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Outcast by her community, HIV positive Shelby meets and falls for Simon who doesn't know that she has the virus.
Outcast by her community, HIV positive Shelby meets and falls for Simon who doesn't know that she has the virus.
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Hey there!

I'm Jon, the director. Let me tell you a little bit about our movie. Unlovable is a un-sentimental love story. It's about Shelby, a young woman from a West Virginia trailer park, who's had HIV since age seven. In the film, Shelby goes from living in fear to finding courage.  The courage to accept herself. The courage to be herself. And the courage to allow herself to fall in love for the first time.

Unlovable is a passion project. Plain and simple. It's not about stars or special effects. It's not about test audiences or target demographics. It's about love. A love for filmmaking. A love for storytelling. And a love for a home place in the West Virginia hills.

Our goal is to make a low-budget, indie drama that feels like a family project. We'll have a tiny cast and crew made up of friends who are passionate about the project and love working together. Art, not ego, will be our main concern. And we'll team together to make this film special.

Our director (me), producer, and lead actress all have West Virginia roots. And we're excited to be shooting there in October when the leaves will be bursting with color. Our locations will include some of the most gorgeous sites in the state, like Glen Ferris, Babcock State Park, Downtown Charleston, and the New River Gorge.

We hope to make this movie for as little money as possible. We'll use family houses instead of hotels. Loved ones, not actors, will be our extras. And I'm sure homemade cornbread will be a craft service staple.

Although we'll be as thrifty as possible, there will be some inevitable expense. We'll have to rent equipment, like cameras, sound gear, and lights. And we'll have to pay our cast and crew for their hard work and long hours.

And, although we're a tiny project, we still believe in workers' rights. Indie productions are often just as exploitive as their big budget counterparts. But the Unlovable team is committed to fair labor practices. And we want to raise enough money to pay union scale. 

I think the highest goal of any art is to make people feel. A good way to do that is to make your film with love and passion. If everyone----from the actors and producers to the grips and gophers---loves their jobs and are passionate about the project, that love and passion will translate to the screen.

Please check out the rest of this site. Watch our video. And if you believe in the project, we'd love for you to be a part of the team. Any support you're able to provide---from $1 to $1,000---will be greatly valued and appreciated.

Thank you for your love and support.

Your humble director and West by God Virginian,

Jon

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Risks and challenges

Every film comes with it's unique set of risks and challenges. For indie films like Unlovable, it's especially challenging. We're not a big budget film. So we can't just "throw money" at a problem. We have to be able to problem solve and think on our feet.

If an expensive light bulb breaks, we may move the scene outside. If an actor gets laryngitis and we only have her for one more day, we may have to do a quick rewrite.

In other words, it takes improvisation. And Unlovable's creative team can improvise. Our team is made up of a blend of experienced gorilla filmmakers and talented newbies who think outside the box. We have producers with huge IMDB credits, along with the brightest talent from some of the best film schools in the world, like NYU and Columbia.

If challenges arise, we'll work hard to overcome them. What we lack in funds, we'll make up for in hard work and creativity.

Because we all have the same goal in mind: making a project---that we're passionate about---the best movie that it can be.

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    UNLOVABLE BEER KOOZY!!!!!! For your pledge of $25, you get a cool unlovable koozy. Check out the picture on the Kickstarter page.

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    I HEART UNLOVABLE T-SHIRT!!!!!

    For your pledge of $50, you get an American Apparel tri-blend t-shirt with the "I heart unlovable" logo. Check out the photo on the Kickstarter page.

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS.

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    1. An official "thanks" in the credits at the end of the movie; 2. An unlovable koozy; and 3. An unlovable t-shirt.

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    INNER CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP:

    For your $300 pledge you get...
    1. Inner circle member ship, which includes downloads of exclusive interviews, behind the scenes footage, and excerpts from the script; 2. "Thanks" in the credits; and 3. An unlovable Koozy; 4. An unlovable t-shirt.

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    CREATIVE CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP:

    Add your artistic input. For your pledge of $500, you get a phone call with the director, producers, and lead actors of unlovable. In this phone call, you will be part of the creative team and add your own ideas and creative input about the project. Along with this incentive, you'll also get the koozy, t-shirt, "thanks" in the credits, and inner circle membership, listed above.

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    YOUR OWN CHARACTER!!!!! For your pledge of $1,000, we will name one of the film's characters after you. This is a small film. With very few characters. So your name will stand out and be forever memorialized in the film. You will also get a "very special thanks" credit, along with the Creative Circle Membership, a t-shirt, and a koozy.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT!!!!! For your pledge of $5,000, you can become an associate producer of the film. Your name will be listed in the opening credits, along with the other producers of the movie. You will join in conference calls with the producers and director, where you can offer your creative input. You will also be invited to attend festival screenings of the film, where you can stand on stage with the cast and crew, during the Q&A's.

    You will also receive Creative Circle Membership, a t-shirt, and a koozy. :)

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