About the Film:
Be Your Wo/Man is a feature film about acceptance, hope, love and tolerance. In order to forget about a first love, a young woman with a unique fondness for the human eye relocates to Chicago. Her new roommate hides a secret which will "alter" her world forever.
Most funding will be used towards the following:
* Food: Believe it or not, one of the most expensive things will be feeding the cast and crew during production days. This includes not only drinks and finger foods, but meals on longer shooting days.
*Props/Costumes: The film needs a lot (of weird) eyeball paraphernalia in order to fully tell the story. There is also a unique costume design, which requires some extra shopping.
*Festivals/Awards: The crew wants others to see this story. We believe this is one of the best ways to share our work.
*Equipment: The crew is shooting on the Black Magic Cinema Camera, which requires Solid State Drives to record and extra lenses for cinematographic purposes.
Why Make This Film?
This film explores many social issues facing today's generation of young people, including gender, homosexuality, transgenderism, agesim, economic loss, and social awkwardness.
It takes the idea of a "20-something" and tries to define the "something".
Hopefully, this film will allow viewers to ask questions about others different than them, while learning to accept others for who they are, despite oppositions. This generation has more diversity than any other. Along with the tools and technology, young people have the power to change the world. Diversity allows others to learn. Let's make something magical!
Michaela Lichvanova as Aislinn Celia
Born in Prešov, Slovakia, Michaela has been acting in the Chicagoland area since high school. Recent credits include work for Chicago Fire, Mob Doctor and MTV's Underemployed. This is her second time working with Director Joe Wielosinski. The two previously collaborated on the short film 5 Day Forecast, where Lichvanova played the bossy Mellisa Cornell.
Marla Seidell as Dillon Alter and Charlotte Belle
Marla Seidell has performed numerous starring roles in film, television and theatre. Recent roles include a starring role in the Investigation Discovery pilot episode of Desperate Measures and a starring role in the independent film, After Love. Marla recently performed with the Forget Me Not Theatre Company, and has played multiple comic roles in Chicago's sketch comedy scene. A prolific freelance journalist, Marla has published bylines in over 20 publications, including The New York Post, The A.V. Club, Timeout Chicago, The Daily Herald, Citysearch.com, and Newcity Chicago Magazine.
Steve Goodman as Karen Flynn
Steve has starred in several different independent films and shorts. He played a Police Officer in a short film Diversion, which found success at the Phoenix Film Festival in 2011.
Jeannette Digiovine as Dr. Brianna Navarro
Jeannette has been in several independent short and feature films in the Chicagoland area, in addition to commercial, voiceover and print ads. She has studied at Acting Studio Chicago and the Screen Actors Academy. Recent work includes Boot the Pigeon, The Origins of Wit and Humor,and You Don't Say!.
Lillian Lamour as Sue Ellen Locke
Lillian has been cast in many Chicagloand Independent Horror films, including The Dirty Sanchez and Incorporeal. She played Dr. Curt in Infinity Trinity, which screened at the 2012 Southside Cinematheque.
About the Filmmakers:
Director/Writer - Joe Wielosinski
Joe is a multi-award winning artist, with several Directing, Writing, Editing and Producing credits. As a student, he edited the documentary Plight of the Peregrines, which won a top student award at the Chicago Midwest Emmys chapter of NATAS. Since then, his work has been honored with AVA, Empixx and Videographer Awards. His most recent film, 5 Day Forecast, was an official selection at both the Arlington International Film Festival and the Phenom Film Festival, as well as the winner of a Pixie Award.
Joe likes telling stories of hope, isolation, acceptance, tolerance and the bumpy road to satisfaction.
Producer/Manager - Alex Srednoselac
Hailing from Northwest Indiana, Alex is a filmmaker with several short films and scripts on his resume. Candyland, his groups submission to the 2012 Chicago 48-Hour Film Festival (which he Produced and Edited), was featured on the contest's FaceBook page. Most recently, he completed Capture, a short film about an old superhero given a chance to relive his past life. He's preparing to submit his short script, Double Down, for awards this fall.
Cinematography - Marc McClure
Marc is the Director/Writer/Co-Editor of a new web series, We Deliver. As the front man of Chicago-based bands In Reverie and My Only Constant, he's played many well-known venues, including the Abbey, Bottom Lounge, Congress Theater, Cubby Bear, and Subterranean. His music has been played on Q101 and Fearless Radio. He's also been featured on Absolutepunk.net.
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