Inclusion StatementAs a 2017 Emergence Winner, we are committed to assembling a crew that is at least 50% female (including our killer female-led production team), and to ensure that our team is as diverse as the world around us. On Foster's last film, 95% of the crew was comprised of women. Let's repeat history.
About The Project
The night before he says 'I do,' Dave commits a cardinal sin: His doubts about tying the knot go viral. Alone at the altar, Dave must confront his own cold feet, a Greek chorus of bridesmaids, and the bride herself - all to save his marriage before it's even begun. Directed by Foster Wilson and written by Brian Leahy, Made Public explores the impulse to share our most intimate thoughts and sacred moments with the general public - and how much we're willing to lose to obtain the approval of strangers.
Brian first penned the script in January of 2017, but the concept dates back to February 4, 2004: the day that Facebook first launched. We were in college at the time (NYU was the 9th school to be invited to join), and without much hestitation, we were publishing more information about ourselves on the internet than we ever had before.
One of those tidbits of information was our Relationship Status. Facebook is slightly more "refined" now, but at that time, you could tell the world (or, at least, other college students) that you were Single and looking for "Whatever I can get." We began to divulge things about ourselves that we really only told our closest friends. We began to make our lives public.
Then came 2009.
Okay, so it wasn't all of this nonsense at once; these developed over time. But that one blue "thumbs up" appeared in 2009, giving us a new reason to get out of bed in the morning. It gave us voice, told us to express our opinion. It reminded us that, in order to get likes, we've got to showcase the best stuff of our lives. Maybe - just maybe - we can sculpt our own lives around social media. Wear the most likeable shirt. Order the most likeable dish. Date the most likeable person.
Or... just be a potato and amass 60,000 followers. That's also a possibility.
Fourteen years after Facebook's initial launch, we find ourselves here: with our entire lives scripted on the internet. Our background, our credit scores, our loves and past loves, our browser histories, our classrooms, our family albums... our very existence has been Made Public.
As such, we rely on social media - on the following we've built around our brands - to tell us what works, what sells, and what flops. Is this sushi lovable? Is this political rant wow-worthy? And also, what's the weather like outside - because the front door's a solid 6 feet away.
This is Made Public: our exploration of the perils of (gasp) making our own decisions in a world dominated by likes, loves, and angry faces.
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About This Team
Foster Wilson (Director) and Brian Leahy (Writer/Editor) are a Los Angeles-based filmmaking team and the founders of Something Wilde Productions. Foster and Brian first met at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where they studied for 3 years with the Atlantic Theater Company. Their inaugural short film, Waffles, held its world premiere at the 2017 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto and then went on to screen in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, and Hong Kong. In February of 2018, the film will screen in Mississippi, Arizona, and Sydney, Australia (where it was chosen as a "Best of Fest" short film). Waffles is a raw exploration of morality and sexuality starring Jeanine Mason ("Grey's Anatomy") and Leslie Stevens ("Bosch").
With Made Public, as with Waffles, Brian gives voice to authentic, outspoken female characters... so we assembled a team of talented female production heads to see this thing through.
Foster and Brian first teamed up with Lola Noh, who has been working with Detroit Street Films, Renaissance Man Productions, and Reel Pros Co-op Productions for the past 2 years, producing project after project and lending a hand on any film set she stumbled upon. One of her most recent films, Best Friend, has screened at 15 festivals around the world, earning 7 nominations and 4 awards.
Next in the lineup is the sincerely bad-ass Katharine White, who - aside from being a skilled cinematographer and a marvel with lighting - is a talented director in her own right. Made Public marks the 3rd collaboration for Foster and Katharine, who recently teamed up on the short film Platypus as well as the pilot presentation for Love Scenes, LLC.
Adrian Wittenberg also met Foster on the set of Platypus and made quite the impression; we traced her phone calls, pinged her location, and forced her to join us on this project. Adrian excels in creative problem solving and bringing positivity to set. She's thrilled to be collaborating once again with this outstanding creative team on Made Public.
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