The Last Stop
What happens to those fascinating New York subway characters after they leave the train? This series seeks to answer that question through imaginative circumstances that are at times funny, romantic, tragic, frightening, or just defy your perception of reality and its limitations.
Inclusion StatementOur series will be as diverse and inclusive as the city it calls home. The anthology-style format gives us the chance to tell stories from many varying perspectives week to week. We hope to foster human connection by asking our audience to wonder about 'the other' and be curious instead of critical.
About The Project
The Last Stop explores the fantastic elements in the private lives of the weird and wonderful subjects we encounter while riding the New York City subway. Every passenger has a story, but we rarely ask or interact so we remain just familiar strangers. This series seeks to answer the questions we ask ourselves about those we see: "Where do they go after they leave the train?" "What happens next and why?" To put it more bluntly, "WTF?!" Shot in beautiful black and white through the skewed lenses of satire and surrealism, our series will address a broad range of contemporary social issues by holding a flame up to the darker or more absurd aspects of our collective humanity. The world of the subway is a magical and kinetic one which visitors are fascinated by and city-dwellers know all too well. In short, the expression “Only in New York” will strongly be pushed to its limit!
Inspired by the ground-breaking television work of Rod Serling, David Lynch, and Charlie Brooker we hope to fire the imaginations of our audience and challenge their preconceived notions of what is possible and impossible.
We're launching The Last Stop with our pilot episode, “American Morning”. In this episode, our nineteen-year-old protagonist, Connor Mathis, a card-carrying member of the American Gun Association and firearm-aficionado, is emotionally and psychologically damaged after surviving a mass shooting at his former elementary school while visiting his first-grade teacher. As he tries to come to terms with his experience and reconcile why he survived, he becomes disillusioned by the inaction of politicians to ensure it never happens again and decides to take matters into his own hands.
We foresee “American Morning” and our entire series starting important conversations about the issues addressed and hope that it will foster introspection and action from our audience. In this time of disconnect, we want to reinvigorate curiosity in ourselves and in each other. We want our audience to wonder about how we can effectively engage with one another, how we can expand our own consciousness, and how to be interested in others instead of fearful.
"American Morning" will serve as our flagship and proof of concept for The Last Stop and open the door for us produce the entire first season of the series. In addition to Connor's tale, our first season also includes stories dealing with age, body image, homelessness, technology, sexuality, and mental health. We're also so excited by the unique possibilities and perspectives the self-contained anthology-style format brings us. Each episode can be enjoyed on its own and the season does not necessarily have to be watched in chronological order.
By supporting our campaign to produce "American Morning", you are joining us in reaching the first stop of The Last Stop and giving us the ability to bring this entire series to fruition. Thank you for your time, your support, and for being a crucial part of this wild wild ride!
Stephen, Sarah, Andrew, Alon, and Avram.
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About This Team
Writer, Creator - Stephen Dexter
Stephen is an award-winning New York City-based actor and lifetime member of The Actors Studio. Off-Broadway credits include: The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (La MaMa), Turn Me Loose (Westside Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street (The Actors Studio), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Pearl (Davenport Theater), Playing With Fire (The Box). He has also worked on-tour internationally in Hikobae (Will-Do Productions, Japan). Film: The award-winning shorts “Physical Attraction” and “Time To Pay Off Debts”, “Consensus Reality” and “BEING” (alongside Lance Henriksen and Ben Browder). TV: “Billions”, “The Good Wife”, ”Momsters”. He is a bestselling audiobook narrator for Audible.com and a recipient of the Rockwell Fellowship (Primary Stages). Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Terry Schreiber, Larry Moss, & The LAByrinth Theater Co.
Director – Andrew Wonder
Andrew began his career as a camera operator and field producer for MTV at the age of 17. Less than three years later he was accepted into the International Cinematographers Guild while attending NYU for film. Throughout school he worked his way up as a cinematographer and shot his first feature film, Michael Almereyda’s New Orlean Mon Amour (SXSW 2008), before his 21st birthday. After NYU, Andrew was tapped by filmmakers including Antoine Fuqua, Harris Savides, ASC, Paul Schrader and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley, to implement his technical knowledge, ingenuity and unique style of working with cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II. Work and awards include:
D&AD Pencil - Direction - 'One More Day - Unanswered' - Lead Pencil 2017
Cannes Lions - Film Craft - Direction 'One More Day - Unanswered' - Bronze Lion 2016
Clio Spots - 'NFL - Man Up' - Shortlist 2017
Clio Spots - 'Right to Win - Jalin's Story' - Shortlist 2016
Shots - Rising Stars 2016
Emmy Award - 'MTV's MADE - 200th Episode' - 2011
Producer – Sarah Wharton
Sarah is an award-winning writer, producer, and actor who grew up moving around the world but is now based in New York City. Her feature "That’s Not Us" played at over 35 festivals and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing. She previously collaborated as an actor and associate producer on "Percival’s Big Night" and "Jane Wants A Boyfriend", currently playing on Showtime. A life-long Third Culture Kid, Sarah has continued to travel and puts global art-making at the forefront of her artistry. She has produced work in New York, Oslo, London, New Orleans and served as associate producer for the Harare International Festival of The Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe. She is currently a producer with The Spangler Group - a film, television and theater production company currently developing Happy Trails, a Broadway-bound musical written by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Marshall Brickman and composed by Oscar-winner T-Bone Burnett. Sarah also stars in and produced "The Ring Thing", a documentary-narrative hybrid about same-gender marriage has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and is currently on the festival circuit. Most recently, she produced "Bite Me", a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. The film is currently in post-production.
Producer – Alon Simcha
Alon Simcha is a freelance producer based in NYC with extensive experience working in national commercials, as well as on narrative and documentary films. Recent projects include "Seed", a documentary about Angelhack, one of the worlds most competitive hackathons, John Mulaney's riotous stand-up special, "New In Town" and most recently, "Notes On Appearance", a thriller about a disappearance, coming to theatres this month.
Lead Actor, Consulting Producer – Avram Ludwig
Born into a theatrical family, Avram grew up back stage and on sets. His father worked frequently with Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller. His mother, Eulalie Noble, was pregnant with him during the first production of Shakespeare in the Park. Avram originated the role of Richard Ashleigh, in the world premiere of Eugene O’Neil’s lost play, Now I Ask You, at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village. Avram has produced over a dozen films including the indie sensation and cult classic comedy, "Swingers", with Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, and Heather Graham. Over the years he has worked frequently with "Swingers" director Doug Liman on such hit films as "Jumper", Fair Game", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", and the upcoming "Attica". He is also a consulting producer on Liman's new hit YouTube Red superhero series, "Impulse". Avram is also an accomplished novelist and playwright and serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious Actors Studio in New York.