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A coming-of-age series about six diverse, off-beat, Jersey City, NJ high schoolers—made possible by Generation Z.
A coming-of-age series about six diverse, off-beat, Jersey City, NJ high schoolers—made possible by Generation Z.
73 backers pledged $10,061 to help bring this project to life.

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Suicide Spenders [Series]

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Hey, I'm Rey! Thanks for visiting my Kickstarter. 

Growing up as a young Moroccan-American, I've searched for myself in media my whole life. I soon realized it was up to me to create the stories that reflected my American experience, being raised in a multicultural Muslim family. This led me to establish County Films in early 2018 as a 17-year-old college junior at Saint Peter's University. 

I'm committed to creating authentic, relevant content for diverse audiences and providing an artistic outlet for Hudson County youth. In my first project, Suicide Spenders, I hope to shed a light on the truth of Generation Z's unique coming-of-age journeys. A successful New Jersey exclusive talent search yielded a full cast of local teenage actors and actresses who represent a rich variety of cultural lenses and creative perspectives. 

To find out more about the leads of the project, feel free to visit our cast page at www.countyfilms.com

What progress have we made? 

This past fall, the first two episodes of Suicide Spenders came to life. In this dramedy where Heathers meets The Breakfast Club, six eclectic high schoolers form a suicide pact and a vow to live their final, rebellious days together. But they soon come to realize that their plan is not as seamless as it first appeared to be.

The focus is now on post-production and the preparation of a pitch package, which will be ready by early 2019.

What makes County Films different?

What sets Suicide Spenders apart is not only the diversity of the cast, but the authenticity of those behind and in front of the camera. It's set and completely filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey and the main cast is made up of undiscovered actors and actresses exclusively from Hudson County, New Jersey. 

Generation Z is our main audience—we ask different questions and deserve different answers. Suicide Spenders comes from the unique perspective of being created by a member of Generation Z who is profoundly aware of what media our peers are searching for. A series that deals with pressing, contemporary issues—race, religion, social media, mental health, LGBTQ+ youth—in the brutally honest way that only young voices can provide is much needed. 

This show can speak those truths—but we need your help to do so.

Where is this project headed?

The end goal of Suicide Spenders is to have the series picked up by a web streaming service such as Netflix and Hulu, or another production company where the remaining 10 episodes can have the opportunity to be produced. We need support, through social media and your donations, to infuse the energy and financing this project needs to be viable. 

Where will my contributions go?

Here at County Films, we have big hearts and bigger ideas—but our resources are limited. Your much-needed contributions will go towards the expenses related to the production of the first two episodes of Suicide Spenders, including but not limited to:

  • Paying our Director of Photography, Reid Petro; gaffer, Kiel Perez; and sound engineers, Tom Lino and Jon Moore (they're the best!)
  • Hair and makeup by the amazing Mallory Callaghan  
  • Equipment rental costs 
  • Marketing and promotion of the project
  • Editing software
  • External storage for our footage
  • Marketing and promotion 
  • Wardrobe
  • Catering
  • Music production/licensing - we hope to produce a soundtrack as a future revenue generator 

Message from the Director

All throughout my life, I've never limited myself to what seems "practical." From graduating high school at thirteen to starting my own series from scratch, I'm not afraid of a challenge. Producing the media I needed when I was younger is what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I can't do it alone. 

We're not the kids you usually see on television: we represent the stories we've been looking to see on-screen our whole lives. 

Both I and the incredible people who made this project possible believe firmly in our story and the strong direction of this project—will you give us chance? 

Risks and challenges

Our production will be premiering in Spring 2019 at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey. However, the rest of its future is in your hands. We need to reach our full funding goal by the deadline in order to ensure County Films' mission of telling underrepresented stories can continue.

We are committed to getting this project picked up and professionally produced, but we need your help to do so.

Your donation, no matter how large or small, will help make our mission possible. Make a pledge today.

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    Level 1: Helping Hand

    Thanks, dude! You'll receive exclusive digital updates every month on how we're doing and where we're going next, as well as a signed cast photo.

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    Level 2: A Step Up

    Your name will be immortalized in the credits of the first two episodes, slated to be released in Spring 2019. We'll throw in that signed cast photo, too.

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    Level 3: What a Tease

    Thanks for your help! In addition to your movie credit and signed cast photo, you'll receive exclusive digital access to an expanded teaser trailer and behind-the-scenes extras, not available to the general public until after the premiere.

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    Level 4: Ooh, a Poster!

    You'll receive a signed movie poster and we'll thank-you in the credits.

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    Level 5: Ooh, an Autograph!

    You're getting a poster, signed cast photo and thank-you credit. Nice!

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    Level 6: Tee Time

    Show your love for the Spenders with this limited edition t-shirt. You're getting a movie credit, too!

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    Level 7: Swag Bag

    You're receiving a limited edition t-shirt, signed poster, collector pack of 10 stills from the show and thank-you credit! So jealous.

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    • Collector pack of 10 stills
    • Limited edition t-shirt
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    Level 8: Super Fan Collection

    Guess who's getting two tickets to the Spring 2019 premiere, a signed poster, exclusive t-shirt, collector pack of 10 stills from the show and movie credit? You, of course!

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    • 2 tickets to premiere
    • Collector pack of 10 stills
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    Level 9: VIP

    Thanks for believing in our project. You're getting two tickets to the Spring 2019 premiere, a signed copy of the script, swag bag and movie credit.

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    • Signed copy of the script
    • Swag bag (collector pack of 10 stills, t-shirt and more)
    • 2 tickets to premiere
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    Level 10: Friend of the Spenders

    You're going out to lunch with the cast of "Suicide Spenders" at a true-blue Jersey diner! We're probably gonna steal some of your fries. You'll also get 2 tickets to the VIP premiere reception, 2 tickets to the premiere, a signed copy of the script, our swag bag and a movie credit. (Transportation not included)

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    • Lunch with the Spenders
    • 2 tickets to VIP premiere reception
    • Swag bag (collector pack of 10 stills, t-shirt and more)
    • 2 tickets to premiere
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    Level 11: Pizza Party

    You and a guest can meet with the main cast for lunch at our favorite Jersey City pizzeria! Pizza and soda on us. You'll also receive four tickets to the VIP premiere reception, four tickets to the premiere, swag bag and movie credit. For adults 18+.

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    • 4 tickets to VIP premiere reception
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    Level 12: Pizza Party Jr.

    You and three friends can meet with the main cast for lunch at our favorite Jersey City pizzeria! Pizza and soda on us. You'll also receive four tickets to the VIP premiere reception, four tickets to the premiere, swag bag and movie credit. For teens 13-17.

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    Level 13: DUDE NO WAY THANK YOU

    Not only will you be one of our favorite people in the world, you'll also get two tickets to the exclusive early-release screening (scheduled for March 2019), four tickets to the VIP premiere reception, four tickets to the premiere, our swag bag and a movie credit.

    Includes:
    • 2 tickets to early-release screening
    • 4 tickets to VIP premiere reception
    • Swag bag (collector pack of 10 stills, t-shirt and more)
    • 4 tickets to premiere
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