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An experimental, one-man short film that focuses on the tragedy every parent and spouse fears, but never talks about.
18 backers pledged $1,200 to help bring this project to life.

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Logline:

After a man loses his wife and baby daughter in a tragic accident, his spiral into life-crushing grief brings him face-to-face with the memory of his family.  Will they be able to reignite his will to live, or will he continue to stumble through his existence?

$40 perk - art print of the film's key art (artist rendering, not actual artwork).
$40 perk - art print of the film's key art (artist rendering, not actual artwork).

About the Film:

I'm Ian, and I'm an award-winning actor/filmmaker in LA.  This film is a really intimate look into one man's life after losing everything that matters to him.  Imagine that you found your soul-mate; imagine you two felt like Romeo and Juliet (before the stabbing) - that there was nothing else in the world but you; imagine you had a baby girl and you filled her with every hope and dream a parent ever has for his daughter.  Now imagine that in an instant, all that was taken away from you.  How would you survive?  How would you rebuild?  How could you ever move on?

Are you depressed yet?  I am.  But that's why this story is so important, because somewhere in the world this person may exist, and storytelling, ever since Man sat around a fire in a cave, has helped us cope with what we never want to experience.  By bringing this film to life, it could help someone dealing with loss overcome their grief (Pollyanna much?  I know, I know.)

$80 perk - script and production photos as a bound book (not actual cover design).
$80 perk - script and production photos as a bound book (not actual cover design).

About the Money:

The total budget for this project is $3,500, and I am putting up my own money, but I just don't have enough.  And the more money we can raise, the better this project will be.  This is a powerful story that needs to be told, but it can only happen with your support.  In order to make this film a reality and to do it properly, I'm going to need more than an iPhone and a desk lamp.  I'm going to need:
1. a Director - to tell me when to act and when to stop.
2. a Director of Photography - to make sure the camera is pointed at me.
3. a Camera Operator - to hit the record button.
4. a Sound Person - silent movies are so 2011.
5. a Lighting Technician - this film won't be that dark.
6. a Makeup Artist - no, not just for my vanity.
7. Food - not negotiable with a film crew.
Each of the skilled, future Oscar winners that will be working on this film need to pay their rent.  I, however, will be working for free (don't tell SAG, they don't know...and you know how union bosses get).

Bottom line, expenses add up quickly, and on top of all that there are Kickstarter and credit card processing fees (10%), taxes (who knows what fresh delights my dear Uncle Sam has in store for us this fiscal year), and the cost of making and delivering the amazing perks for donating.

$125 perk - have this film dedicated to the memory of your loved one.
$125 perk - have this film dedicated to the memory of your loved one.

About Film Festivals:

It's worth mentioning that I intend to take this film around the country, and hopefully internationally, to film festivals.  Each festival requires an entry fee of about $40 and could bring press and prestige to the film.  Any funds raised in excess of the goal amount will be used for these entry fees.  The better and bigger festivals I can get this film into, the better and bigger the prestige for you for being part of it!

$2,000 perk - You're an Executive Producer with an IMDb credit to go along with it!
$2,000 perk - You're an Executive Producer with an IMDb credit to go along with it!

About the Perks:

The biggest perk you get for being a part of this incredible project is that you're helping create something of substance, a piece of art that has the potential of moving people and making them think differently about their lives.  Bubble gum entertainment is great, don't get me wrong, but there's a new Kardashian everyday for that.

I've designed these perks so that there's something for everyone.  Live on your phone?  Check.  Love to put art on your wall?  Check.  Bibliophile?  Check.  Does this story touch you because you've lost someone and would like to honor their life?  Whatever moves you, there's something that should reflect your style so you can have something that connects you personally to this project.

I've also worked hard at setting the donation levels low enough that you can donate at a couple levels and get the things you really want, not just a bunch of stuff you'll just throw away and feel like your donation was wasted.

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are unforeseeable...blah, blah, blah.

Honestly, there are challenges, but the one thing that I've learned after doing over ten similar projects is that preparation is key. Prepare, prepare, then over-prepare.

I have worked with some really great crafts(wo)men over the years, and they are busy working professionals. Scheduling conflicts may arise, but on a two-day short, this risk is mitigated.

As with everything in life, things end up taking longer than we want. I've built in some buffer-time for the delivery of your perks in anticipation of this. But one good thing about joining me on this venture is that now we're part of a community of accountability, so no matter the challenge I'll have to continue to work for you to make this the most successful project it can be.

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    Original, HD, DIGITAL ART for the cost of a submarine sandwich? Heck yeah! For your help, you receive a high resolution image designed for your favorite device (mobile phone, tablet, desktop, etc.). Set it as your wallpaper and show the world your commitment to independent film. In addition, you'll get your NAME IN THE CREDITS of the film and the enormous satisfaction of having helped make this film possible!

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    I own a fountain pen, and I'm itching to use it! Let me WRITE YOU A LETTER- just like people used to in the crazy days before 1993. (Heck, I'll write an original haiku if you prefer.) In the letter, you'll get to hear the details of my day with all my aspirations, dreams, and defeats. I'll even let you know what the weather is like in Los Angeles (SPOILER ALERT: it'll be 72 and sunny). Penmanship not guaranteed.
    Also: credit in the film.

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    You've helped create it; get to see it! Get a limited-edition, Kickstarter only copy of the finished FILM AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. It's yours to keep forever and ever, so you can watch it as many times as you like.
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    Do you love art you can put on your wall? Choose between 11”x14” (perfect for hanging) or 8”x10” (perfect for framing – not included) for your ORIGINAL POSTER of the film. Make you and your wall proud to the be patron of the arts that you are!
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    ONLINE VIEWING PARTY! You'll receive a special link to stream the film online with other donors and me. Ask questions, hear stories, your chance to interact with the film you helped create!
    Also: credit in the film, and your choice of digital art, digital film download, or handwritten letter.

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    You receive the shooting script of the film professionally bound as a BOOK filled with production stills and candid photos of the film being created. I will sign and dedicate your book, so you can show everyone on the street that you know someone in “Hollywood”.
    Also: credit in the film and invitation to the viewing party.

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    This film centers around loss, and what better way to HONOR YOUR LOVED ONE than in the special “In Memory Of” section of the credits. Show your support for this delicate family drama and have it dedicated to your loved one.
    Also: credit in the film for you and invitation to the viewing party, and your choice of digital art, digital film download, handwritten letter, wall poster, or bound shooting script.

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    Have your LOVED ONE'S PHOTO NEXT TO THEIR NAME in the “In Memory Of” section of the credits.
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    CAST THE DAUGHTER! Do you have a photo, and/or newborn footprint, of a Caucasian-looking (necessary only for photo) girl between the ages of three and seven? More importantly, do you have the legal right to have her picture and/or newborn footprint shown in a film? If you do, then you can cast her in the film! Her photo will be used as the character of the daughter in the film with credit given to her, and it will be forever so until mankind stops watching films (which I hope will never happen).
    Also: credit in the film for you and invitation to the viewing party, and your choice of digital art, digital film download, handwritten letter, wall poster, or bound shooting script.

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    Are you a true film lover that believes in this story? Then become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! Your enormous support will be shown by crediting you as “Associate Producer” and inclusion in IMDb as well as an invitation to the viewing party, digital art, digital film download, handwritten letter, wall poster, bound shooting script, AND inclusion of a loved one with their picture in the “In Memory Of” section of the credits.

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    You are a benefactor of the arts, equal to the Medici family of Renaissance Florence. You'll be credited as “EXECUTIVE PRODUCER” in the film and on IMDb as well as invitation to the viewing party, digital art, digital film download, handwritten letter, wall poster, bound shooting script, AND inclusion of a loved one with their picture in the "In Memory Of" section of the credits. Heck, if you want a couple of something, we'll probably be able to make that happen! The world is your oyster, and your donation is humbly received by a truly grateful filmmaker.

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