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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!!
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."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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