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"The Lonely Italian" is a hilarious documentary chronicling the journey of a young Italian man looking for love online in America.
"The Lonely Italian" is a hilarious documentary chronicling the journey of a young Italian man looking for love online in America.
260 backers pledged $35,180 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS THIS?

"The Lonely Italian" is a unique documentary that traces a young man's journey as he searches for love in 21st Century America. When we think of Italian men, we think of suave, debonair lovers with an endless slew of willing ladies at their beck and call. Domenico Nesci is not one of those Italian men. Rather, he is a foreigner with a very common problem: he just can't connect with members of the opposite sex. Why? Because everywhere he goes, women are buried in their smart-phones, their tablets, their laptops, looking down instead of looking around, hoping that technology will bring them closer to their soulmate in this new era of interconnectivity. So Domenico decides not only to join the online masses, but to document his journey as he joins every dating site he can, from mainstream to fringe, casting an ever-widening net in the hopes he can find the love of his life. What he ends up with is a hilarious journey not just of love and companionship, but of unexpected introspection as well. 

WHY ARE WE ON KICKSTARTER?

The film is in the can, and right now we have a solid rough cut of the movie. But we still have several more very important post-production steps to complete before the film's ready to be shown to the world and mamma back home in Italy. And since many of the steps involve hiring professionals to fiddle with expensive equipment, hunched for long hours in dark, expensive studio spaces, all of them are costly.

Here is an example, just a tidbit, of the type of stop-motion animation and graphics we'll be using in different parts of the film by artist Stefano Bulbarello. http://www.bulbagallery.com/

WHO ARE WE?

DOMENICO NESCI 

Domenico is THE LONELY ITALIAN. He has been called by industry insiders: One of a kind, an absolute treasure. He is a dynamic and extremely animated Italian TV and Radio Host with tremendous energy and charisma. Domenico has a huge international fan base from his 2 popular shows on MTV -“That's Amore” and "A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila". He hosted MTV International's "Crispy News" where he had the privilege of interviewing a myriad of stars at the MTV Movie Awards. Domenico has also gained wide recognition in Italy having starred in several hit shows including “L'Isola dei famosi” (italian Celebrity Survivor) on RAI 2, “Living In America” on Deejay TV (2 season documentary series), “Vacanze Romagne” on Deejay TV (pop culture show), “Via Massena” on Deejay TV (sketch-comedy). In addition he hosted a radio show for Radio Deejay (One of Italy's most prominent radio stations) and worked in the past few years for Australian and Canadian Networks. He lives in Los Angeles, has no muscles and definitely can't surf.

LEE FARBER (Director). 

Emmy-Award winning writer currently the Co-Executive Producer of “The Soup” on E! Entertainment Television. He has been a Writer, Director and Performer on the weekly comedy series since January of 2005. Prior to that, he served as Writer/Producer on “The Wayne Brady Show” for Buena Vista Television, for which he received an Emmy Award and two nominations, as well as Wayne Brady’s variety show for ABC.  Additionally, Lee created and Executive Produced the popular comedy series “The Stash” for Playboy Television. He has also contributed material for several award shows and roasts, most recently the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner. He lives in Los Angeles and has a wife, two daughters, and firm buttocks. 

WHAT IF WE GET EXTRA MONEY PAST OUR GOAL? 

The Goal we are trying to reach is the bare minimum we need in order to complete the movie appropriately. Any extra money we can raise in our budget is going to allow us to complete The Lonely Italian much more comfortably and increase the quality of the final product. So please be generous and keep donating!!!  

Risks and challenges

The Lonely Italian is a very ambitious project to say the least. The good news is that we already shot the film, so that eliminates a degree of worry right away. So many man-hours have been put into creating this that we can't wait to finally bring the final project to life for all of you to enjoy. Post production is an expensive part of the process and we have already used most of our time and resources to make it to this stage. Making films is hard, especially when you are venturing a crazy journey like the one we took. We just need your support to help us get over the finish line.

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    GRAZIE MILLE!!! Your $5 will get you a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU MESSAGE (delivered as an mp3) personally recorded to you by Domenico, which the most audacious can use as a ringtone!!

    Of course you will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits!

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    For just $10, Domenico will send you the OFFICIAL POSTCARD of our film, on which he will personally write a note of thanks and sign.

    And by the way you will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    If you got to this point you actually might want to see this film. How about a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "The Lonely Italian"? We promise you will LOL your ASS off.

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    For $50 (or half the price of a decent dinner date) you will receive a LIMITED EDITION - MADE IN ITALY - HAPPINESS T-SHIRT created just for our Kickstarter backers. Their stuff is really cool!! In case you don't trust me check it out for yourself at www.happiness10.com

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    Obviously we can start considering you a good friend! You probably had coffee with Domenico somewhere at some point, where he told you about all the crazy experiences he had throughout his journey. I mean some were really insane! Online Dating can be very interesting, which is why, dear friend, we are sending you a copy of the DVD and the SOUNDTRACK of our film.

    You know the drill. You will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    We been working on this documentary for almost 2 years and have been on so many dates that we could consider Domenico an Online Dating expert himself. Is your Tinder not getting as many likes as you wish or your OK Cupid not getting enough attention? Forget about your therapist. Your $150 gets you a PRIVATE SKYPE CALL with Domenico to get all the ins and outs of the Online Dating world.

    Guess what? Yep you're right, you will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    Are you an Art Lover? Did you know that we have an awesome artist making our poster. I mean, a truly awesome artist making our poster. I'm not messing with you, this guy is an internationally acclaimed artist or at least thats what he says. He's flying straight from Italy and airfares aren't cheap, 1,314 dollars to be exact.

    We'll send you our LIMITED EDITION POSTER signed by Domenico and our great director Lee Farber (he won an Emmy by the way and won't stop bragging about it)!

    We know you're awesome, which is why you will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    This one's a doozy: Two VIP tickets to a taping of "The Soup", along with a meet-and-greet with host Joel McHale.

    Of course see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    You're Family! You will join Domenico, the Director and all of The Lonely Italian crew for a night of celebration with food and a very EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE SCREENING of the movie. You (and your plus one) will be our special guest.

    Of course see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

    - Personalized mp3
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    There is nobody more special than you. You've got our heart! Domenico would love to cook for you and invite you to a one-on-one ROMANTIC DINNER DATE with him followed by a PRIVATE SCREENING, and perhaps even a foot massage.

    If you make it through the foot massage, you will see your beautiful name in the special thanks credits and get all the good stuff from the previous pledges!

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    We would be honored to have you on board as a CO-PRODUCER of our film, complete with credit on the film's poster and opening title sequence. We all had dreamt of a Hollywood life. Let's get a taste of it with TICKETS FOR TWO to our HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE.

    In addition, you will receive all previous rewards:

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