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"God Bless the Child" now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/god-bless-the-child-2015/id1018990305
"God Bless the Child" now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/god-bless-the-child-2015/id1018990305
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THE FILM:  GOD BLESS THE CHILD is a highly original dramatic feature film about one summer's day in the life of five siblings, left on their own at dawn by their widowed mother. Feels like a documentary but is entirely scripted. Set in Davis, California.

WHY WE ARE ON KICKSTARTER:  We had our WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 2015 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL!!!!! We needed help getting there (flights from all over the States aren't cheap), being there (hotels in Austin during SXSW are EXPENSIVE!!!), promoting our film (NEED WE SAY "BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES"?) and but now we need to raise more funds to help us get to our international premiere!!!

THE KIDS: Harper (13), Elias (11), Arri (7), Ezra (4) and Jonah (1). Four SUPER lively brothers and their VERY resourceful sister, Harper, the eldest. And of course, their two dogs, the scene-stealer of which is Rex.

HOW WE SPENT OUR SUMMER VACATION: 

THE DIRECTORS, ROBERT AND RODRIGO:

Two fearless and super wonderful hands-on filmmakers--Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck--have been making films together in the Monterey and Davis, California areas by any means possible since they met in college. They have had shorts premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and their first feature, "Forty Years From Yesterday" (FYFY), premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival in 2013. They both teach film to undergraduates. In 2010, they were named to Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces. "God Bless the Child" has been the recipient of a prestigious San Francisco Film Society Kenneth Ranin Grant and participated in the highly-selective US in Progress, Wroclaw, Poland last October. 

THE TEAM:  Rob Thomas helped produce Robert and Rodrigo's first feature, FORTY YEARS FROM YESTERDAY and did every job possible during production last summer. Rebecca Graham is a incredible professional photographer who helped co-write the script and keep everything moving on set. Kirstin Anderson is a senior at Brigham Young University who turned a summer's internship on GTBC into an associate producing gig and much more more--the film could not have been made with out her, especially her excellent soccer skills!! Laura Heberton is a producer of many critically-acclaimed independent films (I USED TO BE DARKER, THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY) who helped to shepherd the project to completion.

Risks and challenges

After SXSW, we will continue to have work to do--there will be more festivals to attend--particularly our international premiere, which will be costly--and those festivals are critical for us to promote our film. We also plan to have a theatrical release later in the year, and often on small films like these, the theatrical expenses are covered by the film team themselves. Any additional amount will help us with everything we need to do to get our film in the theatre and on VOD channels!!!

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    BIG BABY LOVE: A dollar per child (Harper, Elias, Arri, Ezra and Jonah) will earn you our huge love. And a shout out on Facebook! Thank you!!!

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    HOME MOVIE: A digital download of GOD BLESS THE CHILD the week PRIOR to its theatrical release!!!! Beat all your friends to the lines!!! This comes with our sincere thanks and love. And a shout out on Facebook!!!

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    BIG SISTER FASHION: VERY limited edition of gorgeous adult-sized t-shirts designed and hand-printed by Harper, the teen star of the film. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Comes with a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined), our sincere love and a shoutout on Facebook. Plus you will get to wear a beautiful, original piece of clothing for years to come.

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    HOME FEATURE AND SHORTS: A digital download of GOD BLESS THE CHILD the week PRIOR to its theatrical release!!!! Beat all your friends to the lines!!! AND A GIRL, A BOY: A limited edition DVD of two of Robert and Rodrigo's earliest shorts, ELLA AND THE ASTRONAUT and CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT. Also available as a digital download. This comes with our sincere thanks and love. And a shout out on Facebook!!!

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    KING REX ON YOUR WALL: For this donation, we will send you a copy of our beautiful competition poster (it is currently the profile pic on our Facebook page). This gorgeous poster featuring the older dog, Rex, was designed by Robert himself. This comes with the poster, a digital download (online screening link) a week before the film hits theatres and a shoutout on Facebook!!

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    HOLD US IN YOUR HAND: LIMITED edition hand-pressed dvd of the film, available the week of our theatrical release!!! This will be a beautifully made dvd, and will be gorgeously packaged by the Machoian-Graham-Ojeda-Becks. Will come with a signed note of thanks!!

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    SNUGGLE UP: GBTC limited edition knitted baby hats. Keep your little ones head nice and warm. Handmade by a dear friend of the Grahams!! Makes a great birthday or holiday present. Comes with a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined), our warmest love and a shoutout on Facebook!!

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    SIGNED KING REX ON YOUR WALL: For this donation, we will send you a copy of our beautiful competition poster (it is currently the profile pic on our Facebook page), "signed" with Rex's actual pawprint!! This gorgeous poster featuring the older dog, Rex, was designed by Robert himself. This comes with the poster, a digital download (online screening link) a week before the film hits theatres and a shoutout on Facebook!!

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    COLLECTOR'S ITEM MOVIE POSTER: Limited press of one of our amazing festival poster designs, signed by all five kids--comes with super duper love and a shoutout on Facebook!!! And a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release, as stated previously.

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    LIBRARY CARD: Rodrigo and Robert have made many superb shorts, some of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. For this amount you get to have ELLA AND THE ASTRONAUT, CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT, WAITING ROOM, ABIGALE, THE KITE, THE DIGGERS, and THE TIME YOU DIED as a digital download! Plus a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined), a shoutout on Facebook and our undying love!!

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    CHILD'S PLAY: "Super hero cape"--beautifully made kid-sized (3-8-year-old) cape designed by Harper and sewn by members of the GBTC team!! Arri and Ezra love superheroes and like to pretend to be them. Now you can join in! Makes a great gift. Comes with our sincere thanks and love, a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined) and a shout out on Facebook.

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    TELL ME A STORY: For this reward, producer Laura Heberton will read your script and discuss with you for an hour consultation. Laura has read a lot of great scripts and knows what to look for! And loves giving notes. This comes with our undying love and a shout out on Facebook!

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    FAMILY PORTRAIT: Rebecca Graham, our co-writer and photographer of the kids' gorgeous publicity shots, will do a 45-minute session with your whole family or just your kids. To look at more of her work, visit her company website at www.snapshotsisters.com. This comes with 20 edited images, our sincere love, and a shout out on Facebook!!! (Only available in the Davis, CA area.)

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    KING CITY FAMILY PORTRAIT: Rebecca Graham, our co-writer and photographer of the kids' gorgeous publicity shots, will do a 45-minute session with your whole family or just your kids. Makes a great holiday gift. To look at more of her work, visit her company website at www.snapshotsisters.com. This comes with 20 edited images, our sincere love, and a shout out on Facebook!!! (ONLY available in the King City area, higher cost due to Rebecca's travel expenses.)

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    TALK SHOP: An hour Skype/Facetime with filmmakers Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian to discuss your own DIY film project!!! Both have been teaching film for many years and will provide great guidance. Comes with all our love and a shoutout on Facebook!!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT: For this we will add YOUR NAME to our IMDb page with special thanks!!! This would be AMAZING!!!!! We have so much still to do on the film even though the cut is done. Robert and Rodrigo will give you a video shout out on Facebook!!! And we will give you a set of Robert and Rodrigo's previous work and a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined)!!

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    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT: For this amount, we will give you a co-producer credit on IMDb!! Robert and some of the kids will give you a video thank you on Facebook. Rex the dog may even join in!!! We would be incredibly thankful. And Harper will make you a special GBTC t-shirt! This also will include a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined)!!!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT: For this amount, we will give you an executive producer credit on IMDb!! Robert and some of the kids will give you a video thank you on Facebook. Rex the dog may even join in!!! We would be incredibly thankful. And Harper will make you a special GBTC t-shirt! This also will include a digital download of GBTC the week prior to our theatrical release (date to be determined)!!!

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    SCRIPT TO SHORT: Have a short script you want made but don't have the tools to actually go into production? Award-winning filmmakers Robert and Rodrigo will shoot, edit and finish your short for you, total length not to exceed 14 minutes. Comes with our huge love and a shoutout on Facebook! Must be shot Summer 2015 within the Bay Area, San Francisco. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who wants to get their film made by filmmakers whose work has premiered at Sundance and SXSW Film Festival.

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    A GIRL, A BOY: A limited edition DVD of two of Robert and Rodrigo's earliest shorts, ELLA AND THE ASTRONAUT and CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT. Also available as a digital download. Comes with our undying love and a shoutout on Facebook!!!

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    WORLD PREMIERE TICKETS!!! Yes, that is right. Two tickets to our world premiere at SXSW on Saturday, March 14th plus a photo op after the screening with the five stars--photo taken by Rebecca Graham, professional photographer who specializes in family portraits. You have to already be in Austin to take advantage of this as travel and accommodation are not included!! Includes our love and a shoutout on Facebook!!!

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