"Chilmark" is an intense psychological drama pitting a homicidal bank robber against the innocent people who get in his way.
The response to our film started off very well with getting people aware of this endeavor. But the pledges are slow to come in, we need to change that.
Our smallest goal, just $25 dollars is a signed poster and digital package. Doing the math we just need 3998 supporters to get us to our amount in order to make this film happen.
Please email around the link, let people know about the film and make sure they follow up with a pledge! And if you have a network like Facebook or Twitter, share the link! Our goal isn't very lofty when you break it all down.
- Thank you for your support
The "Promotional Trailer" and "Promotional Production Stills" are just that. We put together a comprehensive presentation to sell this picture to investors a few years ago, but with the economic downturn we've found it difficult raise money in that way. So we are turning to you, the public, using Kickstarter.com to appeal directly to the sort of dedicated movie fans who would be interested in helping us to complete our feature film.
The look and style of the trailer will show you what we are aiming for in this neo-noir psychological thriller. And we have continued to fine-tune our vision for the project since completing the presentation, so the feature version will be even more striking.
I am looking forward to this journey and grateful for all of your support.
- D.W. Kann, Darkside Films Writer, Producer, Director
WHAT WE'RE DOING
We're raising money! Being fiscally responsible filmmakers in a time of economic turbulence and within an ever- changing industry means that we have to ensure that every dollar raised is stretched to the fullest extent. So we would like to give you, the fans, a chance to voice your opinion and contribute to a production that you believe in and would enjoy seeing on screen.
We believe 100% in our project and our experienced crew, whom we've worked with on multiple endeavors over the last twenty years, shares our devotion to see "Chilmark" funded and filmed.
If this approach is successful, we have two other films in development that we would bring into the Kickstarter process. The first, "Satanic Sorority Showdown,” would go into production by the Summer. The second, "Sever," would follow in the Fall. These projects will bring both specific genre and general film fans together.
But “Chilmark” comes first, and our goal is to raise $100,000 so that we can go into production in February 2011.
"Chilmark" casts some light onto a dark chapter in the history of a remote New England island town. On a frigid Christmas Eve in 1989, three friends crossed paths with a cold-blooded bank robber trying to flee to the mainland. Their chance meeting led to a life-or-death struggle, with repercussions that haunt the town to this day.
Using one student's written testimony and official police reports, among other sources, "Chilmark" accurately portrays the horrific events of that night. While some names have been changed at the request of the families involved, the incident itself is presented in full detail. It will disturb and shock viewers, but it will also stand as a testament to the courage of the innocent people involved and as a warning. For the homicidal robber and the money he stole have never been located. And until they are, the case remains open...
WHAT IS "CHILMARK'S" TARGET AUDIENCE?
If you're a fan of such films as, "Fargo," "Misery," and "Blue Velvet," with a hint of "The Shining" and Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's original version of "Funny Games," you're in good hands.
WHO IS BEHIND THE "CHILMARK" FILM?
Filmmaker D.W. Kann and his company Darkside Films will be producing the film. We have a full production and post-production facility and an extremely talented crew all of which have worked together for many years.
What is in the digital download package?
Everyone who donates will receive the "digital download package" which includes:
- All official promotional posters, banners and desktop wallpapers used in the CHILMARK campaign.
- The first 15 pages of the final script, with notes from director D.W. Kann
- (5) Official Production Stills not seen on the website.
The website will be a place beyond Kickstarter where you can read daily blog entries and follow the pre-production process from crew and cast hires to location scouting. The Darkside Films production company also has a presence on Myspace, Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Our Film Space Page, so you can follow us on them as well.
WHEN EXACTLY IS THE "BIG NIGHT?"
The Big Night will take place in a Boston theatre. Once we have successfully raised our financing, we will move forward on securing a venue and setting a date. Our aim is to hold the premiere in the early Summer since we are looking to release the film in the Fall of 2011. Contributors who back us for this particular line item and all other interested parties will be apprised of the scheduling as it all comes together.
IT'S A WRAP!
Three lucky individuals who back under the WRAP PARTY line item will be fortunate enough to meet the entire cast and crew. Not only that but they will be able to watch (10) minutes of cut footage from the film. It will be a special night after successfully wrapping production in March 2011.
JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
This would be a great gift idea for the film fan in your life. We have a wealth of varied items to be given away here. From authentic props and wardrobe from the film to an experience working on a feature film to seeing it in the theater before everyone else has a chance. So take time out to really see what we have to offer.
NOW THAT "CHILMARK" IS FUNDED, NOW WHAT"
Through this entire time that we are building a fan base and securing financing through Kickstarter, we will be in pre-production and actively submitting blog entries, photos, video, and cast attachments- everything you need to know as we near our end date.
Once our goal has been reached we will then contact everyone who has graciously donated to get their address and t-shirt sizes so that we can begin the process of filling orders. Certain items will have to wait until the film has been shot and only then will we send those rewards out to you.
CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE ONCE IT'S BEEN MADE?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or to increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive. Please note that there are some rewards which are first come first serve so make sure you read everything thoroughly.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately nothing. If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. Of course, we want to avoid this scenario!
CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?
Of course! Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Surpassing our goal would mean a more widespread theater release, or more unique physical copy packaging. The possibilities are endless. How do we contact you?
You can contact us directly at: CHILMARKINFO@CHILMARKTHEMOVIE.COM. We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!
WILL YOU HAVE OTHER REWARD OFFERS COMING?
YES! We will be uploading several more rewards over the next few weeks. So stay with us to be notified.
IS "CHILMARK" A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
Unfortunately neither this movement nor CHILMARK is set up as a non-profit. Donations are raw gifts. Non-tax deductible.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to Director D.W. Kann’s movie budget - your money goes directly to the funding of this film, every penny will be put on the screen!
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Just ask us, we're extremely excited about this project and the journey it will take all of us. CHILMARKINFO@CHILMARKTHEMOVIE.COM
D.W. Kann & Fritz Striker
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Limited Edition “Chilmark" movie poster signed by D.W.Kann & selected Cast! (plus the digital download package)
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Your very own "Chilmark" the movie coffee mug. (plus the poster and digital download package)
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Get your hands on the Limited Edition “Chilmark” movie T-Shirt! Designed by artist Fritz Striker (plus the poster, coffee mug and download package)
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You’ve just become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, and will be credited as such in the end title crawl of the movie! (plus the poster, t-shirt, coffee mug and the digital download package). Your name will appear alphabetically during the end title crawl under the heading "Associate Producers," This way, you can impress your movie-going friends relatively quickly when your name comes up on the big screen!
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NEW!! Personalized autograph film still from actress MARISA PETRORO once film is complete. (Comes with the Associate Producers package)
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PARTY! Two tickets for you and a guest to attend the 'Big Night’ screening in either Boston along with the cast and crew of "Chilmark". Exclusive merchandise at the event. (Comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included)
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Appear as an EXTRA in the movie, (on location in Martha's Vineyard, MA) & join the cast and crew for lunch! (Comes with Associate Producer package – transportation not included)
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Spend the day on set as Director D.W. Kann's personal assistant, and be credited as such in the end title crawl! You’ll spend the night as guests of the production, complete with accommodations paid for! (Comes with the Associate Producer package – transportation not included)
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Come to the wrap party! Be our guest and see a special ten minute screening of the film. (Comes with the Associate Producer package – transportation not included)
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Director D.W. Kann will fly to your city and do a pre-release screening of the movie in your home with a Q&A after the film! Limited to within the United States. (Comes with the Associate Producer package)
- (90 days)