Last Chance Charlene

A new feature film now in post-production

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PRODUCTION OF THE FILM IS NOW COMPLETE and we have moved into editing  but fundriasing continues.

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Tiers of sponsorship and donation (all tax-deductible).

LEVEL ONE; $20,000 Executive Producer credited in the film

LEVEL TWO: $10,000 Co-producer credited in the film

LEVEL THREE: $5000 Special Thanks in the film

LEVEL FOUR: Any/All donations are tax deductible

**We have an aggressive plan for post-production so that we might see a finished film by the end of 2022.**
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About the Film

Logline: Reeling from her brother’s suicide, a writer/actress tries to put her complicated life back together and finally make a break in her career.


Charlene is an actor and screenwriter, but she's struggling in more ways than one (go figure).

Charlene’s brother, Dominick, died by suicide nine months ago, she didn’t see it coming. No one did. It wrecked her and now she’s attempting to salvage her fledgling acting and screenwriting career. But she has to face her grief, which has resulted in marital problems.

Charlene’s husband, Raul, has taken their two young kids to live with his sister “to give time for Charlene to grieve.” How is Charlene supposed to grieve when she’s also fulfilling her obligation to carry on her brother’s design business, care for her aging mother, Lorenna, and reconcile with Ayla, her pregnant sister-in-law who she’s avoiding?! No big deal. She’s fine.

(Lies. All lies. She’s the farthest thing from being fine).

From the beginning of the film, we see Charlene’s rituals, she works hard, listens to podcasts, checks her email constantly, goes on auditions, and is writing her Magnum Opus. She’s a woman in charge of her life, keeping it together with the best she can. Don’t mind that she eats her breakfast cereal or spaghetti dinner in the car as she drives. She’s a woman on the go with big dreams and big hustle.

With the direction of her friend, turned manager Veronica, Charlene goes to a go-see audition, exposing her insecurities. Charlene runs into former church members in which she has a history that she’s trying to avoid, revealing some underlying themes of the film: faith, doubt, judgment, grace, and grief.

Charlene drives all over town talking to herself, shoveling fro-yo in her mouth at stoplights, and carrying a colorful pile of index cards with her at all times. She scribbles down her ideas, plot points, and character descriptions whenever they pop into her head. This all contributes to the work Charlene is doing on her feature script, “The Things That Kill Us.” She’s been pitching it for months to the likes of many who don’t get her poetic concepts, use of voiceover, and dark, depressing subject matter “Why not write a rom-com to turn the funeral scene into a scavenger hunt.” All things she’s heard from executives.

But Charlene carries on trying to make sense of her life and rewrite (and sell) her feature film with ideas and notes that come from conversations with her husband Raul, manager Veronica, mother Lorenna, sister-in-law Ayla and actor friend Dino.

Did I mention that Charlene is very wound up, tighter than the gears in a watch? She’s about to burst and she knows it, little by little, but Charlene’s journey reveals how our bodies have a way of speaking to us and telling us what we need. She’s carrying a lot of burdens. And Charlene’s body needs to move, she needs to let it all out, she needs to dance.

Say what?

Charlene must find a way to confront her personal demons and find herself once again…. amid her deep and ridiculously traumatic grief. But don’t worry, this isn’t a tragedy and Charlene’s no Shakespearean princess. The only way one can survive the painful loss of a loved one is by letting loose, popping a few edibles, and getting her groove on in a cemetery (yes, there is a dance routine in a cemetery. Don’t worry, think interpretive dance on an SNL sketch. Not Broadway, but therapeutic nonetheless)

Survival requires finding the ridiculous moments of humor any way you can, and Oh, they are there. It won’t take long for Charlene to find them or rather for the humor to find her. And they come in the form of an eclectic cast of characters, one notably being Dino who jumps on her crazy train and has a few ideas to pitch that just might help Charlene get to where she’s going. The question is, will she find a way to write and live her own story amid everything that is thrown at her? Chances are good, but it won’t be easy.

A word from writer/director Tony Gapastione

LAST CHANCE CHARLENE is a micro-budget feature film. I wrote this film in six weeks because it was brewing in me. It reflects my journey of being a filmmaker, juggling family, being a pastor, starting a nonprofit, navigating my own grief and loss due to loss of loved ones to suicide and finally becoming more and more aware of my ignorance when it comes to issues of race in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic (all addressed in the film).

Being human is hard.

My other feature film THE THORNS WE LIVE WITH (Thorns) is a larger film with a bigger ensemble and fundraising has been slow. I needed to have a story that dealt with similar themes so I could finally get a feature film under my belt as a director.

So with this idea for LAST CHANCE CHARLENE, a smaller film was birthed. My original thought was for me to act in it, and the film’s title would have been Last Chance Charlie but in the beautiful process of filming our proof of concept for Thorns, I watched actor Allison Ewing shine and I thought: “I’m changing the character to Charlene”. I know Allison will knock this role out of the park and I love working with her. The story is all about Charlene (she’s in 90% of the scenes) and I know Allison will bring the depth and heart this story deserves. I also like working with trusted actors I’ve worked with before. This business is all about those partnerships and I wrote other characters with actors in mind from the Bay. I’m excited to see where this goes and beyond thrilled to work with iconic actress ALLEY MILLS (from the famed 90's show:  WONDER YEARS).

The film is very talkative, with lots of banter, long scenes where characters discuss and wrestle through their issues and complex relationships.

Last Chance Charlene is a micro-budget film/low-budget production. NOT because it’s going to be cheap but when I say micro-budget, I mean, where will the actual budget come from to pay the cast and crew? Currently, there is no one financing it, and we have no executive producer. But I will invest a few thousand of my own money to bring this film into production to at least feed everyone but I hope that all cast and crew will invest in the picture and themselves and bring other financial resources to launch the film into production. There are way too many actors out there waiting for something to happen and I’m hoping we all can link hands and make this come to life. We can share equity in the film and hope to recoup the budget on the other end with distribution and/or a sale.

BraveMaker is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to invest in filmmakers and coach creators to tell their stories and gather audiences to engage in essential conversations and explore life’s meaningful questions. We curate and make provocative, life changing media that creates meaningful culture impacting experiences. We not only want to entertain but to incite dialogue, awareness and bravely shape our culture. We believe in the power of story relayed through films and want to empower others who have similar aspirations. BraveMaker celebrates diversity and aspires to help foster justice and inclusion across communities through guided discussions and powerful authentic storytelling.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United states. Suicide was the was the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for people between 35 and 54. And, there were more than two and a half times as many suicides (*48,344) in the U.S. as there were homicides (18,830).

Tony Gapastione, the Founder of BraveMaker and writer of Last Chance Charlene, wrote this film to tackle the complex layers of traumatic grief that results from suicide and to dispel the stigmas of suicide while also navigating social and racial inequities.

Unfortunately, chances are that most of us have been directly or indirectly effected by suicide. We believe that Last Chance Charlene will educate about suicide and empower them to cope with the complex array of thoughts and feelings that result from it. Tony Gapastione wrote this film in just six weeks because, he said, “It was brewing in me.” He said it reflects his journey as a filmmaker juggling family, being a paster, starting a nonprofit, navigating his own grief, and becoming more aware of his own ignorance to issues of race in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic (all addressed in the film).

This film follows Charlene, an actor and screenwriter as she tries to cope from her brother’s suicide, pull her complicated life back together and finally make a break in her career.

Last Chance Charlene is a micro-budget film.

The total cost to complete production totals:


The budget breakdown is as follows:

Number in cast and crew: 14

Number of film days: 14

$250.00 per person for 14 people = $3,500 per day

$3,500 for 12 days = $42,000

Editing , Sound, Coloring+ Music =$7,500

Contingencies + $3500


Total: $55,500

Your donation would complete funding needs and therefore make this provocative and poignant film a reality and help so many on a road of healing.

Our Board of Directors is enthusiastic about this project and we had a great team of volunteers, cast and crew who were a part of our production.

We look forward to partnering with you, your company and/or foundation on this exciting venture.

We at BraveMaker sincerely appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
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