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!
SAMPLE 'LEAVE ME' ARTWORK BY CHARLES INGRAM: