***Thank you all for the support!!!***
Who is this Chris Spisak character and why should we support him?
Well, I'm currently employed as an 8th grade math teacher at a middle school just outside of Houston, Texas. I know, I know.....just hang with me for a minute. While my career in education pays the bills, I spend every free moment I have (when I'm not dodging spitballs or unjamming lockers in between classes) working on independent film and video projects. I began doing so in the year 2000 and since that time, I have worked on dozens of films in various capacitites: writer, director, DP, editor, grip, and more.
After nearly a decade of hopping on just about every project I could, I finally took the plunge and put some serious time, effort, and funds into my 2010 short film, "The Usual". The film played at film festivals in Houston and New York and gave me a great deal of confidence to continue my journey as a filmmaker. In 2012, my short film "The Order of Things" (which I wrote and directed) was chosen as one of only seven films across Texas to appear in the 2012 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase. The showcase debuted at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles and has had six other screenings throughout Texas since that time. Which brings me to "Make It Rain"...
I wrote this short film several years ago as a nod to the films of my youth that made me believe in the "magic of movies". Those of you who are familiar with my work may see this as a bit of a departure from what I generally write. THAT'S THE POINT! This film is extremely important to me for that very reason: it gives me and my cast and crew the opportunity to explore a completely different genre of film while showcasing our ranges as artists. We see this as a fantastic opportunity for growth and we sincerely hope that you will consider helpings us make it a reality!
You can read more about me and my previous projects at www.two21entertainment.com
Who is this "us" you speak of?
Here's the crew that I've assembled to help this project come to life.
Dwayne Washington - Executive Producer
Dwayne is the owner/CEO of Meza Multimedia Entertainment Inc, an independent production company located in Houston, TX. He is also a writer and director with numerous projects in development that will begin shooting in the summer of 2013. Make It Rain marks the second collaboration between Dwayne and director Chris Spisak; he was also an executive producer on Spisak's 2012 short, The Order of Things.
Erin Howell - Producer
Erin has worked in various capacities in the production department for such clients as TLC's "Little Couple", Tool of North America, Anonymous Content LA, OWN Network, The Vault NYC, and ESPN's "Year of the Quarterback" special. She is currently a producer at Houston's Blue Ribbon Digital Media: www.blueribbondm.com
Chase Rees - Director of Photography/Editor
The Creative Director of Blue Ribbon Digital Media, Chase has been working as an editor and cinematographer for the past seven years. His client base has ranged from the National Basketball Association to Lil' Wayne to his most recent project, the documentary film "Ann Richards Texas" featuring Bill Clinton, Dan Rather, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Tom Brokaw and more.
Dave Maldonado - Actor
Dave is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana, relocating to the Houston area 8 years ago. He has been a working actor for several years doing his best to take advantage of every medium that Houston and the surrounding areas have to offer. His TV & Film appearances include Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, Treme (with Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo), Chase, The Great American Moon Rock Caper, Puncture (with Chris Evans) and Trespass (with Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1296223/
Candice Barley - Actress
Candice Michele Barley was born in Columbia, South Carolina. She traveled the country with her photographer parents and was in commercials from the time she was an infant. She was the lead in Where I Begin, an award winning festival feature, and continues to champion independent films throughout her adopted state of Texas. Candice divides her time between acting and fund raising for global children's health improvement projects. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3816748/
John McClain - Actor
John McClain joined the Houston Chronicle in October 1976 to cover the original Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association and has since covered the Oilers, NFL and Texans for the Chronicle. He has a plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after winning the 2006 Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting on the NFL and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild with appearances in The Rookie, The Longest Yard, Invincible, The Game Plan, Secretariat, Cook County and Spring Breakers. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/author/john-mcclain/
John Lopez - Actor
John P. Lopez co-hosts the morning show "In The Loop with Nick & Lopez" with Nick Wright Mondays through Friday from 6 to 10 a.m on Houston's Sports Radio 610. Author of two books (including Taking Flak, available in booksores and online) he is also a part of the Houston Texans pre- and post-game shows. http://houston.cbslocal.com/personality/john-p-lopez/
So how can YOU help?
Let me count the ways. First, we need funding to be able to adequately compensate (and more importantly....FEED) our cast and crew. While the shoot will be a relatively short one (2-3 days) the costs quickly add up when you're taking care of 20-25 people. We do NOT want to ask people to work for free. After all, you get what you pay for, and we have set a high bar for ourselves. When you add equipment rentals and fees, post production costs (including editing, color grading, and CG work), and film festival entry fees once the finished product is ready to go, it becomes quite expensive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Perhaps even more importantly, HELP US SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! Facebook, Twitter, email, WHATEVER: we want this project to find its way to as many folks as possible and you can help us do it! We're confident that our story has an audience, so please HELP US FIND THEM!!!