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After Ella is a short fiction film exploring love, loss and art.
INVITED TO THE BERLINALE TALENTS 2014!
After Ella is a short fiction film exploring love, loss and art. INVITED TO THE BERLINALE TALENTS 2014!
137 backers pledged $10,247 to help bring this project to life.

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 The Story line

After Ella tells the story of Hope, a successful photographer. Introverted and quiet, her demeanor plays in stark contrast to her glamorous work environment. When she learns that her sister Ella has passed away, Hope is stunned... until she begins to receive text messages from her. Are they for real? Using art as a tool for recovery, Hope begins to accept the fatality of death. She will evoke her sister's presence - alive and in memoriam.

Director’s Statement 

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness is an award-winning producer. In her recent productions, she has explored Memory, Identity, and now Loss.

My aesthetic approach is to visually capture Hope’s abstract state of mind. There is no balance in Hope’s life anymore, we feel it in the way the shots are framed... deep, low angle shots, extreme close ups...we are in Hope’s mind, embedded in her skin. We feel the absence and how it resonates through her mind and body. I want to express this unfathomable emptiness. Raw emotions affecting a talented artist and conveyed through beautiful cinematography. Inextricably linked to the "tree" she is creating for a gallery show, Hope is fighting to be reborn.

After Ella is a journey, an experience

Please help us finish this film, become a supporter, come to our screenings, wear our t-shirts and become the owner of beautiful art pieces made by the artists who worked on this film, unique pieces!

photo by Gaby Villari
photo by Gaby Villari

The Rewards 

Our beautiful and super soft 100% cotton American Apparel T-shirts!

Hope's Box is being crafted!

Take a look at amazing artist Nicholas Fuhr working on the Mourning Tree etched glass piece! We will show you the progress as soon as the first backer picks one of our five pieces!

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 The funds will be used for:

 - Crew 

- Equipment rental 

- Location rental 

- Editing 

- Can we go beyond our $9200? YES! And if we do, we will be able to go in post-production, apply to film festivals, work on a distribution, organize screenings, have Q&As… SO, PLEASE DON’T STOP! 

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Our Super Team 

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness, director, writer, producer 

Cambridge based Filmmaker and award-winning producer Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness is a specialist in the adaption of theater and film across multiple media and languages. Born in Paris, France she completed research work at la Sorbonne in 2001. Her latest productions Photographic Memory, by R. McElwee premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, broadcast on ARTE and Indelible Lalita, by J. Mallozzi screened at the Boston MFA, Brattle Theater in 2013 and broadcast on PBS World. Marie-Emmanuelle is currently producing Michel Negroponte's new film The Autobiography of Michelle Maren, an IFP Independent Week 2013 selection.

Gus Sacks, cinematographer 

Gus Sacks is a Director of Photography working in New York City. He has shot numerous award-winning features and shorts, such as Things I Don't Understand, Anosmia and Halfway Somewhere Else a short film selected in 2013 Cannes film Festival. 

Adriane Giebel, editor 

Adriane has worked extensively as a director, editor and producer in documentary and scripted film, as well as for commercial clients and music video.  Recent producer credits include Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Theater of War, featuring Meryl Streep and Tony Kushner. Adriane lives in New York's East Village.  

Maria Rondeau, main actor

Maria Rondeau as Hope
Maria Rondeau as Hope

Maria is also an architect and installation artist. Interested in multi-disciplinary collaborations, she has developed a series of topographic and audio-visual productions where she plays out the inter-relationship between space, place, and image. Maria is the director of Concepcion 41, a Foundation for Contemporary Art based in Guatemala.

Jonathan Hadley, Actor

Jonathan Hadley
 was last seen on Broadway channeling Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett in A Class Act. Tours: Into the Woods, Joseph..., Fiddler on the Roof, Forbidden Broadway (Australia). Off-Broadway: Finian's Rainbow, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, Kuni-Leml. Favorite regional: Dirty Blonde, White Christmas, Loves Labours Lost, Call Me Madam, Yiddle with a Fiddle (Boston Herald Award). TV: Another WorldSex and the City.

Heidi Legg, Assistant Director, actor

Heidi Legg is the author of My Evangeline, She is completing her second novel about four friends turning 40 who grapple midlife reckonings in this new Internet age. Heidi founded TheEditorial.com, an online magazine where she interviews visionaries and change agents.

Dane Walker, sound editor, composer 

Composer, Dane Walker, began studying the piano at the age of 4. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music's prestigious film scoring program. Since then Dane has composed the music for award winning films such as The Runner from Ravenshead, Photographic Memory, Aim Point Shoot

Anthony Sylvester, Assistant Producer

Anthony is also a documentary storyteller and director of Photography. Born and raised in New York, Anthony now lives in Cambridge Massachusetts and is a graduate Student of Harvard University. Anthony has photographed and filmed projects all over America.

Risks and challenges

If we don’t reach our goal of $9200 in 30 days, it is simple: we don’t get funded! And we can’t finish this project! Please support our campaign so we can make a powerful film for you to see and share!
We have set a reasonable production and fulfillment schedule, but will keep you informed should there be any delay in the production process.
Our main challenge is distribution. In the world of independent filmmaking, we need people to know about our project and spread the word. Marketing is expensive and we don’t have Hollywood studios’ super-powers behind us! We have a very active, professional and talented team, working really hard to create this piece and we need YOU to SPREAD THE WORD, to share the project, to contribute any way you can. This film is for you, it is being made for an audience to watch, any size, any place. We would love to organize Q&As, screen in film festivals, in Art&Healing contexts, local theaters, broadcast and if this film can trigger reactions and discussions, then we will have reached our goal, our dream! But in order to do so, we need the world to know about After Ella. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    What about YOUR STORY? You will get a PRIVATE CONSULTATION with producer Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness in person if you are in the Boston area or via Skype, wherever you are! Based on your script or treatment (up to 20 pages) we will discuss your story and sketch a production and distribution plan for YOUR PROJECT!

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