Must the artist answer for what the work becomes?
In PLAIN FICTION, young author Simon Knight writes his debut novel in hopes of reconnecting with his mother, who is fast losing her memory. While the book cannot bring her back, it becomes a huge success with the public. But, when the novel inspires a horrible crime in real life, Simon falls into ignominy as quickly as he rose to fame.
Overwhelmed by guilt and fear, Simon takes refuge in a mysterious old hotel, where he hopes to escape the spotlight and write his comeback book. But this is no ordinary hotel. Here, dreaming and waking begin to blur, and the boundaries between fiction and reality fall away.
In spring of 2016, we began the journey of making the film PLAIN FICTION. The script had been in the works for years already, first as a play and then as a screenplay, and the time had come to bring it to life. We recruited wonderful artists to the production, and prepared to film the project in New Haven.
After months of rehearsal and preparation, we carried out a 16-day shoot in January 2017 that far exceeded our expectations. Our cast and crew put in long hours, and we were able to film half of our 120-page screenplay, without skimping on quality. Thanks to the generosity of Panavision and the expertise of our cinematographer, we worked with the same camera used for Moonlight, Birdman, and The Revenant.
We are in excellent shape to complete the production of PLAIN FICTION with another shoot in June 2017.
We ask you to support us in completing a film that asks thoughtful, compelling questions about the place of art and the artist in our society. PLAIN FICTION offers a fresh, probing take on what it means to tell a story worth telling. In doing so, it puts a diverse group of young talents front and center, and makes their voices heard.
Edward is a writer and actor who has conceived and performed in theater and film projects in New York City and New Haven. His plays have been developed through the Yale Playwrights Festival, the O’Neill Playwright Mentorship Program, and Naked Angels. He has been working on the script for PLAIN FICTION for over five years. In 2015 he further developed the piece under the mentorship of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies for the annual Yale Playwrights Festival. Edward is a junior at Yale College pursuing a degree in East Asian Studies. He researches the cultures, economy, and government of contemporary Mainland China.
As a composer, Cyrus has been interested in collaborations across different media, and he has always incorporated theatrical and filmic elements into his concert music, which has been performed most recently at the Yellow Barn International Chamber Music Festival. He has also composed scores and sound design for videos, theater pieces, and films, including most recently Michelle Mboya’s The Camel’s Back. He spent time last year directing Yale’s experimental theater ensemble, the Control Group, in a series of multimedia projects. Cyrus is a junior at Yale studying music and film, with a particular interest in the intersections of contemporary musicology and art theory.
Council recently completed her freshman year at Pratt Institute studying film production, and is now taking a gap year to travel and work on student films. Since high school she has directed more than 20 short films, and her three-part series Separation, which examines the female experience in relation to media through the dissection of sound, color, and image, was accepted to the All-American High School Film Festival in 2015. In August 2016, Council was accepted into the Prague Film School’s spring lab. Council’s work continues to explore themes such as womanhood and positive and negative forces in society, and she continues to look for opportunities to expand and support the role of women in film and media.
A recent graduate of Yale College, Rocky majored in Studio Art. In school, Rocky pursued theater, painting, photography, animation, graphic design, dance (tap and modern) and sound art. He took time off from school to work as an actor, a stagehand, and a musician for productions in New York, where he assisted productions at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the United Nations (Overcoming the Disaster: the Great East Japan Earthquake Commemoration concert), and City Center! Encores (Randy Newman’s Faust, starring Randy Newman dir. by Thomas Kail, In The Heights, Hamilton). At Yale, Rocky has been involved in the Dwight Edgewood Project, Yale Summer Cabaret at the Yale School of Drama, the Yale Institute for Music Theater, and the Visual Law Project at Yale Law School. Last spring he worked as the Wardrobe/Scenic designer for a Yale thesis film (The Perfect Fourth, dir. Henry Wolf), which was recently named “Short of the Week.”
Andrea Gonzalez-Mereles was born in Mexico City. Andrea studied film in her home country; it was during this time that she discovered that her true passion lied in cinematography. Her undergraduate thesis, Out of Earth, was the Local Winner at the Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition. Upon graduation, she worked in commercials and music videos before moving to Maine to complete the Cinematography Residency at Maine Media Workshops. In 2014, Andrea moved to Los Angeles as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue her Master’s degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. In 2016, Mereles was selected to participate in Film Independent's the prestigious Project Involve program. She is constantly looking to shoot films that explore the human condition. Mereles is based in Los Angeles.
Risks and challenges
Making a movie is never easy, and PLAIN FICTION has been no different. From a long writing and rehearsal phase to a grueling two weeks of consecutive night shoots during our filming in January, we've faced many logistical challenges and tested our cast and crew's stamina and skill. Every one of us has risen to meet the challenge, and put our all into making this film special.
Now, with the first shoot under our belt, we are better prepared than ever to complete our film. We know what we want out of our June shoot, and we know how to see it through. We are very excited to hit the ground running.
To do that, we need your help. Without your support, PLAIN FICTION can't become a reality. We invite you to join us in creating something wonderful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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