Sublet Support Song
This just in. A new song detailing Lev's true feelings and thoughts about this incredible journey.
Sublet is film about a young woman named Maya and Maya has dreams. Maya wants to eat. Maya wants a room of her own.
Maya's mother is addicted to heroin. Needles are scattered around the apartment they share. One day, Maya is offered an opportunity to transcend the needles. She takes it. And once she does, she refuses to let go.
Maya meets Philip, who is rich, and spends the night.
The following day, Maya wakes up alone in an unfamiliar penthouse. She begins casually inventorying its rooms and belongings. Her body wrapped in a sheet, she moves through the space, tasting its owner’s cigarettes and whiskey, browsing its medicine cabinet, draping herself in one of a hundred blazers hanging in its luxurious walk-in closet. She makes herself comfortable spending day after day in her new home, hoping that it will be hers forever.
Sublet is a new film about the consequences of fulfilling your dream.
My Name Is Lev
My name is Lev, I'm the writer and director of Sublet. If you don't know me I can now tell you a little about myself.
I've been working in the Toronto film scene for about five years. It's convenient cause I really like film and have been part of some cool ones.
I collaborate with two men named Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis. They directed two movies called Amy George and The Oxbow Cure. I composed the music for both and co-wrote and edited The Oxbow Cure.
Amy George played the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and was subsequently picked up for distribution by Mongrel Media.
Dan Sallitt writing at MUBI said this: "Driven by a wonderful lead performance by young Gabriel del Castillo Mullally, the film remains true to a specific social environment, and its events, however large in the mind of its protagonist, are no more than ripples on the surface of its undemonstrative observational style." I like that quote.
The Oxbow Cure premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival in 2013 and had a theatrical release at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
Jason Anderson writing at Cinema Scope said: "The Oxbow Cure could be this new generation's most radical gesture yet. Viewers who are unafraid to venture into cinema's darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here."
After that, the three of us co-directed a movie called Spice It Up. We've been working on it for a couple years. It's been a crazy process that's yielded, what I believe to be, a truly singular piece. Spice hasn't been released yet but it will soon see the light of day. If you wanna know more about it send me a text.
I’m excited to start a new phase of my career. Sublet will be the first film I write and direct solo, but I’m happy to be in the seasoned hands of a production team that’s been down this path many times before. And I’m honestly thankful for any support you choose to send our way.
Why So Low?
As you may have noticed, our goal of $6,000 is a pretty low amount for a feature film. Over the last five years we’ve developed an efficient, economical model for creating work that looks like it cost a lot more than it does. We’re good at spending money. We put all our money onto the screen, where you’ll see and hear it. We sneak, borrow, beg, persuade our way into or out of situations, but it’s all for the common good. We work with a core crew of dedicated crafts people who are capable, passionate and dedicated. We know the limits and possibilities of low-budget filmmaking.
$6,000 won’t cover the whole cost of the film, but it’ll come pretty close. Your money will go towards securing and furnishing our luxurious penthouse, renting equipment, feeding our cast and crew, bringing our lead actress Melanie up from New York and making her a Canadian for a month, and many other things that are typical of all productions but still so essential.
Meet the Team
Melanie Scheiner as Maya
Melanie is a French-American actor, writer, artist and culture enthusiast based in New York City, where she was born and raised. In 2013, she graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, made her feature film debut in Nathan Silver’s Soft in the Head, and has since appeared in numerous projects on stage and screen. In her spare time, Melanie can be found trying to flee to Paris. She is thrilled to be starring in Sublet.
Deragh Campbell as Emily
Deragh is a Toronto-based actor and filmmaker. She starred in Matthew Porterfield's I Used to be Darker (Sundance, Berlinale 2013), Dustin Defa's short Person to Person (Sundance, Berlinale 2014), Nathan Silver's Stinking Heaven (Rotterdam 2015) and upcoming shorts by Francesca Coppola and Zoe Koke, and features by Alexander Carson and Sofia Bohdanowicz. She has completed her first short film and is at work on a feature script with Alexandra Napier.
Claudia Dey as Meagan
Claudia starred in C&Y's The Oxbow Cure and played the mother in their debut, Amy George. Her plays have been translated, produced internationally, and nominated for the Governor General’s Award and The Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award. Her interview with Feist was anthologized in The Best of The Believer Music Interviews. She is co-designer of Horses Atelier, and lives in Toronto with her musician husband and sons. Sublet will be Claudia’s third film.
Written and Directed by Lev Lewis
Produced by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas
Cinematography by Nikolay Michaylov
Production Design by Michaela Kurimsky
Costume Design by Jacqueline Flaggiello
Sound by Jeremy Kane
What Can I Do to Help If I Can't Contribute Financially?
- One of the toughest elements of this production is securing our main location. The script calls for a luxurious, beautiful, unique penthouse and the story lives or dies on how this is pulled off. If you, or anyone you know, has connections to a location that fits the bill, get in touch! This would be a huge help. If you wanna know more specifics, contact a member of the team. If you secure us a location and it’s free, you'll earn an Executive Producer credit!
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Risks and challenges
As with all independent productions, it's never easy. Collectively, we have the skills to make $1,000 feel like $10,000, and with the majority of our cast and crew in place we're in a position to execute an original, perceptive and provocative little movie.
The money and support you send our way will form the backbone of the film and we can't thank you enough.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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