Sylvia Sether first honed her craft directing low-budget music videos for indie bands such as ‘Sabrosa Purr,’ ‘All Wrong & The Plans Change,’ ‘Quarry Hill’ and ‘Greg Laswell.’ She’s also an avid photographer who continues to shoot film on both her NIKON FE2 and more recently a C330 Mamiya.
In 2009 Sylvia was one of eight women to be selected for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop For Women, and it was here that she made her second short film OVERDRAWN. In addition to OVERDRAWN doing well on the festival circuit, it also helped her to become one of six people chosen by The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art for it's 2011 annual Young Director's Night. The film went on to win the Art Of Film Award for best film.
Sylvia is currently working on several film/tv projects, including feature versions of both OVERDRAWN and KING OF NORWAY. It is our hope that KING OF NORWAY do well on the film festival circuit and be used as a pitching tool to help our bigger dream come true; shooting the feature version on location in Norway where Sylvia's family resides.
Our film follows Liv Skarsgaard as she returns home to to visit her dying father after being absent for over a decade. The story moves between the past and present as Liv is forced to face the thing she's been running from her whole life; the loss of her father.
When I was six years old, my dad was in a terrible accident that left him with cognitive impairment and the loss of his short term memory. At the young age of forty, he ended up confined to a nursing home for the next twenty-three years of his life. KING OF NORWAY is loosely inspired by my own complicated relationship with him and his passing in the summer of 2011. My experience with him was both unique and universal at the same time. Although tragic, it is a journey I am forever grateful for.
I see life has a beautiful melting pot of joy and pain, and the paradox is something I'm incredibly drawn to exploring. I love the thought that things can be up and down at the same time, even the experience of love and loss, or life and death.
Although my dad was a bit of a mystery, we still had an undeniable connection that defied our own frail human bodies. I believe in the idea that the ones we love are always with us on a much deeper level than we can even begin to fathom.
I've always felt that death was something that our culture percieved as a bit taboo or negative. But from my own personal experience I've come to believe that death or loss can actually be a great awakener or gift in disguise at times. Rather than run from it, we should turn and face death, perhaps even befriend it. Anyway you look at it, none of us get out alive, and in the end, it is our choice and our choice alone to either percieve it as an ending or a beginning.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
On every level this project is a collaboration, and it starts with you. You can help by making a donation (there is no donation too small) and spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/pages/King-of-Norway/271841972...
My team and I are truly thankful for your help in bringing this project to life. We realize we cannot do it without the support of our community and that's ultimately a big part of what makes this project so special. Thank you.
WHY WE NEED FUNDING
Making films is very expensive. We've managed to keep some of the costs low because our team is willing to work for A LOT less then their normal and fair rates. Having fiscal sponsorship (thank you Fractured Atlas) also helps us by providing those who need a tax incentive to donate to the film. It also legitimizes our endeavor by assuring that your money will go to this project and nothing else.
Even before launching our indiegogo campaign we've raised $5,020!! (the first $20 came from my Mom) but we still have a ways to go, and in a short amount of time, to get us up to Northern California and ready to shoot by the end of June.
Your money will help provide:
And everything else it takes to make a movie. We'll also need to raise an additional $10,000 for post production as well as money for festival submissions.
Your generosity and support means the world to us (seriously, the world).
OUR TEAM (THUS FAR)
Anna McRoberts is the president of Key Pix Productions, where she runs both the development and production divisions. She is the award-winning writer and producer of the highly successful "Air Buddies" franchise for Disney; "Air Buddies," "Snow Buddies," "Space Buddies," "Santa Buddies," "Spooky Buddies" and "Treasure Buddies" as well as the Christmas classic “The Search for Santa Paws" and the upcoming "Santa Pups." She recently made her directorial debut with the internationally acclaimed "The Wind Fisherman" which she wrote and directed after receiving the highly coveted DWW Fellowship from the American Film Institute.
Fiona’s mother will tell you she came out of the womb a producer (which Fiona thinks is just her mother’s way of calling her bossy). She didn’t get the official title until 2005 when she graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cinema and a Minor in Anthropology. She immediately moved to Los Angeles and has been stuck on the 405 ever since. When she’s not stuck in traffic she is busy as co- founder of Public Transit Pictures with their development slate and as a freelance Producer & Line Producer working on features and television.
Elena Woodhead minored in film studies at NYU where she was primarily interested in the cultural implications and effect of cinema rather than actual production. It was only after working on a friend’s 16mm thesis film that she got her first taste of filmmaking. Having to drag lights and gear across the city, onto the subway, and then physically cutting and reattaching bits of film together really spoke to her. When she moved to Los Angeles and worked on her first professional film set she fell in love with Production. She is now a film and television Line Producer and UPM. Elena has Line Produced Sylvia’s last four music videos and well as her short film OVERDRAWN.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
VanNessa Manlunas has worked with companies such as Partizan, RSA and Alta Vista Films, shooting music videos for artists like ‘Greg Laswell,’ ‘Army Navy,’ and ‘All Wrong & The Plans Change’ among others. She just completed principal photography for her first TV Pilot for a Canadian Production and has shot numerous short films, one of them being "Overdrawn," which continues to travel with the film festival market today and won the LACMA Young Directors Award for Best Film. VanNessa has been fortunate to work on film sets with some of the industry's most respected cinematographers including Robert Elswit, Rodrigo Prieto, Eric Steelberg, and remarkable female DP's Amy Vincent and Mandy Walker. The time she spent on set with this powerhouse group of talent has given her indispensable knowledge, and experience that has helped to mold her into the cinematographer she is today.
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