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Two wolves and a dancing lamb try to decide on what to have for lunch.

As of 3/17/12: NEW FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $6,500!

Thanks to all of you, we have reached our goal of $5500! However, if you wanted to donate and haven't yet, please know that we do still need more help. Some of our location costs have turned out to be more expensive than we had initially thought, so our budget needs have grown a bit. We promise that any support you can give will just go to helping us make a better movie. With two days left in our campaign, our new goal is $6500! Thanks so much for helping us make this film possible. Can't wait to share the finished product with you!

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

This film is one in a series of shorts called "California Stories" whose unifying theme is democracy. The series was commissioned by Film Independent's  Project Involve, their signature program dedicated to increasing diversity in film by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers.

This year's films will premier in a sidebar program at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

SYNOPSIS:

On his way to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business, a dancing lamb meets two wolves who offer him help, but when he realizes that they actually intend to eat him, he must rise above his lamb-like ways in order to survive. Lunch with Wolves is a dark comedy with fairy tale elements.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: 

This began as a fable on the theme of democracy. It was inspired by a quote that was allegedly written by Benjamin Franklin: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb taking a vote on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” Then I learned that the word “lunch” didn’t even exist till thirty years after old Ben Franklin was long gone from this world. Oh well. I still had this funny image in my head of three adults in animal costumes

As the story developed, I realized that it was actually a coming of age story. The lamb is like so many people who make their way to Los Angeles; full of hope and willing to do almost anything to achieve his dream. He makes a bad decision when he chooses to trust the wolves. But who can blame him? Mrs. Wolf plays a seductive, Mrs. Robinson-esque game with him and the lamb has nowhere else to turn. Ultimately, he realizes that if he’s going to get out of this situation alive, he will have to do some decidedly un-lamb-like things. He calls upon his dancing skills to save himself, which means, yes, there will be a big, splashy dance number! 

The lamb and the wolves will be played by humans and they will not be wearing masks. In terms of costume and makeup, we will not use anything that will obscure the actors’ eyes, expressions, or ability to perform. It is incredibly important to me that the audience feel the human-ness of the story and almost forget the fact that these characters are animals. 

OUR PROJECT INVOLVE TEAM:

  • Dana Turken - Writer/Director
  • Nicco Ardin - Producer
  • Ellie Wen - Associate Producer
  • Szu-Hua Wang - Editor

We have a number of insanely talented collaborators from outside the program as well:

And more who will join us soon...

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Although we have the support of Film Independent in the form of donations and a small stipend, we need to raise money to cover equipment rentals, feeding the crew, costume design, production design, locations and permits, post-production sound, festival submissions, and promotional materials. As many of you know, filmmaking is an expensive endeavor!

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