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A twelve-year-old boy must deliver his grandpa's ashes from the mouth to the source of a mythical river.
A twelve-year-old boy must deliver his grandpa's ashes from the mouth to the source of a mythical river.
387 backers pledged $28,505 to help bring this project to life.

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We have a new stretch goal!!

If we hit $30,000 we will rent and use the versatile Easyrig camera mount AND purchase all the permits to shoot along Southern Oregon's Rogue River.

The Rogue River Trail
The Rogue River Trail

With the Easyrig we will be able to get amazing shots and work quicker on set so that our budget is used smarter and goes farther.  Having this rig for our shoot is going to be a huge bonus for us.

The Easyrig system will help us shoot faster and smarter in the Rogue Wilderness
The Easyrig system will help us shoot faster and smarter in the Rogue Wilderness
What?

Boundary Springs is a new indie film shooting this summer along Southern Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rogue River.

Boundary Springs is the story of Clay, a twelve-year-old boy, who loses his grandfather, who raised him.  His grandpa's spirit comes back to him and urges him to bring his ashes from the mouth to the source of their favorite river.  With no way to contact his father, Clay strikes out on a wilderness adventure all alone.

Photo from our test shoot.
Photo from our test shoot.

The story has elements of magical realism.  Clay is guided by his Grandpa's Spirit, and he's followed by his Spirit Animal, the Spirit of the Osprey.

Concept sketch for The Spirit of the Osprey
Concept sketch for The Spirit of the Osprey

Clay must gain passage from the Four Directions of the Wind, a group of mythical shamans that watch over the wilderness. 

Clay finds a fellow traveler on the trail.  Dikeledi, an African American woman, has come to the Rogue River to deal with her severe depression after losing her son to the river.

Clay helps her out of the Wilderness and she helps him find his estranged father, Cliff.  

As Clay starts his journey, he talks about his dad with positive expectations, thinking Cliff will be happy to see him and take him to Boundary Springs.  However, when Clay arrives at his father's doorstep, he finds his dad is not in the right place to care for him.

Things don't work out as Clay planned, so he must travel the rest of the journey alone. When Clay turns up missing, Dikeledi and Cliff go searching the only place they know a determined boy like Clay will be, Boundary Springs.

This is the story of a wounded family that must find the resiliency to carry on together.  Clay changes the lives of his father and Dikeledi.  Grandpa's plan for Clay to bring his ashes to Boundary Springs brings this family back together.

Why?

I grew up along Southern Oregon's Rogue River.  I spent my summers, swimming, hiking, camping and rafting all over this amazing and beautiful place.

I always love experiencing a good story, and from a young age I began writing my own.  Many of my stories spring from a death of a close family member, and they tell of what happens to those that are left to pick up the pieces.  I experienced this at a very young age when my sister passed away.  I witnessed how our family got through this devastating tragedy together.

For years this story has been running through my veins.  And now I realize the time to tell this story is now.

Who?

Aziza Ngozi & Curtis David Sackett
Aziza Ngozi & Curtis David Sackett

Together we have made it our goal to live creative lives.  We work in the industry that we love and together we have created works that we are proud of.  Boundary Springs will be our first feature length film that we produced together.  Curtis has written a great script (see the Hellgate Canyon Reward) and will direct.  Aziza will edit the film, which is her passion.

Casting

We are pursuing name actors for the three adult leads and are filling out the majority of roles with local Southern Oregon Actors.  We will keep you posted through the campaign as we cast for the shoot.

Why kickstarter?

This story is bursting from me and we've come to the point where we are not going to ask permission to make a film.  We are embracing the indie spirit tracks that so many of our heroes have laid down before.  Independent spirits like Robert Rodriguez, Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavettes, John Waters, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Richard Linklater, John Sayles, Spike Lee, David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, and many others.

We grew up loving the small personal films shepherded by independent filmmakers.  I write on this intimate scale.  Independent filmmakers have achieved great success connecting with their audience and building a budget for their films through Kickstarter.  Films that would not have been made are finding their audience in today's market.  We hope to do the same.  We hope our story connects with you. 

Previous Work

The Three Canvases (2015)

The Three Canvases tells the story of a world-renowned artist on the eve of his 60 year retrospective. During an interview, the ailing artist confesses the truth about the events that made his career. We flash back to 1953, on the night when his seminal paintings, The Three Canvases, were created. This is the night his whole mythology was shaped. Through his confession, the curtain is torn down and everything that we know of this famous and respected man might be completely wrong.

Cast & Crew Screening of The Three Canvases
Cast & Crew Screening of The Three Canvases

Curtis' screenwriting awards

Cutter's Daughter won the Best of The West Spurs Award and was a quarterfinalist in the Academy Award's Nicholl Fellowships.

Gas. Coffee. Robbery won Gold at the Oregon Film Festival.

Castle: Miami Murder Club spec script won the Television Writing Grand Prize at the Yosemite Film Festival

When He Came Home showed at the LA Shorts Fest.  This short film is about a wife struggling with her husband's return from the Iraq War.  You can watch the 8 minute short below.

Aziza's Editing Credits

Aziza's work includes editing the narrative short films Jermaine, The Three Canvases and Kay.  She has also edited the award winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, Friendly Confines, and The Cat Lady Chronicles.  Aziza worked as the assistant editor on the features films Sparkle, Nina, Beyond the Lights, and Cook.

Here is some of her work:

Our Team

We have gathered some pretty special talents.

Craig Sackett is a talented Assistant Director who has worked with his Brother Curtis on all his projects.  Together they create a fun and exciting atmosphere for the Cast and Crew to do their work at the highest level.

We will continue to update you here as we solidify more members of our crew.

Where is your donation going?

With an ultra-low budget film, the goal is to work hard in a smart and thrifty way so that we see every penny  on the movie screen.  We will work hard so that your donations go towards making this film.  We are actively seeking investors to fill out our budget, but we are prepared to make the film with the money raised on kickstarter. 

The Rewards

We have gathered some pretty great and fun rewards.  Each reward category is named after stretch of whitewater on the Rogue River.

One reward we are very proud of is from artist Nick Shanley.  Nick has created a pre-production poster that is limited to this kickstarter campaign only.  We really love this piece and we are excited to offer it to you!!

Original Pre-Production Movie Poster Art by Nick Shanley
Original Pre-Production Movie Poster Art by Nick Shanley

 We are also Southern Oregon Proud to have The Matt Hill Band preparing a song for our film.  The song will be featured on our soundtrack which is available for.  Check out The Matt Hill Band performing at the Britt Pavillion.  I know you'll love their Southern Oregon style.

Visit our contributors page to see the most recent supports, and please share the video to friends and family.

From Aziza & Curtis and the whole cast and crew of Boundary Springs... THANK YOU!!

Risks and challenges

Filming in the wilderness has its challenges. We are at the mercy of the "Film Gods" and good ol' mother nature. Inclement weather in Southern Oregon (where the drought would welcome the rain) must be dealt with on a daily or even hourly basis. We have a strong schedule and many back up plans in place to be ready when the unforeseen knocks on our door.

All the intense and detailed planning creates a area for creativity where we can free up our cast and crew to play in a safe nurturing environment. We plan thoroughly so that the plan can be thrown out the window and the real work of making a movie can flourish. That's when accidents and mistakes can turn into something better than we planned. That's what what we call "Movie Magic."

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    Hog Creek Boat Ramp - Thank you on our website, facebook, or twitter, whichever you prefer.

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    Dunn Riffle - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Only $10 gets you a Digital Download of the finished film. Limited Quantity of 30 ONLY.

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    Hellgate Canyon - Read it before you see it! A .pdf of the Boundary Springs screenplay, written by Curtis David Sackett. Plus you get Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Ennis Riffle - A digital download of the Boundary Springs SOUNDTRACK featuring a song by Southern Oregon's own The Matt Hill Band. Plus you get Hellgate Canyon, Dunn Riffle & Hog Creek Boat Ramp.

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    Galice Riffle - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film, plus early access to onset videos & updates via our special password protected website. Plus you get Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Grave Creek Riffle - Digital Download of our pre-release Movie poster artwork for the film by Oregon Artist Nick Shanley (Limited to kickstarter backers only.) Plus you get Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Russian Rapids - Grants Pass Pub Crawl with writer/director Curtis David Sackett. Join Curtis as he guides a group through some of the finer establishments in downtown Grants Pass. A fun time will be had discussing the film and Curtis will give you an advanced look at scenes from the movie. (Conversation is free, but your drinks and transportation to our destination are up to you.) Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Rainie Falls - Lunch and a hike to Rainie Falls with Boundary Springs Director Curtis David Sackett. Along the way, Curtis will tell behind the scenes stories about the shoot and show scenes from the film at the locations they were filmed. Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Tyee Rapids - BACKER SCREENING! Attend the first private screening of Boundary Springs in Southern Oregon with the cast & crew. (Travel & lodging not included.) Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Wildcat Rapids - An AUTOGRAPHED movie poster art for the film by Oregon Artist Nick Shanley. Autographed by our Boundary Springs CAST & CREW. Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Montgomery Rapids - Physical copy of the screenplay SIGNED and PERSONALIZED by writer/director Curtis David Sackett. Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis RiffleHellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat.

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    Slim Pickins Rapid - Applegate Valley Wine Tour w/ Boundary Springs Writer/Director Curtis David Sackett. We'll load up a van and head out to Southern Oregon's Applegate Valley for a weekend date wine tour. Curtis will be your guide while telling behinds the scenes stories and giving you a first look at scenes from the movie. (Must be 21&over) Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Black Bear Falls - A special limited edition numbered (30 total) gallery print of the movie poster art by Oregon Artist Nick Shanley. Signed by the Artist. Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Horseshoe Bend Rapids - An AUTOGRAPHED special limited edition numbered (30 total) gallery print of the movie poster art signed by Oregon Artist Nick Shanley. Signed by the Artist and Autographed by THE CAST & CREW!! Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Blossom Bar - Set Visit. Spend the day on set with us. Watch as we shoot a scene. Eat lunch with us and get to rub shoulders with the cast and crew for an unforgettable experience. (Travel to and from our location not included.) Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Mule Creek Canyon - Be a BACKGROUND ACTOR in the film. Join us on set and get a chance to see yourself on the big screen. (Travel to and from our Southern Oregon filming location not included) Plus you get Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Devil's Stairs Rapid - Film Slate from Day One. You get to be onset the first day and clap the slate for the first shot of the film. You'll get to keep the film slate and be with us as we roll our first shot of the film.
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    Half Moon Riffle - Film Slate from our last day of the film. You get to be onset the last day and clap the slate for the last shot of the film. You'll get to keep the film slate that was used throughout the film, and be with us as we celebrate our last shot of the film.
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    Lobster Riffle - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit listed in the opening credtis on a shared card and on IMDB. Plus you get Tyee Rapids, Grave Creek Riffle, Galice Riffle, Ennis Riffle, Hellgate Canyon & Hog Creek Boat Ramp!

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    Gold Beach - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit listed in the opening credits on a shared card and on IMDB. Only one EP Credit available thru kickstarter funding.
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