PRESS RELEASE: May 30, 2013
Yannick Moutassie of Orono, Maine, has won film rights to AIR, a short script by bestselling American author Ron Franscell.
|Yannick Moutassie of Orono, Maine|
Born in Cameroon (Central East Africa), Yannick fell in love with movies as a child and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 18. The 31-year-old husband and father is now a graduate film student in the University of Maine in Orono, with a special interest in the role of music and sound in filmmaking. He has already made two short student films, “Code” and “La Berceuse.” He’ll graduate in August 2013.
This spring, Franscell offered AIR’s film rights free to a young filmmaker who could best express, in words, his or her vision for the short film project. Franscell has described AIR as “a fleeting contemplation of birth, innocence, happiness, rain, love, disappointment, barking dogs, confusion, pain, courage, missed buses, faith, anger, redemption, neglected opportunities, inspiration, devotion, grief, dust, loneliness, and ultimately, death.”
Thirty-seven young filmmakers competed for the free rights to AIR, each submitting essays about the story, which is told completely without words. Along with Yannick, film student Angela Franklin of Cincinnati, Ohio, and videographer Geoffrey Villand of Los Angeles were also finalists.
“AIR is a universal story,” Yannick said. “I have recently become a father. I’m not saying that I know it all, but I am in the thick of it as a young adult, trying to find my path while looking to provide for my family. I know about the courage that it takes to be a man in our world and our generation. I know the feeling of seeing your son being born. I know about redemption as my parents told me that I could not make a living being a filmmaker … and I am working to prove them wrong.”
“Yannick spoke to me from his heart,” says Franscell, author of the bestselling true crime THE DARKEST NIGHT and road memoir SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB, among others. “If this little story is ever going to speak to another human heart, it will require an interpreter who knows that language. I genuinely look forward to seeing how Yannick brings AIR to life.”
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