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HERMIT is a short fiction film about a young prodigy who, for the past 20 years, has churned out acclaimed novels at an improbable pace without leaving her bedroom. But soon after her 28th birthday, she suddenly runs
out of ideas. Now she must re-enter the world.
Welcome to Izzy Blue's surreal life. Come along as she tries to reconnect with her family and confront an alien world. The ultimate introvert, Izzy is caught between the call of her inner life and the demands of the exterior world. In the end, she must decide whether to stay out and rejoin the civilized world, or return to the solitude of her bedroom.
Izzy's situation is not as far-fetched as you might imagine. An increasingly widespread phenomenon in Japan, Hikikomori ("Shut-in's") soon will number up to a million:
HERMIT tells the story of how difficult it is to connect with others and how easily we shut ourselves in. Sometimes the real connection happens in unexpected ways.
The film will be shot on Super 16 mm film using a stunning cave-like bedroom set with writings on the walls, plus some killer east London locations. We have talented British actors attached, a skilled crew and a fabulous art team devoted to creating Izzy's textual world.
We have already raised $24,500, but we need your help to complete the project! With your contributions we will be able to send the film to festivals around the world and deliver a DVD to your home.
Your money will fund our post-production costs like film processing, color grading and sending the film to festivals. It will also help us complete set construction and set dressing to bring Izzy's magical world of solitude to visual fruition. Even the littlest bit helps! And please, if you like our story, send the word out to your friends!
Who We Are
Official IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1871272/
FIFTH TIME LUCKY Review: http://www.voxmagazine.com/blog/2011/10/citizen...
Executive Producer: Tiffany Pham
As the Executive Producer on Hermit, Pham is bringing her background in international business, film distribution and producing to the project. Pham recently co-produced Justin Lerner’s hit feature film Girlfriend, which stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction), and Shannon Woodward (ER, Raising Hope). The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and enjoyed a successful theatrical release this fall. Critically acclaimed and championed by the public, the film recently won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2011 Gotham Film Awards. In addition, Pham is currently producing Wunderkind, the second feature film by Anna Kerrigan. Wunderkind follows the success of Kerrigan’s Five Days Gone, which was awarded Best Screenplay at the Brooklyn Film Festival.
Previously, while working at Credit Suisse in M&A Investment Banking, Pham simultaneously served as General Manager for the upcoming musical VolleyGirls, starring Monica Raymund (The Good Wife). Pham has worked at HBO in Digital Distribution Strategy and is currently advising senior management at BBC and Universal Pictures on programming and innovative content distribution. Pham additionally serves on the Business Committee for New York City Ballet and on the Advisory Board for arts non-profit SPACE on Ryder Farm.
Pham majored with Distinction in International Studies and Economics at Yale University, where she served as Publisher of The Yale Herald newspaper and helped produce A Little Night Music, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and John & Jen for the Yale Dramatic Association. She is receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Executive Producer: Debra Minoff
Debra Minoff is an attorney at a law firm in New York city. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section.
Debra received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in 2009, where she was a Dean's Scholar and Heyman Scholar, notes editor of the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal and received the Cardozo Service and Achievement Award. During law school, she published and edited several articles concerning the safe harbor protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for internet service providers. She was also a judicial intern for the Honorable David G. Trager in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to law school, Debra worked on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, assisting in the cultural and memorial development of the site.
Debra graduated with honors from Yale College in 2004, where she double majored in Film Theory and American Studies. While at Yale University, Debra assisted in founding Yale's first TV station, was selected to serve on the Yale College Fine Arts Review Committee and the Film Studies Student Advisory Committee. She also produced a short film that was selected as a semi-finalist in the Ivy League Film Festival.
Producer: Deepika Srivastava
Before coming to London, Srivastava previously worked on a number of high-production value films in India. She recently served as the primary producer on a feature film produced by the prestigious Met Film School.
Associate Producer: Christopher Schipper
Cinematographer: Dankuro Shinma
Shinma has served as the Director of Photography for short films that have played in a variety of festivals, as well as one feature. Recently, his entry to the Straight 8 competition was an Official Selection at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. He had a career in fashion photography before coming to cinematography.