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A retiring teacher must reexamine her past by rearranging her future when confronted by a former student desperate to rescue his son.
A burned-out teacher is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes
 from retirement when she is confronted by a desperate man from her 
past. Will she rearrange her future to rescue a beloved student?
A burned-out teacher is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes from retirement when she is confronted by a desperate man from her past. Will she rearrange her future to rescue a beloved student?
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1440 and Counting (A short film)

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 DID YOU WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO? THAT IS JUST A TEASER OF WHAT WE PLAN TO DO!

(WATCH HERE FOR  A VIDEO FROM ACTOR JOSH PENCE)

WE ARE SOOOOOOO CLOSE! WE JUST NEED SOME LARGER, GENEROUS DOATIONS! CAN YOU PLEDGE $100, $1000, $5000 TODAY??

HERE'S MY VISION: (NOTE FROM Director Tony Gapastione)

I've been acting for over 20 years, and now writing, and producing various pieces, I've dabbled in directing small media/internet and live performances.

As a director, I'm a storyteller. I want to share life, expose pain, and heal and connect people. Stories do that. When I direct I want to do two things. I want to influence my audience. I want to move them, stir them, and open them up. I can do this best with not only a great story, but a great cast and crew. That is perhaps what I love most about filmmaking and creating. It is working with people.

That's the second part of my vision. I want to influence the cast and crew.

On set and on the stage, people are brought to life, pain is exposed, and they are healed and connected to each other. It's beautiful. And no where else have I seen such a great example of diverse people working together. Some write, some speak, some dress, some feed, some edit, some coordinate, some keep things moving...Everyone has a role on a film set, and as a director I love to bring all those roles... those people together. I want to give people a chance to live their dreams, use their skills, and express their passions.  What usually results is something beautiful. 

I wrote this story, because I became a part of my community. I saw the challenge our teachers and the children of our community must endure. I wanted to give them some hope in places where we usually don't find it. 

During the month of June, we will be in pre-production. This means, in faith, we are beginning to create our shooting schedule, securing our locations, auditioning actors, and getting the word out to the world about our project. (Won't you join us? Share this link and use #1440film).

Our goal is to raise the budget by July 1st with your help, so that we can book our cast as soon at possible and shoot the movie in August. This video serves as a trailer to give you a little picture of what the story is and the environment in which the story takes place. (I was so grateful for my friends who came out to help tell the story and stand-in for the characters of Jose, Primo, Mrs. Nickel, and Jesse. Thank you to Ivan, Lalo, Angie, Cameron and our talented actor kids, teachers, and parents).

Why are we raising this amount of money?

This budget covers everything from insurance, props, wardrobe, PR/Marketing, music composing, film festival entry fees but most importantly our cast and crew. In order to get quality, even "name actors," requires the ability to pay them for time/travel. We also want to use high end camera gear, pay for locations, and we'll even need to close a few streets and hire police presence on (which is very expensive), because of the nature of our story. I'm working with friends, but even friends can't donate all of their time. I want to create a great working environment, encourage creatives in their skills, make it worth their while, and tell and make a great story that will make us all proud.

AND IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR BUDGET--we will bank the extra for the next project that we hope to shoot in the fall, and a FEATURE FILM which is currently in development! (I can hardly contain myself).

THE STORY (AND THE CHARACTERS)

**Actors have not yet been cast. Pictures are suggested looks**

(We have three principal actors and a supporting cast of four other characters with lots of parents and kids needed for school scenes)

Debra Nickel is packing up her classroom of over forty years.

(We are looking to cast a  60-70 year old African American woman))
(We are looking to cast a 60-70 year old African American woman))

She’s been at the same elementary school, tirelessly working to give her disadvantaged community and neighborhood kids the love and attention they deserve. But she's worn, and her time has come, so she thinks, to retire. She’s one day away, 1440 minutes (the number of minutes in one twenty-four hour period) from turning in her keys and getting on a plane to move across the country to peace, quiet, and safety. But things don't go as planned.

Her life gets turned upside down by Jose Sanchez, a former student who abducts her in her own car.

(We are looking to cast a  23-28 year old Hispanic actor)
(We are looking to cast a 23-28 year old Hispanic actor)

This former student (and old neighbor), now on parole, has found himself in backed in a corner. He has come to beg her to do the one thing he can’t do for himself: take care of his son, Jesse. 

(We are looking to cast a 7-9 year old Hispanic actor)
(We are looking to cast a 7-9 year old Hispanic actor)

Jesse lives with a foster family, and Jose has uncovered some secrets that he has no power to change. Jose desperately confronts Mrs. Nickel to decide the fate of her son, and her future.

What will she decide? How will that impact Jesse? What will become of Jose?

This may be a short film, but 1440 and Counting is an intense drama that points out that the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” isn’t always clear, and our life's impact isn't always instantly revealed. Sometimes the results of our giving take decades, even a lifetime to come to life, and everything can change within minutes.

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EVERY LITTLE AMOUNT HELPS!

Risks and challenges

Short films are not money makers. No one sets out to become rich and famous by making a short film. (Making feature films can do that, but every filmmakers must start somewhere).

We are making this story because we believe it needs to be told, and we want to be proactive to use our skills and passions to make something good! We are not filming this on our cell phones, or even our handycams. We'll be using equipment that feature films are shot on and require experts to use (and good insurance).

When we raise our money, we can be assured that this piece will look and sound great.

Some of our other challenges require maneuvering through different spaces and hard to acquire locations (IE the public school we hope to shoot on requires lots of permissions and people before they give the green light).

We are filming an important scene of the film in a car which requires special camera rigging.

We are using "firearms" in this film which requires special attention while filming in public areas. We'll need to hire the appropriate crew. All these details can be challenging, but I have complete confidence already in Matt Mayotte, my long time friend who I've worked with before, and our connections to pull these off.

Are you excited and ready to join us yet?

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