Hi! My name is Catherine and I am making a film called Patricia Loves Joey. It's a film about coming to the realization that you can have more than what you've settled for.
The short summary is as follows: Patricia Loves Joey is a film that focuses on a woman named Jackie who has a short lived affair with Patricia while their husbands are distracted by their ping-pong tournament.
Patricia Loves Joey is a film that stems from a desire to to write something different than what I would typically write. When it came time to decide on my thesis project, I decided to pursue this script, because I wanted to show an age group that isn’t typically shown throughout student work; people ages 60+.
I wanted to tell a story about great needs that may go unnoticed forever, and I thought the only appropriate way was from a very mature couple. I needed the characters to feel that there was no other option than the relationship that they have put decades into; They needed to be stuck in a situation that their younger selves got into. This is why I decided to make a film about an age that I've never experienced.
The film itself focuses on Jackie, an older woman who has been neglected by her husband, Michael. The couple is on a Ping Pong Tournament vacation with Michael's teammate/best friend Joey and his wife, Patricia. After a fight between Joey and Patricia, Jackie is forced to share a room with Patricia. The two spend time together and end up rushing into an intimate relationship.
I feel that even though I am not old, nor am I in the position, it is at its core about feeling. Human feeling.It’s about the realization that things can change. It’s about being stuck without a way out, but also not knowing, or rather, not being aware of the problem you're in. Jackie is stuck without knowing it. Through this story, she gains the ability to see what she could have and goes for it.
The project goal is 1,500 which is the minimum needed to create this film, but we would really like to get 2,000+ which would help make shooting much more comfortable for everyone involved. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so we decided to go with a goal that was more obtainable.
Catherine McLaughlin (director)
Catherine is a South Jersey born and raised filmmaker living in Brooklyn. Her filmmaking style includes narrative, non-narrative, and nonfiction work. She has directed several of her own shorts, but focuses on editing. She is fully invested in making this film the best it can be and hopes you are too!
Esen Arikan (producer)
Esen Arikan is from Istanbul, Turkey and is currently a junior, studying film at Pratt Institute. Having a background in film production, her most prevalent area of expertise is producing and directing. After coming to college, she also discovered her passion for editing moving images. Driven by her interest in current social and environmental issues, Esen is passionate about bringing stories with meaning and representation to life. She likes to construct stories to which people can relate or learn new things from. She worked as an editor for multi-media filmmaker Maxi Cohen over the summer of 2018, and right now, she’s producing four student films, including her own. Esen is incredibly excited to help bring ‘Patricia Loves Joey’ to life, due to how this project shines a light on an often misrepresented group of people, and aims to validate the struggles they go through.
Marika Wolff (director of photography)
Marika Wolff is a female filmmaker and photographer. Born in London, Raised in Singapore, Living in Brooklyn. She is passionate about making films that engage with issues in society and culture. and is interested in working with large format photography as well as 16mm and 8mm film in experimental ways. She is very enthusiastic about collaborating with other female artists and filmmakers. She is currently working on a number of creative projects with fellow female artists in New York as well as continuing work towards her degree.
Shannon Stutenroth (assistant camera)
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Shannon is a filmmaker currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. She has a background in fictional narrative filmmaking as well as documentaries and experimental installation. Shannon focuses mainly on writing and tends to write based off of real life events.
Genevieve Mecklenborg (costumes and sound team)
Genevieve Mecklenborg is a Binghamton born artist living in Brooklyn, NY. While enrolled at Binghamton High School, she achieved much success in her drawing, painting, and film work, earning national accolades for her film Cancer as well as several awards for her work Kyung Soo. In 2015, she graduated with a diploma from the Rod Serling School of the Arts at Binghamton High School, as well as her high school regents diploma. She is currently enrolled at Pratt Institute, studying for her BFA in Film.
Kelley Grade (sound team/PA)
Hello! My name is Kelley and I’m a second year film major. I am from San Francisco and moved to Brooklyn for college. I miss my dog Athena and I enjoy listening to music very loudly.
Natalie Carvallo (gaffer)
Natalie Carvallo is a bridge troll that has moved to Brooklyn from the fourth dimension to get her BFA in film at Pratt Institute. Her interests include chop cheese and big tiddy goth girlfriends, and her dislikes include the patriarchy. She has a wide array of hobbies ranging from keg stands to hanging out with the bros. She also loves finding lost shoes on the side of the highway and carrying them around.
Risks and challenges
We are filming on location in Ocean City, New Jersey so transportation is going to be a big part of the budget. We need to get the actors and the crew to Ocean City as well as feed and lodge everyone during the production. The budget is currently set to include these.
The rewards offered will also not be able to go out until the spring, so it will be quite a wait, but I made sure to schedule time to focus on the backers of this project.
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