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!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter