Away From Here is a short, coming of age film about an angst ridden teenager who wants desperately to leave his sleepy, industrial hometown. Awoken in the middle of the night, Calvin must decide whether to leave home with his best friend Jessie, or stay to support his family. Taking place over one night, the film explores Calvin’s search for freedom, testing his commitment to family, friendship and love.
My name is Joseph Covello and I am the Writer, Director and Co-Producer of Away From Here. When I was writing this film, I wanted to draw from my own experiences to create something that honestly portrayed the teenage struggle to find one’s self, and the suffocating anxiety that often accompanies it. I believe the film’s honesty will resonate with audiences around the globe, who understand and have felt the existential crisis of trying to set out on your own.
Filmmaking is my passion. I have spent the last four years studying film, and most of my life honing my skills as a visual story teller, through drawing, painting and photography. This film is the culmination of everything I have learned thus far, and significant landmark in my career, as I shed the title of “student filmmaker”. If you love film as much as I do please support our project and help make Away From Here the best film it can be.
Where Your Money Goes
Making a short film is a very expensive undertaking so we need your help! We're asking for $3650 in this campaign and with your contributions we can reach this goal.
Your money will go towards:
- Camera, Lighting and Sound Equipment
- Production Design: Props, Wardrobe, Hair, Make-Up and Set Design
- Location Permits
- Craft and Meals
- Post Production Costs: Editing, Music, Sound Mix, Visual Effects
Even if we fall short of our $3650 goal the film will still be made, but might not receive the full post-production treatment it deserves. So please donate what you can because every contribution makes a difference.
What You'll Get: The Perks
When you contribute to our film not only do you receive our unending gratitude, you’ll also get some awesome perks! They range from a Special Thanks in our credits to an Executive Producer title on the film. There are also a few rewards of original artwork created by the director and our top award will be an original painting which will be featured in the film. Take a look at Joseph’s artwork here.
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Ken James Stewart as “Calvin”
A native Albertan, Ken James Stewart made his theatrical debut with St. Albert Children’s Theatre and continued to train in theatre arts at Edmonton's Victoria School, and Toronto's Randolph Academy for Performing Arts. Since then he has completed 5 seasons with the renowned Shaw Festival. In 2012, he joined the Stratford Festival playing the title character in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' and Noah in the world premiere of Morris Panych's 'Wanderlust'. Most recently Ken made his television debut with Discovery Channel's 'Close Encounters'. Ken is elated to join Away From Here as the angst-ridden dreamer, Calvin. Thanks to The Talent House and his family and friends all over Canada. www.kenjamesstewart.com
Chelsey Marie as “Jessie”
Chelsey Marie grew up in the small town of Georgetown Ontario. She did theatre at Georgetown Little Theatre but always had aspirations to live in a big city. So when Chelsey was offered a scholarship to New York Film Academy she seized the opportunity. Since then, Chelsey has made her television debut on the SYFY Network in Paranormal Witness, as Alyssa. Most recently, Chelsey has acted in two feature films in 2013. She played Victoria Vandercamp in the feature film Kingdom Come, a supernatural thriller from Director Greg A. Sager, as well as Bianca in the dramedy Unhappy Happy, from Director Robert Shaw. She has also continued her training in Toronto, studying under Ron Leach, David Rotenberg and Shawn Lawrence.
Our Creative Team
Joseph Covello (Writer/Director/Co-Producer) is a filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario, and a recent graduate of the Ryerson University Image Arts: Film Studies program. His directing highlights include Be Prepared (2011) a ten minute documentary examining the future of Scouts Canada, and Alpine Country (2010) a short thriller and winner of the Maximum Exposure Film Festival 2010 Highlights Prize. Joseph is also an adamant photographer and painter, and has exhibited and sold artwork at local art festivals and galleries, and has created commissioned paintings for private art collectors. Some of Joseph’s previous films can be viewed at JCovello.com
Ivan Hutomo (Co-Producer) was the Directors’ Assistant on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and the Executive Assistant on CBC’s Cover Me Canada. As the Music Coordinator and Executive Assistant for CBC’s Over The Rainbow he helped Canada find a “Dorothy” to star in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. Recently, his endeavors include W Network’s Be The Boss Canada, CBC’s inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, and a Field Director for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Ivan continues to develop projects and work alongside various networks and production companies such as Proper Television.
Krystle Ferdinand (Associate Producer/Casting Director) is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Commerce. She has taken courses on film, cinematography, theatre and acting and is excited to break in to the film industry with Away From Here, utilizing her background in business to help produce and cast the film.
Samuel Plante (Cinematographer) is a Toronto filmmaker and graduate of Ryerson University's Film Studies program. He was Cinematographer on a number of short films, including documentary projects The Final Run and Be Prepared and the short narrative Cowboys VS. Nazis. He filmed and directed the short documentary Le Surveillant, which was awarded the Jack Kuper Film Award. Sam’s other directing credits include Cocktail, Receipt, Cancel and Hierarchy, winner of theElvino Sauro Film Award. Flammable, his latest film, was part of the Short Film Corner at the 2013 Festival de Cannes.
Rachel McParland (Production Designer) is a Toronto based Art Director and Production Designer. She is a graduate of the Image Arts: Film Studies program at Ryerson University. She Production Designed and Art Directed multiple short films including "Alice" and "Flammable" in 2013. Currently, Rachel is Production Designer for three episodes in the series "Kid's Town" and she was Art Director for season one. She has also gained recognition as editor for the short documentary "Just As I Remember" which won the TFCA best student film award and was featured in the 2013 Hot Docs International Film Festival.