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From: Alex B.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:11 PM
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Hello, Phoenix filmmakers!

My name is Alex Beale. I am newer to town, and I am partnering with Ian Tait, Roman Aguirre, and Passion Project LLC to produce a short film titled Brian's Brain. Brian's Brain is a psychological thriller in the vein of Pi and Requiem for a Dream, and it explores the detriments that come from stigmatizing the mentally ill and the dire need to support those that are suffering.

As we continue through the pre-production process, there are a few challenges that we would love some advice or support with:
  • First, a key visual element in this film is that of a human brain. No blood or anything, we just need a realistic human brain. If anyone has any experience working with cow or pig brains or if anyone has a suggestion for a prop master to consult, I'd love to hear more.
  • Second, a key scene, albeit a brief one, takes place in a pharmacy. I understand this can be a headache, but it is essential. Again, if anyone has a referral, connection, or advice on how to make this happen, I'd love to hear about it. Right now, the plan is to reach out to various independent or family-owned pharmacies across town and even the state to find a match.
  • Third, that our short explores the dangers of stigmatizing mental illness and the need for understanding and supporting sufferers of mental illness means we would love to connect with and even partner with mental health organizations in Phoenix. These could be student clubs at a university or a non-profit. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!
Please respond to [address removed] with any insights, advice, or inquiries to get involved. Feel free to call or text me on my cell phone, too. [masked]. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,


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