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The Distant Architect is a Science Fiction Noir
The Distant Architect is a Science Fiction Noir
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The Distant Architect is a short narrative Film Noir. The film centers on a young architect named Karen who begins to question what she knows about herself and her body. Are there parts of her that are cybernetic? Does it matter? Can she still be considered a "normal woman"? As a Film Noir, the piece is heavy with tension and mood. Although science fiction sounds "grand" and hard to pull off- this is a story and character based project. But don't worry there are still some unique special effects that we are creating. Take a look at our fundraising breakdown below and our backer rewards.

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A "One Week Left" Update video with Producer-Laurie Little and Director- Clara Alcott

Great Article in DNAinfo Chicago- 'Distant Architect' Brings Sci-Fi Film Noir to Chicago

White/Light and The Distant Architect collaboration mentioned in the Chicago Reader Gossip Wolf Column

The Distant Architect Kickstarter included in Fandor's Daily Keyframe

FUNDRAISING BREAKDOWN

Funds raised will be used to secure equipment, insurance, food etc. to ensure a successful production. The Distant Architect has received prior funding from the Illinois Arts Council, Nokia and The Independent Spirit Awards. We are fundraising to to get the project in front of the camera.

Donations can be $1 - or the sky's the limit! There are price levels for different rewards but any donation is appreciated. Also Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. We need to reach our goal in 50 days!

Check out a couple of our camera tests in a preview video. Music by Stacian

The Distant Architect is made up of a crew of collaborators and friends, as well as a strong supportive community. Crewmembers' links are listed below. Also check out The Distant Architect website for bios:
www.thedistantarchitect.com

Storyboards by Dan Magee
Storyboards by Dan Magee
Location Scout Photos
Location Scout Photos

Chicago's strong architectural heritage and industrial cityscape provides great locations for this project. 

A feature length draft of The Distant Architect was a finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab.

Ruth Barabe as Karen
Ruth Barabe as Karen
Ruth Barabe as Karen
Ruth Barabe as Karen

  Clara Alcott  -  Writer/Director  www.claraalcott.com

  Laurie Little  -  Producer/Colorist/Graphics   www.luministfilms.com 

  Jose Luis Rios  -  Cinematographer  www.joseluisrios.com

  Ilko Davidov  -  Associate Producer  www.bulletprooffilm.com

  WHITE/LIGHT  -  Score 

  Jeremy Lemos  -  Sound Design  www.jeremylemos.com

 Jeff Creath  -  Set Decorator 

 Ada Rima Grybauskas -  Prop Maker/Special FX

Check out Jose's Cinematography reel below-

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The Distant Architect Button - Donor Gift
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BulletProof FIlm, a Chicago based production company is providing production support.  www.bulletprooffilm.com

The Distant Architect is fiscally sponsored by the Near Northwest Arts Council. The NNWAC is an artist directed non-profit organization that supports creative endeavors on the Near North Westside of Chicago. The Near Northwest Arts Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit Corporation. As per our sponsorship your donation to The Distant Architect is tax free.

Pitch video shot by Jim Newberry.
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The Distant Architect  website-
www.thedistantarchitect.com

Facebook page-
www.facebook.com/distantarchitect

Risks and challenges

As with any creative project--especially with filmmaking some risks and challenges are involved. We need to secure financing and our equipment packages. We expect the shooting schedule will be a challenge because the crew is made up primarily of freelancers. Even with the risks and challenge the film has a strong, imaginative crew. We have all worked through difficult productions and perseverance pays off, we know that is the nature of this art. This project is surrounded by a supportive community and has received previous funding. Like the protagonist in the film we are looking towards a bright future.

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    THANK YOU: A Public Thank You on Facebook and other social media realms. You will also receive updates about the film including screening information.

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    Distant Architect POSTCARDS & PHOTOS: A physical postcard sent to your home. Digital postcards, including set photos and project updates, sent to your email. You will also receive previous reward and screening information.

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    BUTTON & ZINE: Our first tangible gift. A "Distant Architect Film Zine"* and Distant Architect button, as well as a physical postcard sent to your home.
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    *The film zine will be a handmade magazine, with info, photos and inspirations for the film.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & PASS: A Digital Download of the "The Distant Architect," a pass* to the Chicago Screening, and a "Thank You" in the credits. You will also receive all other digital rewards and downloads.

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    DVD: DVD of of "The Distant Architect." You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    CAKE: A White Chocolate Cake. Clara's father, Shelby Alcott, is known for his white chocolate cake that he makes on special occasions. To celebrate this fundraiser he will make a white chocolate cake for you. ***You will also receive all previous rewards***

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    VISIT TO SET*: Come by the set of "The Distant Architect" and watch a Science Fiction Noir in action! You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    FRAMED PRINT: A Framed print of a still from "The Distant Architect." You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    POSTER: Large 24" x 36" poster of "The Distant Architect." You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    HEART PROP: A replica of the mechanichal heart prop. A major hero prop in the film designed by sculptor Ada Rima Grybouskas. You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Your name will appear as an Associate Producer in the end credits of "The Distant Architect". You will also receive all previous rewards.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Your name will appear as an Executive Producer in the end credits of "The Distant Architect". You will also receive all previous rewards.

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