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A feature film shot in Van Nuys, CA. Written and directed by Suju Vijayan. Produced by Mike Blum, Carolina Roca-Smith, and David Zwick.
A feature film shot in Van Nuys, CA. Written and directed by Suju Vijayan. Produced by Mike Blum, Carolina Roca-Smith, and David Zwick.
171 backers pledged $15,693 to help bring this project to life.

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[be sure to watch our video all the way to the end to see our exclusive trailer!]

[update: Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we have far exceeded our $12,000 goal! I can't thank all of you enough! Whether you were able to join us or not, please keep following us at our website and our Facebook page and you can e-mail us at info@theplaybacksinger.com. Supporters will of course get updates via Kickstarter as well. Thanks again!]

THE MOVIE

THE PLAYBACK SINGER tells the story of an aimless, would-be, jungle-gym architect who finds his existence disrupted – and his marriage upended – when his prickly, Indian, B-movie playback singer father-in-law comes to visit and overstays his welcome. THE PLAYBACK SINGER is a family drama spiked with comedy that gets to the heart of relationships and of the challenges of finding our place in this world. Starring Ross Partridge, Navi Rawat, Joe Towne, Betsy Beutler, and one of India's most beloved actor/singer/songwriters, Piyush Mishra.

Ross and Navi rehearse while Alex and Jose set up for the shot.

OUR STORY

THE PLAYBACK SINGER is the first feature film by writer/director, Suju Vijayan. Suju wrote the script over the course of a year - during breaks from and after hours during her job as a reality TV producer. With producer Mike Blum, she put together the funding for the feature and in January 2011 began working with casting director Alison Buck to find our wonderful actors. With much help from associate producer David Zwick and producer Carolina Roca-Smith, we got organized, crewed up, and shot the film over 18 days in August 2011.

Tarin sets up our biggest scene of the film - Ray and his jungle gym.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

We have completed editing and are in the final phases of post-production. We are preparing to start our festival run and working to secure distribution and build an audience.

OUR GOAL

Our film has been financed by individual investors as well as sweat equity. But we need a little more to make it to the finish line - and that little more is help from you. We'd like to invite you to join our filmmaking family in finishing this film and launching it into the world.  We want all of you to be able to see it, and that means finishing the film and securing distribution. Every penny you donate (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to THE PLAYBACK SINGER movie budget. Your generous donation will help us pay for the following:

  • sound mix
  • color correction
  • final outputs of the film (BluRay, HD, etc.)
  • DVD screeners, shipping supplies and mailing expenses
  • movie posters, postcards, and other publicity materials
  • festival-related expenses including fees, travel, and accommodations

If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, you don't get charged and we don't make any money at all. We want to avoid this scenario at all costs!

OUR PEOPLE

We've been so lucky throughout this production to work with tremendously talented and generous people! They worked long, hard hours for little to no money and we are forever grateful. Here are just a few of them.

Cast and crew at our main location.

QUESTIONS?

We realize you may have more questions about Kickstarter and about us, so
please feel free to e-mail us at info@theplaybacksinger.com. And if you want to learn more about our cast crew and/or production, you can find us at:

We hope you will join us!

Watching Piysuh and Navi on the final day of the shoot.

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    Special thanks on the film's website and Facebook page and exclusive updates on the film's progress PLUS a digital copy of Ashok's famous "mutton biryani" recipe from the movie.

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    All of the above PLUS limited edition Playback Singer bookmark. (Shipping add: Canada $3, int'l $5.)

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    All of the above PLUS limited edition Playback Singer button and thank you on the IMDB page. (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above PLUS a ringtone based on our score by composer Jacob Yoffee. (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above PLUS a copy of a finished DVD of the film signed by the director. (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above PLUS digital copies of photos from set. (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    ALTERNATE $75 PERK: do you want to make a movie? Take a 30-minute Skype call with "The Playback Singer" writer/director Suju Vijayan and producer Mike Blum. We are happy to share our experience and answer your questions.

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    All of the above PLUS one of Ray's original drawings from the film (limited quantity available, first come first served). (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above (Ray's drawings only if still available) PLUS Ashok's famous "mutton biryani" cooked and delivered to you for dinner (only available in Los Angeles area). (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above (Ray's drawings only if still available) PLUS tickets for 2 to our cast and crew screening in Los Angeles (travel and lodging not included).(Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above (Ray's drawings only if still available) PLUS personal screening of the film in your home with the director in attendance (only available in SoCal area unless the director happens to be in your hometown for some reason or you choose to fly her and her husband out and put them up in a hotel :) ). (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above (Ray's drawings only if still available) PLUS associate producer credit (IMDB page only) AND four tickets to our festival premiere (travel and lodging not included). (Shipping add: Canada $6, int'l $10.)

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    All of the above (Ray's drawings only if still available) PLUS a Co-Executive Producer credit (IMDB page only). Though talk to us about it - maybe we can still get you in the actual credits of the film!

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Funding period

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