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Project of the Day: 'The Last Beat'

By Max O'Connell | Indiewire March 18, 2014 at 11:38AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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The Last Beat
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"The Last Beat"

Tweetable Logline: Inspired by Morrison's final days in Paris, @LastBeatMovie is an erotic, lyrical, music-filled film from @SundanceFest alumni #RobertSaitzyk

Elevator Pitch: "The Last Beat" follows the final days of Jay Douglas, famous American rock star, in a turbulent but exhilarating early 70s Paris. Inspired by the last days of rock and pop culture icon Jim Morrison, this fictional take is not in any way a traditional biopic, but a lyrical study of a brilliant, complex, and troubled soul. Tragic and comedic, at the film's core are Jay's broken but passionate relationships with the two women in his life -- Clemence, a glamorous Countess, and his professed "soul-mate," Valerie Eason, an earthy red-haired beauty from golden California.

"The Last Beat" follows the final days of Jay Douglas, famous American rock star, in a turbulent, but exhilarating early 70's Paris. Inspired by the last days of rock and pop culture icon Jim Morrison, this fictional take is not in any way a traditional biopic, but a lyrical study of a brilliant, complex, and troubled soul. Tragic and comedic, at the film's core are Jay's broken, but passionate relationships with the two women in his life -- Clemence, a glamorous Countess, and his professed "soul-mate," Valerie Eason, an earthy red-haired beauty from golden California.

Production Team: Writer/Director/Producer: Robert Saityzk ("Godspeed," "After the Flood," "White of Winter")
Director of Cinematographer: Michael Hardwick ("Godspeed," "White of Winter")
Producer: Jeffery Allard ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Ping Pong Summer")
Producer: Matthew Miller
Producer & Star: Shawn Andrews
Co-Producer: Michelle R. Thomas
Co-Producer: Annie Jeeves ("Raw Cut")

Stars:
Shawn Andrews ("Dazed & Confused", "Fix," "City Of Ghosts," "Big Heart City")
Cameron Richardson ("Entourage," "Harper's Island" "Alvin & the Chipmunks") 
Martha Higareda ("Street Kings", "Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball"," "Mariachi Gringo")
Kevin Corrigan ("The Departed," "Superbad," "Pineapple Express") 
Seymour Cassel ("The Royal Tenebaums," Faces", "Rushmore")


About the Production: From Director Robert Saitzyk:

"The Last Beat" is a fictionalized film attempting to explore the psychology of who Jim Morrison might have been at the end of his life. I feel people haven’t really looked at Morrison as this amazing, visionary poet. The title itself is not just about the beat of a heart, or the beat within music, it refers to Jim being one of the last in the line of the Beat Generation. But at its core the film is the tragic love story between our characters, Jay and Valerie, from which everything else in the film revolves. 


Current Status: The film is currently in production with a vital crowdfunding campaign underway to finish this iconic film.

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page

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