We could not have even begun filming without the generous support
of the following people. A SUPER HUGE SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!
||Chris & Nathaniel Calnin
|Nina Pilar Portillo
||Tim & Julie Rout
I wrote this script after moving to the south side of Chicago.
I met an incredibly diverse group of people with insane stories.
These people and stories served as the inspiration for NORMAL.
Shortly after finishing the script, I teamed up with two individuals
to serve as the backbone of the project. Long-time friend GENO RATHBONE
signed on as the protagonist PHIN. His natural humor and sarcasm
made him an ideal candidate for the cynical lead. The sickly talented
CHUCK PRZYBYL also signed on as the film's Director of Photography.
Chuck brought with him a Canon 5d and a fresh visual perspective
on the content I wrote. Suddenly, with the help of these two, I
knew we'd be able to pull this off.
Though it was a constant challenge to complete the film on a shoe-string
budget and a bare-bones crew, the people involved in Normal believed
in the project. It is because of the talent and dedication of the
cast and crew that this film is going to see the light of day. They
are all incredible artists in their own right (many in various mediums).
We cannot continue doing what we do without an audience. Watch
this film. Buy the DVD. Go see the bands involved in the project.
Support the actors. Chicago has an inspirational art community and
it takes so little to keep it thriving. Be a part of projects like
this and we will keep trying to entertain, provoke, and bring joy
into a world that can never have too much of it.