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The Last Straw

"The Last Straw" depicts the struggle of a young man trying to follow his dreams while growing up as a fatherless son.

The Last Straw

"The Last Straw" depicts the struggle of a young man trying to follow his dreams while growing up as a fatherless son.

$161
pledged of $1,500,000pledged of $1,500,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 5 2013 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 5, 2013

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Synopsis

The Last Straw is based on a true story, and it is a film about a young man who struggles to find his way through life. The tragic event that occurred during Jeff's childhood, which involved the death of his grandparents, has left him mentally and emotionally scarred. This is an intense and thought-provoking film about a man only having one straw left in life as the windows of opportunity begin to close for him. We need your help to turn this story into a feature film by giving a donation and sharing our link with everyone you know to raise funds for the production and the release of "The Last Straw" feature film!!! So take a look at our snippets for the short film and read all about our campaign on kickstarter.com

Journey through the lives of the Renfroe family as they travel from a middle class neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana to the dusty roads of Jackson, Mississippi during the summer of 1980. Ellaine is called to aid her sick father in a time of need, along with the support of her loving husband J.R. This is also the first introduction for Jeff and Renee as they meet their grandparents for the first time. You have to ask yourself the question, what would you do if you were against all odds as a child and you didn't have positive role models in your life? Note that we all make mistakes in our lives, but we also know right from wrong. We tend to make mistakes when we make frustrated decisions, but we become motivated after we learn from those mistakes and try it again. And that's what "The Last Straw" is all about.

What is the money for?

Our project baseline is $1,500,000... ideally we would like to raise $2,500,000. No donation is too small. Every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated!

Permits

Film crew and actors

Camera & Sound Equipment Rental

Lighting Equipment Rental

Props & Set Dressing

Craft Services

Post Production & Film Festival Entry Fees

Unforseen delays and fees

I also want to raise money for this project so I can use my talent to share my vision with the world, and be a role model for the individuals who have given up on life and their dreams. I also want this project to inspire others to achieve their goals no matter what roadblocks stand in your way. This project is different but it has some similarities to other movies such as: "The Blind Side", "Pursuit of Happiness", "Precious" and "Antwone Fisher." Movies based on true stories are very heartfelt and full of inspiration, but they very seldomly make it to the big screen. I know, I can and I will make a change in someone's life by using the talent that I was given. 

Cinematography

Below is a picture from the set of "The Last Straw" which was written, directed and produced by Jeff Renfroe. A small film crew with minimal equipment and software was used, such as the Canon XL, one boom mic, makeshift lighting, Final Cut Pro and Protools. Our intentions were good and the end result was great based on what we had to work with! Just imagine if we had several high definition cameras, several boom mics, a Dolley kit, a camera jib and a full film crew. It will be HISTORY!!! Our next project, which will be the feature film remake, will definitely utilize new equipment, a great film crew, great film editors, notable actors and myself fulfilling the role of the 1st AD. I would love to have great directors like John Singleton, Tyler Perry or Spike Lee attached to this project. I would also love to have actors and actresses such as James Earl Jones, Loretta Devine and Clifton Powell attached to this project. It starts with having a vision and believing that your vision will come true one day!!!

On the set of "The Last Straw"
On the set of "The Last Straw"
On the set of "The Last Straw"
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THEME SONG "THE LAST STRAW"

The soundtrack was produced by Damion Alexander and Larry Reeves with More Clientele Productions. Some of the actors that starred in the film were also the performers for "The Last Straw" theme song, which includes: Earl Barlow "Uncle Tony", Tara Michelle "Ellaine", Larry Reeves "J.R" and Damion Alexander "Clarence". Journey inside the minds of these artists as they sing about the struggle and what it feels like to only have one straw left!

Risks and challenges

Risks

I, Jeff Renfroe will be responsible for hiring qualified industry professionals that share the same vision as myself. We have to keep a great attitude and be prepared for the challenges and risks that may occur in a production. Some of these challenges will include unforeseen delays, editing, securing the best locations, and getting the right shots and angles without doing too many takes. We look forward to overcoming these challenges to provide you with a high-quality production and make history. This is my passion so it's all about accomplishing this task and having fun as well.

Challenges

The challenges for delays are always going to be present in film production. You have to worry about location permits, bad weather, lighting, construction crews, and any other noise that may interfere with the production. As a leader, I will have to stay focused and effectively communicate with the crew to let them know what is at hand and look for solutions to any problems that may arise. Another project risk and challenge is spending your budget to create a masterpiece and it doesn't get picked up by distributors or make it to the big screen. However, the challenge is to make my movie stand out from the rest by having a film crew and cast deliver stellar performances for less than typical Hollywood budgets. I am an open minded, humble individual that is very persistent and relentless when it comes to completing tasks. I have already invested a lot of time and my own personal money into this project, in which I have completed a short film and a trailer already. I will also submit the finished version to several film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival and American Black Film Festival in hopes of distribution.

This coming fall our small production crew will begin filming "The Last Straw", which will be shot in Indiana and Los Angeles over a course of roughly 2 months. Upon completion, backers will receive their awards accordingly & the film will be submitted to film festivals across the country. We will be providing updates to backers on our films progress in all three stages of production (pre/filming/post), as well as it's accomplishments in the film festival circuit.

You can stay connected to me at these links:

http://www.laststrawfilms.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jeff.renfroe.900
https://twitter.com/IndywoodFilms1
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-renfroe/26/5b8/7b

* I just want to inform those that donate to this project, transportation and hotel accommodations will not be provided. Also, you must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend the events, movie premiere and movie set visits. Along with this venture, we shall need more information provided to us so we are protected as well as you.

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