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Simon throws himself a birthday party, and to teach his friends a lesson, he plans to hang himself after he's blown out his candles

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SYNOPSIS:

"SIMON" is a short film about a young man frustrated by just about everything in his life. He has a great job and a great house. He knows all the right people. But he still isn't happy. Motivated by a recent car accident that put him in the hospital for a visitor-less week of tests and surgeries, Simon decides to throw himself a birthday party. However, his intentions aren't so nice. He's devised a plan to prank all of his closest friends into thinking that he's hanged himself, a payback for not visiting him in the hospital to prove to everyone just how much they'd really miss him if he were truly gone.

In the beginning of the film, it is tempting to feel sorry for Simon. To the outside observer, it is clear that the people at this party aren't really his friends, but are casual acquaintances who are willing to take a free party when they can get one and have no real understanding of or interest in Simon as a person. But over the course of the party, we begin to question if Simon really is the root of his own problems. We meet Trevor, Simon's alcoholic but fun-loving cousin who will stop at nothing to support Simon (much to Simon's embarrassment). We also meet Jess, a bit of an outcast who comes to the party at the invite of a friend. She extends herself in every way to Simon, and over and over again he shuts her down so that he can focus on all the other party guests who he was so hurt by.

Unsurprisingly, Simon's grand party prank doesn't go as planned, and he's left to face the realities of the life he has created for himself. By the time he begins to piece it together, it is already too late in a way he never could have imagined.

FROM THE FILMMAKERS:

We've all known (or been) a Simon. A person who is so consumed with chasing such a specific vision of happiness or success that he misses all that has been available to him all along. 

 We believe so much in this story, and we believe so much in the actors we have to tell it. Please help give us the chance to make this film.

Sincerely,
Dylan Stern and Alison Trumbull

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

It's easy! all you have to do is sign up for a free accounts with Kickstarter & Amazon, give any amount you can, and claim your reward. Your donation amount will not be publicly displayed, and we receive your funds only if we meet our full $10,000 goal. If we don't reach our goal, your debit/credit cards don't get charged. If you’d rather not claim a reward, you’re welcome just to donate, and if you’d like to increase your donation at any point during the campaign, just sign in, come back to this page, and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button to enter a new amount or choose a new incentive.

CAST:

"SIMON"

Played by Steven Sims:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2580295/

"JESS"

Played by Jennifer June Ross:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2672288/

"TREVOR"

Played by Alex Hooper:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2475309/

"ALICE"

Played by Alison Trumbull:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3051783/

"EDDIE"

Played by Kyle Mura:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4550144/

"NICK"

Played by Noah Shalom:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5154700/

"SHEILA"

Played by Vanessa B Koo:  http://www.himynameisvan.com/

"HOUSEKEEPER"

Played by Laura Richardson:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724667/

"DOBERMAN"

Played by Randall:  (imdb not available)

Risks and challenges

Making a film on any level is always a challenge. It takes a lot of time and effort to deliver professional work. We've created a conservative, yet realistic budget that we are confident will be enough to get this film shot.

There are many risks. Our schedule is very tight. We don't have the luxury to be able to waste time. We need to maximize the time for our actors to deliver magic. So we've assembled a small crew of working industry professionals that are used to working on tight deadlines. These are people that are willing to work hard for significantly less than their day rates, because they share our passion in telling this story.

Delivering the highest quality Picture and Sound is our number one priority.

Also, there are handful of super talented people who are putting in their time/resources for free. They would rather see the money be put back into the film for things like Production Design and Wardrobe. We are very fortunate that WLP Gear is donating equipment, which is a HUGE advantage. They want this film to be successful! and because of this, we believe our movie will stand out, and look like it had a significantly higher budget.

Truthfully, I'd be lying if I told you this was going to be easy. But with your help, we're committed to give it everything we've got to make the best film we can.

THANKS!

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