• FILM
  • BIO
PAST EAST TREMONT
USA | 2010 | 0:13:59 | Short Narrative
Directed by: Christopher Burke, Tommy Walsh


Matt, a white NYC police detective, can't let go of his estranged African-American lover, Kim, who ended their relationship after Matt was involved in a cover-up of a black teen's death in the Bronx.


CREW
Director: Christopher Burke, Tommy Walsh
Producer: Timothy Davis, Christopher Burke, Tommy Walsh
Writer: Timothy Davis
Editor: Christopher Burke, Tommy Walsh
Director of Photography: Lance Kaplan


CAST
Gisela Adisa, Timothy Davis

Director Statement

Tim sent an email to Chris and myself with a link to his script. He said, "Give it a read and let me know if you guys would be interested in producing and directing it." We both liked the script very much. I was excited because it was a drama. For the past two years we have been shooting a lot of comedy, so having the oppurtunity to work on something dramatic was exactly what I needed at the time.

The film was shot in one day on the Red One Camera. We had very limited time to to get through 12 pages of dialogue. Due to the circumstances, we shot the film with a Sony HandyCam with three stand in's (Chris, Me, and my girlfriend, Olivia) beforehand. We cut the footage together and liked what we saw. Then, we brought the actors in for one two hour rehearsal. We spent the first hour doing table work--exploring their individual objectives and their relationship to each other. In the second hour, we roughly blocked the actors based on our cut, and followed them with the camera to see what they came up with organically. Based on that rehearsal, we prepared a final digital storyboard, and felt ready for our one day shoot.

The challenge with this script was finding a way to navigate the actors through their dialogue without having them go for the jugular with each line. This is a trap, especially for Kim. Matthew's motivation is clear. He wants to rekindle the relationship. He has a strong definitive objective to follow throughout the course of the film. Kim, on the other hand, is conflicted. Though she longs for him physically, her morals will not allow her to give in to his familiar arms. We had to choose specific moments in which Gisela could allow herself to show her vulnerability and attraction to Matthew.

Working on Past East Tremont was a great experience, and we look forward to working on more projects with Rumble Films in the future.


Lance Kaplan: Cinematographer/DP
Originally from San Francisco, New York–based director of photography Lance Kaplan studied cinematography at NYU as well as the Maine Film Workshops. He has shot four features and over 30 shorts and music videos.
Christopher Burke : Director, Editor, Producer
Christopher is co-president of Manic Attack Pictures, LLC, a full service creative production company, specializing in original content ranging from documentaries to narrative feature films, as well as producing branded video experiences for corporate clients. Current Manic projects in production include: Bali Hai (a feature length documentary), and Couch Boy (an independent feature film). Some of their corporate clients include: Coors, Jamestown properties, Ted Shreds, and Garland PR. His latest ongoing project is the humor website ManicAttack.com, of which he is the co-creator. For Manicattack.com, he has co-written and co-directed over 100 short films (5 web-series, along with a number of pilots, commercial parodies, music videos, and viral videos), which has earned him and his partner, Tommy Walsh, a 2009 Honorary Webby award for best humor site (Manicattack.com), as well as two W3 awards for best writing and for best comedy web series “The Speed Creeper.” In addition, Openfilm.com named him and his partner “filmmakers of the month” in 2009. Christopher has also co-written and directed the award winning feature film “Shooting Johnson Roebling”. He earned a BFA degree in English from The University of Vermont, and his MFA degree from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University. Christopher has acted in numerous New York City and Regional stage productions, as well as countless short form dramatic and comedic films. Christopher has over 12 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a performer, writer, director, and producer.
Tommy Walsh: Director, Editor, Producer,
Tommy is the Co-President of Manic Attack Pictures, a full service creative production company. Manic conceives and produces original content ranging from documentaries to narrative feature films, as well as producing branded video experiences for corporate clients. Current Manic projects in production include: Bali High (a feature length documentary), and Couch Boy (an independent feature film). Some of their corporate clients include, Coors, Jamestown Properties, Ted Shreds, and Garland PR.
His latest ongoing project is the humor website ManicAttack.com, of which he is the co-creator. For Manic, he has co-written and co-directed over 100 comedic shorts, and webisodes. Manic awards include: 2009 Webby Award Honoree in the humor category, comedy writing and comedy webseries for ‘The Speed Creeper’ from The International Academy of the Visual Arts, Filmmaker of the month with syndication partner, OpenFilm. Film and TV credits include: Producing the short film ‘Joe Mover’ starring Joe Lisi, (Lt. Swerski from Third Watch on NBC) and Paul Ben-Victor (HBO’s the Wire), co-writer and producer of the award winning independent feature film, ‘Shooting Johnson Roebling’.
He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of their 1997 elite performance company. Tommy has acted on stage off-Broadway as well as regionally. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared at Standup New York and Gotham Comedy clubs. On television, he appeared on Conan O’Brien over a dozen times in various sketch comedy videos. Tommy has over 12 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a performer, writer, director, and producer.
Timothy Davis: Executive Producer, Lead Actor, Writer
Timothy Davis is an actor, writer, and producer. Before Past East Tremont, his most recent film and television credits include Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Steven Soderberg’s, The Girlfriend Experience. GFE debuted as the “worst-kept secret” the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, officially premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, and made its way onto many film critics’ Best of the Year lists.
He is the associate artistic director of the CRY HAVOC Company and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. He is also a cast member of Manic Attack, the critically acclaimed comedy website.
A veteran of over 30 plays and 10 independent films, Tim most recently staged a production of Craig Lucas’ Reckless with Apartment 929 and Paradise Factory, directed by Clark Middleton.
In addition to his work with the CRY HAVOC Company, Tim has had the pleasure to perform in productions associated with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, AboutFace Theatre and Diversecity Theatre.
Tim completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, where he competed at the national level in the sport of Judo, and his master’s degree in acting at the New School University.