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A film about the future from

writer/director John Harden

—  now casting, crewing & seeking locations  —

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What happens to the world when everything is free?


THE ORIGINAL COPY is my documentary about the future. Or a future. The guiding aesthetic: make a Ken Burns film, only sci-fi. The finished film will run about 15 minutes. This standalone work is also part of a planned larger project.


I'm currently in prep mode and expect to be shooting by early 2023. Care to help? Right now, I need everything: I'm looking for talent, locations, crew, and VFX people. I'll put up more details here as I go. Drop a line if you'd like to get involved. Or, if you just want to stay informed, sign up for my mailing list, above.



NOW CASTING the following roles. Paid. SF Bay Area. Shoot dates may be later this year, but more likely early 2023. Headshots & resumes, but I'd particularly like to see your work (reels). Please send everything here.

MICHAEL MASUDA (40s, American of Japanese descent) CEO of a powerful tech company. Handsome, charismatic. A little intoxicated by his own genius.

JANE PEARSON (early 30s, white, American) Idealistic, passionate. As Chief Communications Officer she put Michael's utopian dreams into words. Fell in love with the message, and the man.

THE PRESIDENT-DIRECTOR (50s, French nationality) Chief administrator of the Louvre Museum. Precise, professional, no-nonsense, not amused. Must speak fluent French.

RYAN KUTTNER (60s, American, any ethnicity) Silicon Valley techie to the core. Rich, retired, but retains a boyish energy. Likes "disrupting" things.

LOCATIONS NEEDED — The closer to Santa Rosa, CA the better. The good news: shoot duration for any given location is one day only. Free is good. Support the arts!

ART MUSEUM Any clean, empty space with high ceilings that we can dress up as part of a gallery

MODERN FARMHOUSE Minimalist artsy/rustic interior (or dressable as same) with countryside views

THE PRESIDENT-DIRECTOR'S OFFICE Desk, bookshelves, fine art. The office of an important man.

AUDITORIUM Really just need a stage + seating where something like a TED talk or a tech-company product release might take place

NICE MODERN HOUSE INTERIOR Like where a rich tech guy might live

Contact me if you have suggestions for/access to any of the above. And imagine seeing your name in the credits of an obscure film!

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