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Project of the Day: A Good Old Fashioned Kidnapping in ‘Absent’

Project of the Day: A Good Old Fashioned Kidnapping in 'Absent'

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Tweetable Logline:

In this coming of age comedy, a desperate high school senior fakes his own kidnapping to save his perfect attendance record.

Elevator Pitch:

ABSENT is the dual coming of age story about Greg, a high school senior with an impeccable attendance record, and Peter, the campus police officer who longs for the respect of his peers. When Greg misses his first day of school ever on Senior Skip Day, he is desperate for any way to save his attendance record. With the help of his eccentric mother, Susan, and Peter, Greg hatches a plan to fake his own kidnapping. But when it all comes crashing down, he must face the consequences and learn to see the bigger picture in life.

Production team:

Director: Raymond Wei
Writers: Chelsea Tageson-Crane & Raymond Wei
Producer: Chelsea Tageson-Crane, Bucky Illingworth, Sean Tully
Director of Photography: Blake Lyons

About the film:

This film is inspired by a youth filled with John Hughes films and stay-at-home Fridays. We’ve always loved high school coming-of-age tales but we also found that so many of them focused on trying to be one of the “cool kids” or trying to get into the biggest party. We wanted to the coming of age story of the kid who wasn’t going to parties and didn’t need to be cool – a story more like our own high school experience – while still keeping the same wacky humor and tone that we grew up with.

Current status:

Pre-production and fundraising.

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Take a look at the project’s IndieGoGo page here and be sure to check them out on Facebook here.

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