Talk to Me in Silence

New York City, New York | Film Short

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Campbell Symes

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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Talk to Me in Silence explores the relationship between mother and daughter, when the roles of caregiving are reversed. The story depicts a mother’s struggle with aging; and her daughter’s attempt to cultivate positive moments with her.

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Mission Statement

Both Christina Toth and I (Campbell Symes) personally identify with the the challenges and joys of being raised by single mothers. We sought to create a film that portrays women rising as knights in times of hardship, without shying from the despair of losing those we love too soon.

The Story

Story

Which memory will you keep?

Christina Toth's script arose from a collection of inspirations drawn from the overwhelming fear of losing one’s sense of identity through memory loss, and the impact it brings on a family.Told through the experience of a single afternoon, the film follows a mother and daughter as they come together to bake bread. The film asks the viewer:

How can we find meaning in sharing time together when that time is bound by the resilience of fading memory? How can we cultivate moments of communion in the context of the challenges of aging?

Talk to Me in Silence is about a mother’s struggle with reality, and her daughter’s attempt to cultivate positive moments with her. It’s about making every second of their mutual present count.

About Women, by Women.

Our film is very much informed by female perspectives both in it's content, and creation. The project was written, directed, and produced by women. Both writer/actor/producer Christina Toth and actor/producer Campbell Symes, personally identify with the project’s themes of the challenges and joys of being raised by single mothers.

Characters

Chloe

Chloe is attempting to forge new memories with her mother. Their past wasn’t always easy, but in the present moment, Chloe has the power to foster a positive relationship with her mother. Keenly aware of her mother's age and declining condition, Chloe actively seeks to create, and preserve, loving memories of her mother.

 

Claire

An independent woman herself, Claire always sought to help her daughter grow into a confident woman capable of holding her ground. Despite her best intentions, Claire's attempts to guide Chloe into her vision of a model, modern woman manifested in strict, impatient parenting and sowed strife between the two women as Chloe entered adolescence. 

Mark

With Claire and Chloe frequently in conflict, Mark became the peacekeeper of the household. Mark constantly sought to ease tensions between the two, with humor and patience.

Creatives and Crew

Our team was incredibly fortunate to be led by director Julia 秀英 Ngeow. We were thrilled when Luc Ung joined our team as our Director of Photography. Our project is produced by Amy DePaola, Robin Galloway, Emily Miller (who additionally served as first AD), Campbell Symes, and Christina Toth. Bria Josephs served as Production Designer. 

Julia 秀英 Ngeow (left) and Luc Ung on set shooting exterior scenes. 

 

Project Status

Talk to Me in Silence was shot in rural PA over a course of three days earlier this summer. Through a combination of Bria Josephs' production design modifications and cinematic magic tricks, we transformed location to span generations.

While we have completed principal photograpy, there is still much to do to bring Talk to Me in Silence to life, and to audiences!

Funding Coverage

Funding raised through Seed and Spark will contribute to covering our post production costs including professional editing, sound mixing, color correction, and the purchase of music rights. Additionally funding will help us share and market our film. Donations will also be utilized for fesitval submissions, poster design, and potentially traveling key representatives to relevant festivals (Covid dependent). Any funds raised exceeding our campaign goal will go towards reimbursing initial production investments and associated shooting costs.

We cannot thank you enough for your interest in our work, and your consideration of supporting our film reach the finish line. We can't wait to share our movie with you.

With appreciation,

Campbell Symes

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Editing

Costs $1,500

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Music Rights

Costs $350

$350 covers the legal rights for music included in our film for festival distribution.

Poster Design

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Sound

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Color Correction

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Festival Submission

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$1500 will cover the costs associated with submitting our film for festival consideration.

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Stipend for Festival Travel

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Marketing

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About This Team

Julia Ngeow (Director)

Julia 秀英 Ngeow is an Australian film director and screenwriter who has created films across the globe. Driven by a passion to uncover truth and cultivate empathy through storytelling, Julia has created documentaries, narratives, music videos and commercials that explore psychology and the physics of reality with a focus on interconnectedness and human vulnerability. 

Many of Julia’s recent films explore the intersection between art and science. She has a background in STEM, and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors in Biophysics. Julia currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. https://www.juliangeow.com/

Christina Toth (Writer, Producer, Actor)

Christina Toth is an actress and writer from Montreal. She is best known for her work as Annalisa Damiva in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black (seasons 6-7). Some of Christina’s stage work include David Bowie’s LAZARUS directed by Ivo van Hove at the New York Theatre Workshop, (A)Loft Modulation - a play with jazz, directed by Christopher McElroen and produced by the american vicarious at A.R.T. Theatres, The Woolgatherer directed by Chazz Palminteri. In July of 2021, she starred in new work by John Patrick Shanley for New York audiences. Christina is currently writing a feature film. http://www.christinatoth.com/

Luc Ung  (Director of Photography)

Luc Ung is a Franco-Chinese cinematographer based in New York City. His love for cinema finds its roots in the streets of La Rochelle, France, when a fortunate encounter led him to the La Rochelle International Film Festival; a yearly cinephilic celebration. Since graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Luc has been working as a freelance cinematographer and set electric for Local 52. His influences include cinematographers Sven Nykvist, Darius Khondji, Mark Lee Ping-Bing as well as directors Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Céline Sciamma, Lynne Ramsay and Ingmar Bergman. https://www.lucung.com/

Bria Josephs (Production Design)

Bria graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Photography.  Born in Miami, FL and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she is an adaptable Visual Designer with talent in creating stunning work - whether for film, advertising, or commercial and residential spaces. https://www.briajosephs.com/

Amy DePaola (Producer)

Born and raised in North Jersey, Amy DePaola, is an artist with decades of experience on both sides of the camera. She believes in equality on and off screen. Amy is a trusted storyteller and has worked with The CW, Netflix, YouTube Originals, Participant Media, Sports Illustrated, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and BRIC TV to name a few. Her upcoming short film I'M BRINGING JOHNNY HOME is based on true events and seeks to bring empowerment to those who suffer from addiction. She holds an MFA in Film from Emerson College and is the founder of the development and production company Pink Among Men. For more visit www.amydepaola.com and www.pinkamongmen.com

Robin Galloway (Producer)

Robin is a NYC-based actress and producer and currently represents LA-based Gramercy Park Entertainment as a producer and talent manager. She is the Founder/CEO of P-38 Lightning Productions Inc., and specializes in film & TV development, aquisitions, distribution & talent management. From 2019 - 2021, she worked as a buyer for Film Movement touring the world's largest film festivals & has also worked in production for Sony Pictures Entertaiment & FOX/TNT. Robin grew up in four different countries, primarily in Europe and Asia and this background greatly influences her passion for international & multicultural stories in film, theatre and music. MFA Brown University. robingalloway.org

Emily Miller (1st AD/Producer)

Emily Miller is an alumni of the NYU Undergraduate Film program, where she worked as a TA in both production and post-production. In addition to producing and assistant directing, Emily currently works as an Office Coordinator for a small indie production company.

Campbell Symes (Actor/Producer)

Campbell Symes is a recent graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, where she studied the Meisner technique. She has worked on sets big and small with projects ranging from student films, to indie shorts, to network commercials, to Netflix and Amazon projects. She founded her production company, My Absent Wife Productions, in 2021. Prior to these experiences worked as a teacher. She received her BFA from Bennington College, where she studied English, Education, and Theatre. https://www.campbell.actor/

Katherine Wallach (Actor)

Katherine is an actress, artist, and farmer known for her film work in Goodfellas, The King of Comedy and Gangs of New York. Katherine is the daughter of actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. Fun trivia: Marilyn Monroe was her regular babysitter.

Jamie Craib (Actor)

Jamie is a Scottish actor based in New York City. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and with the Barrow Group in NYC.  Before pursuing his lifelong dream of acting, Jamie received his Bachelors of Education in Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh. He then worked as a High School PE Teacher in Scotland for 9 years. https://www.jamiecraib.com/

 

 

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