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A message from a good friend:

Dear friends and family,

We are preparing to launch our latest project, "2 Weeks 5 Shorts". Over the course of a two week period we plan to shoot five films all with the same crew of film professionals rotating positions. We would greatly appreciate your help to get this project off the ground. If you could take a quick moment and check out our kickstarter page, we would be eternally grateful! When you're done, pass it on to your friends, family, anyone whom you think would want to be a part of our project.
What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is run through Amazon so if you have an Amazon account you're halfway there. All you have to do is go to the page and click on "BACK THIS PROJECT." Amazon will then take your pledge and will not charge your credit card unless we get full funding for the project ($20,000).  Some of you may not feel comfortable with this method of payment so for those of you that wish to support us but do not want to go through Kickstarter, please feel free to write us a check made out to "Starr Films Ltd."  You will still receive the same rewards as are being offered through Kickstarter. Just click on the link and it will tell you what to do from there!

Thank you all in advance for your generosity and support.Let's make movies together!
Best regards,
The "2 Weeks 5 Shorts" Creative Team

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1338906185/2-weeks-5-shorts

 
 
The Red Cross PSA was created in hopes of inspiring people to share the gift of giving.  The shoot was also very fitting to the theme of giving as we were very fortunate enough to have my good friend Francesco Saviano, of Brown Recluse Films, lend us his studio space in Brooklyn to shoot our Red Cross PSA.  It was just the right amount of space for us to make it work. 

In addition, my friend Ramsey Fendall of Room Five Films, came in to shoot it and we definitely captured some beautiful footage.  My 5D was there for B-Cam but mostly everything was shot with Ramsey's RED camera.  It was such a great experience working with the generous cast & crew and I am very thankful to have been able to work with everyone.
 
 
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My friend Munefusa Shimohara is a Japanese writer/director based in NY.  He's currently raising funds for his new short "After the Requiem."  Mune's previous works have been selected to several film festivals all over the world.  His script sounds like another unique story and I'm very excited for him to make this project come forward.  If you can, any monetary donations would help (there is no such thing as too little). 

For more info on the project and donation, please click here.

 
 
I had the great pleasure of working with Kevin Patrick, Ken Daniels, and Rubina Aggarwal  of  Share the Mic and my good friend, Francesco Saviano of Brown Recluse Films.  We captured the gifted and genius music of Kyle Cousins, an Autistic singer/song-writer.

We shot with my 5D camera package and because it was a last minute project, Francesco reached out for sound to his friend who used to do sound a while back.  Therefore, he brought it back old school with a DAT recording system for our location sound recording.  Hey, but it got the job done and I think we have some really good footage at the end of the day!
 
 
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For Jie will be screening on Saturday, Feb. 12th, 2011 for the Audience Choice screening for the 7th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival.  It will be screened with 11 other talented, short films throughout the weekend and the most popular choice from our audience will be chosen to screen at the film festival later in April.  If you have the time, please come out & support For Jie!

Tickets available here.

 
 
A very happy new year to everyone!