About this project
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The Garden is inspired by creation stories, such as Adam and Eve, as well as science and history. It strives to paint an accurate portrait of life at the dawn of modern civilization, a time when mankind no longer simply lived off nature as it provided, but instead took efforts to alter nature for their own survival (such as irrigation and agriculture). It's the time when that very first spark of imagination tempted our ancestors to be more than what they had been, tempted them to see the world differently, and gave a few of them the courage to stand up for a brave new future. But at what cost?
The Garden is our passion project, (and director Michael Montgomery's USC graduate thesis) and when its completed we hope it will be able to launch many of our careers and inspire people to think about our collective history in a new way. When this short film is complete, we hope to gain acclaim and interest in the festivals so we can turn this idea into a feature film! Be a part of this epic story and help us to one day get it into theaters!
We are currently 3/4 done with filming. We began working in October 2009, and our director has been able to fund most of the film by maxing out his student loans. He and a producer believe in this project so much they even sold their cars! That's dedication! Now we are reaching out to all of you to give us that one last push we need to finish, we cannot make this film without your support. Please Help The Garden Grow!
What we need:
To finish the film we must take our "tribe" -- nearly 50 people, including the entire cast -- to Porterville, CA in August when the conditions are right to shoot inside a river. We've received several gifts and donations that help, but we still need to provide lodging and meals to our Los Angeles cast and crew for the week, as well as rent our equipment and pay for permits and insurance.
Our goal with this film is to demonstrate that what these people developed 14,000 years ago is crucial to modern civilization, and that we should be able to learn something today by understanding their struggles. Please help us to bring this story into existence so that we can share, debate, and discuss it. It's time for something new and interesting in Hollywood, not something that you see every day.
Your support is tremendously appreciated. We cannot finish without you! Please help us by donating and spreading the word about this project, like us on facebook, tweet to your pals about us, and we promise that we will deliver to you a beautiful and amazing film that reinvents these epic period pieces in new and exciting ways!
Thank you so much for your support,
Michael Montgomery - writer/director
Anthony Hanna - producer
Nick Andrus - producer
Bryan McClure - producer
*And all the many other talented cast and crew who you will be supporting with employment and 'career-launch fuel' :)
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