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A girl. Her dad. The 65 years separating them.
A girl. Her dad. The 65 years separating them.
225 backers pledged $10,806 to help bring this project to life.

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We have reached our minimum goal of $7K in just 12 short days. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us, contributed, spread the word about the film, and helped in any other way. We would like to stress that our $7K minimum was an amount we needed to make to ensure that we would be able to receive your generous contributions. If we didn't make that minimum goal, we'd get nothing! (Scary!)

The more contributions we get going forward can only make this film better. Every single dollar in indie film is huge, and going forward we can invest your contributions in post production funding. Please continue to spread the word! Can't wait to shoot in September! Thank you so much again! We are overwhelmed by your support!

Participate in our #shareyourstar contest on our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Because Gold Star is inspired by Victoria’s relationship with her late father, we want to know who inspires you in your life! Share a photo and explain along with the hashtag #shareyourstar and we will choose a winner on 5/28 and 6/05! At the end of our Kickstarter, we will make a photo album on Gold Star’s website of the #shareyourstar family, where your photos will be featured!

THE STORY

Gold Star is a narrative feature film by Victoria Negri inspired by her relationship with her late WWII veteran father.

While caring for her dying 90-year-old father, twenty-something music school dropout Vicki struggles to carve out a life separate from the one her father, her first piano teacher and a one-time prodigy in his own right, always wanted for her.

After dropping out of Juilliard, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

THE FILM'S LOOK

Beach Location in Milford, CT
Beach Location in Milford, CT

Gold Star will be shot in the New Haven area this coming fall. We have secured many beautiful locations, many of which are the real places where the events that inspired the film took place. These include:

• Victoria's childhood home in Orange

• Gaylord Rehab Facility, Anytime Fitness, & other New Haven area establishments

• Beaches along Long Island Sound

Victoria at Milford's MetroNorth Train Station
Victoria at Milford's MetroNorth Train Station
Victoria in her family's house in Orange, CT
Victoria in her family's house in Orange, CT

These locations add authenticity and naturalism to the film, and will be using real people (non-actors), including nurses, employees and Connecticut locals.

Piano Room in Victoria's House
Piano Room in Victoria's House

View our Teaser Below in Full!

(To view in HD go to Vimeo)

HOW IS MY CONTRIBUTION HELPING?

We have raised a considerable amount in private equity and fundraising through events in both Connecticut and New York, (we are 75% funded) but we need more. Your contribution will be used for to ensure the following: 

• Hotels and transportation (train tickets, gas money) for out of state actors and crew

• Equipment such as camera lenses, dollies, lights, hard drives -- the more we get, the less corners we have to cut!

• Payment for SAG actors -- we are yet to cast most parts and a considerable amount of this money from our campaign will go toward working with Judy to find professional SAG actors to bring these roles to life.

THE TEAM

 Victoria Negri (Writer/Director/Vicki) is a Tisch-trained actress, writer and director. She attended the Lee Strasberg Institute and studied writing and directing under Ela Their at the Independent Film School. Victoria has appeared in numerous features including: The Murders of Cane Hill, Cellar (Cinequest), Red Hook Black, as well as award-winning shorts: Ben (DGA Award for Best Female Filmmaker on East Coast) and The Science of Blowjobs and Throbbing Hearts. She has appeared on CollegeHumor.com and in the Sherry's Kitchen webseries. Victoria has worked as an assistant director, production manager, script supervisor, production designer and production assistant. She is a member of the NYC based film collaborative, The FilmShop. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3381529/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

• Katie Maguire (Producer) is a New York based filmmaker. She recently worked as Associate Producer on the feature film Hank and Asha. The film was an official selection at Slamdance in 2013 and was awarded the Audience Award for best narrative feature. The film earned a theatrical release and will be available on VOD. The Session a film in which Katie wrote, produced, and starred has also been picked up for distribution. She’s currently filming the TV series LI Divas, which she co-wrote, co-directed and produced. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and New York Women in Film and TV. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2327927/

• Effie Fradelos (Producer) studied at New York Film Academy and The New School for Media Studies & Film. Effie’s worked on a wide variety of projects, some credits include the films: On The LooseAgent of Death, Times Like These, The Unexpected; PBS music video Artist Meredith Le Vande, and "In Your Care" music video for Electro-Pop Artist Bright Light Bright Light. Her directorial debut Blooming Road reached the Queens World Film Festival, Katra Film Series, and the Female Eye Film Festival and is continuing festival attractions. Blooming Road has received press in the Queens Courier and L.I.C. Magazine and will be airing on regional TV the month of May. She is a proud member of the Film Independent Organization. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3688686/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr2

Victoria, Katie, and Effie at a New York fundraiser for the film
Victoria, Katie, and Effie at a New York fundraiser for the film

• Ellyn Vander Wyden (Producer) has worked in the Connecticut film world, overseeing the production of independent feature films. Her recent projects have received awards at fests including the Manhattan Film Festival and the Dreamland Film Festival and have been official selections elsewhere. Her latest Connecticut-filmed feature Brilliant Mistakes is being distributed by Cinedigm and will be available on VOD, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3828008/

Saro Varjabedian (Cinematographer) has worked on a wide variety of shorts, features and music videos. In 2007, he shot Erza, which went on to be distributed via cable, Netflix and Amazon. In 2010, he shot Elliot Loves, a romantic comedy by Sundance director Gary Terracino. Elliot Loves won the 2012 Audience choice Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and played at the 2012 Frameline Film Festival, 2012 Philadelphia Gay Fim Festival and 2012 Outfest. The film is distributed through TLA. Saro has written over 20 articles on cinematography in StudentFilmMaker Magazine and is a member of the Tiffen family of Cinematographers. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3330541/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr6

• Judy Bowman (Casting) has been casting since 1993. She has cast projects with: LAByrinth, Rattlestick Theater, Partial Comfort, Project Y, Theater for a New Audience, and the Mint Theater Company. Her work in regional theater includes the Woolly Mammoth (DC), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, American Repertory Theatre (2003-2008), San Francisco Playhouse, and the Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY). She co-cast David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood on Broadway. In addition to her work as a casting director, Judy is an adjunct assistant professor in the MFA Film Program at Columbia University. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0101344/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr8

Ben Levin (Composer) is a passionate guitarist and composer. He graduated with highest honors from Berklee College of Music, is boundlesly dedicated to his craft, yet his sound remains raw and unpredictable. His music tells intimate tales of life, love and death through both huge orchestral arrangements and quiet whispering songs. Ben has toured internationally with his bands Ben Levin Group and Bent Knee, performing rock shows and original scores to classic silent films.

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider contributing to our film! We look forward to sharing Gold Star with all of you and keeping you involved in the process as we move forward!

Here's a video of Victoria with her father: 

Risks and challenges

What challenges might we face and how will we overcome them?

Gold Star is an extremely low budget film and with a low budget comes a fast-paced set and a quick shooting schedule. We are shooting this film in September, and with this Kickstarter look to secure the last possible funds to ensure production can go ahead.

We are prepared for the constraints of low budget filmmaking, and believe that the intense preproduction process and planning we are in the midst of will serve for a smooth shoot. Problems do arise, but we are a strong team and think quickly on our feet.

Shooting home in Connecticut, where Victoria grew up, has already proven extremely beneficial as Victoria's hometown and community have come together to ensure that Gold Star is completed and supported.

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