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Spiraling into a seemingly bottomless depression, a teenager decides to end her pain. She wanted to die, but God had other plans!

THE STORY:

High school student, Kristen Jane Anderson, thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three close friends and her grandmother died within two years. Then, still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

Why does my life have to be so painful?

What’s wrong with me?

It’s not going to get better.

It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

One January night, 17 year old Kristen, decided she no longer could nor wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She jumped in front of an oncoming freight train, ready to die and believing she would be sent to heaven…to peace.

But Kristen's story doesn't end there.

"Life, In Spite of Me" this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, how she felt hands holding her down on the tracks-saving her life, and the overwhelming sound of the song "Amazing Grace" comforting her as she lay on the ground. Kristen describes the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt leaving her without her legs, and the journey of her hope in God which has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living. 

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured. Her encounters with several pivotal people after her suicide attempt lead her to the truth of God's saving grace in her life and radically change her outlook for good. 

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THE PLAN:

The moment we read Kristen's true story, we knew it was not only a journey that had to be told, but one that had a message of hope and grace that is timely-so needed in our world today. 

It is our desire to take this inspiring true story, written by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer, and have it adapted into an (Independent) Feature Film of high quality, and to share Kristen's message of hope for those who battle depression and thoughts of suicide. 

The support we raise from your generous contributions will allow us to begin this journey! 

We will adapt the book to a screenplay, and hire a talented director and cast to translate that vision to the big screen. It's not merely about entertainment-it's a story with a greater purpose to honor God and inspire others. Help us spread the life-giving message of this young woman and the journey that took her from the depths of despair to the heights of hope and redemption!

OUR PROMISE:

We will produce a high quality and gripping script and move forward with production to create the feature film, "Life, In Spite of Me" by honoring God and inspiring people with the truth that life is worth living! 

PERK DETAILS:

A closer look at our more exclusive perks:

T-Shirt - Thank you for making this happen! You will receive a specially designed "Life In Spite of Me" T-Shirt! Choose from Men's and Women's styles, Marine Blue and Charcoal Gray for men, or Neon Heather Orange and Turquoise, for women.

Hope Ornament: This beautiful “Hope” Ornament is hand-rolled, cut, and stamped by Leslie Rene Designs. The clay is rolled onto linen and cotton canvas for a special fabric texture. It is oven hardened and hand sanded for a beautiful finish. Each ornament is tamped with “Hope” and measures 3” in diameter. It will be delivered to your door by December 10th, 2013. 

“Finding Hope” Necklace: This limited edition, gorgeous hand-molded, fine pewter charm was created by Lisa Leonard of Lisa Leonard Designs, exclusively for the "Life In Spite of Me" Kickstarter campaign. It's hand-stamped with train tracks and the word 'Hope'. It's strung on an 18" sterling filled chain with a freshwater pearl. Gorgeous and full of meaning!   

"Amazing Grace" Wall Art: The song Amazing Grace plays a key role in Kristen Jane Anderson's story and will be featured in the movie soundtrack. Dee Kasberger from art company, Red Letter Words, made available this meaningful piece, “Amazing Grace”, for your home or office! Each gallery wrap canvas art print is wrapped around a 1 ½ inch wood frame and measures 11X14. In addition, your canvas is coated with Hahnemuhle protective spray which protects it from harmful UV rays and other atmospheric contaminants. Prints are finished with a wire hanger, bumpers and covered with Tyvek® backing. 

CREDITS:

We would be nothing without the contributions of a number of people who helped us put this project together and who have become partners with us through the touching reality of this story:

  • Brian Glassford, Bethany & Christian Calvo from Emergent Productions (Our wonderfully talented production team!) 
  • Steve & Lisa Leonard of Lisa Leonard Designs
  • Tim & Dee Kasberger of Red Letter Words
  • Steve Horowitz of eBrandOne
  • Leslie Rene Designs
  • Art Bulgadarian & Patrick Mills

MUSIC:

  • Tony Anderson's "The Blood of Martyrs"
  • Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace"
  • Gungor's "Beautiful Things"

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are committed to proceeding with every aspect of this project with honor and integrity but whenever anyone takes on an independent film such as this and with delivering such high quality perks as we have created, there are many risks that we may or may not have to tackle. For example:

OUR COMMITMENT - Guy and Amber have more than 15 years working in the entertainment industry. Starting as a production assistant and doggedly working his way up to becoming an influential development executive for a major studio, Guy knows what it takes to make a great film. We will work long hours and deal with anything that is thrown at us to make sure that every aspect of this campaign is a success.

COMPLETION - We are committed to this story, to Kristen Jane Anderson's life and her journey, and we will work very hard to create something that is special, of high quality, and deep in meaning and purpose. Will we be able to fund the completion of the film? Will we be able to accomplish these goals and finish the film? We are confident that the answer is YES and will throw every ounce of energy we have to make this film a success. This is precisely where you come in! With your support-both financial and in prayer - we will be able to deliver above and beyond even our own expectations!

DELIVERY OF PERKS: The timeline we have set for the delivery of rewards is a rough estimate and we plan to deliver the perks much earlier than listed here, however, this could be directly affected by delays we may encounter while developing the story and working with vendors to meet their deadlines. Please rest assured that we will of course make sure that the rewards are delivered and that our team will do its utmost to communicate with you if and when changes occur.

THE ULTIMATE GOAL: Our ultimate goal as stated above is to produce a high quality and gripping script for the future feature film, "Life, In Spite of Me" while honoring God and inspiring people with its inherent message of grace and hope, making a film that makes a difference, increases awareness, provides a conversation point and has immediate and measurable impact. We always strive to create ways for our projects to serve as a platform for the gifts of others and we are reaching out to you so that you will have an opportunity to join us in that effort!

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    THE LIFE, IN SPITE OF ME "HOPE" ORNAMENT: This beautiful “Hope” Ornament is hand-rolled, cut, and stamped by Leslie Rene Designs for "Life, In Spite of Me". The clay is rolled onto linen and cotton canvas for a special fabric texture. It is oven hardened and hand sanded for a beautiful finish. Each ornament is stamped with “Hope” and measures 3” in diameter. The ornament will be delivered to your door by December 15th, 2013. The digital script, Facebook Group, T-shirt and THANKS will be delivered as listed above.

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    SIGNED COPY OF LIFE, IN SPITE OF ME - THE BOOK by Kristen Jane Anderson & Tricia Goyer. Personally signed by Kristen Jane Anderson along with a specially designed Life, In Spite of Me bookmark! You will also receive the digital script, Facebook Group, T-shirt and THANKS will be delivered as listed above.

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    THE LIFE, IN SPITE OF ME "FINDING HOPE" NECKLACE: This special, limited edition, gorgeous hand-molded, fine pewter charm was created by Lisa Leonard of Lisa Leonard Designs, exclusively for the "Life, In Spite of Me" Kickstarter Campaign contributors. It is hand-stamped with train tracks and the word 'Hope' and strung on an 18" sterling filled chain with a freshwater pearl. Gorgeous and full of meaning! You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script as well as being added to the exclusive Facebook Group.

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    "AMAZING GRACE" WALL PANEL ART: The song Amazing Grace plays a key role in Kristen Jane Anderson's story and will be featured in the movie soundtrack. Dee Kasberger from art company Red Letter Words, designed this meaningful piece, “Amazing Grace”, for your home or office! Each gallery wrap canvas art print is wrapped around a 1 ½ inch wood frame and measures 11x14. Prints are finished with a wire hanger, bumpers and covered with Tyvek® backing. You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script as well as being added to the exclusive Facebook Group.

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    THE BIG ONE! Get ALL previous price point perks! You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script as well as being added to the exclusive Facebook Group, the T-shirt, the Digital Download of the Feature Film, "Hope" Ornament, "Finding Hope" Lisa Leonard Necklace, and "Amazing Grace" Wall Art! What a fabulous perk!!

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    SKYPE PRESENTATION w/KRISTEN JANE ANDERSON! Kristen Jane Anderson will present her incredibly touching story and take questions from the audience at your school, church or corporate event. A 90 minute presentation that is sure to be a valuable experience filled with hope and truth. You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, a T-shirt for the organizer of the group, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group. You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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    EXCLUSIVE BOOK PROPOSAL REVIEW: Best-selling Co-Author of Life, In Spite of Me, Tricia Goyer, has offered her expertise to review your book proposal and give notes with a personal phone call to you! Do you have a desire to write a book but are not sure where to begin or how to write a formal book proposal for agents and publishers? As the author of more than 40 fiction and non-fiction books, Tricia's advice will put you on the right path to becoming a published author. You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, the T-shirt, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group. You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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    DINNER w/KRISTEN JANE ANDERSON IN CHICAGO: You and 2 guests will enjoy an intimate evening with Kristen and her family where you can talk with them on a deeper level and hear her story personally. Get one-on-one encouragement and insight from Kristen and her family members during this once in a lifetime opportunity! (Transportation & lodging in Chicago will be your responsibility). You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, the T-shirt, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group.You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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    2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR A WEEK: Have you ever wanted to be a Feature Film Director or just curious how the filming process works? Here is your chance! You will become a 2nd AD for a week on set where you will work with the director and get hands on experience. You will receive a special Thank you in the credits of the feature film for your contribution. (Transportation and lodging will be your responsibility). You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, the T-shirt, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group. You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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    WALK-ON ROLE! Fulfill your dream to appear in a feature film with a walk-on role in this amazing movie! Mingle with the other cast members, get prepped with wardrobe, and showcase your talent! (Transportation and lodging will be your responsibility but we will make sure you are well taken care of!). You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, the T-shirt, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group. You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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    BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE - Shadow the producers of "Life, In Spite Of Me" for 3 days and 2 nights during production including a dinner with the producers and cast! Get all the behind-the-scenes scoop as a VIP on set! We will roll out the red carpet! Airfare and accommodations will be included and arranged by the producers. (Coach airfare and accommodations for one). You will also receive our heartfelt THANKS as mentioned above, the digital copy (pdf.) of the script, the T-shirt, the "Hope" ornament, the "Finding Hope" necklace, the "Amazing Grace" wall art, and be added to the exclusive Facebook Group. You will also get one Digital Download of the Feature Film!

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