Mission StatementBaylie and Josh are huge advocates of bringing film productions back to Florida. This short film is just the beginning of Beau’s journey that they plan to develop into a feature with the hopes of continuing to shoot in the sunshine state.
About The Project
Beau discovers that his family’s tales about pirates that sailed into his town over three hundred years ago and the hunt for the Queen’s lost dowry still exists today. Against all odds, he finds himself lured into finding the dowry himself and searching for the answers he was left questioning years ago.
Why This Film...
What makes this story special, is that it incorporates the true history of Florida and the wonders of the Treasure Coast. The Treasure Coast is called such because, over three hundred years ago, the Spanish Plate Fleet was destroyed in a violent and vicious storm leaving in its wrath an enormous trail of treasure along and on the ocean floor. A whopping $200 million of escudos, royales, and the most beautiful, ornate jewels and treasures created specifically for the new Queen of Spain, Elizabetta or Isabella Farnese sank to the ocean floor. Pirates from all over the globe were inspired to sail into town to plunder the massive wreckage. Three hundred years later, treasure enthusiasts and history buffs still dive to the ocean floor in search of the Queen's lost dowry.
Today, treasure hunters (the modern-day pirate) have spent/spend an inordinate amount of time searching for the Queen’s Jewels, the alleged lost dowry of Queen Isabella Farnese. It’s been reported that only 30% of the known treasure that went missing in the sinking of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet has been recovered.
We hope to capture the attention of the history buffs, the locals who have come to call the Treasure Coast home, as well as the eyes and minds of Hollywood with hopes of bringing this historical short film, and the legend that revolves around it to life.
We aspire to get this onto your screens at home as a feature film!
We Are Filming In Florida!
Both our Producer, Baylie Barnes, and our Writer/Director, Josh Friedman are huge advocates of bringing film productions back to Florida.
It's heavily known that Florida's film productions have declined since Florida revoked the film incentive in 2014. Without Florida's rebate, we are hoping to finance a quality film in which we will fund with the contributions from this campaign.
Fully aware that Florida has lost some of its "film thunder" due to its lack of film funding policies, we are up to the challenge of creating a locally-based, and historically driven film.
The economic benefits of bringing industry work to the state not only augments the production, but also provides job opportunities and creative outlets for the community. We hope this brings awareness of film-induced tourism to the state.
With this short film, we hope to showcase Florida's beautiful locations, talented cast, and hardworking crew members in hopes others will be inspired to choose Florida as their next shooting location.
Baylie has been an active member of Film Florida, writing letters to our state representatives with the intent of enlightening them on behalf of the benefits of shooting in the sunshine state.
We also pledge to only use locally-owned restaurants for our catering needs!
Collaborating with Local Artist Jim Flood!
Jim Flood is a local, Floridian artist who specializes in painting the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet.
We are excited to announce his art will be featured in our film as a part of our set design of/for Beau's house. Jim has also generously offered a digital download of one of his paintings as an incentive for your contribution to our project.
His paintings have previously been used on the set of a 20th Century Fox film, and at the Memphis Exhibition featuring the Titanic in 1997. In addition to his art, he is an avid maritime historian and an accomplished musician.
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Also Collaborating with Nelson Makes Art!
Every masterpiece Nelson paints always begins by building off of light that ripples outward onto water, leaves, concrete, etc. He aims to bring the wonder of light to commonplace scenes, making them extraordinary, or finding unusual places where light takes on a new meaning. Fun fact, he usually paints while in flip-flops.
Notable commissions include custom-painted surfboards for Grammy nominee, Jimmy Buffet, and a commercial art series for El Yucateco Hot Sauce. Nelson’s original art is featured in 12 House of Blues sites throughout the U.S. One of his notable works include working with Grammy-recognized EDM recording artist, Ryan Farish to create hand-painted art for his new album cover and singles.
We are excited to announce his art will also be featured in our film as a part of our set design of/for Beau's house.
Nelson has also generously offered 5 exclusive hand-painted necklaces as an incentive for your contribution to our project!
We Are A COVID Safe Set!
Producer, Baylie Barnes received her COVID Compliance Officer Training from Safe Sets International.
We will be ensuring our set meets COVID Compliance regulations mandating mask ordinances for all cast and crew, COVID rapid tests before anyone starts to work, as well as periodically and properly sanitizing all surfaces. All crafty and catering will be prepackaged to prevent contamination.
All crew members in direct contact with actors will have to wear a face shield, as well as their KN95 mask.
OUR FESTIVAL CIRCUIT PLAN!
Once our project is completed, we plan on diving into the festival circuit. We are targeting highly respected festivals such as the Miami Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, and of course Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival to start.
Outside of Florida, we are aiming high! We plan to submit this film to Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, as well as the world-renowned, Sundance Film Festival!
Meet Our Cast!
Tyler Crispen is an American actor and TV personality best-known for the CBS television shows “Big Brother” and “The Bold & the Beautiful”. Before jumping into the entertainment industry in 2018 Tyler guarded the shores of Hilton Head Island, SC as a beach lifeguard for 5 years, and is a true beach lover to this day.
Myrom Kingery has been cast as our SKIPPY! He got his big break starting out as a background extra. Since then, he’s acted in over 50 big film and TV shows as well as many commercials.
Who better than Andrea Bachus than to play one of the KEY roles in our film? Andrea was the first woman to play the role of an African-American mother in a Walt Disney advertisement.
As a young girl, she would walk runways in her high-heels dreaming of becoming a professional model. Since then, she has gone on to work professionally in the modeling industry having worked with many prestigious brands and names, not to mention she went on to open four stores for Tiffany and Co!
Meet John Leary! Before acting, John spent years working on processing software for the Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. He has several film credits and appeared in the series finale of “Homicide Hunter” on the Discovery Network.
Ray Avecedo will be playing the role of FEDERICO in our film! Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He’s a former member of the band Menudo, developing his acting skills at a very early age in the Spanish, TV Series, Forever Friends. Then polishing his theatre skills later in Off-Broadway, NYC. He recently appeared as the cruel warden Ramos in the Feature Film American Sicario. Ray also resides in Florida!
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About This Team
Meet The Writer/Director!
Josh Friedman is a multi-award-winning filmmaker both internationally and nationally, currently living in Vero Beach, FL. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Creative Writing minor that he obtained from Jacksonville University (2013).
We are excited to showcase his talent here on/in the beautiful Treasure Coast of Florida.
Meet the Producer!
Baylie Barnes is a Florida native currently residing in Miami, Florida. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Art & Science with a concentration in Producing, as well as a minor in Talent Management from Columbia College Chicago (2016). In 2020, she graduated from Pepperdine University with a Masters of Legal Studies specializing in Entertainment Law.
She comes from diverse industry experience ranging on-set for TV, Film, and Commercials as well as working in the office for production companies and talent managers.
Baylie is an avid member of Women in Film FL and Film Florida.
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Meet the Associate Producer!
Kavoosh Mohajeri has a background in basic sciences and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Florida State College at Jacksonville, is pursuing Executive Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Florida.
He was founder of Mobtronic LLC, serving local commercial businesses with IT/Network support. Currently he serves as the Treasurer of the Health Administration Student Association. Kavoosh is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives pursuing Fellow, and a mentor in a junior youth spiritual empowerment program.
Meet the Director of Photography!
Casey McBeath is a multi-award-winning cinematographer based in LA, with over a decade of experience in professional filmmaking. He has been a filmmaker since childhood, having had oodles of life experience from his time in the military, law-enforcement, selling cars, and even managing local restaurants. Casey brings endless resourcefulness and creativity to every situation.
We are ecstatic to bring him from the West Coast to the East Coast for this film!
Meet the Production Designer!
We are thrilled to bring on Jessica Rosales as the film’s Production Designer. Based in South Florida, and a former hobbyist prop builder, she’s translated that passion to set and prop design!
She's worked on award-winning, indie films such as "Huracan" and "My Daughter Yoshiko." She's also worked on music videos for bands such as Miami's very own Palomino Blond.
Meet the Gaffer!
Kevin Guzman is a gaffer based out of South Florida. He’s worked on many projects spanning from feature films, short films, to commercial work and music videos. His biggest work up to date is a feature film called "My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To", Directed by Jonathan Cuartas. He graduated from Miami Dade College with a Bachelor's in Film TV and Digital Production. He has accumulated four years of experience on set in the lighting department and we are proud to announce him as part of the team.
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