TO THE FLAME is a thriller/dark comedy. We will kneel at the altar of Lynch and Hitchcock BUT with grenades in hand.
We are blessed to already have two film giants lending their talents in cameos: the amazing Bob Balaban (producer/writer/actor/director on everything from Gosford Park to Moonrise Kingdom) and the great Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis!
We have been as thrifty, shrewd and inventive with our budgetary needs as possible (a loan of equipment here, some in-kind work there) but we still need some help to pay our cast and crew a living wage for all their hard work. Your generous contributions will go towards achieving this. The amazing thing about crowd funding is that my dream - which I have been working towards for three years - now becomes your dream as well and together we will make a truly BADASS film! Can't wait to share the journey with you.
The money raised will go directly toward:
Hiring experienced crew, cast, meals and lodging, and some camera, grip, lighting equipment - that we haven't already borrowed or begged.
If we go past our goal:
Post-production, editing, sound mixing, original score and film festival fees!
Our Team -
Alex Webb (Writer/Director/Producer)
Alex was a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award. Hove (The Wind) (www.hovethewind.com) (w/Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis) has been an official selection at the Montreal, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Boston, Palm Beach and Cleveland International Film Festivals. As an actor he has had the honor of working with Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, Olympia Dukakis and Melissa Leo among others. His first film, The Girl in 2C, received a silver medal at WorldFest - The Houston Int'l Film Festival and was also seen at the acclaimed Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France. His script, Welcome to L.A., was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cinequest screenplay competition. Alex’s new play, “Amelia”, was the first selection in Ken Davenport’s (Broadway producer on Speed the Plow and Oleanna) new reading series and has gone on to be produced around the country. (www.ameliatheplay.com)
Peter Olsen (Director of Photography)
Peter has served as director of photography on dozens of
films including documentaries, television series, shorts, national spots, and more than ten features.
His work has been featured on networks which include PBS, ABC, A&E, ESPN, HGTV, Showtime,
The Sundance Channel, STARZ, and in theatrical distribution.
His debut feature, KAATERSKILL FALLS (co-directed with Josh Apter), on which he
also served as director of photography, received the Critic’s Jury Prize for Best Feature at the
IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. (http://interstatefilms.squarespace.com/cinematographer/)
Shirleyann Kaladjian (Role of Barb)
Shirleyann's film and TV appearances include John Waters' "A Dirty Shame", “Hove (The Wind)” with Olympia Dukakis, “The Girl in 2C” and “It’s About My Brother” on the Independent Film Channel, and "Law and Order: SVU." On stage, Shirleyann has performed
throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East in everything from
musical theatre to classical theatre to improvisational comedy. In New York City, she has appeared at Lincoln
Center Theatre, The Culture Project, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Magnet Theatre
and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Anthony Cochrane (Composer)
Anthony Cochrane is an actor and composer who has worked on Broadway as well as with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has written musical scores for numerous film and theatre projects including two previous collaborations with Alex Webb - The Girl in 2C and Hove (The Wind) with Olympia Dukakis. (www.anthonycochrane.com)
Emily May Jampel (Associate Producer)
Emily is a student from Honolulu, Hawaii, concentrating in film, arts business, literary and cultural theory at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is currently working on the first issue of White Rabbit, an art book centered around philosophical and literary themes that features the work of young artists and writers.
Risks and challenges
By virtue of the story we are telling - we have kept our location, travel needs etc. to a minimum, allowing us to shoot for a relatively small budget while keeping our visual standards high. With a smaller budget film - there can be last minute cast changes - but the good news is that my other life as an actor gives me connections to many wonderful actors I have worked with over the years, so I am sure we will have an amazing array of acting talent - no matter what. My last writing/directing project, HOVE, with Olympia Dukakis, was an official selection of some of the biggest film festivals in the world including the Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Montreal, Boston, Palm Beach and Cleveland International Film Festivals. We will deliver an amazing film to you and the world.
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