Matt Szymanowski and Team Launch Fundraising Effort for Sundance Lab Finalist Feature Film "The Purple Onion"

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San Francisco Filmmaker Matt Szymanowski is announcing his fundraising effort for the original San Francisco Film Society sponsored film "The Purple Onion," which tells the tragicomic story of the most unfortunate amateur comedian you have never heard of, who gets a surprise visit when his immigrant mother suddenly moves in after a foreclosure. This unique micro-budget film needs your support in preparing for initial production funds.

That is the best coping mechanism: if we are able to laugh at ourselves and if we can see the humor in even the darkest moments.

San Francisco Film Director Matt Szymanowski and his award winning team are reaching out to art and film supporters to participate in an fundraising campaign for the upcoming feature film "The Purple Onion." The campaign has already seen great success in its first month by raising nearly 50% of its $30,000 goal by January 06, 2013.

With recognition from the prestigious Sundance Screenwriting Lab and development support from the San Francisco Film Society, filmmaker Matt Szymanowski’s The Purple Onion is bound for wide recognition and critical praise. Set in San Francisco and named after the recently closed historic comedy club, this tragicomic story was first drafted while at the MacDowell Artist’s Colony shortly after participation at the Berlinale Talent Campus.

With the Bay Area comedy scene as its backdrop, The Purple Onion follows hapless, amateur comedian Johnny Lee at his dead-end job as a restaurant dishwasher as he attempts to move up to serving. Clashing to no end with his now live-in, estranged mother, who suddenly moves in after losing her house to foreclosure, and at his wits end, the comedian is prepared to leave everything behind. When his mother finds solace in a lonely and oddball neighbor, the comedian realizes he’s pushed away the one person who cares the most; the sad clown must reevaluate his priorities and stand-up for what really matters before he loses everything.

The cast stars Edwin Li (Sketchfest, Las Vegas Comedy Festival) and Golden Rooster Award nominee Kechun Li (Who’s the Third Party, Dam Street), with executive producing by Andrew Trapani (The Haunting in Connecticut) written and directed by Matt Szymanowski (History of Solitude, Slovakia) with cinematography by Bartosz Nalazek (War Horse, Lincoln) and musical score by Los Angeles Balkan gypsy band, The Petrojvic Blasting Company.

Executive Producer Andrew Trapani:
Andrew Trapani, of Nine/8 Entertainment, is an entertainment producer who has worked on numerous high profile video game, television and film projects including The Haunting in Connecticut, Tamara and the forthcoming Wallace.

Writer/Producer/Director Matt Szymanowski:
Matt Szymanowski is an acclaimed filmmaker whose work in film, television and video production includes producing content for CBS’ award-winning, media agency MKSHFT’s clients Toyota, Gizmodo and HTC, the documentary Nine Days That Changed the World and music videos for The Holdup, Jhameel and Overhood. His short film, History of Solitude, made while at the National Polish Film School in Lodz, Poland, played at international festivals in Poland, France, Albania and at the San Francisco International, in addition to winning the Jury Award in Paris at The European Independent Film Festival in 2009.

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