What is Found?
Found is a short film about two friends. Derek is a young man struggling to accept his sexuality and find his place in the world. Charlie uses her sexuality to hide from her feelings and lives a life of reckless impulsivity. By confronting their weaknesses and embracing each other's struggle, they realize they are not alone.
How did this come about?
Sona and Manuel rehearsed a scene in an acting class and worked so well together they decided it would be a good idea to collaborate on something. Manuel took that to heart and wrote Found, which Sona loved. They've been developing this project ever since and have worked on numeous revisions.
Found was created during a hard time in Manuel's life. In dealing with his depression and sharing his stories with Sona, their discussions started focusing on how so many people run from feelings of depression. Thus, they felt it necessary to explore depression and how it manifests itself in different ways. Our ambition is to create a film where people can embrace their "darker" feelings and allow themselves to see that by sharing these vulnerabilities, it can only make them more beautiful to those who love them.
Why is this important?Everyone struggles in life, whether that be racial discrimination, sexual identity, or abuse-related traumas. We want to bring light to these issues and show that there is hope for a better tomorrow. As a society, we are afraid to show our vulnerability; there are a lot of feelings of shame regarding depression and anxiety disorders. We're hoping that by exploring the psyches of both Derek and Charlie, people walk away feeling more accepting of themselves and of others.
The message of Found is not defined by skin color or ethnicities. The roles we created are roles we may not have been considered for in the mainstream media. It's important that people realize that these issues affect everyone, regardless of stereotypes and preconceived notions.
Director: Madeline Puzzo
Madeline Puzzo has always been interested in film and the
performing arts. She has worked in many genres, such as period, comedy,
drama, and documentary. During her time at Point Park University she
filled a wide array of production positions including: directing,
production design, editing, and sound editing.
Madeline's senior thesis film at Point Park, Requited, was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Requited was also selected for the Point Park University 2012 Cinema Showcase where it screened at the DGA. Madeline was presented The Achievement in Directing Award by Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts. She has also recently directed a commercial for Reebok’s Spotify FitList.
Director of Photograpy: Mark Chastain
Mark graduated from Point Park University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Cinema and Digital Arts with a concentration in Cinematography. Mark's undergraduate thesis film, Requited, was a finalist in the narrative category of the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. Since graduating, Mark has shot multiple feature films, commercials, and shorts.
Actor/Writer/Producer: Manuel Villareal
Manuel Villarreal has been passionate about filmmaking from a very young age. He's acted in a number of productions ranging from theatre and commercials, to acting in short films he has developed. Manuel continues to write and develop projects while pursuing a career in acting.
Actor/Writer/Producer: Sona Sood
Sona Sood has always been involved with the arts between working in the music industry, writing short stories, volunteering with theatre groups, and acting. Sona has been in a number of stage productions, short films and webisodes. Mormon Boys, a webisode Sona co-wrote and produced and co-starred in, was a finalist in the IFQ Film Festival.
What We Need & What You Get
We have spent over a year and a half developing this project. We have
spent hours fine tuning the script, meeting with an array of talented
people, assembling our version of the "dream team" and streamlining the budget.
You deserve to know where your money is going. The shoot will last 2 days. Your funds will cover: Set Design, Sound, Editing, Location Costs, Travel Costs, Make-Up Artist, Equipment Rental, Craft Services (Food and Drink), Festival Fees, Insurance, Promotion and Marketing Costs.
As you can see we're stretching your $7,000 as far as we possibly can, in order to create a beautiful project.
Even a dollar can make all the difference.
It doesn't just take money...
Again, we're so grateful that you took the time to check us out. Even if you can't donate, spreading the word would be fantastic.