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Sociological Manipulation and Academic Dysfunction, All Caught on GoPros for ‘The Reign’

Sociological Manipulation and Academic Dysfunction, All Caught on GoPros for 'The Reign'

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The Reign

Logline: A controversial prep school teacher gets fired for “not teaching to the test,” and seeks vengeance by manipulating his students into staging a protest in his defense.

Elevator Pitch: 
Recent USC film school grads William Goldstein and Al Marenco are using the GoPro exclusively in the filming of their second feature, “The Reign,” about a stirringly brilliant, though unconventional prep school teacher and the raucous protest his students mount on his controversial firing. The film will be shot with these cameras hidden in various locations around the sets and facilitate shorter shooting times and lower production costs. Marenco and Goldstein both anticipate that sets, unencumbered by oversized cameras, lights, booms and crew will lend to an intimacy for actors that will elevate their performances.

Production Team:
Directors – Will Goldstein and Al Marenco
Producers – Nicolaas Bertelsen, David Esfeh & Rebecca Louisell
Editor – Michael Schatz
Editing Mentor – Dan Lebental (“Ant-Man,” “Elf”)
Cinematographer – Al Marenco

Cast:
Sheryl Richardson – Allie Jennings
Andrea Chan – Julie Zhan

About the Film:
As a kid, I struggled with severe test anxiety. I know firsthand how much it can shape the way a young person sees the world, and I know how shattering it can feel when you think there’s something wrong with you, or that you’re not good enough. This film is a retaliation to that line of thinking. It makes a case for innovation, independent thinking, and rejecting the status quo. It examines the effects of unfair working conditions on teachers, and the test-taking process students endure.

Current Status: We are currently fundraising on Kickstarter.

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