SUCH A FUNNY LIFE is a dark drama about the ups and downs of a stand-up comic named David Gutierrez (Gonzalo Trigueros). He tackles the struggle of growing up with and overcoming mental abuse, a mother with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to cope with death in the family and pressures from his environment to fall in with the wrong side of the law. This story follows David from a child to adulthood, as we see how his environment can attempt to hinder talent in his determination for success.
Writer/Director Oliver Mann came up with the idea for SUCH A FUNNY LIFE five years ago and has been working non-stop to get this story made. This intimate feature-length film explores environmental and social issues through the family’s brush with mental abuse and Autism. It’s a powerful example of overcoming societal and family pressure in order to succeed.
Why is this story so important?
I, Oliver Mann, am a writer-director who has been active for over eight years, directing and producing short films, fashion shows and other mediums. But SUCH A FUNNY LIFE is my most passionate project yet. To create a story about a character so complex yet somehow we can relate with, empathize and sometimes even disagree with. This screenplay has beckoned me for five years to be made, since then my team and I have worked on this film everyday towards the mission of it getting made. Even through trials and tribulations that I went through to tough it out, I continued to bring this story to life. The biggest tribulation was my father passing away in 2013 as the project was formulating. I wasn’t sure if I could go on to bring this film to fruition, but this is what my father would want. Similar to David, through any painstaking obstacle, we must soldier on.
The film and the road so far
All locations have been established and cast and crew fully committed. The shooting schedule is approximately three weeks, all in New York and at one sound stage. The promo trailer was put together and self financed by myself for putting together a trailer of having a visual representation for what’s in store. Throughout the process we have storyboarded the project, acquired cast and crew, raised a bit of money, and now we are ready to go. But now we need a bit more to finish the rest with your help!
The SAFL crew
OLIVER MANN (Writer/Director) – Oliver is a military veteran who started off songwriting and producing for the Washington DC/Maryland based group “The Legacy”. After attending institutions such as Full Sail, the New York Film Academy and the School of Visual Arts, he directed a number of short films. The latest, THE ACTION HERO, screened at Litchfield Hills Film Festival in 2011. He produced of the short film ALICE IN ANDREW’S LAND about the LGBT community which has screened at over twenty film festivals. Oliver was Head of Video Production under Frocked Out Image and Consulting for New York Fashion Show Couture Series, Spring and Summer Collection, Bryant Park Hotel 2012. He also was the Assistant Director for the music video “Let it Fall” by the award winning performer Jerome Andre.
SANIA JHANKAR (Producer) – Sania fell in love with filmmaking at the age of 13, when she worked as an actor on LEKROO, THE CHILD. She was an assistant director on THE LOVERS where she worked closely with Roland Joffé. During her time in India, she was associate director for the feature film Mahek, which premiered at the London Film Festival and has been recognized at over 15 film festivals worldwide. Jhankar graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since, she has worked with Focus Features, Behind the Burner, MTV/VH1, USA Studios, IOM Production Company, News12 in The Bronx and Indiepix, for shows and films like BEHIND THE MUSIC, MILK, and TAKING WOODSTOCK. After releasing her directorial debut film, BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER, Jhankar is currently working on the distribution and development of three versatile features. Jhankar is the Co-founder of I Laugh I Cry Films with Reema Dutt. She is also Head of Production for the recently launched LuminouStudios.
STEFANIE DIAZ (Associate Producer) – Stefanie has worked on the post-production phase for several documentaries and feature films, including THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT and the crowdfunding phenomenon MY REINCARNATION, for which she received an Emmy nomination as Coordinating Producer. She is currently assisting in the development of the feature fiction film, THE TALE, directed by Jennifer Fox and executive produced by Oren Moverman. DADA SHIKAKO (Director of Photography) – Dada is a Brazilian born filmmaker that decided to venture the seven oceans and all the continents in a search for a perfect place to put down a hammock, sticks and a camera. Since this place is yet to be found, he has been living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, working with the great independent filmmaking community of the city, and living the dream. Some of the past clients include: Sephora, Timberland, Chevrolet, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Stoli, Absolut, HGTV, Travel Channel, NBC and Vice.”
MAR URRESTARAZU (Production Designer) – Based in New York City, Mar is a Scenic and Production Designer with a passion for space and its relationship with the characters and stories that inhabit it. Mar grew up in between NY and Madrid. She has an architectural background and holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Design for Stage and Film.
ERIK HERMESMAN (Editor) – Erik is an editor with over eleven years of experience, who graduated from Towson University with a degree in Electronic Media and Film. He specializes in cutting films, but has also edited music videos and quite a few documentaries. Erik previously worked with Oliver Mann on his short film “The Action Hero”, and in 2011, Erik worked as an assistant editor on the Emmy nominated documentary “The Fabric of the Cosmos”.
Read more about the talented cast behind SUCH A FUNNY LIFE!
How we’ll use the proceeds
To thank you for your generosity, we have collected and curated some fantastic incentives – be the first to reserve and enjoy them!
- The Digital Download of the film (naturally!)
- BEHIND THE SCENES bundles
- Thank You’s in the credits
- Screening and networking event with the cast and crew at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
- And for the most generous, set tours of the film and producer credits!
- and more!
Social Media Shoutout
★ Shoutout on Facebook + Exclusive Updates!
Behind the Scenes Package
Receive DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of the SCRIPT, STILLS, and POSTER for SUCH A FUNNY LIFE!
★ Script & Poster Downloads!
☆ Plus Previous Perk Levels
(amount over $3 is tax-deductible)
SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Download
Receive DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of the completed film before anyone sees it in theaters! ★ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download ☆ Plus Previous Perk Levels (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)
Supporters Wall + Download
Your name will appear on our website honor roll and you’ll receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the completed film as well as the BEHIND THE SCENES Digital Package! ★ Supporter’s Wall ☆ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Film + Soundtrack
Receive DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of SUCH A FUNNY LIFE the film + the SOUNDTRACK! ★ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download + Soundtrack ☆ Supporter’s Wall ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Screening + Downloads
Be one of the FIRST to see SUCH A FUNNY LIFE at our premiere/networking party! Plus you’ll receive downloads of the FILM and SOUNDTRACK! ★ Premiere/Networking Party ☆ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download + Soundtrack ☆ Supporter’s Wall ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Bundle Downloads Postcard
Receive a postcards set representing the clubs David performs at! ★ Postcards Package ☆ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download + Soundtrack ☆ Supporter’s Wall ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Fan Pack
★ Signed Cast Photo ☆ Exclusive Poster ☆ Digital Download of short films ☆ Postcard Package ☆ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download + Soundtrack ☆ Supporter’s Wall ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Fan Credit
Receive the SAFL fan pack along with a SPECIAL THANKS in the film credits! (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)
SAFL Set Visit
Visit the set of SUCH A FUNNY LIFE! Get the ultimate behind the scenes experience by spending a day on set at our fantastic soundstage! ★ SAFL Set Visit ☆ Premiere/Networking Party ☆ SUCH A FUNNY LIFE Digital Download + Soundtrack ☆ Supporter’s Wall ☆ Behind the Scenes Digital Package ☆ Exclusive Updates (amount over $75 is tax-deductible)
Associate Producer Credit
Thank you for your support! As an Associate Producer you’ll receive a special credit in the film! (Fully tax-deductible)
Thank you for your support! As a Producer you’ll receive a special credit in the film! (Fully tax-deductible)
Executive Producer Credit
Thank you for your support! As an Executive Producer you’ll receive a special credit in the film! (Fully tax-deductible)