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My name is David Knoller, and I am the Executive Producer of a new drama series entitled THE ONE PERCENT from the MRC (Media Rights Capital) the studio who produces HOUSE OF CARDS. The creators of our series are Alejandro Iñárritu, the director and writer of Birdman & The Revenant, and also from the writing team of Birdman. The series will stat Hillary Swank and Ed Helms.
It is about a patriarchal Ohio farming family who is struggling to keep their farm amid a sea of their neighbors’ GMO leased land, and which due to the loss of their son, has moved them to change to organic farming. There are a lot of other factors to the story, that if this piques interest in someone from your department to advise us, we will more than happy to provide the scripts and storylines.
We will be creating a 40 acre organic farm AND orchard, requiring transplanting of fruit trees, seeding, sowing, etc., along with building the farmhouse and creating a pond. We are doing a scout next week in the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio, and we are hoping we could persuade a very knowledgeable expert from your faculty to meet with us at a couple of farms, and enlighten us and our Production Designer Jack Fisk (Designer of The Revenant and There Will Be Blood) on things we will need to do.
We realize we are in a bit of a time crunch, seasonally speaking, if we want to commence filming in the middle of March. Assuming we will have to get to work immediately before a winter freeze.
Hillary Swank and Ed Helms?
I'm picturing a cross between Million Dollar Baby and The Hangover.
Million Dollar Hangover?
The Hungover Baby?
In Northeast Ohio.
Here's the synopsis: Set against the world of organic farming, a dysfunctional family is struggling to keep their family farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever.