About this project
We are VERY excited to announce that the captivating and immensely talented YOLONDA ROSS (Actress/Writer/Director/Producer) will be joining the cast as Cassandra. In 2014, Ross was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in John Sayles’ film "Go For Sisters" and is currently in production for Angela Bassett’s Whitney Houston biopic.
We are also so happy to introduce New Orleans gem, CARLY MEYERS as Lena. Carly Meyers is the front woman/trombone player of Yojimbo, a funk band that has toured across the country and frequently plays at local, beloved venues around New Orleans. Referred to as “wielding her trombone like a mystical samurai sword,” Meyers is guaranteed to bring a spirited debut performance to "How to Disappear Completely."
WELCOME TO TEAM DISAPPEARANCE!
Elliot is an anti-social painter who copes with his self-imposed isolation by secretly transforming the back room of the laundromat where he works into a menagerie of trash. When his only friend, a mute bird, drops dead, Elliot's life takes a turn for the surreal, as the menagerie comes to life, sending its creator's "reality" into a tailspin.
Suddenly, Elliot finds himself living with a paranoid prophetess, a precocious chicken, and Wimzy, a young girl dizzy with adventure, in a world where nighttime and rain don't exist, and showers of gold dust make everyone forget that anything bad could ever happen.
There are only two simple rules:
1. Obey the Time Keeper
2. DO NOT mess with the Universe!
OUR STORY: After more than a year in development, "How to Disappear Completely" is ready to come to life and leap onto the screen! We have been working with a team of amazingly talented people to get ready to shoot in the Fall. With your help, we will be able to create the stunning landscape where this movie takes place and bring to life a dark comedy deeply rooted in magical realism.
The plans for the set construction, alone, are of mammoth proportions, and with your help, we can build something extraordinary. This project is a huge collaborative effort and everyone involved is donating time, energy, and resources.
Your contribution will be used to procure the materials necessary for the construction of three separate sets, dress the characters in extravagant carnivalesque costumes, stage surreal visual effects, pay for equipment, feed the cast and crew, and essentially, pump blood and magic into the heart of this movie. We have the talent to make this happen – we just need the resources.
This is my biggest undertaking yet, and although ambitious, I am not afraid to do what I need to make it happen. This is the first chance I have had to bring together this particular team, and I am overwhelmed by the immensity of their talent and enthusiasm. Furthermore, I am thrilled to be able to shoot this movie in New Orleans - a city that is no stranger to either darkness or surreality. Needless to say, we are so excited.
Please help us make this movie as beautiful as it can be.
Sasha Solodukhina / Justin Zweifach / Gabe Elder / Philip Piediscalzo /
Elena Jambusarwalla / Ben Kuller / Hannah Swenson / Abby Horton /
Vivian Schwab / Julian Wellisz / Mark Lowry / Cora Lautze / Sam Bass /
Cooper Rodgers / Sarah Van Der Meer / Matt Guidry / Adam Lipscomb / Alex Payne / Chachi Hauser / Peter Pinelli / Max Skelton /
Anna McKinsey / Hannah Hancock Rubinsky / Glenna Broderick /
Luna Vicini / Melody Chang / Sierra Bintliff / Little White Fluffy Chicken /
The Committee of Disappearance
P.S. For $500, I will make you a beautiful hat like the one featured in the film:
Risks and challenges
This project is a hugely challenging undertaking. Constant communication is necessary among all of the departments in order to fully realize the vision for this movie. The lighting and set design are completely symbiotic, and need to be designed side-by-side. There is a stop-motion sequence that has to be seamlessly integrated into the live-action movie. None of the special effects in this movie will be done digitally. And that's just the start of it.
The world is a challenging place. Yet, given the circumstances, failure to help you (our supporters) disappear is not an option. We will not let you down. I am sincerely confident that we have the people, technology and willpower/desire to crawl through these challenges and take the beasts as they come…
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