Mission StatementThis film encourages women and girls to take risks and to make strong choices in the face of fear and the crushing pressure of conformity. With a cast and crew led by women and non-binary people, we will not only present examples of these values in our film but also in our approach to creating it.
About The Project
Mildred lives inside The Library: the only thing remaining in a desolate Universe. She moves through a scheduled routine commanded by a bell that triggers the citizens of The Library to rotate to the next section. They may only ever spend five minutes on any one subject at a time.
Relationships are cultivated in spite of restricted speaking and forbidden affection.
Her friend, Philip, has a secret.
He has found a resistance: a group of people who believe there is something outside the library and that the Librarians are holding them hostage.
As the pair navigate their fear of change and of the Librarians alongside their growing feelings for each other, Mildred must make a choice: stay in the Library - the only home she’s ever known - or go out The Door, which may lead to freedom or to the end of everything.
Our stellar cast includes Ava Atwood (MTV's Finding Carter, SiREN), Carson Blyskal (High School Bully), Molly Graves (The Good Lord Bird, MacGyver), and Strother Stingley (Cold Storage). Jennifer Trudrung (Halloween Kills, The Vampire Diaries, Goosebumps) joins for the prologue above as Mildred's Mother. Other cast members include Betsy Puckett (Unbreakable: Live to Tell, Swamp Murders).
Joining our wonderful cast, Executive Producer/Writer/Director Missy Bell and Producer Madeline Tesh lead a highly experienced and award-winning production team including Director of Photography Brad Hoover (recently: Compassion parts 2 and 3, Magic Camera), Composer Neil Lee Griffin (The Nest, The Good Things Devils Do), and Editor/Colorist Michael Bell (The Woodsman, Ink). Additional crew members include Sound Engineer Bill Pivetta (Here There Be Tygers, The Night Courier).
Libraries are places both of nostalgia and mystery. They encompass worlds within worlds - whether you enter the realm of a library for research or escape, there are many paths within you can take.
Capturing the nostalgia of worn pages, muted colors, and hours spent walking through the shelved books is vital to our story. While our library may be at the end of the universe, it is a library after all.
But along with this very potent nostalgia is also a mystery - both of what is between the covers of the books on the shelves, but also between our two characters, and what does (or doesn't?!) exist outside of those book-lined walls.
Our visual inspiration for The Library at the End of the Universe comes from the dusty muted colors of the libraries we grew up in, greens, and browns, and golden reading lamps. But it also leans into the mysteries that this library in particular holds. The shadows have something to say, and the well-worn fabrics of the character's clothes evoke memories of our own daydreams of a world within a world.
Our production staff's goal is to balance frugality with our strong belief that people deserve to be paid for their work. With your help, we can accomplish both! See below for a breakdown of our budgeted costs. If we are able to raise more than our goal, we will be able to host a screening as well as submit the film to festivals (and even attend them!).
We have already locked our shoot dates, locations, cast, and crew. We will be filming overnights from Jan 6 to Jan 10 to make the best use of our actors' time off school and the extended darkness the winter provides. We won't get another chance with this combination for another year! In order to keep to this timeline while keeping everyone safe, we're taking many extra precautions for covid, including requiring masks and negative covid tests for everyone on set. Once we hit our goal, we'll hit the ground running and have cameras rolling only a few days later. You can expect to see a finished product by the late spring or early summer; we work efficiently!
Our society preaches that we have opportunities to do whatever we choose if we put our minds to it, but then does not give us ample time to explore what this actually means. We must work, maintain our homes, raise children, etc.
It is as if we are constantly moving through the library on a 5-minute timer with the inability to ever fully digest anything. We are forced to digest knowledge as quickly as we can: TikTok, Instagram, and other media because we are constantly grinding.
We don’t have time to question, because we don’t have time to learn, explore, and grow.
In 2020 many of us were able to break out of this cycle. While we were confined to our homes, (like Mildred was confined to the library) so many of us realized what is important to us, and began seeking a new path, breaking free of the traditional grind. In the library, Mildred is doing just that.
In additional to the story being important, our approach to it is as well; filmmaking is one of the truly collaborative art forms, where to create a fully realized vision, many minds and voices must come together. Each aspect of filmmaking requires different skills and viewpoints, and talents.
In the traditionally male-dominated world of cinema - women, queer, transgender, and non-binary persons deserve more opportunities for their voices to be heard. The Library at the End of the Universe inspires just that. Our crew is made of a diverse group of people who are passionate about collaborative storytelling, and education.
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About This Team
Our campaign team is comprised of passionate, experienced filmmakers from various genres and life experiences. With multiple successful campaigns under our belts, we are ready to take on the unique challenges the campaign for The Library at the End of the Universe presents. With this team comprised mostly of production staff for the film itself, we are personally invested in the success of this campaign, this project, and all the future possibilities this project will generate. Join us in this endeavor by donating to the campaign and follow along as we build the world of The Library at the End of the Universe together.
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