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By Rod Garvin
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ABOUT SOUTHERN BLEND: A DATING EXPERIMENT

Southern Blend (http://southernblendmovie.com) is more than a documentary exploration of interracial relationships. The film will focus on a reality-style social experiment in which people will date outside their race or ethnicity for the first time, or cross racial and ethnic boundaries they have never crossed before in their dating life. Southern Blend (http://southernblendmovie.com) will entertain and educate as it explores interracial dating in 2011.

Three men and three women of diverse backgrounds will each have a chance to date at least two people from another race or ethnicity. Perspectives on the film’s subject matter will be gathered from academics, social commentators, and everyday people. Currently, there are plans to film in Charlotte, NC and two other Southern cities.

Interracial dating is the last racial taboo of American society and a litmus test for how much social progress we have made. Most Americans do not have any major issues with working, living next to, and going to school with people of other races or ethnicities. We've come a long way when it comes to interracial relationships, but most people are still uncomfortable dating outside of their own racial or ethnic tribe - especially in the South. Southern Blend will explore the last frontier of racial relations in the United States through the eyes of six brave individuals who are willing to date in unchartered territory.

HELP MAKE SOUTHERN BLEND A REALITY

I was able to produce the promotional trailer for Southern Blend with minimal finances and resources. Imagine what I could do with at least $12,500 or more. Funds will be used for casting, cinematography, equipment, and travel expenses. In film, more funding means increased production quality. Additional funds would help cover my post-production expenses such as editing, soundtrack, graphics and film festival fees. I hope this will be the first of many productions that will provide audiences with entertaining and educational content that provokes thought, conversation and social progress.

WHY KICKSTARTER.COM?

Kickstarter is a pioneering crowdfunding platform and the largest of its kind. Thousands of people have used this resource to kickstart their dream projects. I had some reservations about the all-or-nothing set-up, which means if I don't reach my goal I don't collect any funding. But, I wanted to go with the best brand in the business. If you believe this project has an important message that deserves to get out, I really need your support. 

REWARDS & INCENTIVES

One of the cool things about Kickstarter is that you get rewards and incentives for your support. The more you give, the bigger your reward. Once the project is funded I'll be able to collect the contact information and mailing addresses for all Southern Blend Backers to ensure you receive your reward(s) and/or incentives.

THANK YOU!!!

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    Everything from $100 level + SB promo package (2 special edition dvds*, 2 signed posters, 2 t-shirts). You get a total of 3 dvd's, 3 posters, and 3 t-shirts with this reward package. *Special edition dvd comes with "Director's Cut", which includes additional footage and behind the scenes bloopers.

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    Everything from $250 level + 2 hours of free creative consulting and/or inspirational counseling (in-person or virtual) provided by Rod Garvin + Recognition of you and/or your business in SB and RG communications (email, social media, websites).

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    Everything from $500 level + 2 nights at a luxurious hotel in Charlotte for SB premiere party or another SB location of your choice + Contributor Credit for you or your business on finished project.

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    Everything from $1,000 level + business product and/or location placement in the film + dinner for 2 at one of my favorite local restaurants during the Charlotte premier of Southern Blend, or on a date that works for you + Co-Producer Credit.

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    Everything from $2,500 level + First Class Flight to Charlotte for premier or limousine ride for those living in Charlotte area + Executive Producer Credit.

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