About this project
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS tells the story of Carol (Blythe Danner), a widow in her 70s, who is struggling to find purpose and make sense of her increasingly isolated life in the "twilight" years. After the death of her dog rattles her routine, she decides to start dating again, and falls into relationships with two very different men -- the senior, exuberant Bill, who embraces life in the moment, and her younger pool cleaner, Lloyd (Martin Starr), who is struggling to find his purpose, much like Carol. Through these new relationships, Carol confronts her fears about love, family, aging, and death and is forced to adopt a new outlook as she comes to terms with this new phase of her life.
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS is a deceptively small story, but it asks big questions. The setting, characters, and honest, human approach make this a surprising and unique film. This is not an "old person" movie. It's a movie about people who happen to be "old."
BLYTHE DANNER as CAROL
Credits include: THE LUCKY ONE, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER, LITTLE FOCKERS, WAITING FOR FOREVER, THE LIGHTKEEPERS, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2, MEET THE PARENTS, THE LOVE LETTER, FORCES OF NATURE, THE X FILES, THE PRINCE OF TIDES, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
MARTIN STARR as LLOYD
Credits include: PARTY DOWN, VERONICA MARS, THIS IS THE END, DEEP DARK CANYON, THE LIFEGUARD, SAVE THE DATE, 6 MONTH RULE, A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY, THE INVENTION OF LYING, ADVENTURELAND, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, GOOD DICK, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY, SUPERBAD, KNOCKED UP, KICKING & SCREAMING, FREAKS AND GEEKS
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS is an independent feature film written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch. The funds raised on Kickstarter will complete our production financing, allowing us to begin shooting in March 2014.
The team behind I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS has made feature films with budgets ranging as low as $6,000 and as high as $2,000,000. We're confident that this will be a film with creative integrity and high production value, and have taken the steps necessary to ensure that happens.
The film will be shot entirely in Los Angeles over 18 days to take advantage of top tier cast and crew without incurring the expense of travel. Many of the crew participating in the project will be alumni and fellow classmates of Brett Haley and Rebecca Green, who attended the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, one of the premiere film schools in the country. These friends are highly skilled and willing to share their talents because of their dedication to the filmmakers and belief in the project.
BRETT HALEY (Co-Writer/Director)
Brett Haley grew up in Key West and Pensacola, Florida and graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2005. Brett co-wrote, edited and directed the indie feature film THE NEW YEAR, which screened in over 20 film festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival. It won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival and was a Critic’s Pick in The Village Voice and LA Weekly. The film is 100% 'fresh' on www.RottenTomatoes.com. The New York Times said of the film, "Out of raw materials, convincing 20-something dialogue, deft montages of night life, bowling, parties, the beachside setting - the director-screenwriter Brett Haley has built an encouraging feature film debut." It was theatrically released in NY, LA and Florida before finding digital distribution.
REBECCA GREEN (Producer)
Rebecca Green is currently in post-production on the feature film IT FOLLOWS, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, whose debut feature, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Previously, Rebecca was the Manager of Producing Initiatives for the Sundance Institute for three years and who was chosen to participate in the 2012 Film Independent Producing Lab. Rebecca worked at Paramount Pictures as Vice President of Lynda Obst Productions and spent four years at Lionsgate. Rebecca has also worked for the Sundance and Los Angeles film festivals and has spoken on panels for organizations such as USC, UCLA, IFP, and Film Independent.
LAURA D. SMITH (Producer)
Laura Smith is currently in post-production on the feature films IT FOLLOWS, with filmmaker David Robert Mitchell, and VICTOR, with filmmaker Brandon Dickerson. In addition, she is finishing two documentary features: HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY, an inside look at actor Hal Holbrook and his famed one-man stage show "Mark Twain Tonight!," and A SINGLE FRAME, an exploratory journey to find a refugee boy depicted in a photograph taken during the 1998 Kosovo conflict. Laura previously produced the award-winning feature films THAT EVENING SUN and SIRONIA, and was selected to participate in the 2012 Film Independent Producing Lab. She is also Co-Producer and Associate Producer on many notable independents. Laura began her filmmaking career working under award-winning filmmakers Andrew Niccol (LORD OF WAR, GATTACA) and Paul Thomas Anderson (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, MAGNOLIA). Laura received her undergraduate degree from U.C.L.A. with a major in Communications and a specialization in Business & Administration.
Risks and challenges
Artistic endeavors are challenging and risky for all involved.
As filmmakers, we put our stories and imagination out into the world for everyone to critique. Years of our lives are put into a single production, with grueling schedules and endless hurdles to navigate along the way.
As investors, financial contributions do not guarantee a quality finished product. It can be difficult to decide which project will benefit most from your contribution, honor your investment, and bring something to life that you're proud to support.
We feel a great degree of responsibility when we take someone's money, often times many people's money, to bring our stories to the screen. Inevitably we run into logistical challenges and unforeseen circumstances, but we pride ourselves in finding creative solutions to overcome these hurdles, upholding our highest expectations of ourselves and our films.
We pledge that we will act responsibly and take great care with every investment dollar committed to I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. We're grateful for your willingness to join us on this journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter