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Media Kit - More 4 Me
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More 4 Me Media Pack
A motion picture feature film from Creation Box Films Pty Ltd
Synopsis
In the face of the global financial crisis,
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 87 mins
High Definition
Widescreen Presentation
“Very entertaining, very interesting
and very dynamic.”
Roberto Rizzo - Founder
New York City International Film Festival
“Great film! Reminded me of Michael Moore,
maybe a little better.”
Thomas Santorelli - VP Exec Director
28th Annual Long Island Film Festival
“An amazing eye-opener. Lincoln Fenner is
Australia’s answer to cutting-edge doco
maker Michael Moore.”
Australian Film Festival
(More 4 Me opened the weekend of AFF 2012)
“An amazing journey around the world
with fast paced editing. A film that
resonates strongly at many levels.”
Owen Tilbury - Festival Director
Tasmanian BOFA Film Festival
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About the Film
The global journey to find the one thing we can’t live without?
In the face of the global financial crisis, MORE 4 ME follows (Writer/Director) Lincoln Fenner around the
world to find out.
This feature documentary about the Need vs the Greed journeys across five continents. New York, London,
Tokyo, Los Angeles and Perth, Australia are contrasted with Cambodia, a Kenyan orphanage and the slums
of Nairobi, as he interviews everyone from actors and models to orphans and street sweepers.
This story journeys to the home of Hollywood Actor Vincent Jerosa (CROCODILE DUNDEE II, CARLITO’S
WAY) and travels to the remote villages of Cambodia with the leading lady of the Australian stage Marina
Prior (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES).
75% of the profits of More 4 Me are being donated to the aid organizations featured in the film.
Director’s Statement
I remember this footage I saw of Cambodian kids sitting on a mud floor opening
shoeboxes full of simple gifts like toothbrushes, as if they were the only gifts
they had ever received. There was a reason for that. They were the only gifts
they had ever received. That really got to me. The next couple of weeks I walked
around not being able to get those images out of my head.
I kept reflecting on that throw away sentence we use, “I can’t live without this or
that”, and I wondered what those kids would say if they were asked, “What’s the
one thing you can’t live without?” I was sure the answer wasn’t going to be
“my plasma TV”.
It was at this point that the concept of the film was born and not long after I was
setting off around the world, driven by where that question would take me.
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Creative Team
Lincoln Fenner (Writer/ Director/ Producer/ Editor)
Lincoln holds a Diploma in Film Making (2001-2002) from the New York Film Academy
(Universal Studios, Hollywood). In 2000, he graduated in London’s West End with a Foundation
Certificate from Panico Films (now London Film Academy).
His short film Another Chance was part of the official selection at the 2005 New York
International Independent Film and Video Festival and it screened in Manhattan that same year.
Lincoln’s previous work includes Cinematography and Editing work on the Broadcast Television
series Socialite.
Lincoln has travelled around the world 4 times and journeyed to over 300 locations.
Andrew Hooper (Cinematographer)
Andrew has worked on several projects for Creation Box Films, including an episode of the
series 21st Century Men. He has recently filmed high definition footage whilst following a team
of volunteers to remote Russia to help underprivileged teenagers.
His previous work has also included a biographic documentary for the ABC2 competition
Video Lives, some short dramas and multiple cutting-edge promotional films. His most recent
documentary work includes a Gold Rush documentary filmed in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Michael Allen (Musical Composer)
Michael Allen has been producing music for commercial purposes for about 18 years. Allen toured
internationally with the Australian band Things of Stone & Wood who after signing to Sony records
in 1992, had several top 40 hits and won a prestigious ARIA award. Since 1997 he’s released
three solo records before moving onto composing for advertising, T.V & film.
His work has included the TV Series Body & Brain Overhaul for Channel
TEN/ONE HD and in 2009 he was nominated for Best Original Score
at the St Kilda Film Festival for his work on Little Wings.
David Davoll (Animator)
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He first
worked with the team when he animated the
Creation Box Films butterfly signature logo.
David worked on the Creation Box short film Another Chance
in the areas of Visual Special Effects and Cinematography.
He also shot the majority of the episodes for the series
21st Century Men.
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Cast
Marina Prior
In More 4 Me, Lincoln travels to the remote villages of Cambodia with the leading lady of the
Australian stage, Marina Prior.
Marina has performed the lead role in over twenty productions including The Phantom of the
Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Camelot and West Side Story.
In addition Marina has recorded three albums with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, of which
one achieved platinum status and another achieved gold. She has performed on the stage
with Richard Harris (Gladiator and Harry Potter) and the international tenor Jose Carreras on
a critically acclaimed concert tour. Marina has judged multiple seasons of the network TV
program, It Takes Two.
Vincent Jerosa
The story of More 4 Me journeys to the home of Hollywood Actor Vincent Jerosa (CROCODILE
DUNDEE II, CARLITO’S WAY). Vincent’s acting career has seen him appear in Pearl Harbor,
The Cotton Club and Splash.
Jerosa has worked with many Hollywood greats including Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen,
Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.
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Director’s Diary
By the time we had finished principal photography on the film we had shot 80 hours
of footage and had interviewed more than 180 people. But to do that we had to set off
around the world…
Los Angeles We arrived at our hotel not far from Venice Beach to find
a film crew in the middle of shooting at the hotel itself. Ruthlessness literally came
knocking on our car window as the Assistant Director told us we weren’t allowed to
park at our hotel and that we had to move now, as they were ready to roll. As we
obliged, the hero car pulled into the parking spot we had just vacated and the male
lead appeared accompanied by his blonde bombshell.
New York We had paused briefly to get a shot of the Empire State Building,
when a random guy wearing a straw hat and holding a guitar angrily stopped us.
“You know you need clearances to film recording artists!” I politely told him he wasn’t
in our shot, but he persisted. “You need to call my manager!” he replied. As we
headed for the subway he chased us calling, “if you need someone to be in the film,
we can negotiate something…” We breathed a sigh of relief as the train pulled away
from the platform. There was no mistaking it. We were in New York.
London On the first day we met a personal assistant to one of the top fashion
houses in London. One of his first sentences was “People say it is like The Devil
Wears Prada and it’s true, it’s true!”
The next half hour ensued one of the most fascinating conversations about the
inside of the fashion industry. The diversity of people we met was staggering. We
interviewed a Savile Row salesman, a Big Issue seller doing it rough, Bankers,
Mayfair Real estate agents and a Street Sweeper in Leadenhall Market.
Tokyo On the homeward leg of our journey my Cinematographer Andrew fell sick
over a dodgy breakfast he ate on the first day. Unfortunately we only had one day
in Tokyo! So I took to the streets wearing the ‘Cinematographer’s hat’ in addition to
the Director, Producer and Interviewer hats I was already wearing. Let’s say that my
arms got a good workout trying to keep my subjects in frame whilst maintaining eye
contact and trying to articulate English
to native Japanese speakers.
continues...
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Director’s Diary continued
Kenya On our way to the Rehema Orphanage in remote western Kenya, we
crossed the Equator, looked out over a mist covered Great Rift Valley and drove for
over eleven hours on the worst roads (or connected potholes) I have ever seen.
As I was filming through the front window we approached the first of about ten
barbed-wire roadblocks set up by AK-47 wielding police officers. Our Ugandan
drivers Derrick and Henry warned us about how the Kenyan police didn’t take too
kindly to being filmed. Muttered stories reached my ears of people being locked up
and I remember letting the camera slide down between my legs as an officer stared
in through my passenger-side window. “Don’t look down, don’t look down!”
I remember thinking. He didn’t and we were let through.
Cambodia Sometimes we found ourselves encountering the unexpected. Inside
the mammoth temple Angkor Wat, I found myself interviewing a monk who was
passionately studying marketing. Partway through the interview Andrew nudged me
and I sensed there was a guard nearby waiting for us to finish. This was one of those
times I pushed the envelope and kept going. When Andrew became more insistent I
looked up to discover four fairly unhappy policemen surrounding us.
Standing in the world’s largest religious structure and not knowing the consequences of
the local laws, I was concerned we may not be leaving in a hurry. To my relief that’s all
they wanted us to do. Leave in a hurry! Our journey continued deeper into the jungle
where we discovered the overgrown temples where Tomb Raider was filmed.
Perth In Perth we filmed the interviews and back stories for Jonathan Morling,
Caroline Morling and Stuart Greenway.
We tracked the journeys of how these people as doctors, teachers and businessmen
gave up their time to serve on projects we’d filmed in Kenya.
Perth, Western Australia also had its share of street interviews and was a place
where we could go inside a high school and interview teenage students.
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New York Metro Newspaper - 18 August 2011
Creating a ‘Cannes’ in New York City
Published: August 16, 2011 6:40 p.m.
Last modified: August 16, 2011 6:44 p.m.
In a city as diverse as New York, it’s important that the entertainment
reflects the population. That’s why the second annual New York City
International Film Festival aims to bring movies from all over the world
to Manhattan.
Robert Rizzo, founder and CEO of the fest, was first inspired to create
the event after attending the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival.
“I created the [New York City International Film Festival] with the
purpose to discover new and talented filmmakers and to promote
established ones from the U.S. and around the world,” Rizzo says. “I
want to give them a high-profile platform in New York to showcase their
creative work to a vast and diverse audience.”
Among the films featured this year is “The Last Gamble,” a thriller
centred on a gambling addict in New York City. The film’s director, Joe
Goodavage — who also serves as marketing director of NYCIFF —
says the aesthetics organizers used to select the festival’s 300 films are
inspired by the art and history of cinema itself.
“We go through a very vigorous screening process. The film has to
have quality in sound, lighting, acting, and it has to be state of the art,”
Goodavage says, using movies of the 1970s as an example. “We want
the old-fashioned films of the ’70s to come back — there were great
scripts and great acting. We’re trying to find hidden gems like that.”
More 4 Me
New York Premiere
(Tribeca Cinemas)
Sat 20th August 2011
More 4 Me
Times Square Screening
Wed 24th August 2011
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Adelaide Advertiser - 9 Sept 2011
Lincoln man of the Times
Australian filmmaker Lincoln Fenner, left,
proudly owns a Times Square Audience Award,
presented at the New York City International
Film Festival. His feature-length More 4 Me won
best documentary feature. Festival founder,
writer, producerand director Roberto Rizzo
(who’sworked on Maid in Manhattan, 30Rock and
Law and Order) described it as “very entertaining,
very interesting and very dynamic”. The film
follows Lincoln across continents highlighting
need versus greed.
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The West Australian - 9 Sept 2011
More 4 Perth Director
Perth-born director Lincoln Fenner’s featurelength documentary More 4 Me won the Times
Square audience award for best documentary
feature at the New York City International
Film Festival.
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The documentary from Creation Box Films
was shot over a four-week period and followed
Fenner as he travelled across five continents
to highlight “need vs greed” during the global
financial crisis.
“If I was to ask you ‘What’s the one thing you
can’t live without’, you might say your mobile
phone or plasma TV. On the other hand you may
say a cup of dirty drinking water. It would depend
where in the world you were born,” Fenner said.
Fenner described his experience at the festival
as “surreal”: “Knowing the film would screen in
Times Square was amazing, but to get there and
see it projected at the crossroads of the world
was incredible.”
Fenner said he would donate 75 per cent of the
film’s profits to aid organisations featured in the
documentary.
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The Australian - 20 July 2011
Reel Time - Michael Bodey
A SELF-FUNDED filmmaker who took leave from
his job in the mining industry to make a film has
had his documentary selected for the New York
City International Film Festival and screenings
in Times Square. Lincoln Fenner’s documentary
More 4 Me is a travelogue from the shallow
streets of Los Angeles to remote Cambodian
villages in the quest to dissemble materialism.
It already appears to have struck a chord
internationally with testimonials accruing
despite the film playing for only two weeks in
Perth’s Piccadilly Cinema. Fenner says his
film was sparked by footage of Cambodian
children opening boxes of simple gifts such as
toothbrushes “as if they were the only gifts they
had ever received”. With only a cameraman in
tow, Fenner then embarked on a global journey
to Kenya, London, Cambodia and New York to
answer the question: “What’s the one thing you
can’t live without?” The film has already attracted
attention from US distributors and publishers
before its screening in New York next month.
“What I really want to do is make films that will
positively impact our world,” Fenner says. “With
75 per cent of the film’s profits going to the aid
organisations featured in the film, I know the
more people who see it, the better the outcome
will be for everyone.”
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The West Australian - AFF - 16 February 2012
More 4 Fenner
Perth screen writer/director Lincoln Fenner’s
international award-winning documentary More
4 Me has been chosen to open the weekend of
the Australian Film Festival. Screening ahead
of Red Dog at Sydney’s Randwick Ritz cinema
on March 9, the feature documentary is set to
offer an insightful and challenging look at life in
the face of the global crisis. The recent recipient
of the Times Square Audience Award for Best
Documentary at the New York City International
Film Festival, More 4 Me was shot in just four
weeks. Cinematographer Andrew Hooper
followed Curtin University graduate Fenner
across five continents in search of why we
constantly crave more. The need-versus-greed
journey travels across New York, London, Tokyo,
Los Angeles and Perth and contrasts our western
lifestyle with those living in Cambodia, a Kenyan
orphanage and the slums of Nairobi. APP festival
director Barry Watterson said of the film: “Fenner
has created a mirror where everyone who looks
into it will re-evaluate what is ultimately important
in their lives.
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Sydney Morning Herald - 29 July 2011
Film
An Australian documentary is about to be seen
by thousands of viewers in Times Square,
New York. More 4 Me has been selected for next
month’s New York City International Film Festival,
with three of its five screenings to be held in
Times Square. More 4 Me follows its writer and
director, Lincoln Fenner, as he travels across
five continents to find out what people can’t
live without. Fenner says lie was inspired after
watching footage of Cambodian children sitting
on a mud floor opening shoe boxes of simple
gifts such as toothbrushes as if theywere the only
gifts they had ever received”. The film has been
nominated for best documentary feature.
The festival runs from August 18 to 28.
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Sunday Times - 18 Sept 2011
Famous Faces
Award-winning WA documentary maker Lincoln
Fenner – who has been described as Australia’s
answer to Michael Moore – bumped into just
about everyone on his trip to New York.
Fenner’s star networking saw him photographed
with Scarface actor Steven Bauer, The Way We
Were actress Sally Kirkland, The Deer Hunter
actor John Savage and The Scorpions musician
Ralph Rieckermann.
He even bumped into Australian television
personality Rove McManus at LA Airport en route
to New York.
When McManus heard Fenner’s documentary
More4Me was nominated for best documentary
at the New York City International Film Festival,
he asked for a copy. Fenner’s brush with the
Australian TV star may have been like a lucky
omen.
His documentary about his international travels
highlighting “need versus greed” picked up
the Times Square Audience Award for Best
Documentary.
Fenner arrived back in Perth about a week ago.
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The West Australian - 2 August 2011
US nod for WA movie
The WA-made feature-length documentary More 4 Me has
been selected to screen in competition at the New York City
International Film Festival.
It will be screened on five occasions, three times in front
of thousands in Times Square.
Written and directed by Lincoln Fenner, who is also the
on-camera talent, More 4 Me aims to find out what people
cannot live without.
Fenner journeys across five continents tracking the timeless
question of need versus greed. He visits New York, London,
Tokyo, Los Angeles and Perth and contrasts First World lives
with those in Kenyan orphanages and Nairobi slums.
Fenner’s inspiration for the film came from watching footage
of Cambodian kids sitting on a mud floor opening shoeboxes
full of simple gifts like toothbrushes “as if they were the only
gifts they had ever received”.
“There was a reason for that. They were the only gifts they
had ever received and as a father, that really got to me,”
says Fenner.
“I kept reflecting on that throwaway sentence we all use,
‘I can’t live without this or that’, and I wondered what those
kids would say if they were asked, ‘What’s the one thing you
can’t live without?’
“I was sure the answer wasn’t going to be ‘my plasma TV’.
“What I really want to do is make films that will have
a positive impact on our world.
“With 75 per cent of the film’s profits going to the aid
organisations featured in the film, I know the more people
who see it, the better the outcome will be for everyone,”
says Fenner.
Mark Naglazas
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Sunday Times Magazine - 10 July 2011
Lincoln Turns Heads
Perth’s answer to Michael Moore, filmmaker Lincoln Fenner,
is enjoying success in the US. His documentary, More 4 Me,
has been selected for New York’s Long Island Film Festival,
with the festival’s director Thomas Santorelli commenting:
“Great film. Like Michael Moore, maybe a little better.”
Fenner is also in talks with US film distributors and has been
approached by book publishers.
Sunday Times (Perth)
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Film Ink Article
New Yorkers Applaud Aussie Film
September 07, 2011 15:51
Creation Box Films is proud to announce that its debut featurelength documentary ‘More 4 Me’ won the Times Square Audience
Award for Best Documentary Feature at the New York City
International Film Festival (NYCIFF), with its founder Roberto Rizzo
describing it as “very entertaining, very interesting, and
very dynamic.”
In the face of the global financial crisis, ‘More 4 Me’ follows
Australian filmmaker Lincoln Fenner as he travels across five
continents to highlight ‘need vs. greed’.
“If I was to ask you ‘what’s the one thing you can’t live without?’ you might say
your mobile phone or plasma TV. On the other hand you may say a cup of dirty
drinking water. It would depend where in the world you were born,” said Fenner.
‘More 4 Me’ was shot with a two-man crew over an intensive four-week period.
Nearly 200 interviews were recorded in 13 locations across seven countries and
five continents - from home of Hollywood actor Vincent Jerosa (‘Carlito’s Way’,
‘Crocodile Dundee II’) to remote Cambodian villages with the leading lady of the
Australian stage Marina Prior (‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Les Miserables’).
According to Fenner, the experience at the New York festival was a surreal one.
“Knowing the film would screen in Times Square was amazing, but to get there
and see it projected at the crossroads of the world was incredible,” he said.
“There are quite a few scenes featuring Times Square in the movie, some with
myself narrating to camera with the giant electronic billboards behind me. When
I had dodged traffic to get those shots, I had no idea that four years later I’d be
sitting in the same place watching the film with thousands of onlookers.
“Receiving the audience prize for Best Documentary was the icing on the cake,”
said Fenner.
Fenner set a mandate from the beginning to donate 75% of the film’s profits to
the aid organisations featured in the film and recently distributed AUD$11,000
across the five major charities.
Whilst in the States, Fenner met with various distributors and is expected to
finalise agreements in the coming weeks.
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Scoop - July 2011
More for Everyone
Perth filmmaker Lincoln Fenner travelled the world asking
one question of passers-by; what can’t you live without?
His documentary film, More 4 Me, is a telling pastiche
of answers. “Shoes” and “my mobile phone” were big
responses in London and New York. In the slums of Nairobi.
“clean water” was a bigger priority. Lincoln did more than
180 interviews across five continents. Four weeks of travel
yielded about 80 hours of footage.
The film was motivated by the charity Samaritan’s Purse,
which delivers shoe boxes of gifts to disadvantaged
children, among other activities. Other charities - Oxfam
Unwrapped, One Laptop Per Child and World Vision among
them - are featured in the Film and 75 per cent of the film’s
proceeds in going towards those charities.
Lincoln did alot of reflecting and began jetting involved in
the charity projects before he shot the film. “There’s that
Quote about starting with your self and that’s what I’ll be
hoping to do.”
More4Me, with its raw street appeal, has struck a chord.
It’s trailer was a Youtube Hit hit. prompting many distributors
around the world to chase the finished film. Picadilly
Cinemas in Perth has already premiered it and screened
one theatrical season. In August, Lincoln will embark on
a tour of North America, screening the film to consumers
and hoping to encourage both thought and action.
“My hope in that at least something will resonate with
everyone who watches it,” he says. Indeed “hope” was
among the most profound answers to his probing question.
“When you lose hope, there’s nothing left,” he says. “Some
of the people that we saw were just hanging on to hope.
That’s all they’ve got.”
For details about cinemas screening More4Me, and
the charities supported by its box office earnings, visit
more4memovie.com.
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Letter from Governor Commending More4Me
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Creation Box Films Pty Ltd
Creation Box Films Pty Ltd is based in Perth, Western Australia. The business was founded in 2004
and it was incorporated as a company in 2007. The group is headed up by Lincoln Fenner, who has
been directing and producing films since 1999.
Mission Statement
Bringing creativity and technology together to make films that will positively impact our world.
Distribution Enquiries
For further information, regarding screenings and distribution please contact:
Lincoln Fenner (Director/ Producer)
Creation Box Films Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 (0)409 234 758
Email: [email protected]
www.more4memovie.com
Media Enquiries
For further information, images and interviews, please contact the film’s publicist:
Estelle Buzzard
Buzz Corporate Communications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 437 888 019