The Great Griffon, the non-profit under IRC (501(c)(3), and the award- winning filmmakers David Beck and Natalia Bougadellis, proudly announce the creation of Spring Street - The Webseries. $25,000 is needed to film the first 10 episodes of Season One. Each episode will be approximately 8-10 minutes in length and be released online January of 2017. Through quality craftsmanship and three dimensional characters, we are redefining the web series genre. But don't take our word for it...listen to Luis!
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If life were only as simple as a piano lesson...
Set in the grit of New York City, a private piano teacher's small life explodes with the arrival of his pregnant, heroin addicted sister and a mysterious new student with a duplicitous past.
Spring Street is an acrid tale of lapsed artists in the throes of addiction who trust too easily, love too quickly, and ultimately end up disillusioned, abandoned, or....
Could music have the power to heal these bedeviled souls?
How the Donations Will Be Used
The Great Griffon aims to create great works of art in the arenas of film, new media, and theatre, with a conscientious aim to break down gender and LGBTQ stereotypes and fully explore what it means to be a human being in the 21st century. The Great Griffon does not tell LGBTQ stories; we tell human stories. www.thegreatgriffon.com
David Beck David wrote, co-produced, acted in, and composed the score to the short film "For Francis", which is now being used in public schools to teach acceptance and diversity. "For Francis" would not have been made without the support of people donating on Kickstarter. As an actor, David has appeared in many New York theaters, including 59e59, Symphony Space, SoHo Playhouse, LaMama, Cherry Lane, and Walkerspace; he has also appeared in regional theaters and national tours, playing everything from Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Brecht to new works by Albert Innaurato, Neil Koenigsberg, and Rajiv Joseph. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he graduated from Marymount Manhattan College’s acting program; he is the founder of The Great Griffon, a non-profit film and new media company aimed to breakdown gender and LGBTQ stereotypes. David is also a professional pianist and records audio books for the blind at the New York Public Library. www.davidGbeck.com
Natalia Bougadellis is a young Director and Cinematographer from Athens, Greece. She has studied Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently based in New York City, yet her directorial debut is “The Owls,” a short film shot in her hometown, Athens. Natalia is invested in queer film narratives and to the promotion of gender equality in film, and she has received several distinctions and awards for her work. She has served as one of the Co-directors of Fusion Film Festival, a festival that promotes women in film and is part of the Sundance Initiative for Women. Natalia has also worked on numerous short films as a Director of Photography in Dublin, Athens, Abu Dhabi, and New York. www.nataliabougadellis.com
Iorgo Papoutsas (Producer/Casting Director) is a Greek-Argentinian filmmaker and actor. His father nurtured his passion for the performing arts by being an assiduous audience member of theater and film from a very early age. He became a professional actor upon graduating from the National School of Dramatic Arts back in Argentina. He was awarded a full scholarship to The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. As an actor, producer, casting director, and assistant director, he has worked in numerous plays, films, TV shows, and web series in South America, the United States, and Europe, and has participated in various film festivals from which he has obtained recognition and awards in Europe and the USA. He will make his directorial film debut with the suspense/thriller Reverend. He feels thrilled and proud to be part of a such an integrating and multicultural project as Spring Street - The Webseries. www.imdb.com/name/nm5470708
David Beck wrote, co-produced, acted, and composed the score. Directed by Angelique Letizia and produced by Starr Films.
For more information on "For Francis" click here!
"The Owls" is Natalia Bougadellis' debut short film. It was independently produced and shot in Athens, Greece.
For more info on "The Owls" click here!
Risks and challenges
We are fully aware of the potential challenges that often arise in filmmaking, from weather to last minute technical issues to finding the right distribution. However, this is also an exciting time for independent filmmaking and, specifically, webseries. Rising to these challenges is important, as is the need for mainstream entertainment that features three dimensional LGBTQ characters, women, and people of all ethnic groups.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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