He's a genius, you idiot.
What's this movie about?
Monty Comes Back is a Micro-budget feature-length film following a writer and actor, Monty, whose early success has gone to his head, causing him to push away his friends and family in a pursuit to regain his notoriety.
Shot on location in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, Florida, this story is as much about Monty as it is about the location: warm beaches, glistening waves, the large elderly population and endless sunshine that defines the region--what may be paradise to some can be purgatory for others.
When the film begins, Monty still holds a job at a Michigan Community Theater--then his ego rears its ugly face. Following, we find Monty without a job and with a fresh black-eye, then watch his life quickly fall apart before resorting to a move back to his hometown in Florida to live with his parents, under the guise that he is on a "creative hiatus."
What follows is Monty's coping with his big head in a very small town, and his journey discovering what makes his own life meaningful, outside of the glory that was once bestowed on him.
A modern-day You Can't Go Home Again for the Silver Screen, following a representative of an escapist generation who find notoriety quick, yet lack the basic human qualities to deal with it.
Who's making it?
This is the first feature film from writer and director Thomas John Nudi, a recent graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, and a Florida native. This is not the first "Floridian film" for the young filmmaker; during his graduate residency he began work on a series of conversation-based short films, the first being Urgent Care and the second, Greetings from Florida! which is set in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida and a meditation on retirement, human purpose, and the fickle nature of Florida, from the weather to its infamy as "paradise." Thomas is also a founding editor of Blacktop Passages, a literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction of the open road.
This is the first narrative feature film for producer Trishul Thejasvi, founder and creative director of Orensis Films. Trishul began his career Directing and shooting music videos across the Caribbean, UK, USA and Africa for Reggae stars such as Jimmy Cliff, Beenie Man, Junior Reid and Steel Pulse. Working with the latter would form the basis for the feature documentary he has been producing and shooting, that is currently in post-production, featuring narration by Danny Glover. Trishul's experience has given him the ability to get stellar production value from the smallest of crews and the most modest of budgets. His work spans acclaimed and award-winning short films, music videos and commercials.
This is also the first feature film for producer Vincent Dale whose previous short films as writer and director, No Real Than You Are and Paris Love Conspiracy, have found great acclaim from Sarasota, Florida all the way to Morocco. Vincent is a graduate of Florida State University where he met Thomas Nudi working together on independent magazine, The Yeti (now The Last Word) and the two quickly found great respect for each other. After juggling a residency as an au pair, a student of French, and being an independent filmmaker in The City of Light, he returned to his home of Sarasota to continue his craft and most recently directed a short film on Audrey Scherer, a local hula-hooper and model.
Juan Sebastian Baron, or as he’s more widely known locally, Sebastian, or as his friends know him SeaBass, is one of the cinematographers for Monty Comes Back. Growing up in Sarasota nearly all his life, he then attended the world famous Film School at UCLA in California. Through his academics and real-world experience he hones his craft. In 2013 he worked with both Vincent Dale and Thomas Nudi on “No Real Than You Are” and “Greetings from Florida!”, respectively. The following year he shot the feature, “The House on Pine Street” and worked with Vincent Dale again on “Paris Love Conspiracy,” a short thriller shot entirely in Paris.
Our production designer, Joshua Steward, is a St. Petersburg, Florida native and all-around artist/craftsman. He began work as an illustrator and graphic designer, working with University of Tampa Press and Tampa Books Art Studio, and perhaps by chance, but more likely by destiny, found his "other home" as a production designer for film. In fact, before meeting Thomas Nudi and working together on Greetings from Florida! Joshua worked as art director for Vincent Dale's No Real Than You Are; it is a wonderful happenstance that this team has crossed paths and united together to make a new film.
Ashley Pawelczyk is Monty Come Back's lead makeup and hair stylist. She is salon manager and lead makeup artist for Cutting Loose Salon in Sarasota, Florida. She moved from Nashua, New Hampshire with her family as a child and has since been pursuing jobs and careers in all things creative including receiving a degree in Culinary Arts. Ashley has always had a passion for photography and film whether she's holding the camera or an eyeshadow palette. She's been in the hair and makeup industry for five years and has studied under numerous artists including celebrity makeup artist, Helen Andersson. Ashley's passions include stage makeup, boudoir makeup and special effects. She worked previously on Greetings from Florida!
John C. Fisher II, in charge of all things marketing, is a writer, advertiser, and best friend to Thomas Nudi. If it weren't for him everything you're reading right now would be boring, and Thomas would be in the nut house. An incredible mind and one of the funniest men alive, John brings years of experience in communication, writing and advertising, as well as knowing how to deal with the director. He holds bachelors degrees from The University of South Florida and received his MFA from Antioch University and currently is an editor for Blacktop Passages.
Who's acting in it?
While Thomas Nudi played Monty in the proof-of-concept-trailer we shot, he (hopefully) won't be playing him in the feature. We can't speak on any of the prospective actors we're looking at by name currently, but we can say they all are originally from Florida, or are locals to the South Florida region.
Believing in casting locally, we will be holding auditions throughout the area looking to fill any and all roles--as small as a customer at a grocery store, to as large as Monty's father and his friends.
We will be updating this page with any casting decisions made while we work towards production, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, when is this thing getting done?
We're shooting May 28th-June 16th. We hope there's a short turn around, and we can't foresee anything that can keep us from getting the film done and ready for a Fall/Winter premiere. Most Micro-budget films are shot over weekends or odd blocks of time, 'Monty Comes Back' will be eschewing that standard for a variety of reasons, but primarily to ensure the film is finished and not left in limbo like so many low budget films are. We also are hoping to provide a good learning experience for all involved, knowing what it takes to make a film in the Bradenton-Sarasota area in less than 3 weeks, so that we can all move onto the next feature with a better understanding of the process.
Who sings that catchy song in the Kickstarter trailer?
Ladies and Gentlemen, that song is called "Prolly" and it's by the one and only Shelby Baldock, from his 2014 album Butch Americana.
Shelby and Thomas Nudi met while graduates at Chapman University. As Thomas was about to drive back to Florida after graduation, Shelby had just finished his album Butch Americana. Shelby gave a copy to Thomas before he left and it became a part of the soundtrack to his journey home, and one song "Prolly" seemed to ring close to things Thomas thinks about often and the major themes of Monty Comes Back.