Project of the Day: ‘But Not for Me,’ A Hip Hop Musical Love Story

Project of the Day: 'But Not for Me,' A Hip Hop Musical Love Story
Project of the Day: ' Not Me,' Hip Hop Musical Love Story

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But Not for Me

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A hip hop musical love story

Elevator Pitch:

“But Not For Me” is a philosophical hip hop musical love story that
tells the story of two Millenials, disillusioned with the state of
society and their leveraged role in it, who come together to make music
in an effort to give meaning to their existences. It tackles the
disaffection that young people face at a time when they are being
increasingly alienated from the American dream, as well as the
psychological toll that this takes on their optimism regarding their
personal and professional prospects.

Production Team:

Ryan Carmichael (writer/director) – NYU Grad Film Thesis student;
Director’s Guild of America award-winner for short film “Everything’s
New in Lost Time.”

Jason Stefaniak (producer) – NYU Grad Film Thesis student; Emmy
award-winner for short documentary “Velocipede”; Short film “This Is My
Body” has been viewed over 630,000 times in 133 countries and was
featured on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.

Lanre Olabisis (executive producer) – writer/director/producer of
“August the First,” which screened at the South by Southwest Film
Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Award; Writer/director of the
upcoming “Somewhere in the Middle,” which raised over $100,000 on

Elena Urioste (“Hope”) – The Julliard School, graduate program alumna;
world-renowned violinist who has played with the New York Philharmonic,
the London Philharmonic orchestra, and was named a BBC New Generation
Artist; she will be performing music for the film and making her acting
debut in the lead role of Hope.

About the Production:

“The aim of this film is to fuse different artistic and intellectual
elements to create a unique and dynamic dramatic experience. Starting
with hip hop, I wanted to tap into the “conscious” and improvisatory
elements of the music in order to shine a light on some of the
socioeconomic issues in America today. Existentialist philosophy comes
into play as a mechanism to underscore the experience of Millenials who
feel lost in a world where nothing is as they planned it. A
“Postmodernist” narrative structure is employed to frame the
revolutionary spirit of the characters hoping to shape the world.” — Ryan Carmichael

Current Status:


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