Boys Without Fathers


TYPE
: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

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An unscrupulous boxing promoter utilizes social connections to deliver his younger brother into pugilist prominence during a time of declining health.

SYNOPSIS

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Cronk Matson is Press Agent and older brother to boxing impresario Bruno Garrison’s star pupil, Jackie. In the midst of preparing for his final bout as Bruno’s fighter, Jackie develops symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease that puts his life at risk with every punishing blow. As Cronk works to conceal the diagnosis from everyone, including his own brother, he faces increasing pressure from Bruno, offering to absolve his surmounting debts in exchange for a renewed contract with Jackie. Cronk must choose between self-preservation and embracing his role as protector while navigating the corrupt and unforgiving world of boxing.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

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Our intended goal for making this film is to not only demonstrate the importance of character and story over VFX and gimmicks, but also to create something that is both economical and entertaining. It has been influenced by Odets, Cassavetes, Tarantino, and Hitchcock, and seeks to limit the story to a few sub-locations within even fewer primary locations. We will shoot film, and intend to employ desaturated color schemes, similar to the films of Jean-Pierre Melville. We aim to achieve a simplicity that will allow the words to act as a central figure.

KEY CREW

Jeremy Wright - Producer, Screenwriter, Director

Jeremy Wright is a student at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television. While completing his undergraduate degrees, Jeremy took time off to join his brother, Stephen, in Berkeley, co-founding Vincent Micheal Entertainment, and working and studying under Tony Award-winning Director, Tony Taccone at the Berkeley Rep Theatre. He is also an editor and reader for Scribe, the University of Southern California's academic and literary journal, and Head Writing Instructor at the Prep Academy in Los Angeles.

John Maringouin - Director of Photography, Editor

John Maringouin is an American film director, selected for Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces list. His debut feature, Running Stumbled, received wide critical acclaim and was referred to by Variety as a "phantasmagoric filmmaking debut,” earning him a Spirit Award nomination and wide release in the United Kingdom. Maringouin's second feature, Big River Man, won multiple 2009 documentary awards including the World Cinema Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film received almost unanimous critical praise and was described by The Times as "an absolute epic." Big River Man is currently distributed by Planet Green.

Stephen V. Wright - Producer, Screenwriter

Stephen V. Wright was born in South Florida, the son of a Marketing Director and Newspaper Editor. While attending High School, he worked as a journalist and photojournalist apprentice for Gannett, spending his summers in Detroit, attending Tigers games and working for the Detroit Free Press. After High School, Stephen attended the University of California Berkeley, earning dual degrees in English and Philosophy. His Senior Thesis was on obstructive characters in the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Stephen got his professional start in film production at Paramount Studios, working as an Associate Producer under Executive Producer Julie Ross. At Paramount, he contributed by editing, mixing sound, shooting b-roll footage, and rewriting shooting scripts. He has since returned to the Bay Area, where he studied and learned sound engineering and film editing from Academy Award winners Walter Murch and Mark Berger.

 

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