Inclusion StatementThis film bridges visions, experiences, and often unheard voices of three different generations. "Coffee & Sugar" represents the efforts of a first time filmmaker, a full time mom, and a 93-year-old woman sharing her life story.
About The Project
Let's rewind to March 1950. George (from New Jersey) and Carol (from Indiana) just so happend to be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the same time. Little did they know how fateful one night would be for them. On their first date George took Carol dancing. All it took was one dance to light the truest spark of them all. Three months later they were married and they carried that spark everday for nearly sixty-three years. They started a family with eight children, moved across the country, and held onto that love that ripples through their family today.
It is now 2020. Almost 70 years since the day they danced. What started with two people has now grown beyond their wildest dreams. The Volk clan currently sits at forty-six members, is spread across the West Coast, and ranges in age from one to ninety-three. Carol and George loved each other in ways that today seem unbelievable. Today, the world is a very different place. Screens separate us and romance is based on algorithms. But those rare connections still exist, and like Carol and George, love can find us if we let it.
From Director/Producer Andy Volk:
I grew up lucky enough to have the most sefless and loving grandparents. I have always wanted to find some way to thank them for everything they did. For years I thought to myself "What could I do for Nana and Popsy?" Everytime I have donated to a cause or done a favor for a friend, I found myself channeling my grandparents. Over the years I realized I could never pay them back - I just have to pay it forward. And then one night, caught in the realm between dreams and reality, an idea flashed in my mind: a movie about them.
I immediately jumped out of bed, grabbed the nearest pen and paper and wrote down every image, thought, and feeling I could muster. I had to tell their story and create something magical that would last forever. This was how I would say thanks. I would use the lessons they taught me and the education they helped provide to capture their story. As the idea grew in my mind, I began my own internal reflection on love, connection, and memory. In these reflections I realized I sought to explore the true essence of falling in love - a fantasy tucked into the real world, where everything feels possible, and time ceases to exist.
Why Support Coffee & Sugar?
Contributing to this film supports a small and passionate group of independent filmmakers coming together to tell a story in celebration of love. In an age where Hollywood puts out cliche and tired romances, Coffee & Sugar will present the honest tale of a love too good to be true - but it is! It's more important than ever to have the voices of people from all backgrounds be heard. Our society tends to forget those who came before us, and it is stories like my grandmother's that can bring us together. Carol and George spawned a legacy of generosity and kindness. It's time to return the favor by giving them a chance to have their story be told.
Contributions right now will support the team as we finish the animations, create a world of sound, and begin the submission process to festivals around the country - and hopefully the world! Neely is creating some lively and fantastical images to tell their story, but animation takes a long time. And we need your help to continue doing the work we love to spread this cherished story.
With storyboarding and the narration nearly complete, the team will dive deep into the animation process during February and March. Once the animations are finished, the sound design will begin! The masterful Brian Richard Sloss is going to build a lively and dreamy world of sound and music through Foley artistry and archival discoveries.
Once the short crosses that finish line, the festival submissions begin! The team has outlined a plan to share Coffee & Sugar with audiences beginning Summer/Early Fall 2020 at festivals in Washington, Oregon, California, New York and many more!
"How can I help?"
We believe in the power of their story and we hope you do too. Our goal is to spread love with this film, and we want you to join us on this journey.
1. Contribute to the film and join our team! Take a look at our incredible incentives and get yourself some bragging rights for helping make a film! Your support will go directly to the creative team as we cross the finish line. (P.S. All contributions are tax deductible!!).
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So grab your a cup of coffee and come along for the ride. We're lucky to have you on the team.
A big, loving thank you from the Coffee & Sugar team!
Andy, Neely, Brian, and Carol.
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About This Team
Andy Volk (Director/Editor): Born and raised in the scorching heat of Tucson, Arizona, I loved nothing more than sitting on my living room floor and watching movies with my brother. When it came time for college, studying filmmaking felt like the right path. I flew up to Seattle and got hooked into the world and history of cinema. I got my foot in the door at Seattle International Film Festival as a Programming Intern in 2016/2017 and haven't stopped. My short film No Stars won the audience vote to compete in the Best of Cine-City 2018. Over the last few years, I have directed and edited music videos, short films, and worked for World of Wonder, CNBC and Mudhoney.
Neely Goniodsky (Animator): I was born in Russia and lived in Israel, Canada and UK. I have a BA in animation from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. My body of work includes video installations, paintings, drawings and collage, with concentration on animated films. Some noteworthy productions include ‘Conception Series Season 2’ for the New York Times (which just won Best Animated Film at Local Sightings 2019), ‘The Smiths’ a Seattle University production, and ‘Pearl’ a National Film Board of Canada production. In 2016 I participated in the NW Film Forum residency. I’m a recipient of numerous grants from Canada Council, CALQ, and 4Culture. My films have been screened at local and international film festivals, such as Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Anifilm Czech Republic, Animafest Zagreb, NW Animation Festival in Portland, and Encounters in the UK.
Brian Richard Sloss (Sound Designer): Brian has worked as a Sound Deisgner and Editor for the last few years. As a kid, Brian loved tinkering with old radios and sound effects, so naturally a career in sound design was on the horizon. From on set recording to in studio creation, Brian knows it all. Just ask Nike, Microsoft, and Acura. Or look at his awards for Best Sound Design from Bleedingham Film Festival and LA 48HFP Awards.
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