Potter’s Field is the story of Sam Cantor’s life through his death. After discovering that he is dead Sam is met by his guide Peter. Peter helps Sam to let go of the life he has to leave behind by saying goodbye to his memories and sensations. It’s impossible to know what happens when we die, but no matter what you believe, the universal truth is that your life - the person you spent your entire life becoming - will no longer exist. It’s this fact, the realization that every sensation and memory Sam has gathered throughout his life will be lost once he moves on that haunts him. The film follows Sam who is guided by Peter in his last moments in between life and death as he struggles to accept his fate, unknowing of what awaits him.
The Film concluded production at the end of May and is currently in Post Production. Unfortunately we don't have the funds to complete the film just yet, and that's where you come in. We're looking to raise another $10,000 in order to pay for the sound design, the scoring, color correction and of course festival submissions.
Ted Schaefer is a dynamic young filmmaker out of the New York City area. While studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at Syracuse University, Ted spent a semester abroad at the prestigious Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His films have been recognized in festivals through the United States and its territories. His stylistic blend of realism with surrealist techniques creates very unique films. His films juxtapose a quiet tonality with a strong visual language to tell simple stories that point to many of the strange truths in life. His influences include Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Aki Kaurismaki, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac and Alphonse Mucha.
Bryan is a hard working, dedicated professional who spends most of his time producing alternative television for networks like Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and HGTV. He began his young career developing and pitching new ideas at Powderhouse Productions in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently he is hoping to jump onto the silver screen by producing, writing, and directing short films. For this project, Bryan is acting as the Executive Producer; handling relationships, managing the budget, and assembling the talented crew. He has had past success with the Director of Photography, Adam Brown, who shot Bryan's first short film, "The First Stone," which showed at festivals in Manhattan, and was one of the best experiences of his still blossoming career.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Adam Brown is a Cinematographer, based out of Boston, with an early background in art, photography, and animation and digital projection. Combined with experience in the widest gamut of mediums, ranging from Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film all the way through ENG video environments and high-resolution, large sensor 4K digital cinema systems, Adam understands the production environment from concept development all the way through project completion, no matter what the content is being recorded to. But, merely understanding the technology is not what Adam strives to do in his work. With each project, he attempts to convey the story in as richly unique and moving a manner as possible, all the while gently prodding at the envelope of convention where necessary. While a film student at Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia, he was introduced to the masters of Hollywood, European and World cinema, which has greatly influenced his creative perception on the visual storytelling process. Adam has since graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Art, focusing on Cinematography, in 2009. He is now working out of New England as a freelance Cinematographer/Certified Steadicam Operator.
Jamil Munoz, 23, was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He holds a BFA in Film from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where he received the Carol M. Schmuckler Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. While at SU he worked on all kinds of projects, from running sound on Laurel Nakadate’s Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominated The Wolf Knife, to creating Dropped Frames, a visiting artist series featuring up-and-coming independent filmmakers. He was also selected to attend Sorkin Week, an L.A. industry immersion sponsored by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing).He is currently editing season two of Collegetown, a web series (created with fellow SU alum Scott Peters), while he awaits words from festivals on his recently completed short film, Hurricane Jane.
Daniel DiPaola’s first love is film music. Early in his career he composed the score for “Part VII” (Tom Wallen), which won the Academy Award for Best Student Film. He went on to work with Ang Lee (Fine Line), Rowdy Herrington (Jack’s Back), Howard McCain (No Dessert Dad, Perfect Prey) as well as music for PBS (Nova) and many familiar jingles. Dan was also the owner of the famous (or infamous) Splash Studio. A second home to musicians such as Jaco Pastorius, Micheal Brecker, Mike Stern, Steve Khan, The Lounge Lizards and many others.
Rob Schwimmer is a composer-pianist and thereminist who has performed and recorded throughout the world. His compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, documentaries and feature films including the Academy Award Winners "Freeheld and "Dear Diary." His recent solo CD "Beyond The Sky" was hailed as "Extraordinary" in Gramophone and as "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" in All About Jazz-NY.
Rob is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge music and comedy duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. Schwimmer has worked/played with Simon and Garfunkel (most recently at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show where he was the featured theremin soloist on "The Boxer"), Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Adam Guettel, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Marc Shaiman, The Klezmatics, Matthew Barney, Ang Lee, Bela Fleck, David Krakauer, Mary Cleere Haran, Maria Schneider, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kepa Junkera, Marshall Brickman, Michel Gondry, Josh Groban, Christian Marclay, Queen Latifah, Dispatch, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The Philistines Jr, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Theo Bleckmann, Annette Peacock, John Stubblefield, Burt Bacharach, Edie Brickell, Iva Bittova, Arif Mardin, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, The Roches, Anjani Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Odetta, James Emery, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Joseph Jarman, Alwin Nikolai/Murray Louis Dance Company, Henry Jaglom, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot, C&C Music Factory and Sammy Davis Jr.
Hailed as a "theremin hero" in The New Yorker, Rob is one of the few theremin virtuosos in the world, performing as featured theremin soloist with The Orchestra of St. Luke's playing Rob's own version of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo at Caramoor, NPR TV's History Detectives, Matthew Barney's epic movie Cremaster 3, R.W. Goodwin's movie (producer/director/writer of X-Files) Alien Trespass, CBS television series Now and Again and A&E's Breakfast With the Arts (as well as giving Sara Fishko a theremin lesson on the nationally broadcast Studio 360 on NPR). Touted as a "Theremin master" by The New York Times, he is an original member of the NY Theremin Society and was one of the chosen participants in the historic 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Rob recently premiered his 23 minute work "Pellucid Dream(s) for Theremin" which was commissioned by The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Rob's other appearances as theremin soloist with orchestras include The Little Orchestra (Lincoln Center); the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Yale); and Red, An Orchestra (Cleveland.) His previous CD "Theremin Noir" featured pianist Uri Caine and violinist Mark Feldman. Other collaborations include The Zmiros Project (CD) with Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics.
He has played from Madison Square Garden to the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), from The Blue Note to CBGB's, from Krakow to Canberra, from Carnegie Hall to the Tokyo Dome, and the Colosseum (Rome) before a crowd of over 600,000.
Schwimmer's work can be heard on CBS/Sony, Warner Brothers, Toshiba/EMI, Def Jam/Island, Manhattan/Blue Note, Dorian, NHK, Capricorn, Evidence, Knitting Factory, Polystar, Traditional Crossroads, Dreamworks SKG, Universal Pictures, TriStar Pictures, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, CBS, NBC, ABC, Discovery, Lifetime, Noggin, A&E, NPR and Nickelodeon.
John Tendy is a respected studio engineer, producer and a working NYC jazz artist. He has written and produced music for television and film. Jingle credits include Disney, Mattel, White Castle, Sonic, ATT and Sears. Broadway credits include Fosse, Thou Shalt Not, Bells Are Ringing, Crybaby, The Green Bird and Wonderful Town. John enjoys performing jazz whenever/wherever and can be heard regularly at Showman's in Harlem, NY. John resides in Westchester, NY, with his wife Nancy and his two children John and Janine.
One of Hollywood’s edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his acting career at age 5 in a local theater company called the “Actors and Writers Workshop”, founded by his late father, Walter Roberts. After his schooling at Grady High, he studied drama at age 17 in London for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, then returned to the States and continued his studies at the American Academy in New York. He made his NY stage debut in “Rebel Women” in 1976 at age 20 and appeared in regional productions, once playing the newspaper boy in a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring Shirley Knight and Glenn Close.
After appearing in such daytime soaps as “Another World” (1964) and “How to Survive a Marriage” (1974), his career began to shift fast forward when he copped a leading role in a major film. In King of the Gypsies (1978), based on Peter Maas‘ best-seller about a fracturing dynasty of New York City gypsies, he made his debut alongside an intimidating roster of stars including Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Shelley Wintersand Sterling Hayden. Young Eric held his own expertly (winning a Golden Globe nom) while his burning intensity and brooding charm marked sure signs of star potential. After this, he won the lead opposite Milo O’Shea in the 1980 stage production of “Mass Appeal”. He suffered serious injuries in a car accident during his nascent film career but lost no fans by the time he returned to co-star with Sissy Spacek as a small-town stranger in Raggedy Man (1981). It was, however, his stark and frightening portrayal of two-bit hustler “Paul Snider”, the cast-off boyfriend who slays Playmate-turned-movie starlet Dorothy Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) in Star 80 (1983) that really put him on the movie map and earned him a second Golden Globe nomination. A wide range of fascinating, whacked-out roles were immediately offered to him on a silver plate. He played another dangerous streetwise hustler type in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) opposite fellow rebelMickey Rourke; a cocky soda pop sales exec in the Australian comedy The Coca-Cola Kid (1985); appeared with more charm and restraint opposite Rosanna Arquette in the offbeat romantic comedy Nobody’s Fool (1986) and topped his prolific period off with an Academy Awardnomination as a young prison escapee hiding out with Jon Voight aboard an out-of-control train in the ultra-violent, character-driven action adventure Runaway Train (1985). Good things continued to happen when he was a replacement lead in the original run of “Burn This” and won a Theatre World Award for his 1988 Broadway debut.
Eric’s undeniable, unconventional talent would occasionally mesh with the perfect role. At the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, he received critical applause for his starring role as a man dying of AIDS in the uplifting and emotional film It’s My Party (1996) and earned more honors as a writer marked for murder in the mob-themed story La Cucaracha (1998). He was also perfectly cast as one of the cold-blooded killers in the Emmy-nominated TV adaptation of Truman Capote‘s chiller “In Cold Blood” (1996). Eric continued to appear sporadically on TV in such dramatic series as “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2001), while sometimes showing a fun side as well in comedy (“The King of Queens”(1998)). His own series work included “Less Than Perfect” (2002) and, more recently, and in the cult program “Heroes” (2006/II) where promise for a longer participation ended with his character’s death.
Jason Abrams was a phenom in the world of DJ-ing and event organizing even at the young age of 13. He used skills gained from a musical family background to build his company Pro Disc Jockey Services to prominence in the showbiz region of Woodstock, NY. After training as an actor and model, he honed his stage skills while with the Woodstock Repertoire Theater. Becoming a member of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, he soon made his way to New York City to pursue acting. Among other roles, he has played David Cohen in AMC’s “Mad Men,” the Australian Embassy Guard in HBO’s, “Flight of the Conchords,” and a comedic character in NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” As with many artists, Abrams’ rising star has extended to other fields; in this case, producing. Several commercials and music videos have come from his brainchild, Time Will Tell Productions, incorporated in 2005. Recently, he was producer of the Witness project “Red,” a psychological thriller. He also produced “Follow the Leader” a short film created as the prototype for the upcoming feature “Rite of Passage.”
Summer Crockett Moore is an award-winning actress/producer and a Managing Partner and founding member of Choice Films & Choice Theatricals (New York) which has produced various theater and film projects.
Summer is a member of the Board of Directors of The Private Theatre (NY) and also serves as the President of the Board of Directors at the T. Schreiber Studio. Summer can be seen and heard in several national and international television and radio commercial spots (over 650 in her commercial career) as well as in recurring roles in television shows and in feature films. She also voices multiple characters in several cartoon series.
Summer won the 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role for her work in the 25-year revival of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, and was nominated for an International Voicey Award for Best Female Voice Talent for her work as a voice-over artist.