About this project
Thomas, a self-proclaimed recluse, is a photographer in New York City who sees the world through the lens of his camera. He approaches his photography—as well as his life—in a minimalist style, focusing on the purity and simplicity of things. His world is turned upside down when he encounters Sylvia, a free spirit with a wicked side, and her boyfriend Patrick, a guy’s guy who is as intimidating as he is charming.
The three meet under unusual circumstances, but become close rather quickly, creating a tangled and dynamic triangle.
We also meet Nicole, Sylvia’s best friend who, despite their tumultuous history, has stuck around to play a role in her twisted, dangerous, and irresistible world.
Soon enough things start to unravel as the mind games within the foursome escalate. Guilt, happiness, betrayal, passion, art, love, and the inevitable consequences of their actions lead to a complicated end… or beginning.
Juan Cardenas (Thomas), originally from Venezuela, studied Drama at The Terry Schreiber Studio and Matthew Corozine Studio in New York City. Some of his theater credits include The Last White Family on Dorchester Road directed by Christopher King, Spoon River Anthology directed by Jimmy Maize and Macbeth directed by Albert Baker. His most recent film credit is from Bohemian Lights directed by Tyler Mercer.
Juan created the story behind The Minimalist as well as co-writing and co-producing the film.
He is also a musician and the guitarist of the rock band Black Night Revival.
Annie Dow (Sylvia) is a Bay Area native and proud graduate of Wagner College's theater program. Prior to her move to New York, she was seen in numerous productions in California, among them Les Misérables (Fantine; MVCPA), A Christmas Carol (Martha Cratchit; Northside Theatre Company), and How to Succeed... (Rosemary understudy; Foothill Music Theatre).
Some of her New York theatrical credits include Shelly in Buried Child with Sea View Playwrights Theatre, Maeve in the staged reading of The Placebo Effect with Sundog Theatre Company, and, most recently, the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet: An Uncivil Tale with Rebel Theatre Company, under the direction of Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. In the last couple of years, she has begun to explore the film scene, and can be seen in How To Walk Down the Street produced by NYC Rules and directed by Nileja James, and Dana in Shitty Fancy with Dirty Postcard Productions.
In addition to portraying Sylvia, Annie is co-writer and co-producer of The Minimalist.
Marty Lawson (Patrick) has spent the last nine years performing on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business... (Mr. Peterson), Promises, Promises, Shrek the Musical, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A Changinʼ, and the lead role of Eddie in Twyla Tharp and Billy Joelʼs rock musical Movinʼ Out. A native of Pennsylvania, Marty received his degree in Dance and the award of Most Outstanding Senior from Point Park University. After college he went on to perform and tour internationally with Parsons Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Battleworks. He has been featured on the covers of both Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine as well as in several years of the Breaking Bounds Calendar by Lois Greenfield.
Marty has appeared on television performing on numerous awards shows including the Tonys, Emmys, and Oscars. He has also appeared in roles on Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU, the entire second season of Smash (Bombshell Cast) on NBC, The Sound of Music LIVE, Peter Pan LIVE, and in the films Across the Universe, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Marty is the recipient of a 2004 Prince Grace Award for Dance.
Natalie Pavelek (Nicole) is active in both the NY theatre and indie film scene, most recently appearing as Ana in the U.S. premiere of the Olivier award winning play, Collaborators. Upcoming films include the indie feature Fabric Unraveled and her second leading role with Lowercase Films in The Impossible Mr. Madrigal. Notable Theatre: Off-Broadway, Honestly Abe (Kate), Speranza Theatre, Piece of My Heart (MaryJo), and Berkshire Theatre Festival, Extremities. Her passion for acting is matched only by her love of dark chocolate and dance parties.
Carlos Funes (Director) is a filmmaker born in El Salvador and now operating out of New York. Over the span of his film career, he's worked as a director, writer, editor, digital effects animator, among many other things. His work has earned him many awards, including multiple nods from the Alamo Drafthouse's Filmmaking Frenzy and his latest Best Script award from Toronto's Wildsound.
Carlos also founded his own production company, Clasico Entertainment where he has produced several shorts that have garnered attention. More recently, he is trying his hand at feature-length productions. His latest short––This is Kilo 3––which he plans to turn into a feature-length film, was accepted to Short Film Corner at Cannes. The film is about a radio operator doing his best to aid a downed pilot who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. Producer Barbara Defina (Goodfellas, Casino, Hugo) is on board to produce another feature-length film titled South of Bexar about the struggles of a country music singer-songwriter in a small Texas town.
Carlos has worked on projects for major companies including IBM, Lionsgate, Viacom, L'Oreal, Droid, Blackberry, Verizon Wireless, and the Alamo Drafthouse. He also worked as first assistant director on The Awakened, a feature-length thriller featuring Edward Furlong and Steven Bauer, and was on the post-production team for the award-winning HBO Documentary "Casting By" starring Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. In 2006, Carlos directed the No Talking Promo for Drafthouse starring the late Texas Governor Ann Richards.
Mary Perrino (Director of Photography) is a director of photography and colorist living in New York City. She loves bringing a naturalistic, dreamy, nostalgic feeling to the projects she shoots.
Mary attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied film and cinematography.
Stephen Ohocinski Jr. (Assistant Director) is a filmmaker, inspired by the American West and living in New York City. He is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase College Film Conservatory, Class of 2009.
Stephen wrote and directed the narrative content of a feature film that was produced and shot this summer. His rounded professional experience––working as a lighting designer, cinematographer, and assistant director on features and shorts throughout the tri-state area––led to the creation of Without Feather Films. Their first feature project is currently slated for production next fall.
Colin O'Brien (Art Director) is an up–and–coming art director, production designer, and friend with a drill out of the wilderness of upstate New York. He knows one day he will visit Narnia, where he will sit out his reign as human king before returning to the life of a young production designer carrying the weight of the crown heavy on his old soul.
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Ryan Collins (Sound Recordist and Mixer) has called Queens, New York, his home for the better part of a decade.
After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007 with a specialty in Editing and Sound, Ryan moved to NYC to start his career in postproduction and production audio.
As a production sound mixer, he's worked on every kind of project under the sun, from feature films to commercials, reality television, sporting/live events, corporate shoots, music videos, sketch comedy, web series, and more.
Ryan loves Ultimate Frisbee and the Detroit Pistons. He has been known to go to a Phish show or two.
Michelle Waldron (Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist) studied make-up artistry for TV, film, fashion, and theater at the Dún Loaghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. The prestigious two–year course covered all aspects of artistry. In her early career, Michelle worked for luxury cosmetic company Giorgio Armani and has since gone on to a successful freelance career.
Michelle has painted the faces of numerous VIPs and celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger and Rihanna. She’s extremely passionate about film and TV work and has assisted on Star Trek Beyond, War Machine, Fast and Furious 7, and Mission Impossible Ghost protocol. An all–round experienced make-up artist and hair stylist, Michelle knows how to tailor make-up looks to her clients specific needs.
Our minimum goal is to raise $7,500 to cover the remaining post-production, marketing, and festival submission costs.
However, our stretch goal is around $10,000. This amount will allow for better promotion, smoother post-production, more festivals, and overall higher quality results. So, keep spreading the word!
Once we have the funds to do so, we will be wrapping up post-production editing and submitting our film to countless festivals across the country, as well as a few abroad. Our primary goal is to share this story with as many people as possible, as well as to gain exposure and make industry contacts.
As soon as our film has been submitted and considered, we will be able to share it with the general public! We plan on having a premiere party in NYC, and we hope to see you all there.
Infinite thanks for taking the time to check out our campaign and our project. Stay tuned for updates along the way!
Risks and challenges
We've already jumped over seemingly countless hurdles during pre-production and production (like that time it rained on the ONE day we were scheduled to shoot outdoors), so we're optimistically inclined to say that the majority of risks and challenges are already behind us.
The Minimalist is picture locked, but we currently need to finish color correction, sound mix and design, and score.
We plan to use the funds from Kickstarter not just for these final editing steps, but also to submit to the remaining film festivals of 2017.
It is a challenge to finish up a film of any length, particularly with very specific goals and deadlines. However, we are more than confident that with your generous help, our team will be able to complete The Minimalist in time to enter the festival circuit!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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