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Diversity, identity & vulnerability collide in a progressive dramedy series set in retail where love is certain to upset the balance.
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We are raising funds to produce the pilot episode of...The STORE.  

https://vimeo.com/154874049 (full promo video)

A small retail store aptly called THE STORE is host to a range of ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, personalities and energies, as fourteen store associates and managers tumble through their world, creating a canvas of debauchery and excitement. This makeshift family puts the F-U-N back into dys-F-U-N-ctional as their personal drama spills into their professional lives.

In creating THE STORE, we hold up a lens to various identities in order to challenge misconceptions about ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic disparities, mental illness, age and of course, working in customer service. 

As the series progresses, we explore the challenges of finding one's identity when, how we are perceived, and who we think we are, are at odds with each other. Relationships ignite in a jungle of colorful diversity, ravenous sexual desires, and succulent affairs, illustrating a dramedy of errors in the most lovable fashion.

Funding Allocations

All the funds that we raise are allocated to our hired professional production company, costumes, food for cast and crew, equipment rental and for the construction of our own set, designed to be and flow to serve the needs of the pilot.  This will be a SAG new media project and will be shot in all the glory of 4K.  Any funds raised above our goal will go toward paying the actors before distribution (so that we won't have to defer their pay!) and to increase production value across the board, specifically in terms of set design and wardrobe. 

MEET THE CAST OF THE STORE!

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Risks and challenges

The industry is saturated with content and ways to make it accessible. And a lot of what happens to a pilot is outside the creator's control. You might read a good pilot, but networks are concerned with longevity and consumer appeal.

With THE STORE we have tried to circumvent as much of the risk as possible by drawing upon material that we feel has a universal appeal. As it stands now, we have five full seasons written and further reaching character arcs beyond that. So we'll be sitting down to meetings with sixty-five episodes in hand (13 episodes per season). We know exactly where these characters and stories are headed from the onset of filming the pilot episode.

The reason we want to shoot the pilot is so we can show audiences our unfiltered vision of this thriving and plush world. In order to avoid delays in production and permits we are partnering with Stand Up 8 Productions and lead producer Graham Ehlers Sheldon, an Emmy® award winning producer who was recently featured on NBC's The Island series.

All the principle actors are cast and pre-production has been underway for many months. We are ready to kick this into high gear and we need your support to help us take off! We'll be targeting streaming services and hop to be able to broadcast the entire season without the threat of cancellation looming over our heads. Streaming services are hungry for good, original and beautiful content, all of which we'll be providing them (did we mention we're filming in 4K?).

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE STORE! AND WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE FINISH LINE!

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    You have our ETERNAL GRATITUDE! Thank you so much for supporting the Pilot Episode of THE STORE!

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    An incredibly gracious THANK YOU in the credits of the Pilot Episode of THE STORE.

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    A PRIVATE LINK TO BACKGROUND FEATURES from filming the Pilot Episode of THE STORE, including but not limited to bloopers, cast and crew interviews and on-set shenanigans.

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    A PUBLICITY POSTCARD signed by the entire cast of THE STORE.

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    YOUR NAME WILL BE PAINTED ON A CANVAS THAT WILL SERVE AS SET DECORATION for the Pilot Episode. And a digital copy will be emailed to you.

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    A LIMITED EDITION of THE STORE TEE SHIRT.

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    A PRIVATE LINK TO UNRELEASED SELECTED SCENES from the Pilot Episode of THE STORE.

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    Our ediitor will cut together a video for you to post all over your social media--similar to the promotional video at the top of our campaign. The short video will be music and your face and affirmations galore. All you'll have to do is send the photos and she'll take care of the rest. (You must be clothed in all pictures.)

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    TWO INVITATIONS TO THE PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE PILOT EPISODE of THE STORE (transportation and lodging not provided).

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    A CAST MEMBER WILL WEAR AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC TEE WITH YOUR NAME FEATURED IN THE GRAPHIC in the Pilot Episode. And we will send it to you after we're done.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Thank you for your incredibly generous donation. You are now an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the Pilot Episode of THE STORE.

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    You rock! And welcome to THE STORE. You are now not only an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the Pilot Episode, but you are now a FEATURED CUSTOMER in the Pilot Episode of THE STORE! (transportation and lodging not provided).

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Funding period

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