The Coen brothers. The Farrelly brothers. The Nauert brothers?
With their new film company, Perpomballar Productions, brothers Eric and Nathaniel Nauert and friend Jody Schiesser are showing signs of becoming another critically acclaimed sibling-based movie team.
In mid-May, at “Shorts on the Beach,” Hilton Head’s first short film festival, Perpomballar’s The Street Cleaner won three out of six prizes, including Best Picture in both the Judges Choice and the People’s Choice categories.
With over 30 films entered in the festival, the trio approached their film’s first public screening as a laboratory experiment.
“We had no idea how it would look on the big screen, so we were nervous,” says Eric. “We re-edited up until the day it showed, and as soon as we saw it we went outside and had a meeting in the parking lot. We have a re-edit going on this weekend.”
The idea for a film company sprang from a short story that Eric wrote for Not From Concentrate, the Savannah writing group where he and Jody met. Nathaniel’s script sprung from a news story near Boston and was transformed to a Savannah setting.
“We thought a short film would be a great way to start because we could learn all our roles,” says Eric.
“We had meetings literally every night that went on until two, three, four in the morning. When you have day jobs this means meeting in the evening and operating on very little sleep. We did a lot of things ourselves” that larger companies pay for, including graphic design and construction of an eleven-foot camera jib.
Jody’s career as a web and graphic designer, photographer and stay-at-home dad made him “the most thorough, organized, detail-oriented producer you could ever want on your film.” Eric, the Executive Producer, has theater experience onstage, building sets and lighting “not to mention doing editing at Georgia Public Broadcasting week after week for 12 years” as station manager for WSVH.
Nathaniel, chief photographer at WJCL-TV, did all the camera work and directing. Eric is 15 years older than Nathaniel. “I raised him from a pup. I fed him his first comic books. I created the monster that he is today.”
Lead actor Bill Oberst, Jr. was cast as General Sherman for the History Channel series while filming The Street Cleaner.
“It became their highest rated program ever,” says Eric. “His face may be familiar to a lot of people. On the flip side of that, our female lead, Karry McLean, she’s as fresh as can be. She’s never acted in a film before.”
The film’s trailer hints of the intensity of a David Mamet script and the grizzly suspense of the Coens, with a little Robert Altman gothic in the mix. Savannah movie buffs wondering will have to wait to find out if this 34-minute film includes knee-slapping scenes like “the chippah” from Fargo.
The Perpambollar team is submitting The Street Cleaner to this fall’s Savannah Film Festival. “We have such a respect for that festival we are holding off in hopes they’ll take us.”
Check out info on The Street Cleaner: www.thestreetcleanermovie.com.
Gettin’ WIBI with it
Last Thursday evening, while legions of professionals mingled in Reynolds Square at the Chamber’s Taste of Downtown, 35 of Savannah’s smartest, sharpest women opted for a party with a sense of history.
The quarterly social for WIBITAG, the newly formed women’s professional group that’s part of the Telfair Academy Guild, brought together stock brokers, architects, and marketing executives for white wine, gnoshes, and new connections in the Orientation Gallery of the Owens-Thomas House.
Under original, 19th-century haint blue paint, the atmosphere was electric, mimicking the much-needed rainstorm threatening outside. The party was Gena Taylor’s first visit to the OT House in decades.
“Most of the time I’m in a social services arena,” says the Executive Director of Greenbriar Children’s Home. “This is different. This is the arts. As a native Savannahian I tend to take this for granted. I’m re-igniting the flame for it.”
Contact the Telfair for information on WIBITAG (Women In Business In the Telfair Academy Guild.)