Dear friends, family, and creatives:
Last year, I wrote and directed my first short film, Waikiki Beach Forever. It taught me a great deal about taking a story from script to screen. While balancing our day jobs with the help of a tremendous cast and crew, we shot for eight days over the course of three months. I found myself hours from Memphis, working with police officers in Dyersburg, Tennessee to shut down roads so we could shoot a car chase. Our art department set dressed an entire farmhouse in one day so we could then shoot for 27 hours over a weekend. We drove yet again more than an hour to Bolivar, Tennessee so we could shoot on location in a bank. My friends and I pulled together the gear we had to make the best film we could, and I'm beyond proud of what we created.
It was a project made from passion, entirely self funded on a $5,000 budget. Though we anticipated screening our little film in a living room for friends, Waikiki Beach Forever was accepted to the 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival and played in competition on opening night. From this experience came ONE FOUR THREE, a collaborative my friends and I created to actualize our goals.
Since wrapping our first film, the collective has produced two music videos, a zine, and an event named YARD SALE that brought together 300 people to shop vintage clothing, partake in an art instillation, and support a group of local filmmakers at a screening.
As we prepare to shoot our second short, Now The Sun Asks To Rise, we’re taking this experience and challenging ourselves to tell a compelling story with higher production value.
We need your support so this film can live to its fullest potential. We’re trying to raise $6,000. I am personally contributing $3,000 in addition to your donations. These funds will go to locations, production design and wardrobe, gear, travel, meals, and post-production expenses that include editing, coloring, scoring, and sound mixing.
My grandmother passed away on the first day of shooting Waikiki Beach Forever. Nonnie was my most steadfast supporter. She ignited a motivation in me that inspired our entire production. It wasn’t until we wrapped that I processed the impenetrable distance between us. I started studying the grief process of others and my empathy deepened. If this forthcoming film is about anything, it's about the intersection where grief meets belief and how one goes forward in the space between separation and reunification. I felt if writing this story was therapeutic for me, it might also reach someone else.
If 60 people donate $100, we'll meet our goal. That said, a dollar will get us on the road.
I appreciate your taking the time to read this and for considering to support our movie.
We promise to use your donation carefully, with intent.
Joshua, Nate, Mica, Sam, Daniela, Barrett, Kyle, and Calvin
Studio One Four Three