A FILM ABOUT A CAT, YOU SAY?
Cherry Pop was no ordinary cat.
She ate nothing but filet mignon and Evian water, traveled in customized Louis Vuitton luggage, and lounged in a mini-Rolls Royce Corniche that matched her owners. When Cherry Pop's birthday came around, the Vaneks pulled out all the stops, chartering yachts, hiring orchestras, and spending more on parties for their kitty and her friends than some people make in a year. Her lavish living made her a celebrity and she appeared everywhere from Time Magazine, The New York Times to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show and television programs in Japan, Australia, Germany, and throughout Latin America. She was, to put it simply, the world's fanciest cat.
Her human parents, Huey and Vi Vanek, were no ordinary people either. Although many people wrote off the lavish life they gave their cat as mere eccentricity, the Vaneks - popular South Florida socialites - were too busy insuring that the spotlight they were sharing with Cherry Pop allowed them to talk about the plights of homeless animals.
Yet all this happened in an age before the internet, and this unique story of animal devotion and love hasn't been properly documented for posterity.
This is where you and I come in.
I want to insure that the story of Cherry Pop isn't forgotten. I'm working to make a short documentary film to insure that the story of this special cat and her human companions live on.
A GREAT TEAM MAKING THIS FILM
I'm lucky to have two wonderful filmmakers helping to make this film.
Joey Daoud is a filmmaker and photographer living in Miami Beach, FL. His recent films include Bots High, a feature length documentary following high school kids who build kick-ass combat robots and Space Miami, a short documentary that chronicles a long-neglected rocket manufacturing and testing site in the Everglades that shows the beautiful side of the project's decay. He's currently is working on the short film Strike! The Greatest Bowling Story of All Time which follows Bill Fong as he embarks down a path of bowling perfection.
Andrew Hevia is a filmmaker based out of Miami, Florida. Recently named one of the city's top 100 creatives by the Miami New Times, he has served as associate producer on Amy Seimetz's feature film Sun Don't Shine, produced Barry Jenkins' short film Chlorophyl, and co-wrote and directed the short film Death Springs Eternal. A founding member of the Borscht Film Festival, this December his feature-length documentary Rising Tide, a story about six Miami artists during the weeks surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest contemporary art fair in the world, will premiere on PBS.
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
Making a short film can be expensive as everything adds up, and in order to make this happen I'm going to need your help!
Funds will be used for:
- Crew Expenses
- Post-Production (color correction, editing, sound mixing)
- Film Festival submissions (let's share this with the world!)
The goal amount for this campaign is less than what it will cost to accomplish this, but Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" platform so I chose a goal that is more achievable. This means that if the goal of $3,000 in 60 days is not reached the funds raised will not be received. Anything above and beyond the goal will go directly towards production costs and insuring that as many people as possible see this film. In the spirit of Cherry Pop and the Vaneks, I hope the completed film will not only delight viewers with this unique story but encourage people to get involved with animal welfare in there own communities.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is timeliness.
We're looking to submit the film to a number of festivals in hopes of making there deadlines for 2013, so time is of the essence in getting this film done and out to the world.
Another challenge is adapting footage: Cherry Pop's owner Huey is granting us full-access to his treasure trove of memories and mementos - none of which are in digital format. Transferring all of his footage and photographs from the best analog sources to digital can be challenging, but we've already got some great progress in doing so and insuring the best possible quality for our finished film.
Our biggest risk is also time; we want to make sure to tell Cherry Pop's story while it's still clear in Huey's mind. He likes to remind us that at 88, he is still sharp and in fairly good health but "won't be on the planet forever," so getting this film shot and released ASAP is the best way to face that risk.
Our collective experience not only positions us to overcome any challenges, it assures us we can get this done in a way we and our backers will be proud of. As young creators, we know how to turn risks into opportunities to excel; it's how I've managed to help turn an abandoned warehouse into the cities most popular indie movie theater, and how Andrew and Joey have been able to create films with limited budgets, many roadblocks and few resources, but creating celebrated works of art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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