SYNOPSIS April Riley follows the adventures of Justin Brightman, an eccentric seventeen-year-old who has the misfortune to fall ardently in love with April Riley, a teenage vixen whose charms have enamored all the boys in town. Justin is certain that April Riley returns his affections and that they are destined to be together. However, Justin is also certain that peaches don’t have any fuzz on them, a fact which leads to his forced eviction from the local supermarket after a violent confrontation. At any rate, he is determined to write a love poem for April Riley in time for Kama Day, an imaginary holiday he has created with his best (and only) friend, Penny Anderson, a hopelessly depressed and lonely guitarist whose only ambition for Kama Day is to lose her virginity to Bryan, the arrogant lead singer of her band, SoulFire. As the two of them go on their journey together, they have animated conversations with paintings, evade the law at every turn, and learn the mystical connection between women and fractions. They also learn things about life, love, and each other that they never thought possible.
WHY SHOULD I HELP? It happens to all of us at some point in our teenage years. A simple conversation stretches into the night, glances are exchanged, smiles are given, and before we know it, we’re in love with someone we barely know. We fret without end, agonizing over every detail, wondering if our affection is returned, or even acknowledged by the other party. April Riley follows one young man as he grapples with these common pangs of first love. Thus, April Riley is a film for anyone who has ever been 1) young, 2) in love, and/or 3) kicked out of a grocery store for yelling about peaches.
An early draft of the script was submitted to the 2010 Final Draft Big Break screenplay competition, where it achieved semifinalist status, placing in the top 5% of the more than 3500 scripts in competition. We shot this promo video in the Fall of 2010, to give you a sense of the story and characters. Since then, we’ve been engaged in pre-production, assembling a crew of young but ambitious filmmakers from Emerson College, and planning to shoot in New Jersey in July and August of 2011. While we own all of our own equipment, and the crew and cast will generously be donating their time and expertise, we still need to house and feed them, secure locations, and create the world of the film, which is where YOU come in. Every dollar donated will put food in our team’s mouths, roofs over their heads, and props on our sets. Our ultimate goal is to make this film a reality, and that dream can come true with your help.
Heartfelt thanks from writer George Murray, producer Jessie Kimball, executive producers Andrew Hutcheson and William Carlson, and cinematographer Shane Seibel.
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