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An art thief with a secret attempts to return a stolen masterpiece.
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Whats The Story?

A Thief with a secret, a gluttonous Lady socialite and a handsome Inspector with an unusual passion for art meet to negotiate the return of a stolen masterpiece.

The Inspector, The Lady and The Thief is a contemporary film in the spirit of The Man Who Wasn't There and The Thomas Crown Affair. It playfully examines aspects of our society’s obsession with “face value.” For each character in the film, the sheen of a “slick story” is more important than the actual facts. As the truth comes to light, the three characters wish to retrieve that veil of ignorance that accompanied their first impressions.

Whats The Significance?

The Inspector, The Lady and The Thief is a film inspired by the sordid world that surrounds the art heist. In recent years, experts estimate fine art theft to be a $6 billion business with as many as 50,000 heists occurring each year. But where do these paintings go? Often, when this question is asked, a picture of a wealthy crime boss with a snifter in hand, in an underground lair, gazing at a masterpiece hanging in a protective frame comes to mind. However, the conclusions and statistics from crime reports paint a different picture.  

The famed art detective Harold Smith spoke about the “lost museum.” It is commonly understood among curators in the art world that if all the stolen paintings of the world were gathered into one museum, that museum would be three times the size of the Louvre in Paris – and it is guessed that it would be twice as breathtaking.

The Cast

ERIK HEGER   The Inspector

ERIK HEGER (Mickey Deans). Broadway: End of the Rainbow. Off-Broadway: Based on a Totally True Story (MTC), An Error of the Moon (Beckett). Regional Highlights: End of the Rainbow (Ahmanson), Macbeth, The Great Gatsby, A Little Lunch, No More Static (Guthrie), The Great Gatsby(Seattle Rep), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (CenterStage), The Scottish Play (La Jolla Playhouse),Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Naked, The Master and Margarita, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (American Conservatory Theater). Film/Television: The Shells, Umbrella Man, Police State, Upside Out, Henry Hinkle, Smash, 30 Rock, NYC 22, Blue Bloods, Damages, Law & Order, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children. Training: M.F.A. ACT. B.A. Colorado College. Proud member of Music Under New York.

CLAIRE BROWNELL   The Lady

NEW YORK: Broadway: The 39 Steps(dir. Maria Aitken); Occam Repertory Theater: Risk Everything; Children’s Theatre Company: Wonder of the World; Onassis Cultural Center: Powerful Voices, Women of Ancient Greek Drama (with Olympia Dukakis); Target Margin Theater: Dirge. NATIONAL TOUR: The 39 Steps. REGIONAL: Hartford Stage: Boeing Boeing (Connecticut Critics Circle Award); Shakespeare Theatre Company DC: An Ideal Husband and The Government Inspector; Palm Beach Dramaworks: Exit the King; Gulfshore Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest and A Streetcar Named Desire; Shakespeare on the Sound: Much Ado About Nothing; La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre: The 39 Steps; American Conservatory Theatre: The Rivals, and A Christmas Carol; Claire will be seen in Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. TRAINING: MFA from American Conservatory Theatre, BA Carroll College in Helena, Montana

CHANCE MULLEN   The Thief

Chance is an actor, writer, and producer (Alberio Films) based in New York City. Film credits include Sun Belt Express with Tate Donovan & Rachael Harris (Josh, Co-writer), The Triumph of William Henry Harrison (IndieFest ’09 - Sponsors’ Choice Award), FML (SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase, Producers Club NYC), and Equity, a short film he wrote and directed, which is currently screening at film festivals (www.equitythemovie.com).

New York Theatre credits include ‘The Most Lamentable and Tragical Historie of the Barber Surgeons’ with Studio 42 at Playwrights Horizons; ‘Offending the Audience’ and ‘Los Angeles’ (directed by Adam Rapp) at the Flea Theater; and ‘Flies in the Snuffbox’ at the Abingdon Theater for the Midtown International Theater Festival. He has worked regionally at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Seattle Children’s Theater, and has written and performed two one-person shows, ‘October 10th’ and ‘The Way of the Word.’

A graduate of the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre’s Training Program, he performs live improv in venues around the city, most recently at Stand Up NY Comedy Club. He’s performed in commercials for Comcast (w/ SHAQ), Progresso, LendingTree, Netflix, AT&T, and many many more... Chance earned his MFA from the University of Washington PATP, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

G.D. KIMBLE   The Sargent

G.D. Kimble has performed in theatres across the country. He was seen most recently in Naked Fish, and The Tiger Cage with TheatreMasters (at the Public Theater), 365 Days/Plays with Engine 37 (at the Atlantic Theater), and Which Direction Home? with The Internationalists. He is a native of Louisiana, where he has performed or directed with Swine Palace, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, and the Theatre of Ill-Repute. G.D. is also a founding member of both GreenDoor Productions and The Pass-The-Hat-Theatre, having served as artistic director of the latter.  

In 2011, he served as assistant director for the Broadway revival of Terence Rattigan's Man & Boy, directed by multiple BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Maria Aitken, and starring Frank Langella.

He is the author of numerous plays, and his first full length work, Megiddo opened to rave reviews at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in September 2009. This summer, his play Two Irishmen Are Digging A Ditch will open the Neil Labute Festival in St. Louis after a successful run at The Glass Eye in NYC. G.D. is a graduate of the Shakespeare & Company Training Institute in Lenox, MA, holds a BA in theatre performance from Louisiana State University, and an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA. He currently lives in NYC.

COLIN MCPHILLAMY  The Newsman

Colin trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. British credits include Five seasons at The National Theatre, extensive West End, regional, and British television. In the USA: Broadway/New York: Waiting in the Wings, House and Garden, The Importance of Being Earnest. Regionally, seasons at The Guthrie, NJ Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Westport, The Alley, The Mark Taper, The Rep, and The Old Globe. USA TV includes: Law and Order Criminal Intent, Zero Hour, Pan-Am. His writing for the BBC was nominated for the Writer's Guild Comedy Award. He has guest directed and taught in San Diego, London, and Beijing. He publishes a monthly blog at mcphillamy.com

DREW HIRSHFIELD   The Photographer

Drew Hirshfield is an actor and a theatre educator.  He lives in New York City.

New York: EST, 59E59, Collaboration Town, Packawallop, New York Stage and Film, NYFA.  Regional:  The American Conservatory Theater, Huntington Theatre Co., The Alley Theater, Berkeley Rep., Magic Theatre, Two River Theater Co., The Wilma Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Festival.

He received his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.

Cinematographer

NATE McGARIGAL

Nate McGarigal is a Brooklyn based freelance cinema & pho tographer.  He can often be seen with a bag of camera equipment too big to be comfortable slung around his shoulders.  In spite of all the colors in reality, he continues to love shooting black and white for everything the bosses will let him.  A member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Nate has worked on a wide variety of commercial, theatrical, television, music, and short-form projects for the last eight years.  These include features like Men In Black 3, The Place Beyond The Pines, The Fighter, music videos for Madonna, Lady Gaga and Jay Z, commercials for Apple, Nike, Budwieser, GE, BMW, McDonalds, L'Oreal, and one used car dealership in New Hampshire with rock-bottom prices.

Producer

LIZZY MAZER

With her move out east to New York City by-way-of Los Angeles in 2011, Lizzy quickly jumped into the entertainment scene-working to produce live events, commercials, pilots and music videos.  She has worked with some of the biggest commercial production companies including MJZ, Smuggler and Rabbit Content.  Lizzy worked to produce spots with Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Fox, Channing Tatum and Vince Vaughn.  With an eye for style and an acute understanding of enhancing a projects ebb and flow, Mazer brings her ever-present passion for arts and film culture to each project.

How is the money spent?

*Wisely.  

  • day rates for our crew
  • production insurance for the safety of all involved
  • camera and lenses
  • lighting equipment
  • props, makeup, wardrobe
  • location fees (our locations fees have been significantly reduced)
  • food- craft services and working meals
  • post production
  • film festival submissions


*It should be acknowledged that because of the outpouring of support from our professional communities a lot of our equipment rentals will cost half of what they normally would.  Each dollar contributed, will in effect, work twice as hard in executing our goal.  While we are frugal and calculated when spending our money it is our goal to treat the people involved with the filming of The Inspector, The Lady and The Thief with respect and dignity; skill and expertise will be paid for.  The shoot will take place over the course of two days and three nights.    

Rewards

There is a list posted you guys should check out.  Here is the t-shirt!  


How does Kickstarter work?

We generate excitement for our project by giving you a clear picture of who you will be investing in.  We send out prizes according to your pledge amount.  You watch our project grow and flourish all the way through production, post production and the festival submission process.

BUT none of this will be possible unless we meet or exceed our $20,000 goal.  That number is the BASE amount we need to shoot this film.  If we don't hit our goal we don't get a cent of the money.    If we exceed our goal that wouldn't be a problem.   If we are short of that goal even by a dollar we don't get to keep it.  Check out our benefits, check out our video and please do what you can.  

Risks and challenges

The answer to this question will change depending on who you speak with from our cast and crew. Each person working on this project is focused solely on his or her own task, knowing that the quality of the final product is a sum of all it's parts. There are always risks and challenges, most of which cannot be anticipated. That being said, we are moving slowly, methodically, spreading the work out as much as our budget will allow. This will ensure the soundness of our plans and help us anticipate problems before they present themselves.
I can only speak to what I see as my "risk/challenge" as the director. There is not a greater challenge for me than developing the vocabulary and executing the tone and style set down in the writing. One of the actors called me with the question: "How big are these characters?" I replied, after a minute of spinning through my mind's thesaurus: "Big." There is a heightened style to the story that elevates it out of a naturalistic world. Too much and, you, the audience will throw tomatoes, too small and the audience will be sawing logs. But if we hit our mark, like I believe we will, and it's just the right amount of bluster and quirk, we will "Goldilocks" our way into your hearts and minds. It will be an ongoing conversation between myself and the cast that begins in rehearsal. It is there where the original idea from the script will be given life and taken much further than I can imagine by the creative intelligence of our incredible cast.

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