The Next Play

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania | Film Feature

Drama, Sport

Koula Kazista

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In the intense world of high school field hockey, Reese, a resilient perfectionist, struggles to uphold her family's legacy despite an injury and relentless pressure from her demanding mom and failing team. Talented newcomer, Cait, shakes things up with Reese as she tries to defend her status.

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Mission Statement

As women filmmakers, we're dedicated to telling the story of field hockey shining a light on an often overlooked aspect of girls sports, featuring team dynamics. We're committed to showcasing the competitive spirit, strength, and resilience as well as tackling the pressures young people face today.

The Story

"THE NEXT PLAY" WILL BE THE FIRST FIELD HOCKEY MOVIE MADE IN THE USA!


The story explores themes of friendship, sisterhood, and the challenges faced by a closely-knit, yet competitive, group of athletes. This film will stand out because, beyond its classification as a sports movie, it examines the depths of the individual behind the athlete.


As a team of sisters who serve as both the writers and directors, we believe we are the ideal individuals to bring this film to life due to our firsthand experiences. We have witnessed our daughters deal with the complexities of team dynamics, providing us with valuable insights into the day-to-day interactions and hardships they face.


Through the use of compelling characters and a layered storyline, viewers will easily connect with the characters in our film. Lecturing and talking at kids can only get you so far. With the use of a visual media like film, we believe we will create a conversation at another level about mental health in sports.


We want to make a change!










Film stills from "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Dead Poet's Society," and "Mustang"


Film Stills from "Mustang," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and "Heathers"





"The Next Play" is currently in its development stage and seeks to continue to raise funds over the next year in order to shoot in the summer of 2025. We will utilize this crowd fundraising platform to kick off our fundraising process through the next year.


BUDGET NEEDED TO SHOOT "THE NEXT PLAY": $156,500


ALREADY RAISED: $40,000 - We are proud to say we have been working this past year on securing relationships and partners for the film and have already raised part of the film's budget.


STAGE 1: $31,500 - dedicated to securing production expenses for the film - THIS PLATFORM!!


OTHER FUNDRAISING EVENTS THROUGH THE YEAR - $25,000 (Screenings, red carpet press event on June 27, etc)


STAGES 2 and 3: $30,000 - will be dedicated to additional production expenses (second crowdfunding platform Feb, 2025-March 2025)


MONEY FROM PA TAX OFFICE: $30,000


TOTAL FOR PRODUCTION: $156,500





STRETCH GOALS STAGE 1 GOAL FOR THIS PLATFORM: $31,500


IF WE RAISE OVER THIS AMOUNT IT WILL HELP US IN OUR SECOND CROWD FUNDRAISER EARLY NEXT YEAR

IF WE RAISE $36,500 - this will pay our 1st AD Costs

IF WE RAISE $41,500 - this will pay our Set PA Costs

IF WE RASIE $46,500 - this will pay a portion of our Cast Costs













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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONSIDERING OUR PROJECT!

Katina and Koula


Wishlist

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Camera

Costs $10,000

A quality camera package rental will make the film look amazing!

Wardrobe

Costs $2,500

Costumes substantially define and bring our main characters' personalities to life.

Make-Up and Hair

Costs $3,500

Beauty makeup is crucial in making our hockey players look like real athletes out there!

Grip/Electric

Costs $15,500

The grip and electric departments will help us bring our film to life.

About This Team

Koula Sossiadis Kazista - Writer/Director/Producer

Koula has worked in film production on numerous movies including "Far From Heaven," "Anger Management" and "School of Rock." Koula and her husband presently own and operate their own company, Monster Remotes, a specialized film equipment rental company. The company’s most recent film credits include “Joker: Folie à Deux” and “Leave the World Behind” as well as episodic television such as "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Severance” and “Succession."

In 2017, Koula and her sister, Katina, wrote and directed their first feature film entitled, “Epiphany.” The award-winning film did well in the festival circuit and landed distribution at BMG Entertainment.



Katina Sossiadis - Writer/Director

Katina began her film career by working in the film industry in New York City on such films as "Far From Heaven" and "Analyze That." Katina wrote and co-directed a short film, "Lynn’s Wake", with her sister. The film was accepted and well-received at several film festivals such as the Austin Film

Festival. She also completed a documentary, "Virgins of New York," which had success at several festivals such as the Black Maria Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, and more. She was an Associate Producer on Dan Roebuck's "Getting Grace" in the summer of 2016.



Beth Clausnitzer - Producer

Beth has served as both a producer and casting director on several films in the Lehigh Valley. They include the short episodic film called "Control," "In This Moment," "Who's There," and "Purple Heart," as well as five feature films, "Killian and the Comeback Kids," "Lucky Louie," "The Hail Mary," "12 To Midnight," "Tuesdays Flu," and "Saint Nick of Bethlehem." Producing is her niche, being involved in all departments behind the scenes such as casting, wardrobe, catering, art department, props, crew, extras, locations, etc.



Kate Hughes - Associate Producer

With over a decade of advocating for -as well as pursuing- equality, education, and safety for all females, Kate now utilizes her comedy platform to further this mission. During the pandemic, and through job loss, isolation, and fear, Kate knew she needed to do something to navigate through the current, widespread mental health crisis. Determined to make a difference, with unparalleled energy, donning a big smile and a "sparkle suit," Kate definitely has something laughable to say when she grabs the mic. Whether you know her from the corporate world, the stage, the screen, or her iHeart Radio show, one thing's for sure - Kate has definitely made you chuckle!



Patrick Capone, ASC - Cinematographer

Patrick has been the cinematographer for the HBO series “Succession” since its inception. He shot the opening season of Sara Bareilles’s “Little Voice” for Apple TV and two seasons of Garry Trudeau’s “Alpha House,” a political satire streaming series produced by Amazon Studios. He was the second unit director for Tate Taylor on “Girl on a Train.” Patrick has collaborated with directors Adam McKay, Bong Joon-Ho, Joe Wright, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Demme, John Wells, Paul Feig, Nancy Meyers, Ben Stiller, Harold Ramis, M. Night Shyamalan, John Patrick Stanley, and Sam Mendes as their chosen second unit Director of Photography.



Flying Monster - Drone Work

Flying Monster is an Emmy Award-winning company that operates out of Clifton, NJ.

Credits for the company include features such as “West Side Story,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Free Guy,” “Shazam,” “21 Bridges,” and the following series “Severence,” “The Last of Us,” “Billions,” “Madam Secretary,” and many others.

In 2020 the crew won an Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction and Camerawork for "Late Night with John Oliver."



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