LA Motion Pix (LAMP), led by Christian A. Mussett and Anna C. Stull, have submitted to the Focus Forward filmmaker challenge and reached the semifinal round. The Filmmaker Challenge is an expansion of the General Electric FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big Ideas ( film competition.

Qualifying films for the Filmmaker Challenge are three-minute end-to-end stories about people or organizations whose innovative efforts in medicine, computer science, robotics, engineering, green energy, or other fields of applied technical knowledge have had a significant positive impact on humanity. Recent, cutting-edge inventions that are changing how we live today are of special interest. The Challenge films will be available online to a global audience through Vimeo and will sit alongside the first 30 films produced by FOCUS FORWARD filmmakers.

Christian and Anna partnered with James Tobin and Travis Lupher to create an artistic documentary for Veterans to Farmers. Veterans to Farmers seeks to provide American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with pride, education and fulfillment through a permanent source of sustainable income, community and contribution: The family farm.

Anna reiterates the need for finding viable options for our nation’s veterans, “Veterans to Farmers is an amazing program, bridging the gap between veteran unemployment and growing food for our community. Here in Colorado we take both seriously. With over a half a million veterans living in our state and a food industry that imports over 95% of the food we eat, we have to adopt a local food system.”

Veterans will be taught how to build environmentally controlled greenhouses of uniform size and design that utilize methods of high-tech, controlled environment crop culture. Each Satellite Farm has a greenhouse and a family residence. The business model even provides an exit strategy so that Veterans can sell their business in the future through the network. This is unique in the farming world.

“As a recently retired Captain in the US Army, I understand the difficulties that may occur when transitioning into a civilian life,” Anna states. “Veterans to Farmers provides a therapeutic, educational work environment coupled with the importance of continuing service to our country. Growing food for our nation is just as important as national security.”

When reflecting on the project, Christian noted, “Anna was driven. I’m beginning to think forward is the only gear she has. Through endless evenings that waned into endless nights, we formed the heart of her vision. She knew this story had to be told and as an accomplished writer we knew she could bring to light the two major issues. When it came to selecting a team for filming, I knew I already had the perfect one in LA Motion Pix.”

Posting and viewing for ‘Audience Favorite Award’ begins on November 1st and continues through December 14, 2012. LAMP hopes you will support this cause, and independent film making as a whole, by having your voice heard.

Happy Halloween! Behind the scenes of “Bouquet of Consequence,” first reading

Christian put together a little diddy from the first reading here at the office for “Bouquet of Consequence.” This was the first time we officially met with Cathy Washburn, and when Peter Yellen blew us away with his rendition of the therapist—we originally had him cast as the Doctor only.

You’ll notice how Cathy scares the pants off of Meggie Maddock. Everyone in the room was spooked beyond belief as the character of Ellen Thomas comes to life through Cathy’s amazing performance!

From everyone at LA Motion Pix, we wish you a happy and spooky Halloween!

The Directors’ Statement

When we set out to make “Bouquet Of Consequence” we knew we wanted to make people pause. From the beginning it was important to make them think about the issues they were experiencing rather than picking sides or voicing a strong opinion either way. This movie deals with a variety of complex issues most will experience in their lifetime. Too often when faced with such dramatic events we find ourselves alone with our thoughts, alone with the choices, and the consequences of our actions are the burdens we bear.

In trying to keep “Bouquet Of Consequence” ‘neutral’ it was essential to have an open mind in the direction the movie would take. At first the script was written as a horror movie, playing up the extreme nightmares and aiming to keep the audience on their toes. Over time—together with the feedback from the team—the story dictated a more dramatic sensitivity towards the issues it aims to cover. Ultimately, we decided this was the greater challenge and with that, a greater reward and experience.

We hope the audience uses this movie as a catalyst of discussion rather than a solution to disagree with or support for that matter. But more than anything we hope to offer a beautiful slice of the realities of life. Inescapable choices that beg your fullest contemplation. In the end it’s not the righteousness of our decisions but the spirit of our actions we have to face our bouquet of consequences.