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Fluid Motion Theater & Film
23 West 73rd Street #502A
New York, NY 10023


 Midas' Son

MIDAS' SON tells the story of Billy, a young man adrift in his life. As he prepares for his wedding, Billy returns to his childhood home to find out why his parents have not yet responded to the invitation to his wedding. The homecoming brings up old and unhealed resentments. During the trip home, Billy takes baby steps towards repairing broken relationships and, eventually, redemption.

Filmed with cutting edge RED camera technology, MIDAS' SON is a modern take on the myth of King Midas - part of Fluid Motion Theater & Film's mission to create multiethnic adaptations of classic texts to explore the commonality of human experience shared by disparate cultures.

Completed June 2009.


View more production stills and set photos at photographer John Ko's online portfolio .

Read director Annetta Marion's and cinematographer Ruben O'Malley's blogs about shooting with the RED camera on the Motion Blog .

Fluid Motion Theater & Film presents
in association with Siren Films

M I D A S'  S O N

Alexis Camins as Billy

Christine Toy Johnson as Ann

Robert McKay as Coach

Story by Tina Lee

Written by Tina Lee with Ela Thier

Directed by Annetta Marion

Produced by Michelle Chen & Christine Simpson

Cinematography by Ruben O'Malley

Production Design & Set Decoration by Gia Grosso

Edited by Patty Schumann

Music by Richard Balyut

Stephen Halliway: Raphael Aranas
Mitch: Joel Brady
Mitch's Girlfriend: Siho Ellsmore

Adult Swimmers: Tristan Gardiner, Ouafa Jindyeh
Kid Swimmers: Ali Jindyeh, Sami Jindyeh, Zane Moore, Adam Outaine, Elias Outaine, Zach Outaine, Dorian Ryan, Julian Sklyut

1st Assistant Director: Paul Samuel Epstein
2nd Assistant Director: Sara Seligman
Script Supervisor: Brendan Butler

1st Assistant Camera: Matt Klammer, Jenny Scarlata, Pierre Antoine Tissot
2nd Assistant Camera: Tyler Demetro
Underwater Camera Operator: Jac Cheairs
Still Photographer & Media Manager: John Ko
Production Sound Mixer: James Baker

Wardrobe Stylist: David Oltman
Hair & Makeup Artists: Mara Palumbo, Maria "Sky" Vega

Gaffer: Jac Cheairs
2nd Gaffer: Tom Bond
Best Boys Electric: Clayton Combe, Pierre Antoine Tissot

Key Grip: Dan Wallenstein
Grips: Anton Delfino, Obatala Muwasi
Grip/Electric PA: Johnny Lu
Jib Operator: Josh Litle

Prop Master: Heather Corbett
Set Dresser: Sarah Shriber

Key Production Assistant: Kasia Ruszkowska
Production Assistants: Tony Cox, Akshay Joshi, Devin Mahesh
Assistants to the Director: Jason Basile, Ronak Shah

Post Production Supervisor: Patty Schumann
Sound Designer: James Baker
Re-recording Mixer: Matthew Polis

DI: Offhollywood NY
Colorist: Robbie Renfrow
DI Producer: John "Pliny" Eremic
End Titles by Mike Jou

"Said Too Much"
Written by Richard Baluyut, Janet L. Toups, Edward O. Baluyut and James Lorenzo Baluyut
Performed by Versus

"Ghost Story"
Written by Richard Baluyut, Janet L. Toups and Edward O. Baluyut
Performed by Versus

RED camera package provided by HD Cinema
Additional camera equipment provided by Arri CSC and TCS
Lighting & grip equipment provided by Arri CSC, Sourcemaker, and TCI

Jeff Blauvelt
Tom Cestarre
John Clapp
Jim Curcio
Chris Dixon
Joyce Draganosky
Ryan Dwork
Maria-Teresa A. Gamboni
Anthony Gannuscio
Ouafa & Tracey Jindyeh
Philip Kathrens
Patrice Miano
Aislinn Black
Nan Sandle
Sharon Watt
Tony Sachs
Erik Schietinger
Barbara Toy
Joe Tymocz
Abigail Zealey Bess
Camp Olympia
Franklin K. Lane High School, Brooklyn, NY
Jane Labanz of The Delicate Pen for Kate's Paperie
New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting
New York City Parks and Recreation Department
Shooting People

Fluid Motion gratefully acknowledges the donors who helped make MIDAS' SON possible:
Alex Chen
Jia-Rhon & Chun-Ying Chen
Marty Edelstein
Maria-Teresa A. Gamboni
T. David Hu
Gene & Susan Resnick
Michael & Lorraine Simpson
Christine & Tony Sachs
Barbara Toy
Jean Tsien
Cheri Wicks

Copyright 2009 Fluid Motion Theater & Film, Inc.


Raphael Aranas (Stephen Halliway)
Raphael enjoyed being part of MIDAS' SON very much. He loved the fact that he got to swim a lot and even learned to dive the right way!  Raphael is quite an accomplished cyclist.  He had been riding 2 wheelers since he was 5 years old.  His ambition is to be an accomplished actor.  He is at present being considered for a 'ninja" film which starts shooting in Berlin in April.


Joel Brady (Mitch)
After graduating from the American Academy, Joel Brady has been acting in New York for about two years. He has worked in various theaters such as The Lucille Lortel, Manhattan Theater Source, and Manhattan Repertory Theater. In the past three months he has been transitioning into film and television. He is proud to be working with Fluid Motion on Mida's Son and fortunate enough to have met and worked with the people who worked on this project. I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support.


Alexis Camins (Billy)
New York: Killing the Boss (Cherry Lane), blind mouth singing, The Dispute, Eyes of the Heart, Antigone (NAATCO), Millicent Scowlworthy (SPF), To the Colored American Soldier (Studio Tisch). Regional: Sex Diary of an Infidel (Penumbra), Yemaya’s Belly (Portland Stage), In the Darkness, Joy of Having a Body (Guthrie Lab), The New Americans (NYSAF), Saint Joan (Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum). Film/TV: One Life to Live (ABC), The Order of the Serpentine (Spike), The Concoction. MFA NYU Grad Acting. Playwright: Everything (Desipina and Co.), To the Colored American Soldier (Studio Tisch) and Family Lies (Theater Mu’s New Eyes Festival).


Siho Ellsmore (Mitch Girlfriend)

Christine Toy Johnson (Ann)
Highlights include Broadway/National Tours: The Music Man, Chu Chem, Grease, Bombay Dreams, Flower Drum Song, Cats; Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, Falsettoland, Victor Woo, NYSF; Regional: Huntington, Williamstown, Yale Rep, Denver Center, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera. TV/Film: One Life to Live (“Lisa West”), Crossing Jordan, Law and Orders: SVU and CI, Grounded for Life, Conspiracy Theory, Nunsense 1 & 2, All American Eyes. Award winning screenwriter and playwright. Currently: co-directing documentary about the first Asian American pro basketball player, Wat Misaka, from the 1947 Knicks. Details: www.christinetoyjohnson.com

Robert G. McKay (Coach)

Michelle Chen (Producer)
Michelle Chen is a New York City-based theater, film, and television producer. She is Producing Director of Fluid Motion Theater & Film and Associate Producer at Thirteen/WNET.  She received an Emmy for her work on the PBS Kids show CYBERCHASE.

Gia Grosso (Production Design)

Annetta Marion (Director)
Award-winning filmmaker Annetta Marion originally hails from a small Pennsylvania coal-mining town, and currently lives and works in New York City. Her body of work as a filmmaker and director includes broadcast commercials, public service announcements for non-profits, episodes for a web series, video installations, and over ten short documentary and narrative films. Her work includes ALASKA that was produced in conjunction with Marion’s directing fellowship at AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women (the film screened 27 times in 13 countries across 4 continents, gathering one award and one honorable mention). Marion has just finished super 16mm short DONUT HEAVEN and is looking forward to finishing MIDAS’ SON this summer.


Ruben O'Malley (Director of Photography)
Ruben O’Malley is a DP and occasional director, known for his creative and character driven approach to camerawork. In all his work he tries to tell each character’s story as the narrative demands.He began his career as a lighting technician in San Francisco working at the highly prolific commercial house Colossal pictures, where he moved in to shooting old school animation and motion control for spots. It was here that he developed a keen eye for special effects and the precision needed to pull off footage for highly complex time lapse and composite work. Ruben worked for years after that as a union Camera Assistant on commercials in the Bay Area, before he shot his first feature Cutting Horse for his Larry Clark. After that Assisting became sidelined as he shot another feature (Max, 13) and numerous short pieces. A commitment to camerawork brought him to New York University, where he focused on shooting a number of award winning shorts, and his own documentary movie Go Army (about army recruiters right before 9/11). Since NYU, he’s shot numerous features (For Real, Deceit, & Love Ludlow) and occasionally vacations in the television world where’s he’s photographed Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Indy Sex ii and Fabulous for IFC among many other docs, commercials, music videos and shorts.
Midas' Son is his first work with the Fluid Motion and his first work with RED camera. It's often difficult to determine which he more excited about.

Patty Schumann (Editor)

Christine Simpson (Producer)
Christine Simpson is a Korean-American writer/director based in Manhattan. As a director, Ms. Simpson has directed with Ma-Yi Theatre Company, New Georges, Reverie Productions, Peculiar Works Project, Blue Heron Theatre, Bumblebee & Blackbird Productions, Present Tense Productions, Fluid Motion Theater & Film, Happy Lady Productions, at The Public Theater, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. Plays penned by Ms. Simpson have been produced at the Blue Heron Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the New York City International Fringe Festival (2003 and 2006), and Theatre Row. She has also written and directed two short films that have screened globally. In 2005, Ms. Simpson was selected as one of five filmmakers to compete in the Asian American International Film Festival Michelob Light Music Video Contest. In 2006, she was named one of nytheatre.com's People of the Year.

Tina Lee (Screenwriter)
Tina has been a writer since age eight and discovered her love of acting while procrastinating in graduate school for fiction writing. Writing one-person shows became a perfect marriage of both interests, and she's performed them in theaters, schools, and libraries all around the New York area. She’s been published in Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Voices (Asian American Writers Workshop, 2002), Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002), River City Journal, and Kalliope magazine. Her first screenplay based on the Midas myth is being produced this winter by Fluid Motion Theater & Film and she is also hard at work at a young adult novel that takes place in the 1980s. She graduated from Yale with a B.A., Sarah Lawrence College with a M.F.A. in Fiction Writing.

Ela Thier (Screenwriter)
Ela Thier's romantic-comedy, "The Wedding Cow", garnered twenty awards at international film festivals including nine "Best Feature" and five "Audience Choice" awards. Currently, Thier is producing her directorial debut, "A Story for Old Lovers", starring Jay O. Sanders (Half Nelson, Day After Tomorrow, JFK) and Tony-award winner Maryann Plunket (The Squid and The Whale). A prolific writer, Thier's work was selected by the Independent Film Project (IFP) the past three consecutive years, with two scripts selected in 2007. Among several script options, Thier was recently commissioned to write a true-life story of a battle fought and won over corporate corruption. Thier is a graduate of NYU's Film & TV program and currently teaches screenwriting workshops in NYC. Details at www.ThierProductions.com

Golden Lion Film Festival (Swaziland) - October 2009

Anchorage International Film Festival (Anchorage, AK) - December 2009

Screening in the program Allusions/Delusions on Monday, December 7th @ 5:30pm & Thursday, December 10th @ 7:45pm @ Out North


NewFilmmakers Winter Fest Series - January 2010

Screening Tuesday, January 5, 7:45pm, at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue, New York, NY


2010 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival - March 26 - April 1, 2010

Screening in Shorts Program 3 on Saturday March 27th at 5:30pm


2010 San Francisco International Women's Film Festival - April 7-11, 2010

Screening Sunday April 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the Variety Screening Room (Theatre Address: 582 Market Street, at 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94104)


2010 Grits-n-Gravy Southern Film Festival - April 11, 2010, 2pm at the Oak Ridge Playhouse in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Fifth Annual DisOrient Asian
American Film Festival of Oregon
- at the Bijou Arts Cinema in Eugene, OR, April 23-25, 2010

Screening Sunday, April 25, at 12:00pm in SHORTS PROGRAM II: "Love Me Or Let Me Go"


10th Annual Slant: Bold Asian American Images (Houston, TX) - May 21-23, 2010

Screening Friday May 21, 7pm at Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk Street in Houston, Texas


2010 Temecula Valley International Film Festival (Temecula, CA) - September 15-19, 2010

Screening Friday, September 17 @ 9pm and Saturday, September 18 at 3pm at The Movie Experience, Tower Plaza



2010 Tacoma Film Festival (Tacoma, WA) - October 7-14, 2010

Screening Saturday, October 9, 8:45pm at Tacoma School of the Arts


11th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Washington, DC) - October 7-16, 2010

Screening October 16 @ 4pm at the Goethe Institute as part of the "There Are Places I Remember" program


2010 DigiFestival (Online) - August 13 - September 13, 2010


2010 Directors Circle Festival of Shorts (Online) - November 8-20, 2010

2010 Independents' Film Festival (Hillsborough County, FL) - December 2010

2011 Big Island Film Festival (Mauna Lani Resort, Hawaii) - May 11-15, 2011

Sorry, no reviews are available for this production at this time.

Alexis Camins in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Robert McKay in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Robert McKay in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins and Christine Toy Johnson in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)



Christine Toy Johnson in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)



Alexis Camins in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Robert McKay and director Annetta Marion on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins and the crew on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Christine Toy Johnson and the crew on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


DP Ruben O'Malley watching the monitor on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins in MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


Alexis Camins and the crew on the set of MIDAS' SON (photo: John Ko)


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