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Project of the Day: ‘The Garden: A Fierce Ballerina in the Future’

Project of the Day: 'The Garden: A Fierce Ballerina in the Future'

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The Garden: A Fierce Ballerina in the Future

Tweetable Logline: In the Garden, humans get converted into AI constructs to survive. But Luc – a rebellious ballerina – would rather die than conform.

Elevator Pitch: When in 2089 humans become an out-of-date concept, the only way to survive is to integrate into Artificial Intelligence constructs. Yet Luc—a rebellious ballerina—would rather die than conform. But when she meets an odd robot Azul, the idea of integrating into a better version of herself suddenly sounds tempting.

Production Team: 

NATALIA IYUDIN (Director/Co-Writer) is a New York City based Writer/Director, Film Curator, and Editor, as well as a member of Film Fatales, a prestigious collective of US film directors. Her short films, documentaries, and music videos screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, and aired on Direct TV and Current TV. She has collaborated with MTV, PBS, MoMA, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Film Society, SONY Pictures Classics, and Film Society of Lincoln Center.

DMITRY IYUDIN (Co-Writer, Composer) is a New York City based Writer, Musician, and Actor. His work has been published in the New York Times and The Readers’ Digest International. He has worked for the PEN World Voices Festival, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and MTV World. He’s currently working on his first novel.

MARTA HARASYMOWICZ (Producer), aka Marcy, was born in Poland but lived in the US since her teenage years. She dove into the film world amidst her graduate studies. She began to explore the movie set as a Production Assistant on films such as “16 Blocks” and “the Attic”. The experiences influenced the change of her major from photography to graduating with an MA degree in Filmmaking. Today Marta is an agent at Go East films, representing directors for TV commercials outside of the US market. On a side, however, she takes the role of a producer on various film projects such as “Us. A Family Album” and now “the Garden”.

HYPATIA PORTER (Associate Producer) is an editor, producer & graphic designer from Northern California. Her work includes feature documentary films, music videos, television series, websites, album covers, merchandise and branding.

BARTEK KULAS (Director of Special Effects) is a Writer/Director of animated and live action films. He’s a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the Wajda Film School in Poland. He works in the area of special effects, motion design and virtual set design for theater. His last short film, Millhaven has been awarded and screened at over 50 festivals around the world.

HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH (Associate Producer) is a New York based Actress and Producer. She co-created Ask Dr. Mueller for the 2008 Artists of Tomorrow Festival; Money Thinks I’m Dead for the 2012-2013 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program; and Us. A Family Album, an official selection of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, Frameline 36, 2012 Coney Island Film Festival, 2012 New Orleans FIlm Festival, 2013 Seattle International Film Festival’s Women in Cinema Series, 2013 Crossroads Film Festival, and the 2013 International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. She holds an Acting MFA from Columbia University.

KAMIL PLOCKI (Director of Photography) is one of the most accomplished Polish DPs of the young generation, having shot his first film at the age of 20. He’s lived in Germany, Canada and New York, and works both in Poland and the US on shorts, features, documentaries, music videos and high end commercials. He filmed for Jan Kwiecinski (on “Fourth Dimension” by Harmony Korine), Jonathan Glazer, Mark Gray (Lupita Nyong’o’s first film), Anya Meksin and Florian Malak.

JAVIERA VARAS (Production Designer) – “Dallas Buyers Club”, “The Dawn of the Planet of Apes” and “Wild”

SHRUTI GANGULY (EP, Actress) – Director and Producer on “Color of Time”, and “H.”

LEAH MEYERHOFF (EP, Artistic Supervisor) – Writer/Director “Twitch” and “I Believe in Unicorns” and Founder of the Film Fatales collective

About the Film: The Garden is a futuristic regime where all your dreams come untrue because in the world where everything is unified, controlled and manufactured to perfection, free spirit dies. I wanted to bring my Eastern Bloc heritage to turn a story of one girl’s defiance into a larger tale of totalitarianism and rebellion.

I’m passionate about female-driven stories and Luc is a kind of girl protagonist we don’t get to see that often. She navigates the post-apocalyptic future with gumption and unbeatable passion for dance, which ultimately saves her humanity.

Current Status: Fundraising

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