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3 Native Americans: a college-bound student, a father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual struggle to escape their Indian reservation.
3 Native Americans: a college-bound student, a father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual struggle to escape their Indian reservation.
376 backers pledged $31,622 to help bring this project to life.

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When I was growing up I saw a news piece on ABC's 20/20 describing my hometown as "Drunktown, USA". This film is my effort to defy that judgement of my community. With your support my film will show the world that label was wrong, and that my community has complexity, dimension and hope. Your support will help me send this message.

For the last seven years, making Drunktown's Finest has been a labor of love for everyone involved.  The project was fortunate to be selected for the Sundance Institute's 2009 Native Lab, 2010 Screenwriter's Lab, and 2010 Director's Lab. The film took an additional two years of writing and fund raising before we found ourselves able to attract investment interest in spring of this year.  We were also able to attract a small, but immensely talented cast and crew.  And thankfully we've received tremendous support through local production houses with donations of gear and equipment.  This project truly is a product of collective effort and faith.  

We knew going in that we only had enough money to get us through production, but we had to push forward.  We knew the project was worth it, and that if we got it through production we could make the final amount for post happen. And this is where you come in.

With your help we can continue our momentum and get this film completed and off to its awaiting festival life.  With the opportunities available to this film, it's imperative that we put our best foot forward at our screenings, and post-production will make Drunktown's Finest the amazing film it is.  But we need help. 

The funds raised through a successful kickstarter campaign will be used to complete post production on the movie. The movie completed production in August, but we still require the sound and picture post as well as the music and composition for the film.

We will use the funds to pay our composer and a music supervisor to place tracks in the film. We will also use the funds to complete a sound mix and picture post. All are critical elements to our films overall success.

We are currently editing to submit to this years Sundance film submission deadline for inclusion in the 2014 festival. We need to raise the funds to finish our movie!

MEET THE CAST!

Jeremiah Bitsui as Sick Boy:

 Carmen Moore as Felixia.

 Morningstar Angeline Wilson as Nizhoni.

 Kiowa Gordon as Julius.

Shauna Baker as Karah.

 Elizabeth Frances as Angela.

Luis Bordonada as Sergeant Martinez.

Risks and challenges

Our project has completed production, meaning we have shot the film (it's in the can!) and only require completing post. We are also financed through the edit and will have a completed movie on our current financing. Our risk is therefore being able to complete post production.

The funds raised here will be allocated to picture post, sound post, music, soundtrack and delivery. Any risk associated with the project has for the most part been mitigated by the completion of production. With a successful campaign we will be able to complete the movie.

If any risk that exists would be in our ability to manage the post and maximize our services for the financing available. Therefore, less a risk and more a matter of degree. Regardless, we will have a quality film at the end of post term.

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    SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT-OUT --- Earn our endless gratitude! We will post a thank you note with your name on our twitter/facebook pages. Plus, you'll get exclusive updates regarding festival news and press releases!

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    OUTTAKES AND DELETED SCENES --- Get access to a private Vimeo account with outtakes and/or a deleted scene from the film! You'll also get a shout-out on our twitter/facebook pages.

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    MOVIE TRAILER and SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD --- You get everything above, including a HD Digital download of the trailer and the soundtrack (as soon as it is completed)! Check the Drunktown's Finest website for updates.

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    AUTOGRAPHED DVD--- You get everything above (except $30 level), including an AUTOGRAPHED DVD by one of the following actors: JEREMIAH BITSUI, CARMEN MOORE, KIOWA GORDON, or SHAUNA BAKER (you choose which actor/actress)!

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    Receive the official Drunktown's Finest Backers T-Shirt, only available to people who helped make this movie happen. (Design to come). You'll also get everything above (Except for $50 level).

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    "SPECIAL THANKS" MOVIE CREDIT and ONLINE SCREENING w/ Q+A --- We will include your name in the "Special Thanks" credits at the end of the movie! In addition, you will be one of the first to see the completed film during an online screening with director Sydney Freeland. She'll stick around afterward to answer questions from donors (Date and Time TBD). You'll also get everything above (except $50 level).

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    "VERY SPECIAL THANKS" CREDIT IN FILM --- You get your name immortalized in the end credits of the film under our "Very Special Thanks" section! You'll also get everything above (except $50 and $100 level).

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    VIDEO GREETING --- The cast member of your choice will read a personal message, or whatever you want, then upload it to youtube so you can share it with your friends and family (Must be approved by our production team).

    Choose from: JEREMIAH BITSUI, CARMEN MOORE, KIOWA GORDON, or SHAUNA BAKER.

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    SIGNED BREAKING BAD SWAG --- Our own Jeremiah Bitsui from AMC's BREAKING BAD will personalize and sign various swag taken straight from the set of the hottest show on TV. You'll also get a shout-out, the outtakes, the movie, and a t-shirt.

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    GROUP AUTOGRAPHED DVD--- You get everything above (except $250 and $50 level), including an AUTOGRAPHED DVD by all 3 of our leads: JEREMIAH BITSUI, CARMEN MOORE, and MORNINGSTAR WILSON and writer/directer SYDNEY FREELAND.

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    SIGNED MOVIE POSTER - You will get a high quality 27"x40" print of the movie poster (design TBD) autographed by our 3 leads (JEREMIAH BITSUI, CARMEN MOORE, and MORNINGSTAR WILSON), and writer/director SYDNEY FREELAND. You also get everything above (Excluding $300, $200, and $50 levels).

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    AUTOGRAPHED STEVEN JUDD POSTER ---Renowned Native Artist/Filmmaker/Satirist Steven Paul Judd (http://tinyurl.com/mxllsjl) will create and sign a custom made 27"x40" movie poster. What will the design look like? We have no idea! We're handing the movie over to him and giving Steven complete creative control. We're only going to print 10 of these, people! You also get everything above (Excluding $200-$300 level).

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    ORNELAS FAMILY TAPESTRY --- Navajo people are world-famous for their rugs. The multiple award-winning Ornelas family has kindly donated two tapestry pieces for our film. Each miniature is 4.5" X 4.5", has a weft count of 112 wefts/inch, and is made of hand carded/hand spun and re-spun wool. You will get this along with everything from the $150 level and above (Excluding $50 Level). More on the Ornelas family here: http://tinyurl.com/lpnymcs

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    BREAKING BAD TOUR --- Get a one-on-one Breaking Bad themed tour of Albuquerque, NM with none other than Jeremiah Bitsui, aka Victor! Enjoy lunch at Il Vicino and sample the new Breaking Bad inspired Victor Stout Ale. (Must provide own travel, box-cutter not included). You'll also get a shout-out, the outtakes, the movie, and a t-shirt.

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    SIGNED MOVIE POSTER BY EVERYONE --- Our film has 36 speaking roles. Of those, 32 are Native American actors. And of those 32, 18 are Navajo. You will get a high-quality 27"x40" MOVIE POSTER (design TBD) signed by ALL 36 actors, our producers, and the writer/director! You will also receive everything at the $150 level and above.

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    DIRECTOR'S TOUR --- Director Sydney Freeland will give you a weekend tour of the Navajo reservation and nearby town of Gallup, NM that were the inspiration behind the film. Also includes traditional meals made by a Navajo chef. (Room & Board included, must provide own travel). You'll also get a shout-out, the outtakes, the movie, a t-shirt, and a "Very Special Thanks" credit in the film.

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    TATTOO SESSION --- We'll fly you to L.A. where you'll meet with actor Jeremiah Bitsui for a tattoo session with renowned Breaking Bad portrait artist, Carlos Rojas (Work can be seen here: http://goo.gl/B7DfJv) . Choose any full color tattoo (1 day maximum). You'll also get the outtakes, soundtrack, DVD, and a T-Shirt.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT --- You'll get an official Associate Producer credit, then join us at the premiere or the festival of your choice. Also includes a private dinner with the director and selected cast members (includes 2 tickets to screening + room & board. Must provide own travel). You'll also get the outtakes, soundtrack, DVD, T-Shirt, and a 27"x40" movie poster signed by all 36 actors!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT --- You will get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the film plus 2 round-trip plane tickets to join the cast and crew at the film premiere (Date and Location TBD, includes 2 tickets + room & board)! You'll also get the outtakes, soundtrack, DVD, T-Shirt, and a 27"x40" movie poster signed by all 36 actors!

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