***Update: Congrats to co-screenwriters Eric Fallen and Moon Molson for becoming SEMI-FINALISTS in Short Narrative at the 2013 Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition with The Bravest, the Boldest! This now makes 1 WIN & 1 NOMINATION, and the film isn't even through post-production yet!
The Bravest, the Boldest is a short narrative film that explores the conflict between human empathy and protocol when two Army officers enter a housing project to notify a woman of her son’s death in combat.
The film was shot over a six-day period in August 2012 in New York City and is currently in post-production. Principal photography was financed through a grant from the Jerome Foundation and individual contributions. In October 2012, the screenplay for The Bravest, the Boldest won Best Short Script at the 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The team's previous films have had huge success on the festival circuit, screening at prestigious festivals like Sundance, Venice and Toronto, and winning multiple awards. With your help and support, we hope to raise the necessary funds that will enable us to complete the film by June 2013 and submit it to film festivals. An award at a qualifying film festival would make The Bravest, the Boldest eligible for a Short Film Academy Award.
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
We need at least $12,000 to finish the post-production of the film and send it to festivals. Your contributions will help us with the following:
Pay editor's fees
Purchase hard drives
Hire a music composer
Complete color-correction & sound mix
- Pay festival & shipping fees
Here are some of the perks you will get for your contributions and support:
Be part of an exciting film project by an award-winning and diverse team!
Tax deduction through our fiscal sponsor NYWIFT (US taxpayers only)
Additional perks as listed to the right of the page
If you are not able to contribute at this time, you can still help us by getting the word out and sharing our campaign on your Facebook or Twitter page!
MOON MOLSON - Director, Co-Writer & Executive Producer
Moon Molson has a dual MFA degree in Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he won the New Line Cinema Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award. His first short Pop Foul screened at over 100 film festivals, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and won 41 awards worldwide. His most recent short Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, formed the basis for his 2008 Sundance Lab project Meadowlandz, which won an Annenberg Fellowship from the Sundance Institute and Best Screenplay at the 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazineʼs 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Summer 2007 and one of indieWIRE's Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema in Spring 2009.
ERIC FALLEN - Original Story, Co-Writer & Executive Producer
Eric Fallen is a playwright and screenwriter. He received an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College and his plays have been produced in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Baltimore. In New York, his work has been presented at the Lion Theatre, the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, the Daryl Roth Theatre, Soho Playhouse Theatre and HB Studio. Two of his plays were selected and produced at the annual Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in NYC, and Samuel French published a collection of his short plays in 2011 entitled Small Talk. He is currently developing This Paradise, a full length play that has received readings at Tuesdays@9. He is a Visiting Instructor in the Humanities Dept. at SUNY Maritime College and an Adjunct Lecturer in the English Dept. at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
PELIN UZAY - Producer & Executive Producer
Pelin Uzay has an MFA in Film from Columbia University. Her producing credits include The Time We Lost (Venice Film Festival), Aliens Among Us (IFP Documentary Lab) and Concerto (Sundance Film Festival, BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence) among others. Most recently, she was a consulting producer for Martina Radwan’s documentary The Roar of a Lion Cub. Pelin is one of the founders of the Mithat Alam Educational Foundation in Turkey and serves as the Chairperson of its Fellowship Committee. She is also a film consultant for the Claims Conference, an organization that promotes Holocaust education and assists survivors of the Holocaust. Pelin is a partner at New York-based Zbabam Productions and owner of Pactum Films, a new company focusing on social issue films and documentaries. She is working towards her JD at the Rutgers-Newark School of Law.
TOMMASO CAMMARANO - Co-Producer
Tommaso Cammarano received an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. His short film The Time We Lost, produced by Pelin Uzay, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His original feature screenplay Braccia Tese (Arms Outstretched) won the Special Jury Mention at Premio Franco Solinas in Italy. Most recently, he was one of the editors and chief screenwriters for the 8th Season of Un medico in famiglia (A Doctor in the Family), one of Italy's longest running and most succesful TV series. Tommaso divides his time between Rome and New York.
BOGDAN GEORGE APETRI - Co-Producer
Bogdan George Apetri graduated from Columbia University with a dual MFA degree in Directing and Cinematography. He directed and wrote Periferic (Outbound), which was shown at festivals like Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films and won the prestigious FIPRESCI Award twice. He co-produced Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards, which won the Best Directing Award at Sundance in 2010. Bogdan currently teaches Directing at the Columbia University Film Division.
LIZ ORTIZ-MACKES - Co-Producer & Casting Director
Owner, Casting Solutions & I Ain't Playin’ Films. Casting director and indie film producer credited on projects which have screened at hundreds of US and international film festivals including: Sundance, Toronto, Palm Springs, HBO Latino & Urban World. She has enjoyed multiple collaborations with Moon Molson & his team.
CARLO ALBAN - Lieutenant Torres
Carlo Albán has been acting in theater, film and television for over twenty years. He has appeared on television shows ranging from Sesame Street to Prison Break, and in movies such as Whip It, Margaret and 21 Grams. As a writer, he developed his solo show Intríngulis, dealing with his experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S., with Labyrinth Theater Company. Intríngulis received its world premiere in November 2010 in Los Angeles, in conjunction with Labyrinth and the Elephant Theater. Intríngulis was premiered in New York City by INTAR.
HISHAM TAWFIQ - Major Dandridge
Hisham Tawfiq studied at the world renowned Negro Ensemble Theater Company, which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis and Phylicia Rashad. He also studied with Susan Batson, who is known for coaching actors like Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connely. His film and television credits include Gun Hill, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, Lights Out, Crazy Beats Strong Everytime, Law & Order, Kings and Notorious. Hisham will be next seen as a guest star on the TV show Golden Boy, which airs February 26 on CBS and on the Colin Farrell movie Dead Man Down, hitting the screens on March 8.
SAMEERAH LUQMAAN-HARRIS - Sayeeda Porter
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris has performed extensively in Off-Broadway and regional theatre, including Irish Repertory Theatre, Soho Playhouse, The Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Roundhouse Theatre, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. She was a company member of The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab 2012. She can currently be seen in the World Premiere of 'Mary T. & Lizzy K.' at Arena Stage. Television/Film credits include The Good Wife, The Bitter End, Medium Hot, and Blow Up. Recently, she toured internationally and domestically with the play, 'ReEntry', a docudrama based on interviews with Marines and their families about transitioning back into society after multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
VENIDA EVANS - Miss Jeanette
Venida Evans is a television, film, stage and commercial actress with a career spanning over thirty years. Some of her film and television credits include Transamerica, Only When I Laugh, Side Streets, Just a Kiss, Brown Sugar, The Adjustment Bureau, Law & Order, and Third Watch. She starred as Mrs. Brooks in the first two seasons of the HBO series Treme alongside with Khandi Alexander and Melissa Leo. Venida is also well known to audiences for her role as "The Muse" in a series of IKEA television commercials in the US.
DANTE E. CLARK - Eddie
Dante Clark has appeared in many television shows and movies since 2008. Some of his credits include 30 Rock, Law & Order, The Project, Junkyard Dogs, The Greatest, Babygirl, Generation Um (starring Keanu Reeves) and Moon Molson's Crazy Beats Strong Every Time.