By Kellie Lambert McGuire
A pair of New York student filmmakers have chosen Southington as the perfect American town for an upcoming short film.
Producer Kendell Haney and writer/director Paul Head, students at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, will be filming scenes from Head’s short film “Clean Sheets” from April 5 to April 7. The pair came to Southington during Hurricane Sandy because Jon Crevier, who is one-half of the film’s catering team, hails from the town.
“We spent five days in your town and absolutely loved the area and the suburban aesthetics; Paul felt it was exactly what he’d been picturing,” Haney said. “Before we left, Paul was asking me if it would be possible to shoot there, and that became our goal.”
“Clean Sheets” is a story about a closeted, gay high school senior named Craig, who is finally noticed by his mother as changing human being.
The film chronicles simple, personal moments in daily life, as well Craig’s relationship with a college freshmen, and culminates into a transparent vision of Craig finally actualized by his mother.
“We all come to a point when we discover our parents are more than just mom and dad, that they have a life beyond us,” Haney said. “In the same respect, parents eventually discover their children’s loss of innocence. It is about when we learn to accept one another as fleshed out beings.”
The film features a crew of 13 and a cast of three traveling to Southington for the three-day filming session. To fund the on-location shoot, the filmmakers turned to a new relatively new trend: Online fundraising.
The student filmmakers created a page on Indiegogo.com, and raised $2,642, which was over the goal of $2,500.
“Indiegogo has been a great resource not only for fundraising, but just for getting the word out about the film and raise some awareness.
“Clean Sheets” will be submitted to many festivals, including locally in New York, as well as larger events like South By Southwest and the San Francisco Film Festival, Haney said.
To read more about the film, visit the fundraising page at www.indiegogo.com/projects/clean-sheets.