Finding Father is a narrative film that approaches the subject of grieving from a child's perspective and how the coming of age character of Dan, struggles with her solution to deal with an adult family problem. Dans short introspective journey helps her break through to her father in a way very personal and in the end, becomes more herself. The film has been shot and is ready to enter into the preproduction stage.
Bart who plays Father, has been featured in both original Broadway casts of Tony-nominated "The Civil War" and "Dracula" (originating the role of Texan Quincey Morris). He also played the iconic role of Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of "Les Miserables". Recently, he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for the Ford's Theatre production of "The Civil War" As a singer, he is a veteran member of the Gold/Platinum selling symphonic progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall several times alongside Rosemary Clooney and had the distinguised honor of performing for President Bush at the National theatre along with Maya Angelou, Hal Holbrook and Trsiha Yearwood. His extensive theatre credits include productions at the famed Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Barter Theatre and Charlotte Rep. Television credits include: "Ghost Stories" (Fox Family) , "Guiding Light". Films: "Sleepless Nights", "Opening Fright and "Riffed"."
Sabina who plays Dan, has been acting since she was nine years old. Her first chance came when she booked the lead in Talk w/ an Angel, an independent short film by Pittsburgh-based director Lakeeba Coleman. In this movie, she acts as an arbiter for two troubled men, whoare struggling to make peace with their life on earth. She also narrated for a Point Park College student film, Story of An Astronaut. Besides acting, she is a singer and has taken musical theater training at the Pittsburgh CivicLight Theatre Academy.
Gianna who plays Nelle, made her professional debutoff-off Broadway in Turtle Shell Productions, Summer Shorties-Sum-ar Not in August 2009. She went on to star as Susan Walker in the musical version of Miracle on 34th Street at the John Engeman Theater in NY, for which she received critical acclaim from the New York Times in November of 2009: Gianna LePera, the 10-year old who plays Susan, is equally beguiling, displaying adelicate somberness similar to the haunting performance the young Natalie Wood gave in the film.
Writer/Director: Mark Pricskett
Besides a filmmaker, Director Mark Pricskett is an award winning magazine photographer.For the past 14 years he has been the editorial photographer for several Neil Award-winning magazines, and he himself has won several Apex and ASBPE awards. In 2011 Mark won the prestigious National Gold Ozzie Award for one of his fashion magazine covers. Mark's photographic visual style of crisp, saturated, and well-composed images are reflected in his first film Kevin's Friend. Kevin's Friend, a short drama that explores the friendship of a young boy and his mysterious new friend. Kevin's Friend was an official selection at FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia 2009, Utopia Film Festival 2010, and Alexandria Film Festival 2009. In 2009, the film was picked up by Indieflix,a partner of Netflix and Microsoft, for distribution.
Cinematographer: Bunker Seyfert
New York cinematographer Bunker Seyfert has filmed for TV shows on Comedy Central, A&E international, Speed, and truTV. He has had his work shown on the National Geographic Channel, MTV, BET, The Onion and Fuse. His documentary work has taken him to the Amazon Jungle, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico and across the US. The feature film No Boundaries he worked on received awards from The Indie Fest, Mexico International Film Festival and White Sands International Film Festival. His documentaries have received awards from New Hampshire Film Expo and Montezuma film festival.
Script Analyst: Pilar Alessandra
Pilar is a sought after teacher and lecturer, shes traveled the world teaching screenwriting and is in high demand at major writing conferences and film festivals. ?Pilar started her career in film as a script reader for Amblin Entertainment. With the formation of DreamWorks, she became Senior Story Analyst and a reader liaison between the studio and Robert Zemeckis's company, ImageMovers. The Robert Evans Company, Cineville Entertainment, Handprint Entertainment and Saturday Night Live Studios also sought her expert script analysis out, and work at Interscope Communications led her to a position as Senior Story Analyst Radar Pictures. ?In 2001 she started her own company, "On the Page," and in 2004 opened the On the Page Writers Studio in Sherman Oaks, California.
The story in Finding Father itself is fictitious but much factual research has been done into the dynamics of a father and daughter relationship after the passing of the mother for this film. The story is culled from various true stories and in-person interviews with people who have gone through similar grieving experiences as well as books about grieving from a husband and fathers perspective.
Although the film touches on the timely issues such as Breast Cancer, unemployment and grief, the story is about a girls coming of age. Its about having a voice and confronting a very serious family problems. There are many adult challenges that children are sometimes faced with and this film deals with some of those challenges.â€¨â€¨ According to the Internet Movie Database, only 6 out of 1.7 million films from 1888 to the present have a theme of a child living with a widower father from the childs perspective.â€¨
Finding Father is a film that although is dramatic and artistic, it is approachable and relatable. This film hopes to touch its audience by showing a story honest in its emotion and in its ability to creatively express the confusion of a young girl, dealing with big issues.
Finding Father is looking to have success in worldwide film festivals and in short film distributor catalogues including IndieFlix. It will also look to have an audience with those who are facing issues presented in the film through more selected distribution.
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