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Amidst the pressures of everyday life, a mother and her teenage son discover a passion for music and the key to redefining their lives. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 16, 2012.

Amidst the pressures of everyday life, a mother and her teenage son discover a passion for music and the key to redefining their lives.

About this project

What an amazing 32 days!! The generous support for our film has left us humbled and brimming with gratitude!

We look forward to continuing to share this journey with you. We hope you will follow our adventure into production through our updates here and at www.lifeinsideoutthemovie.com

If you have discovered us post-Kickstarter and would still like to be a part of our film, we welcome your support. You can offer it here.  We will happily continue to honor some of the Kickstarter rewards from our original campaign and we’ve even added some new, amazingly cool things.

You can continue to get introduced to some great artists and enjoy the wonderful songs submitted to our Virtual Open Mic at www.yourmusicinourmovie.com.

Want to talk to us about the production? Click the “send message” button right here on Kickstarter. We would love to hear from you!!

Thank you all for making Life Inside Out a dream come true!

Behind every door, on every block, is a story of someone striving for a little bit more. People trying to live up to their everyday responsibilities, to nurture and care for their loved ones, while still longing to realize their own dreams.

“Life Inside Out” tells the parallel stories of Laura, a devoted mother of three teenage sons, and her struggling son Shane, the family misfit and a mystery to his Dad and brothers.

When we first meet Laura she is coping with her changing life and facing the fact that she is the same age that her own mother was at the time of her sudden death. Her husband’s business is faring poorly and financial uncertainty is looming. When she stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, she is taken under its spell and rediscovers her passion for songwriting.

When Laura, in a sudden move to avoid attending yet another of her sister Lydia’s scrap book parties, impulsively flies off to her first open mic night, she takes Shane (anxious to escape his own unpleasant fate on a father-son fishing trip) along for the ride. Despite her rocky entry into a new world of clubs and unusual characters, this first step into expressing herself proves to be the catalyst for changing not only her life, but Shane’s, in complex and unpredictable ways.

We (Maggie and Lori) first met when we formed a music collective to support each other performing at open mic nights around Los Angeles.
At the time, I (Maggie) was trying to find my way into the songwriting world. The challenges of making time for this and being the kind of parent I wanted to be, while also trying to make a living as an actor, in whatever roles were left for women of my age, proved complicated, to say the least. My own family was struggling under tremendous stress due to a devastating financial loss related to the recession and the construction industry, which only added to the uncertainty with which I approached every new step.

At the same time, I watched as my teenage son, Finneas, discovered his own passion for singing and songwriting, jumping in with an ease and confidence that had taken me years to acquire. I found myself living in a house constantly full of creativity and music but coming more from the younger generation of the household (even including my young daughter) than from my own musical mind. The confluence of all of these events provided the genesis of the story.

The experiences Lori (who was exploring similar themes in her life and writing) and I shared at open mic nights were amazing, sometimes terrifying, and often hilarious. They further inspired the story and led us to join together to write “Life Inside Out.”

“Life Inside Out” tells the story of people like us. The average person who is trying to make ends meet, joyfully raise a family and still express themselves in a creative way.

As part of a larger circle of creative friends we were thrilled when people responded to our script and wanted to jump on board. The project is moving forward in so many wonderful ways. Every day we get to closer to realizing our dream. Your participation makes all the difference.

To add depth and character to the movie we are on a global search for songwriters to contribute to the film. We are looking for 5 songs to include in the movie. And our Kickstarter backers get to choose the songs!

All artists’ works will be publicly posted on our website yourmusicinourmovie.com and exposed to a large audience across the internet.

Want to listen to the songs? Join our campaign and get a chance to find new artists at yourmusicinourmovie.com

Do you want your song in our movie? Join our online open mic session to showcase your song.
More info here: yourmusicinourmovie.com

We are so excited about this movie and we have a lot of talented people working in every aspect of it. Everyone involved is donating their time and talents to this project because they love it and want to tell this story, but productions still take money. This is where you come in. We need your participation to help us reach our Kickstarter goal of a minimum of $35,000. Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. We need to raise at least $35,000 to see a penny of it and everything we raise beyond that will go into making this production even better. 

Studios don’t make movies like this: there’s no sex, drugs or rock and roll...well, there is some rock and roll, but not one car chase, and nobody dies! WE know there is an audience for this kind of movie, but it’s not a story that is being told.

We have assembled an incredible team of people who are committed and capable of bringing this story to life. And we are already connecting with our audiences, even right at this moment.

“Life Inside Out” will also have a beautiful soundtrack featured organically within the story. In addition we are inviting musicians to submit their songs for the movie, because we feel strongly about nurturing artists beyond our community. Help us do it!

How does this all work?! 

Kickstarter is a giant (the world’s largest) funding platform for creative projects. Hundreds of thousands of people a year give millions of dollars to creative projects from creative people all over the world.

People who support a project are called "backers." Giving money to our movie is called a "pledge." For your pledge, we offer "rewards," depending on the amount of the pledge. For instance, for a pledge of $11 we'll offer you a custom “Life Inside Out” guitar pick plus you get to see our private production blog. You can pledge anything from $1 to $10,000 and choose a reward from that level or any level below it. We’ll even help you customize your reward if you see something you long for. You can see all the rewards on the right side of the page. If you have questions about them that aren’t answered in our FAQS section, shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you.


Soooooo if you want to Participate in our Project as much as we want to have you, here’s what you do:
It’s as simple as One, Two, Three

  • 1. Find a pledge (and reward) level you like (from the right side bar). 
  • 2. Hit the Green “Back This Project” button. 
  • 3. Enter pledge amount and fill in your information. 

The whole thing takes just a few seconds!!

For more information on our rewards CLICK HERE

That’s all there is to it. You are part of our Movie and we are forever grateful!

BTW
Your pledge isn’t actually processed until our campaign is 100% successful. It’s all or nothing but with your help we know we can go platinum!

Want to help us even more? Share our page with your friends, family, neighbors,co-workers and complete strangers!

Facebook.
Everyone loves Facebook. “Sharing” our video (with your own note) is even better than “liking” it, but both are great! You can paste the URL straight onto your page!

Twitter. Tweet out the video - there’s a button right under the video.

Email. Write a note to the people you know who might love the message of this film. We so appreciate it.

Talk about it. A lot of people don’t know what Kickstarter is and you can be the first to turn them on to it!! Our project would love to be their initiation into indie film making.

But whatever you do, we cannot thank you enough!!

We’re excited to be shooting primarily in our own neighborhoods in North East Los Angeles.

Your funds will go towards:
* casting
* location scouts & location fees
* storyboards
* production design
* camera, lights and sound equipment rentals
* cast and crew costs
* transportation
* food
* and a whole list of other stuff we need to make this movie happen...we will stretch your dollars as far as humanly possible.  

More about the project and team:

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LifeInsideOutTheMovie.com 
YourMusicInOurMovie.com  

There’s no such thing as a stupid question so go ahead and ask.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you pledge outside the U.S.? Absolutely. Orders are processed through Amazon. 
Can I change levels after I pledge? SURE YOU CAN, you can always increase your pledge.
Can I give this as a gift? Definitely!  Once the campaign is over, we’ll confirm shipping addresses and other details. At that time, you can give us the information about the lucky friend. 
What happens if we don't reach our goal? We cry! You aren't charged and we don't receive any of the funds. But don’t worry, that’s not going to happen.
What happens if we go over the goal? Our crew gets to eat and we make an even better movie.
How is my pledge processed and charged? Your pledge will be processed by Amazon once the campaign is successful. Totally safe and secure.
Who took that great picture of the chick in the purple coat? Kimerlee Curyl!

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Rewards

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    Pledge $1 or more

    19 backers

    BAND-AID: Thank you so much for your support! Please help us choose a song from our LIFE INSIDE OUT OPEN MIC sessions. You will be listed as a supporter on the film’s website and receive all updates on our adventure via email.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    43 backers

    TALENT SCOUT: The above and help us discover new talent by choosing your favorite song in all 5 categories LIFE INSIDE OUT OPEN MIC sessions.

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    Pledge $11 or more

    17 backers

    THE INSIDE PICK: All of the above and a customized “Life Inside Out” guitar pick. Plus you get the PASSWORD to our private production blog: “The Inside Pick,” an exclusive look at the exciting world of the film shoot from day one to the film premiere with exclusive photos, vlogs, and candid moments with the filmmakers.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    24 backers

    YUMMY: All of the above and Maggie’s mind-blowingly amazing cinnamon roll recipe as featured in the movie.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    90 backers

    ON DEMAND: All of the above and a digital DOWNLOAD of the movie.

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    87 backers

    YOUR NAME HERE: All of the above plus a DVD of the movie and your name listed in the end credits of the film under “Thank you Awesome Kickstarter Ninjas”.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    10 backers

    FAMILY NIGHT: All of the above and an autographed DVD of the movie along with organic microwavable popcorn and autographed lyrics and chord sheets from 3 of the songs featured in the movie (Make the cinnamon rolls for the next morning!)

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    64 backers

    THE BIG SCREEN: Everything from the $50 level and one invitation to the Los Angeles screening, where you will receive a standing ovation from the cast and crew. (Transportation not included.)

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    Pledge $150 or more

    12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)

    MAGICAL MEMORIES: Everything from the $100 category and your family picture used on one of the scrapbook pages in the opening scene of the movie. (We’ll send you the finished page for your own scrapbook.)

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    Pledge $150 or more

    1 backer

    GAMERS LEVEL UP: Everything from the $100 category and Maggie Baird will record a personalized outgoing message for your phone. (If you don’t know why this reward is so awesome, ask someone who plays videogames!)

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    0 backers

    OR, FOR YOU ANIMATION FANS:
    Everything from the $100 category and Lori Nasso will record a personalized outgoing message for your phone. (Lori does a lot of amazing voice work...check her out.)

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  • You selected
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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    YOUR NAME HERE: Everything from the $100 category and your name featured on a flyer in the music store in our movie. We will send you a film still and a copy of the flier.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    9 backers Limited (11 left of 20)

    ROCK AND ROLL WALL OF FAME:
    Everything from the $100 category and we’ll use a photo of you or your band (from any point in your life) on the wall of one our club scenes. Disco attire and Hair Bands welcome!

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    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    SUGAR HIGH!:
    LA area exclusive: within 35 miles of Los Angeles. A dozen of those mind-blowingly amazing fresh cinnamon rolls baked and delivered to your door by our star Maggie Baird along with a good piece of gossip from the set. Redeemable during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years. Plus everything from the $75 category.

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    THE PORTRAIT PACKAGE: Everything from the $100 category and Award Winning Artist, Jill D’Agnenica, will create a digital portrait of you and friends or family members in the guise of your favorite literary or pop cultural figures. You will receive a print-quality digital file that can be printed in any form or used on clothing, hats, coffee mugs, etc.

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    THE ROCK PACKAGE: Everything from the $100 category and our star, Finneas’ band “Hollow Point Eyes,” will play a 40 minute set at your event. Limited to within 50 miles of the greater Los Angeles area. (http://www.reverbnation.com/hollowpointeyes)

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    THE ACOUSTIC PACKAGE: Everything from the $100 category and Maggie and Lori and friends will play a 40 minute set at your event. Limited to within 50 miles of the greater Los Angeles area.

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    1 backer All gone!

    New Backer Reward!
    GUITAR HERO: everything from the $100 category and you get to choose which of the Big Lou Wide Nut Guitars we will be featuring in the movie. After the shoot, the guitar is yours! Want it signed? We can do that too. International shipping not included. (See update #8 for details.)

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    1 backer

    GUEST ON THE SET: Everything from the $100 category and Spend a Day on the Set, be our guest blogger on the Life Inside Out Production blog and get your picture taken with members of the cast. Plus you get 2 tickets to the Los Angeles Cast and Crew Screening (transportation/lodging not included).

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    1 backer

    YOUR SCREEN DEBUT: Everything from the $100 category and Be a “Featured Extra” in the movie. You and a guest (parent or guardian, if you’re under 18) can experience the set together from “Action” to “Cut” (transportation and lodging not included.) Plus 2 tickets to the Cast and Crew Screening!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    New Backer Reward!
    IMPRESSARIO: everything from the $100 category and one of the clubs in the movie will be named after you or a loved one. Plus 2 tickets to the LA cast & crew screening. Transportation/lodging not included. (See update #8 for details.)

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    IMPROV PARTY!:
    Everything from the $100 category and Maggie and Lori (from the Groundlings, Second City and SNL) will host a night of improv games at your house for you and your friends within a 120 mile radius of Los Angeles area. Live outside this radius? Buy us round trip airfare and we’ll still come.

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    YOU'RE OUR MUSE: Everything from the $100 category plus Maggie and Finneas will write your name, or the name of someone you love, into a song and send you the demo! Plus two tickets to the Cast and Crew screening!!

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    1 backer

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:
    Everything from the $100 category and your name in the credits as Associate Producer. Plus 2 tickets to the Cast and Crew Screening.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    YOU'RE A STAR: You are an Executive Producer! That's right, that's how your name will appear in the credits. Now come spend a day with us working on the set. A speaking role is yours if you want it!! (transportation/lodging not included). Plus 2 tickets to the Cast and Crew Screening!! And of course, everything from the $100. category.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    HOME TOWN MOVIE MOGUL: You are an Executive Producer! That's right, that's how your name will appear in the credits. And the director and one of the lead actors will screen the movie for you and your friends in your home anywhere in the U.S.! And of course, everything from the $100 category.

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