It's happening. As filmmaker Steven Soderberg says, "We are always at the beginning of infinity." Change is constant, and no one knows it better than the creative types that make up our region. For a few years, the evolution of movie technology has democratized the process of filmmaking by making the equipment more accessible. "This digital era has not only leveled the playing field, but created an entirely new one," says T J Brearton of the freshly formed "Adk Mogul," a film & writing resource group. New opportunities in the medium present new challenges. The challenge, for instance, facing our small town theaters, who must convert to a nascent standard - the presentation of major first-run films in a digital format. So, too, the modern filmmaker is presented with a different landscape for distribution and exhibition. The whole game is changing. How long a movie is, where it plays, how it's funded - all up for grabs. Many films now are funded publicly through platforms like kickstarter and indiegogo.
"The Deal" is a short film produced by Adk Mogul, a small production company and resource provider which formed earlier this year and has aided organizations like the Adirondack Film Society as well as provided assistance to movies shooting regionally. "The Deal" tells the story of a young working man in financial straits who is approached with a dubious proposition by a stranger that promises to make all his debts go away. This modern Faustian bargain tale stars Michael Fisher and John Kiedaisch, Vermont-based actors. "The crew was local, the equipment was local, and we ate down the street," says producer Sunny Rozakis.
This new "movement" to keep movies local, to create sustainable projects like shorter films (the current cut of "The Deal" clocks in at just around 23 minutes) utilizes the vision and generosity of other creative-types and art-supporters. By recouping expenses through indiegogo, "The Deal" becomes a true community project, and not just another capitalist venture. To see what rewards are offered for contributing finishing to "The Deal," or just to check it out and maybe tell a friend, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Deal?a=980474