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Based on a true story, a young couple, against all odds, must fight to save a marriage overpowered by addiction.
Based on a true story, a young couple, against all odds, must fight to save a marriage overpowered by addiction.
Based on a true story, a young couple, against all odds, must fight to save a marriage overpowered by addiction.
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THE JUNKIE - Short Film 

Written & Directed by FELICIA MANNING

THE JUNKIE is an emotional drama powerfully exploring the impact of one decision. Based on a true story, a young couple, against all odds, must fight to save a marriage overpowered by heroin addiction in hopes of rebuilding their broken lives.

WE MADE IT!

Thank you for helping us meet our goal 11 days before our final date! I am blown away by your support. Every pledge has made a significant difference and I cannot thank you enough for backing this film and believing in this story. I'm excited to say we have until May 17th to continue receiving pledges and this is exactly how any additional funds will be used:

As you know, this is a period piece. We made our budget super tight and additional pledges will help us with some much needed props and production design. We are hoping to rent a NEON DINER sign, MOTEL sign, period appropriate radio, phone, and television, as well as, additional wardrobe for our scenes. Most importantly, our production budget did not include post production costs and a quality editor, composer, sound mixer, and sound designer are needed for the aftermath of this film. We can still use your help and thank you for making our first leap on Kickstarter such a great success! I am forever grateful to those that have shared, pledged, and supported my film. ~Felicia

WHY THIS STORY?

On January 1, 2011, my Grandmother, Pauline, shared her story with me in full detail. I was fascinated by her past. Fifty years later, she could clearly recall the moments that made her laugh, made her cry, feelings of excitement and deep regret.

On January 1, 2011, my Grandmother, Pauline, shared her story with me in full detail. I was fascinated by her past. Fifty years later, she could clearly recall the moments that made her laugh, made her cry, feelings of excitement and deep regret.

This story is honest, raw, and inspiring. When I wrote the script, I held nothing back, we are dealing with real people in real situations. The film begs the questions: How far would you go for the one you love? How desperate would you become? 

Along with a deep study of the times, story, and characters, I am absolutely committed to bringing this story from script to screen. My rooted passion and personal connection to this story make me the choice director for this film. 

At heart, THE JUNKIE is a love story, not a drug story. This film serves as an inspirational drama and I know it will change lives.

THE CREW

Director: Felicia Manning

Felicia was born and raised in Pasadena. Her passion for film began as a young girl with a love for reading and writing. Her creative juices deepened with an internship at KTLA studios. She also developed and pitched original cartoon series, Fe Bandana, to Executives at Nickelodeon Animation in 2013. This led to the creation of independent production company, Fe Bandana Pictures.

She wrote and directed short film, Rite of Passage, last year with no budget, a crew of 15, and cast of five. Felicia is a fan of true stories, character driven films, and cinematic aesthetics. She believes the foundation for all impactful stories begins with the writing.

Producer: Sandra Varona

Sandra E. Varona is a Los Angeles-based Film, Music Video & New Media producer with over 11 years of experience in the industry.

In October 2010, Varona began her participation in Film Independent's Project: Involve as one of only 33 filmmakers selected for a year-long mentorship program. A year later, she served as the Unit Production Manager for the most anticipated Sundance feature film, Filly Brown, starring Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward J. Olmos and Jenni Rivera.

In addition to producing, Sandra was Film Festival Director in 2012 for the Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Festival. Sandra brought 3 powerful films directed by Eva Longoria, Eva Mendez and Zoe Saldana. Currently, Sandra is employed as the Production & Crew Manager of Maker Studios, overseeing the day-to-day of production.

Director of Photography: Marcello Altieri

Marcello was born in Cerrito Sannita, Benevento, an old town in Southern Italy. Since an early age, he expressed an enthusiasm for the arts, and in particular he had a talent and passion for photography. The world of art and creativity is now his vision and nothing can stop him form living his dreams!

Prop Master:Ellen Freund

We're excited to have Ellen join our team! Her attention to detail and eye for authenticity will add a huge amount of production value to our short. She has been so supportive of this project from day one and a great friend. It is my privilege to finally work with her on this short and, I trust, the feature.

Colorist: Brodie Alexander

We're focused on story backed by strong production value. Post-production is key and Brodie is a seasoned colorist whom will add tremendous realism to the project.

Wardrobe: Mariah Harrison

A native of Virginia, Mariah Elise Harrison graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a BFA in design. Her dramatic and theatrical style echos a surrealistic element and her background in fashion design has given her a strong working knowledge of garment construction. 

Currently, she is working under the prestigious costume designer Ami Goodheart at the couture costume design company SOTU Productions.

Sound Recordist: Mark Richards

Mark worked with me on my last short film and has become not only a huge advocate of my work, but a great friend. He owns state of the art recording gear and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring a project to life. One thing you can expect from Mark is an honest opinion and a sincere passion for film. It's my pleasure to work with him once more.

Colorist/DIT: Brodie Alexander

Brodie has extensive experience as a professional colorist. You can view his IMDB resume here. Beyond his eye for visuals, Brodie is on board from the start and willing to serve the production in any way possible from pre-production conversations to assisting with overall look of the film. 

TALENT

We are excited to announce actress Tracy Perez as Punky!

We are proud to welcome actor Darren Barnet to this project as Nick! 

LOCATION

We are recreating East Los Angeles in the early 1960's and we want to remain as true to the times as possible. Due to a laser tight budget, we've been searching for a ton of creative avenues to replicate the locations needed for this particular scene. Thankfully, we found some great location options and cannot wait to recreate the world of Punky and Nick.

WHY DONATE?

While this is a story of overcoming addiction, it is also living proof that anyone can surpass the most difficult of challenges with enough courage and faith! We believe this story and the path of Nick and Punky will truly change lives. You will allow for us to share more true stories in this vein. 

At the end of the day, we are going to make this film. With your help, we can reach that point much faster. THE JUNKIE is a story that will inspire, impact, and resonate with audiences around the world. Your donations will help us cover production, permit, and crew costs!

We realize not everyone is in the position to contribute financially and we don't want to leave you hanging. We'd love for you to spread the word about this project with your friends and family, every voice helps.

Our cast and crew are so passionate about film. Each individual has done everything in their power to either work at-cost or lower their rates to keep this budget as tight as possible. We are shooting with the Red Dragon camera and focused on high production value, as always.

THE REALITY

With Kickstarter we only get funding if we reach our goal! That means if we raise one penny less than $5600 we won't receive any of the donations toward our campaign. No pressure, I know we can do this.

VISUAL PERKS

$25 / $150

11x24" Film Poster for The Junkie
11x24" Film Poster for The Junkie

$100

Get your hands on the hard copy of the script.
Get your hands on the hard copy of the script.
 

$500 

Hear the story from our two main characters, Nick and Punky.
Hear the story from our two main characters, Nick and Punky.
 

$750

Book created especially for the feature length film!
Book created especially for the feature length film!
 

$1500 - Share your story on camera!

 BUDGET

Follow Us

Twitter @TheJunkieFilm
Twitter @FeliciaBurns

Facebook The Junkie Film

Website Fe Bandana Pictures

Instagram @FeBandana or #TheJunkieFilm

Risks and challenges

There's no risk in filmmaking... said no one ever. Backing this project will lead to a finished short film and potentially the feature. We promise to deliver each of the perks listed. The funds being raised are solely for production costs and every dollar will be utilized for the screen. Our limited budget means all of the great film artists working on this film are joining us for little or no pay. They believe in this film and in ensuring that every dollar we raise ends up on the screen.

Just know that I've built a team of tenacious, focused, and talented crew members and we value your hard earned money. Thank you so much for supporting the vision behind this film!

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    Your name in the credits along with exclusive high-res behind the scenes photos from set. Majority of these photos will be posted no where else!

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    Join the cast, crew, and our intimate group of supporters at the private screening of the short film in Los Angeles. You’ll also be given a hard copy of the script signed by the cast and crew! Travel not included.

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    A copy of the original script "Why Me God?" written in the early seventies from Pauline "Punky" Cadena. The early influence for today's film, The Junkie.

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    1 hour Q&A skype session with director Felicia Manning or an in-person meet and greet if you are local to Los Angeles.

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    Visit us on set! Join Director Felicia Manning and the cast & crew for a day on set in Los Angeles. You'll have a front row seat to the filmmaking process: watch a scene and soak up being a part of the magic. You'll have to provide your own travel and accommodation to Los Angeles.

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    This film is based on a true story and you can see Nick and Punky share their powerful story first hand in this private video presentation.

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    Receive the beautifully designed book created for the feature length version of the film. See the world and potential cast for the feature along with gorgeous visual references, details on the story, character bios, and more. Signed by writer/director Felicia Manning.

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    Associate Producer credit on IMDB and conversation with the director prior to production to discuss the project one on one.

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    Have you ever wanted to share your story on camera or find out your grandparents history? Felicia is a pretty dang good storyteller and after one conversation, we can visit your favorite places and capture your story in an exclusive 2 minute short film! It’s an amazing experience to share with your friends and loved ones. It’s also an irreplaceable gift for friends and family. This perk only available to LA residents.

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    Executive Producer credit on IMDB and conversation with the director prior to production to discuss the film one on one.

    If you've always wanted to support independent film, and you love the idea and want to ensure it becomes a reality, this is your opportunity. Travel not included to Los Angeles.

    + Digital download of completed short after festival circuit.
    + Advanced viewing of the first :30 seconds of the short film.
    + Your name in the credits!
    + Behind the scenes photos.
    + A copy of the original script "Why Me God?" written by Pauline Cadena.
    + Download of The Junkie Digital Poster.
    + Hard copy of the signed script.
    + Invitation to the set and private film screening.
    + Official 11x24" movie poster.
    + Private video presentation of Nick and Punky sharing their powerful story.

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