About this project
ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SWEET OLD WORLD ARE MADE TO PANGEA PRODUCTIONS, A 501(C)3 ORGANIZATION, AND ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
Sweet Old World is in production! We have jumped off the cliff, now I hope you will hand us a parachute! Join with the Guggenheim Foundation to help make this "Impossible Dream" come to life with your tax-deductible contribution, and come back to our Kickstarter page often to get updates on Sweet Old World's progress.
As we begin this campaign on Kickstarter, we have also begun filming Sweet Old World. Shooting began July 12, and for four intense weeks we will be creating the narrative portions of the film. Then, for the next three months, we will be filming in and with the South Pasadena High School Marching Band.
As you will see when you watch the above video, Sweet Old World is a whole new way of filmmaking, combining a dramatic story with the real life drama of the high school world it is set in.
Sweet Old World tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ethan Hinkle, who is living in the cloud of grief that has enveloped his family since the tragic death of his brother eight years earlier. When his brother's best friend returns after disappearing in the wake of that tragedy, hidden secrets and unhealed wounds are dragged to the surface, with surprising results.
Ethan's story will be told in the midst of the real world of the South Pasadena High School Marching Band, near Los Angeles. As I have done with my previous high school films, I am finding the drama and joy in everyday life, but in a whole new way.
I NEED YOUR HELP. We are making this film on a shoestring, and your support will make all the difference. This year I received a Guggenheim Fellowship of $50,000 to support Sweet Old World, which gave us 1/3 of our $150,000 budget and got us started. This campaign will give us what we need to finish shooting and move to the next level.
Photo by Michael Newman
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