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We made our goal!! It's incredible & I am so amazingly grateful! But the campaign's not over yet. We've still got 4 days left to go!!! Every dollar raised over our initial goal will go towards making the finished film even better. 

So far 125(!) fabulous backers have gotten behind the project - that's 125 people who are now a part of this film. But we want to share it with so many more of you. We want to send you all postcards & buttons & updates about the project!! So get on board. Let's use every last second here on Kickstarter to make this project as amazing as it can be. 

If you're new to LEAVE ME LIKE YOU FOUND ME's Kickstarter page, you can learn more about the project below:

A few years back while on a camping trip in California, I had the idea to shoot a film in a national park. The idea was to try and capture something small and intimate and beautiful within the backdrop of something vast and expansive and also beautiful. Thus LEAVE ME LIKE YOU FOUND ME was born.

It is a story about two people who - after a year of being broken up & sad & lonely - decide to get back together. They just want to feel okay again and are hopeful that over the course of the last year they have grown enough as people to make the relationship work. To me this was a familiar idea... that place of total & utter heartbreak where you forget all the flaws of your last love and in your depressed state convince yourself that having them back would fix everything.

As I've spent the past few years making films - both as a producer & now as a director - I've come to realize that there is a special place in my heart for what I call 'destination filmmaking'. Touching down in new place and going to work at bringing a vision to the screen while at the same time being immersed in a new location and finding a new routine to your day. This is how I have fallen in love with places like Detroit & Downeast Maine. And I think that making LEAVE ME was for me, the epitome of 'destination filmmaking'. For two weeks my cast, my crew & myself camped in the woods - slept in tents, built a fire each night, hiked through said woods & made a movie. It was a truly unique experience about which we now have many great stories. We also have a really great, nearly completed film.

The final stages of post-production bring with them some pretty substantial and unavoidable hard costs (color correction, sound design, original score, music licensing, festival submissions, etc.). $5,000 is the bare minimum we need to raise to complete the film for a festival premiere. Please consider chipping in - every contribution will help towards reaching our goal. I think we've got some pretty cool rewards to offer in exchange for your contribution. The custom design items will feature artwork by friend Charles Ingram (pictured below - cool, right?). Even if all you can contribute is $5 - we've got an awesome LEAVE ME button to send to you! 

When I watch the film, though still a work-in-progress, I think we've been successful in my original goal of creating something intimate and beautiful. Please, become a part of it!

Thanks,

Adele

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SAMPLE 'LEAVE ME' ARTWORK BY CHARLES INGRAM:

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    Our love and appreciation & a personal email letting you know just how much we love and appreciate your contribution!

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    We will send you a custom LEAVE ME button. Take a gander at the cross section artwork on the left - pretty cool huh? Even cooler as a button!

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    We'll send you a postcard from the city where the film has it's festival premiere. Don't know yet where it will be, but wherever it is, we couldn't have gotten there with you! And if you want, we'll send you a button too!!

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    Digital download of the original score plus additional tracks inspired by the film. Composed by the über-talented William Ryan Fritch. Hear the song under the video? That's an awesome 'additional track' by Mr. Fritch. (plus the postcard & button)

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    Digital download of Adele's camping cookbook. What's THAT you say? Well, Adele pre-planned all of our meals for the two weeks we were camping. Couldn't very well eat hot dogs every night, could we? Perfect for your next prolonged car camping adventure. (plus the original score, postcard & button)

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    We'll send you a copy of the original festival poster. Again, take a gander at the sample art to the left. (plus the cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Custom Nalgene bottle. You'll be hydrating in style on your next hike! (plus the poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    LEAVE ME t-shirt featuring the tree art on the left. (plus the Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Custom LEAVE ME tote bag and a THANK YOU in the credits of the film. (plus the Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Limited edition hand made map of Erin & Cal's journey through the park. This is a National Geographic map that will include points of interest from the story as well as of the crew's experience filming, which we'll add to the map. (plus the tote bag, thank you in the credits, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    You can grow your own sequoia tree! We'll send you a seed kit! Just add water, sunshine, and about 500 years for maximum growth. Future generations will thank you & we will too! (plus the tote bag, thank you in the credits, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Private screening with cast and crew in Los Angeles (travel & lodging not included) which also means a private q&a afterwards (via Skype, if necessary) - remember when I said we have stories... (plus the grow your own sequoia, tote bag, thank you in the credits, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Digital download of Adele's first student film THE AMBASSADOR OF FUNK. The embarrassment value of this one alone far exceeds the pledge amount. A true collector's item, this is Adele & Taylor's first on-set collaboration. (plus the grow your own sequoia, tote bag, thank you in the credits, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    Two tickets to the premiere & after party with cast & crew (travel & lodging not included). Again, not sure when or where it will be, but we're a fun bunch & we clean up nice once we're out of the woods. And, if you'd like, Adele will send a romantic invitation to the person of your choosing. Perhaps you'd like to bring an ex as your date? (plus the grow your own sequoia, tote bag, thank you in the credits, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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    We'll make you an Associate Producer on the film & you won't have to sleep in the woods for two weeks to earn it! (plus the grow your own sequoia, tote bag, Nalgene, poster, cookbook, original score, postcard & button)

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