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The story of a 76-year-old Marine pilot learning to live again after the passing of his wife. A heartwarming family film.

Hi there, my name is Ben Disinger and I'm the writer & director of a new short film, "DUST." 

Now "DUST" is a unique project. First off, it's my senior thesis at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The culmination of all of my time and efforts while in college. 

And second, it's one of the the highest production valued short films to grace western New York in years

The world's largest camera company, ARRI, has graciously donated the time of their top-of-the-line camera, the Alexa Plus, absolutely free of charge to our production. This is a huge, huge deal. My previous film, "Someday, You'll Remember Today" was shot on the predecessor to this new camera. ARRI liked it enough that they decided to sponsor "DUST" and gave us the time with their camera. This is a first for Rochester.

Know what else has been shot on the Alexa? The Avengers, True Grit, Hugo, Game of Thrones, the new James Bond… you get the idea. The Alexa is, inarguably, the best digital cinema camera in the entire world right now, and we have it thanks to the awesome people at ARRI. Very cool stuff.

On top of that, we have a motion control rig brought up from NYC. Motion control allows us to do the impossible. We put the camera on a robotic head, attached to a dolly, and program it to do whatever move we'd like. From there it can repeat the same move over and over again as we change and tweak elements within the scene. It allows us an unprecedented amount of creative freedom to create some really cool stuff.

And, on top of all of that, the world-famous American modeling company, Revell, has sponsored us with over 20+ model airplanes! VERY awesome.

Before I get too ahead of myself, let me explain "DUST."

"DUST" is the story of an aging fighter pilot, Julius (George Sander), learning to live again after the passing of his wife. He lives alone, bitter, separated from the outside world. He hasn't spoken to his only son, Chris (Sam Fisher), in years. He's stern, bold, and too damn proud for his own good. But he finds his equal in the most unlikely of places… a 7 year old, fresh to the neighborhood, Emma (Lea Mancarella). She challenges him to be more. To be more than he is, to be more than he was. It's a feel-good story about overcoming your pride, about being young at heart no matter how old you are, and about putting family first.

This is my 3rd short film. My previous two are still very much alive and well. My most recent work, "Someday, You'll Remember Today" is still out touring the festival circuit. We just got accepted to Somewhere North of Boston, the Independents' Film Festival in Tampa, Florida. We got word the other day that we've been accepted to the San Jose International Film Festival as well as the Okanagan Film Festival up in Canada… The film played over the summer at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, thanks to the HollyShorts Film Festival, and the list just keeps on going. Due to festival restrictions, I can't have it publicly visible online yet. Coming soon :)

My other film, a music video for the band "Manchester Orchestra" is still receiving a few thousand views a day on youtube. It's got about a million and a half now and still kicking.

Both were shot in the Rochester & Dansville, NY areas. My work has been calling attention to what our city can create. To what we can create. And my new film, "DUST" is no exception.

I need your help. Even with all of these incredible favors, it's still going to cost a lot of money, and I can't do this alone. 

There are some pretty sweet perks listed over on the right for you to scroll through if you're interested in donating.

This film is dedicated to my grandparents who have loved and supported me since the day I was born. Growing up as an Army brat, I never really had the chance to be around my family. I was always a few thousand miles away on whichever Army post my father was stationed at at the time. We often wouldn't see each other for years, and our only communication was over the phone. This film is my chance to say thank you to them. My chance to give something back.

Check out our official Facebook page here!

And our official Twitter page here!

Introducing George Sander starring as Julius
Introducing George Sander starring as Julius
Lea Mancarella starring as Emma
Lea Mancarella starring as Emma
Sam Fisher starring as Chris
Sam Fisher starring as Chris
A still from "DUST"
A still from "DUST"
A still from "DUST." HUGE thanks to Revell for all of the models!
A still from "DUST." HUGE thanks to Revell for all of the models!

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Although I am young, I am no stranger to the filmmaking process with two award-winning films already under my belt.

The film will be shot, edited, and finalized between now and the end of May 2013. I will provide updates on the status of the film as the time passes.

I have a dedicated production AND post-production crew ready to knock this out.

This is also my second KickStarter project. The first one (for my film "Someday, You'll Remember Today") was an enormous success and all of the perks were delivered in an honest and time-sensitive manner. I have done it successfully before, and I will do it successfully again.

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