"If the Duplass Brothers and John Cassavetes had a baby that grew up watching Tarantino movies and then wrote a romantic drama."
A FILM BY JOSH HELMAN
KATE CAN’T SWIM is a film about two couples in their late twenties on the edge of adulthood. With Kate and Peter about to relocate to Seattle, and Em and Nick having to face the responsibilities they’ve always avoided, best friends Kate and Em must decide whether or not their past remains a memory, or becomes a part of their future. Over the course of a weekend away in a lakeside cabin, both couples find themselves tested when the girls’ dormant feelings begin to resurface.
The story is a familiar one. We all have a memory that haunts us –– whether unresolved or unrealized, it can be hard to shake. But if you never close that door entirely, how do you move past it? This film explores the painful yet gratifying moments between best friends, lovers and ex-lovers, all hesitant to let go of the memories that entangle them, all needing to move on.
"Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still." - Whitney Otto
Our intention with Kate Can’t Swim was always to make an intimate and honest film, and with only four main actors and most of the film being set in one location, our costs are pretty minimal compared to a film with a dozen actors and locations. We're also doing most of the creative work ourselves, so we can ensure that we're creating a film that is doable on a tight budget.
We love Kickstarter because it involves YOU –– you become a part of making this film instead of just an audience member. And we think that's pretty cool.
Plus, we get to keep creative control, and will be able to put 100% of what we raise into making this film be the best it can be. Which means that we'll be able to maintain some serious artistic integrity.
Look –– we know what it takes to make this movie, we are confident in our team, and genuinely feel that Kate Can’t Swim is a film that'll speak to everyone in a unique way.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Every dollar (minus the 7% Kickstarter fee) will go directly to the Kate Can't Swim budget - i.e. Your money will go directly to the funding of this film. The piechart below shows a more detailed breakdown of our financial needs.
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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
JOSH HELMAN — Writer / Director / 'Nick' — IMDB
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Josh has lived and worked in the US since 2010. In Australia, he studied screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and directing as a part of the Young Directors Studio program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). However, since graduating from Brisbane’s Q.U.T. as an actor in 2006, Josh’s growing acting career has diverted him from directing. As an actor, Josh has worked on films such as Jack Reacher, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Animal Kingdom. His television credits include HBO’s WWII Miniseries The Pacific and the upcoming Flesh and Bone for Starz. In his career as an actor, Josh has had the good fortune of working with such respected directors as George Miller, Christopher McQuarrie, Bryan Singer, David Michôd, Tim Van Patten, and Alik Sakharov. He is the Co-Founder of Grand Street Films. This is his debut feature as director.
JENNIFER ALLCOTT — Producer / 'Em'
Born and raised in sunny California, Jennifer has lived in Brooklyn since 2013 where she works as an actress, producer, writer and musician. She received her BA in Theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has studied with Stella Adler Studios, UCB, Margie Haber and The Barrow Group. Although her career began in the theatre, she has since transitioned to the big (and small) screen, having worked on the television series Manhattan, as well as an array of indie films such as Caitlin Fitzgerald’s The Girl With the Jacket, Peyton Lea’s 8 Minutes, and Evan Jonigkeit's Highland. She has also made her presence known in the comedy world by writing, producing and acting in sketches for her and Josh Helman's comedic brainchild, How’s Your Father? –– which were featured on Funny or Die –– and has co-written and acted in several comedic videos for Buzzfeed Video. She is the Co-Founder of Grand Street Films, and also co-developed the story for Kate Can't Swim.
TOMMY AGRIODIMAS — Director of Photography
Tommy Agriodimas is a Greek-American photographer and cinematographer, born in New York. He studied fine art photography at Pratt Institute, and earned his BFA in 2004. After graduating, Agriodimas assisted a variety of renowned fashion photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Max Vadukul, and Marc Baptiste. In 2012 Agriodimas partnered with his long-time friend Julian Ungano to form the award-winning photography and filmmaking team Ungano + Agriodimas. Inspired by the history and evolution of Photography and Film, Agriodimas is a self-proclaimed photo-nerd with a unique passion for lighting and cinematography. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Nikki.
CELESTE ARIAS — 'Kate'
Celeste is a Portland, Oregon native and recent Yale MFA Acting graduate. She's thrilled to be working with Josh Helman & Tommy Agriodimas again after working with them on the film At Home with Mystic earlier this year. Favorite Yale credits include 'Perdita' in The Winter's Tale, 'Katya' in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep) and originating the roles of 'Grotilde' in THUNDERBODIES and 'Red Rosie Linda' in Look Up, Speak Nicely and Don't Twiddle Your Thumbs All The Time.
GRAYSON DEJESUS — 'Peter'
Grayson is a New York based actor, born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area of Northern California. He received an MFA from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego Graduate Acting program. Some of his favorite roles from The Old Globe include playing 'Algernon' in The Importance of Being Earnest and understudying and performing in the title role of 'Amadeus' on the main stage. His favorite food from San Diego was the taqueria El Zerape, whose shrimp tacos he misses dearly to this day. In 2012, he moved to New York and began performing in sketch comedy at the Magnet Theater. He spent a glorious year traveling the country riding puppet horses in the 1st National Tour of the Tony award winning play War Horse as 'Captain Charles Stewart.' He was recently seen as the brooding and passionate painter in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile where he had the honor of meeting Mr. Martin himself. He can be seen on ABC's Forever and in the upcoming short film Tasmania directed by Matt Sobel.
EVAN JONIGKEIT (of Rooster Films) — Executive Producer
Graduate of Temple University, he has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, Film and Television. Upcoming films as an actor include Fun House, with Tina Fey, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, The Lennon Report, with Steph Dawson, Richard Kind and David Zayas, Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins and Lilli Simmons. Upcoming Films as a producer include Mildred and the Dying Parlor, Starring Steve Buscemi, Jane Krakowski and Zosia Mamet, Upcoming Short Film Rooster, as well as a number of films in various stages of development.
SAMUEL R. SYROP — Producer
Most recently, Samuel worked alongside the prolific movie producer Ed Pressman as his Creative Associate at the Pressman Film Corporation in Los Angeles, where he dedicated himself towards the development of several major motion pictures. Samuel is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was raised in New York. He got his start by working in production at Dimension Films and post-production at The Weinstein Company. He then moved on to work at William Morris Endeavor and eventually for Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions. Samuel is versed in producing and directing music videos, promotional content, and short films, In addition to Kate Can't Swim, he is also producing another feature set to film later this year entitled The Eyes of My Mother.
TYLER PARKFORD — Composer
Tyler Parkford is a Los Angeles-based composer mostly known for comprising the weirder one-third of Mini Mansions and for fathering the now infamous avant garde lounge alter-ego, Mister Goodnite. Parkford, of Long Beach decent, uses a wide range of genetically modified genres, from classical fugues to 90's hiphop ballads to 70's defeatist psychadelia to jukebox soul, in the hopes of creating new breeds of exotic mating calls for undiscovered species. Classically trained as a child, Parkford mysteriously walked away from his chances to become a child prodigy pianist and instead chose a life of intriguing uncertainty in the hills of Santa Cruz. It was to be there where he would meet his first and only two lovers, film and music, to which he was forced to retreat into a deep void of collegiate dedication, studying his lover's every detail for years and years. When the time came, Parkford abandoned his books and headed to the great city of Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a mythical music tycoon, in which Mini Mansions and Mister Goodnite are sure to be only the first steps in this very strange adventure of his. Tyler Parkford currently resides in Atwater Village with his pet bunny Otis and is rumored to be the author of his own bios.
Risks and challenges
Making a film always comes with various risks and challenges, especially in independent film where money is tight; but we feel confident that we can tackle the various risks and challenges head on.
The central risk is not getting the film shot and finished, or going over budget. But the advantage of making a film on an ultra-low budget is that it forces you to work quickly and economically. So, we have done extensive planning: we are going to rehearse with the actors for two weeks before the shoot (which cuts down time on set substantially); we have detailed shot lists and scene outlines to ensure we get exactly what we need; we will have an editor assembling our footage on site (which is extra insurance against dropped shots or reshoots); and we are primarily shooting at one location - the cabin - so we won’t waste precious hours moving the entire company from set to set (and it’s less expensive, too).
Weather can also pose a threat to a film’s efficiency (sometimes, when you need a blue sky, you get a grey one instead). But as extra insurance, we have ‘wet weather cover’ - interior scenes that we can instantly move to if an exterior scene proves difficult to film.
In regards to incentives, some of them may be partially dependent on how our film is received at festivals. Some festivals prohibit the digital distribution of a film until after it has screened, so some of the digital downloads may have to be sent after certain screenings early in 2016. But if that’s the case - it’s a good sign! You’ll have a front row ticket to a festival film in your own living room.
And, as always, there is the risk of asteroids, plagues and dinosaurs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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