nona.media, local film production company, has an exciting new project in the works. Rhys Lynn, founder of nona.media, and James Rayner, producer director, are teaming up with Atlanta-based, Latina-led production company Cafecito Productions on the short film Blood Orange. They are currently running a fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding platform made just for film, seedandspark.com, and are looking for Lake Nona residents’ support to bring this film to life.
Blood Orange will be filmed in Florida and feature all the beauty our Sunshine State has to offer. It was developed by Lake Nona’s own Rayner and a group of creatives in Atlanta as a response to the uptick in domestic violence cases over the past couple of years. The story is an offbeat Southern-vengeance that follows Winter and Em, who run a fruit stand that serves as a front for their murder-for-hire business targeting abusive men, gaining the admiration of a young girl and the wrath of the town sheriff. Orlando native Sarah Kambe Holland will be playing the role of Cassie, a troubled young woman who seeks out Winter and Em’s services. Caitlin Hargraves and Erika Miranda, the owners of Cafecito Productions, will play the vengeful assassins with Jonathan Pawlowski completing the cast as the obsessive Sheriff James McCoy. At its core, Blood Orange is a story about grit, gumption and survival, with some laughs and adventure along the way.
The producers are looking to raise $25,000 to cover the costs of labor, gear and other production costs. As of Nov. 15, they are over halfway to their goal but are hoping to engage more with the Lake Nona community and find some more local support to make it all the way.
For every pledge made on the Seed&Spark website, there are rewards, including a VIP behind-the-scenes experience sponsored by nona.media or even an associate producer credit.
To make a pledge, simply visit seedandspark.com/fund/blood-orange or scan the following QR code.
No amount is too small to bring these local visionary filmmakers’ dreams to a big screen near you, but community is the key to their collaboration.