THE BIRDER is a revenge comedy set inside the world of bird-watching. Starring Tom Cavanagh and Fred Willard.
THE BIRDER is an intelligent and witty comedy about a mild-mannered high school teacher and avid birder who plots revenge against a younger, hipper rival, after losing the Head of Ornithology position at the local park.
We've been working very hard to get this film made since 2006 (6 Years). From the outset, our goal has been to make an honest comedy that we think people will want to see. Despite many challenges; we were able to pull things together and shoot the film this past summer.
We've come this far, but what we are not done yet...we now have all the footage we need to piece together a great movie, only problem is, we need more money to get through the many steps of Post-Production to complete the film. We need to edit the film, create authentic visual effects, ensure a crisp sound design and sound mix, secure cool music, apply to film festivals, promote the film and cover our legal and accounting expenses.
If we raise our goal we will be able to complete and deliver a film people will want to see. We started with a strong script, pulled together a great team of creative people (cast & crew) and now we want to do the film justice and finish it properly.
We need that last little push...we hope you will consider supporting our film. Many thanks!
For our complete cast list please visit our IMDB page.
We were able to assemble a fantastic group of people who believed in this project and came together to get to this point. For more info, please visit their IMDB pages.
Theodore Bezaire (Co-writer & Director) IMDB
Mike Stasko (Co-writer) IMDB
Gerry Lattmann (Producer) IMDB
Jeff Nadalin (Producer) IMDB
Michael Baker (Executive Producer) IMDB
Arthur Cooper (Director of Photography) IMDB
Taavo Soodor (Production Designer) IMDB
Dev Singh (Editor) IMDB
OUR PREVIOUS WORK
Our team has been working together for the past ten years. Our films have screened around the world, won various awards, and have been broadcast on major networks such as CBC, TMN, Movie Central, The Sundance Channel and IFC. You can watch some of our previous work below.
WHAT CRITICS SAID ABOUT OUR FIRST FEATURE FILM "THINGS TO DO"
“Reminiscent of cult classics like Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite yet retaining a deadpan sensibility all its own." - Justin Chang VARIETY
“A comic ode to contemporary Peter Pans, Things To Do is a pleasant indie diversion about the vagrant joys of dropping out, wasting time and having fun in your 20s.” - Michael Wilmington THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Not only should you seek out this truly independent film, but you should be excited about whatever they’re going to do next.” - SCREENTALK
“A cult classic in the making” - THE-FRAT-PACK.COM
"Across the board the acting, writing and story are top notch" - Don Lewis FILM THREAT
NEW TO KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website. It is where like minded individuals and even companies pool their financial resources; small or big to realize a project goal. In our case, we are calling on the fans of our movie to help us fund the remaining portion of our film budget so we can deliver the film to the world in proper fashion.
WHAT IF WE REACH OR SURPASS OUR GOAL?
If we reach our goal, then great! we go finish the film. If we surpass our goal, then we will use this additional money to go the extra mile. We will try to get the most ideal music for the film, or we'll add that extra tweak in visual effects, or give our sound guys more time to complete their work and we can even spend a bit more time and a few more dollars getting the film into more festivals and build the audience. Audience is very important, and a happy audience is even more important .... so please consider helping us to make the best possible film and then take it to the world.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER, STICK TOGETHER...
Want to help us fly further? You can! Tell family, friends and fellow birders to get involved by sharing our link on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word by linking to our Kickstarter campaign on your personal Facebook profile and Twitter feed. This is truly a grassroots campaign and without your help and continued support, we won't be able to reach our goal and get this great film out to the masses.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Although the risks are minimal at this stage, there are still challenges to overcome. Our primary challenge is time, we have already submitted a rough version of the film to various film festivals, if we are able to secure acceptance into some of them, then we will need to complete the film as quickly as possible. This will force us to make decisions quickly about music, visual effects and other post-production and marketing activities; in short we will be balancing quality against time and money. What kind of music can we secure with the money we have under the time constraints? this is our primary challenge. If we secure the Kickstarter goal we will be in a better position to address this challenge.
- On the pledge page there is a box where you can manually enter a pledge amount. If you want 2 shirts enter $50, 3 shirts enter $75, and so on.
- Then make sure the $25 T-Shirt Reward button is checked a little further down the page, that way we know you want the T-Shirt only reward.
- Then send us a message and we will take note that you want multiple T-Shirts.
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--- WARBLER PACKAGE ---- OFFICIAL LIMITED EDITION: "THE BIRDER" MOVIE PIN - for all those Birder's out there looking to add another pin to your collection, this is a must have. Our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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--- JAY PACKAGE --- LIMITED EDITION DVD designed by the filmmakers, with special features including a "making of" video. This DVD will be an exclusive Kickstarter edition and different from the retail version. Once they're gone, no more will be manufactured (Will be delivered after official release of the film) and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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--- FLYCATCHER PACKAGE --- LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY designed by the filmmakers with special features including a "making of" video. This Blu-Ray will be an exclusive Kickstarter edition and different from the retail version. Once they're gone, no more will be manufactured (Will be delivered after official release of the film) and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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--- WOODPECKER PACKAGE --- DIRECTOR & WRITER AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPT, an OFFICIAL BIRDER T-SHIRT (specify size S-XL) and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
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--- HERON PACKAGE --- A LIMITED SET OF 3 AUTOGRAPHED STILLS from the film by stars TOM CAVANAGH, MARK RENDALL, and FRED WILLARD, an OFFICIAL BIRDER T-SHIRT (specify size S-XL) and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
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--- OWL PACKAGE --- An AUTOGRAPHED 11"X17" MOVIE POSTER, An Official BIRDER T-SHIRT (specify size S-XL), Your Choice of AUTOGRAPHED LIMITED EDITION DVD OR BLU-RAY, DIRECTOR & WRITER AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPT and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $19 USD to ship outside the US
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--- FALCON PACKAGE --- TWO TICKETS TO EXCLUSIVE PRE-PREMIERE PARTY in Windsor, Ontario. (Travel and accommodations not included) Come and mingle with the filmmakers before the big premiere in the city where the film was shot (Date & Location TBD), an OFFICIAL BIRDER T-SHIRT (specify size S-XL) and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:
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--- HAWK PACKAGE --- THE OFFICIAL BIRDER BOOK autographed by the Director, a creative art book from the mind of the Director containing creative concepts used in the making of the film. Only 20 will be made just for our Kickstarter campaign. Plus, THE FALCON PACKAGE and our sincerest THANK YOU on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Add $19 USD to ship outside the US
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--- PRAIRIE FALCON PACKAGE ---- CREDIT in film as "HONORARY BIRDER" and our eternal thanks for helping make our dream take flight. Plus your choice of DVD or Blu-Ray of the completed film.Estimated delivery:
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