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Liz and Sean are making a one location feature film (starring seniors) to be shot in Summer 2017.
Liz and Sean are making a one location feature film (starring seniors) to be shot in Summer 2017.
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While $15,000 is our Kickstarter goal, $40,000 is what we can make this movie for. If we don't raise it on Kickstarter, we will work to find investors post-campaign. Any and all funds donated will go directly to making this movie happen!

Thank you for making this movie with us!
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THE ELEVATOR PITCH

I don't know about you but I'm tired of seeing older characters in movies and television as asexual babushkas and zany spinsters. PLAN B (working title) is an in-depth character study of an older woman facing and conquering the impossible: death. 

Too often are seniors treated insubstantially as characters. Older people have a nuanced understanding of history, along with dignity, power and magnetism. This movie is all about presenting these (often under utilized) older characters in a heroic light and giving them the time on-screen they deserve. 

BREAD AND BUTTER

BREAD AND BUTTER, my first feature, was released on VOD by The Orchard on September 1, 2015. The film has been received very favorably. HelloGiggles.com called it "an absolute must-watch for women everywhere" and Bustle.com said that it is the "rare film that tackles female sexuality head on."

After world premiering at the Woodstock Film Festival, we had an unusual four screenings at the prestigious Cleveland International Film Festival (due to overwhelming ticket sales) and sold out most of our other festival screenings. We won Best Feature at Big Apple Film Festival, Best Director and Best Actress at Naperville Film Festival, Best Comedy at SENE, and Best of the Fest at Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. We were the VIP Screening at Phoenix Film Festival and won Best Romantic Comedy (Platinum) at WorldFest Houston.

I could not be more proud of all of our work on BREAD AND BUTTER. We Kickstarted that film in 2012. Here's a link to that campaign: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1815016903/we-need-some-bread-to-make-bread-and-butter-the-mo/

We're proud to say that we constantly communicated with all of our very kind Kickstarter backers on the BREAD AND BUTTER campaign. We followed up often to make sure everyone was happy. We don't take lightly the fact that you may have chosen to support Bread and Butter and may choose to support our new film. This movie will only be made due to the kindness and generosity of friends (new and old) and family. 

WOMEN IN FILM

We are also extremely proud to have worked with a female majority crew on BREAD AND BUTTER and only want to continue that tradition on this film. B&B was comprised of almost entirely female department heads. 

This film's purpose is to celebrate and depict the strength and power of all women - of all ages. We are prioritizing women in front of and behind the camera. 

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME - LIZ MANASHIL

When I was 16 I realized I wanted to be a filmmaker. It took a long long time to make my first feature, and only through Kickstarter were we able to accomplish everything. 

I am a writer/director. I also (due to budget concerns!) will cast all my projects and help produce them. I spent four years as a film critic on a PBS show called "Just Seen It" and currently work in distribution.

For more information on me, as well as information and clips from my past work: www.lizmanashil.com

Risks and challenges

WHAT WE'VE LEARNED SINCE THE LAST FILM

Our first film, Bread and Butter, starred 8 lead characters with tons of background performers. It had dozens of locations, a musical number, and a very tough shooting schedule.

Our new film will have four characters total. One location. It will be shot in my parents' house in Marin County, CA.

We've written the script around simplifying variables as much as possible while still telling a story we're incredibly passionate about.

In addition to this, thanks to our experience with our first feature, we've been around the block. We know how to traverse post production, the festival circuit, and distribution.

Most feature films are made for millions of dollars. Donating to our Kickstarter campaign will help promote the idea that all films don't need to be made for millions of dollars, and that the most important thing a movie needs is a story with a message.

We're currently asking for $15,000 for our Kickstarter campaign but our stretch goal is $40,000. All the money goes to cast and crew who will work hard to make the best movie we can. We will also be hiring local crew to supplement the Los Angeles department heads we can bring up to Northern California. Kickstarter funds will be going to equipment, cast, crew, and transporting cast and crew to Marin in the most efficient way.

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    We'll thank you on social media, our website, and you'll be in the credits of our film. Every single cent counts. We're grateful for that dollar!

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    Google Hangout with Laura Palmer!

    Such a small amount of money in order to spend time with the mysterious magical creature- our dog, Laura Palmer. We cannot guarantee Laura will bark or bare her snaggle tooth, but she will try her best to communicate with you within her weird dog means.

    Estimated time of google hangout: 15 minutes.

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    Liz will do a really horrible doodle of the pet of your choice. Delivered digitally.

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    Digital Copy of the film!

    We're happy to send you a downloadable copy of the film for your viewing pleasure! This incentive will take some time to deliver to you as we'll have production and post production, as well as distribution to completely figure out. But we're looking forward to finishing the film and getting it to you as soon as we can!

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    We will send you the link to a deleted scene from BREAD AND BUTTER.

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    Get a digital copy of the script, whenever you request it, regardless of stage of production. Just email me when you want to see it and I'll email that current draft your way!

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    Spotify Playlist

    Let us know your favorite songs and Liz will curate a unique Spotify playlist for songs she thinks you will like!

    Minimum 10 songs. Each playlist unique.

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    Liz and Sean will get together a list of personalized movie recommendations based on your specific taste. We will recommend at least 17 movies for you to see, curated by us.
    List delivered digitally.

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    Liz will write a personal and unique 1 page letter (12pt, single spaced) about all the positive qualities you have that she's acquainted with. Great for cheerleading, great as reminder on a gloomy day.

    Will be delivered digitally.

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    *Back by popular demand!*

    Sean will send you a personalized thank you video message in Christopher Walken's voice. He's also available for voicemail welcome messages!

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    Sean will serenade you on camera with a song (or portion of a song) of your choice. Song must not be longer than 3 minutes.

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    Script Analysis
    Liz and Sean were film critics for 4 years with PBS/Hulu series "Just Seen It"-
    If you choose this incentive, Sean or Liz *you pick!* will send you back at least 1 page (Word or equivalent - 12 pt font- single spaced) of notes on a script, short, feature of your choice.
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    Digital Appearance in film.
    We'll find a way to put your picture in the film in some way. Whether its a framed photo on set, or on a television set playing in the background. Because our movie has a limited cast, we'll creatively incorporate your image to put you in the movie!

    *Unfortunately, this does not guarantee you'll be in the final product. But we will shoot your visage in some way!

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    Liz or Sean (your choice!) will take the script consultation one step farther and will meet with you and, in person, provide script consultation on your short, feature, webseries script...
    One hour consult.

    *Must be within LA County. Will arrange time as both schedules allow.

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    *Back by popular demand*!!!

    We will write a WORD of your choice into the shooting script. This does not, unfortunately, guarantee that it will end up in the final edit, but it will be shot.

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    ** This reward courtesy of the INCREDIBLE Jake M **

    Seattle resident Jake will assemble a specialized 8 pack of beverages only available in the Seattle area and mail it you.

    Jake will query your preferences and assemble a bottle collection of not easily found outside the Seattle environment. You are guaranteed to get a special selection to share with your friends.

    With this package you also receive a free download of PLAN B, and I'm happy to throw in a Bread and Butter poster as well!

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    *Back by popular demand*!!!

    We will write a SENTENCE of your choice into the shooting script. This does not, unfortunately, guarantee that it will end up in the final edit, but it will be shot.

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    Sean and Liz will come over and cook you dinner. Cost of dinner must not total more than $100.
    Liz and Sean will buy supplies and cook. Total duration no longer than 3 hours.
    Your dietary restrictions will guide the recipe!
    Cannot guarantee quality of dinner.
    Must live within LA County.

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    SET VISIT

    Please come on set and participate with us on one of our shooting days! This reward also goes hand in hand with 2 tickets to the festival world premiere screening of the film - but does not cover travel nor accommodations.

    For planning purposes: We are shooting in San Rafael, CA in Fall 2016. Festival screenings will probably occur in Fall of 2017.

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    Executive Producer

    You get to be a part of the decision making process: come on set (if you are in the L.A. area), look at our shooting script and gives us notes, oversee casting choices. We'd love your input and of course you'd get EP credit!

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Funding period

- (35 days)