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WAYS TO LOOK AT THE MOON

A short film about people who see the world in different ways and their desire to connect.

Written & Directed by Katherine Clark
Produced by Amy Frear

Margot thinks in colors, Stephen thinks in words, and Jaime thinks in music.

Ways to Look at the Moon follows Margot, a painter, and her strained relationship with an astronomer named Stephen. It seems like they are always on a different page, trying to reach each other in the only ways that they know how. It wasn't always that way, though.

Margot begins to paint stars and create constellations on the ceiling, hoping to find a way to reach him and re-connect through her work. But as their home and relationship become more and more claustrophobic, she begins to wonder if her mission is even possible.

Meanwhile, as she explores Philadelphia, Margot encounters a musician named Jamie. How hard will Margot push to make others see things from her point of view before surrendering to the beauty of a thousand ways to look at something?

GENRE: Drama, Narrative, Magical Realist
RUNNING TIME: 10-12 minutes
PRODUCTION DATES: November 10-12, 2017
PRODUCTION LOCATIONS: Philadelphia & Central New Jersey

WHY ARE WE TELLING THIS STORY NOW?

Ways to Look at the Moon is based on a short story written by Katherine Clark in 2009. Working alongside Amy Frear, Katherine and Amy have adapted it to screen, situating it among more recent events. It's more important than ever to understand and explore people's connections with each other, and with the environment around them.

It may be challenging that people see the world in different ways, but it can also be beautiful.

This is why Ways to Look at the Moon is considered a Kickstarter Project of the Earth.

MEET THE CAST AND CREW

Writer & Director Katherine Clark

Katherine Clark is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker. Her previous short film, Beta Persei, has screened at festivals across the country. It received the Directorial Discovery Award at the Academy-Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, and was nominated as Best Short at Toronto's Female Eye Film Festival. She is the co-founder of PopUp Anthology, a traveling screening series that promotes local filmmakers in Trenton and throughout the region. From 2016-2017, she participated in Creative Lab Hawaii's Writers Immersive Lab to develop a feature-length screenplay, Pololia. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and her BA from UNC Asheville.

Producer & Actress Amy Frear

Amy Frear is a filmmaker and theatre artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. Her work explores subtle science fiction and fantasy through journey, connection, getting lost, time travel, and the occasional historic figure or marine mammal. Her films include Another Time and Selkie and have been screened at the Philadelphia Film Society, Trenton Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Cache Cache NYC, among many others. As a theatre artist she has worked with Found Theater Company, Theatre Exile, Seattle Repertory Theater and has upcoming productions with New Paradise Laboratories and Inis Nua. She holds her MFA from the University of Washington. https://www.amyfrear.com/

Production Designer Emily R. Johnson

Emily Johnson is a Philly based visual and performing artist who specializes in wire sculpture, installation art, and devised theatre. She is the creator/curator of a multimedia, experiential installation art series titled, “Yours and Everyone’s." She has most recently production designed for The Painted Bride Art Center, Obvious Agency, and The Humm'n'bards Theater Troupe. She holds a BA in Theatre from Temple University.

Director of Photography Anthony Berenato Jr.

Anthony Berenato Jr. is a cinematographer working in the tri-state area. As an avid photographer in his youth, he began blending his eye for composition with a love for storytelling and subtile movement over the years. In a curiosity for film aesthetic and the ways directing, cinematography, and sound design intertwine, he has found a strong interest in artfully crafting how stories are told - through highlighting smaller details often missed and shaping the little moments that bring people together. Anthony is a masters graduate from Loyola Marymount University, and his films have been screened by Golden Door, Garden State Film, Trenton, New Jersey, and other film festivals in the region. He is inspired by nature and all the things we can’t seem to put into words.

Catalina Jordan Alvarez as Jaime

Catalina (Jordan) Alvarez received her undergraduate degree in Experimental Theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in Film from Temple University in Philadelphia. In between she studied Filmmaking at a self-organized film school (FilmArche, e.V.) in Berlin, Germany, where she lived for four years as a feminist radical. She has acted in more than a few of her own short films, including Nullen und Einsen, a musical about the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, and her recent short, PACO, which has screened at thirty film festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, the L.A. Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, where it won Best Picture (Shorts with Legs). Her appearances in films include the feature, Performance (2014), directed by Hanna Bergfors and Kornelia Kugler.

Production Assistant Melissa De Leon

Melissa De Leon is a independent filmmaker based in the East Coast who earned a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She has produced 9 projects so far, several which have won awards, including Best Actress in a Narrative Short from WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival. Additionally, Melissa has been a production assistant on over 30 productions including Marvel's The Defenders and Jessica Jones Season 2.

She is currently in post production for Paralysis, a film she directed, is helping produce a web series called Sam and Saah, and her most recent big film as a PA was Hot Air, with Neve Campbell.

Funds Go Towards...

Being on set is a collaborative effort that requires long days. Sometimes up to 12 hours. We want to make sure that everyone's hard work is compensated.

Funds go towards feeding cast and crew, paying cast and crew, location rentals, props, wardrobe, data memory and storage, and our outer space installation. $10,000 is enough to help make this production happen, but we hope to go above and beyond our goal.

If we exceed our $10,000 goal, additional funds will go towards post-production expenses, like editing, hard drive storage, DVD duplication, composing, and sound design. These funds will also go towards film festival submission fees, which range from $25-$60 per entry.

Rewards & What We've Been Up To

Production designer Emily Johnson has created original 3-D objects and sculptures that will be photographed as the official Ways to Look at the Moon poster. Check out her process before we unveil the final design:

We had a photoshoot with producer and lead Amy Frear:

 

 

Festivals and organizations have helped share the news about Ways to Look at the Moon Film, like The Women's Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rahway International Film Festival, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and more!

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Ways to Look at the Moon: A Collaboration in Philadelphia

Risks and challenges

Film is a collaborative effort among many individuals, from cast, to crew, to editors. Our goal of $10,000 covers production expenses. If we exceed $10,000, we will be able to allocate those funds towards post-production (editing, sound mixing, and music), and film festival distribution.

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