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Seniors at a prom night party wander into an abandoned prison at the edge of town and return changed forever.
Seniors at a prom night party wander into an abandoned prison at the edge of town and return changed forever.
Seniors at a prom night party wander into an abandoned prison at the edge of town and return changed forever.
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THE HONOR FARM 

Written by Karen Skloss and Jay Tonne Jr.

It's prom night...What could go wrong? Help us Kickstart THE HONOR FARM production.

THE HONOR FARM is a unique coming-of-age thriller that follows high school senior Lucy's prom night, where she abandons the usual prom night script for a dark and surreal adventure to a local satanic hideout with a wild gang of kids and a handsome boy she barely knows.

STRETCH GOAL!

Help us stretch our completed $50K goal to $60K goal so we can bring on a BIG name for THE HONOR FARM!

The Honor Farm (©Noel Kerns)
The Honor Farm (©Noel Kerns)

Why have a Kickstarter? 

We’ve done a lot of great work on THE HONOR FARM, but the film’s not completed yet. We still need to continue production, which means paying for our actors, cameras and lights. Once we’re in post-production, we’ll need an editor, sound mixer, composer, colorist, etc. Not to mention, we’ll need to pay to send this to film festivals and get it out into the world!

Filmmaking is expensive and to bring everyone back to finish production we'll need your help to raise $50K. So, we are here on Kickstarter, sharing our film project with the world and we want you to join us in making and completing THE HONOR FARM.

How can you help?

  • DONATE! Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
  • But, if you can’t donate, SHARE and our campaign can go a very long way. Spreading the word through social media and email (and all those other things kids are using these days) will help us get that much closer to reaching our goal. 
  • FOLLOW and LIKE us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to get fun updates about the movie! We’ve got 30 days to raise $50K…so, let’s get this campaign started! 

Who's in THE HONOR FARM?

Already committed to the film is an outstanding cast of young talents whose work has already attracted attention, including:

Olivia Applegate  (Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Revolution and America's Got Talent ).
Olivia Applegate (Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Revolution and America's Got Talent ).
Dora Madison Burge (Friday Night Lights, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Dexter).
Dora Madison Burge (Friday Night Lights, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Dexter).
Will Brittain (A Teacher, Big Boy)
Will Brittain (A Teacher, Big Boy)
Katie Folger (Zero Charisma, Results, From Dusk Till Dawn TV series).
Katie Folger (Zero Charisma, Results, From Dusk Till Dawn TV series).
Samuel Davis (Exists, From Dusk Till Dawn TV series).
Samuel Davis (Exists, From Dusk Till Dawn TV series).

 MORE EXCITING CASTING NEWS COMING SOON!

Who is making this movie?

Louis Black, Executive Producer

Louis Black is a co-founder and editor of The Austin Chronicle and co-founder and director of SXSW. Black is also an award-winning producer of documentary films like THE GREAT INVISIBLE and THE ORDER OF MYTHS (Margaret Brown). Black says of THE HONOR FARM, "Obviously I hear about an enormous number of projects being developed, I was attracted to this project because of my enthusiasm for Karen Skloss' brilliant work as a director and editor. The talented cast and assembled crew just made it irresistible to get involved with 'The Honor Farm.' This is truly a film on which the stars have aligned."

Louis Black (co-founder SXSW, The Austin Chronicle)
Louis Black (co-founder SXSW, The Austin Chronicle)

Karen Skloss, Director and Co-Writer

Director Karen Skloss is an award-winning filmmaker with work shown on HBO, in the Museum of Modern Art, in wide theatrical release and in film festivals internationally. "Sunshine," which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, was shown on PBS’s Independent Lens series. As an editor, Skloss' work includes the celebrated documentary, "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" (dir. Margaret Brown), "Taken by Storm" (dir. Roddy Bogawa), about Hipgnosis album artist Storm Thorgerson, several other documentary features as well as shows for Jerry Bruckheimer Television, A&E, Discovery, TLC and TNT.

THE HONOR FARM Director and Co-Writer, Karen Skloss
THE HONOR FARM Director and Co-Writer, Karen Skloss
Karen Skloss (production still, SUNSHINE)
Karen Skloss (production still, SUNSHINE)
              

David Hartstein, Producer 

David Hartstein is an Emmy award-winning documentary producer of "Where Soldiers Come From," broadcast on PBS and winner of the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story as well an Independent Spirit Award. Hartstein produced "America’s Parking Lot," which will air on ESPN this year.  He is the producer of "The Happy Poet," a feature comedy that had its international premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, is a 2014 Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund award winner with "The Sensitives" and was a producing fellow at the recent Biennale Cinema College lab in Venice.

David Hartstein, Producer
David Hartstein, Producer

Morgan Coy, Executive Producer

Morgan Coy was a producer on the Sundance award-winning film "Computer Chess," as well as "Lovers of Hate" and "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Coy is also in development on television series based on the comic series "Shadow Healer."

Morgan Coy, Executive Producer
Morgan Coy, Executive Producer

Lee Daniel, Director of Photography

Lee Daniel is a world-renowned cinematographer who has shot more than 30 features, both narrative and documentary, including "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," "Be Here to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt," "The Unforeseen" and "The Order of Myths and Sunshine."

Lee Daniel and Karen Skloss (in production on SUNSHINE)
Lee Daniel and Karen Skloss (in production on SUNSHINE)

Robert Walker, Executive Producer 

Robert Walker is a private investor with more than 35 years experience in film production, cable television and broadcast station acquisition and development. Walker served as a consultant and partner to the WB Television Network and NBC's Telemundo TV Network in the areas of affiliate acquisition and network distribution. He is the Founder of Marfa Public Radio, a nationally-recognized public radio station serving Far West Texas. He also served on the board of directors of Austin's PBS affiliate KLRU-TV, home to the internationally-acclaimed TV music series "Austin City Limits."

Robert Walker, Executive Producer
Robert Walker, Executive Producer

More about THE HONOR FARM?

Though THE HONOR FARM is definitely a scary movie, and it will be SCARY…it’s got another purpose. Films by and for women are definitely on the rise (yay!) and this movie lends a female voice to an age-old struggle  — the pain of finding out who you are. Anyone who dares to remember junior high can testify that coming of age can be a horror story in and of itself.

Told through a young woman’s lens, this film explores how society doesn’t offer many meaningful rites of passage for teens. "The Honor Farm"is a story intended to empower and encourage viewers to go deeper than consumer culture typically allows, and to invent something more meaningful to take its place. It is also a counterpoint to dystopian ‘80s teen movies, picking up where PRETTY IN PINK left off while still taking notes from HEATHERS and RIVERS EDGE. THE HONOR FARM is a movie about embracing change and growth, about exploring the spaces between things — taking the familiar from a canted angle and making it new and fresh to behold.

Production Still THE HONOR FARM
Production Still THE HONOR FARM

Notes from Writer/Director Karen Skloss

"THE HONOR FARM is an amalgam of my experiences growing up in Austin, where generations of outlandish southern thinkers, musicians, and artists of all stripes blazed the way for a colorful adolescence. Those experiences always struck me as great material for a film. This story is woven with fantasy and magical realism, along with anecdotes from co-writer Jay Tonne, who grew up in Pueblo, Colo., where the prison honor farm that is the film’s namesake was located. The actual honor farm was ultimately torn down because a few kids died out there. It was a truly harrowing place. 

"Coming of age can be a horror story in and of itself. I am looking to explore this period of life with humor, while also recognizing it as dangerous terrain. Kids act impulsively and tend to think they’re invincible. In a way, that might be one of the best things about that age, the openness. But openness often makes for vulnerability. The Honor Farm will capture the essence of this time of life while telling a hair-raising, hilarious, and romantic tale. 

"When I read the book Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf, where Wolf explores ideas around rites of passage in American culture, I found a large part of the conceptual frame for this film. Wolf points out that without meaningful cultural rituals and the guidance they can provide, the passage to adulthood is especially tricky and confusing. Lucy is a strong female protagonist, and in a sense, I see her not only as forging a coming of age ritual for herself in lieu of a vacuous prom night, but also as a representative of a new generation that is optimistic, inventive, and more open to the world. This is a movie meant to speak to them and for them. It is a story intended to empower and encourage viewers to go deeper than consumer culture typically allows, and to invent something more meaningful to take its place. It is also a counterpoint to dystopian ‘80s teen movies, picking up where Pretty in Pink left off while still taking notes from Heathers and River’s Edge. The Honor Farm is a movie about embracing change and growth, about exploring the spaces between things — taking the familiar from a canted angle and making it new and fresh to behold. "

Production Still THE HONOR FARM
Production Still THE HONOR FARM

What does the money go toward?

Money raised here goes straight into the making of the film — the production phase. Funds pay for film equipment rental, travel and lodging for cast and crew, as well as wages for everyone involved in making the film. The more we raise — the bigger and better production gets!

Production Still THE HONOR FARM
Production Still THE HONOR FARM

How does crowd funding work?

We have 30 days to raise the $50,000 goal we have for production of "The Honor Farm." If we don’t meet our goal we don’t get to keep the other contributions — it’s an all or nothing deal!

Why crowd funding?

Crowd funding is a great way to begin building a larger community for our film. This is a movie made for teens of all ages, and we believe that the best way to get people interested in an independent film like this is to start getting the word out now.

Production Still THE HONOR FARM
Production Still THE HONOR FARM

 Check out our #AwkwardPromPix below! Send us yours!

Director Karen Skloss on Prom Night
Director Karen Skloss on Prom Night
Producer David Hartstein at G.W. Hewlett High School - Class of 1996
Producer David Hartstein at G.W. Hewlett High School - Class of 1996

Risks and challenges

While being a part of any film venture is risky, we’ve assembled a strong team of both proven veterans and rising talent. This is going to be a fun and exciting movie and we hope you will want to be a part of it!

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