A Room Full of Nothing

A Room Full of Nothing is a Feature Film written by Duncan Coe and produced by TurtleDove Films. It explores the ideas of the complexity of modern relationships, the transient nature of art, isolationism & escapism and classic absurdity. The story follows Phyllis, a collage artist and Barry, an actor, as they navigate reality when they wake up one day to discover they are the last two people left on Earth.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Elena Weinberg

How did you get started in producing and directing?

I've been acting since I was three years old, and when Duncan entered the Jameson First Shot competition, he asked if I wanted to make some movies with him. That was in 2013, and I've been producing for TurtleDove Films since then. I went to school for acting, but am a self-taught filmmaker. The education never stops, I'm always learning.

How did you first get involved in the movie?

I breathed down Duncan's neck until he finally finished a draft of the script and told him we had to enter the Hometown Heroes Rally.

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here?

I was born here and lived half an hour away growing up, so I was constantly here as a kid, but I officially moved back in 2007. The cityscape is definitely different, and it feels a little less like home now. I miss the old South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse area. That Thundercloud Subs was the coolest and I always loved visiting the fabric store with my mom as a kid. Cities change, though, and I'm trying not to be too much of a hipster about it. I still love Austin more than any other city in the world.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?

I am a diehard Seed & Spark fangirl. When people ask me to manage their campaigns, I will actively push them off of other platforms until they come to S&S. (I literally had filmmakers with their entire campaign ready to go on Indiegogo one time and I was like NOPE!!) I love the community that Seed & Spark has built, and I honestly do not think I'd be the filmmaker I am today without them. This is my first campaign raising money for my own project as opposed to managing for someone else since 2014 and it feels really good and really bad at the same time. I'm so glad that I'm the person I'm yelling at to get shit done right now, because I know it'll get done... and I'm also terrified I won't finish everything on time. I guess, by the time people read this, we'll know the answer to that question.... *fingers crossed*

What is your favorite form of art and why?

I really love TV. I love how complex and endless creating worlds can be on TV shows. I love falling in love with characters and feeling like they're my real life friends. I feel like I should have said books - if it was 15 years ago, I would have said books. I grew up reading three books at a time and would refuse to go to sleep because I was so lost in whatever world I dove into that night. I guess that used to be my TV. Now I just binge TV all the time.

If you could make everyone but one other person disappear, who would you keep around?

Not gonna lie, I cheated and looked to see if Duncan put me before I answered this question. But yeah, I'd take Duncan with me.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Bryan Evans

How did you get started working with TurtleDove Films?

I had friends who needed help making a movie and asked them what I could do to help.

How did you get involved with this project?

Elena and Duncan asked me to read over the script. I loved it and couldn't wait to get involved.

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here?

I've lived in this area my entire life, and I've seen it expand and crowd. A lot sure has changed, but it's still a great place to live.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?

I think it's a great platform, and I particularly love that you can fund specific items instead of just the campaign as a whole.

What is your favorite art form and why? 

Movies. Hands down, easiest question to answer. The why is tougher, but I'd have to say the way dozens or hundreds of moving parts and people collide to make, temporarily, a new reality. It's a special kind of magic.

If you could make everyone but one other person disappear, who would you keep around?

Somebody who can run the power grid all on their own. I need my creature comforts, and most of them rely on electricity.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Ivy K. Meehan

How did you get started in acting?

When I was 11 years old, I played a munchkin soldier in a community production of The Wizard of Oz. The rest is history.

How did you first get involved in the movie?

I worked with Elena and Duncan on two seasons of #ATown. I remember asking about the script Duncan was working on years ago and am thrilled to dive into this piece!

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here?

I moved to Austin in 2010 and aside from the obvious "the skyline has changed" or "there are more hipsters" or "the traffic is terrible," Austin has broadened for me. By that I mean, when I moved here I had my bubble and I stuck to it. Now I can give you great brunch spots ALL OVER Austin instead of just the East Side.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts? 

Seed&Spark does such an impressive job in the crowdfunding department. The site and members and campaigns feel more intimate while still reaching far angles of the world for crowdfunding efforts.

What is your favorite form of art and why?

My heart will always belong to the stage...

If your character could give you life advice, what would they say?

She'd say: Sharp scissors are better than dull scissors. Same goes for life companions.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Eric Calbat

How did you get started working with TurtleDove Films?

Started acting in high school. When it came time decide my major for college, I couldn't think of anything else I would rather do than train myself to be a better actor. My only thought was to focus on acting, and let the rest fall into place. The more time on spent on set, the more I realized I was curious as to how the mechanics of filming worked. Luckily I have great friends at TurtleDove who have given me the opportunity to both act, and learn how to be a producer, camera assistant, and much more.

How did you first get involved in the movie?

TurtleDove as a whole has been waiting for Duncan Coe to spit out a magical baby we call a Feature Film script. As soon as I heard the first draft was finished, I called TD and said I had to be a part of it. They said maybe. Not really, they said that I was always welcome to be on their set.

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here? 

Moved from San Marcos after attending Texas State University about 8 years ago. The price of living here has really increased.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?

I think it's a great platform that helps the little guy get an idea off the ground. Easily accessible for social media. No complaints.

What is your favorite form of art and why?

Tough call, art has so many forms. Raw talent is always great, but to see anybody train, and put in the work is amazing to watch. Concerts, live plays, dance, it's all good to me as long as the heart is there.

If you could make everyone but one other person disappear, who would you keep around?

Gonna go with either my girlfriend, or my kiddo.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Taylor Juarez

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How did you get started in producing?

I first started working with Duncan and Elena when they brought me on as an intern and boom operator for season one of their web series, ATown. We made season one with a small group of people, who are known now as TurtleDove Core Members. I have been working with TurtleDove and Duncan & Elena ever since and have played a variety of roles on their sets.

How did you first get involved in the movie?

I am a TurtleDove Core Member and have been part of the family since day one of ATown. When Duncan finished the script for ARFON, I was so excited to start a new journey with TurtleDove. After two successful seasons of a web series, and a brief hiatus, I am more excited than ever to be creating our first feature film.

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here?

I moved to Austin in 2012 to go to school at St. Edward's University. In just 5 years, I can definitely notice differences. I've always lived in South Austin, and have noticed how much South Congress has changed. There used to be an empty lot where food trucks would set up and serve food and now they are all gone and a hotel has been put in their place. Beloved businesses have closed their doors, many of which couldn't afford rent or property taxes. There are more people moving here, traffic always seems to be getting worse, and the city always seems to be under construction. You almost can't go anywhere without having to deal with construction. It is nice to see some growth, but at the same time, I feel like Austin is at risk of losing it's weirdness and unique qualities.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts? 

It is definitely a lot of work. Elena and I have managed several crowdfunding campaigns for other projects, so I've definitely seen all the ins and outs. You have to really commit 110% and be completely unapologetic about your art/passion. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. The best part is creating a public presence and getting people really excited about your project. It's important to raise the money, but even more important to network and meet people. The support you can gain from Seed & Spark can really be incredible. You never know who will come across your project. I've really developed a love for Seed & Spark and seeing films succeed.

What is your favorite form of art and why?

I have an equal love of writing and music. Writing is the ultimate art form for me personally because I have always been a lover of words. I come from a family of writers and have been writing all my life. Writing is the greatest escape. It's how I process my feelings and make sense of life. It is my favorite form of expression. Music, on the other hand, has the power to make us feel things that there are no words to describe. I am a huge music junkie and can pretty much always be found listening to music. I also play instruments and have created songs of my own. Music has helped me through so many things in my life. There are albums that hold a lot of significance for me based on the phases of life they have gotten me through. I could not survive without either of these forms of art. They complement each other, and when one fails, the other shines through.

If you could make everyone but one other person disappear, who would you keep around?

My boyfriend, Justin. Life without him would suck.

Meet the Cast & Crew: Duncan Coe

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How did you get started in writing & producing?

Writing: I got my start writing for theatre in college and slowly transitioned to screen after graduating. My first success came when I was a finalist in the Jameson First Shot competition in 2014.

Directing: I started directing shorts in 2013 and that eventually transformed into the web series #ATown.

How did you first get involved in the movie?

We wanted to make a feature film so we came up with a premise and I wrote it.

When did you move to Austin, and how is it different from when you first moved here?

I was born in Austin and lived all over town. I've had the front row seat to Austin's transformation over the past 30 years and it is a cosmically different city now than it was even 5 years ago.

What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?

The best part of crowdfunding on S&S is the transparency it forces on its filmmakers. The worst part is the waiting. Patience isn't one of my virtues in crowdfunding.

What is your favorite form of art and why?

Filmmaking. It's the Gesamtkunstwerk.

If you could make everyone but one other person disappear, who would you keep around?

Can I say my cats? If not I guess it would be Elena. ;)