Ashes

Los Angeles, California | Series

Crime, Western

Stephanie Domini

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Ashes is a gritty, acerbic Western Noir about a tumultuous bond between an outlaw and a bounty hunter. They confront dangerous obstacles in the wild then returning to the town of Silverton only to be tested further. Will their flames ignite them both or consume them to ashes.

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Mission Statement

Ashes takes a typically male dominated genre and tells it from the viewpoint of a woman who rejects submission and complacency despite oppression. Our goal is to have a female director and/or DP on each episode as well as promote an inclusive environment for all backgrounds.

The Story

ASHES is a western noir series, exploring a charged relationship between a moody bounty hunter tracking a fiery female outlaw. The two mortal enemies come together discovering they have an unforeseen bond that complicates their dynamic, which proves to be a deep conflict of interest.

The outlaw is in search of her way out of her trappings, literally and figuratively, and she recognizes the bounty hunter’s loneliness and despair. The female character rejects 1877 patriarchal-imposed roles, despite oppression and even persecution...a true rebel.

The bounty hunter has had a history of loss and alcohol abuse. Avoiding his emotions and heartbreak he has completely closed off from the world. The female outlaw finds his psychological weakness and uses it against him.

The provocative series provides a sense of adventure, danger, and violence around every turn, flipping the script on the stereotypes of the genre.

Each episode, new characters are introduced into this duo’s world, testing their tumultuous relationship even further. It's Bonnie and Clyde meets Deadwood inspired by the irony and tone of Tarantino and the witty banter of the film Maverick…It’s going be a hot, gritty, wild ride!

"Drifting ashes can spark a wildfire."  –Anonymous

 

Darkness on the Frontier

Juxtaposing two competing genres; noir and western, the series evokes the vastness of the wilderness, the optimism of the wild west, and the dreams of prosperity––countered by the dark moodiness, the crime drama, and neurotic characters of the noir.

Ashes will be cinematic in scope, highlighting the landscape of 1800's Southern California, from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Mojave Desert, while focusing on the relationships that are just as wild as the terrain. The goal, a visually stunning period piece that compliments character driven performances that tear at your heart and make you laugh. Ashes is inspired by classic westerns but with a contemporary vibe.

 

Stephanie Domini, originally from Spokane, Washington and spending much of her youth in western Montana, is now a city slicker in Los Angeles and New York, as a bi-coastal actress, writer, filmmaker and animal advocate. She's the creator and lead in "Ashes" and has enjoyed roles in HBO’s “Vinyl” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in addition to various TV and Film credits. Her previous passion project, a 1930’s film, “A Cool Dark Place”, screened at Cannes in 2013, and was nominated for best short and best performance of 2015 by New Filmmakers LA.  She has several other projects currently in development.

She is an advocate for animal welfare and spends her time devotedly caring for animals and
volunteering at organizations such as Animal Hope and Wellness and The Wolf Connection as well as her own organization, Actors for Animals.

 

Matt Raimo, a native New Yorker, began his career as a professional baseball player, pitching in the Dominican Republic. After a shoulder injury he changed gears and effortlessly transitioned to modeling. Matt quickly became an accomplished model. Matt wanted to take his talents and career to a new level and decided to pursue his passion for acting. After moving to Los Angeles he landed roles on CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, the Freeform drama “Recovery Road”, ABC’s “Agent Carter” and the hit CBS series “Blue Bloods”. Matt starred as “Barrett” in the independent thriller “The Neighborhood”.  He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2016 Idyllwild Film Festival and for Male Action Performer of the Year at the Action On Film Festival for his performance in “Man of Action". Matt recently wrapped on the film “The Cleansing Hour” acting alongside Glee’s Heather Morris. 

 

Michelle Denlinger is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She fell in love with movies and television and has wanted to be a performer since her first memories as a child.  The Sundance Film Festival was a very big influence on her and was actually part of her college curriculum. She's currently living in Los Angeles and is excited to be working as producer and actor on “Ashes” as well as a few other passion projects.

 

Hailing from Plantation, FL, Carly Sullivan works as an actor, writer, and producer and is currently based in Los Angeles. She can most recently be seen as a recurring guest star on season one and two of SyFy’s "Happy!". Past credits include "Blue Bloods", FX’s "Sex & Drugs and Rock & Roll",  and "My Man is a Loser". Passionate about creating her own projects, she is the co-creator of "Creative Lite", a mini docu-series that explores the facets of creativity in the modern world. The project is set to be released in September 2019. She is beyond excited to collaborate on "Ashes" and create something special.

 

Robin Leabman grew up on Flathead Lake, Montana and has worked in Hollywood for nearly 20 years as an actor, producer, director, and cinematographer.  He travels the world as a private jet and helicopter captain, and utilizes his free time abroad as an adventure and landscape photographer.  His passions involve anything that can get him out of the city and into the backcountry... whether it be by foot, backpack, skis, airplane, helicopter, or enduro motorcycle.  Wherever his pursuits take him, his camera and creativity always follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishlist

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RED CAMERA & DP

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We will be shooting with RED CAMERA's to make our project highly stylized and visually compelling.

Lighting Kit and Grips

Costs $1,150

We want production value to be high and our actor's lit well.

Locations

Costs $1,725

Location. Location. Location. It's all about a Wild West landscape.

Costumes & Makeup & Props

Costs $1,000

If you're going to talk the talk you gotta walk the walk.

Talent & Director

Costs $3,000

We have a really talented ensemble- putting their blood sweat and tears into this project. .

Insurance and Permits

Costs $1,400

To make sure it's a safe and protected environment.

Crew

Costs $1,000

A solid crew is Everything!!

Sound

Costs $1,100

Sound and Sound Mixing--need I say more... Is this thing on?

About This Team

 

Stephanie Domini, originally from Spokane, Washington and spending much of her youth in western Montana is now a city slicker in Los Angeles and New York, as a bi-coastal actress, writer, filmmaker and animal advocate. She's the creator and lead in "Ashes" and has enjoyed roles in HBO’s “Vinyl” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in addition to various TV and Film credits. Her previous passion project, a 1930’s film, “A Cool Dark Place”, screened at Cannes in 2013, and was nominated for best short and best performance of 2015 by New Filmmakers LA.  She has several other projects currently in development.

She is an advocate for animal welfare and spends her time devotedly caring for animals and
volunteering at organizations such as Animal Hope and Wellness and The Wolf Connection as well as her own organization, Actors for Animals.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Denlinger is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She fell in love with movies and television and has wanted to be a performer since her first memories as a child.  The Sundance Film Festival was a very big influence on her and was actually part of her college curriculum. She's currently living in Los Angeles and is excited to be working as producer and actor on “Ashes” as well as a few other passion projects.

 

 

Carly Sullivan works as an actor, writer and producer and is currently based in Los Angeles. She can most recently be seen as a recurring guest star on season 1 and 2 of Syfy’s Happy!. Past credits include "Blue Bloods", FX’s "Sex & Drugs & Rock& Roll",  and "My Man is A Loser" Passionate about creating her own projects, she is the co-creator of "Creative Lite", a mini docu series that explores the facets of creativity in

modern world. The project is set to be released in September 2019. She is beyond excited to collaborate on "Ashes" and create something special.

 

Matt Raimo

 

 

A native New Yorker, Matt Raimo began his career as a professional baseball player, pitching in the Dominican Republic. After a shoulder injury he changed gears and effortlessly transitioned to modeling. Matt quickly became an accomplished model. Matt wanted to take his talents and career to a new level and decided to pursue his passion for acting. After moving to Los Angeles he landed roles on CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, the Freeform drama “Recovery Road”, ABC’s “Agent Carter” and the hit CBS series “Blue Bloods”. Matt starred as “Barrett” in the independent thriller “The Neighborhood”.  He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2016 Idyllwild Film Festival and for Male Action Performer of the Year at the Action On Film Festival for his performance in “Man of Action". Matt recently wrapped on the film “The Cleansing Hour” acting alongside Glee’s Heather Morris. 

 

Robin Leabman has worked in Hollywood for nearly 20 years as an actor, producer, director, and cinematographer.  He travels the world as a private jet and helicopter captain, and utilizes his free time abroad as an adventure and landscape photographer.  His passions involve anything that can get him out of the city and into the backcountry... whether it be by foot, backpack, skis, airplane, helicopter, or enduro motorcycle.  Wherever his pursuits take him, his camera and creativity always follow.

 

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