COUNT TO FIVE for A CUP OF TEA.
My name is Stephanie Deere and I am one of the lead actresses in the short film titled A CUP OF TEA, directed by Christian Vinces and produced by Rohit Karn Batra and Christian Vinces.
Not only did Christian Vinces decide to direct and coproduce this short film but he took on the taxing yet fulfilling job of also shooting the short film titled COUNT TO FIVE at the same time (which Rohit also coproduced). My relationship to these films has been much more than an actress: I was there reading through piles of scripts with Christian until we found these two gems (CUP OF TEA written by Lucy Fazely and Cathy Stewart - COUNT TO FIVE written by Ramona Baillie). Then Christian found Rohit to help him produce them and continued the process in order to cast the films. He and I shuffled through countless headshots and resumes and he auditioned numerous talented individuals. At the end he casted me (deep curtsey *sigh*) and my co-star Cathy Chang for A CUP OF TEA. For COUNT TO FIVE he casted the parts of two young lovers (Katie Booth and Alejandro Ruiz), the part of the street savvy drug dealer (Julian Harris) and the parts of those wicked LA thugs (Patrick Pedraza, Joshua Lee Johnson and Jay Mac). Then time for rehearsals began.
Rohit and Christian found our amazing DP John Orphan, our majesticly creative production designer Danielle Lee, our awesome Production Controller David Goldberg and the rest of our amazing crew.
From there, we shot both shorts in a long but triumphant four days and Christian immediately entered into the post production process: including Editing, Sound, Color Correction and Music. Christian, having solely financed the production of these films, has now racked up a pretty credit card debt of thousands of dollars.
That is why we need you...
Right now, Christian is facing some unexpected expenses besides Sound Design, Film Festivals fees, Music, Visual FX, Color Correction and Mastering of both films. Money after that will be used for the screening. And finally, with any extra money we raise, we will donate it to the victims of Hurricane Sandy (having actually partaken in this as I live in Queens, NY).
But since filmmaking is a collaborative art, we want you to become part of the productions: we will give you a Facebook shout out, send you copies of the films, invite you to the screening and/or credit you as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!!!!
The beautiful thing about this, is that we won't be making fruitless offers: the shorts has been shot and, while I may have a biased opinion, I can tell you they will be a success. I can also tell you that Christian will finish them, in a year if necessary, but he will. And not only will they assist Christian's future in becoming a professional filmmaker but most definitely they will gain notierity at many of this year's film festivals.
Also consider that...
Between the genius writing of A CUP OF TEA (about a woman who is forced to take care of her heart through the help of an older chinese medicinal woman), the strong and clear direction of the story and the beautiful set designs, this short is sure to touch hearts. And yet in a vastly diferent world, we watch the heart wrenching story of two young lovers driven to desperation by poverty and drugs in COUNT TO FIVE. So when you donate for these projects you are not only funding exceptional works of art but also the dreams of two producers, one director, eight actors and many indispensable crewmembers. Not to mention, the symbolic offering to all creative underdogs out there.
So please, take a moment and donate anything you can. These films are very much a reality and we hope to share them with you at our upcoming screening. Thank you sooooo much for your time and know that words cannot describe how much Christian, I and all those involved appreciate your support.
And if you don't know Christian...
Why would anyone do this , you ask? Christian was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He moved to New York City to attend school in order to pursue filmmaking. After graduating with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees, filming a number of shorts and a feature, he knew his next leap of this artist's journey was to move to Los Angeles to further pursue his dreams. Unfortunately, due to the vast competition and the throw of luck, Los Angeles proved to be a difficult city to navigate. Yet, after four years of networking, working and pushing for experience, Christian came to the realization that he was going to have to clear his own path to success. And here we are at the beginning of our story. From a personal standpoint, I have watched and partaken of Christian's sleepless nights, daunting work schedule and awesome credit card bills. And yet, while the choices have been made, and the shorts filmed, we are now asking for financial support.
Keep in mind that if there were any extra money after covering the production expenses, it will be donated for the victims of hurricane Sandy in New York City.
I understand that you may already have gotten tired of the countless fundraisers that come to you every other day. I know we are not the first or only people trying to make a film. But if you believe in us and our projects and want to help us without spending any $$$$ , you can always share this campaign with your friends, relatives, cowroekers, pets, etc. It will make a big difference and we will really appreciate it!!!!