AOA Startup Grant 2017

Lament by Circuitry Films


Project: Lament by Circuitry Films, a new film project in need of development funds.

Who: Brian Szepatowski and Rachel Krupsky

Short bio
Circuitry Films, LLC is a start up company, which employs a team of writers, photographers, actors, artists and production crew from all over the Capital Region.

Circuitry Films is owned by filmmakers Brian Szepatowski and Rachel Krupsky with a team of screen writers, lead by Heather Johnson. Both, Brian and Rachel have worked in the commercial/corporate industry for a multitude of years. Their experience and passion for Indie film making, matched with their love of the Capital Region encouraged them to break from the shackles of the corporate environment. The Bug Hunt-Promo, was funded personally and is still in production.

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Brian's recent accomplishments include the series Solitude which is in production in the Capital Region which will be featured on Amazon Prime. Other accomplishments include, the popular web series Super Knocked Up. Brian has worked on cable TV shows such as Mysteries At The Museum (Sound Mixer) for the Travel Channel, I Killed My BFF (Sound Mixer) on Bio Channel and the Hallmark Channel's Hero Dog Awards (2013) (Sound Mixer).

Rachel Krupsky, interned as a writer on Saturday Night Live among other TV shows. At the tender age of 11 Rachel got her first short story (The Love of The Body Guard) published in Teen Magazine. From there she has won awards from Northeast American Writers and American Poet Society, which landed Rachel in the Who's Who book of up and coming American Creative Writers.

Heather Johnson is a featured screen writer and an aspiring Producer working in collaboration with Brian and Rachel at Circuitry Films and their network of industry professionals. Heather is a novelist, published author and poet. She is a selected Artist in Residence at Albany Barn.

She also works for the anti-mainstream site For Us Not Them, interviewing both musicians from the Capital Region and international artist. She also does local concert and album reviews.

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A description of the proposed project
We are looking to support local talent in the area. Are you a screen writer, graphic artist, photographer, artist and would like to participate working in film? We'd love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact (, ) to share ideas, information, resources, or support.

We also hope to connect and collaborate with other social entrepreneurs in the area because we believe when you support small local businesses you help improve the local economy and you keep your community unique with stronger relationships among residents, neighbors and community leaders.

If we win the grant we would like to hold a contest for a local digital artist (restricted to the Capital Region) to fund someone in our community. Our contest would be to find a local artist to design the concept poster for our newest film Lament.

We are looking for something similar to the Bug Hunt Promotional Film poster:

Startups2017 CircuitryFilms poster

How would the grant money help?
A) Fund the concept poster contest.

B) Marketing materials and website development. We want to purchase copies of the program Final Draft 10 for all of our screenwriters. It is the industry standard. Which costs $150 each. We also need copies of the programming software Dragon Dictate.

C) We'd like to defray the cost for the entrance into the North East CCCE filmmaker's lab. The Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc. (CCCE), mission is to empower emerging filmmakers to complete and present their projects in a rapidly changing media landscape by leveraging world-class industry expertise through a lab process.

D) Office supplies (copier/printer, paper, ink, poster board, etc) for handouts and recipe cards.

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