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“Yinz” Promises Friendship, Love and Violence in Western Pennsylvania

"Yinz" Promises Friendship, Love and Violence in Western Pennsylvania

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Yinz

Logline: After a plan to scare their high school principal goes terribly wrong, three high school best friends’ relationships are tested as they cover up their crime and their ringleader’s affair with an older woman.

Elevator Pitch: 
YINZ is a dark comedy set in a very specific world, filled with its own language, customs, and biases. It’s a unique take on a the classic teen coming-of-age story set in the heart of the Rust Belt. Its themes deal with loyalty to and betrayal of family, friends, and ethnic identity in the boiler pot of a small town where everybody knows each other. Special love and attention will be paid to the hyperlocal “Yinzer” culture of Western Pennsylvania and how it affects the characters in different ways.

Production Team:

Jeremy Michael Cohen – writer/director/producer
John Hermann – producer
Hailey Hansard – actor/producer
Bert Gerstnecker – associate producer
Victoria Hill – associate producer
Jeremy Michael Cohen line produced “Weepah Way For Now” and was the 1st Assistant Director of “Band of Robbers.” Both films premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. John Hermann was the line producer of Band of Robbers. Bert Gerstnecker is a Pittsburgh based producer.

About the Film:

Growing up in small town Western Pennsylvania left an indelible mark on me. In spite of, or possibly because of, how tough life in the Rust Belt can be, the natives take a special pride in their home, and the same applies to me.
I’ve never been to an area with more larger-than-life characters or soap opera stories. Much like “Fargo” or “The Sopranos,” I want to make a piece of art that’s lovingly inspired yet critical of where I grew up. I love hyperlocal independent cinema, and I want to make something of which Western Pennsylvania can be proud.

Current Status: Fundraising. Shooting early 2016 in Western Pennsylvania. Kickstarter launched on Monday, August 3rd.

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