Just Never Leave is a feature film about love as a catalyst for personal growth. Sloan is a renegade ex-con. She fronts a hardcore punk band and boosts stolen cars. Her world is turned upside down when she falls hard for a beautiful transgender girl named Gabriela. We follow her as she grapples her ego and decides to risk everything for the person she loves.
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
The bare bones minimum to make this project happen. Our team is going all-in. Draining our savings, maxing out credit cards and selling off possessions. We're going to beg, barter, trade and defer. But the reality is we need more cash to cover what we can't put on plastic.
WHO WE ARE
A collective of award-winning, veteran filmmakers teaming up to make an art house LGBTQ noir film in a foreign country. 5 feature films, countless short films & music videos, Netflix shows, Funny or Die, commercials, Disney, Blumhouse movies ... We've been grinding in LA for 15 years.
Just Never Leave pairs two seemingly disparate lovers in a situation that challenges their romantic concepts. The protagonist is hard-edged and gritty. It takes her unlikely partnership with a young transgender woman to reveal the value of loyalty and unconditional love. Centered on that theme, the script tackles issues of grief, regret, gender identity and the downfall of sacrificing everything to pursue your dreams.
I’ve always been fascinated by people who view crime and violence as the solution to disillusionment. So, in the vein of Sam Peckinpah or Nicolas Winding Refn, I set out to explore that concept through the eyes of a female punk rocker. She’s fresh out of jail from a stint for involuntary manslaughter; angry at the world and volatile. Throughout the course of the story she’s forced to face and deal with that conditioned ideology.
In terms of tone, I’d like the film to feel claustrophobic. The film takes place entirely in Buenos Aires, Argentina at night. There’s also a sense of entrapment that the main character is going through emotionally and I’d like the camera to reflect that by shifting to longer and longer lenses as the film progresses and not seeing much of the sky. Also I’d like the camera position to start off high and slowly shift lower.
Visually, I imagine the look of the film to be dimly lit and underexposed. Filmmakers like David Fincher, Michael Mann and Denis Villeneuve come to mind. The story takes place in the shadows both literally and figuratively: midnight in the city, punk rock, and underworld crime. I’d also like to play around with assigning colors to different characters to enhance different aspects of their personalities, world views and emotions.
One of the things that makes me most passionate about this story is the way it approaches gender fluidity. Without having the narrative hit you over the head, it allows the audience to experience characters that are more than just “trans” or “lesbian”. To portray unbiased viewpoints and have them dealing with universal issues outside of their sexuality humanizes them in a way that I feel is underrepresented.
The main thing I’d like the audience to take away is a sense that the world isn’t black-and-white. That sometimes complex decisions are made that can be both right and wrong. I’d also like to challenge people’s concept of what true love can look like. Hopefully, by the end, the audience leaves with a sense that real happiness exists when you value relationships over material success.
- Dillon Tucker Writer/Director, Just Never Leave
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Risks and challenges
Making a movie is never easy ... especially in a foreign country.
Our collective previous experience on film sets over the last fifteen years makes us better prepared for the challenges that will inevitably arise (every...ten minutes) on set.
This will be a very bare-bones skeleton production with only a few key crew members traveling to Argentina from the US. Otherwise, it will be exclusively local crew. Fortunately, Dillon has spent a significant amount of time in Buenos Aires scouting and has formulated relationships with talent, production companies, casting and rental houses.
As with any film production, there is a plethora of criteria from which production could be delayed, but we feel very confident that we will be able to deliver the film by the winter of 2020. Our goal is to be submitting to film festivals for the 2021 calendar year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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