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Sam was going to change the world... and then 30 years went by.

Not a neighbor yet? Come on in and "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Two new rewards!! Help reach 300 backers!

Look to the right to see the new rewards that are only available from now until the end of our campaign. $3 gets you THREE CLAMS, $25 gets the the FROGTOWN FROCKMAKER! Tell your friends! Together we can reach 300 backers!

The Survey Results Are In!!

Our Neighbors Movie Trailer Survey closed yesterday--with 120 responses!  The "cliff notes" version of the result is below.  THANKS to EVERYONE who took the survey--and who gave detailed replies.  You gave us a LOT of important information about what was working and not working with the trailers with your responses!!

Watch our new Catherine Dent video!

Click on the UPDATES tab above to see Catherine talking to Judy about her experiences on Neighbors, and also her thoughts about crowdfunding and Kickstarter!

While you're there, also view our other  hand-crafted videos:

NEIGHBORS ANIMATION STUDY
PREVIEW OF A SCENE  and
ARMY OF WOMEN

Neighbors is a home grown, grass roots, independent feature film. It's a comedic drama about a once-successful graphic novelist who, in facing down a midlife crisis, finds solace in both the passions and compassion of his neighbors, much to the consternation of his wife. Think American Splendor meets American Beauty

The story of the making of the film parallels the narrative of the film itself in many ways. Neighbors is a movie about the magic that occurs when the most unexpected people come into our lives and change it for the better. And a lot of magic occurred in the making of this film. We make a living as professionals in the film and television business. But this project is a labor of love. We shot it in our own homes and in our neighborhood. Many of our neighbors worked as cast and crew during the filming, and in post-production. Neighbors opened their homes and businesses as sets, cooked for us, loaned us props, gave us advice, and so on went the magic. Our neighbors have been our champions and we would not have made it this far without them.

So now through Kickstarter we invite YOU to become a Neighbor too and to help us finish our film and spread the word!

CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE A NEIGHBOR TO THE RIGHT
CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO BE A NEIGHBOR TO THE RIGHT

MEET THE CAST

Michael O’Keefe: Sam
Michael O’Keefe: Sam

Michael O’Keefe is best known for Michael ClaytonCaddyshackFrozen River and The Great Santini. O’Keefe was nominated for an Academy Award in 1981 for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" forThe Great Santini; nominated for the CableACE Award in 1987 for "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series" - The Hitchhiker; and nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1981 for "New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" - The Great Santini.

Catherine Dent: Mary
Catherine Dent: Mary

Dent is best known for her work in The Shield, 21 Grams, The Mentalist, Replicant and One Life to Live. Her first feature film was the 1994 movie Nobody's Fool. Dent also recently made her directorial debut on Silk, a short film for the AFI Women's Directing Program currently in post-production.

Blake Bashoff: Jeff
Blake Bashoff: Jeff

Bashoff is best known for his role as Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening. He started acting at the age of 10, working primarily in commercials, and then singing and dancing in film and theater.  He won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor for Big Bully in 1996.

Julie Mond: Sherrie
Julie Mond: Sherrie

Mond is best known for her role as Ellen Barlow in the prequels to the The Hallmark Channel's Love saga, Love Begins and Love's Everlasting Courage. She  also played Dr. Chase's love interest, Moira Parker, on Fox's House MD in its last and final season this year.

Sean Patrick Thomas: Paul
Sean Patrick Thomas: Paul

Thomas is best known for his role in Save the Last Dance in which he starred opposite Julia Stiles. He is also known for his work in Cruel Intentions, Barbershop, and had a recurring role onThe District

CONNECT WITH US

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Kickstarter wants us to tell you about the potential risks and challenges we face after we get funded.

From where we stand now, we see two kinds of risk; financial and creative. The financial risk is easily understood, we have spent “x” number of dollars (much of it out of our own pockets) on the film and we could stand to lose a good deal of it. Understanding the creative risk is a little more difficult. And we believe that this creative risk is the more worrisome. There is a huge risk in making a kind of film that you have not seen before, and for an audience that you’re not really sure how to address. But the response of the people that have seen the film in its varying stages goes a long way to settle this anxiety. And there was a time in this process when we had no crew, no camera, no locations. There was a time when we had no actors or script. These challenges moving forward don’t seem any more daunting than the ones that came before!

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    NEW REWARD! THREE CLAMS - Skip your delicious latte for just one day and make a three dollar pledge to Neighbors You'll receive a very "neighborly" refrigerator magnet with an original Barry Bruner illustration on it!

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    RIVER RAT We'll show our eternal gratitude by putting your name on a Special Thanks section of our website.

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    DOG CATCHER We'll send you, via snail mail, a personalized post card with a production still photo that was taken during the filming of the movie. PLUS we'll put your name on a Special Thanks section of our website.

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    NEW REWARD! FROGTOWN FROCKMAKER - If you pledge $25, or increase your existing pledge by $25, we’ll send you a limited edition custom made Neighbors T-shirt with a Barry Bruner illustration!!

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    LEAF BLOWER GUY We'll send you a DVD of NEIGHBORS (upon completion), signed by the director. PLUS we'll include your name on a Special Thanks section of our website.

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    BOULEVARD BUSKER We'll send you a CD of the original NEIGHBORS soundtrack, by renowned composer Ronit Kirchman (upon release). PLUS all the rewards from the $25 level.

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    GUY NEXT DOOR We'll send you a limited edition signed copy of THE HI-LINE, Ron's first film that appeared in the dramatic competition at Sundance. PLUS all the rewards from the $50 level.

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    VILLAGE BAKERY HOTTIE We'll put your name in the "Special Thanks" section of NEIGHBORS end credits! PLUS all the rewards from the $50 level.

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    THE SHOOTING STAR This is a prize for filmmakers only—who are ready to take charge of their careers. This reward is for a two-day pass for either Mark Stolaroff’s “No Budget Film School” (http://www.nobudgetfilmschool.com) or Tom Provost’s “Cinema Language: The Art of Storytelling” (http://www.cinemalanguage.org). These classes have been written up in both the Huffington Post, and in Indiewire. “If you're through talking about being a filmmaker and ready to become one, No Budget Film School is for you!” We have five passes available for each class--for a total of 10 rewards. The next set of classes will be held this spring at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Class value: $275.00!! Please send us a message for which class you prefer—or buy BOTH!

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    BIG FOOT BARFLY We'll send you a copy of the script signed by writer/ director Ron Judkins, a DVD containing the NEIGHBORS movie trailer, behind-the-scenes footage from the production of the movie, AND interviews with the Producers, Director, Cast. PLUS all the rewards from the $100 level.

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    LOS FELIZ LEGEND You’ll look fabulous after a two-hour in person fashion consultation with the fabulous Hollywood stylist and NEIGHBORS very own costume designer, Gillan Robin Christie. Your fashion consultation can be done in your own home or out shopping in the stores (in the Los Angeles area - transportation and lodging not provided). (Limit 3 – First come first serve.) PLUS all the rewards from the $100 level.

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    PROOF BAKERY BARISTA We'll send you a Barry Bruner (the exceptionally talented illustrator who created all of the artwork for our lead character) 11" x 17" signed, limited edition giclee print of one of his drawings from the film, suitable for framing. PLUS a one-of-a kind, limited edition, beautiful, hand-thrown and stamped ceramic NEIGHBORS cup made by our own producer, Jennifer Young (these were our cast and crew wrap gifts). PLUS a NEIGHBORS T-shirt with a BARRY BRUNER graphic! AND, if you are in the Los Angeles area we'll buy you the best ever cappuccino (to drink out of your cup) at Proof Bakery in Atwater Village, CA (Proof was also one of our filming locations). PLUS all the rewards from the $200 level!

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    ATX CROSSING GUARD Ron Judkins, the writer and director of NEIGHBORS, and two-time Academy Award winning sound mixer, will personally record your family's oral history! You will receive up to a two-hour recording session at your home or other location of your choice within the City of Los Angeles (or the session can be done over the phone if you are not in Los Angeles.) Up to three individuals may be recorded. You will then receive up to five copies of your oral history CDs. These recordings will be part of your family legacy! This would also make a great Christmas gift! Limit 4 – First come first serve. PLUS all the rewards from the $100 level.

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    THE GOOD NEIGHBOR The director and the producers of NEIGHBORS will personally provide the food and make dinner for you and up to seven friends (and we’re really good cooks!) at our home or yours (in the Los Angeles area - transportation and lodging not provided). You can pick our brains about the making of Neighbors or just sit back and relax and enjoy being catered to! PLUS all the rewards from the $100 level.

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    BELLE OF THE BALL An invitation for you and a guest to attend a Screening* of NEIGHBORS with the director Ron Judkins plus 2 VIP invites to the cast and crew party (transportation and lodging not provided). PLUS our lead actors Michael O'Keefe and Catherine Dent will personally call you to thank you for your support! PLUS all the rewards from the $100 level. *NOTE: We realized it was a tad unfair to limit all the good stuff to Los Angeles. So if we end up screening the film in your city, we'll extend the rewards to you. However, we can't guarantee any specific cities or screenings/parties etc. outside of LA at this time.

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    ATWATER ARTIST We will send you everything from the $400 reward level PLUS a signed original pencil drawing by Barry Bruner, that was created for the production of the film.

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    GOLF PRO You and a guest will get to challenge the director Ron Judkins to one game of miniature golf at Camelot Golfland where we spent our first day of filming on NEIGHBORS! You and your guest will also be taken also be taken on a private guided tour of our filming locations by the director and one or both of the producers and then Ron will take you both to dinner somewhere in the Los Angeles area. (Transportation and lodging not provided.) PLUS everything from the $400 reward level.

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    MAYOR OF ATWATER If you make a pledge this large and we'll give you any or all of the above rewards that you'd like! Your choice!

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