A feature length documentary that plays like a drama … with a healthy blend of comedy, you know – like life. SEAN SO FAR is a classic “ticking clock” story, playing out in real time with two lead characters you will fall in love with. Sean Bogart and Troy Sundwall have a bond that transcends friendship – they are more like brothers. We don't know how this story ends. We do know it will be a joyful, suspenseful and thrilling journey to watch! And when it’s over, we will have traveled to a place that a piece of our heart will never leave, and we will be better for it.
it all began...
27 years ago … no internet … information generally traveled at the speed of reading a book – not a bad thing, but we needed information to understand our new nephew, Sean Bogart, who was born with Down Syndrome … and we couldn’t read fast enough. So, we began documenting his young life with any camera we could get hold of and just observed this little guy – his strengths and weaknesses, his health issues and physical challenges – and we marveled at how hard he worked at things that most of us take for granted.
then something happened...
We stopped looking at Sean’s disability as a problem that had to be solved in order to assure him of modest successes and achievable goals. We began to see that even with the best intentions we had effectually put Sean in a box. When we were finally able to follow Sean’s lead, we entered a broader way of thinking and perceiving the world.
it's a family affair...
The Triathlon event at the USA Games this June is the story that allows us to tell the bigger story. It is a metaphor for the past 28 years of Sean’s life.
Sean has soared because of his innate drive to succeed and the persistence of a family support system. Sean’s family is integral to the fabric of this film. His parents, Michelle and Jerome, and his two sisters are as impressive and watchable as the triathletes, Sean and Troy. Mallory and Claire Bogart speak lovingly and bluntly from the heart to issues relevant to all siblings of siblings with intellectual disabilities – a perspective that often gets lost.
WHAT WE NEED
We have funded the film ourselves so far, and now we need to raise $75,000 to see SEAN SO FAR to its completion. The first step toward that goal is to shoot the most important chapter of this film: The Triathlon event in Princeton, NJ. On June 18, 2014… a month and a half away. We need to be there with 4 cameras to cover the 3 legs of the event (swimming, biking, running) as it unfolds in real time. There will be no second chance, and we need to be there with a top-notch crew. We also need to document Sean and Troy’s final workouts against the joyful and spirited backdrop of the USA Games week – June 14 - 21. This week represents 30% of our proposed budget.
The remainder of the funds will be required to get the film through post-production:
- film editing
- sound editing/mix
- digitizing and syncing 48 minutes of 27 year old 16mm film
- digitizing and formatting hours of early analog video footage
- music scoring
- color correction
- mastering a DCP (digital cinema package) for Theatrical release
- DVD reproduction & packaging
- printing & reproduction of poster
- shipping & packaging
WHAT YOU GET
Perks, people! Your donation to this film is met with eternal gratitude. We hope you enjoy the perks (jewelry! cartoons! photography! t-shirts! oh my...) and realize what a difference you've made with your generous donation. Simply view our Perks list to the right then click on "Gallery" at the top to see images of them. Please, let's all seize this opportunity to produce a film that has no agenda other than to shine a light on what it is to be human!
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Richard has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1998 and has directed over 35 episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and multiple episodes of various television dramas, including The Cleaner for A&E. In 2013, he was awarded Best Director of a short film at The Boston International Film Festival. As a member of Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild, he has worked as a camera operator and director of photography on numerous commercials, features and over two hundred hours of network television.
Didi recently co-wrote the award winning short comedy, “Local Commercial”, which has been very active on the film festival circuit… most recently screened in Los Angeles and New York City. She and Richard have teamed up as writing partners on many short films, including a short documentary about sexual assault, “Duty Trumps Doubt”. “Duty Trumps Doubt" won a Golden Eagle Award and has been distributed to police precincts nationwide. Didi is a painter and a cartoonist.