Love & grief, fate versus free will. A week before Christmas, the Conrads' lives are turned inside-out by the death of their children.
WE DID IT!!!!! THANKS TO ALL OF YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT. WE NOW CONSIDER YOU PART OF THE TEAM AND WILL DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO SHARE THE JOURNEY TO GET THE FILM MADE WITH EACH OF YOU.
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To celebrate our Kickstart success lets share two exciting cast announcements!!!!!!
SCOTT WILLIAM WINTERS (Oz, Good Will Hunting, The People vs. Larry Flint)
ANASTASIA BARANOVA ( Scout from Scout's Safari, Veronica Mars, Malcolm in the Middle)
Exec. Producer Kevin Willmott, Actor Laura Kirk, & Producer Jon Niccum on why they're working on the movie:
Actor Matthew Del Negro (Sopranos, West Wing, United States of Tara) on why he's doing the movie:
One week before Christmas, the death of their children to a drunk driving accident turns the Conrads' lives inside out. THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL will be a raw and authentic movie that deals with fate versus free will, love and grief and ultimately....hope.
WHY AM I MAKING THIS MOVIE?
The tragedy on 9/11, which I witnessed from the corner of 34th and Madison as I worked my shift as a doorman at Morgans Hotel, started me thinking about how tragedy can sideswipe even the most ordinary day. I choose to deal with the subject matter in very intimate family setting, crafting the script with the help of friends for the last 8 years. Less than a year ago, I decided that it was finally ready to be made into a movie. As I mentioned in the video my father (Russ Robbins) thought this was a story that needed to be told and he believed I was the only person to tell it. Last April, he passed away suddenly. It has become my "calling" to finish the film, as he would have wanted.
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS MOVIE?
I consider it sacred that you have entrusted me with some of your hard earned cash. I promise to do everything in my power to spend it wisely and effectively, as we make one of the best movies money can buy. Having worked many jobs in the entertainment industry over the past 20 years-everything from Producer, Director, Director's Assistant (for Rob Morrow on his feature film Maze starring Laura Linney), Production Assistant, Craft Service, Boom, and Transportation, I have amassed years of knowledge in all areas of filmaking. I've directed for the stage and have spent the last two years as an acting coach and teacher, among my 35 clients are television series regulars and studio film leads. My solid relationships in show business are allowing us to gather an incredibly talented cast and crew
MATTHEW DEL NEGRO (Sopranos, West Wing)
LAURA KIRK (Lisa Picard is Famous- Cannes Film Festival)
ARMIN SHIMERMAN (Quark - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
BLAKE ROBBINS (Oz, The Office, Firefly)
EXEC. PRODUCER- KEVIN WILLMOTT (Director of 2 Sundance Films - CSA: Confederate States of America, and The Only Good Indian)
PRODUCER and CASTING CONSULTANT- MARCI LIROFF (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Blade Runner, Footloose, Mean Girls and E.T.)
PRODUCER- KEVIN M. SLEE (The Thing, Dispatch, and Short Circuit)
PRODUCER- JAMES B. COX (Stephen King's Grey Matter and Manifesto)
PRODUCER- JON NICCUM (Stuck!, Rhino and Time's Up, Eve)
CINEMATOGRAPHER - LYN MONCRIEF (AFI Graduate, DP of 15 features)
HOW WE'LL SPEND THE MONEY- (approximately)
- $8,000 in crew salary
- $8,000 in cast salary
- $5,000 for travel expenses
- $6,000 for food
- $6,000 for props, wardrobe, equipment
- $1,000 office expenses
- $2,000 for car and van rentals
- $1,000 gas, tolls
- $3,000 for miscellaneous expenses (they always seem to pop up!)
The reason I am raising $20,000 is because I have 2 different potential investors that I feel confident will finance the remaining portion of the film. If we are one of the very fortunate Kickstarter campaigns that exceed our goal, we will gladly let them move on to other investment opportunities. Or we'll get to sleep in a cheap hotel bed instead of on a friend's couch. God Bless. Gratefully yours, Blake Robbins
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Yes!!!! Truth is you can add or subtract at any point until the film is either fully funded (or not~ which we believe is simply not an option) November 18th..,but because we don't get any of the money if we don't get to our $20,000 goal. We would hope that you only add to your pledge.
No movie gets made......and no credit cards are charged. We all go back to our lives as if this never happend. Except for me - I cry for 40 hours straight.
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