I'm nervous about the future. I'm nervous that technology is making us less interested in one another and more interested in what we can show one another. I’m nervous that we are exchanging brotherhood and loyalty for safety and efficiency.
I’m excited about the
future. I’m excited to have a lifetime of friends available at the click of a
button. Celebrations, memories, and achievements are cemented into a network that I can revisit anytime I want, anywhere I
want. Also, when was the last time 5905 singers from 101 countries could unite in a single virtual choir and premiere a choral piece online?!
Over the past two years, I have had these conflicting conversations in my head as I continue to evaluate what is being gained and lost by the current digital revolution.
And this has become the basis for "For the Record," a short film about two teenagers who, through a traumatic incident, have an epiphany about their friendship in the context of a digital world.
I feel myself in a relatively early stage when it comes to understanding the technology that is available to me. I haven’t fully grown into it, understood its consequences or decided how I will handle my interaction with it in the future. But I feel myself changing. A lot. And fast.
When Google Glass is
officially released this December, I think many of us are going to begin to have
a catharsis. There will be (as there already have been) some
polarizing discussions about the role of technology in our lives; what we want
from it, what we give to it, what it gives to us and what it has already gotten from us.
When we document our life in electronic form, what part of our motivation is responsibility and what part is compulsion? And when the camera is on us, how are we aroused? How are we violated? If you don’t document an event on the Internet, did it ever happen?
This film, I hope, will help stir up some discussion.
What You Get:
To begin with, donations to “For the Record” are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. We are being fiscally sponsored by a 501(c) non-profit organization called From the Heart Productions. Their IRS Number is 95 444 5418.
Other Available Perks:
-A slice of homemade pecan pie delivered to your doorstep--yes, we’re serious.
-A coffee date with the director and members of the cast/crew
-A copy of the finished film
-A thank you on Facebook/Twitter
-A handwritten thank you note
-Us getting the word out about YOUR work on Facebook/Twitter
-Signed postcard from the cast/crew
-An Associate Producer credit on IMDB
-An Executive Producer credit on IMDB
Where The Money Goes:
$1500-Van Rentals and Gas
$1000-Post Production Fees (Editing, Sound Design, Color Grading)
Stuff that Inspires Us Along the Way
Who We Are:
Lev Pakman (Writer/Director): Lev Pakman was born and raised in New York City. He recently directed and produced his first short film, Side Effected, which won an “Audience Favorite” award at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, was a Vimeo "Staff Pick" and was recommended by The Huffington Post. The film was also accepted to the Cannes Short Film Corner and the San Diego Film Festival. Lev comes from a performing background and has performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of Laguardia High School and the NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. His name translates to "heart" in Hebrew and "lion" in Russian.
Justin Levine (Cinematographer): Justin Levine was born in Los Angeles, California and has grown up with a love for movies and images. For the past several years, Justin has been following his passion, working at Panavision, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Universal Studios. He has shot tour content for Beyonce's most recent tour. Has shot numerous films, including Lev Pakman's first film, Side Effected, and has earned recognition in film festivals throughout the country. http://vimeo.com/70332490
Pico Alexander (Role of Tom): Pico Alexander is a first generation Brooklynite of European descent. After graduating from Laguardia High School (where he met Lev Pakman and Gabriel Gomez), he earned his BFA in acting at Rutgers University. Pico spent his third year of training rigorously studying Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre in London. Since graduating he has performed with The Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, appeared in the second season of The Carrie Diaries, and worked on presentations of new works at Rattlestick Theatre and The McCarter. Pico has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and plays the piano, trumpet, and guitar. One day, he hopes to swim with sharks.
Luke Marcus Rosen (Role of David): Luke Marcus Rosen graduated the Professional Children's School in the Class of 2013 and is currently studying at the New School for Drama where he hopes to get his BFA in Dramatic Arts with a focus on Directing and Filmmaking. Luke recently worked on two feature films; Disconnect and Innocence, as well as co-starring on Law and Order: SVU, and performing on stage as George in Thorton Wilder's Our Town. Luke wants to ultimately become a film director.Gabriel Gomez (Editor): Gabriel Gomez is a Brooklyn native who grew up in polar-opposite environments, self-educating, making pacts and eating fruit. He learned the importance of self-motivation from his Cuban, musician father, and his Broadway actress/part-time Yogi mother. At 16, his passion for breaking skateboards shifted (overnight) to filmmaking. Gabe recently started his own production company, Crooked Letter Films. Sharing the roles of writer, director, & producer with Julien Melendez, he has finally found his artistic niche. He is indubitably happy about it. https://vimeo.com/crookedletterfilms
Avra Friedman (Casting Director): Avra Friedman is an NYC-based actor. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2013 with a BFA in Drama, having studied at Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios, and commedia dell'arte in Florence, Italy. She has interned at Avy Kaufman Casting.
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