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It's 1972 during the famous playoff game between the Steelers and Raiders. Can Joey, a shy 16 year old,win over the girl of his dreams? Read more

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It's 1972 during the famous playoff game between the Steelers and Raiders. Can Joey, a shy 16 year old,win over the girl of his dreams?

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Wait. Why are you Kickstartering?

We shot The Immaculate Reception -- on film -- and now we need YOUR help to finish it for our PREMIERE at SUNDANCE January 17!!!!!! 

Please read on for more information.

In January 2013 we shot The Immaculate Reception in Pittsburgh with an incredibly talented crew and cast of over 20 people including our leads Jess Paul and Deema AitkenBailey Donovan, our amazing Co- Producer and 2nd AD, allowed Kellan Andersen, the Production Designer, to turn his childhood home into a live set for the film. We (the art team actually) hauled in fridges and stoves, painted, wallpapered, made a brick fireplace, and met with people who collected kitchen goods and cleaning supplies from the 70’s so that our actors could open all the cabinets in the kitchen. Our talented Cinematographer, Greta Zozula, shot film tests with different stocks and lenses to make the movie look like it was actually made in 1972. Barbie Pastorik, our passionate Costume Designer, went deep into the slagheaps of West Mifflin, PA to find the perfect bra for our lead actress. Trust me, it was important.

All these people and so many more, including our industrious Producers Berkley Brady and Luke Spears, Co-Producer Alvaro Valente and Assistant Director Kevin Lau donated their time and resources to make this film beautiful and true to life, but without YOUR support we don’t have the money to finish the film and bring it into the world. Making movies is expensive, even when tons of people are donating their time, skills and resources. We are raising money to finish The Immaculate Reception, so that all the hard work and long hours it took to actually shoot the film can be seen all over the world (I hope, I hope!!!).

 Finishing this film means: creating a complex soundscape that includes a recreation of the radio broadcast of the Steelers-Raiders Football game, color correction, money to submit the film to festivals and tons of other things too boring to list here. 

 To do all these things we need the support from people like you. No contribution is too small -- $5 means we are $5 closer to bringing the film into the world. If you can’t support the film financially, (as you can see, I’m currently in that same situation myself), then please take a moment to post this on Facebook, email your friends, pass the word so we can reach our goal. 

 Thank you for your time!

A Note from the Director - Why I'm making this movie

Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows how much I love Pittsburgh and the Steelers (although ironically I’ve been a terrible fan this season because of making this film). The first seed for The Immaculate Reception came from wanting to make a short film that would capture the excitement and narrative of watching a football game. The more research I did about the time period, the more I realized that this story was about way more than football -- it provided a perfect setting to investigate themes and ideas that had interested me for years. 

I was 12 when my family moved to Pittsburgh, so my relationship with the city is as both insider and outsider. It wasn’t until I left that I really connected with the city. When I would go home, I started to realize how the city’s history is visible in the landscape: the abandoned mills, the libraries, twisty roads that lead to beautiful views, staircases cut into streets too steep to climb otherwise. I began to see how the stories I wanted to tell were best articulated through the city’s landscape and people. 

 The Immaculate Reception is a culmination of years of work, influenced by my background in documentary and my desire to use film to explore issues of race, class, and gender in the U.S by capturing the small, honest and revealing moments in everyday life. It’s so exciting to know that I’ll get to continue to explore the themes, characters, and of course the city of Pittsburgh in the feature film I’m currently developing. 

Risks and challenges

Trying to make a film can be comically challenging. To even shoot "The Immaculate Reception" we had to overcome some pretty big hurdles: losing producers and key crew members, the struggles to find a perfect cast and then almost losing all the shot film in a freak incident involving an open Uhaul gate.

We did overcome these challenges which has given us the strength and knowledge to tackle the biggest challenge of all - finishing the film and making sure as many people see it as possible. With the support received through Kickstarter contributions we will be well equipped to finish this project with a BANG!!

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