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A new comedy starring Tom Cavanagh, Constance Zimmer, Frances Fisher, French Stewart, Haaz Sleiman & Casey Abrams. Read more

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A new comedy starring Tom Cavanagh, Constance Zimmer, Frances Fisher, French Stewart, Haaz Sleiman & Casey Abrams.

About this project

Together 436 backers raised $224,087. We are in the 1% of Kickstarter projects that raised over $100,000. We funded 45% of our goal. We were in the Most Popular Film and Video category the whole time. You did that. You believed in this project and you made it happen. Tani Cohen (Producer) and I are so grateful to all of you.  We consider this campaign a success. We now have great media and marketing materials to continue the process of bringing this film to fruition. 

We have an extraordinary group of committed actors who signed on because they believed in this too. We will make this movie. We would like to acknowledge the following people for their generous contribution to our Kickstarter campaign: 

Timothy Snell - Editor      Peyton Skelton - Cinematographer

James McVay - Additional Music  Ronald Eng - Sound Mixer 

Sydney Steinberg - PA and Pledge Button   Erin Dittman - Publicity  

Lauren Halperin and Robert Hestand and Lexie Galante 


Marty Rosen  

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Below is the playlist of all our videos. Enjoy. 

Doris! Is that you?

Many of you remember me as Doris Schwartz, a character from the 1980s TV show Fame.

I got my first shot at directing on Fame, and I've been acting, writing and directing ever since. I have a new film project and that's what brings me here to Kickstarter. (You can read more about what I've been up to in the bio section)

It's been incredible to watch Kickstarter develop as a funding source for creative newcomers. And we're all thrilled to see both young filmmakers get their projects funded as well as successful Indie projects by established stars like Kristin Bell and Spike Lee.

My film project is called Offer & Compromise and it falls right in the middle, with a moderate $500,000 budget, an experienced producer in Tani Cohen, a talented editor in Timothy Snell and seasoned casting director Shana Landsburg. And the actors! We've got Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, Ed, How to Eat Fried Worms), Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, Entourage) and Frances Fisher (Resurrection, Titanic). This will also be the film debut for musician and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams.

Offer & Compromise is a collaboration with writer Dylan Otto, and it tells the story of the fictional Warner family and Travis Parker, the 19-year-old debt collector who enters their lives as they struggle to break free of debts, both financial and emotional.

It's a comedy/drama, in the vein of The Descendants, Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. It's funny and heartbreaking and timely. All of the actors signed on as soon as they read the script. Dylan's script is that good!

Independent films have a tough time getting financed in the traditional Hollywood system, so we're excited to bring Offer & Compromise to Kickstarter.

We're so grateful to be here and we'll be incredibly thankful, long after this campaign ends, to have your support.

See that plaque from an original episode of Fame? It's going to one lucky backer.

What's Offer & Compromise All About?

Henry Warner has a wife who wants someone else's life, a teenage daughter who wants her own apartment, an 8-year-old daughter who wants to be David Beckham, a mother-in-law who hates him and a five-year-old son who has yet to speak.

Henry and his family make an unlikely connection with Travis Parker, whose first job is working with the collection agency's colorful staff of lifers. Ultimately, Travis and the Warner family's fates are tied together as they both struggle to break free of debts, both financial and emotional.

This is My Dream Cast!

I've had the opportunity in my career to work with hugely talented actors.  This film is a chance to bring actors I absolutely adore together on one film project. Can you believe the depth of this roster?

Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, Ed, Scrubs, How to Eat Fried Worms) 

  Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, The Newsroom and Entourage) 


Frances Fisher
(The new ABC series Resurrection, Unforgiven and Titanic)


Casey Abrams
(Musician, American Idol finalist) 


Lee Meriwether (The first televised "Miss America" and the original Catwoman in the first Batman film.)

Christopher McDonald (Boardwalk Empire, The Perfect Storm, and probably best known for his role as "Shooter McGavin" in Happy Gilmore.)


French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Love Stinks, and currently co-starring on the CBS comedy Mom.)


Carol Kane (Taxi, Annie Hall, currently on Broadway in Wicked.)

Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, just finished shooting the indie feature Those People.)

We also have these talented actors in featured roles: Ellen Foley (Tootsie, Paradise by the Dashboard Light), Kristine DeBell, (Meatballs, The Young & The Restless), Michael Kostroff (Damages, The Wire), Lucy Schwartz (Musician), Peter Sabri (Grey's Anatomy, Twinkle) and Lauren Halperin (How I Met Your Mother, Love That Girl)

Valerie Landsburg, Director. (See my bio to the right--->)

Tani Cohen, Producer, recently executive produced the films Six Letter Word, and David and Goliath. She produced, with HBO, the feature documentary Mr. Conservative: Goldwater On Goldwater, which received a 2007 EMMY Award nomination. Three of her producing projects, Inside Monkey Zetterland, Egg Salad, and Guinevere premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Tani executive produced and was nominated for an EMMY award for the Showtime film Snow In August. Other producing credits include The Dust Factory, The Souler Opposite (AFI Film Festival), How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (Toronto International Film Festival), and Forever Lulu.

Dylan Otto, Writer, began his writing career working for writer director Terry George and after two years he joined Leonard Goldberg’s producing team, where he helped develop blockbuster films like Charlie’s Angels. He later was Head of Development for Rocket Science Laboratories and Angel City Factory, creating hit reality shows for both the U.S. and international markets. In 2012, Dylan launched his own company Affirmed Content and currently has production deals with Fremantle Media, Discovery, and All3 Media.

Writer Dylan Otto. He knows about being "underwater."
Writer Dylan Otto. He knows about being "underwater."

So What Happens After You're Funded?

We can shoot Offer & Compromise in Los Angeles this spring in 20 days, complete production, and have a cut for $500,000. That's a really tight budget for a feature film with a cast this size, so everything we raise beyond our goal will let us give more time to shoot.

We have great rewards for our backers, everything from golf with Shooter McGavin to a chance to own my original platinum record. Constance, who's also a talented photographer, will create an unforgettable photo album from the shoot, and French will have lunch with you on the Warner Brothers lot.

Everyone who pledges gets access to our exclusive production blog and a 48-hour preview download of the completed film.

So please pledge. Be a part of our film project.

Thank you! We're all so grateful for your support.

Valerie Landsburg

P.S. Check out some of the great rewards, including my original platinum record for Hi-Fidelity!

We would like to acknowledge the following for their generous contribution to our kickstarter video:

Timothy Snell, Editor  -  Peyton Skelton, Cinematographer -  Sydney Steinberg, Awesome PA and pledge button  -  Ronald Eng, Sound Mixer  - James McVay, Additional Music - Lauren Halperin and Rob Hestand many things.

Risks and challenges

As with any film production, we're at the mercy of weather and other unexpected delays. We've created a budget that will realistically allow us to take the film to the rough cut. We've also set Spring of 2015 as our targeted release date, which gives us some extra breathing room for production. All of us on this project have solid credentials and reputations for bringing projects in on time and within budget, so we are confident in our ability to do the same with Offer & Compromise. Of course, all of our backers will get the production blog, with real time updates, photographs and videos so you'll know exactly where we are in the process.

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    NEW*** Mother’s Day Original song by Casey Abrams.

    In honor of the three generations of women in Offer & Compromise, Casey Abrams’s is writing a Mother’s Day Song.  Send it to your mom this year instead of a card.    We'll send it to you in time for Mother's Day 2014.

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    The Exclusive Production Blog. Watch along as we make "Offer & Compromise." You'll get video clips, candid outtakes, and journal entries from Valerie & the cast, including Tom Cavanaugh, Constance Zimmer, Casey Abrams, Carol Kane and French Stewart.

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    Have lunch in Los Angeles with Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland, The Big Brawl) and she will personally sign the cover of her 1976 Playboy issue just to you!
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