Los Angeles, 2042
For eighty-three year old Annette Barrett, every day is just about the same -- and that's the way she likes it. Sheltered by the predictability of her insular world, Annette takes comfort in the routine.
However, she is not alone. Annette lives with her beloved pet and closest companion-- a robotic dog named Fido.
When Fido breaks down, a seemingly ordinary morning turns catastrophic for Annette. Life without her canine friend is unthinkable, and she will do whatever it takes to save him-- including venturing out into an ever-changing and unpredictable world.
Through her endeavors, Annette will learn to see beauty in chaos; it will reenergize her, and teach her the importance of letting go.
After earning a Bachelor of Philosophy from Wheaton College in 2010, Anna spent six years working in the film industry in Los Angeles. Beginning as the fourth assistant to the co-chairman of Universal Studios, she ultimately worked her way to executive-producing commercials and music videos at her company Artists & Derelicts. Anna has always been drawn to the quick pace and mercurial nature of the film industry; and, as a director, she aspires to tell intimate, personal stories with universal themes.
Jacob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Cinema Studies. As an undergrad, he completed internships with NBC Television, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Universal Pictures, and Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions. Upon graduation, Jacob moved to New York City to work in creative development for both film and television. As a writer, he hopes to create works that will keep people company when life has them feeling lonely, uncomfortable, or confused.
After graduating from Fairfield University with a BA in film and television production, Ruby Mateo worked as a sports producer for both ESPN and the United States Olympic Committee. She earned an Associated Press Sports Award and an Emmy® nomination for her producing/editing work on the baseball video series "Anatomy of a Pitch." Ruby hopes to create stories that inspire, comfort, and encourage people to help and be kind to one another.
Alex is a Greek native, born in Germany and raised in Monaco. Multilingual and well-travelled, he attended German, French, British, Greek and American schools. He graduated valedictorian for his BA in Film & Tv Production at the American College of Greece. As an editor, Alex dives deep into story, character and theme and cares for a transcendent storytelling experience.
Carlo Canlas Mendoza
Carlo is a multi-awarded Filipino cinematographer whose films have competed in international festivals in New York, Venice, Berlin, Tokyo, Busan and Vladivostok. He started his training as an apprentice in 2005. In 2007, he attended the Asian Film Academy (AFA) in Busan and the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus. Carlo believes that filmmakers have the privilege and the responsibility to use Cinema as a medium to help people understand others, oneself and the human condition.
After graduating from the College of William & Mary in 2006 with a BA in Film Studies and American Modernism, David began his career in Story Development at Walt Disney Studios and Humble Journey Films. In 2015, he co-created the web application Yoric Story Composer which earned the notice of Sundance Institute's New Frontier Story Lab. As a designer, he is excited to bring his passion and knowledge of practical and digital effects to the worlds he is commissioned to build.
Audiences from all walks of life will connect with the story of Annette and her beloved Fido-- it is a universal tale. In order to do it justice, we will need to use a combination of practical effects, visual effects, and robotics-- an ambitious undertaking, and one which cannot be embarked upon without your support.
Bringing to life our unique vision of the future will require an exhaustive list of resources. We look forward to this journey, and hope you can be a part of it!
Our goal is to raise $65,000.
We need to raise the majority of this money by November in order to successfully build our robotic dog.
Thank you in advance for your support!
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And reference FIDO to Donate
Please send checks to:
American Film Institute
Attn: FIDO 1818
2021 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The American Film Institute is a Government recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and holds tax exempt status. Donations made toward “Fido” may be tax deductible under Section 170 of the U.S. Tax Code. A letter of acknowledgement from AFI will be sent for all contributions.
Help comes in many forms, and we will gratefully accept any in-kind donations made on behalf of our production in exchange for an onscreen credit.
We seek the following...
Filming Locations (Parking lots, warehouses, apartments, etc.)
Equipment (Camera, Grip, Lighting, etc.)
Art Department and Construction Supplies
Many corporations will match donations made by their employees to non-profit charitable institutions. If your employer offers this benefit, please select "My company will match my gift" on the AFI Web Donation Portal.
In addition, if you would like to volunteer to be a part of any aspect of our production, please let us know! We look forward to welcoming anyone who is as enthusiastic about our story as we are!