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About this project

So you like scary movies? Are you ready for this one? The Way of Seeming tells the story of Mystery Mile, a troubled stretch of road that carries with it over 70 years of tragedy and terror. Nestled in a hillside just above the Ohio River, Wolf Run Road seems idyllic by the light of day. But when the shadows lengthen, the restless spirits come to life, and those the forest claims, the forest keeps.

Like all urban legends, the stories of Mystery Mile have spread over the years due to the influence of those who tell them. Which is why we want YOU to help us tell this one! You can join us and influence the creation of the film in a number of ways! From appearing in the film yourself, to renaming characters. You can get your name (and face) up on the big screen or onto IMDB. You can visit the set, chill with the cast, and even act alongside them!

The film's story was born from the imagination of director Joshua D. Maley, whose father once lived on Mystery Mile and shared the frightening tales with him. Maley's fascination with the road is well known, and he was recently interviewed by noted folklore and urban legend author, Professor Thomas White, to contribute to White's forthcoming book on the lore of haunted roads in the Pittsburgh area. Maley's screenplay for The Way of Seeming was a finalist in the well-respected 2013 Just Effing Entertain Me competition.

We are a group of people who love a great film, and love a great scary film even more. We've come together to tell the story of this notorious legend in a way that will not only scare the crap out of you, but will also stick with you after the credits. The tales of Mystery Mile have been told and spread by people just like you, so it's only right that everyone gets to share in what we believe is a unique and very exciting (and terrifying) story.

 We live in an age of crowd-funding, and people are looking for help for everything from getting an eyebrow wax to paying for surgeries. There are some tremendously worthy causes out there that we fully support, and hope you do as well.

But there's something unique about narrative fiction. It's the lifeblood of a society. Whether it's an oral tradition, scribbled on cave walls, beautifully written into the pages of classic literature, or told through the magic and beauty of the cinema, stories are what we escape to when we need a respite from an overwhelming world, or when we want to hang out with friends and have a good time, or even be inspired, or yes, even frightened. That's where we come in!

We aren't a big studio. We don't have a massive budget or Hollywood executives to answer to - which is great, because we can tell the story we want to tell and remain independent! We are a passionate group, armed with a fantastic cast and crew, and a unique and exciting script. Kickstarter isn't our only source of funding, but it's a big one and it will help us make "Seeming" one of the most compelling and frightening thrillers you've ever seen. And you can bet a big part of it all!

If we don't make the goal, you won't be charged for anything, and we'll continue to post updates on the project for our backers.

If you're curious to see how your donations will be put to work, see the below graph!

 Ok, let's cut to the chase. We're asking you to donate your hard-earned money, and we want to thank you for that. We've added a ton of new perks and unique items to the campaign for contributions at all levels. From a few dollars, to up in the thousands, from cool knick-knacks to gaining a voice in the film's production, there's something here for every taste and budget. Take a look at some highlights below, and check the full list in the column to the right.

 You know what we're doing it, how you can help, and what you'll receive. Let's talk story!

Something is wrong in the small borough of Industry, Pennsylvania. For over seventy years, there have been stories, whispers of strange goings-on in the hills above the Ohio River. In the suffocating darkness of these wooded roads, it's said that animals turn rabid. That the voices of angels are heard amongst the trees. That the shadows themselves will reach out and take you. That those the forest claims, the forest keeps.

All Dawn knows is that her sister went into that forest, and never came out. And too soon after, Dawn's mother perished under psychiatric care, claiming she could still hear her missing daughter calling to her from the forest. Begging for help.

But Dawn hears her too. Since that first fateful night, Dawn's sister has come to visit every time she closes her eyes. And recently, even when she doesn't.

Desperate to find answers before she shares her mother's fate, Dawn's journey is spiraling towards its end. Before it's over, she and those she loves will uncover the truth behind Mystery Mile...or die trying.

 Our cast features the most talented actors in the area and beyond. Get to know them below. In addition to the below, we're actively pursuing a few "big names" for some of our other roles. With your support, we can make that happen!

Our "scream team" of experienced filmmakers is preparing even now to roll cmaeras on "Seeming." Get to know them below!

 Urban legends belong to everyone. The legacy of Mystery Mile has grown richer for decades, thanks to the people who have added to it and passed it on. This film draws heavily upon many of the stories that have appeared about the road over the years, so it's only right that all of you have a part! This campaign gives you the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the film on multiple levels, as cast, crew, or both!
  • Receive exciting merch before anyone else, such as the soundtrack, novelization, and special edition BluRays and DVDs.
  • Keep up to date on the film through our backers-only site.
  • See the film early or even have a private screening.
  • Visit the set and hang out with the cast and crew.

We understand that not everyone can contribute financially to the project. No problem! If you're not able to donate, you can still be a huge help to us! Here's how:

  • Sharing our campaign and various web pages on social media as much as you're able.
  • Tell your friends, family,  and others about us, and offer them a link to our campaign page.
  • Contact us (social@wayofseeming.com) for a custom banner and other ideas to help share!

Risks and challenges

We know the risks of an independent film project are not for the faint of heart. Unexpected costs, scheduling challenges, bad weather...all of these things and more can pose unique challenges.

Our crew's collective experience is more than a match for these. Our team includes a highly experienced producer who runs his own production company with his partners, a director with five shorts and a web series pilot under his belt, and a Director of Photography with twenty years of experience working in Hollywood as a DP. Our cast is likewise very experienced, with a dozen features and shorts between them, including one that went to Sundance in 2013 (The Immaculate Reception, starring Jess Paul).

There's no doubt that we are more than up to the challenge of producing a feature like "The Way of Seeming" both in front of the camera, and behind it.

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    Receive a Facebook shout out and access to a special website designed just for backers of the project. Get a look at some behind-the-scenes interactions and updates long before anyone else! ALL perks above $5 come with access to this site.

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    RUMOR
    Did you hear about Mystery Mile? Yes, and you've helped us out. Let us show our gratitude with a personalized shout-out on our website, and a "special thanks" credit at the end of the film.

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    Receive a shout out on Facebook or Twitter, access to the special backers site, and a digital wallpaper of your choice, based on the "Sisters" artwork or the "Survive" artwork. You choose the theme and the dimensions and we'll custom make it!

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    Receive a high quality, professionally bound copy of The Way of Seeming screenplay, customized with your name on the cover.

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    More than a rumor, the story is spreading. Add a digital download of the film to the above!

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    Receive the standard edition BluRay of the film, complete w/bonus features.

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    YARN
    Just like grandma used to spin. We'll add a custom BluRay copy of the film to the above, complete with our documentary on Mystery Mile and special features from the making of the movie.

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    Receive a "Way of Seeming / I Survived the Mile" t-shirt, custom made for any size.

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    Receive a copy of the official novelization of the film, written by Randi Anderson.

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    Receive a "Rumor" Level ticket to PGH Premiere. Rumor Level tickets include a welcome drink, snack, and special promotional package. Transportation and lodging not included.

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    Haunt Mystery Mile yourself by becoming a spirit. Send us a pic and we'll put you in the action.

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    Receive the Crowd Producer screen credit and see your name on the big screen.

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    Receive the Crowd Producer screen and IMDB credit. See your name on the screen and on the web's preeminent film site.

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    Become a Mystery Mile victim. We'll put your photo on our missing person's website and include it in the film's opening credits scene. When we're done filming, you'll get to keep the prop we use!

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    Receive a character banner of your favorite character, signed by the actor/actress who portrays them.

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    Receive a signed theatrical poster and get the full collection of cast and crew autographs!

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    Receive a specially bound copy of the screenplay, signed by the whole cast and crew.

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    Receive the "Survive" Edition BluRay, featuring a collectable case. The case and menu will be customized w/your name. Comes with an extra disc featuring our documentary, "Survive: Tales of Mystery Mile" as well as all bonus features and an exclusive gag reel.

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    Receive a personalized "Thank You" video from cast member of choice.

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    "Rumor" Level Bundle: A special bundle including a "Way of Seeming/I Survived the Mile" Shirt, official (signed!) novelization, HD download of the film, digital download of the soundtrack, access to the backers site, and two Rumor Level tickets.

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    Receive our signed, limited Urban Legend Edition BluRay, containing a durable, specially designed case, all the features of the "Survive" Edition, as well as audition reels from the cast members who landed the roles. Signed by the cast and crew.

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    ALLEGORY
    The story spreads to a friend of a friend who knew someone. At this level, in addition to all of the above, we'll add your very own character banner asking if YOU can "survive the mile"! You give us the photo, we'll put you on Mystery Mile and add your name to the banner. Suitable for large-scale printing or showing off on Facebook!

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    "Myth" Level Ticket to PGH Premiere. Myth Level tickets include a welcome drink, snack, special promotional package, VIP seating behind the cast and crew, a post-show Meet and Greet with the cast and crew, and Crowd Producer credit.

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    "Myth" Bundle: A special bundle including the "Way of Seeming/I Survived the Mile" t-shirt, "Survival Edition" BluRay, official (signed!) novelization,HD download of the film, digital soundtrack download, access to the backers site, and two Myth Level tickets.

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    Survive the Mile Kit: Assorted ghost hunting gear specially chosen by East Hills Paranormal, stuffed into a branded survival bag signed by cast. You'll also receive the "Surive Edition" BluRay, Crowd Producer credit, and a special flash drive with the film and soundtrack preloaded.

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    FABLE
    Still lost on the Mile? No worries! To all of the above, we will add your "missing persons" memorial to the film! Your memorial will appear on-screen, ON Mystery Mile, as part of the film's opening credits sequence. And once filming is wrapped, we'll send you the prop.

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    Visit the set for a day, receive Crowd Producer Credit, the "Survive" Edition BluRay, and your own Director's Chair (signed by all) which will be waiting for you on the set!

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    MYTH
    Mystery Mile has reached mythic status, and you've reached the level of Crowd Producer! In addition to the above, we'll give you your very own custom e-mail address "@survivethemile.com" complete with web mail access. To this address, we will send exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and images as the film comes together. Plus, we'll throw in your very own "I Survived the Mile" t-shirt AND a special credit on our IMDB page: Crowd Producer.

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    Private, Early Screening with cast and crew for up to 2 people. Includes a "Rumor" Level bundle for each of you.

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    Become an extra in the party scene or the bar scene. You'll have your choice of which scene you'd like to join!

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    Rename a character / Name a character after yourself. Influence the film directly by renaming one of our speaking roles!

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    Who you gonna call? Yourself! Join East Hills Paranormal and the cast on an actual ghost hunt on the real Mystery Mile. You'll also receive the "Survive the Mile" kit so you can conduct your own hunts!

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    STORY
    The legacy of Mystery Mile is spreading. Join the team from East Hills Paranormal on an actual ghost hunt on the REAL Mystery Mile! See for yourself the inspiration for the film as you walk the notorious road in person. You provide transportation, we'll provide all gear (as well as everything listed above!).

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    "Urban Legend" Level ticket to PGH Premiere. The "Urban Legend" level ticket is our most exclusive, and comes with everything offered by the "Myth" Level ticket, PLUS the opportunity to hang out with us at the after party.

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    "Urban Legend" Bundle: A movie lover's dream! You and a guest will visit the set for 2 days/nights. We'll cover all your meals, and you'll get to have a special dinner with your favorite cast member on the second night. We'll also put you in a scene with favorite cast member. You'll receive two Urban Legend Level tickets, plus screen and IMDB credit!

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    Associate Producer Bundle: Now you're really "in the biz" with us. You will receive the full "Urban Legends" bundle, to which we will add screen and IMDB credit as a producer, a personalized and signed Director's chair, and a small speaking role in the film. But that's not all! You'll also get to walk the red carpet with the cast and crew as our special guest, and sit with us during the Pittsburgh premiere of the film. We'll cap off the night with an awesome after party.

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    Corporate partner. We will include your brand/label on products in the film and on the wall during the red carpet walk. You'll receive set visit privileges for up to 5 company members, VIP invites to all parties. You will also receive the complete Associate Producer Bundle for one corporate representative.

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