"After the River" will be a full-length dramatic film exploring the mental state of a man, Arnie Immenza, who adopts a lifestyle void of emotion. It begins at the poker table, but affects his relationships and his ability to make decisions away from the poker table. His regimen of poker and alcoholism has rendered him emotionless in all areas of his life. Arnie's tailspin of moral disassociation leaves him in the gutter of American culture. He begins to hear echoes from either side of the spectrum as he observes time pass. Will the current of underground life sweep him away, or will he adopt a life in a society that he has adamantly avoided?
Our story is set in a rough and gritty American backdrop - one that typically calls for an action-packed crime & drug Hollywood thriller. Instead, we want to bring a new approach to this landscape. The driving force of this film will be the journey through Arnie's mind as he tumbles recklessly down this forsaken path.
"After the River" is being made by a group of senior fine art photography students and aspiring filmmakers from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Since our college doesn't offer a film or video program, this is an unprecedented step in the 122-year history of the Corcoran. We hope to pave the way for the emergence of a film program in the future of the institution.
We plan on submitting to film festivals across the globe. Because this is an artistic venture, we are not looking to distribute film rights for a profit. Our film will also be screened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art between April and May of 2013.
Tom Pullin - Director, Producer & Co-editor
Tom is a former Actor's Equity Stage Manager with The Second City touring company. He recently retired from the National Guard where he spent 4 of his 24 years as a combat photographer & videographer. Tom has been involved in theater and visual arts for over 20 years.
Pratik Shah - Cinematographer, Producer, Editor & Co-writer
Pratik is a photographer, cinematographer and visual artist. He has published work for The Washington Post, The Washington Times & Sports Illustrated, and has been recognized for his multimedia work by the National Press Photographers Association. Although he is working towards a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art Photography, his passion lies in filmmaking. He spent the entire summer of 2012 shadowing and working alongside independent filmmakers in Kolkata, India to gain exposure and hands-on experience. After completing his Bachelor's degree, Pratik plans to attend film school with a concentration in Cinematography.
Dominic Russo - Writer & Producer
Within the scope of Dom's college education, he has searched for a career in relation to his artistic practices. He explores meaning in photography and visual arts through the gallery space. He has apprenticed under a letter-pressman and worked as a gallery assistant in the College Exhibitions department at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. The original idea for this film stems from his personal experiences.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We are very excited to offer a variety of rewards for your generosity. Please note that if we don't reach our target, WE GET NONE OF IT! (and your contributions are returned to you by Kickstarter).
The target we have set here on Kickstarter will get us through principal photography, but we will need much more to get the film through post-production. Our entire crew is working on this without compensation - we are passionate, motivated and eager to tell our story. We are extremely confident in our abilities as fine art photographers to tell this story conceptually, and take this dark journey through Arnie's troubled mind. The rest lies in your hands to help make this film a reality!
Our college has a great collection of resources for still photography, but not the equipment we will need to make this movie. A large portion of your money will be spent on camera, sound and lighting gear, which is needed to create the high quality of cinematic work we envision for this film.
Cast & Crew
In order to make this film to the best of our abilities, we need to feed and arrange accommodations for our cast and crew. With your help, we can keep everyone on the set healthy and efficient!
We need your help to afford a professional sound mix. Since our film will be screened in a theater at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and submitted to film festivals around the world, it is crucial that our film gets a proper Dolby sound mix at a professional sound studio.
Risks and challenges
There are a few risks and challenges that we have identified and are working to overcome to make this film. One challenge we are facing is finding the on-screen talent who are capable of depicting our characters in the most realistic way possible. Our main character, Arnie, is a man of few words. Whoever we choose to cast as Arnie must fully assume his role and understand his character's tendencies and mannerisms. We have begun auditioning and look forward to meeting Arnie and our supporting characters within the next few weeks.
Most of this film takes place in a bar with a poker room downstairs. We have found the perfect location that fits our script, but there is a limited amount of time each week that we will have access to the bar. It will be a challenge to wrap up the bar and poker room scenes within that time frame, but our team is prepared and capable of making it happen!
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