New Yorker Nicki Cochrane loves theater with full dedication. The 77-year-old lady is always ready to fight for a free seat at a play that’s worth her time, even if the venue is fully sold out. For her, the theater is a means of learning about the world and the human condition.
When small talk with the box office managers doesn’t do the trick, Nicki stands right outside the theater door, waving around her finger or holding a sign that says “One Ticket Please”. Full of remarkable energy and passion for the arts, Nicki is able to get her "miracle ticket" most of the time.
Sometimes this means getting into trouble – people have called the police on her, she’s even reportedly been banned from attending specific theater venues. Nicki always wants to sit in front row centre, no matter if the seat has been allocated for another patron. Due to countless incidents many New York theatre staff consider Nicki a real nemesis, finding her behaviour obtrusive, rude and inappropriate.
Originally from East India, Nicki came to America in the 1940s with her father. Since then, she has got degrees from prestigious universities, volunteered in Israel during the Six Day war, gone on tour with Ravi Shankar and given birth to three children, one of whom has become a famous Hollywood actor.
In 2016, Nicki takes the subway from Queens to Manhattan every day to watch at least 11 plays a week in New York City's various theatrical venues. From Broadway tourist traps to theatres not larger than your living room, Nicki has been going to the theater every day for more than 25 years. However, the passion for the art form has come at a cost. While Nicki has plenty of 30-minute friendships with people she meets at plays, her relationship with her own children is distanced and complicated.
Using re-enactments, documentary footage and interviews, One Ticket Please will be a personal exploration of the life of a woman who is dedicated to the art of theater and the impact this has had on her life, both past and present.
We've already begun filming One Ticket Please in New York City. However, we need your help to finish the project. Here's how:
Re-enactments. In order to retell Nicki's memories from her youth, we will use re-enactments with professional actors. Period-specific costumes, art design and actors all require financial investment.
Transportation. We want One Ticket Please to be a deeply personal film, and Nicki has spanned several countries and continents in her life. We will film her childhood home in India among other locations important to telling Nicki's story as thoroughly as possible.
Post-production. We want One Ticket Please to look and sound as aesthetically pleasing as possible. In addition to our existing crew, we plan to hire a professional sound editor and colorist to finish the film.
Festival submissions. Most of all, we want Nicki's story to be seen. The documentary will be submitted to several documentary film festivals around the world. Your contribution will help us cover the fees.
One Ticket Please is a collaborative effort by a diverse team of young filmmakers based in New York City:
Director: Matīss Kaža
Matīss is a Latvian filmmaker with experience working on several and short feature-length documentary films as a writer and assistant director. Currently Matīss attends NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on directing. One Ticket Please will be his directorial documentary debut.
Cinematographer: Noah Weisfogel
Noah is a cinematographer who grew up in New Jersey. Noah has a taste for poetic and avant-garde cinema, and that reflects in the way he composes his shots for his own work. Noah currently attends NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on cinematography.
Editor: Jake Helton
Jake is an editor from Tennessee with five years of experience working in Adobe Premiere Pro. Among other awards and recognitions, Jake has won a high-school Emmy award for editing for one of his video productions. Currently Jake attends NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on editing.
Assistant Director: David Scherker
David is an award-winning second generation Cuban American filmmaker who has gained national and international recognition. His works have been shown by the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, the DocMiami International Film Festival, and a national cable syndicate. His documentary and animation work has been featured in various venues throughout New York City. David is also focused on his work and studies of Film and Television at New York University.
Executive Producers: Miko Reyes, Siobhan Kara Cochrane
Composer: Zach Tabori
Risks and challenges
Our film is in the second phase of principal photography which is now near completion. We need to cover the costs of editing, sound mixing and color correction, as well as the promotional campaign for the film in Europe and the United States.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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