22 Fillmore is a dramatic, fantasy-thriller narrative that chronicles the life of Jeff, a desperate drug addict, gripped in a downward spiral and haunted by images of his abusive Dad. After being served with an eviction notice, losing his job, being physically abused and shot in a drug deal gone bad, Jeff ends up in the hospital.
After the police arrive, Jeff flees and takes a ride on the “22 Fillmore” – a rough, inner-city San Francisco bus line. His world is turned upside down when he enters a trippy, alternate reality and meets three enlightened “guides”. They whiz back and forth in time, to allow Jeff to witness past events in a new light.
Jeff is faced with two possible futures and must finally confront his Dad, his past, and his own mortality – all in a climactic crash! Will he be able to embrace these new lessons and find hope for his life?
22 Fillmore is a moral tale that expresses hope for the individual and humanity. With startling power and beauty, it graphically explores the themes of addiction, abuse, despair and recovery. Lessons touch on taking responsibility for one’s life to remove harmful patterns and embrace the true self.
Visualize a modern, but gritty version of “A Christmas Carol” – on crack!
Check out our project page on Slated. The 22 Fillmore screenplay has been read by professional industry script readers from the story department. They all unanimously gave the screenplay a strong “CONSIDER” and a combined score of 71, which indicates a solid, production ready story.
22 Fillmore is currently in development stages. Writer/Director, Paul Oja, has completed a polished screenplay and storyboarded the entire project. Producer, Debbie Bruabaker has secured an experienced and competent core team, listed below. We have attached movie actor, James Russo and continue to secure and attach more name talent with Casting Director, Nina Henninger. The entire team advances constantly to network with other industry professionals to finish our fund raising to push the project into the production phase.
When we finish our financial efforts for the production budget, our goal is to be in production by 2017. Before and during production, we will work with our team to reach out to potential distributors and also plan for our film festival premieres. Keep a close watch on our website and social media networks for progress on when 22 Fillmore will be brought to a screen near you!
"One of the narrative's most commendable achievements is a sense of authenticity that adds depth and gravity to the events."
We produced a short pitch video for “22 Fillmore” to help support with a past crowd funding campaign.
22 Fillmore’s tagline is precise, bold, and reflects the three acts of the story structure and arc.
Writer/Director, Paul Oja introduces the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and her timeless city, San Francisco, where Jeff, the main character lives. We will also be shooting 22 Fillmore in the Bay Area.
22 Fillmore has storyboarded the entire project, which includes 1,296 individual boards and over 1000 camera set-ups! Here is the storyboard for our opening shot of the movie.
Jeff, the protagonist and main character of 22 Fillmore meets three people from his real life – Angie, a drug counselor, Diego, an emergency room nurse, and Chinese Man, a liquor store clerk. They all morph into enlightened characters in act two. This image portrays their personas on the bus in the fantasy world.
The social media team of 22 Fillmore interviews the Writer-Director, Paul Oja to ask about the inspiration behind the story and more.
The social media team interviews Writer-Director, Paul Oja to learn more about the detailed inspirations, characters, story plot points, and more.
Early in the writing process, writer/director, Paul Oja shot and produced video footage to explore Jeff’s character. The resulting videos helped to shape the motivations, actions, and dialogue of the screenplay.
Warning: Graphic violence, sexual situation, and strong language.
Before extensive rewrites of the screenplay, this video too was produced to help shape the narrative and character of Jeff.
Warning: Graphic drug usage and strong language.
"...an overwhelmingly gritty, tragic series of events is offset by a strong tone of genuine, realistic emotion."
Paul is an emerging feature filmmaker bringing fresh, unique stories to the independent film community. He is well rounded in the study of the arts, including photography, dance/choreography, and music, but has eagerly chosen cinema as his choice of medium to explore his life inspirations. He has been educated at City College of San Francisco and Arizona State University.
He has been writing, directing, and acting in short films over the past seven years, of which many have gone on to various film festivals, which includes, SIC and rE-fleKt. He has developed the story and project of 22 Fillmore over the past several years and believes it is ready to be created and shared on the global screen.
Most recently, Paul has been traveling worldwide to film markets to network and build relationships with industry professionals and companies, including, AFM, Berlin, and Cannes
Debbie is a seasoned producer in the world of feature films and is widely known as the “godmother” of the San Francisco Bay Area independent movie arena. Debbie recently premiered The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Kristin Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard (Sundance 2015, Dramatic Competition) and sold that weekend to Sony Pictures Classics, also on Woody Allens’, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and Tim Burton’s new movie, Big Eyes. Other production successes are co-producing, La Mission (Sundance 2009, SFIFF opener 2009), starring Benjamin Bratt. She has also produced an extensive list of other feature narratives, such as the big hit, The Darwin Awards, (Sundance 2006) directed by Finn Taylor, starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder and Dopamine, (Sundance 2003) directed by Mark Decena.
Other movies include Unflinching Triumph: The Phillip Rockhammer Story directed by J.R. McCord, Swing, directed by Martin Guigui, Teknolust, (Sundance 2002) directed by Lynn Hershman-Leesom, starring Tilda Swinton, Bartleby and The Californians by Jonathan Parker and Cherish, (Sundance 2002) also directed by Finn Taylor. Other feature projects include, All About Evil, Seducing Charlie Barker, documentary, Miss Representation (Sundance 2011), On The Road, directed by Walter Salles and Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe.
Debbie recently worked on two independent movies, Summertime directed by Gabriele Muccino, and The Etruscan Smile and TV mini-series, When We Rise, with two time Oscar nominated director, Gus Van Sant and Oscar winning writer, Dustin Lance Black.
Svetlana was born in the former Yugoslavia and first discovered her passion and talent for photography through the foggy viewfinder of a Zorki-10. It was there that she developed her skills to debut her documentary No War, which won the Grand Prix du Public at Films de Femmes in 2001.
Svetlana since has worked as Director of Photography on several feature films, including the Oscar winner, Inside Job (Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, 2010), documentary, Miss Representation, (Sundance 2011) directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Untitled (SFIFF 2009) starring Adam Goldberg, directed by Jonathan Parker. She was the first indie-level DP to be entrusted with the Panavision Genesis Camera System on this project. Other features include, Unflinching Triumph: The Philip Rockhammer Story, directed by Mark Decena, Opal, (Mill Valley Film Festival, 2010) directed by Dina Ciraulo and Even Now, directed by Greg Watkins. Her most recent Director/DP work was a live-action, CG web series pilot, Freeway and a collaboration with Allen Daviau on a film starring Dick Van Dyke using 3ality’s 3D system.
Notable credits also include films, Birju (Sundance 2002, Berlinale 2002 – Special Mention), Raw (Sundance 2005, AFI 2005) and Dorme (Tribeca 2007) and professional clients which include, Mini Cooper, Banana Republic, The United Way, John Muir, The Fairmont, Sutter Home Wines, VH-1, and The Discovery Channel.
In addition to several other films, commercials, and documentaries, Svetlana was featured in American Cinematographer in July 2008. Recent project includes, documentary, Inequality For All, gaining critical acclaim and currently, feature movie, The Architect.
Doug grew up in the film industry joining The Theatrical Stage Employees Union at 17 years old. He followed in the footsteps of his father who helped pioneer one of the first grip trucks in California. His grandmother, who was in the Ice Follies, later became their Costumer and his grandfather designed sound systems for opera houses around the world.
Doug spent most his youth working at the SF Opera, SF Ballet, ACT, Winterland Fillmore West, and the theatres, the Geary, Curran, and Orpheum. With this strong foundation and an education from the California College of Arts and Crafts, he dedicated himself to the art department. Early projects include, American Graffiti, Bullet, Magnum Force, Towering Inferno, and 2 seasons on The Streets of San Francisco. Doug founded the set company, Jet Sets and continues to work on TV, film, trade shows, music videos, live events and national and international commercials.
Doug’s work has been recognized with several awards, including the AICP’s Production Designer on a four million dollar British Petroleum commercial with Industrial Light and Magic and an Emmy nomination for Production Design and Emmy Award for Best Director on the PBS series, Adventures with Kanga Roddy. His most recent projects as Production Designer include features, I’m In Love With A Church Girl, Seducing Charlie Barker, Black August and Valley of the Hearts Delight, which is currently winning awards at festivals around the US and the FOX TV series, Killer Instinct. He currently is working on TV show, Hacienda Heights and feature movie, Wild Hearts.
Nina is a reputable casting director working in the industry for over two decades. She has worked on a multitude of films and television shows including more recently, movie projects, Steve Jobs, director Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Kristin Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, and blockbuster movie, San Andreas, and TV series, Sense8 and When We Rise.
Past projects include, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, Fruitvale Station, Chasing Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler, Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe, Big Sur, Contagion, starring Matt Damon and the Coen Brothers’, True Grit , starring Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. The Kite Runner, Milk, starring Sean Penn, Rocket Science, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, Spanglish, Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack, starring Robin Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Doors, and the TV series Nash Bridges.
She is CEO of her own agency, Nina Henninger Casting and a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA). She is respected and well-rounded with placing talent for movies, shows, original features, commercials and TV programs. Among her clients are New Line Cinema, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Cloud Ten Pictures, MGM, Miramax Films, Dreamworks Studios, Buena Vista, Lion’s Gate Films, Fox Searchlight, MTV Network, Nickelodeon, USA Films, Touchstone Pictures, Talent Search USA, HBO, UA Films and Castle Rock Entertainment.
Nina has been a casting director for top industry directors such as, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Marc Forster, Gus Van Sant, Ben Stiller, Rob Marshall, James L. Brooks and more.
Rick is an accomplished editor with over 20 feature films to his credit in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Independent feature films include, Dream With the Fishes (1997), Haiku Tunnel (2001), Cherish (2002), and The Darwin Awards (2006), all which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before playing theatrically worldwide. His latest feature project, Sold (2013), is based on the novel by Patricia McCormick.
He also has edited documentaries, which includes, The Loss of Nameless Things (2004), an official selection at AFI Silverdocs Festival and was broadcast by PBS on Independent Lens. The documentary, This Dust of Words (2008) was recently broadcast on PBS’s Truly California series. He worked on NBC’s documentary mini-series, Ocean Quest, produced by Guber/Peters and directed by Al Giddings.
Tony Vella is an experienced stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor and San Francisco native. With more than 20 years experience both on-camera and behind the scenes, Tony is an actors’ stunt coordinator, as he understands the difficulties in choreographing dialogue and physical actions required by actors when performing their own stunts. He works efficiently to explain and demonstrate how to execute the actions for dramatic results. He can also bring in the “heavyweights” (stunt doubles) when necessary.
In the beginning of his career, Tony was invited to become a member of the group he was training with, but heard a calling to control his destiny and created his own organization, Bay Area Stunts, which offers full service action coordinating, including stunts, precision driving, and specialty rigging.
His personal work in both stunt coordinating and on-camera includes a multitude of commercials, industrials, television, feature movies, and “live” stunt shows. This includes the double for the principal character “Evan” on the widely popular Nash Bridges, TV series. His Stunt Coordinator and Stunts credits include, Bicentennial Man (1999), starring Robin Williams, precision/ stunt driver on the critically acclaimed David Fincher movie, Zodiac (2007), an actor as “Supervisor, Robert Gonzalez” in the award winning Gus Van Sant movie, Milk (2008), La Mission (2009), starring Benjamin Bratt, the quirky cult hit, All About Evil (2010), with Natasha Lyonne, director Steven Soderbergh movie, Contagion (2011), About Cherry (2012), starring James Franco, and more recently, Garden of Eden (2013) and Quitters (2014). Tony is currently working on the Indie Film, War Games.
Jairo is a talented artist, originally from Mexico and recent graduate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, with a B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects. Prior to his work in VFX he worked as a graphic designer for many years in diverse areas of the multimedia industry.
Jairo has worked on a number of collaborative feature film projects including, Fruitvale Station, director, Ryan Coogler, producer, Forest Whitaker, winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival (2013), Cannes Film Festival, (2013) starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (Compositor), Saving Lincoln, (2013), director, Salvador Litvak, (Compositor, Matte Painter), Valiant, R.G. Pictures, (short film) post-production (2012-2013) director, Robin Phillips, Recoil (short film) production, (2012-2013) director, Evan Matthews (Compositor), Advantageous, (short film) PBS, ITVS, (2012), director, Jennifer Phang, (Compositor), TV Series, Futurestates, Tribeca Film Festival, (2012), San Diego Comic Con, (2012), (Art Director, Conceptual Designer, Motion Grapher, Compositor) THINKING out of the BOX, (short film) director, Andres Galeano, 1st Place at the Spring Show Festival 2013 in best VFX short film, 1st place at the California International Shorts (VFX Supervisor on Set), and currently, feature film, 22 Fillmore, director, Paul Oja.
Nicole is a Creative Consultant who specializes in transmedia production, online development, and inbound marketing strategies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and is certified in Television Arts. Working with a number of directors to produce engaging online media – from print work and websites to social media content curation, the implementation of various inbound marketing strategies, and assisting with crowd sourced fundraising campaigns, Nicole has helped many clients boost their online presence and meet their project funding goals. Projects include documentaries such as, Paying The Price For Peace, Walking In Two Worlds, Accidental Activists, Islands of Life, and Power Paths by Bo Boudart of Bo Boudart Productions, American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard by Karen Everett of New Doc Films, and Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy by Haydn Reiss of Zinc Films. Feature narrative films include Seducing Charlie Barker by Kanbar Entertainment, and 22 Fillmore by Paul Oja.
Prior to consulting, Nicole was a Post-Production Audio Coordinator and Studio Manager at Outpost Studios, Inc. for four years (Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2013). While there, she worked on a number of film projects including: Oblivion (2013), The Europa Report (2013), The Company You Keep (2012) directed by Robert Redford, Arbitrage (2012) starring Richard Gere, Valley of the Sun (2012) by Stokes McIntyre, award-winning documentary Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology by Tiffany Shlain, Foreverland (2011) starring Max Thieriot, Kurzwiel’s documentary The Singularity Is Near (2011), BunRaku (2011), and Khan (2010). Nicole also coordinated Foley, ADR, sound design, mixing, and voice-over sessions for gaming projects with EA, Activision, Technicolor Interactive, Sony, Hasbro, and Y2K Games, as well as worked on a number of TV projects for studios such as Lonely Planet TV, Starz, HGTV, PBS, and HBO.
"The lead character is sympathetic and endearing, but he isn't a tragic drug addict cliche."
James Russo is a prolific actor who has starred in over 100 feature movies in film and television over the past four decades. Most recently he had a role in the Oscar winning Quentin Tarantino movie, Django Unchained. He is first known for his small role in the 1982 cult-comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but got his big break opposite Eddie Murphy in the huge 1984 hit, Beverly Hills Cop. He went on to star in dozens of features and is well known for his powerful portrayal of a serial rapist in Extremeties (1986) with Farrah Fawcett..
Russo’s popular film roles in the 1990’s include, State of Grace (1990), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Bad Girls (1994), The Postman (1997), Donnie Brasco (1997) starring with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp and Roman Polanski’s, The Ninth Gate (1999).
More recent roles include, The Bronx Bull (2013), Chavez Cage of Glory, (2012), Open Range (2003) with Kevin Costner and Public Enemies with Johnny Depp (2009) and a multitude of TV dramas and movies which include, Vegas, The Equalizer, Miami Vice, CSI and Las Vegas.
Currently, he continues to star in a multitude of independent movie projects, including, Blood on the Border, Strike One and Dark Star Hollow. Mr. Russo, known for his menacing stare, is truly a gifted American character actor.
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