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DAVID'S REVERIE tells the story of an up-and-coming jazz musician whose dream of leading his jazz quintet to a broader audience is halted when he is diagnosed with epilepsy.
With each seizure, David is transported to a fantasy world where he hears music like he's never heard before. David fights to reconcile managing this disorder while fighting to play the music inside him.
I was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child and experienced uncontrollable seizures as a teenager.
I've always wanted to tell a story about a character dealing with this disorder while pursuing his passion.
DAVID'S REVERIE is my graduate thesis film at USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Thanks to a dedicated group of talented cast and crew, DAVID'S REVERIE is near the finish line. We shot the movie, it's edited and now we need one final push to make the film a completed reality.
Filmmaking is a collaborative art form that requires a crew of individuals working together in service of one vision. We have been blessed with talented creatives that have gotten us to this point. We now need additional funds to finish the movie.
Funds raised on Kickstarter will go toward the expenses:
- Sound Design
- Color Correction
- HD Finishing
- DVD Creation
- Film Festival Submissions
- Getting The Film Into The World
We are humbly asking for your help to bring DAVID'S REVERIE to the finish line.
We are so close due to the support and generosity of working professionals, friends, family and organizations that offered their talent and resources to the project.
Financially, we've used a mixture of grants, donations and student loans to support the project. We are turning to kickstarter to get us to the final stage.
Kickstarter is an ALL-OR-NOTHING proposition. If we don't raise 100% of our $5,000 goal by the deadline, we don't get any money. We need your support to help us finish DAVID'S REVERIE.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects over 2 Million Americans and 65 Million Individuals worldwide.
It is our hope that this film will be a tool to begin talking more about this disorder and the individuals who live with this condition.
For your generous contribution, you will receive various rewards as a treat for your faith and support of DAVID'S REVERIE.
We appreciate any amount you can donate to our project. Every little bit helps.
Some of the rewards we are excited about are below:
DAVID'S REVERIE is about a jazz musician and the music in the film connects us to David's journey.
Before we shot a single frame, our composer, Andrae Alexander, created 4 original songs that are used throughout the film to heighten the journey that David experiences.
Here's an example of how the music in the our film sounds:
Neil Creque Williams (Writer/Director) // Twitter: @Creque
Neil Creque Williams has directed original content for 20th Century Fox, USC Athletics and Duke University. A short film he directed, Super Size Me and Copyright Law, was a finalist in the international Duke Law/Full Frame Documentary Festival’s Moving Image Contest. A documentary he directed on Durham’s Black Wall Street, The Silver Rights Movement, screened at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and received a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant, The John Hope Franklin Award and the Edward H. Benenson Art Award. Neil serves on the board of Working Films, a non-profit organization that links non-fiction film with cutting-edge activism.
While at USC Film School, a documentary he edited, Polar Opposites, on pole dancing and feminism, was screened on the Documentary Channel.
His most recent project, Red, (http://www.facebook.com/msredfilm), is a short narrative film currently on the international film festival circuit and has received various awards, most recently nominated for Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival.
David’s Reverie is his MFA Thesis Film.
Channing Godfrey Peoples (Producer)
Channing Godfrey Peoples is a graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Originally from Texas, she spent her childhood in community theater and has been storytelling ever since. She has experience directing, writing and producing both narrative and documentary projects. Her films often focus on the resilience of the human spirit. While at USC, she was awarded funding to direct a documentary, Carry Me Home, about the celebratory aspects of African-American Funeral Traditions. Her narrative Thesis Film, Red, is a King Foundation/USC Finishing Award Recipient, Jury Award Winner for directing at the DGA Student Film Awards and winner of the Best Director Award at the Nevada International Film Festival. Channing wrote, directed and starred in the film. She has served as a Time Warner Artist-in-Residence at The Howard University Department of Radio, Television and Film; lecturing on screenwriting and directing. Channing believes in community involvement and focuses on mentoring children interested in the arts.
Erik Douglas (Producer)
Erik Douglas is a graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, MFA Film Production program. While at USC, he directed, edited and produced numerous student films, including David’s Reverie. Furthermore, he completed an internship with NBC-Universal and with Lighthearted Entertainment. Erik has over 7 years in news and media, which means he is no stranger to tight deadlines and long hours. Erik currently works for A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Delmar Washington (Producer)Delmar Washington, NAACP Image Award Nominee, was born in Philadelphia, PA. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. He began his career at Simmons Lathan Media Group where he produced Brave New Voices (HBO) and Russell Simmons Presents: Stand Up at the El Rey (Comedy Central). Currently he is a Producer for the Africa Channel, directing and producing a sports documentary series for AT&T U-verse (featuring Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alverez) and has directed and produced a six- part stand-up comedy series airing on Showtime Networks. He directed the upcoming film Chris's Briss and produced the feature film Sea Horse (to be released this year). Delmar has directed and produced Public Service Announcements for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Girls Scouts (LA chapter), the LA Sparks and Intel.
Nathaniel Krause (Cinematographer)Nathaniel Krause earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts where he was the 2011 recipient of the Edward Thomas Troutner Award and the Dana & Albert R. Broccoli Award. Having previously completed undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University in film, music, architecture and business he decided to focus his interdisciplinary interests on the art of collaborative storytelling by concentrating in directing and cinematography. Currently Krause’s work in both short and feature length formats can be seen in festivals throughout the world and include films such as Double or Nothing (Written by Neil LaBute, starring Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David; Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival), What to Bring to America (Official Selection: Austin Film Festival, Artivist Film Festival, Monaco Charity Film Festival), “Refuge” (Official Selection: Boston LGBT Film Fest), Buried, Snapshot Samba and the upcoming Sriracha doc. Driven to bolster emotionally compelling narratives with strong visual language, Krause ultimately strives to fully develop the personal stories of life’s unique characters.
Andrae Alexander (Composer) has performed with, opened shows or recorded for artist such as Musiq, Lily Tomlin, Common, Jill Scott, The Roots and many more. He has been musical director for seven plays and performed on “The Ellen Show”, “The Today Show”, “The Jay Leno Show” and “R&B Diva’s LA”. Andrae has recently written the unofficial theme song for the city of Detroit with Grammy Winner Allee Willis.
Crystal "Rovél" Torres (Trumpet) is a Latina- American singer/songwriter, producer & multi instrumentalist hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Crystal earned her degree in Jazz Performance from William Patterson University and has gone on to perform in over 60 countries with likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Lupe Fiasco, Roy Hargrove, and Clark Terry.
Crystal is currently preparing for the Beyoncé & Jay Z "On the Run" stadium tour while also finishing her debut singer songwriter album, set to be released in August under the name RØVÉL.
...And many more talented crew members
Successful short films serve as calling cards for future projects and in some cases can even attract support for feature films.
It is our hope that the DAVID'S REVERIE short can serve as a tool to ultimately create a feature film of this story. Please join us on our journey.
But first thing's first, let's finish this short film.
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Risks and challenges
Although we are close to the finish line, we are still receiving the bulk of our support from professionals who are providing their time and talents at deep discounts. This can sometimes lead to scheduling delays if they are offered more lucrative jobs.
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