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From Outlaw Productions (SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, TRAINING DAY), a film about blossoming friendship and twenty-something sexuality

***WE DID IT!!!***

On behalf of the entire Never cast and crew, thank you all SO MUCH for helping get us to the finish line! I literally can't believe it!! Aaah!!! EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!

*Hold it together, Brett. Hold it together...*

Really blown away and humbled by this. Can't wait to get this film out there!!

--Brett 

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What is NEVER?

Never is an independent feature film about Denim (Zachary Booth, of Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On and TV's Damages), a twenty-something new to Seattle who falls in love with a struggling, gay singer-songwriter named Nikki (Zelda Williams, who starred in Were the World Mine, noobz, and David Duchovny's House of D). But more importantly it's about the way their resulting friendship blossoms, complicates, and ultimately redefines their understanding of sexuality and modern relationships.

The film co-stars Nicole Gale Anderson (from TV's Beauty and the Beast and Make It or Break It) and Angela Sarafyan (Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part II, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), featuring original music by Nora Kirkpatrick (of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros).

Who are we?

We're the filmmakers! My name is Brett Allen Smith, and Never is my first feature film as writer/director. The story has been a passion project of mine for years, drawing from all kinds of questions, expectations, hopes and fears that most twenty-somethings surely experience. But as personal as it is, the film itself is the result of the combined passion of some of the finest storytellers I've ever had the privilege of working with.

CHERIE SAULTER (producer) has been an independent film producer for the last five years. Medicine For Melancholy, which marked her first feature credit as producer, received three Independent Spirit Award Nominations and earned Cherie an NAACP Image Award nomination. She has since associate produced The Myth of the American Sleepover, which was one of the few American indies to screen at the Cannes Critic's Week in 2010.

ANDREW SCHMIDT (producer) only asks one question: does it resonate? In his two years in LA, he's worked nearly every side of filmmaking - whether producing content for NBC's The Sing-Off or shooting an Edward Sharpe concert for Thrash Lab's Rituals, that one question has been his guiding principle. Never is Andrew's first feature film, and he couldn't be more excited to put it out in front of an audience.

DEBORAH JELIN NEWMYER (exec producer) spent twelve years as Senior Vice President at Amblin Entertainment, where she oversaw classic films including The Color Purple, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the Back to the Future and Indiana Jones franchises. She's currently the President of Outlaw Productions, a company most famous for producing the Cannes and Sundance award-winning sex, lies, and videotape for director Steven Soderberg.

Why Kickstarter?

Never is almost finished: the film's been shot, and editing is nearly complete. But we need some help to reach the finish line. If we can reach our $20,000 Kickstarter goal we'll be able to color and sound design the film, get it to film festivals, and get it out there for the world to see. We're a completely independent project - and we'd be so grateful to have you join the Never team with your support!

How does it work?

Unfortunately, if our Kickstarter goal is not met by our deadline, our project will receive none of the donations pledged. So if you like our project, please help out by spreading the word - and check out our website and facebook page for updates on the film!

What if I have other questions?

Then please reach out to us here on Kickstarter - or feel free to contact me directly at brett@outlawfilm.com. I'm very friendly!

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On behalf of the entire Never team, thank you so much for considering our little project!

--Brett

Our NEVER t-shirt, designed by the amazing Stasia Burrington!
Our NEVER t-shirt, designed by the amazing Stasia Burrington!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

It’s an exciting time for independent filmmaking. The tools needed to create a professional product have never been more available, and in the age of digital, more and more films are made and released independently every year. But this also means that it’s become more competitive than ever for a film to finds its audience. Reaching our Kickstarter goal ensures that we will have a finished product, ready to screen at festivals – but the struggle to get the film actually seen by people is only just beginning. As a completely independent project, our biggest challenge will be securing the best possible release for Never by finding a distributor who will put the film out there for the world to see. We believe that our film’s story demands to be told, and we believe strongly in the community of people that will connect with its themes, characters and questions. But in reality, for Never to be seen by anyone at all, we need a distributor who believes in the same things we do. As experienced independent producers, the road to distribution is a journey my team and I have practiced many times on past projects – and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this process now for Never.

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