“The End” aka “John Doe”
A Homeless man with no identity, wakes up in a different part of downtown Los Angeles each day, helping to save lives by unconventional means. In an ongoing troubled society filled with addiction, hate, and injustice, he becomes an unlikely hero, his visions of the past and future help him to discover not only his own identity, but what lies in store for others.
Written and Produced by Jeff Rector
Starring: Martin Kove (“Karate Kid” films, “Rambo”), Crystal Allen (“Desperate Housewives”, “Grey’s Anatomy”),
Jeff Rector (“How I Met Your Mother”, “Revamped”)
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I wanted to be able to screen my film in my own backyard. Since I live in LA, it was a no brainer. Plus I want all my friends to come see it on the big screen along with a selection of other cool short films.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes, I (Jeff Rector) will definitely be attending, along with as much of the cast and crew as possible.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
Like a lot of independent films, we have to rely on a limited budget, have a great crew that practically works for free, have amazing actors that love the project, and on top of that, make it look as expensive as possible. I worked for Roger Corman on several of his films and his TV series “Black Scorpion”. He was the king of making something look big, for no money. He was a real mentor to me. I can’t wait to actually shoot with a real budget one day. Ha!
What should viewers expect from your film?
My films are always full of surprises and laughs, even if they are dramatic. When I write a script, they’re usually multi-layered, with different emotional beats, story and dialogue. If people come out of one of my movies and they say, “Wow, that was really cool and original!”, then I did my job as a storyteller & filmmaker.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
Well, we were shooting up on top of the 6th Street Bridge in downtown LA. We rigged a platform that went up to the very edge of the ledge to look like Crystal Allen was standing on the edge about to jump. It worked remarkably well. One day when we were scouting locations in a sketchy part of downtown, we pulled under a bridge in a very secluded area and parked. There was another car already parked there with what looked like two-three gang members inside. It seemed like they were waiting for someone to make a drug deal. Then I got out of the car to look around not realizing that I have very clean-cut look (I play a lot of cops) and my sudden appearance might look a little suspicious. I could see them all look at each other like they were about to panic. Before they got too paranoid, I jumped back in the car and I said to my co-producers, “Let’s get the hell out of here!” And we did.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I love meeting the filmmakers and talking with the other creative minds behind their productions. Watching other filmmakers work is a real thrill for me. I met filmmaker Tyger Torrez (he has tattoos all over his face and arms), at ScreamFest. I took one look and said, “Who is this guy?” We started talking and hit it off right away and we wound up writing my first feature film “Revamped” together. Our next project is “SnowBunnies”, a ski and snowboarding comedy currently in development. Had it not been for another film festival, I would have never met or connected with him. Networking works. I look forward to seeing everyone at FirstGlance! 🙂
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
“First Glance at FirstGlance” is a feature we will be running up to the FirstGlance Film Festival April 15-17 in Los Angeles. We will be giving you the info you need to know to about the great films you’ll be able to see, while also getting you excited and ready for the fest! If you’d like more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
All information, trailers, and photos seen here have been provided by the filmmakers whose films have been accepted to the festival.