I'm an identical twin, and it's affected the way I think of myself and others. The story I want to tell is about identity - being a person.
TWINSBURG is a dramatic comedy about identical brothers reconnecting at the world's largest gathering of twins.
In the 15 minute narrative, my twin brother Phil and I play Jerry and Paul O'Keeffe, identicals approaching adulthood who return to a small midwest town for a fading tradition: a weekend of revelry in the unique bond of twinship.
Jerry's image of childhood unity is disrupted by Paul's reemergence after a mysterious leave, and he confronts the prospect of his own startling independence.
Twinsburg is real. In 2011, we visited the small Ohio town known for its record-holding annual gathering, the Twins Days Festival *. Since 1976, Twinsburg hosts nearly 3000 sets annually in a weekend of parades, contests, and even scientific research.
The city of Twinsburg has its own unique story. In 1819, Aaron and Moses Wilcox propositioned the small settlement of Millsville to change its name in their honor. Twinsburg was born.
In a place celebrating oneness, we found a perfect backdrop for our story about the challenges we all face in being someone.
* We wish to make it clear that this project is an independent fundraising effort by us, not by the Twins Days Festival.
We're a group of Bay Area filmmakers, artists, and twins collaborating on this passion project beyond our day jobs. It's been in the works since 2011, and through many obstacles and changes, we're ready to make it real!
Joe Garrity - Director, screenwriter and co-star
Joe Garrity is a writer, filmmaker, and improviser based in Oakland, California who has studied at UC Berkeley, NYU Tisch, and BATS Improv in San Francisco. His experimental short video Lettering (2007) was awarded Berkeley's Eisner Prize in Film, and his 16mm short film Ferris Wheel on Fire (2009) screened at the Berkeley Art Museum. Through Jog Films he has produced video and film projects since 2005, including the personal historical fiction Twinversion (2009), the origin of the Twinsburg project. He has worked with the Telluride Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, and NBC's Saturday Night Live. In 2012, he joined the editorial department at Pixar Animation Studios.
Kate Hodges - Producer
Kate has worked in production at Pixar since 2011 and had her feature film debut at the age of 11 in Pixar's A Bug's Life. She's coming off the heels of a successfully Kickstarted web series, SanFranLand, directed by Ryan Lynch, where she costume designed the fabulous wardrobe. She is passionate about the collaborative nature of film and bringing this tale of twinship to life!
Kyle Parker - Producer
Kyle Parker is an award-winning Producer and Editor for the short documentary Library of Dust. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has been a freelance filmmaker for eight years. He has produced and edited videos for various clients including Hewlett Packard, Sephora, UC Berkeley, Alain Pinel Realty, Gordon Biersch and many more. He has also edited two feature documentaries, May I Be Frank and Breaking the Cycle. Having worked in almost every film department from camera, sound and lighting to post-production, Kyle has a strong understanding of how all the pieces work together and how to make the set run efficiently. Most of all, Kyle is a technophile and problem solver. Outside of film Kyle plays guitar and tuba, enjoys riding his bike and loves to travel.
Frazier Phillips - Assistant Director
Frazier Phillips is a freelance videographer. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Film Studies and a BS in Genetics and Plant Biology. After working as a lab technician researching biofuels, he transitioned into videography for a number of science-focused clients (QB3, UCSF, Synberc). He has since expanded his client base as an editor, generating material for Sephora, a Hustler web-series, Chrome, and a number of biotech start-ups.
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Drew Dorsey - Director of Photography
Drew Dorsey is an award winning cinematographer and Steadicam operator. Based in Oakland, California, his clients include Nike, Disney and BBCWorld. Drew has received numerous accolades for his work including the Panavision New Filmmaker's grant in 2007. Known for music videos and commercials, Drew focuses on capturing the form, contrast, movement and energy of a scene. Twinsburg is the perfect opportunity to expand his narrative repertoire.
There's a lot to cover between California and Ohio. Here are some of the big costs:
+ Equipment - Renting and transporting cameras, lights, and gear
+ Travel, Lodging and Food - Moving, housing, and feeding our volunteer crew
+ Permits and Fees - Getting exclusive media access to the Twins Days Festival
+ Production Design - Costumes, props, and sets
+ Post-production - Editing, mixing, color grading, and festival submission
Risks and challenges
The fascinating location of our film is also one of its biggest challenges. The unpredictable nature of working with large crowds and spontaneous environments means we'll need to be especially adaptable to change and have a strong post production pipeline in place.
Also, our location is across the country from the majority of the cast and crew. The distance is our greatest financial challenge, and a lot of our budget will go toward airfare, shipping, hotels, and rental cars.
We've already begun networking with twins attending the festival, the festival committee, and the City of Twinsburg. Having a unified effort will be essential to the success of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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