About this project
UPDATE #1: Thank you to all of you who have donated thus far to our film. Your generosity has been staggering and we simply would not be able to create a film without your help. If you haven't donated, there is still a little time left for you to do so. Even a small donation will go a long way!
We'd like to mention that we have started casting for this film and will continue the process until we find exactly the right talent for each of the 40 roles. Negotiations with our "name" leads are still underway and we will update all of you when we can. We can say we are very excited to work with some of the people we have been speaking with about these roles....
Again, thanks for your support and continue to spread the word about our film, Papou!
noun, singular. papou
1. Greek for grandfather or more commonly associated with the word, grandpa.
2. A man who is old, has no hair, and smells like smoke.
PAPOU is the tale of a wildly imaginative boy and his dying grandfather’s attempts to escape the clutches of death. Over the course of the story, Demetri, our young protagonist, discovers amazing things about his grandfather but remains ignorant to the fact that he is slowly dying.
A film about death, family, and the bond between grandfather and grandson, Papou touches upon several universal themes in a way that other films of this kind have rarely done. It is at once humorous and saddening, blending genres together in a way that will appeal to a large audience without sacrificing the integrity of the film core.
Below are some production stills that feature some of the more fantastical elements of the upcoming film.
To be shot in the Metro-Detroit area in the summer of 2013, PAPOU will involve many of the finest and dedicated actors and actresses that we can acquire.
Below is a list of those currently attached:
Basile (Jimmy the Greek) - Emmy Nominated Comedian and Actor
We are in talks with several other "name" actors interested in our story. Although we are not at liberty to mention their names because they haven't committed, we can certainly tell you that we are very excited at the opportunity to work with talent of this caliber.
We also have some of the best creative and administrative personnel in town involved:
Michael Angelo Zervos (Realizism) - Co-producer, Director, and Writer
Michael Sinanis (Motor City Motors) - Co-Producer
Christos Moisides (Minority Report, xXx) - Director of Photography
Michael Malis (Slash/Fiction) - Composer
Jess Kean (Realizism) - Production Coordinator
Kinetic Post - Post Production and Office Space
Productions Plus - Casting Services
Why We Need Your Help:
Making a film is a daunting, not to mention expensive, process. Cameras, lights, costumes, and talent are only the tip of the iceberg. What about payroll, lawyers, and accountants? And how about marketing, contracts, and insurance? These costs can add up to eye-opening amounts.
It is this reason that we decided to appeal to Kickstarter in order to raise some of the capital needed to create this film. And by appealing to Kickstarter, we are really appealing to YOU, the people who are reading this right now. YOU have a decision to make now. Right now. We have a story to tell. It's a heartfelt, personal story that has affected every single person that has read it up until this point. And if we could, we'd send the script to each and every one of YOU. But that isn't possible. Instead, we are asking YOU to donate just a little to our cause because we know you've had a father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, or other relative in your life that changed you as a child.
For the writer, Michael Angelo Zervos, it was his grandfather. His Papou. His relationship with his grandfather affected him so deeply that he felt the need to make a movie about it.
Not only does a donation to us help this film directly, but due to our interest in hiring almost exclusively a cast and crew in Michigan, it helps our state as well. We know that there are still thousands of workers that are just waiting for the opportunity to work on a film set again. We hope that PAPOU will provide some of them this opportunity.
We ask that YOU consider a donation. Any amount will do. It's a donation that will realize a story that everyone will be able to relate to, YOU included.
If you can't help us monetarily, help us by spreading the word. Share this link on your favorite social media site, with friends and family. We need all the help we can get to see this film happen.
YOU can make this possible.
Thank you very much/Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ,
Michael Angelo Zervos
Notice: Every cent will go directly to Mother and Midwife Pictures to be used as a direct capital investment for the film PAPOU.
Risks and challenges
We have some of the best players in town working on this film with decades of collected experience in the industry. Our story is original, heartwarming, and meaningful. Our editing house has serviced some of the best features shot locally. And everyone that is currently attached to this project will be dedicating their fullest effort to making this film the best it can be.
One of our big challenges during production is our usage of non-actors within our film. We want to involve the community but we know that everyone isn't a Brando or Pacino. Our dedicated director will work with some of the casted non-actors so that they feel comfortable in front of the camera and we can get the best performance out of them as possible.
Another challenge is that we want to shoot this film in less than a month. The script is currently 107 pages long. For an amateur film crew, this may be next to impossible. However, the crew we are working with, both above-the-line and below it, are dedicated and experienced members of Michigan's film industry. They know how to get things done and quickly.
The final challenge is casting Demetri. Our story depends on a young actor to carry the weight of this fantastical story. Even in Hollywood, this is an immense task. Nevertheless, since we have started so early (almost a year away from filming), we have given ourselves the time we need to find, cast, and train a child actor to fit this role perfectly.
Even still, after PAPOU is shot and in the can, it's not a shoe-in. It is not a guarantee. We will only succeed with the strong support of the filmmaking, but more importantly, film-consuming community. We think that although we have many resources that spell out success, the real proof will be whether or not the film consumer will support a film that is different than the norm.
PAPOU is not your typical film. It isn't a sequel, it isn't ultra-gory, and it isn't highly sexified. Hollywood wouldn't touch this film because it doesn't immediately spell out BIG BUCKS like a multi-million dollar blockbuster. We need YOU to prove Hollywood is wrong. Supporting and spreading the word about this film is the single greatest boon we could receive. This boon must prevail until the film hits the theaters....and beyond.
As Michael says in the video above, "do us, and you, a favor. Help us. We promise we'll make it worth every penny."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are shooting in July and August of 2013. You can follow the progress of the film on Twitter @papouthefilm or "like" us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/motherandmidwife.
How do limited gifts work if we are able to receive all gift tiers lower than the ones we choose to back?
Only those who bid on those SPECIFIC limited gifts will be able to receive them. This means that if you back the $1,000 gift, you will receive that gift plus all the other lower NON-LIMITED items. The reason for this is because there is no way to affect the meter that indicates the amount of gifts remaining by backing a higher gift. If you are interested in a specific limited gift, back that one specifically please. We will be adding more gifts later.
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