22 Fillmore is a dramatic – fantasy, 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 overdoses 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 three people from his real life turn into enlightened “guides”. They whiz back and forth in time, to allow Jeff to witness his past with a fresh perspective.
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 mash-up of of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Wizard of Oz” – 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 and casting stages with Los Angeles production company, Buffalo 8.
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.
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.
"...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.
"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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