Last Days of Summer

Indianapolis, Indiana | Film Feature

Comedy, Drama

Victoria Britton

2 Campaigns | Indiana, United States

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In a neighborhood where nothing exciting ever happens a teenage boy recalls the events of his life leading up to the disappearance of the girl next door.

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Mission Statement

Part mystery, part coming-of-age story, Last Days of Summer follows Ricky as he tries to unravel the secrets of the missing girl and learns some of life's tougher lessons in the process.

The Story

Told from the perspective of Ricky years after Summer’s disappearance the film unravels like a memory being revisited. Ricky gives us a glimpse into what it was like before she went missing and the aftermath that she left in her wake. In many ways, Last Days of Summer is a story about Ricky growing up and getting his heart broken by the people he loves most in the world.

At its core, Last Days of Summer is a story about growing up in a place you can’t wait to leave. It is about being young and in love and thinking you know everything and finding out you don’t. Set amongst the backdrop of a small town where everybody knows everybody else and all of their business.

This early-aughts period piece takes influence from The Virgin Suicides, Place Beyond the Pines, 20th Century Women, Under the Silver Lake, and Badlands; amongst others. 

Summer is the quintessential girl next door. She's rebellious, opinionated, and in many ways, the best part of the town she lives in — at least in Ricky’s opinion. Her mom is too self-absorbed to take a genuine interest in her life and her dad is never around. Summer looks like a heartbreaker but mostly she’s used to having hers broken at this point in her life. She loves classical music, riding her bike, the books of Henry Miller, and shitty action movies. 

Ricky is a young man who hasn't quite figured it out yet. He idolizes his older half-brother Johnny and is silently in love with Summer, the girl next door. Ricky is a listener, an observer, and the perfect orator for this story.

Johnny is a drifter, or as his step-dad Ted calls him, a tourist. Johnny loves his mom, Ricky, and most of all his motorcycle Brandy. Johnny is a self-prescribed romantic and an undiagnosed kleptomaniac. He has a tendency of finding trouble every place he goes, and he's gone a lot of them. Johnny is back in town, keeping low from his visit to Tucson for reasons unknown.

The movie is based on an original script written by the director, Alex Rodgers. In addition to having completed the story, we are hard at work location scouting and casting. We plan to shoot the movie in August 2022 in Woodruff Place — a historic suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana known for its beautiful park-like setting and Victorian-era homes.

The 94 Films team anticipates principal photography to last about three weeks. We hope to begin the post-production process in September of this year with an anticipated festival release in Spring 2023.

Our mission is to create a high-quality film here in the Heartland with a diverse local cast and crew. In many ways this film is a love letter to the Midwest; a place that, in our opinion, doesn't get enough love in the movies. Last Days of Summer means to change that.

All of the money raised will ensure that we can take care of our cast & crew properly. Every penny in some way will find its way onto the screen. Along with paying our talent and team, this money also allows us to invest in things like lens packages, car rigs, props, vehicle rentals, all kinds of things that add immensely to the production value of the final film.

Alex Rodgers — Writer-Director, Last Days of Summer

Kurtis Bowersock — Director of Photography, Producer, Last Days of Summer

Victoria Britton — Producer, Last Days of Summer 

Zac Cooper — First AD, Producer, Last Days of Summer 

I grew up in a small, midwestern town; in the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else and all their business... the kind of place where gossip spreads like California wildfires in the summertime; and most people have never even been to California. I grew up where Summer and Ricky grew up, in a place where there wasn’t much to do except dream about bigger and better things and other places to be.

This is a story about a specific time in your life when you’re just old enough to be an adult. You can drive cars and smoke cigarettes and stay out late and steal your mom's wine and pay taxes without understanding what a W2 is, you just sign the damn thing and hope for money back in April. It’s that time in your life right after high school and just before College when the world is your oyster and the possibilities are endless. That time in your life where it feels like you’ve been waiting forever for life to start, but you have to wait just a bit longer. Last Days of Summer is a story about many, many things but mostly it's a story about being young and having your heart broken; it’s also a story about a boy who loves a girl and his quest to find the answers to the questions that her disappearance left behind.

 

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About COVID-19
The Coronavirus has undeniably changed the way we live, work, and play. With just a few precautions, we can make "Last Days of Summer" a safer work environment for everyone. 

When Arriving to Set:

  • Check-in with Covid Compliance Officer, Line Producer, or Assistant Director for temperature check & to sanitize hands. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 °F or higher is considered to have a fever and must be sent home.
  • Complete a health screening via Google Form (either in advance or upon arrival)
  • Masks are recommended when inside
  • Actors with an on-screen kiss may be asked to take a Rapid Test the morning of the shoot

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  • You're are feeling ill
  • You've traveled outside of the country or have traveled to another state with travel advisory risks within the last 14 days
  • You have been in close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last five days

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Costs $10,800

Everything we need for production including lens rentals, location expenses, catering etc.

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Costs $8,100

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Crew

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Post Production

Costs $3,300

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About This Team

Alex Rodgers is a filmmaker based in Indianapolis, IN. A graduate of the Herron school of Art & Design; his educational background is in the Fine Arts. Since graduation in 2017 he has focused his energy on telling personal stories via filmmaking. His work has appeared in the Heartland and Indy Film Festivals, among others. In 2020 he wrote & directed his first feature "C'est La Vie".

Kurtis Bowersock is a filmmaker living in Indianapolis. With a background in construction, photography, and a fine arts degree, he’s a jack of all trades. The last two short films he shot "Rasheedas Freedom Day" and "Dickerson's Rodeo" are running the festival circuit. While his short film "Other Fish" is now available to view on Vimeo.

Victoria Britton is a filmmaker who is committed to telling personal stories that unpack themes of grief, spirituality, and motherhood. Her work has been shown at Tribeca, Indy Shorts, Indy Film Festival, and on the Atlantic. Her directorial debut, "The Water's Edge", will premiere this fall. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University and an extensive background in TV news.

Zac Cooper is a writer and director living in Indianapolis. Since he moved to Indiana in 2016, he has directed six short films and one feature. His debut feature "It Happened One Weekend" just had its world premiere at the Indy Film Fest.

Refik Dogruyol (Ricky) is a recent graduate of the University of Indianapolis. He has experience in Theater and radio starring in productions of War of the Worlds, Drowning Ophelia, and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Last Days of Summer will be his film debut.

Arman Dogruyol (Johnny) has been a frequent collaborator of the writer/director Alex Rodgers. He has had roles in films such as "C'est La Vie", "It Happened One Weekend", "Sharon & Oscar Go to a Wedding", and "Bang Bang Baby". Arman is also Refik's real-life older brother.

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