A new indie feature film is set to begin production in Milwaukee this August.
The film titled All That Glitters will be directed by recent UW-Milwaukee graduate, Noah Meister. All of the crew members are UWM graduates as well.
“All That Glitters is a passion project that I have been working on since my sophomore year of college, based loosely on real life events growing up in the suburbs of Verona, Wisconsin,” Meister says.
The feature film is a dramatic thriller about discovering and dealing with the dark underbelly of the safe and comfortable suburban life.
All That Glitters will tell the story of Christopher, a high school student frustrated with his suburban life, who finds himself in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong when he accidentally ends up with thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and the previous owners looking for him.
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“The stark contrast between the facade of a pleasant, well-behaved suburban school, and the strung-out reality that could be disturbing – or even violent – was something I always wanted to write about,” Meister says.
The film will explore the unfortunate truth that while suburban life in the United States attempts to shield young adults from harsh realities in the world, the exclusion and protection creates a culture of ignorance, shame and recklessness.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that everything’s perfect on the surface but there’s something darker underneath it,” Meister says.
With the goal of raising $50,000 to fund the production, All That Glitters has partnered with a local non-profit, Arts Wisconsin, to offer tax-deductible donations to donors. The film also accepts donations via GoFundMe. Donations will be used to pay cast and crew members for their time during the three-week shoot.
“Every donation helps, and whatever amount we raise through GoFundMe will increase the quality of our film exponentially due to the hard work of our cast and crew,” Meister says.