Thank you for taking the time to check out our video and learn more about 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.
ABOUT THE STORY
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.
When I read this essay I immediately wanted to adapt it into a short film. I envisioned the story unfold visually. The Cold Call has many dynamics I believe will resonate with a diverse audience.
The most important voice in this story is that of LGBT youth that are imprisoned by the deeply rooted cultural beliefs of their parents. They are immigrant's sons and daughters born and raised in western societies that offer them more room for self expression. The internal conflict of these individuals are ever so profound when they have to suppress who they are for the sake of cultural beliefs.
In a progressively changing nation that's becoming more accepting of the gay community, we can see change being reflected in our very own legal system and pop culture. However, unsupported LGBT youth are struggling 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 the same challenges.
Although this film's main character is Indian-American, the issue of 'coming out' which this story illustrates is one that knows no nationality, race, sex or religion. LGBT youth across the board eventually have to face this issue. A film of this nature sheds light into these challenges and could serve as a source of inspiration.
Based on a true story, Naveen's encounter is definitely worthy of being put on screen. It's an entertaining coming of age drama that will have you reminiscing about overcoming obstacles to come out or being in college, liberated from your parents and their ideas and empowered with the liberty to shape your own destiny.
The team coming together to realize this film is a team of filmmakers with considerable experience in producing high quality work, an unparellel level of commitment, and completely in tune with each other's dynamics.
From our co-producer Tanya Brum who has worked with me on short films and has gone on to produce feature independent projects, to award winning DP Till Neumann who has extensive experience in shooting commercials, music videos and feature films, we couldn't be more excited to get this project started.
Please view our bios on www.coldcallfilm.com.
PRE-PRODUCTION: Is in full swing. With your help we are excited to get closer to meeting our financial goal so we can start to book and commit to the people and elements necessary to make this the best that it can be.
PRODUCTION: We will require six shoot days for this project. We are a very disciplined group of people and barring any unforeseen obstacles, we are confident that we will complete shooting in October of 2013, shooting in New York City & Boston.
POST PRODUCTION: Will begin immediately after production. We plan to deliver the finished product by end of November 2013. In time for submissions to upcoming winter festivals.
- Shooting Format: Digital
Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise money to complete our film and send it to film festivals, our target being the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. To finish our film, we have to hire people beyond our crew.
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.
- $3,500 - KICKSTARTER & AMAZON FEES
- $4,000 - CREW
- $3,000 - LOCATIONS & STUDIO RENTAL & INSURANCE
- $9,500 - TALENT
- $8,000 - CAMERA & EQUIPMENT RENTALS & CATERING
- $2,000 - ART DIRECTION
- $5,000 - POST PRODUCTION
- $5,000 - MARKETING & FESTIVALS
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
THIS is where YOU come in! 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 give (our rewards are listed to the right). If you choose to donate, click the reward tier you’d like, verify the amount you’d like to donate, and at that point you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com payment processing center to make 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 August 8, 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.
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. You can get 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. Please take the time to read all the benefits (on the right) if you come on board!
WHY WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Donations towards this project go directly to financing equipment rental, insurance and shoot permit costs, production vehicle rentals, set build, talent 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. Your card is not charged, it’s like nothing ever happened. We hope this doesn’t happen. We only have less than a month to raise the funds so…PLEASE DONATE TODAY, AND IF YOU LIKE THE PROJECT...SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS!
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, and we hope to! We need to go beyond our goal to make the best film possible. Exceeding our goal will allow us to possibly shoot more days and not skimp on things that could make the film even better. So please help us with any amount you can, no contribution is too small or big enough. And it's all greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support and making this film possible!
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