“The Passersby” is a short film and part of a larger project called BATESIAN, the collaborative international filmmaking experience. In this fictional world of skill transfer and trade, one New York City businesswoman has no skills to offer--and loses herself in a plot to corrupt the skill transfer corporation that simultaneously employs and demeans her.
“The Passersby”, short film script by US screenwriter Andre Rios, focuses on the crushing scrutiny we place on ourselves and one another, exacerbated by a technology and trade that makes our abilities redeemable as commercial goods. Berta, a kind and timid woman employed by Globability. a major corporation in New York City, exists in a lonely cell of an office, unable to donate skills her own company deems unsellable. No one knows her name except her insecure boyfriend, Paul, an artist dependent on Berta for affirmation, absorbing her compliments while feeding her none. When Berta reaches her breaking point, unable to tolerate her own mediocrity and invisibility, she rebels against the comopany--interfering with its technology--severs her poisonous relationship with Paul and scares off her demeaning coworkers, eventually isolating herself completely and accepting her status as the “anti-skill”.
THE “BATESIAN” PROJECT:
Batesian, the colaborative filmmaking experience, is an international transmedia project currently in a purely filmmaking phase, in which writers, directors, actors, editors...everyone involved in the creative process...cooperate for the collective goal of building a communal, fictional universe: a believable world in which skills can be extracted from human donors, packaged and sold to consumers. What are the possibilities, risks, harms and catastrophes within this Batesian world? Various projects will play with the potential within this universe.
Our international crew is going to work for free on the entire project, but we would love to pay the related production expenses (including 2 EU-CAN flights, locations, catering for the crew, local travel costs and a little budget for the promotion of the released DVD and its distribution).
We are still aiming to do high-quality film with very little resources and 100% commitment.
While our headquarters is in Vienna, Austria, the aim of the Batesian project is to involve filmmakers, actors and writers from different countries around the world. Therefore, we partnered with Jules Saulnier, organizer of Kino00 in Montreal, to produce a short in his hometown. We would love to include talent local to Montreal as well as from other parts of the world. But to do so, we must first raise funds!
Joe Berger, director: AUSTRIA
Joe is an Austrian director, DOP and studied at the Vienna's film academy. While he has lots of experience working in the Austrian and German film industry, he is always curious to try out new things. As a director, he produced music videos and image films, as well as a children's TV show.
"I'm looking forward to working together with such an international team on the set of "The Passersby". It will surely be a challenge to build up the tension and suspense in this story that only plays in one room with one character. But if it all comes together I think the film will be well worth the effort and I can't wait to get started!"
Inka Malovic, actress - main female role
Inka Malovic is a professional, bilingual actress trained at 'The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute' in New York City, currently residing in Montréal.
Recent credits include; "La Policière" in Denis Côté's Vic et Flo on Vu un Ours, "Pulse" in feature film Redshift, and "La Voisine" in popular TV series Tout Sur Moi.
Her passion for acting also led her to discover Forum Theatre, which inspired her to work with organizations such as YouthCO: AIDS Society and Safeteen.
Inka is also a professional dancer, specializing in Cuban Rhythms. She has performed in numerous cities, either solo or for companies like Estilo Cubano, Drum Café, and Vision Diversité.
She is thrilled to join the Batesian team on The Passerby!
Philipp Kaindl, producer of the BATESIAN project: AUSTRIA
After having studied something completely different, Philipp co-founded kino5 and started making short films and documentaries in Vienna in 2004. Fresh ideas together with a good story and the emotions they trigger are what fascinates me in the films I watch. He also has a soft spot for the absurd and the slow – both can work wonders if the timing and the dosage are right. He loves to try out new things and to gain experience as he goes along, which is what the BATESIAN film project is all about…
Haruna Honcoopová, producer: CZECH REPUBLIC
Haruna immersed into the film making world when she worked at various film festivals in the Czech Republic. While travelling to many countries around the world, she started making her own documentary films. In 2011 she founded Kino Praha and organized the first international Kino Kabaret in Prague.
André Rios, scriptwriter: USA
André earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and theatre arts at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA. He is the author of the 2011 novel The Starfield Chandelier. He has worked as an informal screenwriting consultant and a script supervisor on the set of several films in the Austin area. In addition to his work with Batesian Universe, he is currently organizing multiple action art works and seeking production venues for two original plays.
Valentina Oresic, production coordinator: CROATIA/CANADA
Valentina Oresic earned BA in Film producing at Academy of Drama Art in Zagreb, Croatia. She is attended Sarajevo and Berlinale talent Campus. She was working with international crew on Sarajevo City of Film where she coproduced 4 short films which later made their mark in international film circuit. Currently based in Montreal, when not working on film projects, she bakes amazing cupcakes.
Tamara Scherbak, editor: GERMANY/CANADA
Tamara Scherbak is a Montreal-based director and editor for fiction, documentary and television projects. Her short films have won awards for best film and best director and have screened at numerous festivals in North America and Europe. Currently, she is editing a feature documentary titled 'Musically Medicated'. More info on her work at www.miksang.ca
Conny Presich, 2ND AD, continuity: AUSTRIA
Conny is taking a break from studying editing at Vienna film academy. She likes to draw a parallel between filmmaking and taking somebody on a trip - through imaginative worlds. For her year of travelling abroad, it's the perfect start to help making the BATESIAN world happen.
and the BATESIAN production team based in Vienna, AUSTRIA
Haruna Honcoopova, Philipp Kaindl and Joe Berger explain more about the whole BATESIAN project and the production of THE PASSERSBY in Montreal.
Presenting the overall project - BETASIAN consists of feature film and 6 shorts.
- (26 days)