On a tragic day in December 1996, Ron Moore's entire world was shattered. All that he knew, trusted and loved was lost. The catalyst? A school shooting that would eventually claim as collateral damage the lives of his wife, daughter and stepson.
"The moments that change our lives are the ones we never see coming."
From climbing into the bottom of a liquor bottle to finding his way back to love once again, this film is not about Ron's tragedy, but of his ultimate redemption. Our hope in sharing Ron's story is not only to shed light on these senseless acts, but also to engage our audience in a dialogue surrounding this unsettling trend… but we need your help!
JEFF TALKS BUILDING BRIDGES ON THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW
CASTING UPDATE: 12/11/13 ALANA ARENAS joins BUILDING BRIDGES.
Steppenwolf Ensemble Member ALANA ARENAS, is currently appearing on the Steppenwolf stage in the Off-Broadway hit, Tribes. Other theatre credits include The Tempest, The Crucible and The Sparrow Project. Television and film credits include The Beast, Kabuku Rides and Lioness of Lisabi. "Alana is a great talent and a terrific addition to our merry band of gypsies. Welcome aboard!" - Tom Verica, Director
CASTING UPDATE: 11/16/13 BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!!
ELIZABETH PERKINS has just joined the cast of BUILDING BRIDGES!! A Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress, Elizabeth was most recently seen on HBO's hit series Weeds. Her other film and television credits include About Last Night, Big,
Avalon, and Miracle on 34th Street. "We're crazy lucky to have Elizabeth joining our cast. Her work is just beautiful and always so memorable." Tom Verica, Director
Check out Elizabeth's personal video on why she's moved to help tell this story...
Completing our Main Cast…
JEFF PERRY, current starring as 'Cyrus Beene' on ABC's smash hit Scandal, is also the co-founder of the Steppenwolf
Theatre Company and Steppenwolf Films. Jeff's additional TV credits include Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break, and Tony Award winning productions of The Grapes of Wrath and August: Osage County.
KADEE STRICKLAND, undoubtedly most recognized for her work on ABC's Private Practice, has joined the cast as well. Her recent film work includes The
Family That Preys, The Grudge and Something's Gotta Give.
GUILLERMO DIAZ, who currently stars as 'Huck' on ABC's hit Scandal. Other television and film credits include Weeds, Mercy, Half Baked, Chelsea Walls, The Terminal, Stonewall and 200 Cigarettes.
CULLEN DOUGLAS wrote the screenplay for BUILDING BRIDGES. His recent acting credits include True Blood, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Shuttle and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
DIRECTOR: TOM VERICA
TOM VERICA currently serves as Head Director and Co-Executive Producer on ABC's Scandal. He's also helmed episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and The Mentalist. As an actor, he was a series regular on American Dreams, The Nine, LA Law and The Naked Truth. Tom has a very clear vision for telling this story:
"My challenge is to find a balance with levity or laughter, amidst the pain and sorrow - because ultimately, this is a love story." -- Tom Verica
CINEMATOGRAPHER: OLIVER BOKELBERG
OLIVER BOKELBERG currently serves as DP on ABC's Scandal. His othercredits include The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win and Dark Matter. His television pilots include Dirty Sexy Money, Trauma, Raines and Up All Night.
CASTING DIRECTOR: LINDA LOWY
Three time Emmy winner LINDA LOWY earned statues for her work on TV's Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy and the television movie Bastard Out of Carolina. Her film work includes Nell, Under the Tuscan Sun and Wild Things.
Steppenwolf Films is a Chicago based film company formed by Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Theatre founders - Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise. Their focus and mission is in developing and producing new work, to promote the actors and directors with long-standing relationships through the Steppenwolf Theatre.
SO, WHY KICKSTARTER?
One of Ron Moore's biggest concerns with sharing his story on the big screen was that "things will get “Hollywood-ized". Under our watch, that’s not going to happen. We initially moved our project through the traditional channels and the feedback on the script was excellent. BUT… and there's always a but, they felt for them to make the film a "big box office draw" we needed to change the script to make it an A-list celebrity vehicle.
In our opinion, those changes would have compromised the story, pulling the audience out of the film. We want to make our film the right way, for the right reasons; and we want to be able to cast the right actors for the roles.
SO, HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED?
We hope to raise a minimum of $500,000 to make BUILDING BRIDGES. Would we like to have more? Hell, yes!! But we know we can make an incredible film if only our minimum goal is met.
This is a true passion project for all of us and every dollar raised will be put on the screen. The exciting thing about Kickstarter is that we eliminate the middle man, allowing us to make the film we've always envisioned.
The way things work here are simple. If we don't reach our goal by the date listed, no money exchanges hands. We've set a minimum financial goal, a timeline and created special incentives at different levels of funding. So please, give what you can and just as importantly, spread the word.
Once we reach our funding goal, we're looking to film just outside of Chicago, IL in June of 2014, affording us proximity to the Steppenwolf Ensemble as well as Steppenwolf Films' strong ties within the Illinois Film Commission and Arts Community.
We have an amazing opportunity to tell an important story. But, we can't do it without you. We hope that you will seriously consider supporting BUILDING BRIDGES.
Thanks for your time -
Jeff Perry and The Creative Team