I’s : A SciFi Film
This was the official website of’ I's - a feature film set on the threshold of infinity. Content is from both outside sources and the site's 2011-2012 archived pages.
In the next 20 years, it is likely that humankind will develop an artificial intelligence with mental abilities greater than our own. That idea has been fodder for many films, from 2001 to the Terminator to The Matrix.
But those films missed a much greater possibility.
As author and mathematician Vernor Vinge first suggested - if we create an intelligence greater than our own, it can develop an intelligence even greater than itself, perhaps in a matter of only days. This resulting exponential intelligence escalation has come to be known as the Singularity. Once we start the process, it is very unlikely that we can stop it, and we have no idea what a hyper intelligence could - or would - do.
This premise is certainly intriguing. So much so that I was really looking forward to the film's release.And so I waited and waited and waited. Chris Edgette created a Kickstarter page to raise money. I donated. The years went by. AT the start of 2016 we received the good news...
After much delay, picture is locked. The cut is done!
Geoffrey Burch is doing some amazing work on the soundtrack, and sound is commencing. Both should be done by March.
We are trying to organize someone for color correction - our original person has dropped off the face of the Earth, so if you know of anyone, please send them our way. That can be done in parallel with sound, so if we can get it sorted soon, we should be able to get all the elements together by April.
Thank you for your continued patience.
By the beginning of 2016, 275 backers had pledged $30,168 to help bring this project to fruition. And I waited some more. In the meantime I discovered that the domain for Is-Movie.com/ was available. That didn't seem good. But I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages and as it turned out from other outside sources. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the I's movie. I had a set back as I was rebuilding this site when my two Pekingese dogs decided they were ninja masters who, it turned out, to be very poorly trained. The result was spilled coffee and berry crumble spilled onto and then trampled into the oriental carpet. They both stopped short at my yell of anguish and then scooted out of the room without a backward glance. Meanwhile I was left with a mess. I cleaned up as best I could, but there was definitely a very berry stain on the carpet. I turned to my computer and did a search for NYC carpet cleaners. I fortunately chose to call My Home Carpet & Upholstery Care. They not only did in home steam cleaning of wall to wall carpets which I planned to make use of later for the rest of the carpets in my apartment, but also (and this was more important) cleaned and restored oriental carpets. According to the representative who showed up to assess the rug damage the company has a state of the art facility in New Jersey. A week later the cleaned and Scotch Guarded carpet was returned looking like new with some restored fringe (at an additional cost- but well worth it) and no coffee or multi berry stains. By then I had finished recreating this site and life was on an even keel. Fritz and Fran realized they were not ninja dogs, and had returned to their normal Pekingese behavior of strutting their stuff around the neighborhood, and not leaping up and over furniture. And I am still waiting for the release of I's
Film Overview 2011
I's is an independent narrative feature film scheduled for Bay Area production in Summer, 2011.
I's is about a small story of kindness on the precipice of a change in our whole civilization. The film ventures from the city to nature and back. It explores our place in society, our willingness to help or hurt each other, and our own feelings of belonging.
There are a few tricks up the film’s sleeve – ideas that have been written about, but never shot. If we do this right, these elements have the ability to create instant buzz in the tech and mainstream media, as well as some raised eyebrows and recognition in the film community.
We are looking for actors who look a bit more closely at the world around them - who wonder why things are happening, where they are going - and who are willing to engage in a little adventure of their own…
Film Overview 2013
"I's" is an independent narrative feature film shot in San Francisco and Seattle. The film is currently in post-production.
Set in the near future, I's is a small story of humanity on the precipice of an unimaginable transformation in our civilization. The film ventures from the city to nature and back. It explores our place in society, our willingness to help or hurt each other, and our own feelings of belonging.
There are a few tricks up the film's sleeve - ideas that have been written about, but never shot. We are excited to get this out to you to see for yourself!
Writer/Director Chris Edgette
Director of Photography Stav Raz
Associate Producer Tylor Bohlman
Editor Jesse Chandler
Production Manager Maria Leon
Production Designer Moran Ovadia
Composer Geoffrey Burch
Sound Mixer Randall Good
Visual Effects - Interfaces Ali M Yaremko
Visual Effects - Artificial Intelligence Blair Kelly
Visual Effects/Poster Design JP Monroy
Key Grip Harry Sharp
I's brought together more than fifty actors from throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Cast members include:
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Kyle spent his childhood and most of his teenage years climbing trees and falling into rivers. He loved the arts but never gave a thought about acting as a career until his high school drama teacher suggested instead of skipping class he should try out for the fall play.
After auditioning and landing the lead in his first ever theater production, a snowball effect took Kyle to LA and work with famous acting coach Chamber Stevens, renown school N.C.S.A., and the United Theatre auditions of America for school.
Attending Acting Conservatory AMDA, Kyle found his stride and purpose in life. Since graduating in 2008 Kyle has been working constantly in the Indie film market. He starred in the feature Stealing God's Money, which won Best Feature at the GSFF. This was followed by his first big budget indie 'I's which is set to hit the 2013/2014 festival circuit this year, and his first horror film 'Meat Puppet' that also won best feature, actor, and horror film. Currently Kyle lives in Brooklyn, NY and signed with Judy Boals Talent Agency.
David Fine is a SAGAftra film actor with credits opposite Will Smith, Ed Harris, Carrie Anne Moss and many more. Most recently David completed a supporting role in Danish Actor Director Ulrich Thomsen's feature “In Embryo”.
Connie Jo Sechrist
Connie is a professional actress and model with over 8 years of experience on stage and in front of the camera. Connie was born and raised in San Jose, CA and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area pursuing her dream as an actress.
Connie's first film experience was in 2004 as a Casting Director on "The Last", an independent feature film about the last vampire on Earth searching for eternal life and unlimited power. Connie's acting breakthrough came shortly after in 2005 as the lead in the independent short film "Dora", the story about a prostitute trying to find life's meaning in a corrupt world. Then in 2007 Connie started in "Life" a short independent film about a young woman, who through a one night stand gives up her baby for a better future. This was then turned into a PSA for the Save Haven Program and ran on the LA county website and was also nominated for an Emmy in 2009. Connie has recently been featured on “General Hospital” and has booked lead and supporting roles in independent feature films and Web-series throughout the Bay Area.
As young as he can remember, Jason had always wanted to act but was terribly shy. It wasn't until Tom Hanks' speech at his high school graduation that he felt inspired to follow his dream. He enrolled in his first acting class two weeks later.
Over the next several years, Jason took numerous acting classes before studying with his mentor, Jean Shelton, at the Actor's Studio in San Francisco. Learning method acting brought a new level of emotional power to his work. After countless hours of extra work and auditions, Jason caught a break and landed a co-starring role in a NBC Movie of the Week. He was now a member of the Screen Actor's Guild! He did more commercial and theatrical work before taking a break to pursue his musical interests. As gratifying as he found music, Jason still missed his craft.
After returning to acting with renewed passion, he is bringing a new depth and complexity to his roles.
Carl Schreiber was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He is the youngest of three and has an older brother and sister. Carl first developed a love for acting while performing in grade school plays and reenacting movie scenes for his older brother's amusement; curse words and crying were included on both sides. In high school, Carl was involved in sports, TV productions, and photography, as well as various martial arts and earned a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Carl graduated from UCLA where he majored in Economics before taking professional lessons and pursuing his career in acting.
Since then, Carl has booked a recurring role on “The Young and the Restless,” played the lead role in numerous independent feature films, nominated twice as best actor in a leading role, and continues to audition in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area for TV and film productions.
I's was Ronne's first acting job. He submitted for the role of 14 not expecting to even get an audition, much less the part. His next project is called Stay Ducky. For more information, please check out stayducky.tumblr.com