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The Project Video, above, is a trailer for our short, Oxford Park, which is a demo for our feature film, While the Village Sleeps.

Here is a Promo Video for Trillo & Suede, who are the lead characters in our feature film: While the Village Sleeps...

Now that you've seen our Promo Video, enjoy these outtakes from the shooting of it...

Our deadline is 11:59 PM on June 30, 2013. We have only until then to raise the $55,000 (US dollars) minimum budget necessary to shoot and produce this gripping, suspenseful and hilarious feature film. Become a part of movie making history by helping to bring to life an exciting new genre of film making: Dummy Noir!

If we raise the $55,000 by 11:59 PM on June 30, 2013, we will be able to greenlight our plan to shoot the movie during September, 2013, with post-production from October to December and release of the finished movie before January 1, 2014! 

Every penny raised through this Kickstarter project will go directly toward the costs of producing this movie. 

If we do not raise the minimum budget for this movie, then the movie will not be made, and no backer will pay even one cent. 

If we raise more than the minimum budget, then every additional penny will go toward adding production value to the movie, i.e. making it even better!

We will shoot the movie in the UK, but you can become a backer from anywhere in the world!

Jonathan Geffner — Writer, Producer and Lead Character, Trillo

Ian Lewis — Producer, Director and Editor 

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS:

Private Investigator Van Trillo is also a ventriloquist. He uses his wooden partner, Sam Suede, to interrogate suspects. This tends to unnerve and disorient them, causing them to divulge information unwillingly and unwittingly. 

Trillo is about to leave England for his native New York City when he gets a desperate call for help from his old flame, Chloe Lake. She has received anonymous death threats, and is terrified. 

Trillo and Suede soon find themselves stranded with Chloe in an old, remote, creepy inn, together with an assortment of eccentric guests. One by one, several of these guests are murdered during the night. Each of the surviving guests quickly becomes a suspect when possible motives are brought to light under Trillo and Suede's clever ventriloquial questioning. 

Through all this, Trillo is struggling with his suspicion that his ventriloquial skills have breathed life into Suede, who now seems able to talk without Trillo's assistance. Strangely, though, Suede only seems to do this when he and Trillo are alone. Trillo and Suede must catch the crafty, mad and elusive murderer before he kills them all - and before Trillo goes totally mad himself.

A BIT OF BACK STORY...

Van Trillo is half Jewish/half Italian. His parents had met in an unusual manner...

Van Trillo's mother, Bella, grew up in the Hasidic community of Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY. She was the ninth of eleven children of the revered Hasidic rabbi, Reb Nochem Zaltsberg. A feisty and rebellious girl, Bella felt suffocated by the stifling restrictions of the Hasidic lifestyle. She ran away from home when she was fourteen years old. With no means of support she soon drifted into prostitution. 

Several years later, in Bella's capacity as a prostitute, she met a young Italian immigrant named Lorenzo Trillo. He worked for the Fortini Brothers construction company, and moonlighted as a hit man for the mafia. Lorenzo became smitten with Bella and married her, rescuing her from her fallen lifestyle but bringing her into a life of abuse and neglect. 

Within a year after marrying Lorenzo, Bella gave birth to their first child. She decided to name the boy Van for two reasons:

1. Vincent Van Gogh was Bella's favorite painter. She didn’t like the name “Vincent”, but she liked “Van”, and ...

2. she loved Van Cliburn, the pianist, who was then still something of a national hero after having won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, a decade earlier.

Bella asked her husband, Lorenzo, what he thought of the name. He said, “I don’t give a shit what you name the little half-Hebe.”

And so Bella named their son Van. No middle name. Just Van.

When Trillo was a kid he loved to watch the Winchell and Mahoney Show on TV, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell. One day it struck little Van how similar his full name, Van Trillo, sounded to “ventriloquist.” He knew then what his destiny was ...

IMPORTANT LINKS:

http://trilloandsuede.com/

http://www.farnfilm.com/

http://geffner.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PILFg_TYohI

http://www.facebook.com/WhiletheVillageSleeps?ref=hl

Twitter: @jongeffner

Risks and challenges

We are very fortunate to have Ian Lewis on board this project as Producer and Director. As president of Farnham Films, UK, he has vast experience and expertise in being able to work wonders with tiny budgets.

Distribution of independent films is always a challenge, but Ian has many avenues that he will diligently pursue in order to find the widest possible audience for While the Village Sleeps.

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Funding period

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