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During the reign of Alexander II, a Romani fortune-teller and an old family friend help a freed Russian serf fulfill his destiny.
During the reign of Alexander II, a Romani fortune-teller and an old family friend help a freed Russian serf fulfill his destiny.
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“Fortune” is a film about personal choices, family history, and international values— and the point where all three unite for one important cause.

Synopsis

Oleg is a newly-freed Russian serf with plans to immigrate to America, but is hesitant to leave his family behind. He visits Bozka, the local fortune-teller, to ask for her advice. But their session is interrupted by Alyosha, a childhood friend of Oleg’s father. Alyosha’s story from the past convinces Oleg to make the trip, though Bozka warns him of the approaching “civil” war. Oleg travels across the Atlantic to fight for his fellow serfs in America.

I’m doing my best to borrow things or get them for free, but here’s where I need some assistance…

Props and Set Dressing

I need to make my set look like the interior of a Romani wagon, which means the majority of my budget is going towards antique furniture and décor— help me to make things look authentic.

Wardrobe and Makeup

If I’m going to shoot a film set in nineteenth century Russia, my actors need to appear to be genuine— help them to get into character with proper costuming.

Location Fees

I can’t spend twelve hours a day with a ton of actors, crew, and equipment in someone’s space for free— help me to compensate the property owners for their generosity.

Transportation

Gas is getting expensive these days, but my cast and crew need to make it to the set somehow— help them to cover the cost of the commute.

Food

It’s difficult to create a beautiful work of art on an empty stomach, especially if it involves several weeks of shooting— help feed everyone on set so that this film receives our full, undivided attention.

Festival Submission Fees

I want as many people to see this film as possible— help me to take it onto the festival circuit and generate a lot of buzz.

Other expenses

There are a lot of other materials (i.e. tape, extra batteries, clothespins) that my crew members will need in a pinch during production— help make things run smoothly on set for a better final product.

If you can't support me monetarily, don't worry!

Some things are more valuable than money. If you have actor friends who speak fluent Russian, put them in touch with me. If you have any furniture, baubles, knicknacks, or tchotchkes that you think I could use, please let me know. If you have clothing that might work, say so. If you know of a great location, tell me. If you'd like to donate food or snacks, feel free. Really, anything helps.

Risks and challenges

Though I've completed the majority of pre-production work, shooting will occur after I have funded my film. As most filmmakers know, Murphy's Law certainly applies on-set, but I've assembled a very talented and resourceful crew to help me realize my vision. In all their years in the field they've each encountered a number of problems (the camera's timecode isn't running, the mic isn't picking up any sound, a lightbulb burns out, etc.) as well as solutions, and I know that we can conquer any issues that arise with our combined knowledge, experience, and efforts.

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