At its core, our film project Hip Priest is a visceral and emotional exploration of the duality of man and the place for God in a sometimes dismal world. Our character, Priest, is a honest and enigmatic man, living by a personal code based in compassion and enlightment. He smokes, he drinks, he puts one foot in front of the other, everyday, day in and day out. The film will follow Priest, for a day in his life, in the neighborhood of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he glides along with a street handshake and dreams to hold tight.
Originally inspired by the above photo, taken by photographer Paul McDonough in NYC circa 1968-1972, the film is set in present day Brooklyn. It will be filmed in black and white in a 2.40 aspect ratio with an ARRI Alexa camera, a Phantom high speed camera, steadicam, dolly, and Zeiss Master Primes.
CAST AND CREW CREDITS...........(ONLY TOP SHELF ON THIS ONE)
Gregg de Domenico, DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER/ CO-WRITER
Gregg is a New York based director and DP. As a former Local 600/ICG camera assistant and operator, he has worked on over three hundred commercials, 100 music videos and multiple feature length films. His feature film credits include "SPIDERMAN 3", "JUNEBUG", "NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD", "DAVE CHAPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY", "CEREMONY", "LITTLE CHILDREN", and "CHE". His directing and DP credits include work in documentaries, live music performances, EPKs, commercial web campaigns, and music videos. He has shot 2 feature documentaries slated for release in 2012, "GAGETOWN" and "MADE IN JAPAN".
"HIP PRIEST" is his narrative directorial debut and he's damn thrilled to be alive. He thanks all of you from the bottom of his heart.
Ryan Connolly, PRODUCER/ CO-WRITER/ SET PHOTOGRAPHER
Born and raised on the mean streets of Pittsburgh, Ryan is the founder of www.tapwatr.com and the pioneer of VisuaLiving. He can be found somewhere between Montana and Manhattan on a tireless quest to capture and document the essence of the nano seconds of life. Follow his journey at www.tapwatr.com, on Twitter @Tapwatr and look for Tapwatr -- VisuaLiving on Facebook.
Gerard, "Priest", LEAD ACTOR
Gerard is the operations manager at world famous night club/music venue WEBSTER HALL NYC.
Jillian Stricker, PRODUCER
Jilly is presently an on-staff producer at Mr. Thick Films and Act Zero Films in New York City. http://www.actzerofilms.com/
She has been in freelance film and commercial production since 2006 and has extensive production experience on over fifty commercials and ten feature and short films. She has also been a location manager on numerous projects, including Michael Imperioli's directorial debut, "THE HUNGRY GHOSTS". She is also currently producing "GAGETOWN", a documentary about the victims of a herbicide spray program on a military base in Eastern Canada.
Jillian de Domenico, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Andrew Voegeli, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ STEADICAM OPERATOR
Andrew is currently the "A" camera operator on AMC's "BREAKING BAD". His numerous credits include AMC's "RUBICON", and FOX's "RUNNING WILDE" and "FRINGE".
Stephen Wilfong, SET PHOTOGRAPHER
Fabio Iadeluca, CO-DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Christopher Raymond, CO-DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Gerald Zecker, Jr., EDITOR
Gerard is currently working as a freelance editor at Humble.tv.
Andrea Papazoglou, POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Andrea is currently the Senior Producer/Post Producer at Humble.tv.
Jim Muscarella, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jim is a producer and founder/director of The Royal Flush Film and Music Festival in NYC, http://www.royalflushfestival.com
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