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An up and coming filmmaker endeavors to tell the story of an underground graffiti artist who leads a transient existence.
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Soft Cage Films NFP is proud to present GRAFFITO!

Poets should view themselves as laborers, and laborers should view themselves as poets.
Poets should view themselves as laborers, and laborers should view themselves as poets.

Synopsis:

GRAFFITO is the story of an up and coming filmmaker endeavoring to tell the story of an exciting underground graffiti artist who leads a transient existence on the margins of society. Graffito tries to impress young Lorelei with his art/passion/vandalism/crimes, but he can't be too obvious about it because he doesn't want to blatantly blow his cover and face arrest. Meanwhile, the filmmaker and actor disagree with the direction of the film, creating a rift that derails the entire project and challenges the ethics of responsible filmmaking.

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GRAFFITO features top Chicago actors such as:

Antonio Brunetti, Michelle M Oliver, Kristen T King, Brittany Ellis, Natalie DiCristofano, Nicole Wiesner, David Steiger, Keegan Siebken, Heather Mingo, Adam Shalzi, Emma Peterson, Carl Wisniewski, Jordan Hoisington, Andrew Taylor, Jill Oliver, Ian Smith and many more.

Our cast is comprised of versatile actors with tons of experience on stage and on film, working at the edgiest of theaters and with the most cutting-edge of filmmakers.

No one can own this moment.
No one can own this moment.

Our production team includes:

Director/DP: David A. Holcombe

Writers: Heather Mingo & John Sutton

Producer: Nicholas Reise

Music: John Sutton

Making art in America is a political statement in itself.
Making art in America is a political statement in itself.

Your generous contributions will be utilized in the following 3 ways:

1-Food on set - Our talented cast and crew is generously donating their time, but acting takes energy, and food is energy! I'll leave it up to you to make the connection.

2-Props, batteries, light bulbs, and memory cards.

3-Costs associated with film festival submissions - these include submission fees, postage, packaging, and DVD duplication.

Upon completion, the 70-minute film will be submitted to national and international film festivals with the eventual goal of distribution. Several screenings in Chicago are also planned.

Our last feature film, YELLOW, was praised by critics and secured an international distribution deal across all platforms including theatrical. 

We believe strongly that Chicago is the best city in the world for independent film and we are dedicated to producing cutting edge films that showcase local talent and locations!

The more advertising I see, the less I want to buy.
The more advertising I see, the less I want to buy.

Soft Cage Films NFP is a new Chicago-based filmmaker's non-profit organization that is dedicated to the production and promotion of socially relevant films that use experimental techniques to challenge traditional notions of society.

Help us get this incredible film out into the community and in front of eager audiences like you!

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We hope to have your support!

Risks and challenges

One of the risks associated with producing a film is weather. We will be shooting a lot of this film outdoors and there is the possibility of delay. We hope to complete principle photography by the end of March, but may bleed into April. Our goal with GRAFFITO is to have the film completed by mid Summer 2014 and ready for the festival circuit. The more money that we raise, the more festival submissions we can make, and the better chance that GRAFFITO will play at a venue near you!

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    A background ROLE in the film with IMDB credit and end credit as well as a digital download of the final cut of the film and regular updates.

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    An all-new exclusive 11x17 GRAFFITO POSTER signed by the CAST and CREW, plus a DVD (with bonus material) of the final cut of the film mailed to your home, and regular updates of the film's progress.

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    Two TICKETS to the film's local screening, a DVD of the final film, as well as regular updates of the film's progress.

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    A featured WALK ON role in the film with at least one line of dialogue (no acting experience necessary), an IMDB credit, plus a DVD of the final film, as well as regular updates of the film's progress.
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