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A few years ago, I made an anthology film of four non-connected short stories called SEQUENCE

 
 

SEQUENCE screened in twenty American cities, gained a mini-cult following and received critical praise.

Shortly after I moved to Los Angeles and began directing various short narrative and documentary films for brands like adidas originals, Ray-Ban and Red Bull. I've written two screenplays — one called Ultralight and one called Akimbo. I hope to eventually make them both, but for now they’re too costly.

 
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Last summer, I shot a short film about Mississippi photographer Jane Rule Burdine. We had a shoestring budget and a tight schedule, but the film premiered at the Tribeca film festival to much acclaim. That experience and model of production reminded me of the joy of making SEQUENCE working with close friends and minimal resources to create a film that is surprising and different.

 
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On August 27, my team and I will begin production on a new micro-budget, feature comedy comprised of multiple short stories taking place over five time zones: Mississippi, Los Angeles, Colorado, New York and Japan.

The narrative is an existential relay race, each new location following a different character haunted by the same crisis of identity. Borrowing from films like Richard Linklater's Slackers, Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, and John Cassavetes’ Husbands as well as the short fiction of Carson McCullers and Barry Hannah we seek to explore what happens to our interior identities when confronted by the external world. Our characters are haunted by weird love, obsessed with private rituals, and run headlong into misplaced desire.

The film's first chapter will be shot in Mississippi and features the following talent:

 

 

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Jane Rule

Jane Rule Burdine has been photographing the people and landscapes of Mississippi and beyond for over forty years.  She was raised in the Mississippi delta town of Greenville but purchased a farm in Taylor, Mississippi, in 1983. During the Southern writing renaissance of the 80s and 90s in Oxford, her home became a central hub for bohemian life. Throughout the years, Jane Rule has hosted the famous and infamous: world renowned actors, musicians, artists and writers mixed with farmers, hunters, outlaws, bootleggers, liars and every imaginable raconteur. Once called by the writer Barry Hannah “the Gertrude Stein of the Mississippi,” Burdine might be the most famous unknown artist in the South. Yet her talent reaches far beyond any region. Through the quotidian she arrives at the universal, the uncanny, the beautifully strange. 

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Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. “I just try to record good music and stories,” he humbly states. He is a 2017 Grammy winning blues artist, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. He has been honored with four total Grammy nominations, as well as 46 nominations and 12 awards from the Blues Foundation. Rolling Stone magazine named him the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit. Rush estimates that he has cut over 370 songs since he first began making music. 

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Will Goss

Will Goss is a filmmaker and musician from Clarksdale Mississippi. He graduated from Chicago’s Institute of Art and has made over 10 films. Will taught film at Jackson Academy for three years before moving to Russia where he currently resides, teaching English and working on a new film. He and his fiancé Olya will be moving back to the States in mid August. 

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Dabbs Anderson 

Dabbs Anderson is a multi-displined narrative artist.  Born in Alabama and based in Los Angeles, California, Dabbs is presently in development of a new body of work outside Telluride, CO at the Steeprock Artist Guild. Her best friends are a giant dog named William and an adorable pig named Carl Sagan

 

can i get some? 

We’re raising $16,000 for production. Any amount is welcome but we’re looking for co-producer donations from $1,000-$5,000. Donate by clicking the LARGE GREEN button below.