All Sorts: A Surreal Workplace Comedy
A feature film about strange characters and competitive folder-filing in a very unusual office.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 21 2018 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.
All Sorts is a magical office story about the surreal world of Data Mart and the eclectic (ahem, strange) people who work there. It's my second feature-length film as a writer/director, and it was put together with a lot of paperclips, staples, and heart in Yakima, WA. We’re in post-production now, and we’re looking for funds to finish making this film so that we can win lots of film festival awards and also maybe some employee-of-the-month certificates.
Diego is desperate – for a job, for excitement, for love. When he gets hired to work by Vasquez, the absurd boss who loves data but can’t type, Diego finds himself in the strange, strange land of Data Mart. There he meets June, an incredibly fast filer, and as the two make their way into the secret world of underground filing, things will never be the same. Diego agrees to be her coach and manager, and as June rises up through the underground filing ranks, the two begin to fall for each other. But do they really have a shot, or are they just fooling themselves?
This is the second feature we’ve filmed near my hometown of Granger, WA. We had so much fun making the first one, Cement Suitcase, in and around Tri-Cities and Yakima, that I knew we had to come back to film the next one. And we were lucky - a lot of our cast and crew from the first film came back this past February and March to film for 18 days and make it all happen!
All Sorts is truly a community-made film. The producer and art director stayed at my parents' house. Other family friends invited crew members into their homes. David Carstens, the cinematographer, even volunteered to sleep at the office location where we shot. Everyone really pulled together, and made a lot of sacrifices, to make this film the best it could be.
We finished production! That means we’re halfway to the finish line. We still need to complete the editing, visual effects, color correction, music, and sound design. With our experience making Cement Suitcase, we’re confident that we can make a great film.
But a feature film isn't like an alphabetized file - you can’t just expect people to find it on their own. We’ve got to send the film out to festivals and promote it every way we can think of so that the film finds a great distributor, and gets seen by as many people as possible.
Post-Production, music, marketing, distribution, and film festivals aren't free - in fact, according to our accounting spreadsheet, they all cost money dollars! We’ll need to pay for film festival entry fees, closed captioning, and creating a DCP digital file that can play in movie theaters. We plan on getting big discounts for post-production, but it will still cost quite a bit. This is where our Kickstarter funds will go.
We want to make magic - that’s why we make movies, and that’s especially why we made this movie. We want people to be thinking about magic when they look at a filing cabinet. We want them to use their imagination as they think about their own office lives. This is a very positive movie, about love, about friendship, about finding magic in a dim, drab place. I hope you’ll join our team and help us make it!
J. Rick Castañeda, writer/director of All Sorts
Director - J. Rick Castañeda
J. Rick Castañeda is an award-winning writer/director of branded content and narrative films, and also a co-founder of Psychic Bunny. He wrote and directed the feature film Cement Suitcase, a comedy-drama set throughout Central Washington. The film screened at more than ten film festivals, won multiple awards, and currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received wide distribution on Cable VOD, and also was picked up by Amazon Prime, Hulu, and iTunes. Originally from Granger, WA, Rick graduated from USC with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in film. He has directed videos for Disney, MSN, Imagine Dragons, League of Legends, and just recently, LEGO. He is very excited about his next feature film, All Sorts.
Diego - Eli Vargas
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Eli began his career at Bilingual Foundation of the Arts theatre in productions including, La Zapatera Prodijiosa, Too Many Tamales, and Zarzuelas Under the Stars. Following these productions were Luis Avalos’ Paquitos Christmas and Ed Begley Jr.’s Cesar and Ruben. On television, DVD, blu ray, stream or TVO, he can be spotted in You Me and Dupree, iCarly, The Last Day of Summer, Summerland, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, True Jackson VP, California Solo, The Office, The Comeback, The Face of Love, All Cheerleaders Die, Mathew McDuffie’s Burning Bodhi, Mitchell Hurwitz’s Arrested Development, and CHAVEZ, directed by Diego Luna.
June - Greena Park
Greena, originally from South Korea, has made a name for herself back in Korea with an impressive list of films and TV shows. Now pursuing a career in the states, she’s been in many award-winning short films such as “Angel Town” and “Family from Tang” where she won Best Actress at the 2017 International Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Vasquez - Luis Deveze
Luis is from the beautiful state of Guanajuato, México. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting in 2003, and since then his strong performances have been praised in a number of films that have screened in distinguished festivals around the world, including Cannes, Guadalajara, Morelia and his home state of Guanajuato. As a principal actor in over 30 national and international commercials, Luis has had the opportunity to work with top tier directors like Luis Mandoki, Todd Field, and Craig Gillespie. He also works consistently as a voice-over actor, and has shared the screen with Demián Bichir on the acclaimed FX TV show "The Bridge." Last year he was featured on INGRID GOES WEST with Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The Feature Film FELIZ AÑO TIJUANA where he's the lead actor, co-creator and co-producer is opening in theaters in LA on September.
Producer - Laura Reich
Laura is a full time producer for the production company Psychic Bunny, where she has worked on commercials, films, television, animations, motion graphics, and web based media for clients including Lego, Riot Games, The University of Southern California, The US Army, and Endemol Shine. Independently she has produced web series, short films, and feature films that have all gone on to successfully screen at festivals across the nation. Her first feature, KEPT BOY, was sold for domestic and international distribution across Europe on platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and HBO. Her second feature, RETURN TO ME, is currently in post. ALL SORTS with be her third feature and is one of many projects she has collaborated on with Director J. Rick Castañeda.
Producer - Omar Kenawi
A Webby-award winning Producer working in the UK Television and Film industry for over a decade before moving to the USA, Omar was named a ‘Broadcast Hotshot’ by the British equivalent of Variety. Omar currently produces content with NBCUniversal’s Digital Lab, and has worked extensively in both production and development at Warner Bros, CBS, NBCUniversal, the BBC, Psychic Bunny, Kudos Film & TV, and the Associated Press, among others. He has produced content around the world, filming with renowned talent, across multiple continents. Omar completed a Masters in Producing and Directing at the National Film and Television School, ranked #1 International Film School by Hollywood Reporter. His first TV show won ‘Best Pilot’ at the New York Television Festival. His short films have also collected numerous awards.
Co-Producer - Sophia Gutierrez Perez
Sophia Gutierrez Perez is a Seattle-born Washingtonian who graduated from Davis High School (Yakima) and got her BA in Public Relations from Central Washington University. Perez has worked on a variety of productions, from award-winning docu-series to independent films and industrial shoots. Although she has worn many hats on & off set, she considers Co-Producing with the All Sorts team a milestone in her career, not just professionally, but as a chance to support an intentionally diverse production while highlighting a community that holds a special place in her heart.
Cinematographer - David Carstens
David Carstens is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer and USC alum. He has lived and worked in Hawaii, Oregon, and Singapore, which have all encouraged his desire to capture the inherent beauty and emotion of nature as well as diverse culture. ALL SORTS is Carstens' fourth feature as cinematographer.
Production Company - Psychic Bunny
Psychic Bunny is a creative collective that produces content for the advertising, entertainment, and interactive communities. Psychic Bunny has won numerous ADDY, TELLY, and Pixie Awards, and was named a Webby Awards Honoree. Their diverse roster of clients includes Disney, Lego, MTV, MSN, Sony, USC, and the US Army. Psychic Bunny’s hybrid-media approach stems from the founders’ multidisciplinary experience in film production, screenwriting, motion graphics and interactive design. Psychic Bunny provided all the opening titles, end credits, animation, screen replacement, color correction, and VFX for Cement Suitcase. This will be their second in-house produced feature.
Learn more about Psychic Bunny at www.psychicbunny.com
Find out more about the movie at www.allsortsmovie.com
Risks and challenges
Every movie project carries with it a great assortment of risks. With so many variables in the post-production and distribution processes, the only certainty in filmmaking is that things will go wrong. Solving problems, then, is an essential part of the process.
The producers of All Sorts have over 30 years of collective experience in filmmaking and have encountered, and overcome, many difficulties. Now that principal photography is complete, our largest risks are already behind us.
Our biggest challenge now is getting the movie completed and seen by as many people as possible. This can be overcome by clever and persistent promotion, generating buzz via social media, building a fan base, and getting the movie out on the festival circuit. We have already enjoyed a lot of early press and social recognition during filming in WA state, and have fed the momentum by sharing clips, stills and behind the scenes interviews on our website and social media platforms. This Kickstarter campaign will help us move All Sorts onward and upward!
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