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The Illusionists is a documentary about the commodification of the body and the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.
363 backers pledged $37,708 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator The Illusionists team on October 15, 2012

      Thank you for the kind words of support, Hilary and Janine. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed the preview :)))

    2. Creator Hilary Morice Young on October 15, 2012

      Just saw the 14 minute preview... awesome, Elena! I am proud of you. This is going to be a great movie.

    3. Creator Janine L. Pangburn on October 15, 2012

      The footage reel looks GREAT! I can't wait to see the rest!!!

    4. Creator Katherine Dent on August 7, 2011

      I feel a little bad because I think I am part of the problem.. When someone tells me "You have a beautiful mind" or "You're kind" I get upset because they aren't complimenting how I look. why is this? Why do I want so much to be respected for my intelligence, my compassion, my ethics and morals but I still feel hurt when it's not all about whether or not my outward appearance is approved by the media.

      Also, Elena, I don't envy your job. A LOT of magaazine editors are women. Women letting women get harmed by toxic advertising and messages. I just KNOW I would end up shaking someone and screaming 'LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO THESE PEOPLE!"

      And then be arrested :/

    5. Creator Sarah Towle on August 6, 2011

      Congratulations and best of luck!

    6. Creator Alyssa Michek on August 5, 2011

      Thank you for this amazing project. Good luck!

    7. Creator Katherine Dent on August 5, 2011

      While there are so many beautiful and worthy projects I want to fund and have funded on Kickstarter, I believe this is the one that will affect my life the most, and the one that will most affect the lives of others. At least, I hope so.

    8. Creator Mike Ambs on July 26, 2011

      So happy to see this funded!!! *hug*

    9. Creator Hector Linares on July 25, 2011

      Congrats!!!!!!!! way to go!

    10. Creator Cynthia London on July 25, 2011

      Whooohoooo funding goal met!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

    11. Creator ShapingYouth on July 19, 2011

      Up to 228 backers and I'm bloggin my heart out for ya, pulling hard. You are now live on here>>>… xo We WILL triumph. Count on it.

    12. Creator The Illusionists team on July 17, 2011

      Thank you for the fantastic support!!! Indeed, we're super excited about reaching the following milestones: over 200 backers and 20k in funding. You rock! :)

    13. Creator Cynthia London on July 15, 2011

      Whoooohoooooo!!! 20K!!! 10K to go!!!!!!!

    14. Creator Gaia on July 6, 2011

      Stop the illusions,start the drems!!! In bocca al lupo Elena!

    15. Creator Marisa Allegra Williams on July 3, 2011

      Proud to support this important project. Congratulations on hitting the first 40% of pledges. Here's to the next 40% and the remaining 20%!

    16. Creator The Illusionists team on July 3, 2011

      @Gina Thank you so much for the kind words! Supportive comments like yours make me super motivated to make this film :)

    17. Creator Gina on July 2, 2011

      What a wonderful project! I believe that you will shed light on issues that many people didn't even see as "issues." It really is alarming how frequently and with such force that ads are bombarded at us on a daily basis. Advertising influences don't stopped at just trying to sell products and services, it really has a profound impact on shaping our views. You have my full support!

    18. Creator The Illusionists team on June 29, 2011

      @Laurence @Gianna Thank you so much for your support!!! :)

    19. Creator The Illusionists team on June 29, 2011

      @Jeffrey, thank you for your interest. Re: the title, that ship has sailed I'm afraid but in this case The Illusionists is plural, whereas the other two films are "The Illusionist." Also: this film is a documentary, which would hopefully distinguish it from the other two. Thanks again.

    20. Creator Gianna Goulding on June 29, 2011

      This project is great, so excited for you Elena. Good luck!

    21. Creator Lebourdais on June 29, 2011

      I am a 100% with you. A good subject to awaken consciousness all over the world. Gook luck, Elena :-)

    22. Creator Jeffrey Prawdiuk-Spurr on June 29, 2011

      I'm on board. This subject interests me. I'm admittedly obese to some degree, but aside from health concerns, I'm generally OK with it. Although I like the title, the problem is, as you probably already know, there are already two major films called "The Illusionist". One by Neil Burger and the other by Sylvain Chomet. I'm not sure people need more confusion, lol.

    23. Creator The Illusionists team on June 28, 2011

      @Liz Davis – Thank you for the encouragement! A submission to the Traverse City Film Festival will be at the top of my to do list, as soon as the film is finished.

    24. Creator The Illusionists team on June 28, 2011

      @Connie Klaasen: Thank you so much for your wonderful support! Quinn is amazing and is offering such tremendous help! :)

    25. Creator Liz Davis (Traverse City) on June 28, 2011

      Michael Moore listen up! I agree with Aubrey; The Illusionists needs to be headlined at the Traverse City Film Festival in 2012! Let's make it happen! Bravo, bravo, bravo!

    26. Creator Connie Klaasen (Quinn's Gramma) on June 28, 2011

      More power to you! So proud to have my grandaughter, Quinn, be part of The Illusionists's team and conveying such a powerful message worldwide.

    27. Creator paulina on June 28, 2011

      I CAN'T WAIT for this movie to come out!!

    28. Creator Nicoletta Marini-Maio on June 27, 2011

      Awesome project, Elena, brava!

    29. Creator The Illusionists team on June 27, 2011

      I truly hope so, Aubrey! :)

    30. Creator Aubrey Ann Parker on June 27, 2011

      Such an important topic, can't wait to see the film! Hopefully at the Traverse City Film Festival 2012?!?!?

    31. Creator Olivier on June 27, 2011

      Fingers crossed!!! :)

    32. Creator selena rezvani on June 26, 2011

      Go, Elena!!!

    33. Creator Orianne on June 23, 2011

      I'm cheering for you, Ele! Bises!

    34. Creator Erika on June 23, 2011

      proud to be a backer!!! :)