Monkfish is my first feature film. It is the story of David Towne- a popular chef in New York City who has recently hit rock bottom due to his self-destructive lifestyle and drug use. He has alienated himself from his friends and colleagues, and his wife has left him. He is in need of some serious help, but draws a complete blank trying to figure out his next move.
Meanwhile, David's brother Pauly shows up in NYC hoping to catch a break with David's help. Pauly has been stagnant and unemployed in his hometown for too long. He is desperate to start a new life, and excited to reconnect with his brother as well. He has no idea about the state David is in before he shows up, but he finds out pretty quick and realizes his timing couldn't have been better. He feels a certain brotherly duty to help David, despite David's refusal to accept his help.
My goal in the writing of this film over the past two years has been to seamlessly evolve a very dramatic story into a comedy. As the brothers begin to get along and revert back to the days of their childhood- torturing each other in the way only brothers can do, I hope to get more than a few laughs out of the audience. The inspiration behind this idea stems from the production of my short film, The Big Fiddle. On the set of that film everyday, the two actors Collin Smith and Tom Lipinski had us cracking up to the point of tears. I decided I had to make a feature with the two of them as leads and reprising their roles from The Big Fiddle.
Your support will help me make this film and continue my progress towards becoming a feature filmmaker. I have had a lot of fun and a lot of good fortune in making my shorts, and I feel ready to expand my ideas and utilize the resources I have accrued. I have very supportive collaborators who have committed their time and offered their opinions and help in developing this script. I am very confident that this will be a great film. I really hope you'll be a part of it.
"The whole trick and secret of creating a film is by literally saying you're doing it. It's not a matter of asking someone to let you make a movie. You got to really want to do something , and then nothing can stop you, I believe." -Francis Ford Coppola
"I didn't write it to shock the audience. I wrote it as something that I would pay money to see. I make pictures for myself and hope that I am part of the audience, that I AM the audience." -Sam Peckinpah
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