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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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