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Reunion is the story of that person you carry with you. It's the story of a first love, a time and place and lives not led.

SYNOPSIS

A man and woman meet while abroad. They fall in love, but their time away ends. Later, now living in a city, the feelings are there but it's not the same. The relationship falls apart. Years later they see each other for a day. He walks through her house, seeing pictures of the life she's led without him.

Reunion tells the story of this man and woman in love, together and apart. Told through a visit years after relationship's end, REUNION flickers from present to past, gradually telling the story of their relationship.

THE PROJECT

Not entirely fictional, but only partially true, the story for REUNION was developed by Ben Kopke and Dave Mahony and put into words by Dave. It's an extremely visual script and we'll be working with the talented cinematographer Cat Deakins to capture the style. REUNION will be directed by Caddie Hastings, an experienced director and producer, and her husband, Ben Kopke.

The story takes place in three periods of time. The earliest period will be shot in Mexico, the middle and present day in Los Angeles. We have talented teams in place for both Los Angeles and Mexico. Shooting is scheduled for late November through January.

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO

Reunion is an independently made film. All of the expenses are on us. Ben, Caddie and Dave are working for free. The cinematographer, sound, editor and other crew members will be compensated. Additional costs include everything from equipment rentals and insurance to music cues, food and travel.

WHO WE ARE

Director Caddie Hastings is a graduate of Wesleyan University's Film Studies program. In addition to her work in film marketing she has produced and directed a number of short documentary and narrative films. She lives in Venice, CA.

Director Ben Kopke is the Creative Director at Mixed Media Workshop, a Webby-nominated digital studio. Originally from Maine, he lives in Venice, CA.

Writer Dave Mahony is a graduate of Wesleyan University's Film Studies program. A talented musician, artist and writer, Dave lives in Los Angeles.

Director of Photography Cat Deakins is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Cinematography from UCLA. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Making any film is inherently challenging. There are schedules to organize, locations to permit, equipment to rent, people to feed. It's a nearly endless list. In the case of REUNION a few challenges stand out. As this is an independent film, all of the costs are on us. Working within the budget will be critical to the overall success of the project. Additionally, we have a timeline within which REUNION will need to be completed. Our goal is to have a finished film by early spring of 2013 and the first round of festival deadlines. In the case of both budget and timeline we've done our best to detail each phase of the project; the time to complete, crew needed, equipment necessary, and each expense on down to single batteries. There has also been an unexpected advantage to preparing for a Kickstarter campaign. We've been forced to address these issues months earlier than we would have needed to otherwise. For example, filming does not begin until after Thanksgiving but we already have crew lined up both in Los Angeles and Mexico. Preparing for Kickstarter, and by default the film itself, means we're organized and ready. We're in a good place, all we need is your help to hit the "go" button.

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