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Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a mini-epic, live-action “Dark Faerie Tale” short film, with a unique environmental message.

WE DID IT!!!  DREAMS OF THE LAST BUTTERFLIES IS TAKING FLIGHT!!

A million Butterfly Kisses to all our amazing backers!  THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING - FROM ALL OF US!  May the Butterfly Queens dance in your dreams, and bring you good luck beyond measure!

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Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a unique vision with a powerful environmental message, full of wonder, dreams, and otherworldly performers. Combining cutting-edge cinematography, fantastical costumes, epic faerie-tale poetry, and a sizzling electronica soundtrack, it will feature stunning performances by tribal bellydancers, ballet stars, fire masters, contortionists, and many more.

Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a tale about the loss of butterflies in our world, and why they are disappearing - as told by the last Butterfly Queens themselves.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Zina Brown, with new music by electronic rock artist and singer Kai Altair, the film is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin principal shooting in the autumn of 2012.

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Ali Luminescent as the Purple Spotted Swallowtail Queen.  Photo by Benjamin Mobley.
Ali Luminescent as the Purple Spotted Swallowtail Queen. Photo by Benjamin Mobley.

Producers: Kea Kelly Alcock and Ben Cain
Executive Producer: Gavin Behrman
Director of Photography: Ben Cain
Editor: Stefan Pildes

Starring:

The Butterfly Queens:
Ali LuminescentPurple Spotted Swallowtail
Evgeniya RadilovaAcraea Swordtail
Dina Satti:  Hahnel's Amazonian Swallowtail
Kai AltairMalabar Tree Nymph
Kayla Jo:  Monarch
Madeleine Belle:  Large Blue
MelodeeGifu Butterfly
Natasha KingLuzon Peacock

The Trappers:
Flambeaux
Lee Mayjahs
Micah Blacklight
Ted Petrosky
Candice Vincent:  The Liaison
Sal Genna: The CEO

Butterfly Wings: James Vogel and Randy Carfagno
Costumes: Wheylan Dean-Ford
Make-up Lead: Christine Geiger
Still Photographer: Nicholas Whitaker
Science Consultant: Dr. Debra Tillinger

**Check out Director Zina Brown's most recent short film, "The Hidden Sister"  - screened internationally at 11 film festivals last year, including the Miami Short Film Festival; Melbourne, Australia's Sexy International Film Festival; and New York's VisionFest 11:

**Please help us spread the word about this project!**

From all of us... THANK YOU for believing!   Your pledge will truly help make dreams come true!

The beginning narration of Dreams of the Last Butterflies, and the start of our epic faerie-tale poem that will be read by a Butterfly Queen and accompany the film.
The beginning narration of Dreams of the Last Butterflies, and the start of our epic faerie-tale poem that will be read by a Butterfly Queen and accompany the film.

FAQ:

Q: Where can the film be seen after it is completed?

A: The filmmakers will be submitting the movie to film festivals across the entire world.  Based on the Director's strong showing with his previous films, we hope to have Dreams of the Last Butterflies screening in a large number of international festivals.  Following our festival run, we'll make the full film available online, where it will be further promoted across the internet!

Q: What cameras are you using on the film?

A: We are thrilled to be using an ARRI Alexa.  The images from these state-of-the-art cameras are not only profoundly cinematic, but truly beautiful, with an exceptionally film-like, organic look.  These are the same cameras recently used to shoot the worldwide blockbuster "The Avengers."

Q: What will my donation be used for?

A: Your pledge will be used to help us cover the considerable expenses involved with making a world-class short film.  Funds will go to such uses as obtaining lighting and camera equipment, labor and costs involved with designing and creating our custom wings and costumes, location fees, insurance costs, transportation, prop manufacturing, set decoration, color correction and other post-production effects, paying our large professional crew, and even feeding our Butterfly Queens on the set!

Q: Will the film still receive any pledge money if the goal is not met?

A: No! Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform.  We need to reach our goal at 100% by the deadline to collect any of the pledges.  Without these funds, the film (and all of our hard work!) might never see the light of day.  So every amount helps!  Also, keep in mind - your credit card will not be charged unless we make our goal by the deadline.

Kai Altair as the Malabar Tree Nymph Queen
Kai Altair as the Malabar Tree Nymph Queen


*A note to Lepidopterists and Butterfly enthusiasts:  Rest assured, the villains in the film (now called 'The Trappers') are mercenary-soldiers that will be specifically equated with the practices of human greed, corruption, and uncaring.  We are well aware of the value responsible collecting provides, especially to provide data that helps protect these sensitive species. To further clarify our point, the villains will no longer be using nets  - instead, they will use fire! 

Test photos for our 6 of our 8 final wings - once fully assembled, these will be worn by our 8 Butterfly Queens.  Each butterfly wing is photo-realistic on both sides to their individual species!
Test photos for our 6 of our 8 final wings - once fully assembled, these will be worn by our 8 Butterfly Queens. Each butterfly wing is photo-realistic on both sides to their individual species!

The Filmmakers:

Zina Brown: Writer and Director

Zina Brown’s unique visual and narrative style has been screened in film festivals across the world, including such prestigious events as the Miami Short Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia’s Sexy International Film Festival, and New York City’s VisionFest. With over 15 years of directing and producing experience, his credits also include the “Best Music Video” award at the International Festival of Horror, and work with such musicians as Karsh Kale, Kai Altair, and Pela. Zina’s films display an emphasis on dreams and fantasy, and his commitment to wonder and entertainment is matched by his ability to capture otherworldly performances and places in his films.

Gavin Behrman: Executive Producer

Gavin Behrman is an 18-year veteran of the movie industry. He has worked all over the world on the production of over 30 feature films – both Hollywood blockbusters and independently made film festival favorites such as Tower Heist, The Adjustment Bureau, The Book of Eli, Valkyrie, Thank You For Smoking, Spider-Man, Erin Brockovich and The Horse Whisperer.  Gavin’s most recent projects include the Kickstarter financed award-winning short film Admissions, starring James Cromwell, which is currently touring the film festival circuit; and the feature film Love and Honor, sold at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Gavin believes that important films can send a powerful message to the world, influencing society's views and ultimately the destiny of human kind. (See his full list here: www.imdb.com/name/nm0067098/filmoyear)

Ben Cain: Director of Photography and Producer

At the vanguard of digital cinematography, turn on the TV for a few minutes and you are likely to see something Ben Cain has worked on. A cameraman with years of professional experience, Ben is currently the video engineer on HBO's smash hit "Girls."  (See his other work here: www.imdb.com/name/nm2730154/filmoyear)

KEA: Producer

KEA (Kelly E. Alcock) - a graduate of The University of the Arts, she is classically trained in Art History and she received an MA from New York Institute of Technology in Communication Arts; Marketing, Advertising and PR. She has written and produced promos for A&E, USA, Biography and Nickelodeon. Kea’s most recent work includes producing for MTV On-Air, managing accounts such as Microsoft, producing commercial spots for Wheaties, Hot Pockets, NY Lotto, Lowes, Downy, Cover Girl, Pringles, E*Trade, and SONY. Kea was the Supervising Production Manager for the 3D CG feature film “Little Spirit: Christmas in New York” at Curious Pictures and line produced a stop motion and live-action viral spot “The Magical Classroom” in Argentina for Sharpblackmore EURO. Kea is also an amature raw power lifter; 175 105 210, and runs a Horse Rescue and Wildlife Reserve called Shadowfax Stables in Chester, NJ.

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