"Falling in love can be a transformative experience... Literally."
A Statement from the Director:
Growing up staring at the water on the shores of Maryland, the feeling of escaping was always there.
Natural beauty was always surrounding me and I’d go back and forth between staying locked away in my room for days watching Turner Classic Movies and wandering the forests with a video camera. I’d emerge from the woods to a country road and without fail would be greeted by all terrain vehicles honking and angry. They were rushing to get home to watch television and ignoring the things I appreciated. I looked like them and even helped them win some sports games but I know I didn’t feel like them.
This feeling continued to grow into a “Grass is Greener” complex where I would constantly be trying to change my behavior, style, and beliefs. The oldest child of a hardworking single mom I’d push the envelope as far as the small town authorities would allow. Finally at eighteen after the millionth offense I did get caught. In the courtroom my mind could only think of how a decision that I made and that a judge would soon make could alter my life forever. No change in style or newfound interest would make any damn difference because I was still me and what was done was done.
The judge stared at me and with the medieval clang of the gavel said “Probation”.
I finally did escape to New York City but that idea of a single decision being able to change everything is still with me and “Only a Switch” is going to be a film that explores that 10 fold.
How the Donations Will Be Used:
A lot of equipment and services are already being generously donated by friends and collaborators in the New York arts community with whom I’ve worked with, toiled with and supported for the better part of my adult life.
The real costs that remain are as follows:
GAS: The ever-increasing price of fuel that is necessary to get to get the cast and crew to our locations some of which are quite far from the city.
FILM: Processing and Transferring film that has already been shot, which is going to be hand, painted and manipulated with various imaging techniques.
FOOD: I feel that it is essential to repay the good faith gestures of the cast and crew who will largely be generously donating their time with quality balanced meals that will keep them full of energy and good humour.
LOCATIONS/EQUIPMENT: Locations and equipment that we are unable to get for free.
TALENT: The rest is a minimum for crewmembers and actors that are unable to work for free so that they can simply pay their rent.
Having a budget to satisfy and provide these rather basic production needs will ensure that we are producing a competitive and quality product. By delivering these items and emphasizing a commitment to delivering excellent production value we will be able to attract passionate, talented and committed arts and film professionals, supporting their craft and creating an environment where they can succeed.
Michael was raised by his mother and grandparents in a house on top of a valley with a stream running right through it. His grandpa would rent videotapes from the local pharmacy and with some tweaking on the camcorder was able to create his own library. This catalog became Michael’s 2nd favorite pastime after riding BMX bikes in the dirt alley down the street.
After moving away with a brief pit stop in Baltimore, he landed on the shores of Annapolis, Maryland and found some other adventurers to make his own videos with. The recurring theme in these works was usually someone having a crazy ass dream and then waking up.
This seemed more like a way to kill time until the director of Willy Wonka came to town to screen his work. This being the most watched film from grandpa’s collection Michael found his way into having breakfast with him.
The director gave him some advice and so Michael was convinced to live the rest of his life “In a world of pure imagination”.
He spent his remaining reality lifeguarding for the summer and then got on the Chinatown bus to NYC.
He began working for Filmmaker Larry Fessenden and was introduced to an amazing artistic community from which he learned amongst other things how to create unique stories and share them with others.
"Michael Vincent has been a person and a filmmaker that I have admired for over six years now. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael on my first feature film set, Glenn McQuaid's I SELL THE DEAD, and found him to be an insightful, generous, and an all around good human being. Being that we have nearly the exact same taste, I love talking about movies with him and have always admired his refreshing and inimitable perspective on films.
So it was not much of a surprise to me that after seeing his short film DREAM GIRL, that I learned that this thoughtful and unique cinephile was also a thoughtful and unique filmmaker. His films are a fascinating realization of self-extpression as, like him, they are both fearless and vulnerable. His work ethic is tireless and his devotion to not just his artistic endeavors and craft, but to those of his friends and peers as well is nothing short of awesome.
Michael is the good guy that you want to see succeed, and he has inpsired me not just on a professional level, but on a personal and artistic one as well. I believe in Michael Vincent as a filmmaker. His movies are raw and different and sometimes weird (I mean they are literally hand painted on film), but they are a celebration of all of the things that excite me about movies. In Michael's films the only rule is that there are no rules, and as he embarks on this journey that will be his first narrative feature I am excited to lend my skills and resources to help him realize the fullest potential of his vision."
- Jacob Jaffke, Executive Producer
JESSICA CALDWELL (Producer) Producer Jessica Caldwell’s first feature film Electrick Children premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and at SXSW 2012; and had international and domestic theatrical distribution. Originally from Orrs Island, Maine, Caldwell is an independent film producer based in NYC. She graduated from high school at 16, Manhattanville College at 19, and was the youngest person admitted to Columbia University's Graduate Film Program at 20. While at Columbia she produced 11 short films on location in Ireland, England, and various locations in the United States. Her short AWOL premiered at Sundance 2011, and her short Delicacy premiered at Telluride 2012 and Tribeca 2013. She recently wrapped production on Stephen Elliott’s Happy Baby. She is in development on a number of films including a feature version of AWOL and Shane Atkinson's Penny Dreadful, which was on the Blacklist in 2012. She is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency.
JACOB JAFFKE (Executive Producer) Jacob Jaffke is an award-winning film producer based in New York. In addition to producing The Sacrament for acclaimed writer and director Ti West, alongside Peter Phok and horror icon Eli Roth, he recently produced Carter Smith's adaptation of the supernatural teenage drama, JAMIE MARKS ISDead, starring Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, and Cameron Monaghan.
Jaffke also produced Mike Birbiglia's crowd-pleasing directorial debut, Sleepwalk With Me, which received the "Best of NEXT" Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the “Best Writer/Director” award at the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival. Some of his other feature film credits include Line Producer on Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Ti West's The Innkeepers, and Joe Maggio's Bitter Feast. He was also Co-Producer on the vampire tale, Kiss of the Damned, directed by Xan Cassavetes. In 2009, he produced the short film, “Off Season,” which received numerous accolades at festivals worldwide and even earned him and director Jonathan van Tulleken a 2010 BAFTA nomination for "Best Short Film.”
After completing his BFA in Film/TV Production at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he went on to receive an MFA from Columbia University in Film Producing. While at Columbia he was awarded the 2007 Arthur Krim Memorial Scholarship, the 2010 Entertainment Partners “Best Producer” Award, and the 2010 Debra Hill Fellowship from the Producers Guild of America.
PETER PHOK (Executive Producer) Peter Phok is a Brooklyn, NY based producer whose most recent credits include Ti West's "The Sacrament", which will be making it's world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film festival and marks his sixth collaboration with West. Previously, Phok collaborated with indie horror icon Larry Fessenden and his Glass Eye Pix production outfit to produce West’s critically acclaimed The House of The Devil, The Innkeepers, Trigger Man, and The Roost.
In addition to his projects with West, Phok also produced films such as Glenn McQuaid's I Sell the Dead (winner of the 2008 Toronto After Dark Film Festival award for “Best Independent Film” and the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival awards for “Best Cinematography” and “Best Actor”), Jim Mickle’s Stake Land (winner of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival’s “Audience Award”), Graham Reznick's I Can See You, Joe Maggio’s Bitter Feast and most recently, Fessenden’s Beneath for Chiller Films.
A graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts, Phok is active in the NYC film community. In addition to producing, he's served as a panelist for SVA's Alumni Scholarship Awards, as an IFP Narrative Lab Mentor, and as a guest speaker during IFP Film Weeks.
Press and Publicity:
“Mike Vincent is an intuitive filmmaker with a singular vision that stems from a sensibility both familiar and fresh: He brings the shock of the naive, the raw, the erotic, to his textured, hand-made pictures. A feature in his hands would be a trip worth taking.”
“Michael Vincent: making trippy, psychedelic Super 8 movies. “The Grass Is Greener” is really crazy — weird green screen stuff, weird music interludes. I dig the style. …working on …first feature now. People ought to keep their eye out for that.” Falvorwire: Joe Swanberg's 5 Filmmakers to Watch
"Michael Vincent is the rare filmmaker who knows not only how to access the power of kaleidoscopic, erotic euphoria, but how to harness and weaponize it like a brain melting cinematic mind ray."
“Watching a film by Michael Vincent is like relaxing in a very welcoming, timeless candy store. You can feel his hand print on every painstakingly-produced, lush frame, and still the construction is seamless. Such a refreshing antidote to the cynical and the droll. He's a natural.”
“Michael Vincent’s ‘Dream Girl’ wears its trippy heart on its sleeve”
“A daydream about a flirtatious and innocent romp turns into a brutal rape nightmare/fantasy in Michael Vincent's The Grass Is Greener."
Screenings of Previous Work:
Anthology Film Archives, NYC
The Woodstock Film Festival
The Harvard Club, NYC
The Maryland Film Festival
Soho House, NYC
Indie Screen, Brooklyn NY
The Pioneer Theater, NYC