A story about family, public perceptions, and secrets. What would you do to keep your secret?
The Smiths could be any family. They could be your neighbors. When twelve-year old Jason looks in his neighbor’s window at , he learns he’s not the only kid living in an abusive environment. What he learns will change his life.
No One Knows is a story about child abuse. This short script has caused strong reactions in everyone who's read it. The subject is one that seems to be taboo in our society, that of sexual abuse of children.
Coming from different backgrounds, the 19-year-old director, Bunee Tomlinson of Oklahoma, and producer Daniel Hoyos of Washington both felt an emotional connection to the storyline, having both dealt with situations of abuse and loneliness.
In May 2012, Daniel was looking for short scripts to produce, and was introduced to writer, Jamie Livingston-Dierks, and her short script, No One Knows. His immediate reactions was, "This script rocked my world." And when his director read it, Daniel said his jaw dropped.
The official announcement was made within days of reading the script, Daniel Hoyos would produce, and Bunee Tomlinson would direct No One Knows. The reaction to the announcement, and the response was incredible. Daniel has never seen such a positive response to other scripts he's produced.
They immediately went in search of the best talent in the southern United States.
The first actor cast was Nicole Fancher (@Nicole_Fancher) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4332347/ as the mother, Mrs. Smith. The gorgeous and immensely talented Nicole Francher has starred in over a dozen commercials and short films in Oklahoma, making her one of the most popular actresses in the business.
Because of the subject matter, the younger actors were much more difficult to cast, but the outpouring of actors auditioning for the part was amazing.
12-year-old Sami Isler, will be playing the lead female character, Hannah Smith. Sami is an accomplished actress, starring in the feature film, Home Run. The talented and intellectual Sami Isler first gained attention after she was featured on NBC's Today Show as a kid reporter in 2009. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4705966/
12-year old Caleb Barwick (@cxbar11) will play the male lead, the next-door neighbor, Jason. Caleb has an extensive body of film work. The energetic and charming Caleb Barwick, of Austin TX, is currently starring in the feature film, Fields Afire. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4164659/
Jett Anderson, (@JettzHouse) from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be playing the lead role of abusive father Mr. Smith. Jett has stared in several commercials and 4 films, including Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder.” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4181812/
By casting only the best actors in the independent film world, Daniel and Bunee strive to tell the best story possible. Filming will begin in Oklahoma in August 2012.
The Director: Bunee Tomlinson
The Producer: Daniel Hoyos
Daniel (@danielhoyos) just finished his run with the short film Play for Me which won best cinematograhy at the Sierra Cayon Film Festival, and has worked directly in the film festival industry for the last few years, being a part of the Seattle True Independent Film Festival.
The Writer: Jamie Livingston-Dierks
Jamie wrote No One Knows in a single sitting from a flash that came to her after a discussion about short films. The thought was, "What could be the worst thing that could happen if you looked in the wrong window?" Paired with, "What would you do to keep your deep, dark secret?" No One Knows was born.
Jamie writes mystery novels as Jamie Lee Scott, and is also a screenwriter, both features and television. Jamie is one of the co-founders of ScriptChat, a Twitter chat for screenwriters. www.scriptchat.com
Did you know? The men who sexually abuse children are often the last people on earth you’d ever imagine. About 90 percent of the child sexual abusers are people the victim knows. The main purpose behind “No One Knows” is to educate people on the issue of abuse, while raising awareness at the same time. The issue of abuse, and loneliness is a link that both the director Bunee Tomlinson and producer Daniel Hoyos have in common with the film.
Bunee was born in Romania where his mother ultimately abandoned him into an abusive orphanage, while Daniel felt the loneliness and confusion the lead character Hannah experiences. Jamie didn't find out until the night of her wedding, that her best friend had been sexually abused by her father. The revelation stunned her.
Our goal for “No One Knows” is spread a large message about child abuse to the millions of people unaware about this growing problem.
Something Unique to Our Campaign:
For every sponsorship at the $25 level, $5 will be donated to the Child Help Foundation. www.childhelp.org
This foundation is for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
What We Need to Make This Film Happen
- Red Epic Digital Camera
- Oklahoma's BEST cinematographer.
- Sound Mixer and equip rental
- Transportation, Hotel and daily pay rate for our outstanding actors on this film.
- Craft Service Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Everyone on the “No One Knows” family has generously donated their time and energy to helping push this project forward, and it would be a big shame not to meet our goal of $7000.
So far we've cast our 3 lead actors, hired a D.P. in Oklahoma, and secured the equipment, so you know every single cent will be put to good use. The support we have received while in pre-production has been nothing short of amazing.
Over 200 Facebook fans have joined us so far in our journey, and as you can see lots of people want us to move forward on this project.
EVERYONE who donates $25 or more will get listed in the film credits with a "Thank you." And admit it,it'd be a hoot to see your name on the film credits?
(See the full list of perks on the right side of our IndieGoGo page)
We'll be offering exclusive one of kind perks to everyone who donates, including at just $50 and our writer Jamie Livingston-Dierks will give you a personal signed copy of her novel “Let Us Prey.”
Do you want to talk with cast of “No One Knows” at just $100 dollars we will be offering a 30-minute Skype call with Nicole, Sami, Caleb & Jett.
"One of a kind" memorabilia from the set will be offered as perks, as well as DVDs and special director's cut DVDs.
Also we are very excited to announce if you donate just $25 a portion of the funds ($5) will go to the national Child Help organization, and along with that donation you will receive a one of kind stop child abuse bracelet.
All graphic design work by the enormously talented Emily Rose Satterfield.
How can you help us?
Oh yeah, we realize not everyone can squeeze the extra bucks from their wallets right now, BUT YOU CAN STILL HELP by simply passing the word along, "like" us Facebook, reTweeting the lndieGoGo link, tell all of your friends!
We're currently rising money to fund our film project, promote the film on your blog, every little bit will help us get one step closer to our goal of $7000 dollars!
Won't you please join the “No One Knows” family today and help support our film?
The “No One Knows” family is ready to make this film but we can’t get there without your help so please consider donating today!
We'll post our weekly goals and upload posts to check out our weekly video updates.
We'll also be offering surprise perks that we'll Tweet out on Twitter and Shout out on Facebook.
Rest assured, you'll be individually thanked for your support. No group thanks yous, whether you donate $5 or $2500.
We are excited to dive into the production of NO ONE KNOWS with not only an incredible group of talent, but also with all of your support. NO ONE KNOWS can only happen with the help from our incredible social media family.
Our sincerest thanks for your support and encouragement!
Daniel, Bunee, Jamie, Nicole, Sami, Caleb, Vivi Anna & R Kiki Weingarten