FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ARTS...
AND THE ARTIST.
RANDY’S CANVAS tells the fictional story of a young man who was abandoned by his birth parents at a very young age who lives with his “brother from another mother” Henry, in the big city. Randy is an incredibly talented artist, but there’s just one small problem… he happens to have Asperger Syndrome (a form of high-functioning Autism). When he falls in love for the first time, his life begins to spin out of control as he tries to deal with a roller coaster of emotions and first-time experiences.
A STORY ABOUT A YOUNG MAN WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME making his way in the world and thriving, is story worth telling — and will be a movie worth watching.
It all starts with a good script. We’ve spent nearly 10 years perfecting ours and have recently teamed up with The Autism Project in Rhode Island who will help us make sure the film is accurate to Autism and those affected by it. In return, we will involve many high-functioning young adults and their families, helping behind-the-scenes or as background (extras) for various scenes in the film. This does amazing things for self esteem and to experience a film being made from start to finish is wonderful experience for all involved and creates a sense of pride and accomplishment like no other.
We’ve all heard, location, location, location... and what a location Rhode Island will be. A beautiful setting, for a beautiful story!
Making a low or micro-budget film isn’t easy, but this isn’t our first rodeo and it certainly won’t be our last. We plan to make RANDY’S CANVAS for a drop in the bucket in Hollywood terms: $200,000.00. Yup. I’ve done it before, it’s been successful and I expect nothing less with this film.
We’ve assembled a competent production team, who collectively have vast experience producing successful independent films; and by shooting in a production-friendly state such as Rhode Island, we can benefit from their 25% production tax incentive; something an independent filmmaker can only dream of shooting in California.
When all is said and done, we plan to donate 100% of filmmaker profits to The Autism Project, Rhode Island. But it doesn’t stop there. When the film is released it will bring positive attention to, and therefore benefit Autism charities and organizations, worldwide!
Sean Michael Beyer - director / co-writer
ACCORDING TO OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR ANG LEE (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Hollywood’s preference is for maximum recognizability or none at all. “Totally fresh face or a big movie star,” he says. “That’s the industry rule.” Since the $20 million–a–movie heavyweights are increasingly unable to guarantee box-office success, there’s an economic argument for choosing the vastly less expensive newcomer. Plus, directors sometimes find it easier to mold a rookie than a more seasoned actor. Casting an unknown (and putting his or her face on a poster) can also be a clever way of generating free publicity: Moviegoers feel like they are making a discovery and pass the word along—think Gabourey Sidibe in Precious.
HIRING AN ACTOR WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY PLAYED THE LEAD IN A SUCCESSFUL FILM DOES NOT NECESSARILY CONVERT INTO SUCCESS and hiring a non-star cast doesn’t ensure failure. Hiring a star does always mean a higher budget for the picture and, sometimes, that the best actor for the part was passed over because he or she was not deemed “bankable.”
ADAM CARBONE - “RANDY”
Carbone is a filmmaker and actor, with a wide variety of experience. He will bring a fresh face the character of Randy and has done extensive research into autistic characteristics and has worked closely with The Autism Project, Rhode Island to make certain his portrayal is both accurate and believable.
He studied filmmaking at New England Tech in Rhode Island and received his Associate's degree. Carbone writes, directs, acts and sits in the editing chair. Recently he appeared as co-star and worked as associate producer in the feature Citrus Springs (produced by Beyer). He is co-creator and host of the hit comedy cooking show Dude Food with Sean and sometimes Adam (another collaboration with Beyer).
Prior to that, he finished production on the first season of his reality show Elimination Society and was cast as a recurring character in the hit comedy web series Poor Paul and his newest web series High Score is currently presented on his website ShquibTV.com
KEVIN G. SCHMIDT - “SCOOBY” / Producer
Having undergone his own personal metamorphosis at age 17 from chubby kid to young leading man, Schmidt was formerly best known as the clarinet-playing son in the blockbuster Cheaper by the Dozen films or as “Noah Newman” on the #1 daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Kevin went on to co-star with Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato in the Disney original movie, Princess Protection Program. He took on the lead role in the first live-action Cartoon Network’s scripted television series, Unnatural History. On top off all the acting, he managed to co-create with Sean Michael Beyer, star, produce and co-direct the cult-comedy web-series, Poor Paul.
Kevin has appeared in television hit dramas including NCIS, BONES, Without a Trace, CSI:NY as well as quirky comedies like HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and USA’s Monk. On the big screen Schmidt starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect and Catch That Kid with Kristin Stewart. Transitioning to leading man, Kevin starred in the indie thriller Resurrection Mary (co-written and directed by Beyer) as well as the family hit Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Kevin shared what he has learned about fitness and health on his directorial debut, The Alyson Stoner Project. Teaming up with good friend and dance prodigy, Alyson Stoner, the pair produced an instructional musical/fitness hybrid that uses the latest dance moves to get the body moving. ASP not only teaches kids the importance of fitness, nutrition and making good lifestyle choices, but also does so in a fun, relatable way. Kevin is developing The Alyson Stoner Project concept into a weekly TV series.
Outside of the entertainment business, Kevin continues to expand his entrepreneurial pursuits, sitting on the Board of Directors for SchoolGrown Aquaponics which is focused on advancing sustainable food production and research. Kevin hopes to be a vessel to ending childhood hunger and obesity worldwide. He’s an avid workout enthusiast, creative writer, and passionate cook.
MICHAEL EMERY - “HENRY”
Michael trained at the prestigious The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since his graduation, Michael has worked steadily, appearing on All My Children, One Life to Live, Monk, Guiding Light and most notably as “Andy” on As the World Turns. He also co-starred on the CBS’ hit show Blue Bloods, the ABC show, Body of Proof opposite Dana Delany and a lead in the TV film Scourge and recently finished shooting a co-star role in the TV Pilot Whoa! starring Linda Blair.
Emery co-starred in the Indie feature Franny, alongside Frances Fisher and Steve Howie, and worked with Ash Christian in the film Petunia, which starred Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Other films include, Nate & Margaret opposite Gabby Hoffman and notably played ‘Luke’ a young and gay ‘dreamer’ in love with the lead character ‘Tommy’ in the feature film, The One.
Michael very recently booked a co-starring role opposite William Sadler in critically acclaimed film The Historian shooting in Mississippi and is scheduled to shoot a guest star role on the hit television series, Shameless. Michael will be recurring on the new FOX TV series, The Sparrows shooting this Fall.
Michael had a co-starring on the feature film titled, Bone Tomahawk, which stars Patrick Wilson, Kurt Russell, and David Arquette and played a supporting role in the crime-thriller Citrus Springs (produced by Beyer and also starring Carbone).
RICHARD RIEHLE - "PROFESSOR HAUSDORFF"
Often recognized as Tom Smykowski the ‘Jump to Conclusions Guy’ in the cult comedy Office Space, Richard is also known for his scene-stealing cameo as the Quartermaster in 1989’s Glory alongside Denzel Washington. He made a cameo in producer Sean Michael Beyer’s indie drama Down The P.C.H. and with his trademark bushy mustache and heavyset frame, Richard has acquitted himself as one of the best, and busiest, character players, appearing in films such as Casino, The Fugitive, Lethal Weapon 4, and Fried Green Tomatoes, to name a few of many.
HARLAN - "as HIMSELF (Randy's Therapy Animal)"
Harlan is no stranger to the big and small screens alike. He's been featured in the films Grown Ups, Chilly Christmas, Lucky Dog as well as Marshall's Miracle. On television he made appearances in Jessie, The Thunderman's, Lab Rats, Sesame Street, CSI: Cyber and numerous national and local commercials.
Rescued from an animal shelter in Michigan, Harlan is a labradoodle that traveled cross country via Operation Rodger, an non-profit organization that partners with long-haul truck drivers to transport dogs to their new homes. Once he arrived at Paws For Effect, it was obvious he had star quality and has been one of their top working dog for many years. When he's not working, he's a big part of Dream Fetchers, a non-profit organization that brings movie star dogs to visit sick, disabled and special needs children & adults. He as brought many many smiles to those in need!
MASSI FURLAN - “MAURIZIO D’ORO”
Massimiliano Furlan, aka Massi, was born near Venice in Treviso, Italy. Massi moved to Miami Beach in May, 1998. After booking a few feature films including Vale Tudo Project, Phoenix Falling and Secret and Death (starring Melvin Van Peebles) he produced and starred in Italian’s Do It Best.
In 2007 Massi moved to Hollywood, CA and was cast in the HBO pilot 1%, Days of Our Lives, Terminator: Sarah Connors Chronicles, followed by a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital, as well as Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill and Aim High (Jackson Rathbone). Soon after, the Italian actor was cast in the blockbuster feature film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Summer 2014, included a recurring guest star role on NCIS Los Angeles and a great supporting role on the film Blood of Redemption alongside Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones. Most recently you can catch Furlan on the final season of HBO’s True Blood for HBO and The Last Ship a new series produced by Michael Bay on TNT.
RAE SUNSHINE LEE - "MOM"
Rae Sunshine Lee has worked in the Entertainment industry since the early 1960s. She was a Sears catalog children's model from 1961 to 1964. She appeared in the Chatty Cathy commercial with Maureen McCormick (Marcia from The Brady Bunch) and worked with voice over and on-screen legend Chuck McCann on Bonanza. She is currently seen regularly on Adult Swim and Comedy Central and has worked alongside Clint Eastwood, John C. Riley, Will Ferrell, Robert Loggia, Dean Norris, Andy Griffith, Scott Bakula, Sandra Bullock, Adam Baldwin and Jason Priestley. She is also an established science fiction and screenplay writer.
Sean Michael Beyer – Director / Co-Writer
Sean’s production company Eye Scream Films was created in 2000, producing a number of award-winning projects, including the Callous Sentiment segment of the feature Visions of Horror, winning awards for his editing and sound design work. 2005 marked his feature film writing & directorial debut, with the intense drama, Down the P.C.H. starring Guillermo Díaz, Elaine Hendrix and Lin Shaye picking up worldwide distribution, all while being made for a mere $40,000!
His second film, Resurrection Mary starring Golden Globe-Winner Sally Kirkland and character actor Richard Riehle, is based upon the famous Chicago Urban Legend, and is also available worldwide.
Beyer took on editorial duties and produced the behind-the-scenes featurette for the campy thriller The Telling starring Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison, best known as Playboy’s “Girls Next Door,” inking distribution with Sony Pictures.
He worked in the post sound department for the Sundance hit Bellflower and just wrapped production as producer of the crime-thriller film Citrus Springs, co-produced and cast by Valerie McCaffrey (American History X) who will team up with him for their third producer-director collaboration with the adventurous romantic-comedy Poor Paul, based upon the hit web series of the same name.
He continues to wear many hats both behind (and occasionally in front of) the camera and in the editing room, with his focus on directing.
Debbie Pearl – Producer / Animal Trainer
Debbie’s love for animals started when she was a young girl and has continued throughout her life. She is the owner and founder of Paws For Effect which was established in 1995. Combined with her love for children, she started Sugar Baby Entertainment a production company with the sole purpose of developing and producing children’s educational television and children’s movies.
With her company Paws for Effect she has complied a huge list of credits working with such stars as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Julie Andrew, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Robert Downey Jr.,among many others!
Additionally, Debbie started Dream Fetchers a non-profit organization where she brings movie star dogs a non-profit organization that brings movie star dogs to visit sick, disabled and special needs children & adults, something she is very passionate about. Debbie is constantly striving to make a difference in not only the film world but the world in general.
Germar Derron - Producer
No stranger to non-profits and charities, Germar has worked with the Arizona Governor’s Office, AmeriCorps*VISTA, The United Way, and VERTICAL and The Arc (both organizations support adults and students with disabilities).
Germar studied film, communication, post-production and entertainment law at Georgia State, the University of Colorado, and the University of Arizona and earned the title, Germar Derron, J.D., M.S., B.I.S.
His first big independent project was produced by the late legends Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. From there he began to write, direct, teach, and ultimately produce.
Two of Derron’s productions, about at-risk youth and injustice, won multiple awards; including best film and best documentary, at Arizona film festivals in 2009 and 2010. He’s also produced popular web content, including Langdon Nation, with Erik Griffin (Workaholics), and Heather Anne Campbell (Whose Line improv actor and SNL writer).
Though you may regularly catch Germar’s “head talking” on TV or online, his truest passion is for film and producing the best-looking and best-told stories.
Dick “The Dicksta” Lebeau - Executive Producer
Dick is an eccentric actor, comedian and producer from the great state of Rhode Island. With an unstoppable drive and passion, Lebeau won’t stop at anything until he’s at the top. Which at that point he still won’t stop. He has appeared in two feature films, multiple short films and many comedy skits on the YouTube channel captainsofcomedy. On screen Lebeau has a very outgoing and crazy personality. He’s known for his signature / infectious laugh and mannerisms.
Lebeau teamed up with Adam Carbone (Randy) and opened the company Shquib TV. The company continues to expand each day. Since then Lebeau has executive produced many projects as well as the TV pilot Your Honor? and Elimination Society a crazy-faux reality show, currently in post production with numerous other projects in the works.
Matthew Luke Andrews – Co-Writer
Matt began his film career in the third grade when he first began writing screenplays and filming them with his parents’ 8mm video camera. Growing up in New Mexico, he found success writing and producing news shorts for the Albuquerque CBS News affiliate. It was during this time that he won the prestigious Nambe Award for excellence in writing.
After this, Andrews decided to refine his talents by enrolling in film school at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent his time there directing films that he also wrote, and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of writing and directing films in Hollywood. He decided to further his higher education and received his law degree from Loyola Law School in 2013 and quickly garnered employment as in-house counsel for 20th Century Fox.
Matt has shown a diverse range of writing talent which has landed two of his scripts into development with Prime Universe Productions (Spy Hunter, Hitman, Hack/Slash). He is constantly working to bring his unique touch to the scripts he writes to help connect the stories he tells with the audiences that watch them.
Kevin Schlanser - Cinematographer
Kevin was introduced to film and photography at a young age by his father David. While attending the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles he met actress Jessica Rose and began working on the YouTube sensation Lonelygirl15 (also starring producer Yousef Abu-Taleb), a subsequent spin-off, and then a web series accompaniment to Harper’s Island on CBS.
He went on to direct the fantasy drama The Utopian (co-written & produced by Sean Michael Beyer) and starring Guillermo Díaz (Scandal, Weeds, Half Baked) and Richard Riehle (Office Space, Glory) which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Since then, Kevin has worked predominantly as a cinematographer on everything from features to short films and music videos. Most recently he was the cinematographer and director of the beautifully shot and award-winning documentary The Ataxian, about a young man with a debilitating disease that takes on the Race Across America, one of the toughest bike races in the world.
Christopher Carlone - Composer
Chris is a composer and musician from western, Connecticut. He holds a music degree from the University of New Hampshire and is best known for his composing for the popular comedy goof group, 3GI. He is also an active sound designer for indie video games, including the soon-to-be-released Guardians of the Dark, where he sought the voice over talents of Randy's Canvas director, Sean Michael Beyer. He is a student and employee at the University of Massachusetts pursuing a Master's degree in Music.
The proceeds from Randy's Canvas will directly benefit The Autism Project, Rhode Island as well as draw positive attention to other Autism charities, worldwide.
“I was impressed with everyone’s commitment to creating a movie that is accurate as to what it’s like to live as a person on the autism spectrum. Who better to tell you than people you are portraying. I’m excited for our teens and families to be active participants in the process.”
-Joanne Quinn, executive director, The Autism Project, Rhode Island
The Autism Project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and those who work with them. CLICK HERE for more information.
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