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A new feature documentary about the lives of cats (and their caretakers) that inhabit a popular tourist landmark in Buenos Aires.
A new feature documentary about the lives of cats (and their caretakers) that inhabit a popular tourist landmark in Buenos Aires.
212 backers pledged $16,415 to help bring this project to life.

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We hit our goal! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

STRETCH GOAL: It's simple. Whatever amount pledged above $15K, 50% will go to increasing our production values and 50% will go to ¡Hacé feliz a un gato! ("Make A Cat Happy!"), a volunteer group in Buenos Aires that provides for other cats nearby in the Botanical Gardens. http://www.hacefelizaungato.com.ar/

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."      - Mahatma Gandhi

“La grandeza de una nación y su progreso moral pueden ser juzgados por la manera en que se trata a sus animales”    - Mahatma Gandhi

"When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction."              - Mark Twain

“Cuando un hombre ama a los gatos, soy su amigo y camarada, sin necesidad de conocerlo más.”       - Mark Twain

How do you feel when you see a stray cat or dog? You probably hope they’re not stray at all. You may even want to approach them. If they run away, then that’s pretty much it, right? Out of sight, out of mind. But what if you approach a stray and it allows you to come right up to it, making eye contact with you the entire time? Upon closer inspection, you notice this stray is clean, neutered, friendly and shows you affection. Surely it must belong to someone, right? There’s a place in Buenos Aires, Argentina where this is an everyday scenario for thousands of tourists every year. 

Cómo te sientes cuando ves un gato o perro en la calle? Probablemente tienes la esperanza de que no sea un animal abandonado. Quizás inclusive quieras aproximarte. Si huyen, entonces no hay mucho más que puedas hacer, verdad? Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente. Pero que sucede si te aproximas a un animal en situación de calle y deja que te aproximes, haciendo contacto visual todo el tiempo? Mirándolo más de cerca, notas que el animal está limpio, castrado, amistoso y cariñoso. Seguramente le pertenece a alguien, verdad? Hay un lugar en Buenos Aires, Argentina, donde esta situación les sucede todos los días a miles de turistas por año.

A Guardian of Recoleta/Un guardian de Recoleta
A Guardian of Recoleta/Un guardian de Recoleta

Visitors from all over the world visit Recoleta Cemetery expecting to just pop in and see a few famous tombs, take in the gorgeous architecture, then check it off their list and move on to their next spot. But before they leave, so many are smitten with the dozens of friendly cats that have been part of Recoleta Cemetery for many years. How did they get there? Who’s taking care of them? These were all questions we asked ourselves 7 years ago when we first visited, and it killed us to return home to the US, back to our day jobs, all the while wondering and wishing we had closure.  

Visitantes de todo el mundo visitan el cementerio de la Recoleta esperando entrar y ver algunas tumbas famosas, aprecian la maravillosa arquitectura del lugar, y luego tildar su lista de lugares a visitar en Buenos Aires e ir al próximo sitio a visitar. Pero antes de irse, muchos se enamoran de las docenas de amistosos gatos que han sido parte del cementerio de la Recoleta por muchos años. Como han llegado hasta ahí? Quién los cuida? Cómo los puedo ayudar? Estas son todas preguntas que nos hicimos hace 7 años cuando visitamos el lugar por primera vez, y fue muy duro para nosotros regresar a los Estados Unidos, de vuelta a nuestro trabajo, todo el tiempo haciéndonos estas preguntas continuamente y deseando poder tener respuestas a ellas. 

Another Guardian of Recoleta/Otro Guardián de Recoleta
Another Guardian of Recoleta/Otro Guardián de Recoleta

By joining us, you’ll preserve the legacy of the Guardians of Recoleta for many years to come. We say “Guardians” because cats are very independent and no one actually “owns" them, the cats themselves are de facto guardians of the cemetery, our main character has been their Guardian for 20 years, and you'll also become a Guardian by contributing to our campaign. Ideally, we’d like to see every cat adopted but the truth is even if this goal were achieved, people will still use Recoleta Cemetery as a dumping ground for their unwanted felines. When you back us, you'll ensure our documentary is made and distributed, bring awareness to the situation and cause, champion pet adoption, TNR, and enable us to establish & partner with a Buenos Aires non-profit to ensure every cat will continue to receive care.

Contribuyendo a nuestra campaña, ayudarás a preservar el legado de los Guardianes de Recoleta por muchos años a venir. Nosotros les decimos “Guardianes” porque los gatos son muy independientes y nadie realmente es “dueño” de ellos. Los gatos son guardianes de facto del cementerio, y nuestro personaje principal ha sido su cuidadora por más de 20 años. Tú también te convertirás en su Guardián al contribuir con nuestra campaña. Idealmente nos gustaría ver que todos los gatos del cementerio fueran adoptados, pero la verdad es que inclusive si alcanzáramos este objetivo, la gente de la ciudad seguiría utilizando este lugar para abandonar a sus gatos no deseados. Tu donación nos ayudará a completar nuestro documental, a distribuirlo, a generar conciencia de la situación en la que viven estos animales, a impulsar la adopción de los animales, a realizar operativos de castración, y a establecer una alianza con una organización sin fines de lucro de la ciudad de Buenos Aires para asegurarnos de que cada gato continúe recibiendo los cuidados que necesite.

BEFORE & AFTER

This film not only takes place in Buenos Aires but also Chicago. 3 years ago, a group of dedicated cat lovers banded together and rescue-evacuated 6 cats making the 5,596 miles journey from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Chicago, Illinois. Below are pictures of Luli, one of the cats who was rescued. 7 years ago, I snapped a picture of my wife Adrienne petting Luli. Earlier this year, I connected with the couple who adopted Luli in Chicago, and below are the powerful images of what this film aims to do: rescue and adopt out every cat in the Recoleta Cemetery while transforming and saving their lives!

Esta película no sólo se lleva a cabo en Buenos Aires, sino también de Chicago. Hace 3 años, un grupo de amantes de los gatos dedicados unieron y rescate-evacuado 6 gatos que hacen el 5,596 millas viaje desde Buenos Aires, Argentina a Chicago, Illinois. A continuación se presentan imágenes de Luli, uno de los gatos que fue rescatado. Hace 7 años, le solté una foto de mi esposa Adrienne acariciar Luli. A principios de este año, me conecté con la pareja que adoptó a Luli en Chicago, y por debajo son las poderosas imágenes de lo que esta película tiene como objetivo hacer rescate y adopción a cabo cada gato en el cementerio de la Recoleta, mientras que la transformación y salvar sus vidas!

2007: Luli receiving love from Adrienne/Luli recibir amor de Adrienne.
2007: Luli receiving love from Adrienne/Luli recibir amor de Adrienne.
2011: Luli about to be rescued/Luli a punto de ser rescatado.
2011: Luli about to be rescued/Luli a punto de ser rescatado.
Today: Luli resting comfortably in her forever Chicago home/Hoy: Luli descansando cómodamente en ella para siempre Chicago casa.
Today: Luli resting comfortably in her forever Chicago home/Hoy: Luli descansando cómodamente en ella para siempre Chicago casa.

ABOUT THE FUNDS

As this campaign goes well beyond the film, we're aiming for a minimum of $15,000. But if we surpass our initial goal, we have even bigger dreams we can't wait to share with you! For more information on how we will be allocating the funds, here's a chart that clearly explains how your money will be used in the pie chart below: 

ACERCA DE LOS FONDOS

Debido a que esta campaña va más allá de solamente un documental, necesitaremos un mínimo de 15.000$. Si superamos nuestro objetivo principal, tenemos sueños aún más grandes que no podemos esperar a compartir contigo! Para ver más información sobre como distribuiremos los fondos, aquí incluimos un gráfico que muestra claramente como será utilizada tu donación:

Funding Allocation/Distribución de los fondos
Funding Allocation/Distribución de los fondos
  • Violeta: gatos de viaje 
  • Celeste: fundación sin fines de lucro 
  • Azul: pagos a Kickstarter 
  • Rojo: Blu-Ray/ masters de cámara HD 
  • Amarillo: Corrección de color y post-producción 
  • Verde: costo de los beneficios para sponsors

ABOUT THE PERKS 

Here are some of the amazing perks including a video about the amazing artist behind our spectacular movie poster, Kaori Mitsushima.

ACERCA DE LOS BENEFICIOS

Aquí puedes ver algunos de los maravillosos beneficios que podrás obtener al contribuir:

Original theatrical artwork by catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima. (Arte original por artista Kaori Mitsushima de catsiknow.com.)
Original theatrical artwork by catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima. (Arte original por artista Kaori Mitsushima de catsiknow.com.)

Video of Kaori Mitsushima, artist of our spectacular movie poster. 

Limited edition t-shirt that will look amazing on you. (Remera de edición limitada, una variación de la bandera del estado de California.)
Limited edition t-shirt that will look amazing on you. (Remera de edición limitada, una variación de la bandera del estado de California.)

 ABOUT THE CREATORS

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Blake Kuhre
Blake Kuhre

As a former Delegate to the Embassy of Switzerland, an NBC affiliate reporter, and most recently serving for nearly a decade at The Walt Disney Company, Blake Kuhre is now the Director of The Guardians of Recoleta. Prior to film making, Blake hosted a live morning radio show, The Wakey Blakey Show, on Radio Disney that aired for 6 hours every weekday and was broadcast coast-to-coast with intensive audience interaction, games, and celebrity interviews.  At the heart of his time with Disney, Blake enjoyed hearing (and telling) stories with his audience. Earlier this year, Blake had a story that was so special to him he had to leave Disney and ask those who wanted to hear it to join him in telling it. Blake holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the acclaimed Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Adrienne Kuhre
Adrienne Kuhre

Adrienne brings a dynamic and warm presence to the team.  With nearly 10 years of consultative integrated marketing and media experience, she currently helps companies better engage with, appreciate, and recognize employees; while also focusing on the needs of rescuing cats and serving as Producer for The Guardians of Recoleta. Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Communications from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration from New England College of Business.

Risks and challenges

This film has been a passion project 7 years in the making, and there's no turning back, it will be made! If a setback manages to delay production, the worst that will happen is a film festival deadline might be missed. No matter what, Kickstarter backers get to see it first before anyone else!

Este proyecto ha sido una labor de amor que hemos planeado por 7 años, y no hay vuelta atrás, lo haremos! Si hay algún revés que retrase la producción, en el peor de los casos lo que sucederá es que no llegaremos a la fecha de exhibición del documental en algún festival. Y sin importar que suceda, los sponsors que contribuyan a través de Kickstarter verán el documental antes que nadie!

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    WATCH THE FILM! + NAME IN CREDITS — All backers get a one time stream of the film months BEFORE film festival audiences. Plus, every backer's name in the credits for making the film possible!

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    SWAG IT OUT — Prior rewards and a digital download of the film upon completion, a limited edition "Catifornia Republic" t-shirt, AND a 4x6 theatrical postcard with original artwork by famed Japanese artist, Kaori Mitsushima.

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    WORK OF ART— Prior rewards AND a 27x40 theatrical poster with original artwork by famed Japanese catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima.

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    ***FINAL WEEK REWARD*** SIGNED WORK OF ART— Prior rewards AND an AUTOGRAPHED 27x40 theatrical poster with original artwork by famed Japanese catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima. This reward will ship from our studios in Los Angeles to Prague, Czech Republic where Kaori is in residence. Kaori will sign and then send on to you! Please allow a bit of extra time to receive as your poster will be a world traveler.

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    PARTY TIME — All of the above plus an invitation to attend the Victory Party in Los Angeles celebrating the successful funding of the film in October 2014, a 27x40 theatrical poster with original artwork by famed Japanese catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima AND a high-definition copy of the film on Blu-ray, including Kickstarter-only special features! [Note: You must have a Blu-ray player to use this reward.]

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    ***FINAL WEEK REWARD*** AN ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE — Prior rewards AND an autographed, one-of-a-kind, 4x6 ORIGINAL PORTRAIT of YOUR CATS by famed Japanese catsiknow.com artist, Kaori Mitsushima. This reward will ship from our studios in Los Angeles to Prague, Czech Republic where Kaori is in residence. Please allow a bit of extra time to receive as your poster will be a world traveler. For examples see http://kaorimitsushima.com/filter/cat-drawings/Cat-Drawings

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + ROUGH CUT — Prior rewards plus you'll also join the select few who preview a rough cut of the film, and provide creative feedback. That makes you "Associate Producer" in the credits!

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    OPENING NIGHT — Prior rewards plus you'll get 2 tickets to join the filmmakers for the WORLD PREMIERE of their film!

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    VIP — All of the above and a private screening in your US city. Just provide the venue and we come to you. The filmmakers will conduct a Q & A session and be yours for the day.

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    JET-SET EXEC — Get your passport ready because you're getting it all: a) Executive Producer credit in the film; and b) a trip to Argentina staying in a posh flat in Buenos Aires when the filmmakers return in November to finish shooting; and c) a VIP tour of Recoleta Cemetery. You're also invited to tag along for interviews, b-roll, and experience first hand what it’s like to be on an international documentary production.

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