer John Faughnan, born in Queens New York, made his feature film writing debut with "To Redemption", which won the best screenplay award at the 2012 Boston Film Festival. John has appeared in various Independent films such as “Stealing Gods money”, "Path to Prologue", and "Pretty Broken Things". John co-wrote, alongside Alexia Oldini, as well as acted in "Division of Mind" which premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. John has also appeared in several off off broadway and smaller theater productions in New York.
"I'm more than excited to be working with Alexia Oldini and Chris Riggi again. I'm thrilled to see all the depth and truth Chris will bring to the character "Jake." Chris is a big time talent and is going to kill it in this role. Alexia is an actors director and she makes your work easier. She is truly a brilliant director."
Alexia Oldini was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Since her early childhood she developed interest for the Arts and studied classical guitar at the Conservatory of Music Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy. After studying classical music for thirteen years, Alexia started to develop interest for filmmaking and at a very young age, she decided to move to New York City. Within her one year of study at the film academy, Alexia directed and produced twelve short movies, some related to her course of studies and other on a independent level. Shortly after her graduation Alexia started to work as first assistant director and producer on numerous independent projects, still unsure of the path she wanted to take.
Two years after her course of study ended, Alexia decided to move forward as a Director. Collaborating with John Faughnan, Alexia co-wrote, produced, and directed her first professional short movie “Division of Mind” that in March 2011 premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Shortly after the premiere of her short movie “Division of Mind”, Alexia decided to put the project aside and started co-writing her feature debut “ To Redemption."
"To Redemption" won the best screenplay award at the 2012 Boston Film Festival.
Link to the trailer of our last film "To Redemption."
" I'm thrilled to be able to develop this project with John and Chris. Their chemistry as actors is something so special and unique that makes the magic happen on set. I know that their talent will be an explosive combination for the successful achievement of my vision. I love challenges, and "Chrysalis" definitely stands for a very controversial piece that I'm so looking forward to present to its audience."
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Risks and challenges
Completing any type of production is always a challenge. It takes full focus, commitment, knowledge, dedication, ambition, energy, and especially love. We have the experience, we have the passion, and we are fully driven to give you a great movie.
The two main actors face a difficult challenge in preparation for their roles. John and Chris have each decided they need to drop a substantial amount of weight to their already lean frames in order to honestly portray their characters. Both actors are going to extremes to get the results needed.
We already started working on preproduction aspects in order to get as prepared as possible for the time of the filming. Our challenge is to achieve a great movie: 9 days of filming and 9,000$. That's our magic number, that's our challenge.
The biggest challenge for us is the one of creating a solid following that will give "Chrysalis" a large audience. For us, all that matters is for the movie to be seen by as many people as possible. It's about a message, It's about changing the way Independent movies are made.
From a directing stand point the risk is all taken by the actors embarking on such a challenging journey.
Art is never objective, but we are committed to give you the best possible experience with "Chrysalis".
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