Set against the murky Atlantic, Brighton tells the story of a young mother, Annette and her college bound daughter, Jules. The two are immeasurably close, but their impending separation leads Annette to bring a new man into their lives, complicating the fragile bond the two women have.
The film is set in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. While Coney Island and Brighton's heydays have long passed, it's still a fascinating intersection of New York. This film is as much about its sun drenched characters living in the periphery as it is about Annette & Jules. Brighton is nothing without the old Russian man in his fluorescent green speedo and the exhausted mother of three sleeping under her umbrella.
A bookish recluse just shy of 18, Jules would rather hide away in the darkest corner of the apartment than go to the beach with her mother. But seeing as she'll be leaving at the end of the summer, she agrees to go. She's more nervous about losing Annette's companionship (and cooking) than she lets on.
Bold and vivacious, Annette needs to be constantly moving, shifting, changing. This is especially true now that her only daughter is going off to college. Jules' departure forces Annette to consider her own wants and needs, something she's been yearning for since becoming a mother at 18. But while the idea of this independence is thrilling, it's also terrifying; Annette has never lived on her own.
Confident and over-familiar, Frank seeks to make the best impression when he meets Jules. He's been assured by Annette that Jules is eager to meet him, when in reality, Jules doesn't know that he's dating Annette.
Please check out the inspiration board for the film here! https://www.pinterest.com/ahannamcleer/motherdaughter/
Also check out my instagram page for behind the scenes footage and stills: https://www.instagram.com/amanda_jenohn/
While I am self-funding 75% of the film, I need some assistance covering the following!
- Equipment Rentals- Grip & camera accessories, equipment insurance, memory cards and hard drives.
- Festival Submissions - $20-$60 per festival
- Crafty - A hydrated, well fed, and sunscreen drenched cast & crew is a happy cast & crew!
- SAG-AFTRA Union Wages - While I am able to cover 60% of the actors wages, the union requires minimum salaries that were above the projected costs.
I am fortunate enough to work with a crew that is providing their own equipment and to be working with a generous post house that is finishing the film free of charge. This has lowered the cost of making the film significantly. Launching a Kickstarter was considered with the utmost frugality. The crowdfunding goal is supplementary but essential to making Brighton a reality!
Amanda Hanna-McLeer. BFA in Film | Animation | Video. RISD Class of 2015
Risks and challenges
Shooting on the beach presents some specific challenges. We'll have to anticipate the weather and protect our equipment from sand and water. But your contributions will help us purchase protective gear that will ensure the safety of the equipment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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