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A robot inventor falls in love online and journeys to Nepal to meet his fiance for the first time. They marry the next day.

LOVE HACKING

A virtual relationship becomes a reality when a robot inventor falls in love online and journeys to Nepal to meet his fiance for the first time.  They marry the next day.

SUMMARY OF THE FILM

LOVE HACKING is a 25-minute documentary that follows the journey of Tim Heath, a robot inventor living in Silicon Valley.  After a personal reawakening, Tim radically shifts his outlook on courtship and utilizes the technology he knows best in order to find love.  He dips into a global dating pool on the Internet and eventually meets Sarita on LDS Planet--a worldwide dating website for Mormons.  Sarita is from Nepal and a recent convert from Hinduism to Christianity.  After only three months of dating, Tim proposes and finds himself on a plane to Nepal to meet Sarita in person for the first time.  The next day he marries her in a traditional Hindu wedding.  Much like hacking together robots out of cell phones and vacuum cleaners, Tim applies open source and hacker philosophy to marriage as he puts together unexpected pieces in order to build his new life.  LOVE HACKING is a contemporary love story where Mormons and Hindus come together in a journey of faith, technology, and marriage.

MORE FROM THE DIRECTOR

LOVE HACKING is my thesis film for my MFA degree in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.  I was researching cross-cultural marriage and online dating when this project fell in my lap!  I began filming with Tim IMMEDIATELY and after only 2 1/2 weeks, I found myself on a plane to Nepal. At moments, the accelerated time frame for filming seemed impossible.  I would remind myself, though, that if Tim and Sarita could make this personal journey, then surely I could find a way to navigate the jet lag and power outages in Nepal in order to document their story!

THE FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN

WE ONLY HAVE 30 DAYS!  Donate early because the key is momentum up front. 

  • DONATE AND BECOME A FAN
  • TELL FRIENDS
  • POST AND RE-POST IT ON FACEBOOK
  • TWEET IT
  • BLOG IT

Throughout the campaign I will post some secret filming stories and behind the scene adventures of filming in Nepal.  You will also be privy to some of my favorite quotes by Tim!

TIMELINE

LOVE HACKING is in the final sprint of post-production!  The film will have its first public screening in Palo Alto, CA on June 11th.

The official LOVE HACKING website will launch in July and become the marketing hub for the film.  If you donate $25 or more, then your name goes down in history on the website!

HOW WILL YOUR MONEY BE USED?

Let's adopt Tim's approach to OPEN SOURCE PHILOSOPHY and all contribute to make this film a reality.

The funds raised here on Kickstarter will only cover 25% of the total budget of the film. Help see things through to the end!  Donations will cover the cost of music composition, translation, and film distribution to name a few.

SOME SIMPLE MATH

$50 X 140 FANS = THE FUNDING GOAL!

THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS AND SUPPORT TO COMPLETE THIS FILM.  HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!

(TIM'S SIGNATURE THUMBS UP.)

FAQ

  • Our current funding goal of $7,000 is the minimum amount needed to make it through the end of the project. We can keep fundraising beyond $7,000 and it will continue to help pay for the film. The director will not be making money off of the fundraising campaign.

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  • Yes, keep donating until we reach our goal!

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  • Donate $1,000 and you can receive a personal Skype chat with Tim and Sarita and ask them.

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    You will receive a special thanks on the Facebook fan page, eternal gratitude, and GOOD relationship karma.

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    Special thanks on the official LOVE HACKING website, a personal email from the director that includes a dating/relationship tip from Tim, thanks on the Facebook fan page, and GREAT relationship karma.

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    A DVD copy of the film, access to exclusive web videos of the director's favorite outtakes that won't make it into the final film (don't miss out on this!), special thanks on the website and Facebook, and EXCELLENT relationship karma.

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    Get your name in the film credits in the special thanks section! You also receive a copy of the DVD, exclusive access to web videos of the director's favorite outtakes, special thanks on the website and Facebook, plus SUPERB relationship karma.

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    Receive a compilation of three of the director's previous short documentaries: TIGHTLY KNIT, NIGHT AWAKE, and THE GENTLE SPORT. You also receive a special thanks in the film credits, a copy of the DVD, exclusive access to web videos of the director's favorite outtakes, special thanks on the website and Facebook, plus RESPLENDENT relationship karma.

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    Get a private screening with your friends and the director at your home in the San Francisco Bay Area. You also receive 5 autographed DVD copies of the film, a special thanks in the film credits, a compilation of the director's previous short documentaries (mentioned above). Plus, thanks on the website and Facebook, and TRANSCENDENT relationship karma.

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    You receive a personal Skype chat with Tim, Sarita, and the director, plus all of the above from the $500 category, and SUBLIME relationship karma!

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    You receive an Associate Producer title in the film credits! You will also receive a pass to one industry event at a film festival (travel accommodations not included). Plus, everything from the $1,000 category, and CELESTIAL relationship karma.

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