Everyone could use a little hope right now. Miles Underwater is at its root, a story about hope. Led by the team who brought you the award-winning Quality Problems, Miles Underwater is a film about connection and community, and the bridges we all need to cross. #hopewins
Inclusion StatementWe are a female-led filmmaking team aiming to get more women represented in front of and behind the camera. Our mandate for inclusivity is expressed through our female & diverse producers, director, writers, editor, and crew. We are also working with the San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project.
About The ProjectSAN ANTONIO or bust!What started as a campaign to get followers for Seed & Spark’s Hometown Heroes Rally is becoming a reality. We still need to raise a bunch of $$$, but we are taking a leap of faith (a big theme in our film) and starting Principal Photography July 6-22.We have begun the process of casting and crewing up - THIS TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION! THIS BOAT HAS LEFT THE DOCK! THIS. IS. HAPPENING. You have the opportunity to help us get the tools we need. Together we can remove some of the hurdles we face as indie filmmakers and get this beautiful story across the finsh line.Look what we've already done together since October:
- raised seed capital of $21,000
- gathered 1000+ followers
- won a Hometown Heroes grant from the Duplass Brothers!
- won a screening at the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas!
- completed 3 drafts of the script
- locked in-kind locations in San Antonio including Kizzy's eclectic cafe and a hospital
- added the talents of Elizabeth Santoro (Director of Photography) and Maqui Gaona (Art Director/Production Design) to our team
- met with and gained the support of the San Antonio Film Commission
- distributed our first feature, Quality Problems, on VOD (seen it yet?? watch it tonight!)
- And, raised a healthy 8 month old baby boy (welcome to the team, Channing Ryan Prince!)
CONTRIBUTE TO OUR CREATIVE MOMENTUM - While we have many in-kind resources and professionals discounting their rates or donating time to make this film happen, we need more to see the film through production. Your contribution in any amount (or in-kind - anyone have any San Antonio AirBnB or MEALS to donate??) will make a huge difference to us at any level.MILES UNDERWATER...A coming of age story about thirteen year old Miles, who is struggling to find where he belongs. One ordinary day, an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith which will change his life forever.SYNOPSIS:It’s been thirteen years since Hurricane Katrina and many displaced evacuees have made their home in San Antonio, Texas including thirteen-year-old Miles who is still struggling to figure out where he belongs. On the anniversary of the storm, odd things start to happen to Miles. As Miles navigates his strange day, he meets a young ballerina with whom he has an immediate connection and he finds Kizzy’s - an inclusive restaurant run and frequented by Katrina survivors. As Miles starts to put together the missing pieces of his life, he must face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith which will change his life forever.--------------------From the team who brought you the award-winning features QUALITY PROBLEMS (Best Feature Film, Women Texas Film Festival 2017, now on VOD), AND THEN THERE WAS EVE (Best Fiction Feature Film, La Muse, Jury, Los Angeles Film Festival 2017) and FIELDS AFIRE (available on iTunes).
We believe everyone could use a little hope right now. Miles Underwater is at its root, a story about hope. It's about finding your place in the world and discovering something great within yourself that you have to contribute, about wondering if you're meant for something extraordinary. Miles was born out of an epic storm, a dramatic entry into the world that begins his story without a rudder, but also one that launches his destiny. There is always magic to be found in the ordinary and hope to be shared in the wake of tragedy. We want to make a film that is family friendly, that families can watch together and enjoy, but also treats the kids in it with a mature respect, understands that they are full people who experience real danger and complicated emotional journeys.
SAN ANTONIO In-Kind Support
All locations have been secured for production including a local hospital, the eclectic restaurant, a school campus and dance studio, a horse ranch. The film will feature public art around San Antonio that has been cleared with the city and Film Commission.We are SO EXCITED to partner with Soap Boxx Media, creators of FIELDS AFIRE, and make this film with a lot of local talent and feature San Antonio. We are fortunate to have built up a local network and community in San Antonio that will join us on this creative journey. This will help lend the project authenticity as well as make this SAG ultra-low budget project possible through in-kind donations and contributions.You can read more about us and see trailers for our previous projects on our METAMORFIC PRODUCTIONS site. Founded in 2003 by Producer Jhennifer Webberley. Metamorfic produces feature films, short films, branded content, music videos and multimedia design projects. The company is committed to delivering inclusive content that represents authentic life through rich performances, cohesive and artistic visual design, and thoughtful sound design.We will continue building on our filmmaking model: inclusive, family-friendly sets that produce sustainable careers to continue to bring quality content to our growing audience.We are crowdfunding for production for a timeline of shooting JULY 2018.From Jen Prince:I've been producing and editing since I got out of USC film school in 2003, where I directed a number of shorts. I have always wanted to direct a feature, but I hadn't found the opportunity until now. I’ve found the right project, the people and the time; and so together we are creating the opportunity to move forward. We have to create our own opportunities when we're ready and the world hasn't caught up yet. Together with our collective experience and moxie, and a little bit of cash contribution from our tribe (that's you), I'll make good on a dream.MILES UNDERWATER began with the spirit of my hometown. I grew up in San Antonio as the daughter of an Air Force Colonel - I was a transplant who over time became a Texan. As I became an artist and, later, a filmmaker, my South Texas roots implored me to make a film that celebrated the energy of the city, that shared its culture, its murals and its water, its history of people, like myself, who had transplanted or evacuated or found their way to San Antonio and eventually passionately called it home. As an independent filmmaker I am drawn to films that break out of LA or New York and I began percolating an idea with writers Brooke Purdy and Colette Freedman that would be unique to San Antonio. There are families who have been there generations and families like mine who end up there and become Texans. More recently, thousands of families now call San Antonio home because of the new beginnings they found there after Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. It's a place of optimism, growth and fantastic, unapologetic art. (and the Spurs, and breakfast tacos). It’s a place that through the history of its people parallels my personal experience of it as a place that came to define HOME.
Katrina and Texas
A year after the storm, 251,000 evacuees were still in Texas, including 111,000 in Houston, 66,000 in Dallas-Fort Worth and 62,000 in Austin-San Antonio, according to a 2006 survey by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The city known for cool jazz and hot Cajun cooking became a living nightmare on August 29th, 2005, when following Katrina's landfall, storm surge caused more than 50 levee breaches in New Orleans. Eighty percent of that city was underwater when Governor Rick Perry called then San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger for help in receiving evacuees. “He said we’d like to start out by sending you 10,000,” Hardberger said. “Well, that was kind of a gulp. That’s a lot of people coming for dinner you hadn’t expected you know. I said that’s fine, Send them on. Before it was over we had actually received 35,000 people,” Hardberger said.
Texas Public Radio-San Antonio Remembers Hurricane Katrina Ten Years Later
By BRENT BOLLER • AUG 28, 2015
WHAT WAS THE HOMETOWN HEROES RALLY, YOU ASK?
Great stories happen everywhere. And great film can be created anywhere. The Hometown Heroes Crowdfunding Rally champions the next generation of filmmakers making movies with their local community and resources: talent, locations, production houses and partners. Miles Underwater was a recipient of a #hometownheroes grant from the Duplass Brothers and Seed & Spark in October 2017 after our first successful crowdfunding rally.
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About This Team
JEN PRINCE (director/producer)
Jen Prince is an independent producer who hails from south Texas (San Antonio), where her love for music, theatre, movies and tableside guacamole began. Variety states, "Jen has a passion for small, character-driven films, and champions directors who are committed to crafting powerful performances.” Jen produced and co-edited the critically acclaimed indie feature comedy, QUALITY PROBLEMS (Chris Mulkey, Mo Gaffney, Jenica Bergere), currently an audience favorite on the festival circuit. Jen recently produced the feature AND THEN THERE WAS EVE, (Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland) together with Jhennifer Webberley (Metamorfic Productions), winner of a Jury Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. She produced the micro budget indie- road feature, EVE OF UNDERSTANDING (Bellamy Young, Rebecca Lowman), which was distributed through Vanguard Cinema and screened at over twenty festivals worldwide, won Best Feature at AFI Dallas, Best Feature Beverly Hills HD Film Festival, Best Feature Female Eye Film Festival Toronto and Best Actress (Rebecca Lowman) at Boston Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, among others. Her intensive making-of blog became required reading in the USC graduate film production program as a 'how-to-make-your-first-
feature' primer. Jen is currently in pre-production on her feature directorial debut, MILES UNDERWATER, teaming up again with the filmmakers who created Quality Problems. She will continue her partnership with the San Antonio Young Filmmakers Association and shoot the project in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Jen previously mentored and Associate Produced the narrative feature, FIELDS AFIRE, with Soap Boxx Media in San Antonio through this organization. Jen directed the award winning short film, WINDED, which was distributed as part of the MindIgnite program in Australia. She is a graduate of the MFA Film Production Program at USC. She received her BFA in Acting and a BA in Liberal Arts in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Jen’s theatre experience includes her award-winning one-woman show about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Voice of the Swan. Jen has also worked in post-production television as a producer and editor. Credits include the Emmy Awards, The Contender (Mark Burnett Prods), and The Amazing Race (CBS). Jen is a mother of three (soon to be four) boys and loves trying to keep up with them and, at times, watching the grass grow.
JHENNIFER WEBBERLEY (producer/editor)
A native of Los Angeles, Jhennifer Webberley is a producer and editor and founding member of Metamorfic Productions LLC and has produced critically acclaimed feature films as well as several award winning shorts and music videos. Metamorfic currently has two features on the festival circuit. AND THEN THERE WAS EVE (Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland) which was awarded a Jury Prize at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, is a provocative indie love story/psychological thriller with LGBTQ themes. QUALITY PROBLEMS (Chris Mulkey, Mo Gaffney, Jenica Bergere), a feature comedy about a family dealing with cancer, is an audience favorite and world premiered at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival. Additional features include BREAD & BUTTER (Christine Weatherup, Bobby Moynihan, Micah Hauptman), RIPE, and WAIT MEANS NEVER. Webberley also enjoys editing on many of her independent projects including QUALITY PROBLEMS, FAREWELL MY KING, ONLY CHILD, WINDED and BROKEN WINGS (Isabella Blake-Thomas). Webberley holds a MFA (Magna Cum Laude) in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinema-Television and a MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pepperdine University in Marketing and Strategy. While at Pepperdine, Webberley participated in Shanghai’s Fudan University’s global extension program in management strategy in China. Webberley is a producer/cowriter on the award winning graphic novel THE RED STAR (Christian Gossett), which is currently in development as a television series. Her comprehensive film experience is matched by her diverse work in theatre where her love for the arts began. She has produced and directed several independent productions including SEBASTIAN AND THE TATTOOED LOVE LIBRARIAN, PERCEPTIONS, and SEARCH AND DESTROY (Jeremy Renner) at the Tamarind Theatre. Professional memberships include Film Independent, the International Documentary Association and Women in Film.
WILL UNDERWOOD (producer)Will Underwood runs Soap Boxx Media, a boutique production company in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Will is an educator, mentor and an award winning independent filmmaker. His focus is on mentoring and collaborating with young people and assisting them in critical explorations through their productions at Saint Mary’s Hall. His students have won Best Student Film at many festivals including Cinefestival, SXSW (2010 & 2016), SIFF and SAFILM and been awarded Scholastic Art & Writing Regional and National Gold Keys and Medals on multiple occasions, including one of only five American Visions Medals in 2010. He believes we have a duty and a responsibility to ensure that our young people are fluent in modern forms of communication for art, activism and commerce. Having a story to tell and creating an engaging narrative is the creative fuel that will feed our new creative economy. The San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project was created by Will for the sole purpose of offering young people the opportunity to participate in the feature filmmaking process. The first project Will directed under this banner was the family feature, FIELDS AFIRE. By utilizing film professionals & college level film students as mentors, we aim to grow a vibrant network of young filmmakers with unique voices and solid technical skills. Growing the creative economy for SA 2020 and beyond. Will's feature producing credits include EVE OF UNDERSTANDING, FIELDS AFIRE, and QUALITY PROBLEMS.
COLETTE FREEDMAN (co-writer/co-producer)
Colette Freedman is an internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie can be heard here. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringeand earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016 and Sacramento September 2016. She wrote the film which had its world premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. It can currently be seen on Lifetime and Netflix. The Sister Cities novelcame out December 2016. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. It is next playing in Antwerp October 2016. Her sequel novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel, co-written with Sadie Turner, Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve and co-produced the film Quality Problems, both of which are on the festival circuit and earning stellar reviews.
Colette has several scripts in development which she co-wrote with Brooke Purdy, including Joint Venture, Scattering Rachel and The Last Bookstore, which won Grand Prize at the CWA awards, We Screenplay’s Diverse Voices and Best Science Fiction Feature for Action on Film.
BROOKE PURDY (co-writer/cast)
Brooke Purdy has written and directed for companies including Def Comedy Jam and Def Pictures, HBO and Showtime. An NYU film school graduate, Brooke has several produced shorts including her award winning “Against the Wind” which won a lot of festivals but didn’t manage to put a dent in her student loans. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a copywriter in radio for fifteen years spearheading campaigns like Pepsi, AT & T, KFC, and Campbell’s Soup. Brooke has optioned several screenplays which allowed her to buy a house in Burbank where, to keep the budget in check, a great deal of Quality Problems was shot. A successful playwright, Brooke’s plays Blitzkrieg and Plunge both had sell out runs in Los Angeles. Brooke wrote a television pilot for Jamie Kennedy and sold it to Universal T.V. She used the money on gum and hair products. She also won “Hollywood’s Next Success Screenwriting Contest” with a Gilmore Girls spec she wrote. She still has the mug. In her almost nonexistent spare time, she has taught swing dancing, bootcamp, driven in a demolition derby, married her best friend Doug and had two kids Max, 10 and Scout, 7 whom she loves even more than cheese and Toasted Almond Good Humor Bars. One day she hopes to sleep until 10:30a.m. Her latest two scripts, cowritten with Colette Freedman, are making a strong impact in the festival circuit: Their script The Last Bookstore just won Grand Prize at the 2016 Creative World Awards and Best Science Fiction Screenplay at the 2016 Action on Film. Their script Scattering Rachel was recently a finalist at both The 2016 Writer’s Lab and 2016 LA Femme International Fest.
CLEA UNDERWOOD (co-producer)
A graduate of both the University of Texas at Austin and NYU, Clea Underwood is a theatre director and educator at Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Her diverse body of work and mentorship of young artists reveals a continued commitment to investing in the next generation of theatre and film artists.
CARTER SMITH (co-producer)
Carter Smith's interest in filmmaking began at age 13 when he and his friends made a sequel to Ghostbusters on VHS. Carter attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a BFA in film. His passion for film brought him to Los Angeles, where he became an I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 Camera Assistant.
Early on in his career, it became obvious that he needed to tell stories and share them with an audience, so he began producing. First co-producing the documentary B-17 Flying Legend, using recent film and video as well as found footage, it tells the story of the last flying B-17's, their missions, and the men that still fly them. Then he associate produced Farewell My King (a artist is inspired by the death of his father - 35mm), Ripe (a coming of age love story with a terminally ill women and a heavy smoker with cancer), and co-produced Prelude to Axanar (award winning Star Trek fan film which broke kickstarter records). Most recently, he associate produced Quality Problems (winner best feature film - Women Film Festival) co-produced And Then There Was Eve (winner of LA Muse - Los Angeles Film Festival). Both films still have future screenings this festival season. Between producing projects, he has worked in feature films and TV such as Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, HBO - Sharp Objects, Pitch, Agent Carter, Ghost Whisperer, and Angel, to name a few.
JON MUNOZ (Special VFX)
Jonathan Munoz has been an active filmmaker since the young age of 7; currently studying film at Columbia in Chicago. He's a San Antonio local! He has been a professional VFX / graphic artist since 2013. Jonathan has worked on more than 10 professional film sets and easily more than 30 student film productions acting as a director, cinematographer, assistant camera, producer, editor, sound editor, and VFX composer.
DOUG PURDY (cast)
Doug Purdy has worked steadily as an actor in film, television and stage. His feature directorial debut, in which he also starred, Quality Problems, is an audience favorite currently on the festival circuit. A Los Angeles native, he studied under famed teachers Janet Alhanti, Arthur Mendoza and Improv Olympic. Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Monk and Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar. On stage he has acted in or directed numerous plays including Blitzkrieg, The Deep Blue Sea and Plunge. Recent addtional film work includes The Feels, And Then There Was Eve, Come Simi, Forgiving the Franklins and Least Among Saints.
MICHAEL JOHN MOLLO (composer/music supervisor)Michael John Mollo was raised between the streets of New York and Pennsylvania mountains. This juxtaposition aligned his musical tastes to electronic and film music as well as early hiphop and blues and roots. Mollo funneled this eclecticism into an education in classical music and jazz and has received multiple music degrees including a Master's of Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and an advanced certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California.
After spending some time with Hans Zimmer and his team at Remote Control Productions, Mollo joined legendary film composer John Powell. Since then, he has contributed music to many blockbuster films including the Oscar nominated score for Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," 20th Century FOX's "Rio" and "Dr Suess' 'The Lorax'". Mollo has worked on everything from indie films, to television series’ to video games and advertising. Most recently he completed a score for the Capcom's reboot of the game franchise 'Strider,’ as well as ‘November Rule’for BET and Flavor Unit Entertainment and ‘Alaska The Last Frontier’ for The Discovery Channel.Mollo also currently oversees ‘Velvet Green Music’ a production music catalog and bespoke music house serving the greater Los Angeles media community.
MAX PURDY (cast)
SCOUT PURDY (cast)