Summer's End

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | Film Short

Drama, LGBTQ

Grant Conversano

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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Elliott, a closeted queer teen, catches his father cheating on his mother with a younger man during a family beach vacation. Summer's End is about a father and son confronting each other in their fear.

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Mission Statement

In certain parts of the country, there's still a danger in being yourself. We're telling this story now because we're living in a very tense time in a divided country, and we want to focus on queer characters in a southern context, navigating a culture that is at odds with who they are.

The Story

AS OF DECEMBER 21 WE ARE AT 80% OF OUR GOAL!

Our film has recevied the green light to go into production!

We also want to let everyone know that we've received a pledge from an anonymous donor that will provide a 1:1 match of up to $5,000 for all donations made between today and January 5th! This means that your support will now be doubled!

Now we need your help to reach our stretch goal of $25,000 before our campaign closes on January 5th!

 

PRODUCTION TIMELINE

PRODUCTION | 5 Shooting Days | February 2023

POST PRODUCTION | Picture, Sound, and Color | Spring 2023

DISTRIBUTION | Festival Submissions | Fall 2023

Together we founded our production company Apple House Pictures during the height of the pandemic in the summer of 2020. In our first two years, we learned how to make documentaries, music videos, and commercials with a small budget and no crew.

With our previous short films, we've found success playing at the Austin Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, The Davey Fest, National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Fantasia Film Festival, and Film Diary NYC. Our shorts have been featured online by PBS, NoBudge, Director's Notes, and Short of the Week. 

After spending our first few years out of film school working behind the scenes at the Sundance Institute and Telluride Film Festival, we are ready to make Summer's End with a talented group of collaborators. Once completed - we aim to premiere it at a top-tier film festival, we will then release the film online via a platform and step into our feature filmmaking career!

- Grant and Adam

As the sun rises through a motel window, we see Elliott waking up from a one-night stand with an older married couple on vacation. He quietly puts on his clothes and steps out while they sleep. He walks along a beach to an old run-down hotel overlooking the ocean where his family is staying for their trip. When Elliott logs back onto the hookup app he's been using to escape his family’s dysfunction, he comes across a post that appears to be made by his father. Elliott becomes determined to uncover the truth of his family’s situation even if it means ruining this beach vacation. 

 

We are driven by an autobiographical impulse to translate our inner lives into photographs, paintings, and films that show the space where reality, dreams, and memories meet. We are interested in this unspoken dimension of human interaction. Our work has been influenced most by filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, Andrei Tarkovsky, Lynne Ramsay, Terrence Malick, Eliza Hittman, Leos Carax, Wong Kar-Wai, Gus Van Sant, Xavier Dolan, David Lynch, and Eric Rohmer. 

 

 

COVID-19 POLICY 

The safety of everybody involved in the making of this film is of the utmost importance. The production will adhere to the current SAG COVID-19 policies, as well as local government laws in South Carolina, including testing and PPE when applicable. The Production will have a designated person with specialized training, responsibility, and authority for COVID-19 safety compliance and enforcement, and such person shall be physically present on the production to monitor and enforce COVID-19 safety protocols beginning from crew call and continuing until wrap. 

 

For further interest in becoming a financier of this film, or inquiries about collaboration:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: applehousepictures.com 

Instagram: @applehousepictures

 

 

 

 

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Covid Contingency

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We need to plan for the unknown! Our Covid contingency will cover PPE, masks, and testing.

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About This Team

 

Grant & Adam Conversano are queer siblings who grew up between North and South Carolina. They are both alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Filmmaking program. They are now based in Brooklyn, New York where they make documentary and commercial work alongside their narrative films under their production company Apple House Pictures Their short films have been featured on the PBS program Film School Shorts, NoBudge, Directors Notes, & Short of the Week and have played at the Austin Film Festival, The Denver Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, The Davey Fest, NFFTY, and the Fantasia Film Festival.

Catherine Miller is a Prop Master and Producer that has been involved in the film and television industry for over 15 years. She is best known for her work as a Prop Master collaborating closely with Ben Stiller (Severance), The Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems), Derek Cianfrance (I Know This Much Is True), Brit Marling, and Zal Batmanglig (Retreat) among others. Her work on Severance was featured in the New York Times and her creation of the iconic diamond-encrusted Furby for Uncut Gems was reported by Vulture. In 2022, Miller was tapped to be the lead Severance creative consultant for Apple TV+'s San Diego Comic-Con activation Miller is a former professional dancer and a graduate of the UNCSA School of Dance. She had a starring role in the feature film (Five Dances) Directed by Alan Brown.

 

 

Tiger Ji is an award-winning writer/director from Hong Kong who immigrated to New York. His first film, PLUTO screened at the Woods Hole Film Festival, Cinema on the Bayou, and Kansas City Film Festival (winner, Emerging Filmmakers Award). His previous short film, WUHAN DRIVER, caught the attention of EP Jonathan Sanger (ELEPHANT MAN), and went on to screen at festivals including Academy-Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival (winner, Filmmaker of the Future Award), LA Shorts Fest, Asian American International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (winner, Audience Award). Tiger is currently in Post-Production for his upcoming proof-of-concept short, DEATH & RAMEN, starring comedian Bobby Lee and actor Matt Jones (BREAKING BAD). A past student of arthouse filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (LA CIÉNAGA), and upcoming participant of 2022 Short to Feature Lab led by Jim Cummings (THUNDER ROAD), Tiger aims to create films that bridge cultural boundaries and "poke the bear".

 

 

Violette Trotter is a Casting Director, and Street Scout. She blends actors and "real people," to create realistic worlds within filmmaking. She is currently Casting Directing two Feature Films, set to shoot in early 2023. As a Casting Assistant, Researcher, and Street Scout, she has worked in Film & TV, Commercial Work, and Editorial Fashion under Geraldine Barón & Salome Oggenfuss (Casting Double) some notable clients she's worked with have been Neon, A24, HBO, Amazon Studios, Hulu, Flies Collective, Beyoncé, Brockhampton, Nike, Urban Decay, New Balance, Play Girl Magazine, and Numéro Netherlands.

 

 

Graham Lutes is attached to play ELLIOTT. He is an actor known for Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) and Don't Tell a Soul (2020).

 

 

Michael Abbott Jr. is attached to play HARPER. He is best known for his film roles in A24’s The Death of Dick Long, The Dark and The Wicked, In The Radiant City, and four films with Jeff Nichols beginning with his debut feature Shotgun Stories. TV roles include Fear The Walking Dead, The Blacklist, Daredevil and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2023 he will appear in Organ Trail (Paramount), The Last Stop In Yuma County, The Bikeriders (20th Century), Fallout (Amazon) and Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple). 

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