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Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Sundance Institute: Vote for indieWIRE’s November Project of the Month!

Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Sundance Institute: Vote for indieWIRE's November Project of the Month!

November is now over, and it’s time to choose one of our Projects of the Week to be named November’s Project of the Month. Theproject that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from the Sundance Institute!

Voting will be open until Friday December 2 at 10AM.

The five films up for the award are:  “Shored Up,” “Espera Dichato,” “The Methuselah Generation,” “Bending Steel,” “Ryan Baxter: Reenactor.”

Go here to vote for November’s Project of the Month!

The links to more information about each project are below.

Good luck to all of the filmmakers!

The “elevator pitches” of all five finalists are below:

“Shored Up”

“Shored Up” is a documentary about surfing, sea level rise and the real Jersey Shore. Not Snookie’s “Jersey Shore,” but the coastline of New Jersey where bulldozers and barges pump sand onto the beach in a futile attempt to hold back the sea from million dollar homes while surfers in wetsuits watch their waves disappear. As federal money dries up and the oceans rise, we’re running out of time to find a real solution. More than half of America lives in coastal counties, and if we don’t act fast, we’re all going to be learning to surf.

Espera Dichato

Hey! We are currently making a movie about the survivors of the Chilean earthquake and tsunami of 2010. Dichato is a tourist beach town that was completely washed away with four big waves. The people have been living in 12×12 foot houses for nearly two years now, many still without bathrooms or running water to their homes! We are hoping to illustrate this story from many angles as we document the trials facing this community. We have already begun pre-production, but are looking for help to raise the rest of the funds needed. Help us tell the Dichatino’s story!

The Methuselah Generation

The film begins with a vox-pop montage asking people if they want to live forever. Is immortality science-fiction or a future reality? We then delve into the longevity clinic of Dr. Terry Grossman as he treats The Pooles, a British couple, intent on hacking their health to live forever. The doctor’s clinic acts as the spine of the film, as we meet the big thinkers of the longevity movement to cure aging: Aubrey de Grey, Gregory Benford and Robin Hanson. The film weaves between the laboratories and universities of their lives as we learn about their roles in longevity.

A film about the art of the oldetime strongman, people who perform feats of strength such as bending nails and horseshoes with their bare hands, and break chains with their hair. It follows Queens native Chris Schoeck as he struggles to enter into a elite community and find personal fulfillment through this unusual activity. Introverted and socially awkward, Chris is an unlikely performer. We’ve stumbled upon a unique subject, have some amazing characters, and have captured a truly inspiring journey. It is a true New York story. The film will be shopped to the major international film festivals upon completion.

Ryan Baxter: Reenactor

A college student begins to document the lives of cable television reenactment actors and uncovers Ryan Baxter, a “reenactor” committed to putting his own spin on history. Looking over him is Gil, the angst-ridden director of Ryan’s misadventures, who spends more time trying to corral Ryan’s historical inaccuracies on set than repairing his own career.

News of a game-changing, major network television reenactment surfaces amongst the crew, and both Ryan and Gil are sent into a tailspin. Friends become enemies, antics ensue, and misrepresented history gets even worse.

Ryan must figure out who he is… who he really is.

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