About this project
Thank you for taking the time to check out our project! We are taking The Cold Call to the screen and we are here to ask for your support!
The Cold Call is a short film based on an essay written by Indian-American author Rahul Mehta which was published in the New York Times in the fall of 2011. The film is a social drama that explores the immigrant story, sexuality and self discovery.
Naveen is in his first year at university. Like any other typical freshman, Naveen is concerned about his friends, his grades, and adjusting to life away from home. However, Naveen is not like any other typical freshman. Coming from a traditional Indian household unaccepting of anything different, he has a deep desire to finally live his life openly as a gay man. Yet, the only person who knows of his sexuality is his best friend, Summer.
One night that all changes. Naveen receives a cold call from a complete stranger with promises of an illicit encounter which until this point had only dwelled in Naveen's fantasies. Filled with curiosity and the nerve to finally explore his sexuality, Naveen agrees to meet the caller. This meeting could offer not just what Naveen wants, but perhaps what he really needs.
The Cold Call Poster designed by Venezuelan LGBT artist Daniel Arzola. Known for viral LGBTQI campaign "I am Not A Joke"(No Soy Tu Chiste).
The voice heard in this story is that of that of an LGBT youth that feels trapped by the deep rooted cultural beliefs of his parents. He is a son of immigrants born and raised in a western society that offers more room for self expression.
In progressive America we see change towards LGBT issues being reflected in our very own legal system and pop culture. However, unsupported LGBT youth struggle day in and day out with their internal conflicts surrounding their sexuality. This light hearted movie gives an objective introspective to that of a Indian-American college student who faces similar challenges.
Although this film's main character is Indian-American, this story transcends nationality, race or religion. Across the board, LGBT youth eventually come to face this issue. A film of this nature sheds light into these challenges and could serve as a source of inspiration for many LGBT youth.
Based on a true story, Naveen's encounter should certainly be told. It's an entertaining coming of age drama that will serve not only as a source of inspiration but empower LGBT youth to embrace their identities.
Here are some images to give you a sense of what the style and the visuals of the film will look like. A style our cinematographer Till N. Neumann is very familiar with.
TILL NEUMANNS REEL
The team coming together to realize this film is a team of filmmakers with considerable experience in producing high quality work, an unparalleled level of commitment and completely in tune with each other's dynamics.
SOHNIA VAN DER PUYE - WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
Sohnia is a film director who delves into film subjects that explore identity, cultural contrasts and the human condition in her creative process. She studied filmmaking at La Femis in Paris and the New York Film Academy, NY. She has directed short films, commercials and music videos. Sohnia is currently based in New York and is developing and producing commercials, TV and film projects.
TANYA BRUM SILVEIRA - CO PRODUCER
Tanya is an independent producer born and raised in Spain. She attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of Bergen, Norway respectively. with a desire to study film, Tanya moved to New York and enrolled in the New York Film Academy's Producing Program, She has gone on to produce several short films, documentaries and music videos. She has worked close with producers Josh Zeman(Mysterious Skin, The Station Agent) Dolly Hall and Jamie O'Brien. Tanya is currently based in Los Angeles where sha has several projects in development.
WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO.
Our goal is to raise funds to complete our film and submit to film festivals.
Although most of the crew will be donating their time, there are some key positions that need to be filled. Our budget encompasses every line item that will ensure that we can complete this picture successfully. Collectively with all pledges, we can make this happen!
*The following budget is approximate and meant to provide a sense of perspective, as it relates to our funding goal.
Everyone who participates will have our utmost gratitude! Yet, at certain levels, you will be receiving tokens of our appreciation such as an opportunity to see the film before it screens in festivals, the films merchandise, a digital download of the movie in HD or a DVD, your name listed in the credits, tickets to screenings at festivals, and some other great items. Here are some of our great rewards...
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Kickstarter allows anyone to donate any amount they'd like in order to help support the completion of a creative project.
In return, donors receive rewards based on how much they pledge. Click the reward tier you’d like, verify the amount, and at that point you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com payment processing to confirm your pledge. It's that easy!
VERY IMPORTANT!!!! No money will be taken out of your account until we have reached the end of our pledge drive on September 14, 2013 at Midnight or WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $40,000. This is all or nothing – if we don’t reach our goal, you keep your money. It’s that simple.
WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Donations towards this project go directly to financing equipment rental, talent, insurance and permit costs, production vehicle rentals, set build and more!
Our aim is not to cut corners with a "just get it done" approach. Our budget is sensible but it is also a blueprint for a professional production; our crew will consist of working film and TV professionals and while some of them will lend us their time and skills for scaled rates or for free, our practices and set operations will otherwise be industry standard.
The need for fiscal support cannot be overstated, but we'll keep this request brief; we invite you into a partnership that begins with a generous monetary donation and ends with a finished work that could not have been made without your support.
We can only offer all that we can give for your support, but we hope that the project itself is sufficient inspiration for your gift.
WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?
If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and we won’t receive any of the funds…PLEASE DONATE TODAY, AND IF YOU LIKE THE PROJECT...SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS!
Thank you for your support and making this film possible!
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Risks and challenges
When it comes to fulfillment of rewards, the only variable subject to change is the estimated date of delivery. All rewards are guaranteed pending success of the campaign.
If the film shoot stays on schedule for Fall 2013, delivery dates will likely be as stated. If the shoot date shifts due to logistics, all backers will be informed and will be kept up-to-date on revisions to the fulfillment schedule.
Filmmaking is a collaboration. Success depends on the team's ability to coalesce around the goal of making a great movie and on the commitment, creativity and vision of the team's leaders.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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