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La Carnada is a short film that follows a young boy from Tijuana on his first drug smuggle across a remote desert and into the US.
La Carnada is a short film that follows a young boy from Tijuana on his first drug smuggle across a remote desert and into the US.
208 backers pledged $24,929 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT:

La Carnada is a prequel to a feature film I wrote called "Smuggler". It will both inform the feature and also live on its own as a singular story, one we have very, very big plans for.

The film follows a 13 year old boy from Tijuana (Manny) as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the "Devil's Highway," a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border.  Manny's mother is diabetic and they have run out of money. Her life depends on him and everything is riding on this transport. In his way: a slick cartel recruiter, a treacherous desert, and a dwindling supply of food and water.

Ultimately this short does what we think every good short film should do: it sucks you in with great characters and a tight, compelling plot and then it punches you in the chest with a twist you weren't expecting.

WHY WE NEED YOU:

We are at an interesting place with this film. We've raised around half the money needed and we've shot one out of 7 days, but we need the remaining 15k in order to finish this film! Principle photography begins in July and without your help we simply can't do it.  This money will hire our crew, pay for travel and location in Yuma and Tijuana as well as afford us the ability to get the necessary production gear, wardrobe and set design elements needed to pull off a story like this. This is the truly the most ambitious (and also the most exciting) thing I've ever attempted to do, but it absolutely can not be done with community, without people like you, giving something-- anything-- in support of an independent film and a dream.

ART FOR ART:

I think the kickstarter video really gets at everything we are doing, but for me the coolest thing about this project is 1) it has the ability to make my career and 2) we are utilizing art as prizes to, in effect, make more art.

My photography is special to me and I'm sharing it with you at various sizes depending on what you donate. Below are some of the images we are offering. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and/or if you'd like to see the script.  MUCH LOVE. Josh

Hotel Pool

Beach Ride

Surf Fire

Alysha Smoking

The Bathers

Devil's Highway

Longboard Leak

Tijuana Barber Shop

Brooke 2

Tiny Surfer (violet)

Marlboro Man

Abandonado

Venice Handplant

Alysha 1

Lone Surfer

Washington Pier

Bajamobile

Alysha at Window

Risks and challenges

Oh man. Challenges. This is undoubtedly the most challenge ridden project of my life, but it's also the most committed to anything I've ever been in my life. Short of physical death I will stop at nothing to make this film. And I think that attitude will carry our entire through the peaks and valleys we are sure to encounter. We are shooting in one of the most physically challenging places in the planet, the Devils Highway in Yuma, AZ. In the one day we have already shot, we were escorted by the border patrol to a very remote part of the border. Just in that day we got our vehicles stuck in the sand (twice), watched the weather go haywire and I experience my first real bout of heat stroke when I forgot to drink enough water during a particularly immersive part of the shoot. These are the kinds of things which make this film difficult but also very thrilling. As a community, when we pull this off, we will all be very proud.

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    THANK YOU HUG! Thank you so much for believing in this project. With your $10 donation, you can redeem a big hug from Josh at any time! We will keep you updated as the project progresses through kickstarter. We hope to be at a festival near you next year!

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    Thank you for believing in this project. With your $20 donation, you will receive a downloadable version of the Special Edition DVD and a hug.

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    Thank you for believing in this project. With your $30 donation you will receive a Special Edition DVD mailed to your door, a thank you note, and a hug!

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    ART FOR ART. Thanks for the support! For your $50 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 6x9 photo print of your choice. *See photo examples on the left. You will also receive a Special Edition DVD mailed to your door, a thank you note, and a hug!

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    ART FOR ART. Thanks for the support! For your $100 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 12x8 or equivalent print of your choice. *See photo examples on the left. You will also receive a Special Edition DVD mailed to your door, a thank you note, and a hug!

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    For your $250 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 12x18 print of BEACH RIDE mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS (or image you prefer) (by Josh). *See photo examples on the left and email preference. You will also receive a "SPECIAL THANKS" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    ART FOR ART! For your $250 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 18x12 print of your choice. *See photo examples on the left and email preference. You will also receive a "SPECIAL THANKS" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    ART FOR ART! For your $500 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 18x12 or equivalent print of your choice mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS. *See photo examples on the left and email preference. You will also receive a "SPECIAL THANKS" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    ART FOR ART! For your $700 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 20x13 or equivalent sized print of your choice mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS. *See photo examples on the left and email preference. You will also receive a "SPECIAL THANKS" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    WOW!!!!! THANK YOU! For your $1k donation you will receive TWO 18x12 or equivalent photos of your choice mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS. *See photo examples on the left and email us for your preferences. You will also receive a "SPECIAL THANKS" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    WOW!!!!! THANK YOU! For your $2,500 dollar donation you will receive a limited edition 30x20 or equivalent print of your choice mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS. *See photo examples on the left and email us for your preferences. You will also receive a "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" credit, a DVD of the film and a hug!

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    WOW!!!!! THANK YOU! For your $5k donation you will receive a limited edition 40x30 or equivalent photo of your choice mounted on WOOD with a RESIN GLOSS. *See photo examples on the left and email us for your preferences. You will also receive an "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" credit, a DVD of the film, a hug, and our undying LOVE!

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