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July 16, 2018 12:38 pm

Five Indie Films and Filmmakers of the week: #10!

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Film Forecaster is a huge supporter and advocate for independent films and filmmakers. Thus, we decided that they needed more love and we are here to feature the indies in the film industry! We ALL start somewhere.

 

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Are you a filmmaker, actor/actress, writer, producer, director, critic, or even distributor of independent films? Get in touch with us, because we would love to interview and feature you AND your work!

Our list of five this week:

  1. Ned Rifle – Kickstarter
  2. Citizen Jane – Indiegogo
  3.  Two 4 One – Indiegogo
  4. 2052 – Indiegogo
  5. Life Itself – Indiegogo

 

Ned Rifle

The thrilling conclusion to a story it took 20 years to tell—HENRY FOOL, FAY GRIM, and now, shooting in spring 2014…

NED RIFLE

…is the third and final chapter of what has become my Henry Fool Trilogy, or my Grim Family Saga… some kind of parallel neighborhood where I work out how the world feels to me.

 

 

Citizen Jane

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My lifelong goal as a filmmaker has been to shed light on injustices that might have gone unnoticed. I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree and I was looking for a film idea that I could be passionate about.

I stumbled across a story about a dark time in Canadian history, discovering that prior to 1992, the Canadian military was carrying out a secret war against gays. They were searching rooms for incriminating evidence, reading private love letters and secretly spying on gay meeting places and bars near bases.

I felt passionately that this was a story that had to be told, and that’s how Citizen Jane got started.

I planned to do a fictional short story based on the composite account of lesbian soldiers. I would have to write an original screenplay and direct a film from my screenplay, as my thesis project with the University of British Columbia Film Department. Becoming a writer/director at this stage of my life would be a big challenge after being a producer for most of my career.

What I intended with Citizen Jane was a short piece about something lost and at the same time something gained.  The women I researched had coincidentally been coming out as lesbians at the same that that they were discharged from the military. They were in the spotlight at the very moment that they experienced one of the most intimate transitions of their lives. They may have lost their careers, but they didn’t compromise who they were as individuals.

I drew on my experience coming out late in my life.   And I also started doing research on soldiers who had been discharged. In 1985, despite the fact that a House of Commons committee declared that sexual orientation is no more relevant to a person’s fitness to compete for a given job…than sex, race, or religion, the military continued to wage war on homosexuals.

It wouldn’t be until 1992 that the policy would shift from one of exclusion to one of acceptance. It changed after a former officer, Michelle Douglas, took the military to court for wrongful dismissal and won in a landmark case.

 

 

Two 4 One

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Two 4 One is a bittersweet romantic comedy about oddball couple Miriam and Adam. They have an ill-advised one-night-stand and they both wind up pregnant. Written by Maureen Bradley, Two 4 One will be her directorial feature film debut.

Two 4 One is truly one of a kind:

  • The first breakout feature film with a transgender character as the romantic lead.
  • A feature film actually based in Victoria BC (and not just shot there).
  • A Telefilm funded Canadian feature film with a female director (Maureen Bradley) AND a female cinematographer (Amy Belling).

Because the budget is so small by industry standards, we don’t have access to many traditional funding avenues that would help us close our funding gap. With a project of this scope we can’t leverage tax credits, or pre-license the film with a broadcaster or distributor.

That’s where you come in. The only way to double our budget and make an AMAZING film is through community support. You become the producer.

The good news: no meddling. This lack of funding gives the creative team the freedom to portray real characters created from the heart of the queer community. No  compromises. No selling out.

So far, the response to Two 4 One has been overwhelmingly supportive. Two 4 One won the Screenplay Audience Award at the Female Eye Film Festival, 2013. The National Screen Institute (Canada) is supporting the development of Two 4 One through the NSI Features First Program. Through NSI, Two 4 One won the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary.

A wide variety of people—trans, queer, straight, industry, activist, radical and conservative— have read the script and love it.

 

 

2052

2052 is an action short film set in the post-apocalyptic aftermath of a global thermonuclear war. When a ground-breaking fuel additive, hailed as the invention “that will save the world”, is discovered by Indian scientists, it’s not long until the formula is bought by a multinational American corporation. However, it’s not long until cases of deformities and mutations begin to emerge in those exposed to the fumes. And there’s only one problem – the additive has been distributed globally. With political tension at a boiling point, it’s not long until someone presses the red button.

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2052 tells the story of a British survivor, Daniel Stafford. With the global population ever-diminishing, he is amongst a small few that now wander the deserted plains of rural England. Cold, hungry and alone, we follow his struggle to cope with the harsh nuclear winter. But a much greater threat is upon him, and they’re dressed head-to-toe in black.

 

 

Life Itself

LIFE ITSELF, the first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, covers the prolific critic’s life journey from his days at the University of Illinois, to his move to Chicago where he became the first film critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, then to television where he and Gene Siskel became iconic stars, and finally to what Roger referred to as “his third act”; how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to became a major voice on the internet and through social media.

 

Director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) has conducted interviews with over two dozen people, including lifelong friends, professional colleagues, the first ever interview with Gene Siskel’s wife, and filmmakers Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Gregory Nava, Ava DuVernay, and Martin Scorsese, who is one of the executive producers.

 

“This movie is a love story really –– Roger’s love for movies, for Chaz, and even in his own way, his love for Gene. Ultimately, though, it’s a film about Roger’s love for life itself.” – Steve James

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By G+ Author: Dan Mullins.

 

 

Dan Mullins

I write for FilmForecaster.com - Check it out! I love films - old and new. Writing, editing, and researching for my own screenplays.