Phosphene

New York City, New York | Film Short

Drama, Fantasy

Bryan Ribeiro

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Bernardo and Susan deal with drug-induced magical powers as they manage the anxieties of being artists; a homeless musician looking for an audience and a former painter trying find to confidence and a muse. Phosphene lies in the trippy intersection of art, addiction, 90s nerdiness, and chillhop.

About The Project

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  • Wishlist
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  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

As an American-Brazilian filmmaker in NY, I was always surrounded by diverse people. The production will have a cast & crew mostly of women and people of color. Phosphene will include people of varying races, religions, and identities on set, a structure that allows a vast flow of new ideas.

The Story

Welcome to Phosphene, kool kid.

Phosphenes are those lights and colors produced by rubbing your eyes. 

                           



The basis of the film can be broken down to one simple and clean theme; connecting with someone is the best way to cure loneliness and an unhealthy addiction. The film explores Bernardo, a homeless musician addicted to cocaine. Almost magically, Bernardo materializes a flame from his fingertip every time he takes a hit. A flame he stares into for hours at a time, usually in a dark space. On the other end is office worker Susan. With an aversion to social disagreements, she relies on prescription drugs as a way to cope with her anxieties. As a former painter she always sketches and tries to illustrate the perfect picture but can never quite get there. Eventually the two connect at a party, as music and visuals fire on all cylinders, their artistry merges into one trippy ride.


The film is going to ooze style. Not too much ooze. Because that would be messy.
 

The origin of this film came from an anime called Charlotte. What a nerd, pfft. The show’s premise centered around kids with superpowers, of course, but they came with a drawback; like an invisible girl could only appear invisible to one person at a time, whereas everyone else can see her. I thought the idea was really cool. I spoke to some homies about it while we were shooting a feature film and they loved the idea. So I ran with it for a few months, doing the occasional script read and making revisions.  

After that, it expanded to a pseudo-documentary examining these "victims" as their superpowers created a lot of personal problems, like an addiction would. Difficulty talking to people, isolation from family and friends, and that kind of hollow feeling you get when you know you're doing something habitually wrong. It would have utilized interview-style sit-downs attempting to ground the powers akin to diseases. From then, the toiling of the script continued until it became Phosphene, a tale about two struggling artists. 

 


With the DNA of the 90s urban environment, chill hop, nerdiness and anime, Phosphene is a pretty unique beast. It’s literally about the lead-up of two persons meeting at a party. But the style of their world is dipped in neon, VHS static, voyeurism, skater culture, drugs, and office work. Phosphene is a vertical slice of these two artists meeting, surrounded by the trippy visuals they see and hear. 



I also wanted to highlight where the finance is going. On a serious level, we need to pay these talented people for giving up their time and energy for Phosphene. They're working on an extremely shoe-string button as is so we're really trying to shoot past $4381.



Look, I know there’s a team section but I wanted to quickly highlight something. These are the AWESOME folks joining me on this adventure. All of them have decided to join this crazy adventure, so I wanted to give them a special visual shoutout so that you guys could enjoy. 

 


More info on these bangin' folks at the end.


That’s you! You're a kool kid! I’ve been saying that all along! Haven’t you been reading? It’s okay, I forgive you. And if you have been reading, you’re not only a kool kid. You’re a radical kool kid. But you know what’s better then that, you ask? Being a contributor. Even with its small and intimate settings, the quality within each frame is going to be massive. No doubt, we’re gonna put in work for this project so we’re going to need the support from all of you kool kids along the way. That support can come through multiple avenues, but sharing the project will really help get us far. Contributing would be terrific but spreading the word and being a champion for this project would be hella cool and exactly what we need to deliver the best quality film. Phosphene is a passion project, and its made from the backs of artists who strive everyday, like our characters, to find their niche and achieve their goals. You can help do that! So, don't hesitate to give this project a shout on your Internet social spaces!  

As the theme rings, connecting with something creative and channeling your insecurities and day-to-day disgruntles is a special power we humans have. It's very easy to close off from the world if we don't take advantage of that ability. But, sometimes you gotta rub your eyes for you to open them. 

Here are ways to join us in this krazy trip:

- Click the FOLLOW button on our page. It makes sure the page stays in the consciousness of anyone willing to listen! 

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- Contribute financially to the campaign, any amount would be radical.

Thank you so much and enjoy blurbs from the cast and crew and concept storyboards!


Writer/Director/Editor  - Bryan Ribeiro - IG@phosphenefilm
Bryan Ribeiro is an  video editor, animator, and filmmaker. He was born in Queens. He grew up in Brazil and in the Bronx. He was a competitive swimmer, before college and ramen noodles hit him like a ton of cholesterol. He started his creative pursuits at a young age- making cat videos using Windows Movie Maker. Initially studying game design, he started having too much fun in time-based work and shifted to film. He studied Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design. The well-rounded course took detours into graphic design, web and game coding, woodworking, fashion, and film. After graduating, he met with some cool people and started making music videos, shorts, and recently completed his first feature film- psychological thriller HH. Since then he's worked for companies such as AMC, Sony, Universal, STXFilms, Macy's, and Nissan.
www.bryanribeiro.com


Cinematographer  - Patrick Schechter - IG@vhsultra
Patrick started his filmmaking career at Binghamton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He currently produces content for national news, and he previously worked for the leading independent content distributor in the United States. Patrick's films have been screened as part of a number of festivals including Videology's Local Showcase (Brooklyn, NY) & The Brainwash Movie Festival (Oakland, CA).  Patrick has a well-rounded knowledge of media, from production to distribution. He's worked on everything from narrative to documentary to news. His strong technical and editorial skills, his easygoing and professional nature, and his ability work under high-pressure deadlines make him an ideal crew member. His company, VHS ULTRA services NYC, New Jersey, and Westchester. He owns and operates a large variety of professional equipment including: Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera, and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses - 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm.  
http://www.patrickschechter.com/


Assistant Director - Jon Castro-Rojas - IG@joncastropro
Jon Castro is a filmmaker, an advertising art director, and an all around creative ninja. Trained originally as a designer and animator, he transitioned into film over five years ago, where he has worked as Director, DP, and AD. His work can be seen in “a room without a view”, and “redistributed”, as well as many special-venue short films, and his thesis film Cinemensch. Jon is still a very active designer, and is always looking for ways to merge his two passions, film and design. Jon is a member of the graphic artist guild and freelancers union and has an associates degree from Full Sail University and a bachelor’s degree from The New School.
http://joncastro.pro/


Production Sound - Josh Govier - [email protected]
Josh Govier is a Audio Engineer based out of Southern Westchester. He recently obtained his Bachelors in Digital Media Production. He first ventured into the field of audio through playing in bands and making student films. Currently he works at The Paramount Theater and does freelance audio production for both films and music. His interests include the great outdoors, cartoons, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee."


Gaffer - Jonathan Alvarez - IG@Cuttingteef 
Beginner Rock Climber, Managing G&E Dept at LVR Rental house in Midtown Manhattan. He's worked with names such as Samsung, Eddie Bauer, Pediasure, St. Joseph`s College, Jhene Aiko, The Breaking Benjamins, Fetty Wapp Ect. He's had worked published on Funny or Die and IFC. Ardent Weekend Warrior who loves a good story, gardens, sustainability, tech and his lovely girlfriend. 
www.nycinejon.com


Production Assistant - Charles Grant 
He attended the Art institute of New York City for one year before venturing out to find experience on his own. Since then, he has worked as a writer/consultant for productions such as Fathers of the Dark Knight (Lions Roar Entertainment), 5 Clicks, Selected and Alexander Rease (Threshold Films). A writer by trade, he is also an experienced PA on set and editor in post production. "I try to get a taste of more than one job on each level of production, so I can better compliment those jobs when I write my stories".
Charle's Facebook


SUSAN - Ashley Rapuano - www.facebook.com/AshleyRapuanoActor
Ashley Rapuano is an actor and comedian originally from Las Vegas. Now based in New York, she spends her time doing improv, stand-up comedy, and looking for excuses to ride the train an hour and a half to the beach. She's been involved with the Cannes Film Festival, Cirque Du Soleil, and Nevada Conservatory Theater. She's excited to be involved in the Phosphene team! 
www.ashleyrapuano.com


BERNARDO - Javi Lopez - IG@jav_wad 
Javi Javwad Lopez is an avid skateboarder and digital media artist from the Bronx New York. He spends his time skating, creating fun photos, and directing short films related to skateboarding and hip-hop. He is involved with The Harold Hunter Foundation and organization raising money to help under privilege children have a path for skateboarding and The Battle for The Bronx skateboarding competition. He is excited to be apart of the Phosphene team!
www.javwad.com



MIRANDA - Evelyn Dumont - IG@evelyn_dumont 
She originally hails from the woods of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Acting from Adelphi University as well as trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Last summer she worked her second solo show at Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Residency. Recent credits include: EARTHRISE with Electric Eye Ensemble (Puppeteer/Performer), ALLS WELL (Countess), THE WINTER’S TALE (Shepherd) and HAMLET (Polonius) all with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, the thrilling podcast THE ROSE HILL DIARIES (Mary) created by James Weippert, and ZAGAT’s ‘Bad Brunchers’ online commercial. You may also catch her marching in the front row with her other favorite trombone players in the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corp Marching Band. 
www.evelyndumont.com


WHIT - Upenda Morton - www.facebook. com/upenda.morton
Upenda Morton is an American actress, and poet who hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia.  When she was nine, her parents enrolled her in ballet, jazz, tap, and drama courses where she discovered her love for artistic expression, specifically through poetry and acting.  Fascinated with film, television and everything dramatic, Upenda attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in 2012 where she graduated with an Associates in Film & Television and hasn’t looked back since. Her skills aren’t limited to the stage, either.  On a sunny city day, you may just find this award-winning athlete practicing her mean crossover on the basketball court or reciting one of her favorite poems that she has also created. You might even recognize her face from the Viral Short Pitch called (Raising Dion) which has been picked up by Netflix & scheduled to air in 2019. She gives thanks to her enormously generous and supportive family and friends.
Upenda's Vimeo


SAM -Jesslyn Blue - www.facebook.com/jesslynbluetheartist
As an artist, Jesslyn Blue wears many hats: actress, author, performance poet, editor, model,
educator, tarot reader, host, and curator. Her move from Neptune, NJ to the hustle of Newark,
where she currently resides, was prompted by the achievement of her B.A. in English from Rutgers
University. She is the author of C’est La Vie: The 2 nd Ed., her first full-length book of poems available
on Amazon. Blue has done fashion and promotional modeling and has produced poetry workshops,
slams, and art events. She has also done background acting for shows such as Orange is the New Black and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her first lead role in a short film, produced by DreamPlay Media and directed by Yuri Alves, is titled the One Take Poet Series and features her original poem as a heartfelt monologue. She counts her blessings daily, loves watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and never leaves home without her tarot deck.
Jesslyn's Youtube


KIM - Sabrina Aziz - IG@thesabrinaaziz
I am Sabrina Aziz. Born and raised in NYC. Love New York with all my heart and I have eyes for all “corners” of the earth and a soul yearning to seek new experiences and travels. I’m just another human being finding my own way in life. I’m on this wonderful journey and have been blessed with things I would have never expected and I’m super grateful for all of those moments. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. I hope that I can inspire many others to do the same because I feel like that’s what life is all about AND it’s beautiful. I’m all ears for friends and strangers. Feel free to cry on my shoulder and I’ll share with whomever what I can in terms of my own experiences or advice. I can go on and on but I’ll pause here. I’m looking forward to making a great difference in the world and I hope I will have many others who will support me and make my dreams come true.  ️
www.sabrinaaziz.com


VFX - MB X McClain 
MB X McClain is a director from New York City in the United States. He lived and studied in Asia when he was younger, and has spent 3 years living in both South Korea and Japan. MB is known for his work on the Syfy Channel original series "The internet ruined my life" and for being a show runner on the webseries "8 bit Philosophy" his Art and films have been displayed in various venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Italy.
MB's IMDB


Film Composer - Ibrahim
Ibrahim is a Canadian composer and producer of electronic and chillhop-inspired music. He is a member of the label Off The Jump, and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's composition program. His genre influences include jazz standards, chiptune, classical, future bass, minimalist, trap, lo-fi hip-hop, pop, and KR&B.
www.soundcloud.com/ibr
ibrahim's spotify

Storyboard Artist - Stef-O - 
Originally a New York native, Stephanie "Stef-o" DeJesus took the Oregon trail to Portland in search of love, learning, and affordable housing. Her passion for illustration began early in her childhood, demonstrated by her use of living room walls as a canvas in an apartment her parents no doubt never received the security deposit back on. Equipped with books, the Internet, and the power of observation, she is largely a self-taught artist, save for a few classes she'd taken at PCC to help sharpen her skills. She is currently a freelance digital artist that does commissions for character concept art, logos, comics, and is pleased to add storyboard art as well. Her most recent gig was doing a handful of guest comic pages for the webcomic Zircon Rose. 
Stef-O's Website




Wishlist

Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Air Diffuser

Costs $30

A scene requires an air diffuser. Important since smoke plays a role in the film.

Party Strobe Light

Costs $40

Party scene will require funky lights and a lot of them probably ;D

Easel

Costs $20

Susan is a painter

Canvases

Costs $60

Several canvases of any kind of size

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Susan's Sketchbook

Costs $15

Susan's main item throughout. Any sketchbook would work! Especially one's that been drawn in!

Drug addiction pamphlet

Costs $1

Could be a personal matter but if there is a spare pamphlet on drug addiction, send it my way.

Purple placebo pills

Costs $15

This one is a little more dangerous in context but the idea is to have purple pills. Only placebos!

Phosphene Cast

Costs $1,950

The kool kids who are breathing life into this written concept called Phosphene

Phosphene Crew

Costs $2,250

The folks who are putting in work to make this crazy trip look awesome

About This Team



Writer/Director/Editor  - Bryan Ribeiro - IG@phosphenefilm
Bryan Ribeiro is an  video editor, animator, and filmmaker. He was born in Queens. He grew up in Brazil and in the Bronx. He was a competitive swimmer, before college and ramen noodles hit him like a ton of cholesterol. He started his creative pursuits at a young age- making cat videos using Windows Movie Maker. Initially studying game design, he started having too much fun in time-based work and shifted to film. He studied Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design. The well-rounded course took detours into graphic design, web and game coding, woodworking, fashion, and film. After graduating, he met with some cool people and started making music videos, shorts, and recently completed his first feature film- psychological thriller HH. Since then he's worked for companies such as AMC, Sony, Universal, STXFilms, Macy's, and Nissan.
www.bryanribeiro.com


Cinematographer  - Patrick Schechter 
Instagram: @vhsultra - Patrick started his filmmaking career at Binghamton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He currently produces content for national news, and he previously worked for the leading independent content distributor in the United States. Patrick's films have been screened as part of a number of festivals including Videology's Local Showcase (Brooklyn, NY) & The Brainwash Movie Festival (Oakland, CA).  Patrick has a well-rounded knowledge of media, from production to distribution. He's worked on everything from narrative to documentary to news. His strong technical and editorial skills, his easygoing and professional nature, and his ability work under high-pressure deadlines make him an ideal crew member. His company, VHS ULTRA services NYC, New Jersey, and Westchester. He owns and operates a large variety of professional equipment including: Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera, and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses - 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm.  
http://www.patrickschechter.com/


Assistant Director - Jon Castro-Rojas - IG@joncastropro
Jon Castro is a Filmmaker, an advertising Art Director, and an all around creative ninja. Trained originally as a designer and animator, he transitioned into film over five years ago, where he has worked as Director, DP, and AD. His work can be seen in “a room without a view”, and “redistributed”, as well as many special-venue short films, and his thesis film Cinemensch. Jon is still a very active designer, and is always looking for ways to merge his two passions, film and design. Jon is a member of the graphic artist guild and freelancers union and has an associates degree from Full Sail University and a bachelor’s degree from The New School.
http://joncastro.pro/


Production Sound - Josh Govier - [email protected]
Josh Govier is a Audio Engineer based out of Southern Westchester. He recently obtained his Bachelors in Digital Media Production. He first ventured into the field of audio through playing in bands and making student films. Currently he works at The Paramount Theater and does freelance audio production for both films and music. His interests include the great outdoors, cartoons, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee."


Gaffer - Jonathan Alvarez - IG: Cuttingteef 
Beginner Rock Climber, Managing G&E Dept at LVR Rental house in Midtown Manhattan. He's worked with names such as Samsung, Eddie Bauer, Pediasure, St. Joseph`s College, Jhene Aiko, The Breaking Benjamins, Fetty Wapp Ect. He's had worked published on Funny or Die and IFC. Ardent Weekend Warrior who loves a good story, gardens, sustainability, tech and his lovely girlfriend. 
www.nycinejon.com


Production Assistant - Charles Grant 
He attended the Art institute of New York City for one year before venturing out to find experience on his own. Since then, he has worked as a writer/consultant for productions such as Fathers of the Dark Knight (Lions Roar Entertainment), 5 Clicks, Selected and Alexander Rease (Threshold Films). A writer by trade, he is also an experienced PA on set and editor in post production. "I try to get a taste of more than one job on each level of production, so I can better compliment those jobs when I write my stories".
Charle's Facebook


Production Assistant - Eric Grisanti 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5960276/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1



SUSAN - Ashley Rapuano

Ashley Rapuano is an actor and comedian originally from Las Vegas. Now based in New York, she spends her time doing improv, stand-up comedy, and looking for excuses to ride the train an hour and a half to the beach. She's been involved with the Cannes Film Festival, Cirque Du Soleil, and Nevada Conservatory Theater. She's excited to be involved in the Phosphene team! 
www.ashleyrapuano.com


BERNARDO - Javi Lopez - IG@jav_wad 
Javi Javwad Lopez is an avid skateboarder and digital media artist from the Bronx New York. He spends his time skating, creating fun photos, and directing short films related to skateboarding and hip-hop. He is involved with The Harold Hunter Foundation and organization raising money to help under privilege children have a path for skateboarding and The Battle for The Bronx skateboarding competition. He is excited to be apart of the Phosphene team!
www.javwad.com


MIRANDA - Evelyn Dumont - @evelyn_dumont 
She originally hails from the woods of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Acting from Adelphi University as well as trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Last summer she worked her second solo show at Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Residency. Recent credits include: EARTHRISE with Electric Eye Ensemble (Puppeteer/Performer), ALLS WELL (Countess), THE WINTER’S TALE (Shepherd) and HAMLET (Polonius) all with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, the thrilling podcast THE ROSE HILL DIARIES (Mary) created by James Weippert, and ZAGAT’s ‘Bad Brunchers’ online commercial. You may also catch her marching in the front row with her other favorite trombone players in the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corp Marching Band. 
www.evelyndumont.com


WHIT - Upenda Morton - www.facebook. com/upenda.morton
Upenda Morton is an American actress, and poet who hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia.  When she was nine, her parents enrolled her in ballet, jazz, tap, and drama courses where she discovered her love for artistic expression, specifically through poetry and acting.  Fascinated with film, television and everything dramatic, Upenda attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in 2012 where she graduated with an Associates in Film & Television and hasn’t looked back since. Her skills aren’t limited to the stage, either.  On a sunny city day, you may just find this award-winning athlete practicing her mean crossover on the basketball court or reciting one of her favorite poems that she has also created. You might even recognize her face from the Viral Short Pitch called (Raising Dion) which has been picked up by Netflix & scheduled to air in 2019. She gives thanks to her enormously generous and supportive family and friends.
Upenda's Vimeo


SAM - Jesslyn Blue - www.facebook.com/jesslynbluetheartist
As an artist, Jesslyn Blue wears many hats: actress, author, performance poet, editor, model,
educator, tarot reader, host, and curator. Her move from Neptune, NJ to the hustle of Newark,
where she currently resides, was prompted by the achievement of her B.A. in English from Rutgers
University. She is the author of C’est La Vie: The 2 nd Ed., her first full-length book of poems available
on Amazon. Blue has done fashion and promotional modeling and has produced poetry workshops,
slams, and art events. She has also done background acting for shows such as Orange is the New Black and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her first lead role in a short film, produced by DreamPlay Media and directed by Yuri Alves, is titled the One Take Poet Series and features her original poem as a heartfelt monologue. She counts her blessings daily, loves watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and never leaves home without her tarot deck.
Jesslyn's Youtube


KIM - Sabrina Aziz - @thesabrinaaziz
I am Sabrina Aziz. Born and raised in NYC. Love New York with all my heart and I have eyes for all “corners” of the earth and a soul yearning to seek new experiences and travels. I’m just another human being finding my own way in life. I’m on this wonderful journey and have been blessed with things I would have never expected and I’m super grateful for all of those moments. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. I hope that I can inspire many others to do the same because I feel like that’s what life is all about AND it’s beautiful. I’m all ears for friends and strangers. Feel free to cry on my shoulder and I’ll share with whomever what I can in terms of my own experiences or advice. I can go on and on but I’ll pause here. I’m looking forward to making a great difference in the world and I hope I will have many others who will support me and make my dreams come true.  ️
www.sabrinaaziz.com


VFX - MB X McClain 
MB X McClain is a director from New York city in the united states. He lived and studied in Asia when he was younger, and has spent 3 years living in both South Korea and Japan. MB is known for his work on the Syfy Channel original series "The internet ruined my life" and for being a show runner on the webseries "8 bit Philosophy" his Art and films have been displayed in various venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Italy.
MB's IMDB


Film Composer - Ibrahim
Ibrahim is a Canadian composer and producer of electronic and chillhop-inspired music. He is a member of the label Off The Jump, and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's composition program. His genre influences include jazz standards, chiptune, classical, future bass, minimalist, trap, lo-fi hip-hop, pop, and KR&B.
www.soundcloud.com/ibr
ibrahim's spotify


Storyboard Artist - Stef-O
Originally a New York native, Stephanie "Stef-o" DeJesus took the Oregon trail to Portland in search of love, learning, and affordable housing. Her passion for illustration began early in her childhood, demonstrated by her use of living room walls as a canvas in an apartment her parents no doubt never received the security deposit back on. Equipped with books, the internet, and the power of observation, she is largely a self-taught artist, save for a few classes she'd taken at PCC to help sharpen her skills. She is currently a freelance digital artist that does commissions for character concept art, logos, comics, and is pleased to add storyboard art as well. Her most recent gig was doing a handful of guest comic pages for the webcomic Zircon Rose. 
Stef-O's Website

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