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Coming-of-Age Film ‘Wheels’ Tracks a New York Teen’s DJ Dreams

Coming-of-Age Film 'Wheels' Tracks a New York Teen's DJ Dreams

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Logline: “Wheels” is an indie feature film that follows a Brooklyn teenager as he pursues his dream of becoming a DJ.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Wheels” is an indie feature film that follows Max, a teenager from Brooklyn who wants to be a DJ. Max has dropped out of high school and works at a supermarket to make ends meet. When Max’s brother, Terry, shows up after a three-year prison sentence for grand larceny, Max finds himself at a crossroads between trust, obligation, loyalty, and pursuing his dream. 

We all struggle to balance family and financial obligations while remaining true to our personal dreams. “Wheels” is a coming of age film about navigating those challenges through passion, love, and taking control of your life. 

Production Team:
Director, Paul Starkman: Emmy-nominated Director, “Top Chef,” “Ink Master,” “The Real World,” “The Glee Project 2,” “Project Runway,” “America’s Next Top Model”; Cinematography work for “JAM” won the SXSW documentary Grand Jury Prize

Executive Producer, Jamin O’Brien: Founder of The Film Community – a NY based finance/production entity; Currently in post on “Chronically Metropolitan” and “Border Crossing”; Produced over 20 independent, studio, international films

Director of Photography, Ariel Boles: Hip-hop music video credits, DP of “Top Chef,” DP of “Ink Master,” DP of “Work of Art,” DP on two features, “Trust Us, This is All Made Up” and “The Hole Story”

Editor, Neal Usatin: Editor of critically-acclaimed documentary “Life and Debt”; Edited street basketball films for And1 Mixtapes; Directed first season of ESPN’s “Streetball”; Lead Editor for The Beastie Boys; Currently editing Seth Rogen and Scott Rudin documentary “Console Wars

About the Film:
In the early ’90s, you could find me doing one of two things: obsessing over movies or wearing out mixtapes I recorded of my favorite NYC hip-hop radio shows. 

This film takes place in the present, but I want to flavor it with the feel of the past. I’ve chosen to shoot the movie in black & white and score the soundtrack with early hip-hop beats. I want to bring the vibe of old New York to life.

Current Status: Fundraising and Pre-Production.

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