ODE is a PG13, whimsical, comedy/drama with elements of fantasy.
ODE is the story of how a troubled Literature professor and his mother take turns exchanging mortalities as they each try to live true lives. The mortality exchanges occur as a result of the inadvertent intervention of a corrupt psychic gypsy.
Shirley Knight, two-time Academy Award Nominee (Sweet Bird Of Youth, As Good As It Gets, Our Idiot Brother, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Rain People, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) is attached to play the lead female role of Marny.
Charles Matthau, respected filmmaker and actor (Freaky Deaky, The Sugar Shack, Hanging Up, The Grass Harp) is attached to play the major co-starring role of Doctor Joe, and is a script reference.
Randy Turrow, an experienced and accomplished independent film production executive, is on board as Producer/Unit Production Manager. He is currently Chairman of the DGA's Mentor Committee.
Brad Watson, house keyboard player at the Kibbitz Room on Tuesdays, and Sundays at The Comedy Store, is the Music Supervisor. Brad also plays keyboard for Jordan Zevon from time to time and played the Vans Warped tour 2010 with HaSkaLa.
ODE is a mysterious journey into the infinite world of the human heart and spirit. And the complex layers we try to navigate as we bravely face whatever the forces of nature have to offer. In this case, a psychic gypsy simply trying to pay her rent. Or so it seems.
Locations have been scouted in the greater Los Angeles area. ODE has simple production values and is scheduled for 22 production days beginning 2014.
THESE FILM CLIPS ARE RAW, INITIAL TESTS ONLY WITH AVAILABLE LIGHT AND NO DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE OR OTHER POST-PRODUCTION STEPS.
Filmmaker biography: In the legit theater, writer/director/producer Brian Kowalchuk has directed five plays, largely under the auspices of Equity's 99-Seat Theater Plan in New York City and Los Angeles. He wrote three of the plays, of which Sniper: A Love Story was produced at The Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles and later adapted to make the film The Billy Armstrong Situation, which Brian also produced and directed. The two theater productions already scripted were Our Town by Thornton Wilder, produced Off-Off-Broadway at the American Actor's Theater, and, The Valiant by Hallworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, produced at The Attic Theater in Los Angeles.
Brian was a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 NexTV Writing & Pitch Competition for his prime-time TV spec pilot concept, De Mann.
As an actor, Brian studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and was a member of three theater companies: New York Theater Ensemble, West Coast Ensemble, and, Will & Company (Shakespeare).
"We must follow the river, live on it, follow it when there is morning light, and follow it when there is nothing but dark and the banks have blurred into shadows." - Wil Haygood
read The First Act here
The Cindy Sequence
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