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The Return is the story of a dramatic and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica.

Why should I support you now? You've already reached your goal!

Since Kickstarter is all or nothing, we set our initial goal on the low end. As with everything film, the more money we raise, the better it will look and the better it will sound. We already have the most important thing which is the story. But exceeding our goal before the deadline allows us to hire a better studio and most importantly, more time to work on the details.

What is it about?

After a decade of living in New York City, 30-year-old Antonio returns to his native Costa Rica for a short visit. Forced to stay much longer than expected, he is confronted with everything he has desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father, a violent country and long lost friends. Unable to run away as usual, Antonio must come to terms with his past in order to take hold of the present and build a better future.

Who's the director?

Hernán Jiménez is an actor and a filmmaker. A graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada, he has directed five shorts which have all received national awards in Costa Rica, as well as a hit T.V comedy series. His first feature film, "A ojos cerrados", was theatrically released last summer and was a huge success. He now lives and studies in San Francisco.

What do we need?

We are trying to raise at least $40,000 to finish our post-production. We have made this movie for very little money, but we now need cash in order to color correct it and do a proper sound mix. This is a very expensive part of the process, and an essential step in the professional workflow of a film.

Why Kickstarter?

Because this is exactly how we want to make our movies! We have now made two films solely based on the support of friends, family and professionals who wholeheartedly believe in us. No big studios, no fancy film funds, no political grants, no greedy investors. Just friends of our project and us. And we want you and Kickstarter to be a part of this! Our chance is finally here to finance and support the movies we would like to see on the big screen.

Is my pledge amount publicly displayed?

Nope. We get to see that, but no one else does.

If I donate, when do I get my incentive?

Incentives will only happen if our goal is met, so the first step is to help us spread the word! If we do meet our goal, we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merchandise directly to you immediately after our deadline. The screenings, parties and DVD's can only happen after the film is completed so this will take a bit of time. Bear with us! (We will of course keep you posted)

What if I don't want the incentive? I just want to support.

Why, thank you! And yes, that is possible. There's a button you select when you donate if you don't want your reward.

Can we exceed our goal?

Most definitely! Since this is all or nothing, we have set our goal on the low end. As with everything film, the more money the better it looks and the better it sounds. We already have the most important thing which is the story. But exceeding our goal before the deadline will allow us a better studio and most importantly, more time to work the details.

What happens if the money isn't raised in time?

We get nothing at all and our fully edited film sits on our desk begging to be watched :( We must not let this happen!

I am not in the US, can I still support you?

YES! All you need is a credit card.

How will I get my incentives if I'm not in the US?

We will mail them to you. If you are in Costa Rica, we will set up an office in San José where you can pick them up.

How do I find out more about the project?

Visit our WEBSITE. There's photos, videos, bios and much more!

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    Every dollar counts! We will send you a big hug of gratitude, and we'll also list your name on our website as a supporter of the film.

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    You get a very special thanks on our website, as well as a protected link to behind-the-scenes pictures, exclusive news for supporters and video messages from our cast and director.

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    This is a special one: Your name will appear under 'Special Thanks' in the FILM'S CLOSING CREDITS!!! And you will of course get the special thanks and protected link on our website too.

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    Better yet: You get your name on the screen under 'Special Thanks', AND you get the 'El regreso' DVD with subtitles! They'll be on their way the minute they're ready (probably after festivals and theatres). You'll also get a very special thanks on our website, as well as a protected link with behind-the-scenes footage.

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    You get the 'El regreso' DVD with subtitles, as well as a special first edition, signed poster of the film! You ALSO get a special thanks on our website and access to protected links and yes, your name will be on the closing credits of the film!

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    You get all of the above plus you become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER on our film! That means your name will appear in the end credits under the title "Associate Producers". Also included in this package is an "El regreso" T-Shirt and everything else listed above; DVD, poster, the whole nine yards.

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    You get the Associate Producer package (yes, all of the above - DVD, T-Shirt, poster, credit in the movie, etc) AND you get 2 tickets to the exclusive press screening of the film in Costa Rica! (Transportation not included). This screening will take place in a movie theatre with you guys and the press, be one of the first ever to see the movie on the big screen!

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    You get the Associate Producer package (DVD, T-Shirt, poster, credit in the movie, etc) AND you get 2 tickets to the exclusive PREMIERE of the film in Costa Rica! (Transportation not included). Come join the stars and crew at this media covered event in San José, and let's drink some wine together!

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    You get the Associate Producer package (all of the above) PLUS you get to spend a day on the set of our next film, either as an actor (walk-on role if available) or just hanging out with the crew (transportation not included). If you ever wondered what it's like to be on a movie set this is your chance! And of course you get to join us at the official premiere (transportation not included). Dress nicely ;)

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    Costa Rica in style: Get 2 tickets to our premiere and we'll put you up at the Alta Luxury Hotel in Costa Rica for 2 nights! (transportation not included). Get the star treatment both on the red carpet and your hotel! If you choose to, get lunch with our director and a cast member as well. You will of course be getting the Associate Producer's package, which includes a DVD, a signed poster and all that good stuff.

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    Actor/Director Hernan Jimenez will fly to your hometown, drive to your house and have a private screening of our film just for you!!! (U.S, Canada and Costa Rica only). Plus you get everything above: The Associate Producer package, tickets to the premiere and 2 nights at the Alta Luxury Hotel in Costa Rica! (transportation not included)

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