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JESSICA IN THE NEWS
Featured in the Filmmaker's Toolkit section of "Indiewire." http://www.indiewire.com/article/5-tips-for-casting-your-micro-budget-feature
Featured on Ted Hope's amazing website Hope for Film. Ted is a veteran Indie Producer of over 70 films. http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2013/07/jennifer-lawrence-does-not-want.html
Featured on WBEZ (Chicago's NPR Station) - http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/why-we-need-more-complex-female-film-characters-107983
Featured on the site - Script God's Must Die http://www.scriptgodsmustdie.com/2013/07/3668/
Featured in the Buzz Section of the Green Bay Press Gazette - http://greenbayhub.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130626/GPG0503/306260509/Ashwaubenon-grad-looks-lots-Internet-friends-help-fund-new-indie-film
Featured on Billy Dec's site A Chicago Thing.com - http://www.achicagothing.com/local-production-company-folded-rose-filming-new-movie-in-chicago-support-via-kickstarter/
A few years ago I was in a place in my life where I found myself questioning a lot – if not most – of the decisions that had gotten me where I was. I realized I had been treading water for a long time, keeping my head above the rising tide but never really moving anywhere, never progressing. I was stuck, and what was worse, I found myself expending more and more energy just to maintain, to avoid the changes happening around me. I knew I needed to choose a direction, but I simply didn't have any idea how to do it – or what that would look like, and to be honest I was afraid.
When Josh and I sat down to write this movie, I was reminded of that difficult time in my life, and I wondered what might have happened if, instead of buckling down and figuring out [some of] my shit, I had redoubled my efforts and fought even harder against the changes. Josh and I both thought that this desire to resist change, if made active enough, could be a rather interesting re-imagining of the coming-of-age story, particularly if the character was complicated enough, someone you at times found yourself rooting for and at times – like when she makes the same mistakes you did – broke your heart.
Jessica is a film for anyone who can understand that feeling of confusion, that moment of uncertainty. It’s a story of an average 24 year old struggling to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and fighting to resist the changes happening around her no matter how inevitable they might be.
WHAT’S THE FILM ABOUT?
On the eve of her 25th birthday Jessica is adrift. She’s working a dead end job; trying to avoid her recent ex-boyfriend; and using her friends, alcohol and whatever else she can to help escape the fact that she has absolutely no idea what to do with her life.
What's worse is that everyone Jessica cares about seems to be moving on. Her best friend Pam is on the verge of landing her dream job, the 11-year old girl she's been tutoring in ballet is about to master a set of skills Jessica was never able to learn, and her long-absent father has suddenly reemerged wanting to rekindle their relationship before he remarries.
Frustrated and confused, Jessica runs back to the small town where she grew up and the protective arms of her mother Sandy. But things back home aren’t the way she remembers, and when Sandy expresses concern about Jessica’s behavior, the two get into a huge fight that leaves Jessica feeling even more isolated and alone.
Returning to the life she so recently tried to escape, Jessica quickly discovers her problems there have only gotten worse. Her selfish behavior and empty promises have left her friends feeling angry and betrayed. Jessica knows she has to find a way to heed her mother's advice - to stop running away from her problems - but she's just not sure how to start.
Scott K. Foley and Josh Rosenberg will lead the Company’s production team. Together the two have over a decade of experience in film and television production and have completed projects with ABC, Discovery, TLC, Comedy Central, MTV, Wisconsin Public Television and A&E, to name a few. Not only skilled filmmakers, Scott and Josh are also producers as well. In 2008 Scott line-produced a scripted television pilot for Spike TV, and Josh currently works at Harpo Studios where he regularly manages the budget for Oprah’s Next Chapter.
SCOTT K. FOLEY – CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR: Scott K. Foley is an award-winning independent filmmaker and director who has been screening his work since 2001. His film, To Say Goodbye, was awarded “best of” prizes at festivals including the Iowa International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, and the Wisconsin Film Festival. As a cinematographer Scott has shot a variety of documentary and reality television shows. In 2011, Scott traveled to the Cannes Film Festival where a short film he shot had been accepted into the festival’s Short Film Corner.
JOSH ROSENBERG – CO-WRITER/PRODUCER: Josh Rosenberg wrote, directed, and produced the festival award-winning independent feature film, Tracks. The film screened at festivals including the Kansas International Film Festival and the Wisconsin Film Festival, where it went on to win the Wisconsin’s Own Jury Prize. Josh and the film have also been featured on the Wisconsin Public Television show, Director’s Cut. Josh is currently working in production management and is the production manager on Oprah’s Next Chapter at Harpo Studios in Chicago.
JOSHUA DUMAS – COMPOSER: Joshua is a Chicago-based artist, composer, and writer. He recently wrote music for the Vintage Theatre Collective’s Raskol, scored Jerzy Rose’s feature films Some Girls Never Learn and Crimes Against Humanity, scored Jeremy Bessoff’s Red Rider’s Lament, and co-directed and scored the dance films Mirrors Are Just Water Specified and The Woods’breath. He performs with Soundings, Eiren Caffall, and The Lamplit Maple. To check out more of Joshua’s work visit: http://quieterrors.com
NIELS MUELLER – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Niels earned his Master’s degree from UCLA’s Film School. In 2000, he was asked by fellow filmmaker and friend Gary Winick to help with an indie film Winick was set to direct called Tadpole. The film, which starred Sigourney Weaver, was co-written by Niels and went on to garner critical acclaim, including a win for Best Director and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Niels went on to make his feature-film directorial debut with, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, a screenplay he co-wrote. Based on the true story of Sam Bicke, the film stars Sean Penn and was an official selection of the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. More recently Niels has turned his attention toward television production, and in 2010 he served as co-creator and executive producer on the CBS series, The Defenders, which starred Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell.
ANGIE GAFFNEY - LINE PRODUCER: Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Angie is an established producer in the Chicago community. With six years of experience in film, television, and theatre, she has completed over 30 productions from a business management and creative development standpoint. She formed Black Apple Media in the fall of 2010 to foster a creative production hub for the independent filmmaker. Angie works closely with independent entrepreneurs and industry professionals to develop financially sound projects that advance the filmmaking community, and is currently producing for The Onion in Chicago. Her website is www.blackapplemedia.com
PASKAL RUDNICKE CASTING – CASTING DIRECTORS: Paskal Rudnicke Casting has been a leader in the Chicago film and theatre community for the past 20 years. The depth of Paskal Rudnicke’s casting experience is far too extensive to list in detail here. A short list of their impressive Chicago casting credits includes: Public Enemies, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, The Break Up, What Women Want, Fargo, and Groundhog Day. More information can be found at: http://www.prcasting.com/
[NOTE: As of this date no contracts have been signed with any cast or crew.]
People ask us, why Kickstarter? The answer is easy: Kickstarter offers such a flexible platform and so many benefits both to us, the filmmakers, and you, the project backers, that it seems almost unimaginable not to use it. It empowers us to both raise funds and also to involve you all more meaningfully in the filmmaking process through project updates and our specially designed rewards.
With so-called studio backed indie film budgets skyrocketing well above the $10 million mark, contributors to Kickstarter campaigns - people like you - are in a truly remarkable position. Not only are you able to help artists make projects that require money but you’re also able to make choices about the types of creative content – content outside the formulas imposed by the studios – that you want to see. In essence your decision to contribute and promote a Kickstarter campaign is not unlike being part of the management of a studio where you and your fellow contributors get to decide which projects get made and which don’t.
In that way, Kickstarter – and all of you – are the way truly Independent Films get made these days. Since Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, you won’t get charged for your contribution unless we reach our minimum goal by the deadline above. So time is an important factor. But as I mentioned above, the amount we’re asking for here is the bare minimum we need in order to get this film into production, and we'll be honest, we’d love to be able to raise more. Because every dollar over and above represents another light we can rent or a better lens for the camera or one more day with an additional crewmember or actor.
In other words every dollar you contribute, whether in helping reach our goal or helping us soar above it, will be seen up on screen. So please continue to contribute.
WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL PAY FOR
The funds we raise here on Kickstarter will be used toward the negative costs of production. This includes all equipment rental fees [camera, lenses, audio recording equipment, etc.], art department and wardrobe costs, transportation costs, location fees, hard-drives, insurance, expendables, and payment for our cast and crew [who will all be working at incredibly reduced rates, just because they believe in this project so much].
Where your money will NOT be going is in our - the producers’ and director’s - pockets! Rather than paying ourselves, we are deferring our salaries 100% so that every dollar contributed here will be going directly into the production of this film. Every dollar will be up there on the screen!
See below for a budget breakdown - please note that costs that have a SECURED value have been covered by the funds already raised.
HOW ELSE CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Crowdsourcing works best when there's, well, a crowd! So please help us spread the word about this campaign and the rewards we’ve designed for it. The more people that visit this page, the better the chances that we’ll reach our goal, and that’s something that we really need to do. Feel free to email the Kickstarter link below to all your friends and relatives, especially any of them who are movie lovers. Any help you can offer will be greatly – immensely – unbelievably – appreciated.
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Risks and challenges
As we said, Jessica is truly a project of passion, and because of that we will do whatever it takes to make sure this production happens and that we make the best film imaginable. However despite our best intentions, unexpected things can happen, and films – particularly low-budget films like this – are risky undertakings. Planning and preparation are truly the best safeguards against the many of the things that can go wrong, and we have been planning and preparing this film as a team for months, some of us even years. We have scheduled an 18-day shoot, consisting of three 6-day weeks and are currently putting together a team of highly skilled and talented crewmembers to work with us to help ensure that the film not only gets finished but that it is of the highest possible quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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