Monolopolus Productions has just announced it's next short film collaboration with puppeteering company Future Self Productions. The project, titled Friends to the End, is a drark comedy / drama piece that will launch production in the city of Buffalo, NY this September.
Already confirmed are several notable Western New York actors and filmmakers including actor Robert Bozek (Emelie, Marshall) who will be playing the lead role of Bobby. Mr. Bozek is a frequent star of upstate New York productions. Other announced cast includes Buffalo actor Michael O'hear (Death House, Killer Rack), actress Sam Jindra (The Butcher) and actor Matthew Kozak (Buffalo Boys).
Buffalo native Ryan Monolopolus wrote the script and will be directing the short. Now based in Atlanta, GA and New York City, Monolopolus will be returning to Buffalo for the production.
"The concept is to essentially tell very layered, dramatic stories though puppetry," commented Monolopolus, "we are all very excited to be working with the Future Self team again to make something memorable. And what better way to celebrate that than to come back to the city of Buffalo where the magic began?"
The last collaboration between Future Self and Monolopolus Productions was at the 2013 Holiday 48 Hour Film Festival. The result was the drama Before Christmas, which won six awards at the event including Audience Choice Award and the Best Director Award for Monolopolus. Since then Future Self has created a number of films and commercials, and Monolopolus Productions has released several features, shorts and two TV pilots.
"We are locking in our final team and cast over the next month and will be making some big announcements soon. We ran a small proof of concept shoot in Buffalo this July which gave us some fantastic ideas. Anticipate a very fun film, but also a very dark film," added Monolopolus.
Trevor Boyd will serve as a regional producer and Shannon Madden is expected to sign on as the director of photography. For more information visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/monolopolusproductions .