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Sam is a boy with epilepsy so desperate to feel like a "regular" kid that he goes to prom knowing that it will make him have a seizure.
Sam is a boy with epilepsy so desperate to feel like a "regular" kid that he goes to prom knowing that it will make him have a seizure.
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Thank you for your support! There's still so much we can accomplish. Please consider helping us reach our stretch goals! Here's the plan:

$14k PUBLICIST???: If we make it this far, we could hire a publicist, maximizing awareness by reaching out to media outlets, boosting viewership, and making the mission known- epilepsy MUST exist fairly on screen if we want our culture to accept it. Let's inspire other filmmakers to do the same!

Thank you for your help! Please share!

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Miles

The story:

My name is Miles, I've had epilepsy since I was 5, and I'm a filmmaker. I've got a mission to use this film to make a difference, to represent a demographic that almost never appears on screen, and I need your help!

Learn more, and reach out to me at www.facebook.com/underthelightsfilm

'Under the Lights' is the story of Sam, a boy with epilepsy so desperate to feel like a regular kid that he goes to prom knowing it will make him have a seizure.

Epilepsy affects and kills as many people as breast cancer, but it shares none of the same visibility. It almost never appears in film, and a brutal stigma keeps millions of people "in the closet" afraid to disclose their condition to their peers. 

We have the support of the Epilepsy Foundation, an Emmy winning producer and a cast crew with a stunning body of work.

There is a long history of people with epilepsy losing their jobs to stigma, being sidelined by the educational system, and even ostracized by family and friends.

We can do something about that. We want to make a heartfelt film that centers around the experience of having epilepsy, and what it feels like to be different. Then we want to get on stage at film festivals and talk to audiences about epilepsy, sending massive groups of people home with an empathetic point of reference.

We need your help! Here's where your generous funding goes:

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We can't do this without you.

Risks and challenges

Every film has risks and challenges. We've been doing preproduction for the better part of a year, and we've got our challenges well prepared for.

Construction: We have chosen to build our set. This allows us to light the film very meticulously up to a month in advance, saving us precious shooting time, and allowing us far more takes per shot.

Rewards: You may notice that our rewards are set for delivery a ways out. This is because we want to send the film to festivals that have premiere status requirements (Never been seen before!) before we get the film to you. Luckily, most festivals do not have such requirements for short films, so once we are passed the deadlines for such events, we will be sending you your links and discs! We hope to deliver the other rewards sooner if possible.

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    We'll send you a DVD of the film! When we are done with festivals, your thank you will be in your mailbox. Enjoy! And you get on screen credit too!

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    Watch the film at home on a private link in Ultra HD resolution (or what ever you choose). So many more pixels to see your name in the credits too!

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    Custom Content Flash Drive Roulette

    You're getting the inside scoop. We're sending you a flash drive that contains behind the scenes photos and clips, and none of these drives are the same, so you've got content no one else has. We're sending you a Ultra HD link to the Film when it's done too. AND you're name is in the credits.

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    See You at the Premiere

    You and a friend are invited to a Bay Area showing of the film. We want to meet you and thank you personally. And we'll send you a private Ultra HD link to the film as well as include you in the credits.

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    You're gonna be a star kid.

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    You're making this possible for us. Thank you so much. We're sending you rewards 1,4,5 6 and now you're pretty much Steven Spielberg because your name pops up on screen as Executive Producer. Breaking into the industry, look at you go! IMDB says so too.

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    Let's Name the School after YOU

    In the film, the characters refer to the name of the school. You can pick the name! Just be reasonable. We get final stamp of approval. Name it after yourself, your home town, your mom (she'd love that). And she'll also love seeing your name on screen, on IMDB, the flash drive we're sending you, watching the UHD link to the film with you, seeing it at the premiere with you. Boy she raised you well, she's going to be so proud.

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