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This project was successfully funded on April 18, 2014.

Principal photography is complete, editing is well under way, and The Suffering is near ready to terrify... Help us bring it home!

About this project

Thanks to you all we've reached our minimum goal of $5000! With 11 days left and 3 more Associate Producer credits now available we've set our new goal for $7500. This extra money will only contribute to the overall quality of the final film. Thank you to all our amazing donors and keep spreading the word!

www.thesufferingfilm.com

From Rob Hamilton, writer/director of the award winning thriller Key, comes The Suffering

A property appraiser fights for his sanity when he's trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker. 

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The Goal

To raise at least $5000 to cover our remaining post-production costs including:

1) COLOR CORRECTION

Color plays its own character in film. Just as sound and score, it feeds us a state of emotion and feeling. Fear and dread... for example.

2) SOUND DESIGN

Here's a great example of the power sound has in films and the work and time it takes to get it just right. (From the film Prometheus)

3) SCORE

From legendary composer John Williams this video provides a tremendous example of the necessity for a perfect score. 

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The 1st official poster of 'The Suffering'
The 1st official poster of 'The Suffering'

The Story

Henry Dawles is at a cross roads in life. A diminished bank account and baby on the way with his estranged wife, has his personal life in shambles. When Mr. Remiel, an elderly shut in, offers Henry a lucrative sum to appraise his rural estate, he accepts without hesitation.

What follows is a harrowing exploration of mind and madness. A journey through an estate as vast and beautiful as it is secretive and horrific. When Henry closes in on the lands’ dark truth, Remiel’s eccentric behavior takes a menacing and unforgettable turn.

In this twisted tale of morality and redemption, Henry must confront the terrors of his present while coming to terms with the horrors of his past.

The Cast

NICK APOSTOLIDES – 'HENRY DAWLES'

www.nickapostolides.com

Nick Apostolides was originally born outside of Boston, MA where he developed a love of the arts from an early age. The intrigue was creating something from lesser parts. All throughout, he was in awe of the cinematic experience - finding incredible inspiration by some of the most memorable characters that have been immortalized by his favorite actors. Nick took a risk and has since left a successful career in hospitality to inspire people through film acting and has been building this career for 4 years. Now, 50+ film projects later, he recently moved to LA and continues in the right direction continuing to book lead roles in features/shorts alike out west. Though very sociable, Nick has always been in part an introvert and from this place, he enjoys playing characters with depth, complexity and a sense of mystery.

Nick Apostolides
Nick Apostolides

ELIZABETH DEO - 'REBECCA DAWLES'

www.elizabethdeo.com

Elizabeth Deo was born March 6th in Southern California and grew up in Riverside. At a very young age, Elizabeth’s family noticed how talented of a singer she was and they always encouraged her to put on a show. This led to her unending desire to perform and entertain people.  She eventually started acting in local theater productions and formed her first rock band at in High School, rehearsing and playing for their friends in their parent’s garages.  Since her biggest desire was to act she went with an agency that would sign her “across the board” so she could get started on her acting career while paying the bills modeling. Soon after she landed her first television role where she played Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. She worked for three years acting on Spike TV’s Manswers while modeling for dozens of magazines. A few films, TV shows, and web series later, she landed her role as Rebecca Dawles in the feature film The Suffering and everyone’s excited for it’s upcoming release. She tries to pick roles that are emotionally challenging as well as physically as she’s really looking forward to playing the bad ass in as many action films as she can sink her teeth into. It seems that Elizabeth Deo is locked on target and set on doing everything possible to make those dreams of entertaining us all a reality very soon!

Elizabeth Deo
Elizabeth Deo

 PHIL AMICO - 'MR. REMIEL'

Phil Amico began acting in 2006, after retiring from a career in food service management, when he landed the role of the King at Medieval Times. Since then he has had many live theatre roles including Shylock in Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. He has appeared in Industrials and PSAs, done voice overs for commercials, political ads, industrials and museum narratives. He has appeared in a music video for the heavy metal band DARKEST HOUR and in many indie films, both shorts and features, including his award winning role for “Best Supporting Actor” in THE PATIENT at the 2009 World Music and Independent Film Festival. All this because he checked the Craigslist “Talent” section looking for something to do in retirement after his plans to be a part time realtor crashed along with the Real Estate market.

Phil Amico
Phil Amico

CHAD ERIC SMITH - 'AHMAD'

Chad Eric Smith, a native of Washington, DC, is an educator, ghost tour guide, musician, and an award-winning actor. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he was bitten by the acting bug, Chad played a variety of offbeat and sympathetic characters in more than a dozen stage plays in community theaters in and around Pittsburgh, including the internationally renowned Kuntu Repertory Theatre. Chad was an extra in big-budget Hollywood films ("She's Out of My Leauge," "I Am Number Four," and "The Dark Knight Rises") and had leading, supporting, and featured roles in web series and several independent films, including the superhero comedy “Squid Man” and the upcoming films “Secret City Bluz,” “Last Night,” and “Jericho Road.”

Chad Eric Smith
Chad Eric Smith

LEE HAMILTON - 'MRS. GATES'

Lee Hamilton, opera-singer/mezzo-soprano and actor, has been a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in New York for the past twenty years. Portraying hundreds of contrasting characters (on stage, radio and Met Live in HD), she has sung in many languages and is fluent in French and Italian. As a chorister, she holds two Grammy Awards (Best Opera Recording). Her solo roles at the Met include the "Page" in Rigoletto, "Second and Third Orphan" in Der Rosenkavalier, and a "Lehrbuben" in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins' Peabody Institute, Ms. Hamilton was a past winner in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Finals. She made her solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She has also appeared with numerous regional opera companies including Washington National Opera and Baltimore Opera. 

Lee Hamilton
Lee Hamilton

The Production Team

ROB HAMILTON - CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR

www.rbhamiltoniv.com

Rob Hamilton is an award winning filmmaker who most recently produced, co-wrote, and directed his debut feature film Key in 2012. The film hauntingly depicts the story of a forensic pathologist who, during a routine autopsy, finds an antique key inside the stomach of a suicide victim. His investigation into the seemingly inanimate object leads him down a dark path of obsession, insanity, and murder. Since its completion, Key has gone on to win multiple awards on the festival circuit including Best Horror Feature at the 2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival. The film was acquired for worldwide distribution by Los Angeles based Osiris Entertainment and was released on DVD and Video On Demand in October 2012.

Director Rob Hamilton giving notes to Phil Amico on the set of The Suffering (Oct. 2013)
Director Rob Hamilton giving notes to Phil Amico on the set of The Suffering (Oct. 2013)

MARCO SCOLA - CO-WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Marco Scola is a Writer and Producer living in Los Angeles. Having graduated from Umass Amherst with a degree in both Journalism and Photography, he moved from Boston, MA to California in 2009, to pursue his passion for film. He began his career working as a Writer's Assistant to the creators of SPIKE TV's Blue Mountain State, before moving on to work as a Casting Associate for the wide release feature comedy Project X. Since then, he has worked in a number of production capacities for projects such as The Emmy Awards, VH1 Storytellers, The People's Choice Awards, and FOX's animated version of Napoleon Dynamite.

Co-Writer & Executive Producer Marco Scola
Co-Writer & Executive Producer Marco Scola

DAVID NEWBERT - CINEMATOGRAPHER

www.davidnewbert.com

David Newbert is a Cinematographer based out of Los Angeles. Born and raised in Philadelphia, David’s interest in cinematography began to flourish at a young age while working for his father’s video production company. His passion for storytelling and photography led him to Temple University, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Film & Media Arts. After moving to Los Angeles in 2004, David expanded his knowledge and experience in film while working on over 30 major motion pictures and television programs as a lighting and camera technician. Using these new found skills and abilities, David began shooting various short films, music videos, and commercials that led to his first feature film, KEY. For his work on KEY, David was awarded Best Cinematography at the 2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival. David’s second film, MARFA GIRL, directed by legendary filmmaker Larry Clark, won the prestigious Golden Marc’Aurelio for Best Picture at the 2012 Rome Film Festival.

Cinematographer David Newbert on the set of KEY
Cinematographer David Newbert on the set of KEY

IAN COYNE - PRODUCER

Ian Coyne has been making films since his teenage years. Working for highly reputable companies such as Echo Lake, Permut Presentations, Duly Noted, Fresh Produce Films, and Skybox Films, has given him extensive production and development experience. Part of the development team behind the Academy Award winning film, Tsotsi, Ian was also instrumental in the development of Anton Yelchin's breakout performance in Charlie Bartlett. Most recently, Ian produced the first national TV spot for Tesla Motors. After nearly two decades of working in the industry he has established a reputation for being personable, professional, and innovative.

Producer Ian Coyne
Producer Ian Coyne

Risks and challenges

With so many variables there is always a risk in filmmaking but our track record proves we can produce high quality cinema with very little financial backing. With your support we'll have a completed film out to festivals by the end of 2014. Thank you for your consideration!

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