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Last updated June 28, 2018

Lillith: A Feature-Length Horror Film

A retro-revival midnight movie creature feature helmed by internet horror creators.

Lillith: A Feature-Length Horror Film

A retro-revival midnight movie creature feature helmed by internet horror creators.

$16,447
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
141
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 5 2018 4:02 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 28, 2018

About

The Film    

Jenna Collins is a young woman whose heart has been broken. Her self-absorbed jockstrap of a boyfriend, Brad, has been sleeping around like a couch surfer. Jenna's best friend, Emma, encourages her to seek revenge by any means necessary. Jenna's vengeance comes in the form of Lillith: a shape-shifting hell spawn fueled by sex and violence. Lily quickly begins carving a path of carnage everywhere she goes, leaving Jenna behind to pick up the pieces. What's a girl to do?

Lillith is inspired by the horror films of the 80s and 90s: a retro film with modern sensibilities. Practical effects and dreamy cinematography will transport you back to the old midnight movie drive-in and a time when thrills and chills were shot on 16mm. 

The Production

This all started as an idea in the head of writer/director Lee Esposito in 2015. Not before long, a screenplay was written and plans were being made to develop a proof of concept: a short film demonstrating a scene from the feature-length production. By 2016 Lillith had made the jump from page to screen in Lillith: A Proof of Concept. This early short introduced us to Savannah Whitten (Lily) and Michael Finnigan (Brad), who would be returning for the feature film in 2018. After hosting a casting call in New York City, we added Nell Kessler (Jenna), Robin Parent (Emma), Taylor Turner (Charlie), Lily Telford (Kim) and Langston Fishburne (Professor Hardy) to our wonderfully talented cast. 

(Top row, left to right) Michael, Lily, Robin, Savannah, Nell, Taylor, Vin (Bottom row, left to right) Chris, Lee, Langston
(Top row, left to right) Michael, Lily, Robin, Savannah, Nell, Taylor, Vin (Bottom row, left to right) Chris, Lee, Langston

Production on Lillith began in the summer of 2017. With only five weeks to shoot our freshman film, we were determined to deliver. Some days we were waking up at 3AM to shoot in a high school. Some days we were digging pits in the woods to fill with eldritch slime. But every day we were ready to get up and do it again. At night, after we were done cleaning blood off the carpet, we would have dinner together, watch the dailies and get pumped for the next day's shoot. Our five week family developed an amazing working relationship and a chemistry that we hope will shine through into the film. 

Aside from our core cast and crew, dozens of production assistants, extras and volunteers took part in production. Their help was invaluable as we hopped from one location to the next, crossing the state line from New Jersey to New York and back again. By the end of production, a small army contributed to the creation of Lillith. We hope that you will join the ranks!

The Kickstarter

This campaign gives us an awesome opportunity to avoid the traditional distribution system. (That's the system where stuffy men in suits tell you to edit the film into oblivion so they can reach their target demographics.) Arguably even worse, the film could be bought in a bundle at a film market by investors and never see the light of day. We don't want Lillith to sit idle in an investor's catalogue - we want you to see it! This campaign also gives us the chance to focus on the film and polish every detail thanks to funds specifically allocated to audio, visual effects and distribution. We'll get the very best version of this film out to you directly! 

Tiers for Fears: Our Rewards

Here's a breakdown of all the items available in each of our reward tiers: 

Video Diary/BTS Livestreams: Get access to the Lillith online community with a monthly video diary and an invitation to private behind-the-scenes livestreams.

Lillith 1st Edition DVD/Blu-Ray: Be the first to own a copy of Lillith with an exclusive first-run DVD or Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray will come with added features and extended content not available on the DVD! Think interviews, featurettes and bloopers!    

Special Edition Movie Poster: A limited-run movie poster exclusively for Kickstarter backers. Signed copies are available. 

Lillith Script: See what changes from page to screen with a copy of the Lillith script. Digital, hard copies and signed copies are available.

Online Festival Screening: Get an exclusive invitation to an online festival screening of Lillith before it hits the festival circuit, complete with an audience Q&A.

Private Screening Tickets: Be one of the very first people to see Lillith while spending the evening at a theater in New Jersey with the cast and crew! This limited engagement is exclusive to Kickstarter backers.

VIP "Guest of Honor" Screening Tickets: If you've got your hands on this ticket it means you've helped us take a huge step towards our goal. We're going to roll out the red carpet and give you the royal treatment. We'll take you to a nice restaurant before the show, on us, and at the theater you can sit with us in reserved seating. As you watch the credits roll, you'll see your name under "Special Thanks." After the show's over, we'll take you backstage to meet everyone and learn about the production. We hope to make the experience one you'll never forget!  

Risks and challenges

We are a relatively young production studio making our first feature length film. As with any Kickstarter campaign, there will be obstacles to overcome. We already conquered many challenges during production and made the film come together, despite many stresses and a major time crunch. Now we are already on the home stretch! The film is in post-production and we have a lot of experience behind us. Your funds will make Lillith look and sound its best and allow us to distribute ourselves, avoid a middle man and keep the creative integrity of the project intact. With that being said, since the project is still being produced, reward delivery dates that require the film to be complete and printed (DVD, Blu-Ray, Festival Screening, Live Screening) are estimates and are subject to change.

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    The Bystander

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    The Victim (Early Bird: Limit of 150)

    The Ritterhaus Team will send you a personalized video to say thanks for donating! Each video will be one-of-a-kind, made just for you!

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    • A personalized Video "Thank You" from the Ritterhaus Team
    • 1st Edition Lillith DVD
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    The Professor

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    The Witch

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    The Final Girl (Limit of 15)

    You will be invited to an exclusive private screening of Lillith at a theater in New Jersey with the Ritterhaus Team and special guests before the film's public release (travel and lodging not included) + all other rewards

    Includes:
    • 1 x Private Screening Ticket
    • Signed Special Edition Movie Poster
    • Signed Hard Copy Script
    • 1st Edition Lillith Blu-Ray
    • 1st Edition Lillith DVD
    • Online Festival Screening Invitation
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    The Best Friend (Limit of 15)

    You + 1 guest will be invited to an exclusive private screening of Lillith at a theater in New Jersey with the Ritterhaus Team and special guests before the film's public release (travel and lodging not included) + all other rewards

    Includes:
    • 2 x Private Screening Tickets
    • Signed Special Edition Movie Poster
    • Signed Hard Copy Script
    • 1st Edition Lillith Blu-Ray
    • 1st Edition Lillith DVD
    • Online Festival Screening Invitation
    • Lillith Script PDF
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    The Monster (Limit of 4)

    You will be a guest of honor at a live private screening of Lillith at a theater in New Jersey with the Ritterhaus Team and special guests before the film's release (travel and lodging not included) + all other rewards

    Includes:
    • VIP "Guest of Honor" Private Screening Ticket
    • "Special Thanks" Credit
    • Signed Special Edition Movie Poster
    • Signed Hard Copy Script
    • 1st Edition Lillith Blu-Ray
    • 1st Edition Lillith DVD
    • Online Festival Screening Invitation
    • Lillith Script PDF
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