About this project
Check out these video exclusives from our lead actress Alexandra Breckenridge, our screenwriter Elias, lead actress Whitney Able and Executive Producer Joe Dante. Also, new DARK promo art on Fangoria!
On August 14th, 2003, New York City went... DARK
WHAT'S THE STORY?
Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.
A story with a raw, gritty, neo-realistic feel that evolves into a suspenseful nightmare, DARK thematically is about isolation and plays on the fear of entrapment. In the tradition of moody and methodical thrillers that explore character psychosis such as Polanski’s Repulsion or more recently Black Swan and Martha Marcy May Marlene, DARK is a journey into the depths of one’s own mortal fears, weaknesses and the desperate struggle for sanity in a world engulfed in shadow.
WHO'S ON THE TEAM?
Attached to play Kate, our lead and heroine, is the extraordinarily talented and stunning actress Whitney Able. Star of the critically acclaimed film Monsters and soon to be seen in A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane along with Amber Heard.
Co-starring as Kate’s photographer girlfriend Leah, we have attached Alexandra Breckenridge who has ignited the screen on shows like American Horror Story and True Blood.
We are also collaborating with Executive Producer Joe Dante, legendary director of Gremlins, Innerspace, Small Soldiers and The Howling.
“I’ve always been attracted to projects by young filmmakers who are trying to do something within their means,” says Dante, “DARK has been conceived in this manner and has the opportunity to be a very suspenseful and commercial picture.”
Our director, Nick Basile, has produced and directed a series of independent films including Festival Award winners Slasher Flick (closer at the New York City Horror Film Festival), Beyond Dreams and The Man Who Knew Belle Starr (Best Director for a short subject Atlantic Film Festival). Basile most recently directed the feature documentary American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow (in wide release throughout the US and Canada) which the Film Institute of Lincoln Center named among its prestigious Top 10 Documentaries of the Year.
Dark's screenwriter, Elias, penned his 2012 feature, Gut, which was an official selection of the Transylvania International Film Festival as well as more than 20 other film festivals worldwide and is now in wide release in the US and Canada. Gut took home the "Best Feature" and "Best FX" awards at the 2012 New York City Horror Film Festival and 5 other awards from other festivals. Other projects include the upcoming horror feature Alone, which he co-produced and the horror anthology LovecraCked! The Movie, for which he wrote, produced and directed several segments.
OUR CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM:
- Director / Producer: Nick Basile
- Writer / Producer: Elias
- Executive Producer: Joe Dante
- Producers: Kathryn Bayer Belli and David Boulton
- Associate Producers: Meridoc Burkhardt and Lauren Rayner
- Cinematography: Trent Ermes
- Editor: Brian Reali
- Casting: Donna McKenna
- Production Designer: Stuart Braunstein
- Art Director: Matthew Arrow
- Costume Designer: Cindy Lahiff
- Production Manager: Aliki Paraschis
- First Assistant Director: Ryan Alan Dearth
- Visual Effects: Richard Weissman
- Music Supervisor: Robert Gold
- Location Scout: Emmanuel Vozos
- Location Manager: Teddy Yoon
- Poster Art by: Mike Pappa
- Still Photographer: Will Serber
- Kickstarter Promo Editors: Emmanuel Vozos, Brian A. Bernhard
- Kickstarter Promo Shooters: Brian A. Bernhard, Trent Ermes
- Kickstarter Promo Original Music: Chvad SB
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE FUNDS WE RAISE?
Here's where you come in. We need your support to raise the financing required to bring DARK into production. The more we raise together, the more value we can afford to put on screen. We have already assembled a dedicated team of professionals who are willing to bring resources for a fraction of the usual cost which will give the film high production values for our proposed Ultra Low SAG budget. But even with all of the resources of the team combined, it’s not enough. The money raised through this campaign will help us acquire high quality camera and lighting equipment, materials for ambitious props and set decoration, location and insurance fees, and a multitude of other production costs.
A concrete example is a scene in the script which requires the recreation of the 2003 blackout at night on a Brooklyn street complete with extras, burning barrels and the cooperation of the city of New York and local businesses to shut off all the lights on the street to complete the effect. In fact if you donate a certain amount you may get a chance to appear in this scene with a walk on role!
HOW CAN I MAKE AN IMPACT?
This brings us to the rewards you’ll receive for participating. Depending on your level of contribution you can receive such rewards as memorabilia from Gremlins or the collector’s blu-ray of The Howling autographed by director Joe Dante. This is a unique offer not available anywhere else. For higher level donors, you’ll be invited to the set to meet the cast and crew, gain a producer credit, and even appear in the film! Just check out the rewards section to the right for more details.
We want you to be a part of the fun of making this film and without your help we won’t be able to bring this project to life, so it’s essential you contribute now, today even! After all night is coming and you don’t want to be left out in the dark...
Also, stay tuned to kickstarter as we will be rolling out exclusive videos featuring essential members of the cast and crew over the course of the campaign, with some surprises in store. Contribute now and help us get cameras rolling and the lights turned on!
Risks and challenges
The team has worked tirelessly (for little or no pay) over the last year to bring this project to fruition. No matter what, Nick Basile and Co. is determined to tell this story and will do anything he can to make it happen.
We have been working closely with our design team and actors over the past 6 months to have the production fully developed and refined. Now, we are ready to go into actual production. Pending a successful campaign, our team is ready to shoot in early 2014. If we are able to surpass our funding goal, it will allow us to cover even more production costs and will bring the production to an entirely different level.
We’ve set a reasonable production and fulfillment schedule, but there are inherent risks of delay in the process (this is the film business, after all!). We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign to ensure the fulfillment process sticks to the timeline and that no matter what, this feature film gets made and out into the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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