Creedmoria


TYPE
: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: In Distribution

LOGLINE

Family is an institution. Sometimes, you gotta break out. Creedmoria is a film about a girl who does just that. Please help us raise post-production funds.                                                                                                                                    

SYNOPSIS

Creedmoria is a tale about growing up in Queens, New York, in the '80s—but at its core, it’s about one teenage girl’s hope. Set against the backdrop of the state’s largest mental hospital, Creedmoor, we watch Candy try to survive high school, a psycho boyfriend, a domineering mother, a dickhead boss, one brother coping with a drug addiction and another struggling with his sexual identity—all while trying to fit in and stay as hopeful as she can. And did we mention, it's a comedy?

 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Creedmoria is my feature film directorial debut. It explores important themes to teenagers today: drugs, sexuality, homosexuality, bullying, mental illness alcohol, the death of a parent and being a young woman working in a patriarchal world. Artistically, I’d like to make this picture as heartwarming and funny as possible, so the serious themes can resonate and the overall message stay upbeat.

We are raising money to make this film in Queens, New York. We will be using a High-Def camera to shoot this feature in color on a micro budget. Many members of our crew—producers, the production designer, costume designer, props department, and myself (the director)—will be working on deferments. This project is a labor of love, not only for me but also for my team, many of whom have worked closely with me on this project for months. Several of my partners on the film, like me, grew up in the 1980s, and many of the issues raised in the movie touch them on a personal level. Though we hope to recreate at least the spirit of the time period, our budget is modest. The design and costume teams have been busy borrowing props and costumes. As Wes Anderson creates his own world with elaborate production design, we hope to create ours with some five-and-dime ingenuity, attic rummaging and Elmer’s glue. Luckily, the landscape and houses of the neighborhoods we’re scouting (Bayside, Queens Village, Astoria) are still locked in a circa 1970s look.

This film is being made in large part by the community--by our network of friends and family. So far, we’ve secured half of our locations for free (for example: kitchen, restaurant/diner, storage freezer, high school classroom, hospital rooms). Other kind souls have offered their muscle cars and other transportation. Our hope and plan is get as many of the tangible things we’ll need for the movie donated or lent to us for the duration of the shoot. We hope to begin principal photography this summer and then launch a campaign to raise finishing funds in the fall. The latter will be used for final edits, color corrections, music rights, etc., and, with loads of luck, have it ready to submit to festivals next year.

We hope the comedy—and, yes, there’s a prodigious amount of sophisticated slapstick—will appeal to everyone. And as for the story itself, we hope it resonates wtih teens, college students, thirtysomethings, fortyish parents, and anyone who has ever dreamed of living a better life. Everyday is the stinkin' best day ever.
 

KEY CREW

Alicia Slimmer - Writer/Director/Producer

Alicia Slimmer is a Brooklyn based writer/filmmaker. In 2013, she published My Seven Step Guide to Mastering Kickstarter for The Wall Street Journal chronicling her fundraising challenges for Creedmoria. Her short film, My First Car,  won Best Comedy at The 24th Annual New School Invitational Film Show and premiered at Dances with Films Festival in LA. In the spring of 2013, Alicia directed the play, Mapping the Future, at The Globe Theater in NYC. Creedmoria is her feature film directorial debut.

Derek A. Welte - Co-Producer/Production Designer

Derek is a creative director, designer, producer and filmmaker. Derek has worked on award-winning independent films, including Greasewood Flat where he served as producer, storyboard artist, assistant director and materials designer. An extremely complicated film to shoot for $600,000—it went on to play 11 film festivals, winning multiple awards including best director and best ensemble cast. In 2001, Derek launched HalfmanHalfmachine, a multi-disciplinary design agency committed to creative concepts and experience design executed through visual and interactive mediums. HalfmanHalfmachine’s clients include Public Enemy, Enemy Books, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Firefly Living , and the band, IAMWE, to name a few.
 

Boa Simon - Cinematographer

Boa is a Boston-raised and Los Angeles based cinematographer. His narrative work on over a dozen festival-recognized shorts earned him awards from the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His commercial work is broadcast internationally. One campaign Boa photographed for the Los Angeles company, 3ROUNDBURST, was nominated for an Imagen Award in 2012. Recently, Boa wrapped shooting two feature films: Mercurio Picture’s, The Lookout, a micro-budget police procedural, still in post production, and Pensé Production’s, Resident Advisor, a college comedy set for U.S. theatrical distribution in April 2013. Boa teaches a Cinematography course and works one-on-one with directors at the Manhattan Film Institute summer production program.
 

Ben Insler - Editor

Ben is an award-winning editor who has been editing, directing and producing motion pictures and television for the past eleven years. His television and commercial projects have aired on SpikeTV, Fuse, Food Network, IFC, ESPN, and HBO online, with his narrative and documentary projects screening in theaters and numerous festivals around the globe. A New York native, he currently lives in Santa Monica, CA, where he is excitedly cutting Creedmoria and developing a number of new projects.

Doneen Lombardi - Co-Producer

Doneen is currently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Columbia Records/Sony Music. Doneen is responsible for overseeing US marketing campaigns for; One Direction, Olly Murs, and X Factor's Emblem 3. She is also responsible for global TV platform music campaigns; Nickelodean music/live action; Big Time Rush, Victorious, Fox's Glee and NBC's Smash. Previously, she was SVP International Marketing Columbia-Epic Label Group/Sony Music where she oversaw marketing campaigns for Adele "19", MGMT, The Ting Tings, The Avett Brothers, Glee.

 

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UPDATE - March 30, 2015

We are busy editing and adding music. Indiegogo invited us to be part of their InDemand Program where we can continue to raise money past our deadline. We are on track to be submitting to festivals in the fall! #sbde

UPDATE - September 02, 2013

Stef Dawson has joined the cast as our lead, Candy!! Woohooooo

UPDATE - April 20, 2013

Make a contribution by check by clicking here. And THANK YOU for helping us get this movie made. : )

UPDATE - April 17, 2013

We are honored to be officially part of the IFP family!

Fundraising begins again. Thank you so much to all of you who stood by us during this transition. Help spread the word and share the link if you can. #sbde

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