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A story of death and rebirth.

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THE DEEP FIELD is a documentary about the dying experience and the period of healing and self-discovery that comes after a loved one passes. 

The film is a meditative and poetic look at my family uniting and coming to terms with the decline and death of my 102-year-old grandmother in the final weeks of her life at home in January 2010.

My grandmother was a central part of my family’s life and was like another parent to me.  Her death was the first loss of someone close to me in my life and had a major effect on me.  

I interviewed my grandmother about her life, and much of this is used as narration in the documentary, creating a unique and first-person view of her loves, laments, and celebrations.

THE DEEP FIELD is an honest and unflinching look at the tenderness, grief, and love that mixes strangely with the black vacuum of impending death.  I feel the themes of this film are something that all people think about and must eventually face.  Why are we here?  Did we live our lives to its full potential?  Do we have regrets?  What comes after death?  While there is an un-negotiable sadness in death, I discovered that there is also a terrible beauty that paradoxically goes along with it.  We are fortunate to have existed and to be aware of it.  There are many moments of beauty, healing and catharsis in this film, that to me, far outweigh the sad aspects.  My grandmother lived a full and beautiful life. 

This film is also about my own self rediscovery.  In the period since I began shooting this film, I have noticed people in my family becoming visibly older, in spirit and body, people who I once thought were boundless and invincible.  It seems to have happened instantly and has made me determined to live my life to its full potential, which has always included becoming a filmmaker.  A year before my grandmother became sick, she bought me the very camera that I filmed this movie with, a small Canon HDSLR.  She wanted me to realize my dreams and it seems only fitting that my first film will be a celebration of her.

I have been working alone on this film for the past 2 years, and I am at the point where I need physical and financial help.  All of the filming was done in 2010.  In 2011, I have been focusing on as much post-production as I am able to do on my own.  

I am fortunate to have my good friends in the band, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, composing an original score for the film.  They recently contributed the main musical theme to the film Moneyball.

I have been hesitant to give away too many details about the story this early so that, by the time it's released, it will be an original and fresh experience for the viewer.  I edited the above teaser to give you a feeling for the tone, scope, and mood of the film.

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  • Make a pledge today via Kickstarter. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, will make a difference. All contributions will be rewarded! Please check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you!

  • Spread the word by telling your friends, family and social networks about The Deep Field and this Kickstarter campaign. Please send the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know! "Like" and Share the link on Facebook. Encourage people to follow the film.   

  • If you have other ideas how to help, please contact me!

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, driven by the rule of all-or-nothing. If I don’t raise my goal of $20,000, I lose everything, and no money changes hands. If I do reach my goal, the film will come out.  The funds will go towards the last remaining scenes to be filmed, as well as for post-production in editing, sound, score, and color correction.  My campaign will last for 60 days. 60 days go by very fast. If you can, please pledge now – it will help build crucial momentum.

I appreciate your taking the time to let me share my project with you, and I hope you decide to collaborate with me in this shared goal and invest in THE DEEP FIELD.  

Thank You,

Rui Cavender

Director

WATCH THE TEASER ON YOUTUBE IN HD

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TEASER TRAILER CREDITS

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RUI CAVENDER     Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

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GUY TAYLOR     Sound Engineer

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MUSIC

(all music used with permission)

"Morning Light"     STUART DEMPSTER

"The Bringer of Old Age"     RUI CAVENDER

"Killed the Lord, Left for the New World"     THIS WILL DESTROY YOU

"Secret Currents"     STUART DEMPSTER

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SPECIAL THANKS

Guzmán Rosado

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