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Last Chance Charlene

A new feature film now in post-production

Join us in finishing our film and companion workbook

NOW THAT PRODUCTION OF OUR FEATURE FILM IS COMPLETE,  we have moved into editing  and creating our companion GRIEF JOURNAL resource... as our fundriasing continues.

Can you join us by making a tax deductible donation?

Tiers of sponsorships:

LEVEL ONE:  $25,000 Executive Producer credited in the film

LEVEL TWO: $15,000 Co-producer credited in the film

LEVEL THREE: $5000 Special Thanks in the film

(Levels 1-3 will be acknowledged in the companion workbook).

LEVEL FOUR: Any/All donations are tax deductible

**We have an aggressive plan for post-production plan to finish our film. We have set a local Redwood City premiere for March 24th 2022**


Inquiries: production@bravemaker.com
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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, salvage her marriage and break into the entertainment industry.

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Film Synopsis

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 and 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 (played by Alley Mills), 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).

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.

Charlene runs into a church person 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 is 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.  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 in 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.

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.

Writer/director Statement

As the Founder of BraveMaker and a writer/director who also happens to be a person of faith, I wrote this film to tackle the complex layers of traumatic grief (that specifically results from suicide and to dispel the stigmas of suicide) while also navigating social and racial inequities. I believe stories create change and I think this story will make space for many to laugh, cry and experience hope as they make sense of their grief (and find permission to do so).

LAST CHANCE CHARLENE is my first feature film. I wrote it because the story is personal for me and has been brewing for some time. (I've lost both a good friend and my grandmother to suicide).  This movie reflects my journey of being a filmmaker, who's also a pastor juggling family life while starting a nonprofit and navigating my own grief and feelings of loss.

I also included what I've learned about  racial justice in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

These themes are all addressed in the film.

Sounds heavy doesn't it? But this is a drama-comedy. You can't cry without laughing sometimes. Being human is both hard and ridiculous.

I think we created something special.

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).

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.

--Tony Gapastione

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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).

Unfortunately, chances are that most of us have been directly or indirectly effected by suicide but we all have been affected by death in some way by the loss of loved ones.

We believe that Last Chance Charlene will educate about suicide and empower people to cope with the complex array of thoughts and feelings that result from it.

Our companion workbook will have specific guidance for anyone who desires to process grief in any form. A broad, overarching journal with chapters that will include working through the complexities of anger and depression and navigating unhelpful conversations with good intentationed people with specific contributions from our grief speicalist partners YADHOV&HANLON.


The total cost to complete production is

$75,000

The budget breakdown is as follows:

Number in cast and crew: 21
Number of film days: 12
Cast costs $15,000
Production Crew Costs $40,000
Editing , Sound, Coloring+ Music $10.000
Companion book creation $10,000


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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. Once the film is complete we will submit to film festivals, seek distribution and plan live screenings and panel discussions.

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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