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Mitch must confront memories of his mother's tragic death, and overcome his alcohol abuse, or lose all that is precious to him.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."-Henry David Thoreau

Why Should I contribute? Even $5 or $10 contribution will help move us towards our funding goal!

What if I can't afford to contribute? If you can't contribute right now, please share this page with everyone you know! We are very excited to make this feature film and really appreciate your help!

FUNDING and BUDGET: 100% of Kickstarter funds will be spent to produce and market this film (Lisa is contributing personal funds to cover the Kickstarter fee of 5%). Terry and Lisa are not taking any money in the film and have invested their own money into the film. Some of the original investors are also backers now too.

BUDGET cast $19,000, crew $15,500, insurance $1,000, composing $600, craft (food) $3,000, sets $5,000, rewards $2,000, Marketing PR $2,000, Post production $20,000 (Total $68K)

CAST AND CREW: We have brought together a very talented cast and crew so far from local film making talent pool - folks who have been involved in making films for most of their lives, not because of the money but because of their passion for film making. We have hand picked this team because of the synergy and expertise of the team members.

Carving a Life Cast, at a recent 48 hour film premier
Carving a Life Cast, at a recent 48 hour film premier

This will be a Screen Actors Guild Ultra Low Budget film, which allows us to hire SAG actors - some are former students of Terry's now in Hollywood in established acting careers.

Here are some of the projects our cast and crew recently worked on:

RIP - a steampunk short film for the 48 Hour Film Project

Jackie Bainto Line Producer demo reel: http://vimeo.com/61318200

Paul Giret, Film Director of San Diego Indiefest and President of San Diego College Film Society is also Carving A Life Director of Photography and Editor. Paul has been working with video cameras all of his life.

One of Paul's projects is Valentine Victim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9GuQuGQmek

Tyler Bruhn in IRON WILL a short film from Platt College directed by Melvin Graham, GIVE ME A JUMP directed, written, and edited by Andrew Reed, and just finished an independent short film Hometown, filmed in San Diego by Ian Matthews.  

TYLER BRUHN as "Mitch"

Tyler Bruhn
Tyler Bruhn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyler-Bruhn/59077632427009

NAVID NEGAHBAN as "Dr. Kasim" Liver Specialist

Navid Negahban, as "Doctor Kasim"
Navid Negahban, as "Doctor Kasim"

The producers of Carving a Life are very proud to add Navid Negahban to the cast. Navid is best known for his role as Abu Nazir on Showtime's Emmy nominated "Homeland", and also CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, 24 among many other credits. Navid has roots in San Diego as does most of the cast and crew of "Carving A Life."

AARON BORNSTEIN as "Stephen" Mitch's father

Aaron Bornstein as "Stephen"
Aaron Bornstein as "Stephen"

Aaron is another San Diego actor, and part of the cast for The Hinges Improv. 

LISA WINANS as "Rebecca" Mitch's art teacher

Lisa Winans
Lisa Winans

Lisa has been featured in a variety of short films and TV shows, and recently had a role at San Diego's Comic Con.

CHRISTY LINDEN as "Mary"

Christy Linden
Christy Linden

San Marcos native, Christy is a model, actress, massage therapist, yoga teacher, health/nutrition and skin care advisor.

SANDI TODOROVIC as "Eric"

Sandi Todorovic
Sandi Todorovic

KATHLEEN HOLT as "Nurse Mary"

Kathleen Holt as Nurse Mary
Kathleen Holt as Nurse Mary

Kathleen really IS a nurse and has been a student of Terry Ross (Director) at Acting Professionally, for several years. 

MARLA BINGHAM as "Rehab Counselor"

Marla Bingham
Marla Bingham

The exotic and beautiful Marla owns a pilates studio in La Jolla the Marla Bingham Studio when she's not busy acting and training with Terry Ross (Director) at Acting Professionally. 

JAY JEE as "Doctor Johnson"

Jay Jee
Jay Jee

Yet another San Diego actor, Jay Jee is retiring from the Marine Corp in October 2013 and shifting gears to his new career in film, TV, theater, and modeling.

MAX BAROUDI as "Young Mitch"

Max Baroudi
Max Baroudi

SAM PFOSER as "Young Eric"

Sam Pfoser
Sam Pfoser

JARED MORTON as "Zach" the skater

Jared Morton
Jared Morton

FRANK PAPIA as "Gordon" the realtor

Frank Papia
Frank Papia

Crew, as of October 2:

Director: Terry Ross (see the About Us page for Terry's info)

Screenplay/Producer: Lisa Bruhn(see About Us page for Lisa's info)

Assistant Producer: Sandy Orsmond-Holmes

Director Photography/Editor: Paul Giret

Assistant Director: Gabe

Line Production: Jackie Bainto

Art Direction: Faelynn Paterson

Lighting: Anthony Neustadt

Composer: Josh Edwards

Intern. Assist. Camera: Nick Edwards-Johnson

Sound: (not yet selected)

Grip: (not yet selected)

Makeup: Paloma Romo

Cast:

Mitch/Teenage Mitch (20s) – (Tyler Bruhn)

Lauren – (20s) Mitch’s wife (not cast)

Eric/Teenage Eric – (20s) Mitch’s best friend (Sandi Todorovic)

Stephen – (late 40s) Mitch’s Dad (Aaron Bornstein)

Rebecca – (late 30s) Mitch’s step mom (Lisa Winans) 

Mary (30s) – Mitch’s real mom (Christy Linden)

Doctor Johnson (30s) (Jay Jee) 

Nurse Mary (40s) – hospital nurse (Kathleen Holt)

Zach (17) – skater hospital roommate (Jared Morton)

Young Mitch (10) – (Max Baroudi)

Young Eric (10) – (Sam Pfoser)

Rehab Counselor (40s) – (Marla Bingham)

Gordon (40s) – (Frank Papia)

Lyndsay (20s)– Lauren’s sister (Lindsay Kaye Sainato)

Heather – (20s) girl at party (Michelle Koops)

Brad (20s)– Heather's boyfriend (not cast)

Nathan (3) Mitch Young Son - (not cast)

Liver Specialist (Navid Negahban)

Doctor Marshall (30s) – (Hans Hernke)

Eric’s Dad (40s) – (not cast)

Kid at Beach (Kellen Rose)

Veronica (not yet cast)

Preacher (Mark Benjamin)

Jail Officer (Austin Alberto)

Orderly at Hospital (Aaron McNair)

DJ at wedding reception (not cast)

Lifeguard (Alshley Kloos)

Synopsis

This is a drama and love story about Mitch's journey to overcome his internal struggles and "create a normal life for himself." Mitch is an artist who is gaining recognition, but must confront the haunting memories of his mother's tragic death, and overcome his alcohol abuse, or lose all that is most precious to him.

At age ten, Mitch watches his mother die in a car accident, which he thinks is partly his fault. Mitch doesn't understand why his father becomes emotionally distant as he tries to cope with his own loss. We see Mitch grow up, fall prey to addiction, recover, fall in love, and face huge life changing choices along the way. Several twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat while you root for Mitch to Carve a Life for himself.

Comments about the story and script from experts:

From Jen Gristanti Story Consultant 

Current Programs Executive for Spelling Television Inc. and CBS/Paramount: "Very good job... I like the concept, the world and the characters."

From BlueCat Screenplay Competition Analysis: "Your script has a solid dramatic premise.... Mitch is a very emotionally broken, yet sympathetic individual. A motherless teen who grows up to become an alcoholic. His journey towards fatherhood is a bumpy one.

EQUIPMENT:

While several of our crew have their own equipment they will bring this to set (lighting kits, lenses, sound equipment) we also want to use the highest quality camera equipment we can afford - We  are wanting to use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a few different lenses. 

MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION:

We have consulted with an attorney who specializes in independent films, Donaldson & Callif regarding contracts and copyrights, and created a distribution festival launch strategy.

Once the film is complete, it will be sent it out to film festivals and be premiered in community theaters. Our goal is to take this story as far as it will go, and sign distribution agreements to extend the viewing reach across the globe.

We are helping other's with their Kickstarter campaigns too by http://kickingitforward.org

Even a $5 or $10 contribution to this film will help move us in the right direction!

Please send us a message if you have ANY questions! 

Terry Ross, Lisa Bruhn, and the awesome cast and crew of Carving a Life send you a big THANK YOU!

Thanks to Paul, Anthony, and Josh for making this Kickstarter video and music! Couldn't have done it without you guys!!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Potential Challenges:

The schedules of the actors and crew, some of which have other projects and jobs can be a challenge.

What we are doing to make sure nothing stops our progress:

We have 90% of the cast, crew, and locations already hand picked and have conducted production meetings to discuss schedules to identify and address any conflicts up front. We are using film production software to organize all the cast and crew contact information, schedules, and set locations.

No one plans for accidents, but better to be safe than sorry: PRODUCTION INSURANCE is in place prior to any filming to cover our talented cast, crew, and equipment.

Permits: We are working with Jodi Cilley founder of the San Diego Film Consortium to help us secure the filming and location permits we need.

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