Blessid: Fate Can Change Your Life Forever
We all have free will to make our own choices in this life. But we are never really alone...
Blessid is a poignant indie drama about a pregnant woman with a cursed past who forms a bond with a man who is immortal. At its core, Blessid is an anti-suicide film whose ultimate message is about self forgiveness.
Sarah Duncliffe (played by Rachel Kerbs) battles suicidal thoughts and disturbing hallucinations of her deceased sister (a victim of a tragic childhood accident), an abusive ex-boyfriend who continues to stalk her, and the banal existence of an empty marriage. Weeks away from delivering a child that she feels undeserving to parent, Sarah finds her life taking a surprising turn when she accidentally meets her new neighbor who harbors an amazing life secret and shares a personal connection that will change her forever.
We have an amazing cast of SAG and non-union actors that you've probably seen but may not know by name. Yet. Our talented cast includes:
- Rachel Kerbs as Sarah Duncliffe (Splinter)
- Rick Montgomery Jr. as Jedediah Cross (Aimy in a Cage)
- Gene Silvers as Edward Duncliffe (Law & Order)
- Chris DiVecchio as Evan Long (Dark Moon Rising)
- Kate Jurdi as Sarah's Mother (Sex Tape)
- Gina Pardi as Young Sarah (Crooked Lane)
- Madeline O'Brien as Tracy (Gone Baby Gone)
In addition to the cast, the real stars of Blessid are the dedicated, professional crew who made this film look amazing …
- Rob Fitz - Director
- Bob Heske - Writer/Producer
- John E. Seymore - Producer/Actor
- Silas Tyler - Cinematography/Editor
- Peter Hand Jr. - Gaffer/Key Grip
- John Gage - Sound Editor
- Federico Chávez Blanco - Composer
- Kurt Bergeron - Production Designer
- Alanna Keenan - Costume Designer
- Alex Ferrari - Color Stylist/Post Supervision (Numb Robot)
For the rest of the cast and crew, visit our IMDB page.
We've been fortunate to have music from these mega-talented artists on Blessid:
WHY SHOULD YOU CONTRIBUTE?
Blessid was shot on the Red Epic and looks amazing. The direction, acting, cinematography, sound mix, music and color correction have all come together to create amazing production quality. Our film literally looks like a million dollar production.
Unlike many projects on Kickstarter, Blessid is an indie film that is complete and will be submitted to film festivals in the coming weeks.
So why do we need your help?
As writer/producer of Blessid, I have invested $120,000 of my own money into the film. I believe in it that much. I have also been fortunate to have some other small investors and contributions. But ...
We need more help.
Now that our film is made, we need to get it out in front of the world. Funds you contribute will be used to help defray costs for film festival submissions, marketing, PR, and additional costs for meeting “Deliverables” requirements. There is no risk that Blessid will be made – it is already on DVD and BluRay screeners. The only risk is that it doesn’t get the marketing support it deserves.
Your help – in any amount – is greatly appreciated!
OUR FILM IN THE NEWS
We haven’t hit festivals, but we are already in the news. Here are some recent stories and radio shows we’ve appeared on:
- Midday Café with Jack Baldwin (WCAP 980 AM)
Also appeared on A Local Anesthetic with host Joe Graham (WMBR 88.1 FM)
Risks and challenges
In many ways, it was a miracle BLESSID was ever completed. We shot in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and had snow in the middle of our 2-week shoot. Plus we had last minute replacements on two key roles and hadn't locked down locations until one week before principal photography (we couldn't find two houses across the street that would let us film there).
Although the actors lived together during the shooting, we didn't have table reads. They showed up on set prepared and rarely missed a line.
We shot on average 10 pages a day, which is unheard of (and brutal) for indie films. And despite the condensed shooting schedule, we required no additional ADR ... and the film looks and sounds beautiful.
Since we began this journey, members of the BLESSID cast and crew have lost beloved family members and celebrated newborns to the family.Pets have also come and gone. We, fortunately, are all still here!
Moving ahead, the greatest challenge is funding upcoming film festival, PR & Marketing, and distribution costs. This film will find an audience if given the proper support. I am confident we will get there!
All in all, it has been quite a ride. We hope you join us at the finish line.
- (40 days)