Logline: Josephine is the bright spark in Claire's recently darkened reality. The two women soon find themselves in trouble with the law and in the blink of an eye, Claire discovers Jo is not at all what she seems.
Length: 72 Min.
Director: Ryan Michael
Producer: Ryan Michael, Erin Cipolletti, Elisabeth Bennett, Daniel Denegre
Writer: Erin Cipolletti
Writer, Producer, Actor - Erin CipollettiAppearing in award-winning independent films, television shows and commercials, Erin was selected as a scriptwriting finalist for Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship and AFI’s DWW.
Director, Producer - Ryan Michael
A writer, director, producer whose credits include FORTÉ, a 16mm short film which screened at Sundance and was selected by SBIFF for their new filmmaker initiative.
Actor, Producer - Elisabeth Bennett
Passionate for storytelling, Elisabeth studied creative writing while at the University of Cincinnati, after which she wrote, produced and directed award-winning work for the SPCA.
Producer - Daniel Denegre has developed for Hollywood production companies and he freelance produces and directs. He’s produced dozens of shorts, brand videos and directed an award-winning short film.
Key cast: Erin Cipolletti, Emma Griffin, Elisabeth Bennett, Lucas Bentley, Bassey Esanetok
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): Producers, Sales Agents, Buyers, Distributors, Film Festival Directors, Journalists, Talent Agents
Funders: Chris and Janet Rawlins, John and Marcy Cipolletti, Kickstarter
Made in association with: nextPix Pictures
Release date: March 1, 2016
Where can I watch it? We're so thrilled to be an Official Selection at Dances With Films which will host our Los Angeles premiere this Monday, June 6th at 9:30pm at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood! For more information, please go to https://danceswithfilms.com/josephine-doe/
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
For me, Josephine Doe began with the film's ending. I knew the moment I read the script I wanted to tell this story with a singular perspective until the last cut in the film where for the first and only time we’d jump out of our protagonist’s world to show the reality of her delusion.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
One of the film's strengths is in its acting. I was fortunate to have the kind of depth and subtle strength in my cast, especially Erin Cipolletti, that allowed me the chance to guide an audience through our protagonist Claire's madness to finally experience the jarring sensation of her true isolation.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Josephine Doe deals much in the themes of reclaiming lost innocence, mental health, social and familial isolation, and the anxieties of independence.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
Music and sound. During production, were unable to shoot elements of the film that left a large gap in the film's undertone. Music and sound were always an important part of the original script, but during post, we pivoted to the sound design and music to play a much larger role in the film.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
I'm thrilled the film has received such positive feedback. As a director with a film like Josephine Doe, its been very rewarding to have the kind of responses and discussions to the mental health issues addressed and the differing interpretations of the boundaries of Claire, Josephine and the world that surrounds them.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
The most surprising part of the feedback has really been in its strength. As a director, its fulfilling to have an audience connect so strongly with the film and its themes.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
Josephine Doe is about two women, written by a woman, edited and co-produced by women. We Are Moving Stories is a great outlet to showcase a film that centers around complicated female characters in an honest look at the isolation of mental health issues.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
It's a black and white film with an unknown cast, so we are in need of producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors and journalists that have ability and desire to broaden the film's message and audience.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
It would be an honor to have the continued reception we've had and increase the film's reach to a broader audience.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Who is Josephine and why is she here?
Would you like to add anything else?
Josephine Doe has its Los Angeles premiere on Monday, June 6th at 9:30pm at the TCL Chinese Theatres!
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
Ryan Michael is adapting a short film from his space travel feature as proof of concept.
Erin Cipolletti has 3 projects in development: adapting her award-winning short script "Children of Dust" into a feature, a Historical Dramatic TV series, and a mockumentary about caricature artists.
Elisabeth Bennett is developing a couple of shorts and a feature-length script which she plans to produce and direct.
Daniel Denegre and his partner Hazel Jennings are developing two scripts: a thriller/horror dealing with nihilistic terror and a Silicon Valley comedy showcasing how lost people are even when they have everything.
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