A friendship between a homeless teen & a war survivor sparks larger questions of fear, healing & peace in the world.
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Our film, sensitively written by Gina Wendkos (screenwriter of The Princess Diaries), to be directed by Rafal Zielinski (two-time Sundance alumni – Fun Special Jury Awardand Ginger Ale Afternoon), is the story between two people who have fallen between the gaps of our society, lost their family and face the challenge of forgiveness.
It is a story of compassion and redemption that touches themes that resonate with all troubled areas of the world, past, present & future. We hope, through the film, to touch hearts in a real, personal and unique way.
A bittersweet counterbalance to the traditional Hollywood blockbuster.
We realize our budget is almost impossibly minuscule for a film of this scope to be shot in New York, but we have done it before! My two prior Sundance films (both in Narrative Dramatic Competition) Fun and Ginger Ale Afternoon were shot with budgets well below this one.
Where there’s a will, there is a way!
We hope that you will be touched by the story and see it’s potential and powerful message. Together, with your help, we are hopeful that we will be able to raise funds well above our $100,000 goal… like some recent Kickstarter campaigns…
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WRITER – Gina Wendkos
The screenplay, written by Gina Wendkos (The Princess Diaries, Coyote Ugly, Ginger Ale Afternoon, Jersey Girl), tells an intimate, personal story with universal themes that resonate to the world at large.
Having lost his two children in the war, Samuel adopts Casey as the daughter he never had the chance to raise, so he can teach her how to be lady.
Both face a challenge – if he can forgive her, he can reconcile with the past; if she can forgive herself, she can be free.
“It has been a dream of mine to go around different high schools with this film to foster knowledge and provoke intelligent discussion“. – Gina Wendkos.
This project has come close to being funded several times, previously as a larger budget film. The subject matter is challenging, complex and not the obvious commercial fare that Hollywood readily finances. Several legendary actors were either attached or were circling the project at one time – as well as many rising young stars who fell in love with it when they were still playing teenage roles.
If we reach well above our projected $100,000 goal, we hope to convince one of these amazing actors to play Samuel. Not so long ago, we reached out to Kirk Douglas after being so moved by his one man theatre performance on his life, and perhaps there is still a chance to convince him to come out of retirement and be our Samuel. It would be amazing!
We hope to discover a new, budding actress for the role of Casey.
In a number of my prior films, we were unable to afford the young Hollywood stars, so through a meticulous casting process, we discovered several actresses who were given their first leading roles: Leighton Meester (Hangman’s Curse), Yasmine Bleeth (Hey Babe!), Alicia Witt (Fun), Whitney Able (Age of Kali).
Rafal Zielinski has made a number of independent films that have been shown internationally on the festival circuit, including two Sundance Dramatic Competition films, “Fun” (Special Jury Award) and “Ginger Ale Afternoon” – as well as some low budget genre director-for-hire works (which helped finance his own indie films).
Tiger Within has been a dream project several years in the planning.