Director BIO: David Bradburn (BEFORE YOU WOKE)

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David is a writer, director and producer of independent films in Chicago. He started Fork the Man Productions to create films and connect independent filmmakers in Chicago. Bradburn’s films include “Superhero Me”, a finalist in the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Fest Writing Competition, and the soon to be finished “The Coming of Age” which was written by Northwestern University’s Film Department Chair, Dave Tolchinsky. Bradburn’s successful launch into Chicago’s independent film community most recently landed him assignments with Kenmore and FOX.

 

Director Statement

 

I’ve made over a dozen short films and worked on several more. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but I’m sure it probably is. I’ve done this amidst working full-time as a teacher, running a boutique production company and doing freelance work. This explains better the feeling of exhaustion than the equally palatable feeling of not getting enough done. Back to shorts, as much as I want to make features, and the feature scripts I have completed or am working on; I just can’t get away from the short form. Let’s be practical here, part of that is because I can afford to make a short film here and there whereas a feature budget has been elusive. But, more importantly I like the snack of a story that the short form gives us. It can be, if done right, a knockout punch as opposed to the steady beating that a good feature can be. The short can be just enough to ignite a conversation, to promote targeted change that can often be lost by the time the credits roll on a feature or worse yet after a weekend binge of our latest favorite show. And from the production side, at the end of the day (or two or three) we have the film in the can. “Before You Woke” is no different.

I have been wanting to make an action film for some time and some of the scripts I’ve been tinkering away at are of the same genre. I set out to write a piece I could shoot in a day and only have to spend a few grand on while still setting up a situation to tell a story. So with those parameters in mind, I sat down to write. I banged out some clunky dialogue and some action beats. The beats worked more than the dialogue did, but that was largely because the story hadn’t yet told itself to me. This isn’t always how it works but in this case it did. I sat with the story and reread the dialogue. I had no story, just an interesting (if only to me) action sequence. But the story told itself to me.

I come from a mixed family. I myself am not mixed (at least as far as I have been able to tell), but my family is. From a very young age I learned how race itself is only skin deep, but culture is learned or birthed or embedded in our core. I learned that our acceptance of things is not the universal acceptance of things and that though some don’t respond to the colors they see others most definitely do. This, to the surprise of far too many plays out most often in race and gender. And this has been the heritage our nation has tried to repeatedly force upon its people– both the ideology and the consequences.

Back to the story itself, I had the action arc and something of a narrative. I knew the story was of an African-American woman and a White man. He had captured her and had held her hostage and was going to beat her. Their paths crossed more by happenstance than purpose. He was sent to retrieve something she had. He got it but was looking for payback for the amount of work he had to do to get it. She needed to, as a matter of survival, escape. Whereas he is out for revenge, she is out for survival. The opportunity to survive is what is driving her.

For so many of us, we wait. There are times when there is wisdom in the “wait and see” approach, but often it just an elaborate and arrogant justification to sit around and do nothing, or even worse to wait until we can blame others for our circumstances.

Moments we decide to act, to wrestle our destiny away from the control of others back to where it belongs–with us–those moments change the potential power of our lives into a kinetic energy that effects change.

Often our inaction is our demise. This is a story about that. This is a story about a moment in one woman’s journey to become. It is one moment in our journey of becoming.

“I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. “ MLK

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1st Scene ACTION Screenplay Reading of Johnny’s Pico, by Sean Monahan

 

A pair of hapless private detectives, middle-aged brothers Craig and Timmy, are sick of Los Angeles and finally moving home… until they stumble into the middle of a murder investigation and the crosshairs of the Irish Mafia. Their only way out is to actually become the detectives they had always pretended to be.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Melie B Rondeau
Craig: Colin Sandquist
Timmy: Neil Bennett

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

ACTION TV Best Scene Screenplay Reading of Actions Adventures, by Calvin L. Hall

 

ACTION’S ADVENTURES is a one-hour, science-fantasy, action-adventure series based on this premise: What happens when a man with a 10-year-old son is given superhuman powers, a city to protect, and is treated like a professional athlete—complete with an agent and contracts and endorsements?

CAST LIST:

Ozzy – 2 – Russell Batcher
James – 16 – Brian Carleton
NARRATION – Stephanie Herrera
Dave – 15 – Jolly Amaoko
Sam – 16 – Russell Batcher
Kyle – 3 – Jolly Amaoko

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Screenplay Movie: The Flight Of Souls – Best Scene, by Guy Quigley

Action/Adventure Film & Screenplay Festival

Produced by Matthew Toffolo
Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Voice Over Actors:
Sean Ballantyne
Matt Barnes
Christopher Bautista
Allison Kampf
Erica Levine
Danielle Nicole
Luke Robinson

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance

A former fighter pilot and a flight attendant stumble into various adventure filled conflicts dealing with terrorists, the CIA, and double crossings, in this non stop action/thriller.

Where we are in the script….

This scene takes place after Justin and Nara in league with Mossad agents Ori, Tamar and Daniel trick Jack Brady AKA Amir Mokri onto to a private jet destined for New York. They side with the Israel’s by confronting the arresting CIA agent Jacob Bloom who with their help has the terrorist pilot in custody. Bloom wants him alive to face charges, The Israel’s want him disposed of. This pivotal scene from the script takes place in the private’s jet over the Atlantic Ocean.

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ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival Testimonial – March 5 2019

It was so very cool to see! One of the most rewarding aspects of filmmaking is getting to sit in a theatre and experience an audience react to your work. Since I wasn’t able to be in Toronto for the screening, getting to hear the audience talk about it was the next best thing.

  • Luke Guidici

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ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading of VIVA!! by Renee Rubio

A young, ambitious woman takes on the world of human trafficking to find her friend. Fearless and focused she infiltrates a global menagerie of evil. Her crusade against slavery becomes a fight for her own freedom and her life.

CAST LIST:

Dixie – JESSICA BOWMER
NARRATION – STEPHEN SANDQUIST
Jack – SARAH-HAZEN BASK
Gladys – JULIE SHEPPARD

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

ACTION/ADVENTURE Festival Testimonial – January 20 2019

It was nice to hear that the audio design was appreciated, particularly that knee stomp (Hi Stewart!). We spent a lot of time making it ‘wetter’, so it’s nice to hear it specifically mentioned. It was also nice to hear the production design was appreciated. The mention of that shot where everything is swept off the table got me particularly, as watching playback for that on set was the first moment I felt we really had something cool in the making. 
– Harrison Norris, Short Film Director “A Peaceful Man”

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