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When Ash invites his ex on a road trip to the Florida Keys, he doesn't mention that the vacation is actually a dangerous drug deal.

We still need your help!

We're very thankful to have reached our goal, but it is actually just a small portion of the total budget.  Every additional dollar will be put to good use!!

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The Story:

STAY tells the story of Ash, a kid from the grungier side of Florida. He's a bit of a loner, and would probably be living in his car if only he could afford one. In order to make some quick cash, he accepts a shady job from the friend of a friend: delivering a suitcase to the Florida Keys. All he has to do is drive it down to a houseboat docked somewhere private, and wait for the handoff. There are only two rules: don't open the bag, and don't get pulled over. But when Ash gets handed the keys to a slick car, he gets a dangerous idea... 

He decides to invite his ex-boyfriend (Jacks) along for the ride- thinking that he might be impressed by the weekend getaway. Ash never mentions the real reason for the trip, but it doesn't take long for Jacks to start putting the pieces together.

All Ash wanted was a chance at happiness, but Jacks has bigger plans. And when these two misfits come together, everything else falls apart.

The Trailer:

Here's a sample trailer I made to spark your imagination...

(Cast: Brandon Harris, Ronen Rubinstein / Cin: Brian Love)

The Production:

Where is all this money going?  Even though everyone involved is volunteering their time and energy for free, we still have to pay for things like:

  • Insurance
  • Equipment (camera, lenses, lights, grip, etc)
  • Locations (the houseboat!)
  • Production design
  • Props
  • Vehicles
  • Costume
  • Makeup (the bullet wounds need to be fake)
  • Transportation
  • Food (everyone's working for free, but they still need lunch)
  • Post-Production and Sound
  • Music licensing and composition
  • Etc...

The Rewards:

As a backer of the film, you definitely deserve some swag.  Aside from our undying gratitude and probably some good karma, you'll be getting things like Film Credits, Autographed Posters, Production Photo Albums, Producer's Keychains, Executive Producer's iPhone covers, and even props from the film!

Everything is listed on the right side of this page.

The Team:

BRANDON ZUCK [Writer/Director] is an independent filmmaker based in New York City.  After receiving an undergraduate degree in Film Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he worked in publicity and production at major studios in New York and Los Angeles.  He has written, directed, and produced several shorts and is currently studying film in the graduate program at Columbia University.  His latest film The Happy Ones was selected to screen at film festivals around the world.

(Co-Written/Produced/Cinematography by John Wakayama Carey)

JOANNA LAGSTEIN [Producer] is a New York-based film writer and producer. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Communications and English from the University of Pennsylvania, she has worked for radio and television production companies including Clear Channel, MTV, MTV2, MTV Tr3s, VH1, and Current TV. At the moment, she is in her last year of the Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University in New York. She enjoys long walks on the beach and house boats.

BRIAN LOVE [Co-Producer] is a New York-based film producer and cinematographer. After receiving his bachelor degree in Television Production from the University of Florida, he has worked for film and television production companies including HBO, TBS, and TNT. At the moment, he is in his last year of the Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University in New York.

JOHN WAKAYAMA CAREY [Cinematographer] is well-known around Columbia, where he is pursuing his MFA in Creative Producing, and is one of the most talented and prolific cinematographers in the program.  His vast experience includes producing the feature film "10 Years Later," and as a DP he has shot more than two dozen short films. http://www.jwakayama.com/

LEE STRATFORD [Assistant Director] is getting his MFA in directing from Columbia's School of the Arts.  This will be the 10th short film that he has assistant-directed.  He will be bringing his lucky gaff tape, which has been responsible for two films getting into Sundance.

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