***STRETCH GOALS: UNBELIEVABLE! WE MADE IT! Thank you all so much for helping take Sweet Thing this far! We now have a chance to take it even further! Here are some of the things we would like to accomplish:
**DONE** NEW CREDIT AND TITLE SEQUENCES - We would like to create a great title and credit sequences. Prologue Films, Kyle Cooper's studio legendary responsible for creating David Fincher's Se7en opening, and the amazing credit and title sequences in Little Feet! In support of Sweet Thing, they have agreed to do it at 1/3 of their usual asking price. Check out the sequence from Little Feet below to get an idea of the complex animation that goes into it!
COMPLETE THE SOUNDTRACK - There are a few songs that require an increase in the budget to acquire - namely Van Morrison's Sweet Thing. As you can likely tell by the name, the song Sweet Thing is incredibly integral to this film. It was, in a way, a big risk to make a highly sought after song so central in this low budget production, but there was such a strong connection between the two that there was no way around it. Through of all your help, it seems this risk has paid off. We are working with Van Morrison's representatives now to finalize everything, which makes us all very hopeful. Check out this clip of Billie (Lana Rockwell) singing Sweet Thing in Sweet Thing:
Critically-acclaimed indie filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell is making a new feature! The film, Sweet Thing, is the latest brainchild from the much-loved star of the New York independent film scene. And folks, it's a good one: a poetic, uplifting story of childhood adventure and imagination. Production is just about wrapped for the film. Now, Alex needs your help to get it over the finish line.
Alex has always cut his own path as a filmmaker. Inspired by the mold set by John Cassavetes, Rockwell films typically run small crews, with intimate casts and an avant-garde style. He’s built a cult-following by resisting the monolithic influence of major production studios. That’s why Alex prefers to work with smaller studios and crowd-sourced production, leaving him free rein to take the movie in the direction he envisions.
Alex Rockwell began his ascent to cult-stardom when his 1992 film In The Soup took home the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, beating out, among others, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Since then he’s grown his cult following with a series of critically-acclaimed films, including Four Rooms (1995), 13 Moons (2002), Pete Smalls is Dead (2010), and, most recently, Little Feet (2013). A sharp eye for talent, Alex helped launched the careers of such greats as Peter Dinklage, Steve Buscemi, and Sam Rockwell. Over the years Alex has worked with the much beloved Jennifer Beals, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Karyn Parsons, and Allison Anders, among others.
Sweet Thing is cut from the same cloth as some of Alex's most celebrated work: intimate, creatively filmed, and fantastically personal. Alex’s children Lana and Nico Rockwell return to lead roles following their critical success in Little Feet, starring alongside Will Patton and their mother (Alex’s wife) Karyn Parsons. The family-heavy cast doesn’t soften what is a dark but exceedingly tender look at childhood in a broken home.
The story revolves around the two siblings and their struggle to find solid ground in the homes of Adam, their alcoholic father, and Eve, their negligent mother. The children ultimately run away and find a temporary life for themselves around the town of New Bedford, MA. What begins as a disturbing family drama becomes a rousing childhood adventure that, though tragic, is a deeply moving and hopeful testament to the poetry of adventure and the imagination of childhood.
But none of that will matter without your help. In order to get it into the world, we need to get it through post-production!
Alex has poured these last few years—and his last few dollars—into the project. The lion’s share of the work is done, but post-production can be an expensive process. In order to keep this movie independent and Hollywood-free, we could use your help.
The film industry can be a fantastic and inspiring institution. But it has its flaws. Major studios dominate the arena. And while those studios—and the budgets they allow—often produce beautiful work, their monolithic approach to filmmaking is an obstacle to the world’s most creative projects.
For a filmmaker with Alex Rockwell’s credentials, it’s always possible to raise money through traditional producers. But more important than Alex’s soul (one must always be careful when dealing with Hollywood) is his vision for Sweet Thing. We want to make this film with people who appreciate independent, artistic films. We want to make Sweet Thing with you, and for you.
Kickstarter and other crowdfunding resources can help finance movies that would otherwise be whipped into the Hollywood mold. And that is only possible thanks to you. Due to collaboration, intimate and independent filmmaking is still possible. The world of artistic, small-budget films can still thrive, if enough people will support it.
But don't think that this is just a one-way street. We have amazing rewards to offer! Thanks to support from some of Alex's dearest colleagues, including Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Beals, and Steve Buscemi, we have a huge list of remarkable prizes and swag to score. Check out the rewards section to see what has us so excited.
Post-production can be a long and expensive process. We want to do it right. And we want you to know where your money is going.
Sound Editing: The creative process where all the sound files are assembled and mastered through mixing them with the right ambience.
Color Correction: A professional colorist will have to work on the shadows, highlights, and other color related elements to make the picture look perfect. This is one of the tedious creative phases of the post production that may take a lot of skills and time.
Music Permission: All of the music cues involved in Sweet Thing have to be cleared to be legally viewed at film festivals. Fees are required to acquire master license as well as sync license.
Art and Title Design: A professional title designer will create the title sequence that captures the tone of the film.
Legal Fees: Fees involving entertainment lawyers, accountants, and contracts.
The bigger our budget, the more we can get done: more screenings, larger distribution, more content. But $45,000 is the bare minimum we need to get this through post-production and on to your screen.
The core project of the film (the filming!) is done. We’ve already found a great studio, Film Works, to work with during post-production. They've generously agreed to cut us a deal with the expense, a generosity that we've been lucky to find elsewhere as well. Kodak, in support of the film, provided us with a large portion of the 16mm film stock used during production. And the immensely generous Rob of Cinelab, New Bedford (http://www.cinelab.com/index.html) gave us one of the cameras that we shot the film with, an Aaton Super 16mm. Rob also developed all of our film. Thanks Rob!
All of this help was integral to the success we found during production, and invaluable to our limited budget. Which is, of course, a big deal for Alex. Of the $150,000 odd budget for production, $90,000 came directly out of Alex's pocket; we need at least $45,000 just to have to ready for festivals. That's why we're hoping to fundraise our way through post-production. We'd rather not sell the movie out to some big-budget studio. But with your help, we can carry across the finish line exactly the movie we all want to see.
We’re looking for collaborators of all levels. All of you—from Executive Producers to $1 Sweet Thing community members—are a part of the team. Look through the collaborators levels and rewards to get a sense of what we need, and what Sweet Thing swag you can win in the process.
Though we hope the film itself is your strongest motivation to support Sweet Thing, we want to make sure you get your money's worth for your patronage. So we stocked our rewards page with everything but the deeds to our houses. Check out the rewards section and find the swag that's right for you.
All who donate immediately become a member of the Sweet Thing community, and will receive a special thanks on the social media of your choice (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) as well as regular email updates about the progress of the film. Backers can also earn digital downloads of a number of Alex’s most celebrated films, along, of course, with their copy of Sweet Thing.
We will recognize our most generous patrons as Producers and Executive Producers, and will provide VIP tickets to a premier, either in NYC or LA.
We also have a number of rewards featuring memorabilia and the like from Jennifer Beals, Steve Buscemi and Sam Rockwell, all of whom are deep believers in Alex and in Sweet Thing. Want to sit down with a member of the cast, or have lunch with one of these stars? Just look through our rewards list and see what inspires you!
Louis and Ty Anania are the team's sibling duo. The sons of an independent filmmaker, their relationship with independent, arthouse film began *far* too young. While they're still sorting through some of the hidden scars of their over-early exposure to the darkest corners of cinema, they spend their time watching and working on any film that stirs their passion. I guess there are some benefits to childhood trauma. Both graduates of The New School's Eugene Lang College, the Anania brothers are New York natives who rarely stray beyond the city limits. Louis is a producer on Sweet Thing, and worked with Alex on set throughout the months in New Bedford. Ty is an occasional actor and book nerd, who's Sweet Thing work began with the kickstarter campaign.
Our third team member, Nisa Neza, is a film student at NYU. She met Alex Rockwell while tutoring his amazing son (and star of Sweet Thing!), Nico. It was during this period that the fated day came: Nisa was to throw a Steve Buscemi-themed birthday party for herself wherein she would screen her favorite Buscemi film, In the Soup, 100% ignorant of the fact that the film was created by Nico’s dad. While trying to find the film online (RE: In the Soup restoration Kickstarter campaign), she came across the strikingly familiar name of the film’s director. After embarrassingly professing her love of In the Soup to a surprised and delighted Alex, she went on to work with Alex on his Kickstarter campaigns!
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