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A comedy about an actress in Austin,Texas who finds limited success as a spokesperson for a local chain of fried chicken restaurants. Read more

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A comedy about an actress in Austin,Texas who finds limited success as a spokesperson for a local chain of fried chicken restaurants.

Austin, TX Television
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Hey Friends- 

UPDATE: We did it! Thank you all so much!

Any additional funds that we raise will go towards editing and sound mixing, insurance, and paying people closer to what they deserve for their work!

Stretch goals: 

$8,600- insurance! We don't want anyone to get screwed over if they somehow get hurt on set

$9,100-  editing and sound mixing Making the finish product sound and look great for you all

$9,500- Paying the people, giving the actors and crew who are working at a super reduced rate, a little bit more money for their hard work. 

We are raising money to produce the script, Local Celebrity, into a full-length pilot.  Our plan is to submit it to festivals, distribute online, and get as many people to watch as possible and see what happens.

Franny Daniels (Emma Holder) can't figure out when everyone else around her decided to grow up. They did not let her in on plan. Franny is still trying to navigate a career as an actress and hates the idea of letting her dream die.  She landed a gig playing Clucky Clara the spokes character for a local chain of fried chicken restaurants but her career has stalled since then. She is struggling to come to terms with her limited success and focus on her next career move but seems stuck in this world of small triumphs and fryer grease. 

Surrounding her are her sleazy but endearing agent, Clark (Michael Jastroch), who is always way too involved in her life but never seems to be getting her gigs and the Clucky Feathers Restaurants owner, Fat Jim (Jericho Thorp), a sweet and simple Texas businessman with terrible ideas and money to throw behind them. Rounding out the cast is Arthur Simone as Franny's performance artist roommate, Patrick, Molly Karrasch as her best friend and roommate, Katie, Ashley Nugent as her sister, Hannah, and Byron Brown as her ex-boyfriend and current director, Ben. 

The pilot will be directed by Kerri Lendo and produced by Christine GIordano. 

Kerri Lendo is an award winning (Funniest Filmmaker in Austin competition winner) writer, director, actor and stand up comedian based in Austin. She has written and directed several short films ( First Date, Sleep Study, Modern Man) and played a lead role in the feature film, Pictures of Superheroes. 

Christine Giordano has worked as a video producer in Austin, Boston, and Los Angeles.  She has written, produced, and acted in several sketch comedy pieces, short films, commercials, and TV pilots.

Emma Holder has written and produced several plays and written for mulitple sketch comedy shows in Austin, Texas. She regularly performs improv and sketch comedy and has acted in various short films and video sketches. You can watch her improvise every Wednesday at 9pm central on www.e-mprov.com 

We believe in the script and the people attached to it so much, but we need money to make this project happen and we want to make it the best 30 minutes of television it can be. 

Your funding will go to renting the camera, lighting and sound equipment we can't borrow, paying the crew and actors for their time and talent, feeding the cast and crew on set, paying an editor to put it all together, making and buying props and costumes and renting shooting locations. 

Thank you so so much! We're gonna have so much fun!

UPDATE: We are now a Kickstarter STAFF PICK! Cool!

Emma 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is time and scheduling. One of our locations is a restaurant and that means we will probably be shooting over night and into the early morning when the restaurant is closed. This can be tough and we will be on a tight schedule but we have tons of time to prepare and plan. We will rehearse before shooting and be as organized and prepared as possible so when we do have access to our locations we can film as quickly as possible.

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    GRATITUDE: Every penny counts and we appreciate anything. Seriously. You are helping make funny art happen.

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    SHOUT OUT and GOSSIP A personal thank you on Facebook and Twitter. Access to production diary. Here behind the scenes updates and the scoop from the set. (The scoop will probably be mostly bits.) You will also be listed in the credits as a backer.

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    POEM and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Emma will write a personalized poem about you in your favorite format (Sonnet, Haiku or free verse). You will get a digital download of the pilot when it is ready. Includes all previous rewards.

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    COOL PHOTOSHOP COLLAGE and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD! Michael Williams makes the best/funniest photoshop collages. He will make you a custom collage for you or a friend. These are seriously awesome. Includes digital download of show and all previous awards.

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    REAL CUTE MAIL Homemade thank you card made by Emma (on fun vintage prints) Said card will contain a poem about you in style of your choice. Includes all previous rewards.

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    PRETTY POSTER Copy of the show poster! You will get your own copy of the Local Celebrity poster, designed by Julia Kirchen Sweeney. Includes all previous rewards.

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    IMPROV COACHING Get a 2 hour improv coaching session (in Austin) with improviser and teacher Emma Holder (Big Beautiful Warlock, Three on a Match). Includes all previous rewards.

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    EARLY BIRD DVD with ART Get a copy of the show BEFORE it is available online with an original unique sketch by artist Todd Mein in each case. Includes all previous rewards.

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    SCRIPT NOTES- Emma will read your script or multiple sketches and give you her feedback (if local, over coffee). Includes all previous awards.

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    IMPROV COACHING Get a 2 hour improv coaching session (in Austin) with veteran improviser and teacher, Ashely Nugent (Nugefield, Beware of Female Spies).
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    IMPROV COACHING Get a two hour improv coaching session (in Austin) with Coldtowne Theater owner, improviser and teacher, Michael Jastroch (The Frank Mills, Mike and Irene). Includes all previous rewards.

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    VINTAGE CLOTHING Get any one item (under $50) from director Kerri Lendo's giant vintage shop on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrilendo
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    PHOTO SHOOT with JON BOLDEN Get a 30 minute outdoor photo shoot with acclaimed Austin photographer Jon Bolden. Great for headshots! Includes all previous rewards.

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    10 MINUTE PLAY-Emma will write a 10 minute play about you as something awesome like a spy or an astronaut or anything you choose. It will be pretty sweet. We will even film a reading of it for you! Includes other prizes (except coaching, writing notes, and etsy store)

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    TOTE BAG and ORIGINAL PLAY Get a cute Custom tote bag with Local Celebrity logo designed by Julia Kirchen Sweeney and a one minute play written about you by Emma. Includes all previous rewards except Etsy item and improv workshops.

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    PARTY!!! and SCRIPT We will invite you to our wrap party. Hang out with us (in Austin) and help us celebrate the end of filming! You will also get a digital copy of the final shooting script AND the rough draft so you can see how much everything changed. Includes all previous awards (except improv coaching and etsy item).

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    VIDEO FOR YOU! You will get a personalized video made for you on the set and an invite to the wrap party. Includes all previous rewards (except Etsy item and improv workshops).

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    SET VISIT and VIDEO WITH YOU! Come hang out with the cast and crew on set in Austin, Texas.You will also get to make a personalized video with the cast with at least one silly bit in it! (Includes all previous rewards except Etsy item and improv workshops.)

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    IMPROV CLASSES Get Level 1 Improv classes at Coldtowne theater! That's 8 weeks of improv class taught by experienced comedy pros (including some of our cast!) Includes all previous rewards (except Etsy item and improv workshops.)

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    PRODUCER CREDIT and YOUR MUG on TV! Your name will be listed in the credits as a producer, because at this point you are. You are making this happen for us. You can also play a featured non-speaking role in the pilot and see your face on screen. Includes all previous rewards (except Etsy item and improv workshops or classes.)

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    PRIVATE PREMIERE DINNER PARTY We will host a private premiere party (in Austin) Fried chicken or vegetarian option dinner and screening with the cast. We will host a private premiere just for you! At your house or mine. I really hope someone goes for this one because it just sounds really fun! Includes all previous rewards (except Etsy item and improv workshops or classes.)

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    SPEAKING ROLE. You will receive a small speaking role in the pilot as well as a producer credit. Welcome to IMDB, friend! Includes all previous rewards (except Etsy item and improv workshops or classes.)

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