An NYU Tisch Thesis Film by Director Peter Cron-Barshov, Patrick & James is a small family drama about moving past the emotional baggage of the previous generation. The story follows PATRICK, 17, who’s sent to live with cousin JAMES after his mom loses her job. The two teenage cousins haven’t seen each other in almost a decade, and so they stumble to find common ground, quickly growing to resent one another. However, when they each learn compromising secrets about the other’s family, they’re both forced to decide whether or not to succumb to the same dynamic that pervades their parents’ relationships and use the secrets against each other, or instead to move past it and start anew themselves. Are we doomed to repeat our parents’ mistakes? Or can we break free?
What is the money going to?
The money we raise is going to supplement the budget and help manage the cost of the production. The majority of the funds have already been raised, and the money we raise now will go to help with all the things that make a film come alive: production design, professional grade lenses, wardrobe, and most importantly, food and transportation for the cast &crew!
How are we doing it?
We’ll be shooting in and around Manhattan on the Red One – a professional grade digital camera that’s been used to shoot such movies as The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And because it’s digital, it will help keep down cost!
When is it being shot?
Soon! We’re shooting from April 11-18, so any help you can offer is greatly appreciated!
The people behind the film:
Peter Cron-Barshov – Writer/DirectorLucas Woods – Producer
Freddy Meyer – Director of Photography
WHY THIS FILM?
Essentially it’s the story of two teens, who after being thrust together and learning secrets about the other, have to reevaluate their views of the world as well as each other. It’s about the strength it takes to choose kindness over cruelty, the fortitude it requires to overcome our own angers and insecurities, and the courage it takes to not repeat the patterns that are laid out of us. It’s a small story, but ultimately isn’t it the small ones that often pack the biggest punch?
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