Hey all! Filmmakers Alliance is PROUD to sponsor this film and we hope you are all just as proud to support it. Robert and Rodrigo are amazing filmmakers. They wouldn't say it, but WE can! Here's a special message from them:
Hello friends and family!
Robert and I are very excited to be able to announce that we will begin filming our first feature film, 40 Years From Yesterday, on July 16. This film expands on a previous short, Waiting Room (2011), which we had the privilege to screen at many film festivals, including L.A. Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival and Starz Denver Film Festival. This feature will further explore the themes, subjects and narratives from our previous work, but we need your support to make it happen!
We have a great team assembled that will be supporting us in this endeavor and expanding our collaboration. We recently met Alex Sablow and quickly became fans of his shooting style and visual aesthetics, and are stoked to have him join the project as our director of photography. Eddie Dañino-Beck will be our extra hands, eyes, ears, and everything, making it possible for us to work with a crew of just four people. This will bring a sense of intimacy to our set and create space for a relaxed atmosphere and natural performances. The work behind the scenes will be taken care of by Nick Case and Ryan Watt, who have produced some of our favorite independent films of the past few years. With this team on board, all we need now is your support!
Here's the synopsis:
When Suzette passes away, her husband is forced to face the inevitable questions we spend our lives avoiding. The film follows Bruce as he begins to learn what happens to one's persona when they lose the one they have shared their life with, and the impact of one death on a whole community.
The script is Robert's imagination of how his mother's death would unfold for his own family, capturing the loss his siblings would feel in losing a parent and his father's pain in facing the death of his partner. This film will allow us to explore very personal subject matter, which nevertheless speaks to universal experiences.
As we grow older, the thought of losing one of our parents, or even our own partner, becomes more pertinent. This film, through our exploration of how we might deal with such a tragedy ourselves, will bring the audience to reflect on the losses they have faced in the past and those they will have to face in the future.
The cast of the film features Robert's parents and siblings, forcing them to confront this inevitable event, allowing us to capture their honest reactions to the narrative as it unfolds.
Because of the personal connection to Robert's family, and our responsibility to our audience's experiences, we are committed to making the most beautiful, truthful, and touching film possible. Additionally, the entire film will take place in Robert's hometown, King City, so we have the same imperative in representing the location.
We need your help to ensure that we can produce our first feature using the same mode of production that has made our previous films successful. We are asking your support in raising $20,000 to rent the best equipment available so that we can deliver a film that is cinematically beautiful. Additionally, your money would allow us to spend more time filming so that moments can reveal themselves on set, rather than fabricating them around a tight schedule. Having excellent equipment and a comfortable shooting schedule will allow us to capture natural, truthful moments that we can sequence into our narrative.
Although we are telling Robert's story on screen, our goal is to invoke the audience's personal narratives as they watch the film. Without your financial support, we cannot make this film, but without your emotional support there is no reason to make this film, so thank you for being a part of our community!
Please share our project with friends, donate whatever you can, and follow along as we embark on this exciting endeavor!
On behalf of the entire creative team, thank you for your time and support!
Robert and Rodrigo
ROBERT MACHOIAN & RODRIGO OJEDA-BECK - Directors
433 Pictures was founded by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, who began collaborating in 2007. They have continued working together since then, screening work in festivals from BFI London to Sundance. Additionally in 2010 they were named to Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces.
Their short films explore small moments and overlooked details, discovering their complexities and importance. These poignant pieces speak through visuals rather than relying on dialogue to convey meaning.
Robert and Rodrigo's films grow out of conversations between the two, and are presented not to make viewers lose themselves in the narrative, but rather to invoke the audience's own experiences.
ALEXANDER SABLOW - Director of Photography
Alexander Sablow was born just outside of New York City, and grew up between the United States and Iceland. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking where he received a BFA in cinematography. He is currently based out of Atlanta and works in the camera department on features, commercials, and music videos. He is the Director of Photography for the narrative feature 'Pilgrim Song' which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
Some camera credits include: Lawless, Take Shelter, Get Low, and The Walking Dead.
PAPER MOON FILMS - Production Company
A Memphis-based film production company, co-founded by Nick Case and Ryan Watt in 2009, to increase the visibility of emerging artists. Paper Moon Films produced Kentucker Audley's OPEN FIVE which was listed on the ‘Top 25 Films of 2010’ by The New Yorker. Their second feature, PILGRIM SONG by Martha Stephens, premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and won the ‘2012 Best Southern Film Award’ by Oxford American Magazine. Paper Moon Films' third feature THE ROMANCE OF LONELINESS by Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente premiered at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.
Their upcoming projects include Brent Stewart's 2011 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow film CHILD OF GOD, Simon Cantlon’s THE MOTELS OF ROUTE 66 and Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck's FORTY YEARS FROM YESTERDAY.
NICK CASE - Producer
Nick Case produced Cam Archer’s WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. TIGERS was distributed by IFC Films and Gus Van Sant & Scott Rudin served as executive producers. Nick also produced Archer’s second feature SHIT YEAR, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section. His other previous work includes Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary feature 11TH HOUR, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Nick is also producing James Ponsoldt’s REFRESH, REFRESH which has been developed through the Sundance Institute. He graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in Marketing and began his career as a production assistant on 21 GRAMS.
RYAN WATT - Producer
Ryan is the Director of Marketing at New School Media Group, consulting for web marketing and video solutions. He is the executive producer of DAYLIGHT FADES, the latest feature film by Old School Pictures. Securas Consulting Group acquired his technology firm Metro Backup in 2006, where he served as Director of Marketing until late 2008. Ryan graduated from University of Tennessee with a degree in Marketing and lives in his hometown of Memphis, TN.