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About the Film

Killing Poe is a dark comedy about an unlikely quintet of students in a class on Edgar Allan Poe. Their professor, Dr. Lynch, proves to be despicable, and when he pushes the quintet to their breaking point, they hatch a plan to teach him a lesson in true Poe style. Regrettably, the plan goes horribly wrong and the students find themselves at the center of a cover-up.

Meet the Characters of "Killing Poe" (click play)

Who We Are

The producers of Killing Poe include two college professors, a former-theater-company-owner-turned counselor, and a professional film-maker. These four met while making the short film Last Wish. (For details, watch the above promo or visit the Emeritus Productions webpage.) Soon after, the four decided to produce a feature-length film. Killing Poe is fruit of their labor.

What We Need from YOU

We have secured the majority of our finances through investors, and both cast and crew are working for free to minimize the budget. But we still need $20,000 to put us over the top. We come to you this month (April 2013), and ask you to donate anything from $1 to $8,000 to help make this film a reality.

What You Get for Your Donation

We have some great incentives for those who donate, including signed DVDs, scripts, t-shirts, all the way up to an executive producer credit and a guest spot in the film! Scroll down for some sample images or see the list to the right for complete details.

            *** The actual incentives may or may not resemble the above images. ***

Risks and challenges

We enter this project with a great deal of confidence because of the individuals that have been assembled to make Killing Poe. Our great advantage is that we have been able to attract to this project quality individuals who know how to see projects through to completion. These persons include classic film actress Lana Wood, Wisconsin-based TV Horror Host Dr. Destruction, the Independent Music Artist Vincent Minor, film-maker Paul Engstrom, and more.

Put succinctly, we understand the many difficult trials that go into making a feature film and we are committed to overcoming them. We have a unique blend of passion, creativity, expertise, and tenacity that is required to overcome adversity and challenge. We have home field advantage, both in terms of shooting locations (being near our homes) and film content (being familiar to us). We need only one more thing to make this happen: We need you to give us that last financial push to the finish line.

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    You're enrolled in POE 101! Thank you for trusting your gut! You receive: TWITTER UPDATES re: the film.

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    You've met the requirements for POE 201! You receive: PDF of the FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT

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    Special Offer: POE 250!!! You receive: "Killing Poe" on DVD!

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    WOW. You are smart! You just qualified for POE 301. This is the best deal yet. TWO full color 8” x 10” pictures: (1) DR DESTRUCTION in his TV studio, signed by the majestic Horror Host himself and (2) LANA WOOD, shining like diamonds forever, signed by the incomparable Lana Wood herself (plus Twitter updates).

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    RECENTLY ADDED: Poe 350!!! You receive: "Killing Poe" DVD SIGNED by Director/Producer Nathan Jacobs!

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    You've registered for POE MUSIC 401. You receive: SIGNED "Killing Poe" DVD + SOUNDTRACK SIGNED by “Vincent Minor”

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    Graduate Studies?! You are ambitious! By enrolling in POE 501, you will receive a DVD and BLUE RAY of the full length feature film KILLING POE, both will be signed by the Writer/Director/Producer Nathan Jacobs as soon as the movie is released for public viewing (plus Twitter updates).

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    Recommended for students taking POE 501. You receive: downloadable BONUS FEATURES + SIGNED "Killing Poe" DVD + SIGNED "Killing Poe" BLUE RAY

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    Standard university wear requires a $100 donation. In addition to a signed DVD and BLUE RAY of Killing Poe, BONUS FEATURES, and Twitter updates, you will receive a handsome T-SHIRT with official Killing Poe artwork, including the St. Lucy's University emblem.

    [The DVD, BLUE RAY, & BONUS FEATURES will not be available until April 2014.]

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    You've enrolled in POE 601! You receive: SIGNED STORYBOARDS + SIGNED "Killing Poe" DVD + SIGNED "Killing Poe" BLUE RAY + downloadable BONUS FEATURES [The DVD, BLUE RAY, & BONUS FEATURES will not be available until April 2014.]

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    You receive: "Killing Poe" HOODIE + SIGNED "Killing Poe" DVD + SIGNED "Killing Poe" BLUE RAY + downloadable BONUS FEATURES! [The DVD, BLUE RAY, & BONUS FEATURES will not be available until April 2014.]

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    You're enrolled in POE 602: Advanced Poetics II! You receive: SCRIPT SIGNED by Cast & Producers + SIGNED "Killing Poe" DVD + SIGNED "Killing Poe" BLUE RAY + downloadable BONUS FEATURES + SIGNED STORYBOARDS!

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    The ALL-AMERICAN University Wear Package! You will receive the above T-SHIRT & HOODIE and both will be SIGNED by the Artist/Writer/Director/Producer Nathan Jacobs (plus a signed DVD and BLUE RAY of Killing Poe, BONUS FEATURES, and Twitter updates).

    [The DVD, BLUE RAY, & BONUS FEATURES will not be available until April 2014.]

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    You've earned a MA in 19th C. American Lit! You receive: SPECIAL THANKS in the "Killing Poe" credits + ALL THE ABOVE incentives!

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    Doctoral studies on Poe?! You receive: TWO TICKETS to the "Killing Poe" Premiere in Chicago or LA + INVITE to the Post-Premiere VIP Reception + ALL THE ABOVE incentives! (Donors are responsible for their own travel/lodging arrangements and fees.)

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    Your PhD coursework is complete! You receive: a GUEST APPEARANCE w/ Dr. Destruction on his TV program CRIMSON THEATER + ALL THE ABOVE incentives! (Donors are responsible for their own travel/lodging arrangements and fees.)

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    You passed your PhD comprehensive exams! You receive: a CAMEO APPEARANCE in "Killing Poe" + ALL THE ABOVE incentives! (Donors are responsible for their own travel/lodging arrangements and fees.)

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    For your donation, you receive: an HONORARY DOCTORATE from St. Lucy University + DINNER with LANA WOOD & Producer in Chicago during principal photography + ALL THE ABOVE incentives! (Donors are responsible for their own travel/lodging arrangements and fees.)

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    You've earned a PhD from St. Lucy's! You receive: an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit + official-imitation lamb-skinned PhD diploma + ALL OF THE ABOVE incentives! (Donors are responsible for their own travel/lodging arrangements and fees.) [Perks are transferable to another person of your choosing.]

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