Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 -- Houston-based production companies, T-CAT Films and AV1 Productions, are pleased to announce the start of production for the sci-fi thriller feature film, FLASHES. In addition, the producers have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign today in support of the feature film. The project is currently in pre-production, with physical production slated to start September 8, 2013.
"Flashes" tells the story of a man who alternates uncontrollably among 3 different realities, never knowing exactly how long he’ll be in each, what the consequences are, and how they are all intertwined. In the beginning, we see John Rotit, a happy, content man with a loving fiancée living out a content life. Hours later, he’s a troubled rock star mired in a lifestyle of sex and drugs. And after that he shifts into a reality that is far more sinister than the other two. John unwillingly flashes among these three parallel lives and is aware of his existence in all three. He has no clue how or why this phenomenon is occurring, only that he wants it to stop. With each passing moment as he lives out each reality, John’s judgment becomes clouded as his different personas and emotions start to clash and begins to doubt his true existence. His desperation to end this cycle and desire to land in the one reality where he can truly be happy leads to a dramatic conclusion.
"I want the audience to sympathize with the tortured emotions of the protagonist," states the director, Amir Valinia. "When I first read the script I knew that I wanted to take the audience on a unique first-person perspective. With a strong script and talent to back up the story, I want to complete the look of the film using more inventive and daring camera techniques and employing state-of-the-art equipment that is only now making its way to select filmmakers. The production design is going to be beautiful and we have the means and experience to make a high-quality film on a very limited budget."
FLASHES has already received partial financing in addition to the producers being the recent recipients of the Houston Filmmaker Grant. The producers have dedicated all funds from this grant towards the production of Flashes. In order to ensure a complete and quality production, the filmmakers have initiated an Indie-Go-Go fundraising campaign.
Aside from the usual crowd-funding offerings like signed DVDs, posters and T-shirts, the producers are offering fans exciting perks like set visits and VIP premiere tickets. Another amazing perk is a speaking role in the film.
The film "will be helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Amir Valinia. Amir’s directorial credits include the feature film "Xtinction", starring Locklyn Munro ("White Chicks", "Freddy vs. Jason") and Mark Sheppard ("Unstoppable", "Battlestar Galactica”, "Mutants", starring Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Total Recall) and Steven Bauer ("Scarface", "Traffic"), and "Lord of the Streets" starring DMX and Kris Kristofferson.
Serving as producers are Theta Catalon, Amir Valinia, Ron Finberg and Barry Strickland. This team of independent filmmakers are the recent recipients of the Houston Filmmaker Grant, which is an initiative created by the Mayor’s Film Task Force. The task force is a partnership program among the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Film Commission, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston First Corporation, Women in Film & Television Houston and Houston Cinema Arts Society to support and stimulate the growth of local filmmakers and narrative feature-length commercial motion picture production with films designed to be marketed and sold to a mass audience. Their goal as local filmmakers and the recipients of this grant is to help encourage growth in film and media in the city of Houston by through economic means such as jobs and opportunities for local technicians, talent, vendors and support services.
For all press inquiries please contact:
Thada Catalon, T-CAT Films/AV1 Productions, http://www.av1productions.com, 910-778-6215, [email protected]