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"Smoke and Mirrors" is the first feature-length documentary about the life and times of Tom Savini, the celebrated SFX make-up artist.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? A feature-length documentary about the life and career of famed special effects make-up artist Tom Savini. Know as the "King of Splatter", Tom's work revolutionized an industry with such movies as Friday the 13th, Creepshow, and Dawn of the Dead. But these facts are mere misdirection, as the film delves into Tom's personal triumphs and failings, revealing the man behind the mask.

The documentary features interviews with Academy Award winning special effects make-up artists Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX, Video Watchdog founder and film critic Tim Lucas, The Misfits' Jerry Only, and legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.

WHERE IS YOUR MONEY GOING? While Tom Savini has been and continues to be supportive of the project, the film has primarily been self financed. Much of the documentary is in the can, and the money raised here will go towards travel expenses for additional interviews outside the Pittsburgh area. Part of it will also go towards equipment rentals and other expendables.

THANK YOU! I've spent the past year of my life on this project, and we're beginning the home stretch. Tom is not just the film's subject, he's also become my friend, and I want others to come to know him as I have.

Thank you for taking the time to view our project and trailer. We have some great incentives for those who wish to donate. And if you cannot donate at this time, please refer others to us.

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