We're really excited to launch this new project via Kickstarter. It's a personal film and one we're very committed to bringing to life, but my films fall outside the mainstream and are hard to fund traditionally. This film was conceived to be small and nimble and collaborative, and crowdsourcing will allow us the freedom to keep it that way.
Without YOU there really will be no film, because we’re raising the majority of our production budget HERE and NOW. Please check out our rewards, take a look at the script and the lookbook, and watch our video above. We want to find a way to bring you on board, starting with offering you a look at the completed script:
EACH COMING NIGHT is a contemporary teenage drama that follows Dan, a high school senior confronting his immediate future. Dan works part-time at a local Mexican restaurant to help pay for his car, and lives with his mother who works the night shift at a downscale hotel. Dan soon meets Jessie, and falls hard. Their adventures grow their relationship quickly, and Dan finds beauty in her distance. As Dan becomes love sick, his new crush slowly spirals out of control. When he tries to cut ties with her and move on, she refuses to let him go, and threatens to take him down with her.
Powerful, quiet, funny, and engaging, EACH COMING NIGHT is a uniquely American script, a realistic coming of age story where the limits of self are tested at the most vulnerable age of one’s life. Download the film’s info/lookbook to learn more.
My Past Work
Winner of the 2012 Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Fiction at
IFF Boston, my previous feature film ABOUT SUNNY stars Lauren Ambrose, Audrey
Scott, Dylan Baker, and Penelope Ann Miller. The film premiered at the 2011
Toronto International Film Festival where Rex Reed called it a “wrenching but admirably unsentimental film
about the bravery of the human condition.” Lauren Ambrose was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
for Best Female Lead. The film was released by Oscilloscope in 2013 and is
available on all cable VOD and digital platforms including iTunes and Netflix. Called one of the best films of the year and a top ten notable indie,
visit the film's website to watch the trailer or read some of the critical acclaim. More
about my previous work can be found at my website: bryanwizemann.com.
To bring this project to the screen, we’ve assembled a team
of experienced and successful creatives whose films have achieved critical
acclaim and commercial success. Take a look, they got cred:
Our cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard shot ABOUT SUNNY as
well as Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY and Allison Bagnall’s THE DISH AND THE SPOON
(among others). He’s great, and I’m not just saying that because he’s shot
virtually everything I’ve done and will work for much less than he’s used to
though he doesn’t know that yet. Adding to his many indie features, he was an
operator on BORAT and BRUNO and just has a real knack for both visual poetry as
well as keeping the train on the tracks.
Working with Michael Taylor on ABOUT SUNNY was one of the
best parts of that process, and I hope to continue to work with him on whatever
comes my way. He’s a constant source of positive energy and one of the best crafters
of story I’ve ever worked with. His credits include Julia Loktev’s THE
LONELIEST PLANET and DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT, Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY, Liza
Johnson’s HATESHIP LOVESHIP, Eleanor Burke’s STRANGER THINGS, and Ira Sach’s
LOVE IS STRANGE.
Mike Bowes helped produce my last film and we’re happy to also have him on this one. He likes producing films that strike a balance between
being pragmatic and lean while remaining creative and ambitious, or so he says.
Over the past 15 years Mike Bowes has created multiple award-winning independent
feature films such as RED FLAG, RUBBERNECK, FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN, THE MULBERRY
TREE, SLIP & FALL, and FREEBOX.
Niall McKay is an Emmy award-winning writer/director and
producer. He is the director and curator of the Irish Film New York and the
co-founder of San Francisco Irish Film Festival and Los Angeles Irish Film
Festival. His personal documentary THE BASS PLAYER was nominated for a 2010
Irish Film and Television Award. Niall also produced Irvine Welsh’s first short
Danny Flaherty is cast in the role of Dan (and no lie that was the
characters name before we ever approached him). I’m excited to work with him. He’s
perhaps best known as the lovestruck and loyal friend, 'Stanley,' on MTV's
SKINS. He also plays the role of Matthew Beeman on the FX series THE AMERICANS, and has appeared in NURSE JACKIE, UNFORGETTABLE, LAW & ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT,
the Meryl Streep film HOPE SPRINGS, and the upcoming films PARADISE, ANATOMY OF
THE TIDE, and THE CONTEST.
Joslyn Jensen is a really unique talent and lucky for us still
under the radar, which will no doubt change once you’re finished reading this. For
her work in her first feature film WITHOUT (2012), Joslyn Jensen won the Best
Actress Award at the Marrakech International Film Festival and the Mar del
Plata Film Festival, also receiving special jury prizes from Florida and
Slamdance. She was recently cast as the lead in Allison Bagnall’s FUNNY BUNNY. Other
films include: MALORIE'S FINAL SCORE, NOTHING IS FUN ANYMORE and DOUGLAS BROWN. Also, be sure to check out her amazing low-fi music covers on YouTube.
EACH COMING NIGHT promises to be an artfully crafted
contemporary dramatic film. If you wish to support EACH COMING NIGHT, but say are a working artist in American so are completely dead broke, you can help us a great deal by forwarding
this page to any friends, family, or mega-rich oil tycoons you think might be
interested. For us, spreading the word is easily a form of contribution. And if you've made it this far, thanks for checking it out - we sincerely hope you can come on board and help us bring this project to life.
Opening photos by Harry
Bloom and Sophie Van der Perre. Opening film
clips are from Gus Van Sant’s ELEPHANT, Lukas Moodysson’s SHOW ME LOVE, Andrea
Arnold’s FISH TANK, Abdellatif Kechiche’s BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, Lynne
Ramsay’s RATCATCHER, Tim Sutton’s PAVILION, and Emily Kai Bock’s music video
for GRIMES - Oblivion. Daniel Flaherty’s
clips are from the MTV series SKINS, Anthony Joseph Giunta’s CONTEST, and
Shandoor Garrison’s short AMERICAN VIRAL. Joslyn Jensen’s clips are from Mark
Jackson’s WITHOUT and Jordan Albertsen’s music video for INDIANS – Sink into
You. Bryan Wizemann’s clips are from ABOUT SUNNY and the short FILM MAKES US
HAPPY. Closing clips are from Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY and Julia Loktev’s THE
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal
guardian to attend the premiere, visit the set, or appear in the film.
• To receive cast credit you must be a US citizen or have a
US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• For any acting or dialogue provided, the production may
refuse your contributions if we find it inappropriate. If you appear in the
film, you will have to sign a release before any filming begins.
• We anticipate shooting in the New York area early fall
2014. Should this change we will keep you updated so you can plan ahead.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable
Kickstarter rules & regulations as well as applicable state and federal law.
Risks and challenges
There are many unknown factors in making a film. We will strive to do everything we can with an established team of creatives to make this film possible.
In addition to on screen thanks, streaming access, and a DVD, we're offering a print from Bryan Wizemann's Origins of the Universe series, "no, no, it's just vanilla ice cream." mixed media, archival print 11"x14". Check out the updates for more...
TEST SCREENING IN NYC!
On screen thanks, streaming access, a DVD plus an invitation to an NYC edit room test screening of the film. We want to hear from you before the film is released. (travel and accommodations not included)
In addition to on screen thanks, streaming access, and a DVD, we're offering one signed third-edition copy of Christian Patterson's monograph Redheaded Peckerwood. Called one of the best monographs of the year, learn more in the updates!
In addition to on screen thanks, streaming access, and a DVD, we're offering one signed piece of artwork from Selena Kimball. "No One Came to Meet Me" 2013, collage and acrylic paint, 11 x 8.5 inches. Check it out in the updates...
New Reward - Factory 25 Box of DVDs (14 of em!) Matt Grady over at Factory 25 has been putting out some of the best independent film of the last decade, and he's a real champion of quality. Check out what you get in the updates...
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO! Joslyn Jensen will create an original music video performing a cover song of your choosing. We're only offering ONE of these, so here's your chance. Check out some of her low-fi wonders on YouTube while you're at it.
In addition to on screen thanks, streaming access, and a DVD, we're offering a day of editing consultation (or editing), or just a hot date with our editor Michael Taylor! Check the update section to learn more...