Thousands of kids are bullied every day in America-- and too many of these kids have access to guns. My feature film, STONY BROOK, grapples with these sad facts.
Brandon, 13 years old, takes his father's gun and confronts a vicious bully. Moments later, the bully is dead.
Years after, Brandon leaves prison. He's now an adult. He's still haunted by the death of the other boy. And he's stalked by the dead boy's father. Brandon struggles to find love, and to build a new life. But he learns that he can't leave his past behind, until he faces the people he's hurt... even if it means risking his life.
Stony Brook is a story that has never been told on screen before. And tragically, it's a story very close to today's headlines. I think it's so very important to take a close look at who these children are-- the bullies and the shooters-- and who they become. To peel off the layers of our assumptions, and see the human hearts beating inside of victims and perpetrators both. Stony Brook tries to do just this, in a powerful, uplifting drama about the search for forgiveness.
My team and I are asking for your support in launching this film. Very often, worthy films wait for financing until an established actor comes onto the project. Our script has already impressed several actors who could bring the money the film needs. Your donations will allow us to hire that actor, bring in investors, and make this powerful film.
-- Roger Stigliano, writer/director of Stony Brook
ROGER STIGLIANO -- Writer/Director/Producer
Roger Stigliano has written and directed two feature films, and directed a third. Reviewing his first feature, an award-winner at the Berlin Film Festival, the New York TImes wrote, "Fun Down There is not only about understanding. It demonstrates it with elan." The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Stigliano is a filmmaker with vision." FUN DOWN THERE went on to domestic and international theatrical and video distribution.
BOB, VERUSHKA & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS was his second outing as writer/director. The New York Post wrote, "Endearing... brings to mind Jonathan Demme's Something Wild."
Stigliano wrote THE NIGHTMARE NANNY, an original feature-length teleplay for MarVista Entertainment. THE NIGHTMARE NANNY is a drama about the kidnapping of a young child by a grief-stricken young mother. Its premiere on the Lifetime Network on July 13, 2013 was the highest rated show on cable. Stigliano recently wrote MY SANTA, also for MarVista. This quirky Christmas romance will air this November 29 on the Ion Network.
Stigliano went to Regis High School, a Jesuit school in New York City. He studied biology and music at Antioch College, then graduated from Loyola Law School. He lives in Los Angeles, where he and his husband are happily raising the three foster children they have adopted.
CASSIDY LUNNEN -- Producer
In addition to her work as an independent producer, Cassidy Lunnen is CEO of Narrator Entertainment, producing a slate of theatrical features. She is a seasoned producer of lower-budget features, known for her ability to deliver high-quality product with very few resources.
Before founding Narrator, Lunnen produced feature films for MarVista Entertainment (SHADOW OF FEAR, THREE HOLIDAY TAILS), Et Cetera Films (THE GO-GETTER) and Roadside Attractions (SHRINK), as well as telefilms for ARO Entertainment (THE DOG WHO SAVED HALLOWEEN).
ANDREA AJEMIAN -- Producer
STONY BROOK will be shot in Massachusetts, to take advantage of the generous tax credits offered to film projects there. Ajemian has over ten years producing experience, primarily with Massachusetts film shoots.
From the family comedy, FREEDOM PARK, to the indie teen drama, STILL GREEN, winner of Best Narrative Feature at the New England Film and Video Festival, Ajemian excels at producing films with high production values as well as low budgets. She both produced and edited the teen comedy, BOY BAND, being released this year by Indican Pictures.
In the last two years, Ajemian has been line producer/production manager on six feature films that shot in Massachusetts. SEXTING IN SUBURBIA, LAST HOURS IN SUBURBIA, THE MARCH SISTERS AT CHRISTMAS and SINS OF THE PREACHER all premiered on the Lifetime Network and were sold internationally.
Ajemian was profiled in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine in 2009 for her in-state film work, and has been extremely involved in the independent film scene in Massachusetts over the last few years. Ajemian is also an actress and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
CHRISTINE MCGRAW -- Producer
Christine McGraw served as associate producer on THE SIRENS, an award-winning short film directed by Sarah Adina Smith. She will serve as associate producer on the feature film, THE BLUE LINE, which will begin pre-production in Spring 2014. McGraw is very excited to serve as producer on Stigliano's STONY BROOK. She believes the film is deeply moving and important. Its message is timely, critical, and presented from a far-reaching perspective that will affect viewers across the spectrum.
Christine attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Theater Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has appeared in Los Angeles and regional theater, as well as on such television shows as "Frasier", "The Practice", and "Days of Our Lives". She recently completed leading and supporting roles in four short films, the music video, "Legacy", and the feature, TARGETING, directed by Tarique Qayumi. McGraw has also served in casting and talent representation for film and television.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES:
The first $10,000 we raise we will use to make an offer to a high-profile actor, for one of the two leads in the film. This will give our potential investors the confidence to come into the project.
The next $5000 we raise we will use to hire a casting director and approach actors for other main parts. This will make the project even more attractive to investors.
The last $5000 we raise we will use to prepare the complicated and expensive documents that the government requires before we can legally accept money for any investor.
AND WE WILL BE LAUNCHED!
PLEASE turn STONES into JEWELS and tell the Stony Brook story with us!
As tokens of our appreciation for your help, we're offering posters signed by the cast, mentions in the film's credits, visits to the set during shooting, even Associate Producer credit-- all various ways you can be part of the filmmaking process-- we hope you find them fun!
And five per cent of every dollar you donate will go to the Born This Way Foundation, which works to empower young people to confront bullying wherever they find it and put a stop to it.
If you're unable to make a donation, we completely understand! But either way, PLEASE spread the word about our campaign-- on your Facebook page, Twitter, email, phone, or old-fashioned word of mouth!
And for more info on the project, please download our business plan from the gallery.