A group of college friends staring down their 30s examine how close – or how far – they are to achieving their goals, driving one of them to make an unconscionable decision.
There is a tendency to label our generation as entitled – not willing to put in the work to get where they want to go. Objects in the Rearview subverts that stereotype on all accounts. This film is written, directed, produced, and acted by people who all moved to L.A. with the same dream – to “make it” in Hollywood – and have been working for years to get there.
Likewise, the characters in the film have done their time. Some have found success, and others have tried a thousand different ways and come up short, but there is a work ethic among them no one can deny.
But this is not a mission statement on the state of 20-somethings in America. This film is, at its heart, a character study – about the kinds of choices we make in our darkest moments when we act purely on impulse.
We are taught that jealousy is a sin, but we are jealous creatures by nature. Someone else always has the nicer apartment, the sweeter boyfriend, the better life. And that jealousy always cuts a little deeper when that someone is your best friend.
This is simple, emotional storytelling about feelings we have all experienced, even if we don’t want to admit to feeling them. A story about a girl who can no longer see the silver lining – and the type of brutal, selfish behavior she exhibits that can destroy a friendship in an instant.
Jonathan Tucker, ANDREW
Tucker is a Boston-bred film and television actor, best known for his roles in films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostage, In the Valley of Elah, and The Ruins. He has also appeared on the small screen, most notably in the hit NBC drama The Black Donnellys, with appearances on Parenthood and Royal Pains as well. Check out Tucker's IMDb page.
Mekenna Melvin, ELISSA
A first degree black belt and professionally trained actress, California native Mekenna is best known for her role as Alex McHugh on NBC comedy Chuck. She has also appeared on television shows Lie to Me and Three Rivers, and recently co-created and starred in an independent feature film called Amber Lake. Check out Mekenna's IMDb page.
Kim Shaw, JANE
Originally from Canada, Kim grew up in Florida, and pursued a career in criminal psychology before discovering acting. Kim is best know for her role as Tina on MTV's "I Just Want My Pants Back." She's also graced the silver screen in such films as "She's Out of My League" and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" Check out Kim's IMDb page.
Lindsey Shaw, ALICE
Lindsey moved from Nebraska to L.A. to pursue acting, landing her first big role in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, starring in 55 episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series. She next appeared in the CW sitcom, Aliens in America, and most recently starred in ABC Family's 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty Little Liars. Check out Lindsey's IMDb page.
Dave Futernick, GEORGE
Dave, a Connecticut transplant, is taking the comedy world by storm, appearing in multiple episodes of the acclaimed CollegeHumor Originals TV series, as well as countless commercials and short films. Check out Dave's IMDb page.
Adam Bagger, Director
Adam graduated from Boston University with a film degree in 2005, and promptly moved to L.A. He cut his commercial teeth under directors Speck/Gordon, working with them on several campaigns, including Geico’s acclaimed Cavemen spots. He also worked for the legendary commercial director Joe Pytka, as well as on multiple Super Bowl campaigns. He did a stint in features as well, working from greenlight through release on the $70 million Will Ferrell comedy, Blades of Glory, before heading to Australia to assist another first-time director on The Ruins for DreamWorks. Adam currently produces full-time for Slim Pictures, a Venice-based commercial production company, while he continues honing his directing skills. Check out Adam's work.
Céline Geiger, Writer
Céline moved from New York to L.A. in the fall of 2005. She is currently a writer on the hit ABC Family drama The Lying Game. She has also written for the Syfy series Being Human, and developed projects for TV and web with HBO, Fremantle Media, Electus, and Momentum Entertainment. Previously, Céline served in various assistant roles on the TV series Being Human, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Beautiful Life: TBL, Miss Guided, and The Return of Jezebel James. She also spent two years working in TV and digital development at Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Media. Her first job in L.A. was at Creative Artists Agency, as an assistant in the TV literary department.
Mike Guaspari, Director of Photography
Mike was born and raised just outside of Boston. He too graduated from Boston University with a film degree, and moved to L.A. in 2005 to work for Panavision. Since then, he's been working in the camera department on hundreds of commercials, music videos, and short films.
Rachel Rockstroh, Production Designer
An Indiana transplant, Rachel is an accomplished designer who specializes in production design, art direction, and prop styling. She has had the privilege of working for select art directors from New York to L.A. for clients such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, Elle, HBO, Disney, GUESS, and Target. Check out Rachel’s work.
Jordan Kolasinski, Composer
Hailing from Dobbs Ferry, NY (the same town that birthed Mark Zuckerberg), Jordan is a multifaceted composer and interactive designer. He has produced music for dozens of artists, composed music for commercials, many musical internet shorts, and has toured the US as the rockstar DJ of a real faux German technopop band. Check out Jordan's work.
We want to get this film to as many viewers as possible, and we can’t do that without your help. Like we said in our pitch video up top, every donation goes towards something meaningful that will only help to make our film the best it can possibly be: equipment rentals, locations, props, food for our hardworking crew.
Since Kickstarter offers all-or-nothing funding, we've set the donations bar at $12,000, which is a conservative budget for this film. If we exceed our goal, rest assured that the extra funds will be put to good use, namely toward a 2nd camera body, better quality lenses, a larger lighting package, etc.
Once we secure a budget, we’ll move quickly through shooting and editing to get this film finished in time for entry into festivals like Sundance, South By Southwest, and Cannes. If you pledge some cash money, we might even see you on set!
Regardless of your donation, we are grateful for anything you can contribute. Every dollar makes a difference, and we are humbled by your willingness to consider helping fund our labor of love.
Music: "Ho Hey," by The Lumineers (licensed for festival use)
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