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A story about self-forgiveness, Blessid is a drama about a young woman on the edge of suicide who meets a man that's lived forever.
A story about self-forgiveness, Blessid is a drama about a young woman on the edge of suicide who meets a man that's lived forever.
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Blessid:  Fate Can Change Your Life Forever 

Rachel Kerbs (Splinter) stars as Sarah Duncliffe in Blessid
Rachel Kerbs (Splinter) stars as Sarah Duncliffe in Blessid

 STORY 

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.

Gene Silvers (Edward Duncliffe) and Rachel Kerbs
Gene Silvers (Edward Duncliffe) and Rachel Kerbs

CAST 

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 and Rick Montgomery Jr. prepare for a car ride
Rachel Kerbs and Rick Montgomery Jr. prepare for a car ride

PRODUCTION TEAM 

In addition to the cast, the real stars of Blessid are the dedicated, professional crew who made this film look amazing … 

For the rest of the cast and crew, visit our IMDB page.

MUSIC 

We've been fortunate to have music from these mega-talented artists on Blessid:

Sarah Blacker

Duke Levine

The Jinxes

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! 

(L-R) Director Rob Fitz, Costume Designer Alanna Keenan, Writer/Producer Bob Heske and Production Manager Kurt Bergeron
(L-R) Director Rob Fitz, Costume Designer Alanna Keenan, Writer/Producer Bob Heske and Production Manager Kurt Bergeron

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: 

News 

Radio 

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.

Sincerely,

Bob Heske
Writer/Producer
Blessid LLC

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    ACCLAIMED BROKEN DVD w/ OVER 3 HOURS OF EXTRAS! Speaking of great movies ... you get all of the above, plus the DVD “Broken” – the award-winning short that the late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert called “…essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques, effective and professional.” Broken was written, directed and produced by Alex Ferrari (of Numb Robot, Blessid’s post production house).

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    GET PHYSICAL WITH ACTOR CHRIS DIVECCHIO! Face time with the handsome, chiseled bad boy of Blessid. You get all of the above, plus a 30-minute Skype fitness consult with Blessid star and fitness pro Chris DiVecchio of Premier Mind and Body.

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    AN ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING! Even a screenwriter knows a picture is worth a 1,000 words (or a $1,000 contribution). You get all of the above (unless quantity limited), plus a framed oil painting by Edward E. Heske, an artist who also happens to be the father of Blessid Writer/Producer Bob Heske. (You will have a choice of 5-8 paintings to choose from.)

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