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"ALL YOU NEED FOR A MOVIE IS A GUN AND A GIRL" -- Jean-Luc Godard

WHAT IS A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT?

A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT is a love letter to a bygone era.  It was inspired by the hard-edged American crime dramas and action pictures that thrilled me as a kid growing up in Holland and made me want to become a filmmaker. 

Still from "King Kong Climbs the Statue of Liberty" by Tjardus Greidanus, age 12, Harderwijk, The Netherlands
Still from "King Kong Climbs the Statue of Liberty" by Tjardus Greidanus, age 12, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

See the entire film here, if you must:  https://vimeo.com/69568495

As an adult, I was influenced by a number of great filmmakers including director Michael Mann whose films I documented in "making of" pieces that appeared on TV and DVD.  http://www.tjardus.com/clips.html

Although I envisioned A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT as the mythic heroic journey of a young Brooklyn gang leader in the 1950s, I also wanted the audience to feel a sense of authenticity, that the story could have happened to real people.  The challenge was trying to make 1959 come alive, to be as vivid, as complex, as detailed as any moment tonight in 2013.  To achieve that, I imagined what that world would have felt like, looked like, even smelled like and tried to convey that to the actors. 

WHY DID WE MAKE IT?

Because we love movies!  And although all of us like a good studio blockbuster as much as the next guy, we also long for the kind of movies that combine action with complex characters and great storytelling.  You can still find those, mostly in black & white or French and totally worth seeing!   A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT pays tribute to those great films in color (and in English.)

If you want to see a few of the films that influenced the making of A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT, this is as good a list as any we've come across:

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/02/bestnoir200702

Another must-see favorite!
Another must-see favorite!

HERE'S WHY YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT:

Before a film can be released, even a fully finished one like A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT, there are delivery costs that all distributors require. Some of those hard costs are the creation of a Digital Cinema Package so we don't have to keep showing the film on Blu-ray (way compressed!), a separate music & effects track so foreign distributors can replace the English dialog in countries where it is expected, errors & omissions insurance (we kept everything above-board, but you gotta protect against worst case!), worldwide music licensing, closed captioning for viewers with hearing loss and promotional costs. Anything we raise in excess of our $50,400 goal will be used to promote the film.

HOW DID WE ACHIEVE SO MUCH ON SO LITTLE?

We reached out to the best people we could find in front of and behind the camera.  Our cast and crew was a mix of seasoned pros and talented younger people.  We asked nicely, sent folks the script and prayed!  We also limited our shoot to 22 days so no one had to turn down a more lucrative gig.  The generosity of our crew and the people of Pittsburgh, where we shot most of the film, cannot be overstated.  We also appreciate the support that has come from countless other cities including those in 19 foreign countries.  If anyone knows how an unreleased film acquired fans in Russia, Slovenia and Norway, please let us know!  

DP Michal Dabal plans shot with producer/stunt coordinator Hugh Aodh O'Brien & Rachel Brosnahan ("Tamara")
DP Michal Dabal plans shot with producer/stunt coordinator Hugh Aodh O'Brien & Rachel Brosnahan ("Tamara")
Escher Holloway ("Spider") and key grip Matthew Bulleri with "corpse" of videographer-turned-gangster Kris Veenis
Escher Holloway ("Spider") and key grip Matthew Bulleri with "corpse" of videographer-turned-gangster Kris Veenis

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILM:

A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT website home page & trailer: http://anewyorkheartbeatmovie.com/

Variety:  http://variety.com/2013/film/news/stony-brook-film-festival-sets-2013-slate-1200490958/

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/movies/cast-and-crew-of-a-new-york-heartbeat-love-filming-here-269620/

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:  http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/movies/s_776125.html#axzz2XorvJhTa

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:  http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/movies/s_706045.html#axzz26Ru0yrFL

Planetverge.com:  http://planetverge.com/2010/12/a-new-york-heartbeat-throws-back-to-classic-1950s-films/

MORE LINKS:  

Facebook page for A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-New-York-Heartbeat/149512451752968

Writer-director Tjardus Greidanus's personal website: http://www.tjardus.com/index.html

Producer/stunt coordinator Hugh Aodh O'Brien's personal website:   http://www.hughobrien.com/

Eric Roberts ("Casket Mike") official website:  http://www.ericrobertsactor.com/

Jack Donner ("Big Didi") official website:  http://www.jackdonner.com/

Rane Jameson ("Bobo") official website:      http://www.ranejameson.com/www._Rane_Jameson_.com/home.html

Barret Hackney ("Eddy") official website:  http://www.barrethackney.com/

Amadeo Fusca ("Ty") official website:  http://www.amadeofusca.com/www.amadeofusca.com/Home.html

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One thing that you as a backer don't have to worry about is whether the film will ever be finished. It's completely done. Your dollars will fund the delivery and promotional costs detailed above. But will it ever be released? Can't promise before it happens but we are proud to have Ronna Wallace, a highly respected producers representative with an impressive track record, on our team. As she noted when she agreed to rep us, 'I only take on films I think I can sell. But it helps a lot when I love them.' Thank you, Ronna!

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