Are you hungry?
Food is a universal passion. It can brighten your day, change your mood, comfort and connect us! New York is a culinary "mecca" - packed with every restaurant, cafe and food truck imaginable - where a thousand restaurants open every year and eight hundred close. This is a story about a newly-opened restaurant in Brooklyn...
Sounds tasty, tell me more...
It's a short film, a romantic comedy, about a year in the life of a new restaurant. Jo (Natalie Gee) and Marc (Damian Shembel) fall in love working alongside a group of eccentric waiters who struggle to keep the restaurant open. Think "The Office" in a restaurant.
Who & Where
We have an international cast and crew from Australia, Hong Kong, Britain, Korea, India and The States. Our actors have studied at some of the most renowned New York acting schools including the Neighborhood Playhouse and Stella Adler, and performed Off-Broadway, on TV and in independent films.
- Natalie Gee...Jo
- Damian Shembel...Marc
- Georgina Richardson...Margaret
- Welland Scripps...Lars
- Loring M. Griggs...Lionel
- Mahnaz Damania...Ashwari
- Jospeh Monge...Santiago
Food plays a major role in the story, with lots of cooking and food prep and chef William Shear is our food stylist. Shear, like us, has an obsession with food and you can find out more about him here: www.williamshear.com
Our restaurant is the amazing Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. Please check it out: www.buttermilkchannelnyc.com
Why we need your support
We need backers for our production and post-production costs, which includes things like equipment rental, editing and paying our talented and committed cast and crew. Anything you'd like to donate will be greatly appreciated and well-used. Our shoot dates are set for late July and our goal is to have the film play at festivals so we can get our name out there as a new group of artists telling unique stories.
Risks and challenges
The film industry is highly competitive, unpredictable and a hard slog. Our team has a wide range of experience in film, theater and other creative endeavors and we have a good sense of how to manage the many challenges that arise with a production.
The actual creation of the film will be a lot of work, yes, but our biggest challenge will probably be (drum roll please) distributing the film. Distribution will be organised by our independent production company, "Fat Maggie", which is run by Natalie Gee and Georgina Richardson. We are a young company and believe this phase will be the trickiest. Having said that, the bonus of being an independent production does in fact mean we get to make this project exactly the way we want to.
We are looking mainly to get this film into festivals, particularly comedy and food based festivals, and also to have it hosted on curated short and independent film sites, like Short of The Week.
We hope you trust in our experience, hard work and passion and would like to help fund our project! We wanted to create this story appropriately: where we can cover basic costs and compensate our team for their talents as we tell a beautiful, funny story. The first of many!
Thank you for your support!!!
Lots of love from the cast and crew of Specials
- (30 days)