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For all of you who have an estranged family member that you don't know how to talk to.
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Freya comes to Cloudville in search of her estranged cousin, only to discover that she is the only person awake in a town that is frozen in time.

The rule of time and season is different in Cloudville. In the current season, her cousin succumbs to random bouts of narcolepsy.

To Freya, Elliot feels not much different from a stranger except their partially shared ancestry, a piece of knowledge that was passed down from parents and testified by an old photograph .

When Elliot manages to fight off the seasonal slumber, he and Freya struggle to connect, while Freya hides a family secret regarding Elliot's mom who disappeared from Cloudville in disgrace.

Inspired by ancient Chinese story of Confucius and the "three season man", Three Seasons is set in a fantasy world where different cities have different rules of seasons and time. Depending on where they are from, people in this world experience time and the flow of a year differently. This physical boundary sometimes increases difficulties for cross time-zone communication, yet also could become a strong force that creates collective recognition of selves among individuals.

Freya and Elliot, the two protagonists of the film, struggle in search of an unfamiliar sense of kinship in the strange flow of time. Will they be able to restore the ill maintained cousinhood despite their physical and cultural differences?

The issues the film addresses are important, as urban environment, growing technologies and our enhanced mobility have created new forms of relationships where the biological and the emotional are often separated from one another. Three Seasons invites viewers to look inwardly at their own relationship with families.

The Photograph

Elliot visited Piyan one time when he's extremely young. Laura took him. That's when this picture was taken. They played together. Freya stuck a carrot into Elliot's nostril. He screamed and scratched Freya's face. The adults were horrified. Dad was mad. Later they were bathing together, looks like nothing just happened. In fact, neither Freya nor Elliot remember any of this.

Where the hell is Cloudville? And what does it look like?

As the center stage of the story, Cloudville is a fantasy town where a year only has one rain season and one cloud season. Paralleled with our world, Cloudville has a historical but timeless look.

We are going to construct the Cloudville exterior you will be seeing on screen in Center City Philadelphia, suburb Philadelphia and "Switzerland of America" Jim Thorpe, PA. For the interior, we found a beautiful 187-year-old historical home in Philly currently in the process of renovation. The home owner is extremely kind to us and willing to let us borrow his place to temporarily turn it into Elliot's house through rigorous set dressing.

 

We will also be designing and manufacturing our own costumes for Freya, Elliot and all the towns people, to make sure that we bring you the most "authentic" experience.

How Can You Help?

Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our email list through our website. The fund we can raise will determine the scope of the world we can create. We have an ambitious blue print, but will need your help to turn it into reality.

Most of the money we raise will go to the art department: set dressing, props, fixing holes on the floor (yes, the 187-year-old house has 4 holes on the floor and we have to fix them before going into production), buying fabric and sewing materials, make-ups -- we are building up a fantasy world on a blank canvas so could use all the help we can find.

Your donation will also help feeding the cast and crew. Everyone so far has agreed to work on this project for free, and we would like to at least be able to provide them healthy and nutritious food. Your donation will also help with transportation of people and equipment, from Philly to Jim Thorpe. It will also help with paying for accommodations.

We have to empty some streets and turn off street lamps (in Center City Philadelphia? Maybe!), and your donation will help us getting those permits (they are expensive!).

The post production cost for Three Seasons includes color correcting, CGI and SFX. We have secured a wonderful musician who is willing to compose for the film for free, but it still costs to get the final sound track properly mixed and mastered.

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Risks and challenges

Our shooting location in Philadelphia is an 187-year-old historical house. It has safety issues -- holes on the floor and we are not sure about the power supply. We will do a safety orientation before start shooting, and make sure we fix the floor before going into the space, and purchase general liability insurance for extra security.

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    Thank you!

    A social media shout out on our Facebook page! We can also post a picture of your face.

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    Special Promo: Touch No Talk Sticker

    Last year on April 27, Althea debuted her interactive dance performance called Touch: the Dance. These are the last stickers from the performance last year, and we are offering them for 30 hours only.

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    Audio Visual

    Digital download of 3 Three Seasons postcard and 1 theme piano song composed by a local Philadelphia musician.

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    Direct the Director

    For a limited time only, when you donate just $25 (or upgrade your donation!) the director, Althea will sketch and sign a small portrait of you, a loved one (or even a pet!) and sign it. This is the perfect gift to yourself, a loved one, or a family member to keep around. You can receive this reward digitally (faster & ready to use as your profile picture!) or physically (on paper, in the mail, will take a little while longer).

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    From the good old days

    Everything above, and a postcard with special thank you notes, signed by the director and the actors, mailed to you via USPS, postmarked from Philadelphia or Jim Thorpe PA.

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    Digital Download of Three Seasons

    A digital download of our film. This will also include the rewards above. This reward will also be included on any award featured above $35. Sorry for the delay!

    We can't guarantee the availability date, but as soon as we have a final cut, you will have the first look.

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    Wear it on the wrist

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    Holding hands!

    Two silicone wrist band with the director's hand drawing design with matching colors. You can give one to your friend and tell them that you have supported our film.

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    A bag full of goodies

    A wrist band, a canvas tote bag with the director's hand drawing design, filled with a hardcopy of script signed by the director and producers plus a refrigerator magnet.

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    Dinner For Two in Historic Philadelphia

    M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel, a historic building maintaining it's original form from 1787, has donated a couple's tasting menu and wine pairing ($150 value). Located in Center City Philadelphia, M Restaurant is openly known as one of the most romantic restaurant around. The food is awesome too!

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    A wrist band, a canvas tote bag, a script, a magnet plus an invitation to visit our film set at the 187-year-old historical house (once it was a drug store) in center city Philadelphia.

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    A Memento From Cloudville

    What could be a better to remember Cloudville than.... a cloud?! That's right! Samantha Heth, our amazing assistant director is going to make you a hanging cloud lamp! You can even choose the color of it's glow! The cloud dimensions are approximately 1 ft high, with a 1.5 ft diameter.

    A Bag Full of Goodies is also included in this reward ( A digital download of Three Seasons upon release, a wrist band, and a canvas tote bag with the director's hand drawing design filled with a hardcopy of script signed by the director and producers plus a refrigerator magnet).

    Please check the A Memento From Cloudville Reward Info Update on our updates page for pictures of examples and details.

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    A wrist band, a tote bag, plus a small secret prop used in the film from Elliot's house. You also have the option to be one of our extras, wearing the spiritual raincoat costume and be a Cloudville resident in the film -- as in our Kickstarter video.

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    Cloudville bakery welcome tour

    A wrist band, a tote bag, a script, an Executive producer credit, a secret prop from the film (antique object used in set dressing), an invitation to our wrap party and a sourdough bread (bread only delivers in Philly) baked by the director (or she will hand draw a recipe book).

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    Freya's wardrobe

    A wrist band, a tote bag, a script, an Executive producer credit, an invitation to our wrap party, and one of Freya's dress, designed by our talented costume designer, hand sewed, hand dyed with embroidery.

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