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DON'T COME BACK FROM THE MOON

 

 

 
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SYNOPSIS

 

In a dusty town at the edge of the world, the men of a small community begin to vanish, one by one. Theories about their whereabouts swirl through the ether as their wives and teenaged children wait for their return. The teens are left to fend for themselves, without fully understanding what survival entails. When his father disappears, fifteen-year-old Michael does his best to comfort and support his mother and young brother. But when the time comes, will he stay to rebuild from the ruins of the past generation, or will he leave to find his own future?

 

 

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BRUCE THIERRY CHEUNG

Bruce Thierry Cheung is a filmmaker based in New York City.  He is of Vietnamese descent but was raised in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. 

As a former architect, he has sharpened a passionate eye for space, composition, and movement.

His short film, "Each Moment is the Universe" premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was a Vimeo Staff Pick. 

He received his MFA in Film from NYU, where he served as a Department Fellow and a teaching assistant for Spike Lee. 

His cinematography credits include the feature films "The Adderall Diaries" (Tribeca 2015), "Yosemite" (Slamdance 2015), "The Sound and the Fury" (Venice 2014), "In Dubious Battle" (Venice 2016) and "Zeroville." 

He is a frequent collaborator of James Franco and recently co-directed the post-apocalyptic feature film "Future World" with him.  

He likes cooking Bánh Xèo and Thit Kho.  

"Don't Come Back From the Moon" is his feature film debut. 

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CHANANUN CHOTRUNGROJ

Chananun is a director of photography and artist based in New York City and Bangkok. 

She served as Director of Photography alongside Sandi Sissel on the feature film "Karaoke Girl," which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2012 and won the "Best Cinematography" award at the Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards. Her latest works include the feature films "Yosemite" directed by Gabrielle Demeestere, "Motel Mist" directed by prabda Yoon," and "Pop Aye" by Kirsten Tan, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

She recently shot the short film "Seide" which is in competition at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. 

While pursuing an MFA in Film at NYU, she was awarded the Ang Lee Fellowship and Department Fellowship and received Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Cinematography by a Woman in 2013 and 2015. 

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DEAN Bakopoulos

Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; his second novel, My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his latest novel, Summerlong was published to critical acclaim, honored as a best book of 2015 by National Public Radio and The San Francisco Chronicle, and made the independent bookstore bestseller list. 

His screenplay of “Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon” (co-written with director Bruce Thierry Cheung) is in post-production; it stars Rashida Jones, Jeffrey Wahlberg, and James Franco. His adaptation of Summerlong is in development with director Laurie Collyer attached. In addition, he is at work on an original screenplay, Sanctuaries, with his wife and writing partner Alissa Nutting; the two are also developing a television pilot, Famous Times. 
 

 
 

JOE MURPHY

Joe Murphy's narrative feature editing credits include Beach Rats (Sundance 2017), Burn Country (Tribeca 2016), Bare (Tribeca 2015), Yosemite (Slamdance 2015), The Sound and the Fury (Venice 2014) and Punching at the Sun (Sundance 2006). 

He was also Additional Editor for Gayby (SXSW 2012), and Consulting Editor for As I Lay Dying (Cannes 2013). 

His documentary feature credits include Co-Editor of 16 Acres, and Additional Editor for Dior and I (Tribeca 2014). He edited the original series Be Here Now-ish, and has edited television programs for MTV, VH1, and AMC.

 
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JAY DAVIS

Since 2010, Jay Davis has been a producer for Rabbit Bandini Productions. Jay was born in Hamilton, Ohio and earned his BA from Kent State University. He moved to Los Angeles where worked as an associate producer at FoxSports.com until joining Rabbit Bandini Productions. 

Jay has quickly amassed over 30 producer credits, and is most known for being the producer of Rabbit Bandini features "Actors Anonymous", "The Long Home" and "The Pretenders", directed by Franco. Jay then teamed up with James Franco and Vince Jolivette to form Dark Rabbit Productions, where he produced the feature films "The Institute", the film anthology "The Blood Anthology" and the feature film "Future World." 

 
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LAUREN HOEKSTRA

Born in post-apartheid South Africa, raised in the old world, Italy, Lauren recently graduated from UCLA’s prestigious production graduate program. 

Before she left school she joined the DGA, after directing Second Unit on ‘Plush', a Catherine Hardwicke (‘Thirteen', ‘Twilight') feature. She followed this up with producing and directing 'City Bus', for James Franco’s anthology film, 'Insensitive Bastards', starring Kate Mara, Abigail Spencer and Natalie Portman, among others. Recent producing-related highlights include work for 'College Humor', the feature films ‘Outlaw' and ‘Dacoit’, a Sundance Writing Lab finalist.