Freemont RoadTrips away from his life, builds TreeHouses for families in need & discovers that 'embracing who you are is what matters'
WHAT IS OUR PROJECT
Gordon Family Tree, a bright independent Feature Film appropriate for all audiences. Quirky, beautiful, comedic, and a Coming-of-age Roadtrip… Freemont Gordon discovers that "Embracing who you are is what matters" while driving across the country and building Tree Houses for families in need. He finds that any job, no matter how small, is important and should be celebrated!
WHO IS IN THE FILM
*AND a name actress to be named soon...
Team Members Attached:
- Director Marc Hampson
- Writer Ryan Schwartzman
- Executive Producer Jennica Schwartzman
- Associate Producer Paul Pesnell, Purpose Pictures
- Producer Aaron Fairley, Brotherhood Pictures
- Producer Cassie Self
- Producer Vanessa Rose Parker
- Cinematographer Paul Olson
- The Brotherhood Pictures Team & The Blare Media Team
- Justin, Nicole, & Ian McAleece!
- Ronnie Ursenbach! Danny Brown! Darleen Hampson!
- And many more!
Freemont Gordon works in a large scale architecture firm. He is the middle child of a very successful family. Being raised in a family full of societal success, he feels lost, like he doesn’t belong. Free’s most beloved skill is carpentry, which he doesn’t embrace because he feels like he needs to be something more celebrated than ‘a builder.’ He takes it upon himself to help his Boss’ kids build a tree-house. Watching him build and work with these kids is the happiest we’ve seen Free in the process of getting to know him. He discovers that joy in himself and quits his job and goes on an impromptu Road-Trip to really think about his future…
The film follows Freemont as he meets average folks around the country that change his idea of what is important in life.
Purpose Pictures' Partner Ryan Schwartzman has been working on this story for a decade now. He identifies with the main character and shares a lot of his journey. When Ryan and I (Jennica Schwartzman) met and fell in love, I fell in love with his story too. We have been working on this film together for 5 years and are excited to get our hands dirty!! Since our award wins at The Offshoot Film Fest in Northwest Arkansas, put on by the Seedling film association, we’ve been actively working on getting this film made IN Arkansas. Ryan and I are passionate filmmakers and artists and really want to support independent film production in Northwest Arkansas.
Our company, Purpose Pictures, has also won awards at WorldFest Houston (Remy Award for Best Short Comedy), Gulf Coast Film Fest (Best Short Film), and Official Selections at Cal Shorts in Santa Monica, International Family Film Fest (2 years in a row), Consuming The Arts Theatre Project, and The Editor's Pick on Robert Duvall & James Caan's website: OpenFilm.com.
We are shooting this film for $100K, a very modest budget for a feature film, and have already raised a significant portion of our budget, we just need YOU to help us reach our Kickstarter Campaign goal of $50,000!
WHAT WE’RE DOING
We are Making a Film...
- Gordon Family Tree will be filmed in Northwest Arkansas, Sept/Oct 2012.
- Limited Cast & Crew
- Shot on The Epic Camera System (2 of them)
- Coming of age story with a light romantic subplot
- Modern story, covers a Road-Trip across The United States
- All ages appropriate film, within the bounds of a typical Dove Family approved model. We are making small indie family features more mainstream!
We aim to exploit the absolutely staggering beauty of Northwest Arkansas and emphasize the epic nature of the Ozark Backdrop in this story.
We have chosen beautiful NWA because of their amazing sense of Community! We are heavily relying on Sponsor Support. Here are a few of our local Sponsors (You can find their info on our website):
- Penguin Ed's BBQ,
- Charlie's Famous Cheesecakes,
- Greenhouse Grille
- Fox 24KNWA,
- Natural State Treehouses,
- Making Memories Photobooth,
- A Fare To Remember,
- Kind Kitchen
- Lean Green Cuisine
- Celi's True Mexican Cuisine,
- Seedling Film Association,
- ... and many many more!
Armed with the passion of Executive Producer Jennica Schwartzman, the truly visionary eye of Marc Hampson of ARTbyMARC, the real struggles of writer Ryan Schwartzman, and the technical brilliance of cinematographer Paul Olson, Gordon Family Tree is poised to take its place with the Family Focused classics of the last ten years. Gordon Family Tree The Movie, LLC welcomes donors who believe in this project, the filmmakers, and its ability to generate a stellar product for all of us to enjoy, AND anyone who just wants to be a part of making movies!
WHO’S MAKING THE FILM
Director: Marc Hampson:
Marc's sharp eye for storytelling is rooted in years of visual communications having worked as an Illustrator, Editor, and Art Director in both the arts and advertising industries. He graduated from the New York Film Academy’s digital ﬁlmmaking program in Studio City, CA and also holds a degree in Animation and Multimedia. His thesis ﬁlm; Torrey Pines: Deliverance, won the Seahorse award at the Moondance International Film Festival in the best short animated ﬁlm category. In January 2008 Marc wrote and directed his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm under the ﬂag of Slope Entertainment - a small entertainment company based in Los Angeles. In June of 2008, Marc co-founded Brotherhood Pictures LLC, a production company founded in Orange County, CA. Having an absolute zero budget, Marc’s second film project, Goon, was ﬁlmed all over southern and central California with an all volunteer cast and crew as the ﬁrst release under the Brotherhood Pictures LLC title distributed as an online webseries. The third ﬁlm Hiding in the Open was again both penned and directed by Marc and with a seasoned experienced no budget crew at hand, they brought the fully realized ﬁlm to completion in just 13 days of photography with only six weeks in post. Since then Marc has directed short films, music videos, commercials and two other features (both in post-Production) one of which will be premiering later this year. Having recently won an "Outstanding Achievement in Directing” Award at The Offshoot Film Fest for both live action and animated works, Both Marc Hampson & Purpose Pictures have a very fond relationship with the Seedling film Association and The Arkansas Film Commission. Marc has a longstanding relationship with his Brother-in-Law and Actor/Writer Ryan Schwartzman and is excited to work on this Passion project that we all share in beautiful Northwest Arkansas.
Writer: Ryan Schwartzman:
Ryan has worked as an actor & writer on projects for over 10 years. His expertise in every day life and the struggles of the ‘coming-of-age young man’ is reflected in his acting and very obviously in his writing. He crafts a down to Earth main character in Gordon Family Tree that you love, starting on the first page. His skills are most realized in his supporting characters and their original quirks that make them mesmerizing. He really makes a beautiful story that brings you on a vintage Road-Trip of self-discovery that awakens the adventurous spirit in all of us.
Production Company: Purpose Pictures
Purpose Pictures has Produced 2 full features and 7 award winning shorts since their beginning 5 years ago. They are a hard working group of 3 that focuses on getting projects made and in festivals all in the name of making beautiful art and really having fun doing what they love.
Purpose Pictures will be Producing the Film, hiring the Production Staff/Crew, and taking the film to Market.
WHY WE’RE DOING IT/THE IMPACT
Purpose Pictures strongly believes that the number one teaching tool that moves hearts is film. It encompasses a harmony of music, illustrations of art - nature, human interaction, and basic truths that mirror reality and move people, inspire them, and change their lives. Real stories about real people, Universal truths, and love, need to be made by real people who believe in using film for good. Purpose Pictures prides itself on Promoting family centered stories that are building awareness of social issues or presenting a discussion of philosophy. We are being intentionally aware of what we put out as artists and ask that you financially support those who are like-minded and seek to spread uplifting messages.
OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM
Long Festival Run, Premiere, Limited Theatrical Release, then on to DVD/Streaming/VOD...
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFO ON OUR PROJECT
- We have plenty of awesome info below, but EVEN MORE detail can be found at GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com
- or by emailing Info@GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com
- OR by checking out our Facebook Page (Gordon Family Tree The Movie)
- OR by following our Production Company’s Twitter @GFTMovie #GordonFamilyTree
- OR ask money questions at Funding@PurposePicturesProductions.com
Kickstarter is the largest crowd funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. We like them and are blessed to have them!
WHAT REWARDS ARE WE OFFERING?
Look to the right to see our AMAZING Packages we offer for your generous donations. My favorite package is the "Be Our Guest Package" for 2K, give it a read. ...Although, the "Personalized Song Package" is pretty fantastic too...
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL????!!!!!
If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed. We want to avoid this so please spread the word. Everything helps, no matter how BIG or small!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This film is only going to be possible with the help of YOU (and YOUR Friends, Family, Colleagues, Community Groups, independent film fans, and anyone who loves a positive, inspiring story). We want this to be YOUR film just as much as it is ours. The more people who Participate, the more chance we have of getting the story out. To help out please Tweet it, "Like" & Share us on Facebook, email this Kickstarter link and let your friends, family, social groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign. We would love for people to get involved on a local level. Email Info@GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com to get more information and become involved.
WHEN IS THE PREMIERE? WHEN AM I GONNA GET MY DVD? OR MY T-SHIRT?
All materials that can be made before post–production is finished (ex: T-Shirts, Hats, Digital or Physical Posters…) Will be sent out within 4 weeks of wrapping Principal Photography (that means we are done shooting the film). Any other materials are dependent upon finishing the film and may be sent out as late as Oct 2014. Any other materials or Premiere Tickets or DVD related items will be determined after the post-production on the film is finished and will be sent out to you as soon as is available. I will likely be personally emailing you updates on the progress as to keep you in the loop as the time gets closer. Remember: the more money we raise, the faster those items will get to you.
CAN I GIFT AN INCENTIVE TO SOMEONE ELSE?
YES! Spectacular idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.
WHAT DOES DIGITAL DOWNLOADS MEAN IN THE HELLO PACKAGE?
Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive our digital download package. We are still adding to this package, but here is what we have confirmed so far. This will include the following:
- All posters, banners, and desktop wallpaper used in our Gordon Family Tree Campaign
- Official Gordon Family Tree the movie promotional material
- Posters, wallpapers, etc.
WHAT ARE YOU USING THE MONEY FOR?
Lets break it down: any amount of money we receive will be used to pay for cast and crew, locations and equipment hire. The more money we have, the better and faster our production will go, and the better our chances are of paying our Amazing Volunteers!
CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL? YES YES YES!
Yes yes yes! The more funds we raise, the more empowered we are to put Gordon Family Tree in the public eye and spread this beautifully moving story
CAN DONORS INCREASE PLEDGES ONCE A DONATION HAS BEEN MADE?
Absolutely! If you have already donated, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive!
HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHERE TO SEND MY INCENTIVES OR WHAT T-SHIRT SIZE I WEAR?
After our deadline, we will send you a Kickstarter message (which automatically forwards to the email address you gave Kickstarter) requesting all the necessary information, from shipping and email address, to t-shirt size, to Pizza delivery scheduling.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- Telling your friends about us and our project!
- Go and 'Like' & Share us on Facebook: Gordon Family Tree The Movie... go ahead and suggest it to all your friends/family and anyone else who may be interested
- Share our Kickstarter Campaign Video above, find it on our Website: GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com
- Posting a link to our Kickstarter page on your Facebook and Twitter
- Follow us on twitter @GFTMovie and share your thoughts with our Official Hashtag #GordonFamilyTree
- If you would like to get involved in the project - contact us at Info@GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
You can reach us at Info@GordonFamilyTreeTheMovie.com – feel free to email with questions, comments, or happy thoughts! Just be aware that we get a lot of emails, so please give it a few days for us to respond!
I AM A FAN, ASIDE FROM DONATING, HOW CAN I HELP?
If you have any other ideas on raising awareness of our film, getting our Kickstarter Campaign out there, and getting folks involved, please let us know and we can get you the materials you need! Always looking to expand our team...
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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