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Release day. Duinn Tech's new teleportation device can change the world, until time-traveling rivals seize control. Overworked site coordinator Trig can stop them — but should she?
We're raising funds to create Discrepancy, a standalone film by John Heimbuch, based on his popular time-traveling stage epic — The Transdimensional Couriers Union.
Duinn Tech has pioneered the development of the Impulse Device, a wearable teleportation device. But when tech giant Mejira Corporation announces plans for their own device, suddenly the fledgling company has to push up their release, leaving their hapless site coordinators to pick up the slack.
On the eve of release, Trig and Brennan discovery a discrepancy in their data. Do they report the bug and derail the product launch? Or keep the secret, and risk putting broken tech into the world? But that's not the only secret these two co-workers are keeping.
Discrepancy is a love story wrapped in a looping time travel story, using non-linear narrative, tight stunt choreography, rich production design, and high-quality visual effects to create a stylish and fun adventure film.
Creator John Heimbuch is an independent filmmaker, and has been making and teaching short films since 2011. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Ivey Award-winning Walking Shadow Theatre Company, where he has written or directed numerous productions (along with his spouse Amy Rummenie). His plays have been published by Samuel French and produced throughout the world. He also serves as frontman for the rock band Bad September.
This talented trio of Minnesota-based actors comprise the principal cast of Discrepancy, and the script has been crafted to reflect their unique voices as performers. We're excited to see how they realize and shape these roles!
McKenna Kelly-Eiding is a graduate of the Guthrie/University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training Program. Her stage credits include the Jungle Theater (The Wolves), Workhaus Collective/Walking Shadow (Lasso of Truth), and Montana Shakespeare (Macbeth). She is currently appearing as Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville at Park Square Theatre.
McKenna plays Emily "Trig" Trigorin, a Duinn Tech site coordinator who must save the company from hostile takeover.
Actor/writer/director/producer Ricardo Vázquez performs on stage (Guthrie Theater, Children's Theater Company, Mixed Blood, History theater, Ten Thousand Things, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts in New York, and MOMA); on television (ABC’s In an Instant seasons 1 & 2, Evine network, and M@dabout TV!); in feature films (Nina of the Woods, The Public Domain, Death to Prom, and Farmer of the Year). Ricardo is also the co-founder of Other Tiger Productions (othertigerproductions.org) which has a mission to reinterpret the form of theater to reach other audiences and tell other stories. He was awarded the 2018 MSAB Artists Initiative Grant, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, and the 2007 C. Lance Brockman Performance Award. More: Ricardo-Vazquez.com
Ricardo plays Brennan Cole, a former site coordinator who has since joined the Transdimensional Couriers.
Jamie White Jachimiec holds a BFA in acting from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has appeared in productions at Lyric Arts (Superior Donuts), Matchbox Theater (The Weir), Theatre Coup d’Etat (Moby Dick, The Crucible), and Theatre Unbound (Shattered). Her film credits include: The Greatest, Last Cowboys of Excelsior, 120 Hertz, Rainbow, and Pardon List.
Jamie plays Vivian Miles, an agent of the mega-technology company Mejira Corporation.
We have an amazing team of professional creators, including producers Christopher Powers & Amanda Day, storyboard artist and logo designer Erik Evensen, costume designer Kathy Kohl, production designer Erica Zaffarano, makeup artist Maren Legeros, graphic designer Coal Dorius, prop makers Cali Mastny & Matt Mackall, fight choreographers Meredith Kind & Allen Malicsi, rigger Jason Hilton, cinematographer Nick Hillyard, editor Sarah Holmberg, visual effects artists Will Cox, Jon Enge, & Cody Rowan, composer Michael Croswell, and writer/director John Heimbuch.
Over the past few months we've been securing locations, filming test shots, and holding production meetings to develop the look of this film, learn our equipment, and map out the necessary choreography for each shot in anticipation of our August 2018 shoot dates.
We have a variety of exciting backer rewards, including:
- A digital download of the completed film.
- An electronic version of The Transdimensional Couriers original play script.
- Branded corporate logo stickers for the Transdimensional Couriers Union, Duinn Tech, and Mejira Corporation.
- A DVD of the completed film.
- An original 8.5 x 11 print of the promotional art by Erik Evensen.
- Tickets to the first Twin Cities screening.
- Signed and published playscript of The Transdimensional Couriers Union by John Heimbuch.
- A USB drive with production images, behind-the-scenes footage, old drafts of the script, and other supporting production materials.
- An invitation to the cast & crew screening party. (Twin Cities area only)
- A branded Duinn Tech mug.
An in-home screening for you and three guests with writer/director John Heimbuch, including live director commentary — just try to stop me! (Twin Cities area only)
- A cast and crew-signed Impulse Device.
- Associate and Executive Producer credits in the film.
Due to popular demand we’ve added a new item – the trans-dimensional couriers union patch! It is available at all levels from $50-$300, with an increase of only $12. You can find the new category levels in the rewards section. This 3 1/2 inch embroidered black and white patch was inspired by Erik Evensen‘s digital mockup, pictured here.
FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR JOHN HEIMBUCH
The Transdimensional Couriers Union was a full-length sci-fi play, originally produced by Walking Shadow in May 2010. It detailed the release of the Impulse Device, and wove through the ambitions, hopes, and thwarted dreams of six characters in a non-linear future. It was lauded by fans and received End of Year acclaim from Pioneer Press, Metro Magazine, and MinnesotaPlaylist and was praised for its “intellectual architecture” (Graydon Royce, Star Tribune) and described as “a virtuosic narrative that bends and twists like a Mobius strip” [sic] (Quinton Skinner, City Pages).
This stage play attracted the attention of several filmmakers, who saw the cinematic potential of my work and helped me learn the techniques of this artform. Since then, I've worked on numerous short films, music videos, and various promotional spots. Filmmaking has proven a natural fit for my storytelling skills, and I'm excited that Discrepancy will allow me to finally bring the Transdimensional Couriers Universe to the screen!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges we face are nothing less than the limits of time and space! We've done a lot of great pre-production work to make this layered and interesting film, but there are always things you can't anticipate. Locations, weather, and the demands of our shooting schedule are the biggest variables.
While we can't predict everything that might happen, we'll keep our backers in the loop throughout the process with a production newsletter including behind-the-scenes stills, shoot updates, and progress reports.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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