Meme, the First Feature Film From Sean Mannion, Live on Kickstarter
Meme is a film about Jennifer, a graphic designer, who discovers a mysterious VHS tape and goes in search of its creator.
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PRLog (Press Release) - Sep. 12, 2013 - BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Writer/director/producer Sean Mannion has launched the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his first feature film, Meme.
Meme is a story about Jennifer (played by Sarah Schoofs), a graphic designer, who tries to rekindle her dying relationship with Tommy (played by Shivantha Wijesinha) by showing an interest in his interest in VHS collecting and trading and in doing so comes across a movie called Meme. Jennifer is fascinated by the video, a short philosophical exploration of the nature of ideas and how they spread, Jennifer's friend, Lesley (played by Lauren A. Kennedy), encourages her to seek out the creator of the tape to learn more about it. Jennifer's journey leads her through interactions with a variety of VHS enthusiasts, called "tapeheads," and ultimately to a cult called Children of Television, lead by Simon (played by Alex Bone). Jennifer inadvertently facilitates a shift in the leadership of the cult to Yvette (played by Tara Cioletti), a young woman who appears in the Meme tape. Jennifer's involvement with the cult leads her to finally break up with her boyfriend, Tommy. Ultimately her journey leads her to Jeffrey (played by Jeffrey Gurian), the creator of her tape, and he encourages he not to look for answers with her but to create her own with a video camera he gives her.
Meme is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter with a goal of $16,000. Among the rewards offered to the project's backers are digital and DVD copies of the film, a VHS bootleg version of the film, a chance to be a featured extra, props from the film, a chance to meet the cast and crew at the screening of the final cut, a night of karaoke with writer/director/producer Sean Mannion, or script coverage of the backer's screenplay. The funding period for the project ends at 11:59PM October 9, 2013. The project can be found on Kickstarter at: http://kickstarter.com/projects/seanmannion/meme-the-firs...
Sean Mannion (http://sean-mannion.com) is the writer/director/producer of Abel and Cain (facebook.com/abelandcainmovie), a short film successfully funded on Kickstarter and shot in 2012. Abel and Cain is currently in the process of being submitted to and screening at festivals. In addition, Sean has produced the New York Filmmakers web series (nyfilm.tumblr.com), featuring interviews with New York-based filmmakers. Sean also produced Jeffrey Gurian's Comedy Matters TV web series (comedymatterstv.com).
Katie Carman-Lehach (katiecarman.com) is a film director and producer. She has been creating independent short and feature films for the past 10+ years. Her work can be seen on Epix HD, Snag Films and Amazon OnDemand. Katie is also the official Film Editor for the Viscera Organization (viscerafilmfestival.com), a non-profit dedicated to promoting female genre directors, and a contributing writer for the Her Film Project (HerFilmProject.com). Her most recent feature film, Off Season, was produced after successfully raising funds via Kickstarter. Katie and Sean first met when he interviewed her for his New York Filmmakers web series.
Sarah Schoofs (sarahschoofs.com) is an actress with a strong background on the stage. She frequently works with Endtimes Productions (endtimesproductions.com). She has recently received praise for her work playing the role of Lily in the horror film Gut (facebook.com/gutmovie). This is her first time working with Sean Mannion.
Shivantha Wijesinha (imdb.com/name/nm1663577) is an award winning actor with years of experience in front of the camera under his belt across the United States and Australia. This is his first time working with Sean Mannion.
Alex Bone is an actor who is returning to work with writer/director Sean Mannion for the third time. They first worked together on the short film Modern Prometheus (openfilm.com/videos/modern-prometheus) and then again on Abel and Cain as both Abel and Cain.
Tara Cioletti is an actress who is returning to work with writer/director Sean Mannion for the second time. They first worked together on the short film Abel and Cain, in which she played Lilith and Rachael. Tara is an award winning actress who recently played Olivia in the NYFringe run of the play Anthony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives (porchroom.com/posts-stage/antony-cleopatra-infinite-lives-ny-fringe/).
Lauren A. Kennedy (laurenakennedy.com) is an actress who is returning to work with writer/director Sean mannion for the second time. They first worked together on the short film The Box (vimeo.com/60050263). Lauren is a member of the Congested Cat Productions (congestedcat.com) team and stars in their upcoming feature film Summit (summitthemovie.com) and current web series Kelsey (congestedcat.com/kelsey). She is also the co-host of the IndieWorks screening series (congestedcat.com/indieworks).
The film will also feature actors Samantha Strelitz, Julianna Pitt, Tessa Harnetiaux, Kiersten Armstrong, and Kitty Ostapowicz.