There are two stories to Peach Plum Pear. The story within the film, and the story of how it was made. Both are important to consider when making the decision to support our project.
Peach Plum Pear is the story of Jesse, a troubled young man from Los Angeles, and his best friend, Will, as they begin the journey from California to Chicago for a vague and unspecified reason. Upon further investigation we learn that Jesse's estranged father lives in Chicago and they might be headed there to visit him. After a stop in Nebraska for what they think will be just one night of partying, their car is stolen and they find themselves stuck in a small town, staying at the home of Sharon, the bartender, and her rough and tumble husband, Hank.Working as handymen for Hank in exchange for his car, Jesse and Will meet young and eccentric Dora, a girl from the neighborhood with a disturbing relationship with her abusive father and boyfriend. Jesse and Will develop unique relationships with the people in this small town, paralleling their relationships back home and their very reason for the journey. An epic climax followed by a surprise ending creates an unforgettable third act and proves that Peach Plum Pear has never been seen before. The story of friendships, family, love, and coming of age is an emotional journey sure to strike a chord with every viewer.
Samantha Genovese wrote the film, inspired by Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 and completed the screenplay in one year. She approached close friend Alana Morshead, Los Angeles Film School graduate, to direct. Their first venture towards making the film was met with manipulation that is all too common in Hollywood. Opting to make the film themselves instead of handing it over to a studio that would sully their vision, they took on longtime friend, music video and commercial producer Annelise Dekker to produce the film.
The film was shot in 18 days in the summer of 2009 and took another year of post-production to reach completion. It was funded by the generosity of family and friends, and made through the means of determination, hard work, the support of many, and lots of love.
We are an all-woman team, all in our mid-20s, and this is our first feature. We have a completed film to show for our efforts and we're very proud of it, but we'd like to be able to share our finished product with a wider audience. With your help, we are hoping to obtain a publicist, admission to festivals, and the ability to hold screenings to attract distributors. In the current independent film market, we feel that branding ourselves and becoming better known is what will help us with film festivals and distribution. We have a product, now all we need is the platform on which to prove it.
Additionally, we would like to hold screenings, both public and private, as well as set up a showcase for all of the musical acts that have contributed to our already immensely popular soundtrack to attend and play (Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, Olin & The Moon), and also throw events that will hopefully help spread the hype and enthusiasm for our project. Our ultimate goal has been the same since day one, which was about three and a half years ago now, and that is to create a film that we are passionate about and believe in and share it with the world. With your help we can make this a reality.
Securing a publicist and holding screenings in well-known theaters as well as paying for high-quality outputs for festivals and submission fees extends beyond what our already-drained bank accounts can afford, and the generosity of our investors has already been so great. With your support we can take the finals steps necessary to share the film that we are so proud of with the rest of the world.
In exchange, we would like to offer the tokens of gratitude intertwined with our film and share with you the events we intend to organize. We are eternally grateful for your support. Thank you so much for your consideration.
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