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They Sleep With Bears

They Sleep With Bears takes place in the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real.

They Sleep With Bears

They Sleep With Bears takes place in the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real.

$3,104
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20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 24 2015 2:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 30, 2015

About

They Sleep With Bears is the upcoming psychological horror film by Saudi Arabian director, Gigi Hozimah and British/American scriptwriter and producer, James Medina.

They Sleep With Bears is a psychological horror film that tells the chilling tale of Remy – a man who suffers from sleep paralysis and is haunted by array of sinister demons. After the recent death of his mother, he receives a box containing the belongings of his absentee father. He stumbles upon a journal that contains a drawing of one of the demons that is stalking him. In order to uncover the truth, Remy must now find his father and discover why this demon is casting a shadow over his life.

About the Director:

Born in Makkah, Saudia Arabia, Gigi was always aware that her cinematic vision would find its way to the global stage. Coming from a nation that in its history has produced only one female filmmaker, she decided to leave her traditionalist surroundings to further her studies in the United Kingdom, where she graduated with an MA in Filmmaking from Kingston University. During her time there Gigi explored all practical and theoretical approaches to filmmaking, having shot several short films that she had both written and directed. An auteur that wants to convey her true vision to audiences, she co-founded her own production company, Look At The Wall Productions. The uniqueness of the project not only lies in its director’s background, but also in its vision to independently redefine the contemporary horror genre. She always asks herself what would Polanski do?

Director's Statement - Gigi Hozimah:

As this is my first feature film, I am very excited to be at the pre-production stage of the psychological horror film They Sleep With Bears. I am very inspired by the works of Roman Polanski. The Apartment Trilogy (Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant) are some of my favorite films and their influences can be seen in the script.

They Sleep With Bears is not the beginning of my journey, but it is the first step in what I hope to be an established filmmaking career. Writing the horror has been a sweaty process. We didn’t want to have any jump scares, meaningless shaky cam, or waiting periods of nothingness, so without these typical horror tropes, we have to fall back on the story. The audience will identify with Remy, so that what he experiences, they experience. It makes the difference between being creeped out to feeling the hairs on your arms raised. I didn’t want people to jump, scream, and laugh. I want the cinema to be silent. I want the film to be alive.

Press from Horror Movies Uncut
Press from Horror Movies Uncut

We're proper horror fans. We've got horror film art by Laurent Durieux, Tom Whalen, and Mike Mitchell adoring our studio walls. We're the guys with limited edition art and horror memorabilia in our apartments. We know horror movies inside out and we belong to the strongest community in film. There is no fan like a horror fan. 

We're filmmakers too. They Sleep With Bears is a horror film, however we're not horror filmmakers. What we love about our favorite horror films are the same things we love in all films. The story and the characters, because when we love the story and characters that's when we really get scared. Think of your favorite horror film. You know those characters inside out. They Sleep With Bears started as a drama and then grew into a horror film. A man looking for his father. Simple enough. Then the horror started to creep around the edges of the script. Our love for horror just nested itself into They Sleep With Bears.

Our Talented Cast & Crew!
Our Talented Cast & Crew!

If you're a horror fan then you will like what we are doing. If you're a drama fan, then we got the story for you. They Sleep With Bears is a psychological horror film in the theme of Roman Polanski's Apartment Trilogy (Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, and The Tenant) and Ingmar Bergman's Hour of The Wolf.

Classic, the demon watching Remy sleep.
Classic, the demon watching Remy sleep.

For $30,000 we can make it happen, because we have story. We're only asking for this low amount, because we have our own production company: Look At The Wall Productions. We have a camera, some lenses, and some of the gear needed to make this happen. However we need the money for location costs (nothing in New York is free and we can not film this in our apartment. There is nothing the sound guy can do to make this city quiet.) There are also makeup, insurance, wardrobe, food for the cast and crew, sound crew, various production costs and festival costs. Check our budget breakdown:

TSWB Budget Breakdown TSWB Budget Breakdown 

With $30,000 we can make They Sleep With Bears happen.

With $50,000 we can have better production values, hire crew with more experience, and have better locations.

With $75,000 we can see you at the cinema. We'll film with an Arri Alexa  camera, which will make this film a masterpiece.

Festivals & Distribution: We are going to submit to a cross-section of fifteen top-tier, second-tier, and niche film festivals. We’ll take our shot at the premier festivals Sundance and Cannes, but our producer has his heart set on Fantastic Fest and Raindance film festival. We plan to work with both domestic and international sales agents to sell our theatrical, television and digital rights to receive revenue from all markets.

Should we not receive a theatrical distribution, we have the mindset of true independents and we welcome the world of self-distribution. At no point will They Sleep With Bears be released for free.

Words from the Scriptwriter & Producer James Medina:

I'm the guy that people will find weird for their love of horror. I once scaled a wall and hung from a window ledge when I was nine to watch a horror film from a neighbor's apartment window. I fell three times, but still saw the film. It wasn't great. They Sleep With Bears is born out of a pure love of horror. Movies like The Shining, Halloween, The Tenant, and Hour of the Wolf inspire me and I want They Sleep With Bears to capture your imagination as it did mine. Anybody want to talk movies, tweet me @knowtheledge92

Stay updated with Facebook & Twitter @sleepwithbears We would love to hear from you. Our Facebook & Twitter is not just for updates, it's a place where we meet our community and share our love for horror. 

Rewards:

Some Like It Sweet! (Cookbook by Gigi)
Some Like It Sweet! (Cookbook by Gigi)

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is finding the remaining crew. We want people that are serious and that truly believe in this project and want to make it happen. If we raise the funds, we reduce this risk and are on firmer ground to make this film happen.

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