Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress
It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”
“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.
He originally intended to share his version of “pols gone wild” with the world ahead of the 2012 elections, but had to delay that self-imposed deadline as the money hunt — he attempted to raise $50,000 in 2012, but came up short — and personal issues continued cropping up.
All that’s changed. Save for some finishing touches, Lewis said the film is just about ready for public consumption.
The story focuses on a Senate staffer who gets wrapped up in congressional infidelity when morally bankrupt leaders turn his apartment into their personal playground.
“Quick, prayer meeting!” the protagonist blurts out in what looks to be a moment of clarity among a sea of indiscretions.
Per Lewis, the featured players — a cast of characters that includes: “Governor Appalachia,” “Congressman Coke Head,” “Cheese Lobbyist” and “Reverend Fink,” among others — are very much inspired by real life political stumbles.
“The movie tries not to take sides. But it’s very clear that it’s lampooning hypocrisy … particularly those who espouse vitriolic points of view but then don’t hold themselves to the same standards,” he said of his desire to skewer the holier-than-thou set.
He’s joined in his efforts by a down-for-whatever ensemble, including “Nip/Tuck” alumnus Dylan Walsh (“He wanted to do something fun,” Lewis said of the fortuitous get), “Law and Order” vet Carey Lowell, “Family Ties” paterfamilias Michael Gross and “Smash” semi-regular Shaun Licata.
To wit, Lewis told HOH he briefly considered inviting disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to participate in the Brooklyn-based production, but then thought better of it.
Did any other Empire State personalities make the cut? Not really.
However, one could trace policy prescriptions (bizarro health care plans, proposals to build a moat along the U.S.-Mexico border) to the would-be leaders chewing up every second of cable news reports. “These characters fit in perfectly among the current craziness,” Lewis said.
There is also the title, which harks to the mythical 133 C St. SE Capitol Hill rowhouse home to many a hanky-panky scandal-mongers .
The plan is to crowd source around $15,000 to cover post-production costs and jump-start a marketing campaign Lewis hopes will help put the independent flick in front of the right people.
“We’re definitely going to go the festival route,” he said of the distribution strategy.
With just under two weeks to go, Lewis is already half way to his latest Kickstarter goal . The fundraising window is scheduled to close on Oct. 11.
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