A serious movie about life that collides head-on into a funny movie about death.
THANK YOU - WE DID IT!
Thanks to folks like you, we reached our Kickstarter goal with 29 hours left! We're grateful to everyone who made this happen. In the remaining time before the campaign ends, we're setting a stretch goal of reaching a total of 350 backers. Increasing the number of backers helps us show the world a broad base of support for the movie and also raises additional funds to help us finish the movie and get it out to the world. Even a $5 pledge will make a difference!
Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down.
A PICTURE OF YOU is a heartfelt family drama that bear hugs an unexpected comedy. It's a movie that's genre-bending and smart, but isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. It's a movie for grownups who are grown up enough to realize that in many ways we'll forever be children. And best of all, THIS FILM HAS BEEN SHOT!
What this movie is NOT, however, is FINISHED.
We raised enough money to get through production, but now we need your help in funding our post-production phase – editing, sound mix, color correction, and visual effects – and to help get the movie to film festivals in 2013. These funds will also lay the groundwork for our digital, VOD, cable, and theatrical distribution.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
When I lost my mother to cancer six years ago, I found myself devastated with grief. I couldn't imagine anything worse than a child losing his mother... until I realized that my stepfather had lost his wife, that my aunts and uncles had lost their sister, and that countless others had lost a good friend.
Collectively, we had all loved and lost the same person. But individually, we'd each lost someone who was entirely unique, and we were each left with a set of memories that was ours alone. And even if we could share all these memories, we'd still never have the entire picture of her.
But I realized that not knowing everything about her meant there might always be more to discover. An off-hand anecdote from an aunt, a photograph I hadn't seen, her handwriting on a scrap of paper – all these things were out there waiting to be discovered (or not). It kept her alive in a way I could never have imagined.
Anyone who's lost someone dear to them knows what a roller coaster it can be. You're crushed with sadness even as you laugh uproariously at the good times you shared. I wanted to make a movie that reflects these ups-and-downs in grieving for a loved one. I hope you will join us for the ride.
-J.P. Chan, writer/director
Even before graduating from Juilliard, the multi-talented Jo Mei (Jen, co-story writer) appeared in several of Director J.P. Chan's films and shared story credit on two of them. In J.P.'s films, she has played everything from identical twins, to a new immigrant to America, to a data recovery specialist in the year 2031. After graduation, Jo's been in THE GOOD WIFE and will appear alongside John Cusack and Emma Roberts next year in ADULT WORLD.
J.P. became a fan of Andrew Pang (Kyle) years before they actually met after watching THE CORRUPTOR, in which Andy plays a tough Chinatown cop alongside stars Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg. "He was so badass and so real," J.P. recalls. "I hadn't yet picked up a camera at that point but I said to myself, 'If I ever make a movie, I wanna work with him.'" Besides acting, Andy also writes and directs plays and films, edits movies and TV shows, and participates in triathlons. Yeah, he's kind of a high achiever.
J.P. first saw Teyonah Parris (Mika) in a Juilliard School production of August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE and was blown away by her performance. Since graduating, Teyonah has played Reese Witherspoon’s BFF in HOW DO YOU KNOW, starred in J.P.’s short film EMPIRE CORNER, played Dawn Chambers in this season’s MAD MEN, and will appear in (at least) three movies next year including ours. Watch anything she’s been in to know why she’ll be busy like this forever.
We plucked Lucas Dixon (Doug) fresh out of Yale Drama School after hearing incredible things about him in the New York theatre scene. We can’t wait to take credit for introducing him to the world – unless of course, some way larger movies beat us to it. You're on, Hollywood!
Anyone who's seen Jodi Long (Mother) in shows like ALL AMERICAN GIRL and movies like BEGINNERS knows she's beautiful, smart, fun, funny, and fearless. But what most people don't know is her ability to casually drop the F-bomb in conversation so frequently and unexpectedly that the listener will always blush. We couldn't think of anyone stronger and more perfect to play Mother. You can watch Jodi tear it up, sans F-bombs, every week in the TBS series SULLIVAN AND SON.
WHERE WE'RE AT and WHY WE NEED YOU
A PICTURE OF YOU is a "microbudget" film. We shot the movie on a shoestring, relying heavily on the generosity and goodwill of countless people who believed in the project. To fund the production, we dipped into savings, gave up vacations and meals out, begged, borrowed, and asked for favors on top of favors to get through our 19 day shoot.
AND WE DID IT. We got a terrific movie in the can for almost exactly the amount we'd raised.
But shooting the movie isn't the same as finishing the movie, and that's why we're here on Kickstarter. We've got a very special and unique film on our hands with a story that touches the heart in a totally unconventional and cool way. With your help, we'll be able to finish A PICTURE OF YOU and get it out to the world. Thank you!
CAST and CREW
Here's just a partial list of the rest of the fantastic team behind A PICTURE OF YOU:
Sandy Stalter, Terrence Breight Coen, Karl Merchant, Victoria Oltarsh, Liesel Allen Yeager, Kimberly Herkins, Mia P. Colombo, Kaitlyn McInnes, Christian Sandoval, Jordan Sandoval, Alan Dolge.
Producers: Yasmine Gomez, Robert M. Chang (HALF-LIFE), J.P. Chan
Executive Producer: Duane Andersen (SURROGATE VALENTINE)
Director of Photography: Andrew Reed (COLD WEATHER)
Production Designer: Sara K. White (PARIAH)
Art Director: Kaitlyn McInnes
Editor: Kevin Barker (LAST KIND WORDS)
Consulting Editor: Jennifer Lilly (ELECTRICK CHILDREN)
Music: Yea-Ming (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS)
First Assistant Director: Michael Belardi
Sound Mixer: Chat Gunter (AFTER HOURS)
Assistant Camera: Bryce A. Maschino
Gaffer: Christopher Schneider
Production Coordinator: Dan Balton
Digital Imaging Technician: Derek Chung
Key Hair and Makeup: Cara Liedlich
Attorney: Fernando Ramirez
Behind-the-scenes Videographer: Kathy Huang
Kickstarter Videographer: Adele Free Pham
Kickstarter Video Editor: Laura J. Fong
Phillie Chan, Cheryl Ching, Gary Dam, Kenneth Henwood, Jeffrey Ziar.
ABOUT J.P. CHAN
J.P. Chan is a self-taught filmmaker and playwright living in New York City. His award-winning short films have screened at film festivals around the world including Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Comic-Con. His plays have been produced and read in New York City and Chicago. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, holds a graduate degree in urban planning from NYU, creates videos for the MTA at his day job, and was born in New Jersey to working-class immigrant parents. A PICTURE OF YOU is his first feature film.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We're editing the film right now and it all looks and sounds pretty great both aesthetically and technically, so in the post-production phase there's no risks or challenges that we foresee. For our distribution, the risk is that we may have limited festival or theatrical screenings which would only delay some rewards related to premiere events.
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