About this project
THE STRANGE EYES OF DR. MYES: After a near-death experience, Dr. Myes, researcher in the science of perception, attempts to graft animal senses to the brain in order to revolutionize human consciousness. She must face the consequences when she uses her own body and mind as a research tool and transforms herself into a creature with super-senses.
GOAL: To make a film that challenges the notions of how much money it takes to make a spectacular film. To make a big film on a small budget-- because we think we can (except upon waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat). To make a film because this is what we love to do: work long days, worry about money and try our damndest to make a film that the moviegoer will think about the next day, and hopefully the next week. To make a film that is like the love child of Roger Corman and Germaine Dulac, or the love child of James Whale and Faith Hubley. To use our imaginations in ways we didn’t even know they could be used, like how to talk the assistant director into getting into a bug costume. To make a movie that lives up to all the support and encouragement we have gotten.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP: We will be running a professional, but nimble cast and crew for this production.We need to feed, house and pay these talented, professional people, and rent equipment for the 3-week shoot in Maine.Thus far, in pre-production, we have all been working for nothing because we believe in this project. As director, I will be putting in $10,000 of my own money (after we complete the $45,000 Kickstarter campaign) and we have many in-kind locations and helpers. But, we cannot do this without you!
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Day-to-day behind the scenes:
April 12: https://vimeo.com/63973344
April 13: https://vimeo.com/64029620
April 14: https://vimeo.com/64108696
May 1:Casting Call Clips https://vimeo.com/65198492
THE CAST and FILMMAKERS:
MICHOLE BRIANA WHITE (Dr. Sheri Myes)
Ms. White is proud to announce that she has joined the cast for the 2nd season of "Reed Between the Lines" on BET. The new season of "RBL" is set to begin in the summer of 2013. Ms. White has appeared in numerous film and television shows including I Will Follow, Faster with The Roc and Billy Bob Thornton, She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Law and Order, Lie to Me, Medium, Numbers, 100 Centre Street (series regular) Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Living Single, Martin and Parenthood.
Ms. White has received an Obie, Drama Desk, and Audelco Award for her role Off-Broadway in August Wilson’s Jitney and also starred in his final play, Radio Golf at The Huntington Theatre and the Goodman, as well as August Wilson’s 20th Century plays at the Kennedy Center. She received an Ovation and Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble of Stick Fly and Best Production of Two Trains Running. Ms. White also starred Off-Broadway in Susan-Lori Parks' production of Fucking A at The Public Theatre in New York with S. Epatha Merkerson, Bobby Cannavalli and Mos Def.
Ms. White is proud to have worked with renowned directors and writers such as the late and brilliant Sydney Lumet, Spike Lee, Ed Zwick, George Tillman, David Black, August Wilson, Susan-Lori Parks, Israel Hicks, Shirley Jo Finney, and Kenny Leon.
GUNNAR HANSEN (Dr. White)
In the summer of 1973, Gunnar was fresh out of graduate school, and found out that some local Austin filmmakers were making a horror movie. He never thought the movie would amount to anything more than one more nasty little horror pic. Well, he was wrong. Even though Texas Chain Saw Massacre was an immediate success, Hansen did not move to Hollywood. (In fact, he turned down a chance to be in Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes.) Instead, in 1975, after more graduate school, he moved back to Maine and decided to get serious about writing. This had always been his main interest, so, he moved to a village on an island on the coast, where he figured he could hit those keys.
He is currently finishing a new book, Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie, to be published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, in September 2013.
Oh, yes, there are also the movies. He performed in more than twenty-five movies since Chain Saw. Luckily, a couple of them have never been released. Even more luckily, most of them have.
JEN PREDIGER (Dr. Linda Wiley)
Jennifer Prediger is an actor living in New York City. She went to Sundance this January with a co-starring role in "A Teacher" (dir. Hanna Fidell). In February, Jennifer acted in the “Untitled Elmore Leonard Project” aka “SWITCH” w/ Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes and Will Forte. She has a wonderful, unhinged co-starring role in the Gotham Award nominated comedy "Red Flag" (dir. Alex Karpovsky - ‘RAY’ of HBO’S “GIRLS”), released by Tribeca Film and premiered at Sunshine Cinema and had a week-long run at Lincoln Center and is now on VOD.
Jennifer starred in ‘Uncle Kent’, a film directed by Joe Swanberg that premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was purchased by IFC. Jennifer has leading roles in microbudget films ‘Richard’s Wedding’ (dir. Onur Tukel) and ‘Pollywogs’ (with co-star Kate Lyn Shiel), which will premier in 2013 at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
“Jennifer Prediger has the makings of an indie star.”---Variety
JESSE MacDONALD (first-time actor)
Jesse is a ten year-old who lives on Mt Desert Island. He dreams of one day being a lobster fisherman in summer, and driving a snowplow in the winter. His favorite subject in school is gym, and he loves soccer and archery. Jesse wants to have his own dog one day. He is a budding artist with a bold sense of color and design.
COKE WEED (Featured Band)
Coke Weed is a psychedelic rock quintet from Bar Harbor, Maine. Renowned for their dual girl and boy lead singers, twinning electric guitars and tight hypnotic rhythm section. Led by songwriter Milan McAlevey with singerNina D., guitarist Caleb Davis, drummer Peter Cuffari and bassist Zach Soares. In 2013, Coke Weed near completion on their third LP after recently completing two separate national tours, which have seen them share stages with artists such as Micah Blue Smaldone, Vetiver, the Walkmen and Woods.
NANCY ANDREWS (director and co-writer)
Nancy Andrews has created 10 films in the last 18 years, each 30 minutes.The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes will be her first feature-length production.
The Museum of Modern Art collected six of her films, and her work is in collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliotheque Nationale-Paris and Franklin Furnace Archives.
Andrews is a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in filmmaking (2008) and received grants from the: LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts.
Her films have been presented internationally.Andrews received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a professor at College of the Atlantic.
JENNIFER REEDER (co-writer and assistant director)
Jennifer Reeder received an award from The Wexner Center to produce her first feature, Accidents at Home and How They Happen. She received an artist-in-residence award from the San Francisco Art Institute, The Bay Area Video Coalition and Riorden Studios to produce, A Heart and Other Small Shapes. Jennifer earned an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches full-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ROHAN CHITRAKAR (Director of Photography)
Rohan Chitrakar has worked as a cinematographer for 7 years.He has worked on documentaries, commercials, short films, feature films, and music videos. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Chitrakar is currently based in Los Angeles, California. He has an MFA in cinematography from Boston University.
ZACH SOARES (Musician/Composer, Engineer, Sound/Music Mix)
Zach Soares has spent 15 years working as both a musician and an audio engineer in Bar Harbor, ME. He has worked with a broad and diverse group of artists including film makers, musicians, authors and museum techs. He is currently splitting his time between running audio systems for live music events and playing music as the bassist for the Bar Harbor based band, Coke Weed. He has worked with Nancy Andrews recording, mixing and editing audio for The Haunted Camera and On A Phantom Limb. Recently, he worked on the soundtrack and music for her 2010 film Behind the Eyes are the Ears as both an engineer and as a writer/musician.
DRU COLBERT (Production Designer)
Dru Colbert is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer.She has created major works in Maine that feature performance and installation in the landscape. She has extensive experience designing exhibits for many institutions including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where she served as Director of Design. Colbert received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a professor at College of the Atlantic
BARBARA KURGAN (Art Director)
Whether it’s the furniture collections she’s developed for Martha Stewart and Drexel Heritage, the commercial sets she’s designed for Target and Pottery Barn, or the hundreds of photo shoots she’s produced for Elle Décor and House & Garden, the through line of Barbara Kurgan’s work has been her innate ability to create an emotional depth and context for her projects.As a former fashion photographer and long-time tag sale junkie, Kurgan possesses an appreciation of sophisticated combinations of shape, texture, and color.
PETER ROCKWELL WEST (Producer)
Peter R. West's involvement as a producer on “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” started with lunch.Many moons ago, when he was a recent and angry college graduate from Earlham College, Peter worked at College of the Atlantic as a lunch lady. While there, he always appreciated Nancy Andrews’ polite disposition and never once trying to haggle at the cash register. After working as associate producer on the documentary "The Sons of Tennessee Williams" their paths crossed once again. He is very excited about working with this a visionary filmmaker who knows how to make it up as she goes along while finishing projects with seemingly effortless polish.
KATE MACKO (Producer)
Kate Macko studied technical production and theatrical lighting design as an undergraduate, but was distracted by the business world shortly after she graduated. Returning to the creative energy of an artistic project reminds her of a life she has been missing. Combining a focus on the business and organizational aspects of this project with her love for supporting weird, wild and wonderful artists, Kate comes to this project with great enthusiasm.
ADRIAN GARBER (Producer/Costume Designer)
Adrian Garber is an artist and wardrobe stylist, carving out her piece of the pie in New York City. She has worked on documentaries, feature films, television shows, styled for editorial and commercial clients and designed costumes for a few shorts. She comes from a long line of artists, writers and poets, rambling philosophizers and illustrious furniture makers. She enjoys building wearable pieces of art and materializing her imagined characters into existence. She is very excited to help The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes come to fruition and hopes, that in doing so, some of Nancy's genius rubs off on her.
SOME REWARDs (IMAGES)
see $1000 Drawings--http://nancyandrews.tumblr.com/
$20 Loupette Comic-- Download
$100 -Drawing from Ima Plume Trilogy (sample--monkey)
$100 -Drawing from Ima Plume Trilogy (sample--human)
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk is not being successful with this Kickstarter campaign and therefore being unable to shoot for 3 weeks in June/July 2013! The second biggest risk is that an actor in our cast will need to take other work and not be available, and we will have to cast a new actor. Of course, there are always unforeseen problems and risks, but the cast and crew collectively have many years of experience to help us improvise and get through difficulties. We will keep you all posted on our progress and pitfalls!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
After creating the screenplay, I/we applied to Cinemart, Sundance, Maine State Artist Fellowship, SFFA/KRF, Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, Academy Nicholl Felllowship, and others--without receiving any of these grants. We would have to wait a couple of years to apply to Creative Capital (they have a seven year cycle). This is why we are taking it to the community through Kickstarter.
Pledge $20 or more
A downloadable copy of the 64 page comic book, "Loupette and the Moon" by Nancy Andrews with essay by Walter Robinson, MD. The comic book, follows the narrative of Loupette, a girl with hypertrichosis, presenting ideas about the mind, sanity and perception, based on the experience of the author as a person with a genetic disorder who has experienced delirium and medical trauma. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send you the comic book PDF in May.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
A digital download of a password protected film, "Woods Marm" by Nancy Andrews. Not available on DVD. This puppet animation chronicles "The Woods Marm", Hermione Pine, a hobby entomologist and botanist, "It would take a lively grasshopper to escape Miss Pine." (30 mins, 1996). AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the "Woods Marm" link in May.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
77 backers Limited (123 left of 200)
A DVD of "Behind the Eyes are the Ears". This is the short film by Nancy Andrews that was the starting point for "The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes" and features the songs by Nancy Andrews and Zach Soares that will be the backbone of the new feature's soundtrack. A digital download of a password protected film, "Hedwig Page Seaside Librarian". AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the other goodies in May.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
50 backers All gone!
One original drawing by Nancy Andrews of a human facial expression or monkey from an animation sequence of the Ima Plume Trilogy. Each 8 1/2" x 11" drawing is in pencil and is unframed. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the other goodies in May.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $105 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
We will choose one original drawing by Nancy Andrews from an animation sequence from one of her films. Each drawing is 8 1/2" x 11" usually in pencil (sometimes marker or grease pencil) and is unframed. Drawing might be of and animal, person or thing. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the other goodies in May.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)
Three original, sequential drawings by Nancy Andrews of monkeys, or human expressions from an animation sequence of the Ima Plume Trilogy. Each 8 1/2" x 11" drawing is in pencil and is unframed. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the other goodies in May.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)
This is the level for a prosthetic! You get a some latex add-ons worn by our star! You get a signed photo of the director on set! You will be listed in the "Thank You" section of the film credits. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)
One 22" x 30" drawing, ink on cotton paper. These drawings were made by Nancy Andrews in association with developing film projects, such as "Behind the Eyes are the Ears" and "On a Phantom Limb". You will be listed in the Thank You section of the film credits. We will try to accommodate your choice of drawings(s) as available. Unframed.
Look here at some drawings: http://flic.kr/ps/2rkwrC
AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. We will send the other goodies in May.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
A signed screenplay of "The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes", signed by Nancy Andrews and Jennifer Reeder. A private theater screening of one of Nancy's films with the director and popcorn and candy. This will be in Bar Harbor, Maine. We will schedule with you for the day of your visit, but you will have to make and provide your own travel and lodging arrangements. AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August. You will be listed in the Thank You section of the film credits.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
At this level you probably don't need any more "stuff". What you get is an Executive Producer credit and a "set visit" and lunch with the cast and crew during that shooting day. We will schedule with you for the day of your visit, but you will have to make and provide your own travel and lodging arrangements. And, an Invitation to the World Premier! AND a password protected Vimeo link for a "behind the scenes" short that will be available in August.Estimated delivery:
- (31 days)