In 2001, Noah Bastian was famous. He was on a hit MTV show, magazines covers, and had screaming fans. Then, he disappeared. Until now.
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At 19, Noah had it all. He was in the popular boy-band 2gether playing with Britney Spears, N*Sync and Enrique Iglesias. He had a popular show on MTV, a condo in Hollywood, a fast car, and his own entourage. But like so many Hollywood stories, when the show ended and the band broke up, the money quickly ran out and Noah's life fell apart.
For the last ten years, Noah's life has spiraled out of control. He slowly lost everything he had: the fame, the house, the car, and the "friends." He became addicted to drugs, and eventually found himself homeless and living on the streets. Noah is tired of it and wants his life back. He has decided to make this film, in a sense, as a form of rehab for him and we are trying to let him examine where his life is and hope that by doing so he ends up getting the help he needs. We are very much trying to communicate that, like so many drug addicts, he has only three choices right now: get clean, end up in prison, or worse, the graveyard.
This film is about more than just the downward spiral of Noah. It is about the underbelly of Hollywood. It's about those who get a taste of fame and get caught up in a dangerous lifestyle that puts you on top of the world one day, and crushed under its weight the next.
Our goal is to tell Noah's story and shine a light on what quick fame mixed with drugs can do to an aspiring artist. We want to follow him on his journey as he tries to get his life back on track; documenting the struggles and triumphs of a recovering addict. Because Noah's story is happening now, we can't afford to wait until we find funding through the normal channels. Noah is struggling to get clean even as we are doing this Kickstarter. That's where you come in. Help us to pay for this production so that we don't miss out on the story as it happens. There's a lot at stake in this project. This story has the potential to save Noah's life. And could even help save the lives of others who are struggling with addiction as well.
Tyler Bastian is an award winning documentary filmmaker and educator based in Salt Lake City. Tyler began his film-making in 2007 along side Trevor Hill and Tim Skousen with Rise and the short Documentary Everything is Incredible, winner Best Short Documentary at Cinequest Film Festival, Logan Film Festival and Directors Choice at DC Shorts.
He is currently in post production with Tim on another feature length documentary entitled Downwinders. The film follows the plight of the people of Southern Utah, and elsewhere, who lived "downwind" from the Nuclear Test Site in Nevada during the era of atomic testing and suffered multiple cancers and diseases as a result.
When Tyler isn't making films he teaches both film and character education at a high school in South Jordan Utah, where he lives with his wife and five kids.
Tim Skousen is an award winning commercial and feature film director for Moxie Pictures. He has been making documentaries since 2004 when he produced, shot and edited the award winning film Awful Normal that followed a woman as she confronted the man who molested her when she was a young girl.
His most recent documentary, The University of Sing Sing, about a college education program inside the infamous Sing Sing prison in New York was sold to HBO and is scheduled to be released in 2014.
He first began working with Tyler Bastian on the inspiring short film Everything Is Incredible about a disabled man in Honduras who has been building a helicopter in his living room for the last 53 years. The film ended up going viral and was one of Vimeo's Top Ten films of the year for 2012.
He and Tyler are both working to finish the feature documentary Downwinders before they turn their full attention to Noah and his story.
Having grown up on three continents, he currently lives with his wife and three kids in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Moxie Pictures has come on board with this project to help us find distribution for Noah: Clean, Prison, or Dead once we are finished. Although primarily known for producing commercials, Moxie has expanded into the Television and Feature Film world. The company recently produced the Sundance darling Austenland, which was acquired by Sony Worldwide, as well as producing Academy Award winner Errol Morris' last two documentaries, Tabloid and the highly anticipated The Unknown Known about Donald Rumsfeld.
What Moxie's involvement means is this: if we can get this film made, it will likely be distributed world wide. That's where you come in. With the money raised by this Kickstarter, we will be able to immediately start following Noah as he attempts to get into rehab and fights his legal battles to avoid ending up in prison. The story is happening now and we need to document it.
Check out our previous projects:
Everything Is Incredible (whole film)
Downwinders (sizzle reel)
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are always risks with life stories. There are always ups, downs down and setbacks. As a team we have made several "life story" films and have learned to overcome those trials and setbacks. Our goal is to tell the story and we have always been able to accomplish this even when the story takes unexpected turns.
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