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Kate, the story of a gay man and the girl of his dreams, is a comedy unlike any other...ok, probably. We haven't seen every movie ever.

What is Kate?

Kate is a new short film from writer/director/editor/co-producer/egotist Mike Natale. It's the story of Gary Willis, who has grown tired of the annoyances that come with dating men. His plan to 'switch over to women' seems to work when he meets his match; a smart, witty, film savvy woman named Kate. But Gary might learn that just because Kate is the girl of his dreams, might not mean she's the one. Funny and heartwarming, Kate has received a great deal of positive feedback from its viewers. 

Is it porn? 

What? No, it's not porn.

Are you sure? 

Yes, we're sure it's not porn.

Who is involved? 

We have a terrific cast, including Michael Derek, Amber Abdella, Trey Gerrald, Christina Sarragaglia, Aly Brier and Victor Natale. The script comes from award winning writer Mike Natale, who also directed and co-produced with Lauren Thomas, and the film was shot by Joe Calabrese. 

How can we help? 

Kate has already wrapped shooting, and is in the final post-production stage, so what we need most at this point is financial assistance. On the one hand, we're sure its kinda crass to just come out and say "All we need is your money", but on the other hand, this is Kickstarter. Nobody ever has a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise 5000 hugs, so we're sure no one is too surprised about the money thing. We need $2000 to achieve all we're looking to with the film, and we can get there with your help. Yet, a film also needs people who want to see it, and if you can't afford to donate, a Facebook "like" doesn't cost anything (at least not yet. Don't give them any ideas). Spread the word about the film to your friends. Even better, tell your rich relatives who have money to burn. That'll help a lot.

What do you need the money for? 

Well, 10% of the funds raised will go towards reimbursing the cast and crew for their expenses. After that, all the money goes towards festival fees. You see, countless short films get made every year and get lost in the abyss of the internet. Tragically, no one in Kate does the "Harlem Shake", nor raps in Korean, so we too would go unnoticed on the internet without prior exposure and hype. Film festivals are where the action is at, since they expose film-lovers and industry insiders to what they deem are the best short films around. Of course, these festivals don't want to sift through every single film anybody could possibly make, so they charge a submission fee to filter out those not serious about their films. These fees can range from $30 to sometimes as much as $100. We want Kate to get seen, we hope you do too, and these festivals are the way to do it. With your help, Kate can play the festival circuit not just in the New York area but across the country. Come be a part of Kate, and take this journey with us.

What's in it for me?

We have various contribution levels, each with their own unique rewards ranging from DVDs with personalized intros to IMDB credits and movie props. Now, typically films here on Kickstarter do something cute where they name the contribution levels around the theme of the film; a military film having a "Major" level, a "General" level, etc. The story of Kate, universal and relatable as it may be, doesn't really loan itself well to something like that, so we chose instead to name our contribution levels after generally awesome things. And in our eyes, when you donate at a given level, you're just as awesome as that level's namesake.

I want more information before I make my decision. What can I do?

Contact us! We'll gladly answer any questions you might have. You can check out our website www.thatmoviekate.com, find us on Facebook, or contact Mike directly at thatmoviekate@gmail.com. Upon your request, we'll even send you a clip of the film, just to prove its as funny as the premise promises.

If you've gotten this far, you clearly love the movies. We all do. It's time to stop watching, and become part of one. We'll be glad to have you aboard!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The great thing about Kate is that the hard part is over. Since the film has already been shot and edited, and will be fully mixed and mastered before the deadline of the Kickstarter has been reached, Kate's completion is 100% guaranteed, so you know your money won't be going to waste. The only obstacle in our path if funding is achieved is that no festivals decide to screen Kate. The fact is, the festival circuit is a gamble, and you never know what will or won't get screened. Even 2009's Oscar winning short God of Love got rejected by Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca. But we believe in this film, and we hope you will too. Every dollar is a vote of confidence, and the more money we raise, the more festivals we can submit to, and the more chances we have of being screened.

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    Squirrel Riding Water-Skiis level: Our deepest thanks. Well, actually, no. I mean, we'll thank you. A great deal, and with a lot of sincerity, but people always say "Our deepest thanks" and don't really realize they're suggesting they'd give the deepest thanks one could possibly give. Like, one time a guy pushed me out of the way of a moving car. That guy got my deepest thanks. I mean, you guys, funding a dream film, that's pretty high up there, just…you know…just saying. It won't be our shallowest thanks, that's for sure.

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    The Opening Scene of "The Spy Who Loved Me" level: You'll get a thanks double the depth of those "Squirrel Riding Water Skiis" guys are gonna get, and trust me, that's a whole lot of thanks. You'll also be sent a private link for the film, so you can watch it at your leisure.

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    Shark Week level: All of the previously listed perks, except this time the thanks will be triple the depth of what the "Squirrel" folks get, which is some astounding depths of thanks. Also, we'll add a special thanks to you on our film's Facebook and website, and we'll e-mail you a special, never-before-seen extended scene from Kate, and trust me, you'll wanna see this clip. Michael Derek is stilled miffed we cut it out of the final film. Not pointing any fingers, but my car was keyed the day after we cut it. Just saying. It's a good scene.

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    Catching A Mewtwo level: If you donate this ridiculous amount of money (and don't kid yourselves, $37.65 is a ridiculous amount in the most literal sense of the term), you'll get all of the above rewards, plus we'll mail you a certificate recognizing your ridiculous contribution.

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    The Appetite For Destruction level: At the Appetite for Destruction level, well, you get everything included in the Shark Week level, plus we'll send you an actual physical copy of Kate on your choice of format, DVD or VHS! (What, did you think we were gonna say Blu-Ray? Come on, who has access to a Blu-Ray burner?)

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    The 2007 Super Bowl Helmet Catch level: We'll give you all the perks that come with the Appetite for Destruction level, except your DVD or VHS will be so much more awesome, because writer/director/producer/editor/egotist Mike Natale and a cast member from Kate will sign it. And that's pretty darn nifty cause, like, they may get famous. And then one day they'll be dead and you can say "Hey, I got that guy's autograph before they died."

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    The Teddy Roosevelt level: At the Teddy Roosevelt level, you will get everything from the 2007 Super Bowl Helmet Catch level, but in addition to your copy of Kate being autographed, Mike Natale will record a personalized DVD/VHS intro thanking you for your contribution. That's right, throw that on on your next date, and you can be all "Hey, baby, that person he's talking about? That's me. I'm in pictures now!"

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    The Van Halen's Eruption level: So, see those guys up there? Those "Teddy Roosevelt" level donors? If you give at the "Van Halen's Eruption" level, not only will you get the personalized intro on your Kate copy, but we'll also send you a paper copy of the script, as well as an annotated digital version with explanations behind scenes that were cut and humorous anecdotes about the shooting of the film. Actually, saying humorous is pretty presumptuous, but we think said anecdotes are pretty humorous, and we think you will too. Oh, and we'll also throw in a DVD of Mike Natale and Michael Derek's previous collaboration, the dramatic musical short "Shadowplay", which Mike will also sign. We'll also give you an Associate Producer credit on the film, a credit that goes all the way up on the IMDB.

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    The Han Solo Shooting First level: The Kate Completist package. This, this right here is a nifty, nifty package. You'll get your signed, personalized intro-ed copy of the movie, your paper and digital copies of the script, but we'll also send you a USB drive containing deleted and extended scenes, an MP3 of the original table read, the cast's screen tests, and an MP3 of the song "Rediscover", written and recorded for the film Kate by the band The Cowboy Presidents. In addition, your package will contain a piece of an original prop from Kate, namely a piece of a glass from the dinner scene which was shattered by a light when someone tripped over a wire and…well, that's a story you'll read in the annotated script. We'll also throw in a DVD and poster for Mike Natale and Michael Derek's previous collaboration, Shadowplay, and you'll receive an Executive Producer credit on IMDB!

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    The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team win level: All of the rewards that come with the Kate Completist package, plus director Mike Natale will appear at a location of your choosing on glamorous Long Island (so long as said location is legal and will not cause harm to said director) and perform for you a one-man show of the movie Die Hard (or, if preferred, Die Hard 3: Die Hard with a Vengeance). Who can top that? Huh?

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