REMAINS is a film noir series currently in pre-production on its pilot episode. The producers of the series are creating a prequel to the award-winning short film, An Affair Remains.This prequel will be titled Remains to be Seen and edited together these two short films will create the pilot episode. But we need your assistance to make this happen. Remains to be Seen will star Marlyn Mason and Bill Luckett. We ask that you please make a contribution today and be on the ground floor of building this powerful tale.
HOW IT CAME TO BE
In January of 2019 Marlyn Mason presented the idea of casting Shawn Klush in a "non-Elvis" role to writer/director Ray Nomoto Robison and he jumped at the opportunity. With their most recent short film, An Affair Remains still showing on the film festival circuit Robison thought a prequel to the award-winning short to create a pilot for a new series was the way to go. When it came time to cast an actor to portray Ms. Mason's husband in the film, Robison knew it had to be Bill Luckett even though Robison had only met him once Luckett was perfect for the part.
Marlyn Mason has had an incredible career which includes being Elvis Presley's leading lady in The Trouble with Girls and a regular on the series Longstreet with James Franciscus and Bruce Lee. She is now making her mark on the independent film scene.
Bill Luckett an eclectic actor from Clarkdale Mississippi has crossed genres with roles in a range of feature films like the Civil War period piece Son of a Gun and the horror-comedy Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies.
Please take a look at the perks listed on the right side of this webpage. We've included many fun items but you know the best perk is simply being part of an artistic endeavor and sharing in the excitement of following its progress and seeing it become a reality.
Marlyn Mason and Ray Nomoto Robison began collaborating as filmmakers over a decade ago when Mason first presented her script idea for Model Rules to Robison. Since then they have worked on numerous films together and garnered many film festival awards including "Best Actress" from the Bend Film Festival for Mason and "1st Prize - Best Director" for Robison at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Their film The Bag won "Best Short Film" at the Bare Bones International Film Festival. These are just a few examples. The work continues and even in a world of film festivals that seem to always want to tout discovering new young talent there always seems to be room for the works of a couple of filmmakers who are eligible for social security benefits.
Sadly film studios these days are primarily manufacturing remakes and sequels. Just take a look at what is playing at your local theatre right now. For those studio investors it is the safest way to go because their goal is profits . The beauty of crowdfunding is that it takes some production decisions out of the hands of the studio executives and in to your hands so that new and original artistic endeavors can be pursued. When you contribute to an independent film such as Remains you are allowing artists to create free of commercial restrictions and goals. You are truly patrons of the arts.
Below is the award-winning short film Dear Future Self starring Marlyn Mason and directed by Ray Nomoto Robison. A very simple production with an important message.
SYNOPSIS - SPOILER ALERT!
A man (Shinjiro) and a woman (Hannah) from different parts of the world cross paths at a mortuary when they retrieve the remains and belongings of their spouses. Though they do not wish to meet, circumstances bring them together and her secret is revealed - she killed her husband. Flashback to 8 months earlier when Hannah has hired a hitman. He can't go through will killing her husband so she agrees to commit the murder if he agrees to cover the evidence. As they plan her husband's murder Hannah suddenly kills the hitman, an act which to her amounts to covering the evidence. The next day a young woman sees a body floating in the river. Is it the hitman? Is he dead?
Risks and challenges
This is probably the most exciting project that Mason and Robison have ever collaborate on as the potential is so great to create an enduring series that will thrill viewers for years to come. But success is never guaranteed and a calculated leap of faith has been taken by these two seasoned independent filmmakers. Getting a professional film produced is not a problem for Mason and Robison but even with a stellar cast and professional crew distribution is not guaranteed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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