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Craig James PietrowiakBy Craig James Pietrowiak
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Craig James PietrowiakBy Craig James Pietrowiak
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$12,903
pledged of $225,000pledged of $225,000 goal
39
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 27 2012 7:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

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MACHINE MAN is a psychological drama feature to be produced by Kellie Madison and Craig James Pietrowiak, independent filmmakers from Chicago with no real ties to the studio system.  But that doesn't mean we can't make it happen!  :)

As producers we believe in telling stories that educate and inspire through exploration of the human condition. Our goal with MACHINE MAN is to present a less known symptom of a very common mental disorder through the greatest medium of all, film. We plan to do it by bringing the audience along for a ride and experiencing exactly what our main character struggles with daily. Have you ever heard of 'harming thoughts'? Imagine persistent thoughts of harming those around you, including the ones you love. These thoughts can become paralyzing, anxiety-provoking and so penetrating and real that you can't tell if you'll act on them, or already did! 

What makes this narrative feature film project so important?  We think it's the people!  Did you know there are millions suffering with symptoms of this type of mental disorder?  Did you also know that most films and/or tv shows portray this disorder as a joke or the punchline?  Well, we hope to change how this is perceived in the world through an accurate account of the struggle. Yes, the main character has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and no, it's not what you think!  It's not just checking and counting.  It's not a film about being anal, excessively cleaning your home and it's not about Howard Hughes. So if those were your first thoughts, please bear with us and read on.  

Remember what A BEAUTIFUL MIND did for schizophrenia? What RAIN MAN did for Autism? Amazing right? Well, we believe we can tell a heart-felt story that affects change in the world AND creates a riveting and entertaining experience.  Don't get us wrong, we're not trying to preach to anyone.  We just want to share our story and if we can change common misperceptions about this disorder, then we're gonna give it a shot.  

We're reaching out the Kickstarter community because we know you love compelling, thought-provoking independent films.  More importantly, you love films with heart and with meaning! This film has all that and more.  

We affectionately call ourselves TEAM MACHINE and look forward to your involvement! 

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Risks and challenges

There are always challenges with indie films. The greatest will be casting, locking down locations and finding a reasonably priced post-production facility. The good news is that this script was written with all this in mind. We knew we'd have limitations on budget but we also know that we've done a whole lot more with a whole lot less. Kellie and I have been independent filmmakers for over 10 years each and know how to bring a production in ON budget. Just look at what we did with the trailer. We shot that for basically nothing. This is who we are and how passionate we are about our projects!

We, like so many other filmmakers, can sum our drive and determination in one word: Sticktoittiveness! We've both made movies that few believed in and on shoe-string budgets. Heck we've had to ask mom to be the caterer, dad to play the lead antagonist and more often that not, shot on locations that didn't know we were coming. ;)

But in the end, the results have always been positive with both of us having won awards for our past films! With a bigger budget, we're confident we can produce a film that you'll be proud to say that YOU too are a member of TEAM MACHINE!

Another challenge may be finding the audience for a 'drama'. With our relationship with the International Obsessive Complusive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) and many other groups like this, we've already started building an audience. There are millions of people in the world suffering with this disorder. They have had no voice and we're confident they'll want to see this film when it's complete.

For more info about MACHINE MAN visit: www.MachineManTheMovie.com

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