Suzanne forms an unexpected friendship with her late husband's lover during one sad and special Christmas in suburban Virginia.
WE ARE FUNDED!!! Thank you so, so much to everyone who donated and helped create attention!!! You are all Christmas angels.
Seasons Greetings! Thanks so much for taking a look at our project.
This winter we're going into production on our new feature film, WHITE REINDEER - a deeply personal and heartfelt comedy about loss with more Christmas spirit than IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We're very excited about this project and are asking for your support to make it happen. As the economy dwindles, large investments for small movies are getting fewer and farther between. Luckily, with Kickstarter and the miracle of crowd sourcing, we can amalgamate our budget from the kind contributions of people like you.
Here's the synopsis of the movie:
It’s Christmastime in northern Virginia and pretty, unassuming 32-year-old real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington is doing swell: she just sold a house to a nice polyamorous couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a new job in Hawaii; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching.
One early December evening, she returns home late from a Christmas shopping spree to find Jeff shot dead in their living room – a robbery gone bad. Even worse, a former colleague confesses a secret at the funeral: there was another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she's an "exotic dancer" who's ten years younger than Suzanne.
Lost and depressed, Suzanne finds her way to the Crystal City Lounge to confront the girl in question. In their grief, the two form an awkward but life-changing friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasia’s fast, wreckless world. Dance parties! Substances! Shoplifting! Her erratic flirts with danger push her old acquaintances further and further away. But it's too late, Suzanne is hooked. Or is she?
WHITE REINDEER takes on thirty-as-the-new-twenty and shows a suburban Virginia where sleaze and sadness may float on the surface, but hope and compassion aren’t too far away either.
This is my third film in a row working with my talented friends Daryl Pittman and Melodie Sisk. Our previous two features MODERN LOVE IS AUTOMATIC and VACATION! have played at film festivals across the United States and Europe, including SXSW, Outfest, Edinburgh, Stockholm and more. Daryl will be photographing the film on the gorgeous RED EPIC camera and he, Melodie, myself and new recruit Joseph Pattisall are taking on the producing duties. Joseph has been making music videos in the Washington, DC area for over a decade and we couldn't be more excited to have him on the team.
WHITE REINDEER is our biggest, most ambitious project yet. Our Cast & Crew are graciously deferring their salaries and our camera and lights are all being donated, allowing us to make an accomplished, fully realized product for a fraction of what it should cost. The amount we're asking for here will cover a little over half our production costs and will go directly towards:
- Production Design
Your contributions here will make this movie a reality. We cannot do this without your help.
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Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $33,500 goal
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Aug 25, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
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A personal thank-you email from the director, including a holiday-themed Youtube video chosen especially for you.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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The above, plus a special Christmas card sent to you from the production team this December.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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All of the above, plus a "Special Thanks" in the film's credits and a link to download a very special Christmas mix album compiled by the director.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Our feature film MODERN LOVE IS AUTOMATIC on DVD!!! Full color artwork! Bonus stuff: deleted scenes, a mattress commercial, Zach's hour-long juvenile delinquent/satan worship movie "Rock & Roll Eulogy" and more!?! AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THIS KICKSTARTER! (Not included in subsequent "all of the aboves" but you CAN swap it out for a "White Reindeer" dvd if you want!)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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All of the above, plus a DVD of the final film when released.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Fish Mask & Nightie Combo from our movie VACATION! These masks are one of a kind and were custom designed for us by Jerami Cruise of TOETAG EFX! Relive the acid trip scene in your living room, or whatever. (These are not included in all subsequent "all of the above" listings!)Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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All of the above, plus an original poster for the film.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All of the above, plus a special sneak preview link to watch the movie during its festival run PLUS an originally designed Christmas ornament made just for our Kickstarter backers.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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5 Personal Training Sessions in NYC!!! Elite personal trainer Talicia Jackson will come to your home (or a park near your home) and whip you into shape! A $500 VALUE!!! (Sessions will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, these are not included in all subsequent "all of the above" listings! )Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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A one-week stay in the house from VACATION!!! Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this 4 bedroom, 4 and half bath home sleeps 10 and is right across the street from the beautiful beach! Re-enact scenes from the movie or just relax! A $1,000 VALUE!!! (Available in April or October 2012. Also, these are not included in all subsequent "all of the above" listings!)Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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All of the above, plus a special sneak preview link to watch the movie during its festival run PLUS a list of available props and costume pieces from which you can select 3 items. (And if you've seen our last two movies, you know we have some pretty fun props and costumes.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All of the above, a "Very Special Thanks" in the credits, AND we will change the name of one character in the film to your name, provided we still have characters of your gender whose names we are willing to change. OR if we're out of names (or if you don't want your name in the movie,) you get to pick two more items from the prop/costume list! (The name change option is exclusive to our $1,000 backers.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All of the above, 5 items from the prop/costume list, an "Associate Producer" credit, including a one-day set visit, and an invitation to attend a rough cut screening in either DC or NY (if you can provide transportation.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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All of the above, an "Executive Producer" credit, which includes all the perks of an Associate Producer, plus invitations to the film's festival and theatrical premieres/parties and your name on the final poster of the film and in the credits in the film's trailer.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013