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“In this quirky Sci-Fi adventure, a young man must cope with involuntary telepathy, a potion-induced transformation, teleporting agents and a clone reincarnation, all while dodging an evil corporation that wants to harvest his brain for knowledge.”

Jesse Barack, a young award-winning filmmaker, has introduced his latest mystery sci-fi to IndieReign audiences, which has recently sparked a fair bit of attention. Do you wanna know more before you purchase this film? We thought so.

Polypore was originally written in homage to Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 film Akira, with other influences including Resident Evil, District 9, and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.


A budget of just $20,000 was used to make Polypore, which Barack raised through freelance videography work, recycling cans and bottles for cash, and selling various possessions on eBay and Craigslist. As well as all the above, Barack, like filmmakers before him such as Robert Rodriguez, sold himself to science by participating in laboratory experiments at the Psychology Department of his college, as well as gaining a small chunk of funding through private donations and a mini grant through his University.


Polypore was shot in a variety of locations, from New York, to Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Barcelona, Texas, Washington, and Massachusetts, with a total of four languages in the film (English, French, Turkish and German). But how did he manage that on such a small budget? He armed his actors with cameras, of course. Barack knew that two of the actors would be traveling during production and decided to send a camera with each of them. With the help of friends, the actors were able to shoot scenes of themselves abroad. Now that’s dedication.


If you want to know what kind of camera was used, you’re in luck. Several cameras were utilized during shooting, these were: The Canon 5D, the Canon 7D, the Canon T2i, and the Canon HV40.


See the full list of Cast and Crew on IMBD, and when you do, you’ll notice that the reviews are pretty impressive. We trust their opinion, and if you do too, you might want to rent Polypore on IndieReign for just $2.99. I would, it’s a bargain! And remember, 70% of every purchase on IndieReign goes directly to the filmmaker, it’s just how we roll.

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If you haven’t seen Polypore and want to maintain that point of mystery about the film before you see it, I would stop reading now. In the film one of the characters goes through a drastic physical transformation. Why is this, you might ask? Well, it’s purely down to a change in circumstance. Jeffry Bielat, the actor that played Paul was scheduled to go and study abroad, but production took a lot longer than expected, so Barack had to rewrite the script to accommodate for this, and instead of shooting again, he decided to invite another actor on board. Enter Chen Tang. In Paris, Bielat shot footage of his new character, Paul #1, while back in the U.S. Barack shot footage of Tang as Paul #2, in New York and Massachusetts. Confused? Perhaps you should watch Polypore to understand.

Auteur appreciator, and self-professed cinephile. In another life I would perhaps embrace my inner actress, but right now, I'm the Platform Manager at IndieReign - and it's awesome.


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