1440 and Counting by Tony Gapastione
A burned-out, retiring teacher is confronted by a desperate man from her past. She’s packing up her classroom and her life, but when she discovers one of her beloved students is in great danger, her life turns upside down within minutes.
Director: Tony Gapastione
Originally from Chicago, Tony has been acting in theater, commercials, and film for over twenty-five years. He’s written and produced a few short films, but this is his directorial debut, in which he raised $40,000 through Kickstarter.
For the past few years I’ve been writing and producing various pieces, and directing small media/internet projects and live performances. But this my first narrative film with a real budget that got me a great cast and crew. 1440 and Counting is my directorial debut. Not only was I compelled to tell this story, I wanted to do it in my community. It was all shot in Redwood City and East Palo Alto, Northern California.
I want to live a meaningful life. I want to expose pain (not hide it), because that’s how healing comes. I believe good stories can do that. My hope in this film is that the audience will wonder, ask questions, discuss, fill in the blanks, and perhaps reflect on their own life and community.
I wrote this story, because I intersected with some kids, in a world just like the 1440 and Counting. I saw pain, frustrations, and holes in systems like the ones Jose and Mrs. Nickel found themselves in, and I began to imagine. I wish I had more answers, I just have more questions.