About this project
Disappear Here is set in the parallel shadow worlds of Hollywood and high-stake national politics, where emotions and loyalty are mere commodities, and where privacy is an outmoded 20th century notion. This moody, stylish thriller asks who sets the price of a lie worth telling -- and who pays? Though staged in the present day, the ﬁlm will echo classical Hollywood ﬁlm noir of the 1940s, the color palettes of early 80s album covers, and the music from those albums. Disappear Here weaves a tale of blackmail, sexuality, and personal courage. Part murder mystery, part meditation, it is a moral tale for our time.
Marrying the high style of his Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (Official Selection, 2012 Seattle International, FRAMELINE, OUTFEST film festivals) with the gritty urban realism of ﬁlms such as Basil Dearden's 1961 classic Victim, director Matthew Mishory will work in saturated super 16mm, utilizing signature high-speed photography, low-key lighting, and long-duration takes to craft a highly original and tense thriller. Aﬁcionados of neo-synth artists M83, of classic ﬁlm noir, and of the recent ﬁlm Drive will ﬁnd themselves drawn to the project's signature style. Joshua Tree, 1951 cinematographer Michael Pessah will also be on board the project.
Disappear Here's Kickstarter campaign is designed to reach out to anyone who knows what it's like to lose yourself because you couldn't be yourself. The disconnection and suppression of one's true identity, in order to feed the beast of personal ambition or to fit into society's and our families' expectations, has resulted in countless suicides, lost human potential, and misery. This is true whether you live and work in Hollywood or Hoboken, Beverly Hills or Boise. By contributing to our Kickstarter campaign, you will not only be part of the solution to that problem, but you will become part of the film's extended family who care deeply about these issues.
We seek to raise $25,000.00 to fund development of the script, a trailer to help raise additional production funds, and administrative costs of launching the film. Donations at any level are welcome, but $50 donations and above entitle the donor to a terrific array of rewards ranging from autographed copies of the script, set visits, IMDB credits, a professional lunch with the executive producer of Sex, Lies, & Videotape, and much more. Help us get things started!
Now here's a bit about our creative team:
James Duke Mason, Actor and Producer
James Duke Mason is an actor, producer and LGBT advocate. He is the son of Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle and producer Morgan Mason, and the grandson of the late British actor James Mason. Since January, 2012, he has served on the Board of Directors of OUTFEST, the youngest member to be appointed in the organization's 30-year history. He has been selected for inclusion on various lists, including as part of The Advocate's "Forty Under 40", Out Magazine's "Out 100", and AfterElton.com's "Hot 100" (in 2011 and 2012). Disappear Here will introduce him in his first starring role. Mr. Mason’s production company, Trailblazer Motion Pictures, will produce this ﬁlm.
Matthew Mishory, Director and Co-Writer
Filmmaker Matthew Mishory's work has been shown at major film festivals and art galleries around the world (from London to New York to Reykjavik to São Paulo) and permanently installed at the British Film Institute's National Film Archive in London. Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (world premiere, 38th Seattle International Film Festival) is his feature film debut. The San Francisco Chronicle declared it “art -- sexy and mesmerizing!” And The Advocate pronounced it “Outfest 2012’s most ravishing film...a breathtaking look at a little-known period in the actor [James Dean]’s life." In 2009, Matthew directed Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman, a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of legendary painter, filmmaker, and activist Derek Jarman's awakening in 1950s England. Following two sold-out screenings at the British Film Institute in 2011, it was permanently installed in the BFI's National Film Archive in the special collection Beautiful Things. Matthew previously studied Film Theory and Screenwriting at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.), and was awarded a (J.D.) Juris Doctor degree in law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He has contributed to a number of film and culture publications and served on the jury of the South East European Film Festival.
Morgan Mason, Executive Producer
Morgan Mason is a producer, actor and politician. The son of the late British actor James Mason, he started out acting in ﬁlms such as The Sandpiper (1965), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In his mid-20s, he served as Deputy U.S. Chief of Protocol and Special Assistant to the President under Ronald Reagan. He was the executive producer of Sex, Lies & Videotape, which won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989 and launched the modern independent ﬁlm genre. He then became the head of the Independent Film Division at the William Morris Agency, and later served as CEO of London Films.
Robert Zimmer, Jr., Co-Writer and Executive Producer
Robert Zimmer, Jr., began his career as a creative executive for legendary producer Aaron Spelling, where Zimmer worked on a number of Spelling's hit TV series and ﬁlms including The Usual Suspects, "Beverly Hills 90210", "Melrose Place", and "7th Heaven". As a television writer, he staffed for "Star Trek: Voyager", Spelling's "Sunset Beach", and ABC's "Port Charles", and was nominated for a WGA Award. His produced feature ﬁlms include Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, Half-Life (an ofﬁcial selection at the 2008 Sundance, SXSW, and GenArt Film Festivals), and Thank You, Good Night, starring Sally Kirkland and Mark Hamill. Zimmer also served as consulting producer on Matthew Mishory's award-winning short ﬁlm Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman (ofﬁcial selection, 2011 BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). Zimmer also has produced and directed a number of award-winning commercials, including ads for Match.com. Active in politics, Zimmer worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and served as Communications Director for NotBush.com.
Randall Walk, Producer
Randall Walk most recently produced the feature ﬁlm Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, directed by Matthew Mishory. Prior to that, he produced (with Jennifer Leigh Howe) the short ﬁlm Jumbo Girl, shot by two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan) and starring Whitney Dylan (Sharon Tate in Helter Skelter) and James Denton ("Desperate Housewives"). It premiered at LA Shorts Fest at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, and Randall was nominated for an IndieProducer Award. Since studying ﬁlm at Columbia College in Chicago, where he frequently collaborated with D.P. Mauro Fiore (Avatar), Randall has worked in numerous capacities behind the scenes as producer, director, and production designer. He served as the storyboard artist for Janusz Kaminski's directorial debut, Lost Souls, starring Wynona Ryder and Ben Chaplin.
Michael Marius Pessah, Cinematographer
Michael Marius Pessah was born in Cambridge and raised in New York. He earned a B.A. in Humanities at Hampshire College, where he was the recipient of a Kodak Cinematography Scholarship award. He received his M.F.A. in cinematography at the American Film Institute, where he currently teaches. In 2007, Michael was the recipient of an LA Weekly Theater Award for his multimedia projections for the play Iphigenia. In 2008, he photographed the documentary Viva La Causa, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. His narrative work has been broadcast on HBO, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and the BBC, and has screened in theaters nationally as well as at the Cannes, Tribeca, and Palm Springs film festivals. His documentary work has been broadcast on the USA Network, Current TV, and Canal+. He was named one of the OUTFEST 2012 "Five In Focus" next wave of exciting new talent behind the camera for his work on Joshua Tree, 1951. Disappear Here will mark his fourth collaboration with Matthew Mishory.
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