Hello Family and Friends,
The Arts are my passion. Acting, Singing, Writing. At some point many of my family and friends have seen me doing one of these things. It's in my blood. I thank God everyday for giving us the ability to express ourselves through various artistic mediums.
I am going to be producing a short film tentatively titled 'The Cure' during the third week of June. This project is the first 25 minutes of a feature length script that I wrote. Our goal is to use this short as a key part of our crowd-funding push in the fall to film the full feature.
In the midst of an extinction level pandemic, moral political and spiritual convictions are tested in the wake of a controversial cure.
Philadelphia.... population 40,000.
The third cycle of a vicious pandemic of Hemolytic Anemia has begun. Billions have perished, and now humankind faces the reality of it's impending extinction.
The Commonwealth has done an admirable job of maintaining order with limited resources, while actively pursuing a cure to the disease.
They have outsourced a large portion of their research and disease control to a large religious order called the Sacred Blood Society or SBS. Blood is sacred to them, and they believe the cure can be found there.
The SBS has made some advances in slowing down the disease, but mutations during the course of the outbreaks are constant setbacks. Blood transfusion is currently the only effective stop-gap, and thus blood becomes humankind's most precious resource.
Jason Manitou 40, is a Blood Courier for the Commonwealth. Jason was a captain of a special task force during the first outbreak, and retired after the death of his wife during the second. He cares for his adventurous daughter, 16 year old Marra.
Jason and Marra are part of a small religious group called Spirit Dancers. They, like the SBS believe blood is sacred, but that it should never be willingly removed from the body. Jason's job is dangerous, and a constant test to his conscience, but he continues to provide best for his family.
Marra's adventurous nature gets her into trouble, and when her father comes to her aid, they find out how the dichotomy of human conviction can be more destructive than the disease they are fighting.
Directing the short is F. Pat Murray from Glass Canon Films. He is a master at visual storytelling as can be seen in this music video 'Hold on, Here it Go'. The clip tells the story of an eager teenager dreaming of the finer things with a humble shoebox of his savings, only to sacrifice his desires to support his family in an ultimate act of selflessness.
Also check out his work as cinematographer on Alicia Keys' video 'We are Here'.
We would love for our friends and family to join us in this endeavor. We are launching a GoFundMe campaign page for contributions towards our production costs for the 25 minute opening. Production costs include: sound equipment, lighting equipment, high quality lens rental, street closure, hair/makeup, catering, and post production(editing, special effects, mixing, etc).
We will set the GoFundMe goal at $5500 which is the minimum we would need to make it happen. Surpassing the goal will help us to achieve even higher production values. We are contributing our money and resources as well, so we hope to have a successful campaign.
Check out our reward levels! We are so happy to have you join us!
Any help is appreciated!
- Fabian Thompson
- Demi Ferrara
- Alaina Nelson
- Barry Tauscher
- Kulani Kai
James Crews II