About this project
On the last night before his retirement, Noah Rubenstein learns of the death of his friend, Simon, who he was with only hours before. While awaiting his final work appointment and mourning Simon at his usual after work bar, Noah meets Abby, a beautiful young woman who immediately captures his heart.
As their attraction intensifies, Noah is suddenly called away and his time with Abby is cut short. Hesitant to move forward with his final assignment, a threat forces him to complete one final deal, where he finds there is more to Simon's death than initially believed and discovers some people are not always what they seem.
Where Your Money Will Go:
We need donations to cover every aspect of the film's production. Here's a breakdown of how your generous contributions will be spent:
Actors: 13% of our budget will go to paying six SAG talent actors for their roles in "The Villager"
Crew: 53% of our budget will go to paying our crew, including the Director of Photography, Assistant Director, Sound Engineer, and two Production Assistants.
Equipment: 8% of our budget will pay for equipment, including lighting.
Transportation & Food: 13% of our budget will go to transportation costs and feeding our cast and crew on set.
Post-Production & Contingencies: 13% of our budget will go to post-production work such as editing and sound mixing, as well as contingencies (those unexpected expenses that pop up along the way!).
Meet the Crew:
Jamie Sofroniou Assistant Director, Producer
Born and raised in Queens, Jamie has been dabbling in wardrobe and film production since she was 19. As a wardrobe stylist, she's worked on style teams to cultivate the looks of stars like Beyoncé, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer. She's also worked on television promos and commercials for Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Buzzfeed. While she has collaborated on several short films, web series, and music videos in the past, Jamie is excited to bring the aesthetics of the fashion and art worlds to her new roles of assistant director and producer, where she'll be able to shape every aspect of the film from pre- to post-production.
Chris Dunn Lead Producer
Chris Dunn is a jack of all trades in the industry, having written, directed, acted, and even modeled for the last 15 years. Performing is his M.O., but decided to take on the role as Lead Producer for his current project “The Villager”. In addition to this short film, he has also written, produced and directed two other shorts: “F***** Up Night" and "Mack the Knife," in which he also played the title character, Mack. Other stage credits include the title character in the Va Stage production of "Othello", Kashawn in "One Hour to Live", Orlando in "Quien Yo Soy," and Freddy in "Relationshits", both of which were performed at the legendary La Tea Theater in NYC and written/directed by Hola Award winning director Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez. He also spent 5 years playing various characters with the comedy troupe Lose Control who performed in and around NYC, most notably at the Broadway Comedy Club, as well as playing 5 characters in the dramatic production, "Blood in the Water". TV credits include "Gossip Girl" as well as commercial work for CBS. He can currently be seen performing at the legendary UCB Improv in NYC. When not doing some sort of art, Chris can be found relaxing about as hard as anyone truly can, with his wife Gladys and dog Logan.
Ian James Ortiz Writer/Director
Ian James Ortiz is a New York based screenwriter/producer who has worked on numerous independent film projects, including web series, short films, music videos, and features. Most recently, he co-produced the independent feature film "Jesus H. Heist", which was an Official Selection at The Madrid International Film Festival and The Chain NYC Film Festival and was nominated for Best Comedy in both festivals. After moving to New York seven and a half years ago to pursue a career in film, Ian quickly fell in love with the art of screenwriting. While producing has been his main role thus far, Ian decided to return to the first script he ever wrote to make his directorial film debut.
Risks and challenges
Shooting in a busy, crowded city presents a unique set of challenges, especially when the location is as highly coveted as the West Village. We'll need funds to cover city permits, as well as production assistants to help block shots on the narrow sidewalks. While it may be challenging, we feel that the beauty of a West Village backdrop is well worth the trouble.
Since many of the film's scenes take place at night, we'll also need high-quality lighting to capture the scenes on dark street corners and in low-lit bars.
Another challenge is maintaining a budget that will see us through the entire filmmaking process: from preproduction, where we'll cast the film and assemble a top-notch crew; to production, where we'll light, mic, and shoot the film; to postproduction, where we'll edit and score the film, as well as add the final touches. Each step is vital (and expensive!), but we're confident we can stretch the $10,000 goal to cover the entire process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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