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What is "Geek Loves Punk"?

A feature film made by me; a dreamer; storyteller. I have wanted to make a feature film since I was ten years old, and this is the film I was born to make.  I just need your help to get it finished. :)

What is "Geek Loves Punk" about?

It's the story of three best friends trying to figure out their lives and their relationships with each other.  ELIZABETH, the geek, is a lesbian and an  aspiring comic book writer who longs for a girlfriend. Her best friend SOL is a comic book artist who’s real passion is building robots. SOL is in love with EMMA. EMMA is best friends with both of them. She works at the comic book shop and is trying to figure out her purpose in life.  A punk named MEGAN walks into ELIZABETH’S life and shakes things up between the three friends.

Elizabeth is an inexperienced nerd who has to venture out her comic book cocoon into the hard and fast world of the punk rock scene in hot pursuit of her dream punk rock woman, MEGAN. Emma admires the purpose in life that Elizabeth has found in wanting to write comics. Emma is seeking out her own purpose in life. She also can take the folks in her life for granted and might need to learn how to appreciate the folks in her life. SOL is the backbone for the two women. He’s always there for them. But, he’s tired of being the sidekick and wants to be the leading man! 

This movie is sweet and so are you!

This film also celebrates comic books because I love comics! X-Men comics got me through the not-so-awesomeness of growing up as a kid. I took a graphic novels class in college and it was amazing! So, had to bring the comic book love to the movie.

Emma, Sol and Elizabeth are the best of friends.
Emma, Sol and Elizabeth are the best of friends.

The movie has the quirkiness and heart of Napoleon Dynamite, the honest dealing of sexuality of Lena Dunham's Girls, and the sweetness Juno. 

The movie features comic renderings. This is one of them. Emma and Elizabeth thinking about their next step in life.
The movie features comic renderings. This is one of them. Emma and Elizabeth thinking about their next step in life.
Sol's eyes; he is the heart and soul of the movie.
Sol's eyes; he is the heart and soul of the movie.

 Haven’t we seen this before?

Nope! This is the first indie film that tackles issues of love, dating, career and friendship in the context of lesbian and geek culture.  It's a refreshing look on the trial and tribulations that 20's and 30's-something year olds are facing today.

Plus, there’s tons of great comic book stuff in the film!

This film also celebrates comic books because I love comics! X-Men comics got me through the not-so-awesomeness of growing up as a kid. I took a graphic novels class in college and it was amazing! So, I had to bring the comic book love to the movie.

The three main characters as superheroes.
The three main characters as superheroes.

 Sincerity is making a come back!

I made this movie because I wanted to give an alternative viewpoint on dating than what is normally shown in movies these days.  I wanted to bring a bit of sincerity and genuine sweetness to a film.  A film that made folks laugh and restore their faith in the good things in life. I felt it was my mission!

A comic page featured in the movie.
A comic page featured in the movie.

 I’ve never heard of you. Who are you?

Great question! I’m Julie from Oakland. I'm a caregiver for the elderly by day and a filmmaker by night. I'm also a geek, lesbian and comic book fan. 

I also have some creative credits to my name:

1. I was on a reality show on the TLC network.

2. I was a quarter finalist in the 7th Annual International Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition in 2005.

3. I won a local film festival award with the first short film I directed, Forget Me Not

4.  I won another local film festival award with the second short film I directed, Geek Loves Punk.  This is the short film version of what I turned into a feature film: 

5. I was interviewed on The Myrna Lim Show:  

Anyone famous in your movie?  

Kind of! Would you call Silence of the Lambs famous? :) That's right! There's an actor in my movie who was also in Silence of the Lambs!!! You know what that means?  You can play the Kevin Bacon game with my movie! YES!!!

Maria Skorobogatov in Silence of the Lambs!!!
Maria Skorobogatov in Silence of the Lambs!!!
Maria Skorobogatov all grown up!
Maria Skorobogatov all grown up!

Celeste Martinez was featured in a cellphone commercial on television!

Isn't she pretty?  She's sweet too!
Isn't she pretty? She's sweet too!

Orlando Mendoza is so good looking he was put on a billboard!  

Looking good, Orlando!
Looking good, Orlando!

Chris Quintos was featured in a very important play in San Francisco. 

Chris is the on the far right wearing the brown shirt.
Chris is the on the far right wearing the brown shirt.

 Eugene Canotal was in a car commercial on television!  He played a mechanic!

Such a cutie pie!
Such a cutie pie!

What will you do with the money?

Great question! I will pay for the following:

  • Professional sound edit (at a sound studio)
  • ADR (Additional Dialogue Recorded)
  • Kickstarter Fees
  • DCP (Digital Cinema Package)
  • Final Sound Mix (At a sound studio)
  • Marketing the film
  • Film Festival fees
  • Professionally written music

Will you finish the movie?

Only if you help me. Seriously, I need you. I don’t own a yacht that I could sell to finish the movie.  I’m a filmmaker/caregiver on a budget. I took the movie as far as I could go without needing the dough. This is as indie film as it gets. Your support would be you supporting the indie film cause. Indie film is about heart and soul. This movie has oodles of heart; just not oodles of budget. Supporting the film means joining a group of artists, dreamers, nerds and sweethearts who wanted to make a film that made folks chuckle and think. Join the cause! Support the film! High fives and hugs for everyone! 

This is when the geek and punk meet.
This is when the geek and punk meet.

 So, how do I help?

Click the green button to the right of the video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy –you can even do it on Facebook. Tell everyone you know about this project. The idea of Kickstarter is to get a million folks to give you a dollar. No donation is too small. The more folks who support the more likely of a successful campaign.

What happens if you don't reach your goal?

Than, I get nothing. Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. So, reaching the goal is vital. :)

What if you go over your goal?

That...would...be...AMAZING!!!!

We would use the money to apply to even more film festivals! We'd use the money to do even more marketing of the film! We'd make a snazzier press kit (many festivals require press kits)! We'd use the money to pay an entertainment lawyer to help us look over distribution offers while we were on the road. Honestly, we'd help make our dreams come true.

I already know the next ten movies I want to make. I'm a sure thing. I'm already in very early pre-production on my next feature. 

Geek Loves Punk is not a one time thing. Donating to this movie would mean donating to the beginnings of a production company. 

I've dedicated my life to making movies. So, any extra funds would much appreciated and greatly utilized. 

Let's dream together folks! Let's make this happen! :) 

More comic art from the movie.
More comic art from the movie.

Want to connect with me?

Here’s my information:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Julie_Kerr

E-mail:  juliethefilmmaker@gmail.com

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/juliemakesmovies/

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/geeklovespunk

Tumblr: http://geeklovespunk.tumblr.com/

Risks and challenges

None! The movie is finished! We just need a sound edit and a sound mix! The process has already begun. I just need to raise the funds to pay for the sound! :)

Sound is super important! Think of Star Wars and the iconic light saber sound or Jurassic Park and the terrifying dinosaur roars.

Sound tends to be a subconscious experience when watching a film. However, sound design is extremely important. It adds atmosphere to the film and puts a nice pretty bow on the overall experience.

Seriously, just need the sound done and the movie's finished! :)

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    COMIC BOOK CHAT! Let's talk comics! Tell me what your favorite comic is and I will tell you mine! (If you don't read comics than tell me your favorite movie/book/painting etc. and I'll tell you mine.) This will happen through email. :)

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    THANK YOU NOTE!!! Get a personally written "Thank you" postcard written by me. Plus, an e-mail exchange of us talking our favorite comic books/movies/plays/art etc.

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    LEARN HOW TO BE GEEK COOL! Receive a "10 Tips to Getting a Date" pdf! I don't mean to brag, but I've gone on dates with women! That's right! Now, I can help you get dates with this snazzy pdf! Plus, my friend who's really good at writing dating profiles; will write a dating profile for you on the dating website of your choice. Plus, all previous awards!

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    YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! A giant "thank you" with your name in the film credits! Brag to all your friends when your name scrolls by. :) Digital download of the film (upon official release). Plus, all previous rewards!

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    LET'S TALK! I will have a 30 minute chat session with you over Skype/Googe Hang out. We can either talk comics/filmmaking/dating tips etc. or if you have a 10-30 pages of a comic/movie script you'd like me to read. I could give it a read and give feedback. It's up to you. Plus, all previous awards!

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    GEEK DVD IN THE FLESH! That's right! A bona-fide analog copy of the Geek Loves Punk dvd!!! The DVD will come with bloopers, commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage. Plus, all previous awards!

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    GEEK STYLIN! You're already oh-so-smooth. Now, enhance your smooth and sweet style with a Geek Loves Punk t-shirt! Be the talk of the town when everyone asks, "Whoa! Where did you get that amazing t-shirt!?! You look fantastic!" Plus, all previous awards!

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    GEEK LOVES PUNK SCREENPLAY PDF & COOKIES & MUSIC!!!! Read all the witty dialogue for yourself! Invite your friends over and perform your own Geek Loves Punk play! Have a Geek Loves Punk party! Good times! Also, Celeste Martinez, one of the stars of Geek Loves Punk, will bake you some cookies!!! Those cookies will be mailed to you! Also, you will receive two mp3's. Two songs featured in the movie! Rock out to the geek music! Plus, get a printed comic of the art featured in the movie. Plus, all previous awards!

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    ACT IN A GEEK PROMO; PLUS A POSTER!! Hmmm, your house looks fabulous. But, you know what it's missing? A Geek Loves Punk poster!!!! Brag about your exclusive poster ownership as your friends go "Oooo" and "Ahhh" over it's beauty. Plus, it's autographed! Plus, get featured in a Geek Loves Punk promo for the film!!! Get those actor juices flowing! (Travel and Lodge not included). Plus, previous awards!

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    GEEK LUNCH!!! Yep! Lunch with me, my treat, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Plus, have your picture featured during the credits of the movie along with a "Thank you". Plus, all previous awards!

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    BE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!!! Get an Associate Producer credit on the film and be an official hotshot! Plus, receive a physical screenplay of the film, autographed! Have it at your fingerprints whenever you want! Plus, all previous awards!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! You are an official movie big baller. You will receive an Executive Producer credit for the film. Plus, 2 tickets to a private screening of the film with the cast and crew with lunch afterwards. Come rub elbows with us big wigs. :) Plus, previous awards! (Lodging and travel not included.)

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    GEEK COLLABORATION! I'll write you a screenplay. Or we can co-write a screenplay together. It's up to you. I've collaborated with other writers before and really enjoyed it. In this case, I would let you take the lead, and I would help guide the process. Or, I'm down to write all of it. All depends on your preference. Also, if you want the sole credit for the screenplay; you got it! Any opportunity to tell stories is a benefit for me. :) Plus, all previous awards!

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