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A short film about what it takes to live the life you want.

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A short film written and produced by Caitlyn Larimore in collaboration with Gearyard and Limbo Films. It was completed Jan. 2015 in Los Angeles, and went on to screen in 6 festivals.
A short film written and produced by Caitlyn Larimore in collaboration with Gearyard and Limbo Films. It was completed Jan. 2015 in Los Angeles, and went on to screen in 6 festivals.
175 backers pledged $13,605 to help bring this project to life.

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The River Bride

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THE STORY

Gene meets Amy  -- still photography by Zach Lewis
Gene meets Amy -- still photography by Zach Lewis

The River Bride is an original story about Gene, a man snapped from his apathetic life when he rescues a young woman from a river. As Gene befriends her, he finds himself at the center of a citywide scandal where he learns perhaps it was he who needed to be saved all along.

Set in the enchanting greenery of the Pacific Northwest, The River Bride is a story about the things we tell ourselves that hold us back, and the choices we make that set us free.

THE BUDGET

On location in Portland, OR
On location in Portland, OR

Our Kickstarter goal was not one we chose lightly. We came to the number $12,000 after putting together a detailed budget of the expenses, big and small, for a production of this caliber. Our project is ambitious for an indie short film in that it has two handfuls of locations, many of which require money to procure. We're shooting with a $100K camera, $20K in lights, a rented grip truck and have a potential cast and crew of two dozen or more people, and all of these things need to be insured. While some of these things are being generously donated, many of them we will need to pay for. After locations, the necessary permits and insurance, the bulk of our budget goes to compensating those who are making this project a reality. Having worked as long as we have in this industry it is important to us to pay people for their time and talent, even though it will be drastically less than they or their skills are worth with this shoestring of a budget. This project is a labor of love for everyone involved, but love doesn't keep the lights on. So, we've constructed a budget that does.

This budget is the minimum we need to shoot this 24 page script, with a full crew across 5 days. We have a small army of people willing to assist us out of kindness, any additional funds we acquire beyond our goal will go directly towards paying high caliber video production professionals to help us shoot, adding efficiency to the overall process and benefiting the finished product immeasurably. As well as MORE AWESOME REWARDS FOR YOU! 

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When we fulfill our obligation of making it a kick ass film, we will then be submitting it to film festivals to share our work and story, and that too is a cost we've factored into our budget.

The digital download of the film will be available in advance of any festivals we get into. The film will be available streaming online after said festival attempts.  The Blu Ray will come a bit later, chock full of extras from the production and any subsequent successes...

As a group, we aren't being compensated for this project (if anything it's the opposite). We are dedicated to getting this made because it's a story we are excited to share and feel it can only be told effectively by the combination of our unique talents, and years of collaboration and friendship.   

Gene and Amy
Gene and Amy

WHO WE ARE:

Calliope Productions is made up of Jeff Harshman, JR Wickman and Caitlyn Larimore; three people who met many years ago while working on their first professional productions in Portland, OR. Their fervor for film production, quirky senses of humor and general awkwardness proved a recipe for long lasting friendships, both personal and professional.  

Harshman, Wickman & Larimore
Harshman, Wickman & Larimore

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER : JEFF HARSHMAN

Jeff is a writer, editor, producer and director. He works in advertising, writes fiction and makes music videos and short films. He considers himself a utility knife of content creation who will do whatever it takes to get a project done. He loves black comedies, argyle socks and good whiskey preferably all at the same time.

ACTOR : JR WICKMAN

JR is an actor, writer, and teaching artist in Portland. Over the last decade he has worked on a multitude of stage productions, his favorite being Danny and the Deep Blue Sea because fun is going against type. He has also worked on many film, television, and commercial projects, his favorite being Leverage because Jonathan Frakes directed and TNG is totally awesome. He enjoys writing stories, reading stories, wearing sweet hats, and kicking it with his dog, Freyja. He also really likes chocolate chip cookies.

WRITER / PRODUCER / ACTOR : CAITLYN LARIMORE

Caitlyn has been acting since she was much shorter, and after earning a BA in Theater Performance, has worked professionally in film, television and stage for nearly a decade -- even being recognized once in a parking garage for her breathtaking work in a tampon commercial.  She loves dinosaurs nearly as much as she loves to tell stories that allow us to connect to one another, even if only for the length of a short film. She likes chocolate chip cookies more than JR does.

PRODUCER : T.S. JENSEN

Hailing from the aesthetic landscape of Colorado, Timothy has dedicated the last 6 years to specializing in film production; working professionally as an AC, Camera Technician, DP, Producer and Director in Los Angeles. Timothy strives to find unique and captivating ways to tell stories through the lens of a camera... and he thinks JR likes chocolate chip cookies more than Caitlyn.

OTHER TALENTED PEOPLE INVOLVED:

POST PRODUCTION : EVAN LARIMORE of GEARYARD

PRODUCTION : LIMBO FILMS

HAIR & MAKE-UP : AMY GILLESPIE

More to come...

HOW YOU CAN HELP

In case you aren't familiar with how Kickstarter works: 

We've created rewards, listed on the right side of this page, in order to give you something awesome in return for your monetary donation to our project. 

Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" campaign -- meaning you only receive the donations if your goal is met. So, if you are interested in our project, and have the means, any size donation will help The River Bride leap off the page in June.

The other, and equally important way of helping this project exist is by spreading the word

Even if you cannot donate funds, sharing this kickstarter with others that may be able to is incredibly helpful.

RIVERBRIDE.COM   FACEBOOK    INSTAGRAM 

THANK YOU

As a group, we are entirely grateful and overwhelmed by our friends, family and collaborative partners for offering their talents, support, and generosity to make The River Bride come to life.  

We have brilliant designers, generous production companies, and talented crew who are offering their services to us, which gets us part of the way there. We are so very grateful, and so very excited for what is to come. 

Risks and challenges

We understand that every film shoot is fraught with obstacles; however, we also understand that with risk comes reward... if you are careful and make wise choices.

Our film includes shooting in a busy waterway at the beginning of summer, dealing with the wildly unpredictable Oregon-June weather, and putting together a first rate cast and crew on a shoestring budget.

We have the collective background in production planning and pragmatism to have the necessary permits and gear in place to make sure that we can deal with the locations and weather.

We've also spent a great deal of time and effort donating our talents to the projects of others and cultivating personal relationships with a multitude of talented people which we will gladly cash in on to make this wonderful film a reality.

We are a hungry, ambitious group of filmmakers who will do whatever it takes to make The River Bride come to fruition.
We believe in this project and we believe in each other, all that's left is you.
Thank you so much for your time and support!

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