LOGLINE

A famous writer/director gets his laptop stolen at a local coffee shop that happens to hold the only copy of his latest screenplay.  He turns to nefarious means to get it back, while the thief decides to turn his screenplay into a movie.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

We plan on going into production this summer with the goal of attracting actors with name recognition to our project with a larger than usual short film budget.   When the film is complete, we will submit to film festivals in the hopes of turning this short film into a feature.  When you donate to this project, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

DIRECTOR BIO

Gene Pina is an Iraq War combat veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in all of 2003.  Gene studied film at Columbia University and NYU and comes from a background in editing with a BA in Music Production and Technology from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. He was a Video Editor/Associate Producer at ESPN for 7 years, where he worked on multiple ESPN/ESPN.COM shows and highlights.

He has worked on numerous student short films and directed his own short documentary, Mediacare, which had its premiere at the Rhode Island Film Festival!. Gene has also written a number of screenplays that have placed in various screenwriting competitions such as Slamdance, The Nicholl Fellowship and Scriptapalooza. While attending Columbia University, he interned at Pressman Film (Wall Street, American Psycho, The Crow) as a development assistant where he read scripts for the Producer Ed Pressman and wrote script coverage.  When he finished school he came home to Rhode Island and worked for Producer John Santilli, CEO of Aloris Entertainment as a reader and development assistant.  Most recently, Mr Santilli produced Bill & Ted 3 and the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. fight.

And finally Gene had a successful film festival run with his short film Warrior.  The film played at numerous festivals around the country including two Academy Qualifiers, LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island Film Festival, the latter winning him the 2018 Grand Prize New England Director’s Award.  Currently, he is producing corporate videos for a national mortgage company.

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A Massachusetts teen finds himself stuck on an island off Cape Cod in a program for wayward youths with a handful of idealistic do-gooders. Designed as a Huck Finn world to help “castaway boys build better lives”, the Penikese Island School serves as a last resort purgatory between freedom and jail for teen delinquents, like him, who must decide to struggle for peace or repeat the habits they know. 

In the Company of Crows is a short film about a naïve teenage girl with autism who turns to the offerings of crows she’s befriended to save herself after being victimized by her degenerate neighbor and classmate.

 

The Story

As a teenage girl with autism, Mira lives a solitary existence with her single mother Evelyn at their lake house. Mira’s intense focus on crows and their habits has led to a special bond with them that outweighs her connection to people. When Mira’s neighbor and classmate Victor takes note of her distinct behavior, both at home and the Catholic school they attend, his interest is peaked.

Evelyn warns Mira about Victor, but Mira’s inability to pick up on social cues, along with a draw to him she doesn’t fully understand, makes her ignore Evelyn’s advice. When Victor takes advantage of her innocence and crosses the line, Mira is forced to save herself, finding unexpected salvation in the relationship she’s built with the crows.

What Makes This Story Important

While I was aware female characters with autism are underrepresented in cinema, I still wasn’t prepared for the strong reaction the audition notice for Mira inspired. I immediately received letters from multiple female actors on the autism spectrum thanking me for writing this role. Their heartfelt gratitude was further motivation to tell this story and the portrayal of an individual with autism accurately. While the film is fiction, I believe storytelling is a powerful tool that can empower and humanize individuals that may not have that voice in the real world.

The story is also poignant beyond Mira’s autism, exploring the vulnerable world of teenage girls at the hands of boys who may not have good intentions. Power dynamics and aggression among teenagers is unfortunately all too common. Storytelling as an example can be a source to empower individuals, whether it be a female teenager on the autism spectrum or anyone who doesn’t fit into what society labels the norm.

My hope is that In the Company of Crows can provide insight into a subject that is often misunderstood while at the same time inspiring conversation and further education on autism.

Our Goals

Your Support
Your tax-deductible contribution will directly fund the development, production, distribution, and public outreach of the film. With the goal of raising autism awareness, we hope to share this story with as wide of an audience as possible in the film festival circuit. Any funds raised beyond the budget to cover these costs will be donated to autism research organizations.

Milk Money is about two brothers, who grow up on a dairy farm and come back as adults to help their parents through a difficult period.  The older brother is the White, while the younger brother was adopted from China as a baby.  Their desire to save the farm is complicated by their strained relationship.  Each wants to be the good son, but it eventually leads them down a dark path.  If you like gritty family drama/heist movies, then Milk Money is the short movie for you.  

      

I, Jimmy Nguyen, am the writer and director of Milk Money.  I live on a 13-acre farm in Fauquier County that is less than ten minutes from the two dairy farms where most of our scenes will take place. Throughout my life I’ve worked on five different fruit and vegetable farms that sold through CSAs or farmers’ markets.  In that time, I never interacted much with dairy farms.  That all changed when I moved to Fauquier County and was surrounded by them.  I’ve gotten to know some of them as neighbors and have met some through my wife, who is the county’s 4-H Extension Agent and helps manage several 4-H livestock clubs.

I want to make Milk Money to show a slice of rural America that people don’t often think about or will never get to see.  It’s safe to say that dairy farming and milk are contentious issues. Regardless of where someone stands on animal farming or nutrition, I want audiences to appreciate the hard work, dedication, and financial and emotional stress that comes with being a family-run dairy operation.  The past few years have been difficult for dairies as prices have bottomed and costs continue to rise forcing many dairies to go out of business.  It’s gotten so bad that a Northeast dairy cooperative sent out notices to member farmers that lists contacts for suicide prevention hotlines. Milk Money offers a glimpse into a family that is struggling with some of these issues. 

Come on this ride with us as we make a great movie and try to get it onto the big screen at film festivals around the country and possibly internationally.  We intend to enter the finished product into local Virginia, D.C. and Maryland film festivals and some of the bigger ones like Sundance and Palm Springs International Shortfest.   

We intend to begin shooting by late March 2019 and ask for your help in making this movie. Thanks for your donation and/or general good mojo directed towards this project.  We will deliver a great product for you.  

Incentives

 $65 – Movie poster

  1. Receive a 18″ x 24″ Milk Money movie poster
  2. Signed script
  3. Link to watch movie online

$100 – Premiere on the Farm

  1. One ticket to the Milk Money premiere on our 13-acre farm in Bealeton, VA.  There will be snacks and drinks provided.
    *Note: Does not include travel to and from the event or lodging.  Camping on the property is allowed.
  2. Signed script
  3. Link to watch movie online.

$130 – Bee seminar
Come to the Bealeton farm and go through my beehives, where I will give a 1-2 hours seminar on bees and beekeeping.  You also get:

$160 – Credits

  1. Get a special thank you in the movie credits
  2. Premiere on the Farm (you can bring a +1)
  3. Movie poster
  4. Link to watch movie online

$275 – Associate Producer

  1. Associate Producer credit
  2. Premiere on the Farm (+1)
  3. Movie poster
  4. Link to movie

$1,000 – Executive Producer

  1. Executive Producer credit
  2. Premiere on the Farm (+2)
  3. Movie poster or hand salve
  4. Signed script
  5. Link to the movie

MOTORCYCLE MAN is a short documentary about a man who has pursued a single passion in life: motorcycle racing. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, competing on exotic vintage bikes at racetracks around the world and winning a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

But Roper is hardly an adrenaline junkie. He takes a philosophical approach to racing, viewing it as a test of mental and physical abilities. As he enters his twilight years, Roper reflects on the unconventional path he has followed in life, the dangers he has faced and the choices he has made.

MOTORCYCLE MAN follows Roper from a workshop in Brooklyn to his home on Long Island to a racetrack in Canada. Along the way he encounters autograph-seeking admirers, old friends and fellow racers eager to test their skills on the track. It also delves into Roper’s past, including his historic win at the Isle of Man TT, a notoriously dangerous race in the UK, in 1984. 

MOTORCYCLE MAN celebrates the speed, sweat and thrill of motorcycle racing, while offering a meditation on craft, obsession and what it takes to pursue your dreams.

https://www.motorcyclemanfilm.com

Andy was born with congenital brain damage and he remembers his childhood as challenging; he spent his days following garden hoses and staring at clocks while his “rageaholic” father threatened to have him institutionalized. But his mother nurtured his interests, and eventually Andy went to college and then to graduate school. He knew he was different but didn’t find out why until he was 48 years old, and diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Today he fully embraces his “Aspie” identity, and is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner. “Running is the perfect Aspie sport,” he tells us, describing the repetition of one foot in front of the other for very long periods of time as being “soothing, simple, and serene.” He is also a prolific artist, and recently quit his job delivering mail for a Boston law firm to do landscaping and yard work for private customers. “It perfectly blends my love of repetition and being outdoors with my artistic talents,” he says. Andy’s story is about following passions and discovering self-esteem.  

On the morning of April 22nd, 2008 two U.S. Marines, LCpl. Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, were standing gate watch in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide truck bomber barreled toward their post. Haerter and Yale had six seconds to act, firing their weapons until the driver was brought to a halt. The truck exploded, killing both men, while sparing the lives of 150 Marines and Iraqi Police.

Less about glorifying warfare or the true event itself, the film aims to provide context to the unimaginable: to show these young men as everyday people put in extraordinary circumstances, and explain why there was never doubt in their actions and decisive sacrifice that fateful morning.

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LOGLINE:

Recipe For Disaster is the story of an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast. As native scallops, mussels, clams, and protective eelgrass disappear under the explosive invasion of green crabs, scientists, local experts, and residents are scrambling to save the marsh from decimation.

DESCRIPTION:

When faced with an invasive species and the prospect of ecological devastation, residents along the New England coast are in search of a sustainable solution to save the marsh.

Recipe For Disaster tells the story of the little-known invasion that is threatening an entire New England ecosystem, and the struggle of local experts and residents to understand and prevent this catastrophe. Driven by the rising temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, billions of green crabs have overrun the abundant natural marshes on coastal Massachusetts, decimating the populations of clams, scallops, mussels, and eelgrass that birds and fish depend upon to survive. In just a few short years of explosive population growth, the damage caused by green crabs has local residents and experts rushing to avert irreparable destruction with approaches such as transplanting eelgrass and paying fishermen to trap the crabs for compost.

The most promising solution, however, is popping up on gourmet restaurant menus in the form of green crab roe.

This short, powerful documentary film explores one aspect of the consequences of climate change that are echoed in coastal communities around the world, with stunning footage of the beautiful marshes and estuaries whose salvation may come on a dinner plate.

Running Time: 6:45

Format: Interviews and Verité style footage

Release Date: Fall 2018

A Production of Walker Creek Media, LLC

Contact: Nubar Alexanian Email: nubar@nubar.com Phone: 978-281-6152

www.walkercreekmedia.com

Fifteen years after 9/11, American Muslims still face an uphill battle in the national imagination. The current political climate spurred on by constant fear mongering during this election cycle, as well as the saturation of negative stereotypes that flood the news and media continue to make Muslims the target of suspicion and hostility.

Building on its work in The Secret Life of Scientists, Seftel Productions’ new series, The Secret Life of Muslims, uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about American Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments, providing a counter-narrative to the rampant Islamophobia prevalent in the media.

It features Ahmed Ahmed, Khalid Latif, Rais Bhuiyan, Linda Sarsour, Layla Shaikley, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Dena Takruri, Reza Aslan, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins, Wajahat Ali, Aman Ali, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Maz Jobrani, Omar Regan, Iqbal Theba, and Negin Farsad.

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