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The Amateur is a gritty, naturalistic musical drama exploring the chaotic journey of artistic pursuit in contemporary Los Angeles.
127 backers pledged $31,431 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY

Actor Joey Baldwin filming through East LA.
Actor Joey Baldwin filming through East LA.

This film captures a moment in the history of enigmatic Los Angeles - a city pulsing with an art and music scene that is currently one of the hottest, most fertile, and experimental in the world. The Amateur leads you into underground LA exploring what it is to live the life of an artist - a life that isn't always seen in the glare of Hollywood.

We hand selected a few tracks from the film for your listening pleasure, please enjoy the tunes...

JOEY BALDWIN - "Contradicktion"

Jeannetta Arnette and Marci Miller acting in a scene.
Jeannetta Arnette and Marci Miller acting in a scene.

MOVING UNITS "Girl Like U"

THE PEOPLE

The whole crew along with actors Melissa Haro and Joey Baldwin film a scene in the middle of the night on the rooftop of the Pacific Electric Lofts building.
The whole crew along with actors Melissa Haro and Joey Baldwin film a scene in the middle of the night on the rooftop of the Pacific Electric Lofts building.

From Writer/Director Carlton Sugarman (To Sonnets), Cinematographer Jared Varava (Tumbleweed!), and Producers Lauren Schneider (four lx) and Tara Jane (BrambleArch Pictures) comes a film that pays homage to the millions of artists who have dedicated their lives to their craft yet never attained conventional success - a story that so many of us know all too well - from Van Gogh to possibly you...

ARCHER BLACK "Onward and Down"

and YOU...

That brings us to you - we need your help to finish the film! We have successfully completed principal photography. Done and done. And this was an incredible shoot - we were granted access to film in some of the most exclusive venues in LA, and the caliber of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, blew us away. Now we need your help to get through post-production - editing, sound design, producing the soundtrack, coloring the film, as well as film festival submissions and PR. Help us bring this special film to life!

Actors Brad Dujmovic, Alisha Fraher, Jeremy O. Harris, Joey Baldwin, Carlotta Bosch, Sebastian Boher and Melissa Haro take a break from filming.
Actors Brad Dujmovic, Alisha Fraher, Jeremy O. Harris, Joey Baldwin, Carlotta Bosch, Sebastian Boher and Melissa Haro take a break from filming.

LA LA LA BIRDTIME "The Roof"

LOVE

We are truly grateful for the extraordinary artists who each gave a piece of their heart to this film including Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, Dave Krusen of Pearl Jam, Bill Wadhams of iconic Animotion, folk-rock darling Lissie, dance-punk legends Moving Units, Brad Dujmovic, La La La Birdtime, The Cuss, Charlie Wadhams, Archer Black, Malik 'the FreQ" Moore, Frank DiVanna, Tripp Rezac, print maker/designer Sebastian Boher, comic book creator Michael Jasorka, photographers Tony Byrd and Kevin Ito and Amy Rivera, all supplementing our brilliant cast that includes Joey Baldwin, Jere Burns (Justified, Bates Motel), Jeannetta Arnette (Pineapple Express, Boys Don't Cry), Nick Gomez (Looper, Walking Dead), Nathan Phillips (Chernobyl Diaries, Snakes on a Plane), two-time Sports Illustrated cover model Melissa Haro, Nathan Frizzell, Marci Miller, Aida Lembo, RoMahdi, Grace Savage, Evan Boymel, Alice Boher, Jeremy O. Harris, Lee Doud, Blaise Embry, Alexander Leeb, Bobby Reed, Stacey Danger, John Ruby, Christine Krumme, Meredith Barnett, Summer Winkey, April Moreau, and Spanish Ingénue Carlotta Bosch making her US debut.

Actor Jere Burns in between takes.
Actor Jere Burns in between takes.

THE CUSS "Year One"

The Amateur was a truly magical shoot, everyone left feeling like they had been part of something very special. Our dream team crew was made up of top-notch professionals willing to work for the love of the project - we will be eternally grateful to our exceptional crew.

Enchanting Joey Baldwin and Carlotta Bosch film a scene.
Enchanting Joey Baldwin and Carlotta Bosch film a scene.

CHARLIE WADHAMS "Upside Down"

We have created an incredible film so far and we can't wait to share it with you. So get involved, take advantage of our awesome incentives and let us hear from you! Thank you thank you thank you for your interest and support - we will exceed your expectations - just wait...

REWARDS

One Color Limited-Edition Original Sebastian Boher Prints - Sebastian was Born in Santiago, Chile, where he studied fine arts with a specialty in Printmaking. He then studied Lithography at the Taller Experimental de Grafica de la Habana in Cuba and then received an MFA in experimental animation at The California Institute of the Arts. His work is rad, we are so thankful for his generosity in creating these pieces especially for you! These prints are on Archival, acid-free Rives bfk paper with water-based permaset inks. Check out more of his work at www.miwak.com. We have 3 of each of these 30"x22" prints for you to choose from:

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Limited-Edition Kevin Ito Prints - Kevin is a sought after photographer who is always on the hunt for the next breathtaking photograph. We are so thankful for his work in our film and we are psyched to get to share it with you - check out more of his work at helloito.com. We have 7 of each of these prints for you to choose from:  

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The amazing original Animotion T-Shirt that will be signed by lead singers Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane:

Risks and challenges

Often independent films get through production only to flounder and fail to reach their audience. With an incredible adept distribution strategy utilizing the most cutting edge DIY Distribution resources, such as EggUp, Distrify, Dynamo Player and VHX, THE AMATEUR will make it out into the world we know will be waiting excitedly to receive it. The incredible thing about DIY Distribution is it allows us to get the film directly to our fans with no long wait or middle man - it is truly the future of independent film. We are so excited to be able to invite you to participate in this venture with us, you can rest assured you are backing a project destined for success, between our incredible connections at major film festivals including Sundance and SXSW, and an already active social media campaign, we know our film will be one that will find it's niche and hold a special place in the hearts of the generation of artists thriving all over the world - a generation you are part of. Join us! We are truly grateful for you and look forward to celebrating our success with you.

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    Thank you for your support! In addition to our undying gratitude, you can download a SONG of your choice from one of the incredible bands who appeared in our film. Your choice of a song from Joey Baldwin, Dave Krusen, Moving Units, Animotion, La La La Birdtime, Archer Black, Charlie Wadhams, The Cuss, or Malik 'the FreQ" Moore. Check out some of their songs in our campaign and stay tuned, we'll be posting songs daily for you to hear so you'll know exactly the song for you!

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    A digital download of THE AMATEUR SOUNDTRACK featuring brand new music from the film as well as hits from some of the above artists - we are as excited about the soundtrack as we are about the film, and we know you will be too.

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    A digital download of THE AMATEUR SOUNDTRACK + a very special pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR - as one of our backers you'll be one of the first to see the film!

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + an original, limited-edition SILK-SCREENED T-SHIRT BY SEBASTIAN BOHER - the artist whose work was used in the film as the art work of Joey's main love interest - Fiamma, played by Carlotta Bosch. Sebastian's work is incredible and he is making these beauties exclusively for our Kickstarter angel supporters - they are ridiculo cool. Check out the Rewards section in our campaign to get a feel for Sebastian's work and then imagine that vibe silk-screened by hand on a soft, stylin t-shirt...

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + a very exclusive ANIMOTION T-SHIRT SIGNED BY BILL WADHAMS AND ASTRID PLANE OF ANIMOTION! If you love Animotion as much as we do, don't miss your chance to have a little piece of rock n roll history for yourself - Bill Wadhams, the lead singer of Animotion plays Joey's music mentor in The Amateur - he is incredible and so is anything Animotion. Check out the picture of the rad t-shirt Bill and Astrid will be signing in the Rewards section!

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + your choice of one $250 reward - a gorgeous, limited-edition ORIGINAL PRINT by ARTIST SEBASTIAN BOHER. Sebastian's work was featured in the film as the work of Joey's main love interest - Fiamma, played by Carlotta Bosch. Fiamma is a sexy, bohemian artist and these prints were featured in the film as her work at a gallery opening. We saved these prints exclusively for you guys, they are truly beautiful pieces and actual mementos from the film! There are pictures of these prints in the Rewards section as well - check it!

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + your choice of a $250 reward - an incredible limited-edition ORIGINAL PRINT by RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER KEVIN ITO. Kevin's photographs are featured in the film at one of the gallery openings, and these are limited-edition prints of those photographs! See the Rewards section to dazzle your eyes on these print options.

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + your choice of one $500 reward - a CUSTOM LEATHER GUITAR STRAP DESIGNED BY LA ROCK N ROLL DESIGNER DOUGLAS DUNNAM. These straps are fierce - one of them was featured in the film at the band's record label audition at Jim Henson Studios - and Douglas has very kindly agreed to make a few more just for you guys! This is a steal. For real. We'll be releasing some pics of his work in the Rewards section soon, but remember - yours will be a one-of-a-kind yours!

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + your choice of one $500 reward - a 5 MINUTE SKYPE CALL WITH ACTRESS MIRCEA MONROE! Mircea was a creative consultant on The Amateur and she has sweetly offered to speak with one of you luckies - don't miss this super rare chance to chat to her!

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    A pre-release digital download of THE AMATEUR + a ticket to the LOS ANGELES PREMIERE AND CAST PARTY! Your chance to be a part of the excitement as the film screens in Los Angeles - the city it was made for. Join us for the screening and after party with the cast, crew, bands and artists - it will be a rocking good time. (Travel and accommodations not included)

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE - that's right. Except for the Mircea Monroe call, sold separately.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. Your chance to be more than just a fan...

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