Dust Nuggets

: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production


Every story has two sides.


Using many different types of music, from classical to pop, this mind-bending psychological drama along the lines of Aronofsky, Cronenberg, Nolan, Lynch, presents the story of KK, a wound-up band manager who’s currently lying in a coma and trying to decide if she should wake up and live or just stay dead. She’s reliving the events that led to a nasty drug overdose and subsequent deep sleep. The thing is, she’s not being honest about it. Bits of reality commingle with a narrative that she’d like to believe but is mostly untrue. She’d like to stay pure and innocent, but out in real life she’s too far gone for that. Every story has two sides and KK is telling herself both.


Dust Nuggets comes to you from Sue Lange and Andrew Pochan. Lange is an author of speculative fiction satire. Fabulation comes easy to her. Her first novel, Tritcheon Hash, predicts the state of Earth when women move to their own planet. Her second, We Robots, depicts artificial intelligence as it becomes self-aware. Unlike most dystopian SF stories with this premise, the robots don’t take over the world so much as ponder their electronic navels.

Meeting Andrew Pochan was an electric moment for Lange. With an encyclopedic knowledge of art, film, and the bad behavior of past U.S. presidents, combined with a creative impulse just this side of the asteroid belt, Pochan proved hard to resist for one who gravitates to the strange but explicable.

Since both filmmakers had a past life in a garage band, it was inevitable they would create an homage to their lost dreams of rock stardom. Thus, Dust Nuggets, with a lighthearted twinge of melancholy, scorn, and self-rebuke, was born.

The film is a cautionary tale, fable, and trip into the fantastic, but it won’t see the light of day -- or the heart of darkness -- for that matter, without funding. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for donations of any size, large or small. We’re not asking for nothing, mind you. We’ve got giveaways. Every hundred bucks or more gets you the passwords for our previously produced films. These award-winning shorts (A Perfect You and Traffic Opera) are not available anywhere for the general public. But for a heartfelt hundred bucks you can see both. 

Here’s what Dancing with Films said about Traffic Opera:

“Extremely inventive with great energy. The film had a great story in here.”

And the Cleveland International Film Festival said this:

 “Overall, a unique story told with humor and talented singing that held my interest from beginning to end.”

What if you want more than that from this team? Well, you could consider a position as Executive Producer of the film. It doesn’t take much, just a $10,000 or more donation. Simple. Want more than a look at a couple of short films but don’t have the coin for Executive Producership? Anything in between a hundred and ten thou gets you a pass to be on set for the shoot. We might task you with being an extra as well, but we can negotiate that later.

Do yourself a favor: help this film get to the silver screen. You need Dust Nuggets. We need your money. Donate here!


Sue Lange - Writer/Producer

Sue Lange, producer/writer, began in filmmaking as an intern with Tracy Schott of Schott productions doing commercial work. Her first producing credit was a trailer for the ReadingFilmFEST created specifically for and screened in local theaters. Prior to that she produced three CDs of her own music with the band, Crabby Lady. She has worked for twenty years in print production as the online digital products manager for the Communications Society of IEEE. She released her first short film, A Perfect You, in early 2016. From there she continues to build her team of actors and crew personnel with the Amazing Berks web series co-created with Andrew Pochan. She is the resident playwright for Reading Theater Project.

Andrew Pochan - Director/Editor

Andrew Pochan, director/writer, studied filmmaking at Robert Morris University. He graduated with a BFA in 2011. Following that he studied abroad in Finland and Dubai, UAE with Abbas Kiarostami. He has worked on horror features Don't Look and The Harvesting, as well as shorts Traffic Opera, A Perfect You and American Standard. He is co-creator and director of the Amazing Berks web series. He has worked in television local news stations, and with QVC. Stage credits include set design with Reading Theater Project’s staging of Speakeasy, Marriage Expo, Snow Sin and Trash, Importance of Being Earnest, and Dead of Winter; and also with Yocum Institute’s The Bear Prince Jazz opera and Metamorphosis Acting Company’s Beethoven Revealed. He has acted in Marriage Expo and the Quick and Dirty Improv group with Reading Theater Project.

Chris Heslop - Composer

Chris Heslop, composer, graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied saxophone with Larry McKenna and arranging/composition with Dr. John Valerio, Dennis DiBlasio and Dr. Paul Miller. He is an alumnus of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City under the direction of Grammy winners Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. He is active as a performer and educator for the Berks Jazz Festival. He has arranged and/or composed for the Reading Pops Orchestra, Dave Stahl Big Band, Rob Stoneback Big Band with Bill Watrous, Gerald Veasley and HeadsUp Superband, CTA with Danny Seraphine, BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra, Kutztown University Jazz Studies, Ringgold Band, and Dave Kline among others. He has composed five shows for the Yocum Institute for Arts Education's Primary Stages Theatre as part of their Jazz For Kids! series and several shows for the Reading Theater Project, including two operas. Currently, Chris teaches composition at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and leads several unique ensembles.


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