We hope you enjoyed a sneak peek of "The Alley Cat", a feature film about bike messenger Jasper, the main character of Faster! in a completely new set of circumstances.
We are currently knee deep in production and it's been great so far! The cast has been phenomenal and the crew has been working hard to make this happen!!
With that said, we are still a little shy of the funding we need for the last few days of the shoot. We lost all original pledges & donations from Kickstarter that were not repledged via Paypal & could use that little bit to round out the film! Though we did get an investor, there are still a few larger expenses that have come up including our Track Stand Competition Location at the Thompson Center, ambulance scenes & biking stunts. Here we are to get the final funds needed to carry us through production and call this film a WRAP!
Here's an idea of where this money will go and how you can still be a part of making "The Alley Cat"!
$25 - 1 Chicago location permit (need 10!)
$100-200 (depending on crew/cast size) This amount will feed us for ONE shoot day - still have 10 days to go!
$300 - Sound Equipment for 1 Day
$500 - One day at our "Track Stand Competition" Location at the Thompson Center
$500 - Cargo Van Rental - One Week - Need to haul our equipment around in something!
Please consider donating and telling your friends as every dollar counts and goes directly into supporting the independent film community and our talented cast & crew!
Thank you all again for the support, love & shares - we have been VERY blessed so far having such amazing & hard working supporters, cast & crew. Each and every person involved has contributed to its success & it would be impossible without them.
Quickly, we wanted to thank some of the local Chicago businesses & bike mag's that have been helping us make this film a reality so far (in no designated order):
-Northbrook Cycle Committee
For those of you unfamiliar with The Alley Cat, here's a little background on the story & people involved below. Thank you all again - this could not happen without each and every one of you!
-Marie, Kathryn, Dylan & the Alley Cat Team
The Alley Cat
a film by Marie Ullrich - in production July 2012
“Jasper is the coolest character I’ve come across in the film business”
- William Akers, author of Your Screenplay Sucks!
The events of The Alley Cat take place during a single night. Jasper, the main character, is the same character from the short film Faster! in a completely new set of circumstances.
We meet Jasper and her messenger friends during an alley cat race - an alcohol-fueled competition that is put on by bike messengers for bike messengers in alleys and deserted downtown streets in the middle of the night. The night takes a hard turn and becomes chaotic, then a meditation on the meaning of life and a spiritual journey for Jasper as she engages with the eccentrics and loners of the night during her ride to a mysterious destination.
Marie Ullrich - Writer, Director & Producer
Marie is a film director whose stated goal is to make films with strong female lead characters for whom neither the essential problem nor its solution is romantic, while still entertaining her audience.
Her narrative films have screened internationally at juried film festivals such as the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, interfilm Berlin, the Chicago International Film Festival, Cannes, and more. Her commercial forChrome Messenger Bags, "The Race," was the winner of the 2011 Bronze Telly Award. The Alley Cat is based on the main character from her filmFaster!,broadcast internationally on the Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV on ShortsHD throughout 2011 via Shorts International, the world's leading short film distributor. A previous version of the screenplay for The Alley Cat was a finalist for the Sundance Filmmakers Labs.
In 2006 Marie walked 500 miles across Spain in 30 days, on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Dylan Verrechia - Director of Photography
Dylan is an award-winning director of photography who graduated in Film with Honors from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, and has worked with Jean Rouch, Fred Elmes, Franz Walderdorff, Kim Peirce, Lisa Rinzler, and Luke Geissbühler.
He has served as Director of Photography for Todd Solondz, Spike Lee, Sam Pollard, Richard Kroehling, Mark Daniels, Bob Coen, Pete Chatmon, Shawn Regruto, Sebastian Lemke, Sonia Gonzalez, Ole Schell, Sal Sorrentino, and Gene Graham, in affiliation with ARTE, BMG, CBC, Condé Nast, Double7 Images, Goethe Institute, Good Machine, Greenpeace, HBO, InDiGent, JWT, Killer Films, L'Oréal, MGM, MTV, New Line, PBS, Time Warner, VH1, Youku TV, and Easyup Medias. He has lensed music videos for artists such as The Calling, Nortec Collective, UrbanRockBand, Tetonica Castro, NoJazz, Nuriya, DJ Vadim, Deuce Eclipse, Paco Mendoza, Open Ocean, Nova Heart and Von Haze.
Dylan is the CEO at the rental company Verrechia Studios, and he has received 25 awards for his work on features, documentaries and commercials. More at www.verrechiafilms.com
Kathryn Henderson - Producer
Originally from Michigan, Kathryn studied film at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and has produced multiple short films, promotional videos, documentary-style corporate films, and annual reports. This will be her third collaboration with director Marie Ullrich.
The two have previously co-created Faster!, broadcast internationally on the Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV on ShortsHD throughout 2011 via Shorts International, the world's leading short film distributor, and the Telly-Award-winning spec commercial, Chrome Messenger Bags, "The Race,".
A former agency producer in Chicago, Kathryn worked with such clients as Procter & Gamble, IBM, Harley-Davidson, & First Data. Kathryn also produced the short films: Tom Carter, The Assassination of Chicago's Mayor, Fall in Love, & The Coldest Winter, and Refuge (also distributed with Shorts International).
In her free time, Kathryn takes voice & dance lessons, and is a licensed Zumba instructor.
Schmüdde is a filmmaker known for his winding narratives and distinct cinematic style. He is committed to pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema using technique and technology to convey a strong spiritual presence.
Schmüdde is currently the Executive Producer/Director at EarthCircle Films, LLC and an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art. His last film, REFUGE, screened at the Chicago International Film Festival and was broadcast internationally on the Dish Network and DirecTV on ShortsHD. His two daily blogs, AESTHETICS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD, regarding spirituality and art, and BEYOND THE FRAME, a blog on directing film, are read worldwide.
Our additional crew with whom we could NOT do without include:
Adrien Lapatie, 1st Assistant Camera
Drew Parrotte, Key Grip
Troy Heinzeroth, Grip
Aria Moazzen, 2nd Assistant Director
Rene Cudal, Stunt Coordinator & Talent
Scott Kloksin, Stunt Rider & Talent
Brandon Gobel, Camera Cargo Bike Rider & Talent
Jennifer Sommers, Production Manager
Christine Perez, Art Department Assistant
Robert Forney, Art Department Assistant
Robert Klein, PA
Ian Karble, PA
And our lovely cast...
Andrew Scott Thorp