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CROSSTOWN is a poignant and powerful drama about an undocumented
family's struggle to build a better life in Los Angeles.
CROSSTOWN is a poignant and powerful drama about an undocumented family's struggle to build a better life in Los Angeles.
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Crosstownʼs origins come from various articles dealing with true events centered around the forcible recruitment of undocumented immigrants by the US Military, enticed to fight for their new country with the promise of naturalization papers for themselves and their families. In the period which the film is set – at the end of Bush’s Presidency leading into the Obama era – there were an estimated 20,500 "non-U.S. citizens" dubbed "green-card warriors" serving in the military, of which a significant numberof “illegals” died in Iraq, and in many cases, the green card never came..

Crosstown stars Manny Perez (La Soga, Bella), Vivica. A. Fox (Curb Your
Enthusiasm, Kill Bill, Independence Day), Adrian Bellani (Moneyball, RPM
Miami), and introduces a phenomenal young talent, Angel Amaral.

Young love with Angel Amaral & Paige Hurd playing Angel & Jazmine.
Young love with Angel Amaral & Paige Hurd playing Angel & Jazmine.

Crosstown is a labor of love that many people have generously given their
time, energy and talents for free to ensure this film was made and will have
the chance to be shared with film audiences. Writer/Director Miriam
Kruishoop and Producer Bronwyn Cornelius led a predominantly female team
into Los Angeles’ Downtown, South Central and Pico Union neighborhoods
producing the film for a very low budget, and it is extraordinary what the
team has been able to accomplish for so little. Every dollar has been
maximized and stretched as far as it possibly can, and we are incredibly
grateful for everything that so many have dedicated to the film. Now we
need your generous help and a little more cash to get this film to the finish line.

Funds raised from this campaign will cover the following: 

Post Production & Festival Cut Finishing Costs (audio, visual, credits)

Festival Publicist & Publicity Materials (posters, postcards, Electronic Press Kit)

Festival & Film Marketing  (website design, web building, social media & outreach)

With the film being so close to completion and ready for festivals, rather than being in the development or pre-production stage, this is a great opportunity to be part of a film that will soon be seen by audiences, and to know you are an invaluable part of that dream, reality and goal.

If you feel this story is important, care about equal rights and believe everyone should get the same opportunities in life, then the message in Crosstown is one that deserves your support. Please help us reach our goal and share this important story with the world. Please see our pledge list in the column on the side. 

Crosstown team takes a break from filming to represent outside LA street aritst, Retna's, Pico Blvd. murial
Crosstown team takes a break from filming to represent outside LA street aritst, Retna's, Pico Blvd. murial
CT in IndieWire
CT in IndieWire

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Check out the links below to read articles that inspired the film, more film stills and behind the scenes images etc. Every donation counts and we will make every dollar work! 

Get behind the scenes on our Flickr page.

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Democracy Now! on latino recruitment

LiveLeak about US army recruitment

Risks and challenges

There are always risks associated with funding a project. We understand this and want to put in place checks and balances to ensure the generous donations we receive for our campaign are used efficiently and effectively.

For our post production funding goals we have pre-negotiated rates with our finishing partners and they have completed parts of the scope of work for deferred fees. There is a risk that our final product could be delayed because of other work that these partners will be doing while they fit us into that schedule. We feel that we have given ourselves enough lead time on this aspect and should there be some delays it won't materially affect our final delivery target.

For the remaining areas we want to use our Kickstarter funds for we are subject to availability of the people we wish to work with as they are performing their jobs at a much reduced rate because of their passion for the film. So while they are 100% committed to us ultimately there are realities of the working world we have to factor into the timeline. While most of our team is based in Los Angeles we are working we a diverse group of people from other parts of the country and also from Europe. Keeping the work flow on track can be challenging with those parameters and again it is an issue we are aware of and aim to stay one step ahead.

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