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Out of My Hand follows a Liberian rubber plantation worker who risks everything for a new life as a cab driver in New York.

About this project

*Japanese translation is at the bottom of the page.

*日本語訳はページ下にあります。プロジェクト紹介ビデオの日本語字幕版はこちらからご覧下さい。

The Story:

Out of My Hand is a narrative feature film about a struggling Liberian rubber plantation worker, Cisco, who risks family and home to discover a new life as a Yellow Cab driver in New York City.

In the Liberian countryside, Cisco works in a rubber plantation when his life is disrupted by a Workers Strike. Risking everything to embark on a new life, he accepts a chance invitation to New York, where he immerses himself in its small Liberian community. But when Cisco meets two Liberians from vastly disparate worlds than his own: one, a former Liberian child solder and the other, a wealthy businessman, he’s forced to confront his own sense of self and of belonging.

Out of My Hand Official Teaser (Liberia Part):

日本語字幕付きの予告編はこちらからご覧下さい。

The Production:

This film is the second narrative feature film by a foreign production ever shot in Liberia, and the first to be made in association with Liberian Movie Union, an affiliate of the Liberia government.

With overwhelming support from the Movie Union, the film community in Liberia, and the Liberian people, 70% of the film's principal photography was completed in Spring, 2013. The project is currently seeking funds to complete production in New York, where we'll need about ten days of shooting to finish principal photography. The Liberian government and its Movie Union has sponsored our shoot, and has generously offered to pay for travel for its Liberian cast and crew for the New York City portion of production.

 What are we going to use the money for?

Your donations will help us complete Pre-Production and Production in New York City for the 2nd Unit portion of our production. These will cover: Crew Labor - Cast Labor - Equipment Rental - Location Fee - Catering - Set Decoration - Wardrobe - And Other Production-Related Expenses.

Support this movie and Liberia:

This project's gone beyond the makings of just another independent movie. It's also in line with a movement in Liberia to grow and expand its arts communities, one that has immense possibilities to bring positive influence to the country, to its movie industry, and to its aspiring filmmakers.

In the past, nearly all movies made in Liberia have been about, or heavily related to, the Liberian Civil War. 

While of course we fully support and recognize the great value of shedding light on that chapter of the country's history, we're also proud that this movie’s story focuses not on the war, but on a common man and his story, human, simple, and relatable. In espousing such a regard on the country, we hope to help cast sorely needed positive perspective on the country of Liberia, and on its people.

We've also pledged a percentage of all profits of our film to the Liberian Movie Union as a reflection of our appreciation and gratitude, both to our supporters in the country and to its developing movie industry. 

Cast:

All of the cast members in Liberia are native to, and live in, the country. This is, for the majority of them, the first film, if not the first feature film, that they have been involved in. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found such an extraordinarily talented cast in Liberia.

There are of course few opportunities for actors to practice their craft in the country of Liberia, due to its small, but resiliently passionate film community. Our hope is that this film will shine light on them, and hopefully contribute in whatever small way to bringing still greater opportunities for them to do what they love.

Bishop (on the right) as main character, Cisco & Duke (On the left) as Francis
Bishop (on the right) as main character, Cisco & Duke (On the left) as Francis

Exclusive Rewards:

Aside from standard rewards like our DVD/Digital Downloads, we've prepared some rewards exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign:

1. High quality stills of the movie, from which you can pick from a pool of four different options (8’x10’).

We like to consider these images as priceless; they personalize the journey that this film has taken, and are reserved for our supporters    

2. Paintings by Steven Cogle (http://www.stevencogle.com/ )  (16’x20’). 

Painting by Steven Cogle "Untitled" #1
Painting by Steven Cogle "Untitled" #1
Painting by Steven Cogle "Untitled" #2 **SOLD**
Painting by Steven Cogle "Untitled" #2 **SOLD**

We have the special pleasure of gifting one-of-a-kind paintings made by prominent artist Steven Cogle. Cogle was thoroughly inspired and moved by this film and made these paintings especially to support the project. Cogle's paintings are often priced well above this amount. We hope you'll love them in your home, and remember how much you've done for our project, when you see them on your wall! There are only two paintings, so this reward is limited to the first two takers. Thank you!

Director of Photography, Ryo Murakami (1979 - 2013) 

We were heartbroken to lose our cinematographer and the inspiration for this project, Ryo Murakami, shortly after our return from Liberia in June, 2013. We invite all who loved him and his work, and all who are now just discovering it, to visit ryomurakami.com, where you'll find all available resources to help stay connected to Ryo and to his ongoing legacy.

Ryo's documentary film, "In the Dark" (Working Title) which planted the original seed for this project, remains unreleased to date. However, a plan for his film to be brought to completion will be carried out in the near future. 

Ryo Murakami on the set of "Out of My Hand"
Ryo Murakami on the set of "Out of My Hand"

Thank you so much for considering being a part of this journey.

Takeshi Fukunaga And the OMH Team

Official Website: www.outofmyhand.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/outofmyhandthemovie

Twitter: www.twitter.com/outofmyhandfilm

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以下、本文の日本語訳になります。

長編劇映画「Out of My Hand」は、リベリアのゴムプランテーションで働く主人公Cisco(シスコ)が、自分や幼い二人の子供の未来のために単身ニューヨークに移住し、タクシードライバーとして新しい人生を追い求める姿を追った物語です。

The Story あらすじ

リベリアのゴムプランテーションで働くシスコは、厳しい生活環境を変えるため、労働者組合が起こしたストライキに参加するも、未来に希望が見いだせないままでいる。新たな人生を求め辿り着いたニューヨークで、自分とは異なる生い立ちを持つ2人のリベリア人、元少年兵士のジェイコブと裕福な実業家ダニエルとの出会いをきっかけに、シスコは自身のアイデンティティーに向き合うことになる。

The Production プロダクション

本作は、リベリア国外のプロダクションによってリベリアで製作される史上2本目の劇映画であり、リベリア政府傘下機関であるリベリア映画組合からの全面的な協力を受けて製作される初めての映画でもあります。

2013年の春に、リベリア映画組合と地域住民からの厚い支援を受け、この映画の主要部分であり作品全体の約70パーセントに当たるリベリアでの撮影を終える事ができました。

そして現在は、残りのニューヨークでの撮影資金の一部を集めるべく、キックスターターでの支援を募っています。ニューヨークシーンの撮影は10日間の予定しており、リベリア人キャストやクルーの渡航費は、リベリア政府が負担して下さることになりました。

What are we going to use the money for? 支援金の使用目的

皆さまから頂いた支援金は、ニューヨークでの事前準備と撮影費用(主にキャスト出演費、スタッフ人件費、機材費、美術、衣装、ロケ地)として活用させて頂きます。

Support this movie and Liberia この映画とリベリアへの支援

リベリアでは現在、13年間続いた内戦により崩壊してしまった、アートや映画産業を再生しようとの動きがあり、本作はインディペンデント映画の枠をこえて、その運動のひとつとして大きな期待を寄せられています。

過去に作られたリベリアについての映画は、ほぼ全てが、内戦をテーマにしたものでした。もちろんリベリアの歴史的な事件に焦点を当てることはとても重要ですが、この物語が、戦争映画ではなく、ごく普通に生活する人々を題材として、リベリアのいままで描かれたことのない部分に光をあてていることを制作陣はとても誇りに思っています。本作が、リベリアとそこに住む人々の印象を、少しでも良い方向へ変えられたらと、心から願っています。

本作に多大な協力をくださったリベリアの皆さんへの感謝の気持ちとして、また、リベリア映画産業の今後の発展を願って、この映画の収益の一部は、リベリア映画組合に寄付される予定です。

Cast キャスト

リベリアでのシーンに出演したキャストは、全員リベリア現地の方々です。彼らのほとんどが映画初出演でしたが、すばらしい演技を披露してくださいました。このような才能あふれる俳優に出会えたことはこの上ない幸運でした。

しかし、彼らのような素晴らしい才能に恵まれた俳優たちがいるにも関わらず、リベリアの映画産業が小さいため、彼らが力を発揮できる機会が非常に少ないのが現状です。本作が、そのような俳優たちの存在を知る契機となり、彼らの情熱を注げる環境作りに貢献できれば本望です。

Rewards: リワード

キックスターターでサポーターになる手続きは、アメリカのアマゾンに口座がある場合は数クリックで簡単にできます。口座をお持ちでない方は、こちらをご覧下さい。

#1$1~ メーリングリストに登録し、映画の最新情報をお届けします。

#2$10~ 映画のオリジナル脚本(PDF)+#1

#3$30~ 映画本編のデジタルダウンロード。ウェブサイトに"Backer"としてお名前掲載。 +#1 + #2 *英語版で字幕は入っていません。日本語字幕版をご希望の方は、英語版のお届け予定日よりも後のお届けになります。

#4$50~ 映画本編DVD + #1 〜 #3 *英語版で字幕は入っていません。日本語字幕版をご希望の方は、英語版のお届け予定日よりも後のお届けになります。

#5 $150~ 映画のワンシーンから切り取った高画質写真2枚(8インチ×10インチ)を4種類の中からお選び頂けます。+  #1 〜 #4

#6 $250~ エンドロールの"Special Thanks"でお名前の掲載。映画の特製ポスター 。+ #1 〜 #5 

#7 $500~ エンドロールの"Key Support"でお名前の掲載 +#1 〜 #6

#8 $1000 ニューヨークで行われる「Out of My Hand」のプレミア上映会へ2名様1組をご招待。+#1 〜 #6  *旅費は含まれておりません。*お名前掲載は”Key Support”になります。

#9 $3000~ 世界にたった一つしかない、Steven Cogleによる絵画。+#1 〜 #8 この映画からインスピレーションを受けて描かれた特別な作品で、映画支援のために寄付して頂きました。先着2名様のみの限定です。* お名前掲載は”Key Support”になります。

#10 $5000~ Associate Producer (協力プロデューサー)としてお名前掲載。NYでのプライベート上映会にご招待。+#1 〜 #8 こちらのクレジットは、映画のエンドロールの他に全ての関連イベント、メディア等で紹介されます。*旅費は含まれておりません。

#11 $10000~ Co-Producer(共同プロデューサー)としてお名前掲載、撮影現場の1日見学にご招待し、クルーやキャストをご紹介。+ #1〜#8*こちらのクレジットは、映画のエンドロールの他に全ての関連イベント、メディア等で紹介されます。*旅費は含まれておりません。

お問い合わせは、outofmyhandthemovie@gmail.com までお願いします。 

撮影監督 村上 凉 (1979-2013)

リベリアでの撮影終了後間もない2013年6月に、この映画のインスピレーションとなったドキュメンタリー映画の制作者であり、「Out of My Hand」の撮影監督である村上涼が、惜しまれながら他界しました。生前の彼や彼の作品をご存知の方も、今回初めて彼を知った方もぜひ、ryomurakami.com(現在公式サイトを準備中)を通して、今後も発表され続ける彼の残した作品の軌跡を、見守っていただければと思います。

村上涼のドキュメンタリー映画「In the Dark」(仮題)は現在も未完成のままですが、近い将来完成に向けたプロジェクトが動き出すことが予定されています。

Risks and Challenges

Kickstarterでは、募金していただいた金額が目標金額に達しない限り、集まったお金を受け取ることはできません。私たち制作スタッフは、目標を達成するために、いかなる努力も惜しまない覚悟ですので、どうぞご支援のほど宜しくお願い致します。

福永 壮志、「Out of My Hand」制作スタッフ一同

オフィシャルウェブサイト: outofmyhand.com
フェイスブック: facebook.com/outofmyhandthemovie
ツイッター: twitter.com/outofmyhandfilm

Risks and challenges

Production's biggest challenge is its timeline, both ambitious and achievable. We have our Liberia-based cast and crew slated for arrival in New York City in late June (an epic in and of itself), and need to ensure all primary production details are locked down prior to. This process involves the issuance of visas and all related bureaucratic/customs procedures for upwards of twelve Liberian nationals, most of whom have never left Liberia, let alone the continent of Africa.

Because Kickstarter is an "All or Nothing" platform, our upcoming production weighs heavily on the success of our campaign. We'll be doing everything we can to reach people who might believe in the value of this project as we do, and do our best to encourage their participation, involvement and support.

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    Even a dollar makes a difference, and we'd be so happy for your participation in this fund-raiser. Aside from our very sincere gratitude, we'll be very happy to give you a Twitter shoutout as well as include you on our mailing list for exclusive updates on this project.

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    In addition to our very sincere appreciation and Twitter shoutout, we'll also happily send you a PDF of the project's Original Screenplay, so you can get an inside look at our story and the movie to come.

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    At a $30 pledge level, you'll receive a Twitter shoutout, a PDF of the script, and a Digital download of the final Film for your viewing pleasure! Your name will also be listed on the movie's official website as "Backer"!

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    For a pledge $50 to our project, we're happy to offer you all of the above, AND a DVD of the completed film for your home collection!

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    Even more and many thanks to those who might off and donate $150. You will receive all of the above, and also throw in two exclusive 8'x10' High quality stills of the movie. We like to consider these images as priceless; they personalize the journey that this film has taken, and are reserved for our supporters.

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    For an amazing pledge of $250, we will offer you a very special poster of the movie, as well as all else above. In addition, we'll include you in the Closing Credits of the film's credit roll, under our reserved "Special Thanks" section!

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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    For your believing in our film and your making this campaign a success, we want to offer you all of the above perks, but would be proud to place your credit in the "Key Support" section of our film's closing Credit Roll!

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    We're floored by anyone who'd make such an incredible contribution to our project. We want to hang out with you! With your pledge of $1,000, we want to invite you (+1) to join us at the NYC premiere of the completed Out of My Hand film. Also we want to offer all of above and a "Key Support" credit. Thank you!

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    We couldn't possibly thank anyone enough for believing in us this much. For contributing $3,000, you'll of course receive all the goodies above, as well as two tickets to the NYC premiere. What's more, for our $3,000 contributors, we have the special pleasure of gifting one-of-a-kind paintings made by Steven Cogle. Cogle's paintings are often priced well above this amount, and these particular paintings have been inspired by and made especially for this film. There are only two paintings, so this reward is limited to the first two takers. Thank you!

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    This is a whole other level of involvement. We could never thank you enough. You are helping to make this project a reality, in the truest of senses. To show our appreciation and our sincere gratitude, we'll invite you to a private screening, and give you all of the above (excepting the limited supply Steven Cogle painting), as well as an Associate Producer credit for our film! This credit will show up in the film's final Credits and all related literatures/forums related to the film, including IMDb and media-related platforms. Thank you!

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    There are simply no words for any person who would make the incredible leap and contribute $10,000 to our endeavor. Thank you for believing in us so much, and for making this production possible! For a pledge of $10,000, first of all, our eternal gratitude, respect, and never-ending thanks. We want to make you a Executive Producer of the film. What does that mean? It means you get ALL of the above (excepting the limited-supply painting) and you get to spend a day on set with the cast and crew making magic happen. Your Executive Producer credit will show up in the film's final Credits and all related literatures/forums related to the film, including IMDb and media-related platforms, and you'll be intimately all developed in all the film's developments to come. We'll never enough be able to say thank you!

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