THANK YOU SO MUCH for your generosity!! We are so excited to bring the same focus, fun and resourcefulness to our feature film, Creedmoria. This campaign’s financial goal is the rock-bottom amount needed to make the film. With your help, we can make the STINKIN’ BEST MOVIE ever.—Alicia Slimmer & Derek A. Welte
ABOUT THE FILM
Creedmoria is a story about growing up in Queens in the '80s—but at its core, it’s about one girl’s hope. Seventeen-year-old Candy comes from a dysfunctional family, and the world around her seems even crazier. Against the backdrop of New York’s largest mental hospital, Creedmoor, we watch Candy try to survive high school, a psycho boyfriend, a domineering mother, a dickhead boss, a brother struggling with his sexual identity—all while trying to fit in and stay as hopeful as she can. Watching the Creedmorian-4 make their daily pilgrimage from Creedmoor to Burger Barn and back, she wonders why they don’t go further. They have no idea a whole world exists beyond Queens. Neither, at first, does Candy.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Creedmoria is my feature film directorial debut. I’ve always loved movies and writing and telling stories, so a while back I took a filmmaking class at The New School. The end result was a short film, My First Car, which went on to win Best Comedy at The New School Invitation Only Film Festival. I found myself in a world that I loved—film festivals, filmmakers, screenwriters, crews. All the lights, cameras and action! My First Car made its way to the Arlene’s Grocery Film Festival where it won Best Fetish Film. They handed me an, um…well, a very long, graphic award—or suffice it to say, something I wouldn’t have on my bookcase when my mom came to visit. Soon after, the short was accepted into the Dances With Films Festival. It is here that I got the best moviemaking prize of all, meeting an amazing producer named Derek A. Welte. Derek had a feature film competing called Greasewood Flat. We became fast friends and instant partners on Creedmoria.
Derek has a cool Creative Direction, Web, Film & Design Company, HalfmanHalfmachine based in Phoenix. I’m here in Brooklyn. The distance has not kept us from collaborating, though. Since our initial meeting, we launched a Creedmoria website, made a cool Creedmoria comic book, built a fanbase, scheduled the movie and came up with a bare-bones budget to make this film happen. We had our first reading of the script at Sony Pictures in L.A., hosted by the late beautiful Laura Ziskin. Our talented cast was led by Ray Abruzzo (Sopranos) and Mike Weston (House). A few years later, we held a backer’s reading at The Players Club with Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Dan Lauria (Sullivan & Son) and Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman); among other great talents, lending their humor and acting chops to the script. Now we are proud to bring you this Kickstarter video and hope that you'll join us with your faith and pledges to make the stinkin’ best movie ever.
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
We are hoping to raise $60,000. We’ve budgeted and scheduled the entire production from start to finish — and plan on begging and borrowing virtually all of what we need, from hotrods to homes, burger joints to wardrobe, props and more. We’ve already got commitments from a terrific, experienced crew. We have a six-week shooting schedule with locations in the beautiful small town of Queens, New York. The money we raise will go to equipment rentals, feeding the cast and crew, editing, lodging for actors, and other essentials that go in to making a movie.
Working on a budget this modest will present some challenges. Of course it's our fantasy to raise more. Any extra money beyond our goal would let us rent vehicles to transport equipment, give us some room to rent props, improve the sets—not to mention, rent us a better camera. But once we hit our goal, fear not, we will make this movie. WE ARE RESOURCEFUL! And we are lucky — and so grateful — to be surrounded by friends and family who want to see this movie made. With your help, this dream can come true!
Recently, I had the honor to do an on-camera interview with the charming and fun, Alan Siegel, producer of the newly released, heartwarming comedy, Playing For Keeps, at our alma mater. The interview will be part of a series I'm documenting on Filmmakers who Hailed From Queens (the borough, that is).
TEN 4 TEN CHALLENGE
This holiday season, take the Ten 4 Ten challenge. The Ten 4 Ten Challenge is where people like you help in a BIG BIG WAY. Each person asks ten friends to pledge $10! If 300 people do this, we reach our goal!!
We only have so many days left to our Kickstarter campaign which means, come January 8th, it's over. If we reach our goal of $60k, we are in the movie-making business. If we fall short of that goal, Kickstarter's rules say we get nothing. We only get the money if the full amount is raised. You can see above how much we have raised to date--and we still have far to go.
Ten friends--Ten dollars each.
It has taken a village to get this far but right now, I know all the villagers by name. That is why I am asking you to introduce me to your villagers. Driving traffic to this site by people we don't know, is our number one goal right now.
If 300 friends commit to this challenge, then our campaign will be a success. And you don't have to stop at ten--if you have 15 friends, 20 friends or more--there's no limit. And for every person who brings in 15 new backers or more--WE ARE OFFERING A NEW PERK-- a chance to see their name in lights...literally. We will name an important element in the movie after you, or a name of your choosing. Imagine a character or a business or a street sign with your name on it. It's our creative way of saying a big THANK YOU for going the extra mile for this movie!
Time is running out so please act now. Send a note to friends and family. Ask your nieces and nephews to post the link on their Facebook pages. If they bring in Ten 4 Ten, their names will be added to our list of supporters on our website and in the end credits of the movie.
Thank you for your help. Please act today and give a gift that will mean so much to so many people. With warmest gratitude, Alicia
Don't know what to say to your friends? Please, cut, paste and email the note below:
Please help support my friend's dream to make her feature film by pledging $10. For just $10, you can be a part of an exciting, community-made, heartwarming film. Queens native, Alicia Slimmer, wrote Creedmoria when her daughter was ten months old, drawing on her upbringing in Queens, New York, to craft a feel-good tale about family, adolescence, and the struggle to break out of one's own limitations. With $40k left to raise on Kickstarter, Alicia needs your help. For your pledge of $10, you will receive a thank you card from the director with her recipe for her famous Creedmoria sugar cookies. Thank you for contributing to my friend's project and helping her reach her goal--you are making a tremendous difference to her and it means a lot to me! For more information on the movie and to pledge, go to Kickstarter.com and type in Creedmoria.
Risks and challenges
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Filmmaking is a collaborative process and crowdfunding is a godsend for independent filmmakers like us. Many of our pledge packages invite you to join us on the set. And you should know, aside from the hard work involved, we will be having a ton of fun. Just like shooting this video for Kickstarter—23 locations and 15 vehicles, all donated by friends and family…and even a couple of strangers. We had the best time shooting this video as we hope you can tell!
SOME OF THE PERKS OF THE PLEDGES
Casting is always a fun part of moviemaking. You will notice at one of our pledge levels, you can weigh in on the process through www.Letitcast.com. Our staged readings have been led by talented actors like Ray Abruzzo, Ana Gasteyer, Dan Lauria, Mike Weston, Amy Povich, Matt Servitto and Finn Wittrock. We hope to reach out to as many “well-known” actors as we can, with the hope of attaching some recognizable talent to the roles on screen. We will be doing a nationwide search for our lead, Candy, and at the casting pledge level, you can help us choose who the possible next “break-out actress” will be.
And if you ever wanted to be on set and absorb the chaos and creativity, then the Associate Producer pledge may be for you. Should you prefer to be in front of the camera, then take the perk that will offer you a spoken line in the film. Find the incentive that’s right for you and come aboard!
For whatever pledge you might make—or for just getting the word out on Facebook, Twitter or shouting the name Creedmoria in your local mall—we offer our heartfelt thanks. You are supporting a new direction in making movies.
There are always risks when making a feature film and a good director needs to be able to think on her feet and respond to the challenges that surely will arise. Things go wrong all the time on sets--everything from schedule snafus and sick actors to loss of locations and weather catastrophes. We are confident we can address each challenge as it comes up and implement a Plan B. When making movies, a backup plan is always essential. That is why we've gone to great lengths to schedule the film. A lot of the pre-production work has already been done on Creedmoria. Once we reach our financial goal, we can move ahead with casting and securing locations. Soon after that, we hope to be shooting. Our estimated shooting dates are Summer of 2013 with post-production happening later that fall.
Please note that our delivery estimation dates are purely estimates. Once the film is done, we plan on submitting it to festivals. Hopefully this can begin early 2014. It is our great hope that we find distribution. As far as perks go like our casting pledge perk, that will be satisfied close to the ending of this Kickstarter campaign. Other perks like bracelets and t-shirts will most likely go out sooner rather than later. We used a later date, say December 2013, to give us as much room to deliver these items on time. But again, we imagine these perks will go out earlier than estimated.
Sadly, we don't get any of the money pledged. Pledges are only charged if/when the project finds its full funding, with the end date for us being January 8th. That is why we are committed to campaigning hard for the full 60 days. We can not underestimate the power of re-posting it on Facebook. Or re-tweeting it again and again. And emailing everyone we know.
All of the above, plus you’ll receive access to the CREEDMORIA FILM PRODUCTION BLOG…an insider’s look at the filmmaking process, including photos, video clips and artwork of the Creedmoria film as it comes to Life!
All of the above, plus you can BE AN EXTRA in one of the movie’s crowd scenes! You will also receive acting credit on screen in the end titles of the movie and on imdb.com. (Transportation and lodging to/from Los Angeles or New York not included. However, transportation to/from the set in Queens from New York City will be provided)
All of the above, plus a handmade one-of-a-kind CREEDMORIA COOKBOOK, filled with the director's famous lemon bars and sugar cookie recipes, as well as recipes for dishes seen in the movie--like Angela's heart-shaped meatloaf.
TWO TICKETS to the red carpet premiere of the movie in Los Angeles or New York. Plus, an on-screen special thank you in the movie’s closing titles and on our movie’s website. (Transportation and lodging to/from Los Angeles or New York not included.) And of course, the t-shirts, bracelets, cookbook and a half dozen "SBDE" cookies.
PRIVATE SCREENING PACKAGE—Host a private screening of Creedmoria. We will attend a private screening in your hometown (within 500 mile radius of New York or Los Angeles), an Associate Producer Credit and two tickets to the wrap party. Plus, the t-shirts, bracelets, cookies, and storyboard art!
Get ready for YOUR CLOSE-UP! You will receive at least one line of dialogue, get on screen credit with our cast and an imdb credit. And a special thank you in the movie’s closing titles. (Transportation and lodging to/from Los Angeles or New York not included. However, transportation to the set in Queens from New York City will be provided) Plus, the t-shirts, bracelets, cookies, storyboard art and a signed Creedmoria comic book!
You will receive CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER screen credit, credit on imdb, 2 tickets to our red carpet premiere in Hollywood or New York City and a heartfelt Thank-You on screen and on our movie’s website! (Transportation and lodging to/from Los Angeles or New York not included) Plus, the t-shirts, bracelets, cookies, storyboard art and a signed Creedmoria comic book!