About this project
BIG MUDDY is a short, live-action dramatic film for Columbia University's graduate film school. Directed by Jeff Moneo (MFA 2012), and written and produced by Brian Paccione (MFA 2012), BIG MUDDY is currently in pre-production and will commence shooting in the Big Muddy Badlands of Southern Saskatchewan in late July 2010.
BIG MUDDY follows Andy, a teenage outlaw, forced into a life of crime by his nefarious mother Martha and her ne'er do well boyfriend Tommy. When a mysterious drifter, Donovan, shows up at the gang's hideaway to settle a score, Andy comes face to face with his long forgotten past.
The story for BIG MUDDY was inspired by the American Murder Ballad and films such as "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Badlands" and "Bonnie & Clyde". Having grown up in Saskatchewan, I was immediately struck with the atmosphere of Brian's screenplay. The Big Muddy Badlands are an ideal setting for a film such as ours because the region has historically served as a hideout for bandits and outlaws. Both Brian and I share a vision for this film which we hope will be both poetic and horrific.
The film will feature playwright, actor and all around renaissance man Kenneth Heaton (Yale University Drama Graduate) as DONOVAN, Saskatoon girl and rising star Tricia Braun (W Network's "The Smart Woman's Guide to Survival") as MARTHA, along with young New Jersey heartthrob John Brodsky playing the lead character of ANDY.
Our production is fortunate enough to have the majority of production expenses covered through donated equipment, locations, accommodations and in-kind services. The majority of funds raised from pledges will cover transportation and food for cast and crew. The remaining funds will cover the often over-expense associated with festival submissions.
With our production team's talent and extensive experience, we feel BIG MUDDY is set up for success. So... please take a look at our tasty rewards and consider making a donation. Every penny counts!
MFA Candidate, Columbia University
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