Names: Rebecca Blaine Carton and Kira McCarthy
Film Title: Living Thru the Lens
School / Expected Graduation Year (if still in school): Rebecca studied at The Studio/New York 2 year acting conservatory and Kira studied at NYU
We are writers, Producers and actors in Living Thru The Lens
Becca and Kira are New York based actors. They began writing their own pieces for fun and soon a common thread emerged. They love bringing bizarre characters and scenarios from page to production, and finally, to you. As Becca once said to Kira after blurting out her sketch idea about a shared economy for sex toys: "I didn't want to be alone in my head with it." Unfortunately, that one didn't make the final cut. :) We hope you enjoy glimpsing life through our LTTL filter. When they are not writing LTTL, they enjoy board games, Belgian beer and the elderly.
What was the greatest lesson learned during your shoot? There were so many! I think the biggest lesson I've learned throughout this process is that there are a lot of things I can do myself. I don't need to hire other people to do certain tasks for me or beg for more favors. There are actually a lot of elements that if you just take the time to learn it, you can do all by yourself and it feels damn good when you do!
What was the most difficult challenge you had to deal with? MONEY. There is never enough of it. Right now, my partner and I are paying out of pocket for every project we produce. We are hoping to turn this into a successful sketch series that funds itself but for the time being, ramen noodles and LOTS of favors! :)
Funny Or Die: http://www.funnyordie.com/livingthruthelens?_cc=__d___&_ccid=rxziq6.nvgv27
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.