What matters is not where you are from but where you are going....
Alpha Males is a story about a life change. It is also a deep and strong story that underlines integration and racism problems. THis is a universal subject that takes place in Harlem, New York.
nb : All the rewards are in english and french
PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT BY PASCAL LATIL THE DIRECTOR :
A troubled African American teenager is sent to an all white, male private school at the request of his social worker. Once there, he encounters issues of class, race, and self-discovery. His experience helps him realize it’s not about where you’re from, but where you're going that matters.
Watch this video and let the producer and the director explain you the film.
A film with political involvment
Nelson Moses Lassiter Producer’s Notes:
“I wanted to create a story that touches on contemporary issues and themes in which people of all walks of life can relate. The purpose of the film is illustrate the definition of our character in the midsts of defining moments. No matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, athletic or not, we all encounter issues, hardships and struggles. What matters is how we handle those challenges, that is what defines who and what we are.”
Pascal Latil Director’s Notes:
“When I read the story, I thought it was amazing and something I wanted to be apart of. I feel that it is touching, witty, sarcastic and impactful. Although my background is not the same, I sympathized with the main character, Sean and the lives of the people around him. This aspect of American life is something many Europeans are not aware of. I want to bring this story to life and really show the contrast between life in Harlem and life in the academy. Not only are their lifestyles different, but the way the talk, act and dress. I want to visually bring the theme to life and it is going to be exciting to do so.”
A parallel between Racism and Homophobia: In writing this story, we didn't want to focus solely on race but other forms of discrimination such as sexuality. These are the contemporary issues of our generation. The number of suicide of teenagers is 13 times more important when they are gay than when they are heterosexual. Most suicides within that demographic are related to gay bullying. In the film Alpha Males, that is the story of Seb. He befriends Sean, the main character, and they grow very close. Seb is very popular and the captain of the football team. He goes through great lengths to hide his sexuality, he even has a girlfriend, but he eventually comes out to Sean. He feels that Sean's being african-american makes him different from the other boys of the school, and because of these differences he feels that Sean is the only one who can understand him.
All of the actors selected are extremely talented and come from diverse backgrounds. Some, like the lead character, have similar backgrounds to the characters they will portray. Jamej Lawton will play Sean Houston, A troubled teen in Harlem. He pulls his depth from life experiences and trusts his dealing with him own adversity into the role of Sean Houston. All of the cast has similar stories and adversity and will come together to create a powerful story.
- Jamej Lawton sera SEAN HOUSTON
Angy Fernandez - Elmyra
- Rosemaire Mitchell sera TANYA (La mère de Sean)
- Stephen Duckers sera JEREMY (Le petit fils du créateur de l’Académie)
- John Brodsky sera BRADLEY (Le premier ami de Sean à l’école)
- Alana Dimaria sera JENNIFER HARLIN (L’avocate)
- Scarlett Angelina sera CYTHINA
- Saavas Seferis sera CHET (Le rival de Sean)
- Kyle Klaus sera Kane
- Nikolay Aleksandrov sera DASH (Le meilleur ami de Chet)
Alpha Males is an ambitious collaboration between French Filmmaker, Pascal Latil and Amercan Producer, Nelson Moses Lassiter. They met while attending the New York City Downtown Film Festival and have collaborated on various projects since then.
Pascal Latil - Director
Nelson Moses Lassiter - Producer and Writer
Pascal Latil has already directed two short films that have both been awarded
-Best foreign film at 9th NYC downtown short film festival april 2013
-Selected at Les herault du cinéma festival (Agde – France) june 2013
-Selected at the international short film festival of Puteaux (France) septembrer 2013
-Selected at Chéries chéris Festival (Paris - France) october 2013 Selected at Mix Brasil (Sao Paulo – Brasil) november 2013
-Selected at New York Denouement short film festival november 2013
-Selected at the Richmond International Film Festival February 2014
-Double male acting award et female acting award
At the 3rd Festival l’ombre d’un court (Jouy en Josas - France)
-Best gay and lesbian film
at the 8 th New York City downtown short film festival
-Selected at Chéries Chéris festival (Paris - France) october 2011 Selected at Image+Nation festival (Montréal – Canada) november 2011
-Selected at the TGLBTFF (Torino – Italy) march 2012
-Selected at MQFF (Melbourbourne – Australia) April 2012
-Selected at KMIQFF (Mumbaï – India) April 2012
We made on the 3rd of march a screening of the two short films of Pascal Latil. We let you discover people's reactions.
Our vision is to combine our astistry of story telling with a visual aesthetic that will compliment the script in a way that only visuals can. Although it is an indie production, Alpha Males will have the hollywood studio look, feel and sound.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Many of the risks and challenges creating this film stem from the funding. Most films require bigger budgets, but we feel that we can create something along the same caliber of Hollywood Studio films for less. Our overall goal is to raise $130,000 to bring the vision to life. It involves a full cast, crew and a lot of favors.
One of the challenges many filmmakers face is distribution. Without distribution many films will never be seen by the audiences it could impact.
Our goal to overcome this challenge is to utilize theatrical self distribution. In doing so we will slowly distribute the film to theaters around the country ourselves to help share the vision and story. Your funding can help make that happen.
Production insurance and completion bonds. Without these two essential items many feature films in development are not taken seriously. With your help we will be able to purchase these bonds and insurance to provide the needed support to our cast and crew to guarantee the completion of the film.
We feel a close connection to this story, for many of us have experienced it in various ways. We all have defining moments that change the course of our life and its because of these moments, we feel passionate about bringing this story to life. We hope this film can be a defining moment in your life as well.