CHARLESTON, SC (March 1, 2012) — Independent Filipino filmmaker and writer, Imee Cuison, is slated to begin principal photography for her film, Bedford and Broadway, this spring in Brooklyn, New York, to highlight the hipster generation it focuses on.
The film “Bedford and Broadway” is a modern day love story about two former “friends with benefits” lovers. They meet again years later and face the lingering emotions of their ambiguous connection.
It is a statement on casual romantic relationships of the Gen Y and Gen Z cohorts, depicting the ambivalence and apathy that can result from non-committal unions. It’s an issue that Cuison feels needs to be explored in a sensitive and intimate way to turn the mirror back onto ourselves to examine what it is that makes no strings attached relationships so popular today. The film is based on her short story that was published in A Tale of Four Cities, a literary journal.
“I want to make this a film where we, as women, can express our creativity without the usual politics found on predominantly male sets,” Cuison said. “It’s a tough industry, and women should support and nurture each other. I haven’t always experienced this, but for my project, this is my goal.”
Cuison has assembled a predominantly female crew. Sabina Vajraca, known for her critically acclaimed documentary, Back to Bosnia, is set to direct. Eugene Koh, nominated for best cinematography at the Singapore International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, will be the Director of Photography.
Cuison has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the film and get it off the ground. In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines, artists have a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. Cuison’s film has a 30-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the goal is not met by March 21st, all pledges are cancelled and the film will not be funded.
As a freelance writer from Charleston, South Carolina, Cuison began working in script development two years ago for an independent film production company based in New York and Los Angeles. Her experience in film production ranges from being a production assistant, set dresser, producer’s assistant, and development executive.
Her prose and poetry work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo Literary Magazine, and Phatitude Literary Magazine.
To learn more about the film, readers can visit the project’s kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/810982682/bedford-and-broadway-the-movie.