** We are now a Kickstarter Staff Pick! **
We were written up in the Austin Chronicle! Go check it out.
Raise a Good Man is a short film about two people in an unfamiliar town looking for a place to sleep -- and how that goes wrong. It was filmed this past April in my home of Austin, Texas, and we just completed editing about one week ago. Post-production is about to begin, which is what brings us to you here.
This is a film I'd been dreaming about making for a long time. Late last year, I put out feelers to some talented folks I knew and was able to put together a pretty exciting team of filmmakers to help bring this story to life. They include actors Anna Margaret Hollyman and Ryan Harper Gray, cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, my co-producer Frank Mosley, editor Cameron Bruce Nelson, and musician Curtis Heath (more about all of them later), not to mention an amazing crew of Austinites who worked really hard to make this all work beautifully (I'm looking at you Malina Panovich, Jack Lewandowski, and Greg Armstrong -- these people are the best).
(You can see a small preview of our film in that video up there, with music by our very own Curtis Heath)
So, we finished the movie -- what now?
The film is edited, and can be watched from start to finish, but that's really just the beginning. Before we can actually show it to people, we have a few things left to do: namely, color correction, sound mixing, scoring,and adding titles. Not to mention many smaller tasks along the way, like printing up posters, making DVD copies for pre-screening purposes, sending it out to film festivals, and eventually creating a copy of the film on both DCP and Blu Ray for screening the film in front of audiences.
That's a lot of stuff to finish! And we're looking to get it all done by mid-August.
That's where you come in. The amount we're looking for may not seem like a lot, but believe me, that extra funding will make a tremendous difference for this project. So far the film has been entirely self-produced -- we've done everything ourselves without a company or a studio behind us, and we've gone pretty far doing that. I'm really proud of what we've accomplished in private, but I'm even more excited to bring it to all of you and finish it up as a community effort.
... and speaking of community, why don't we learn a little bit more about the wonderful people who made this movie?
* THE TEAM *
Dylan Pasture (writer/director/producer, me)'s most recent short film, Seriously Delinquent, has screened internationally and is currently touring North America as part of the Basement Media Fest. At present, he is prepping a feature film based in the same world as Raise a Good Man, and has worked as a journeyman crew member for such filmmakers as Hannah Fidell and Frank Mosley. Dylan's writing has also appeared in various literary journals. He is a recent transplant to Austin, TX.
Anna Margaret Hollyman (lead actress) is a familiar and well-loved presence in such recent films as White Reindeer (distributed by IFC Films, SXSW '13 -- watch it on Netflix, it's great), Social Butterfly (Sundance '13), Summer of Blood (Tribeca '14), Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, Gayby, The Color Wheel, and Somebody Up There Likes Me. You can learn a lot more about her by reading this great feature at The Dissolve.
Ryan Harper Gray (lead actor) Ryan has collaborated with legendary American independent filmmaker Jon Jost on five films that have shown at festivals around the world, including La Biennale di Venezia, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He has also been in such films as Neal by Geoff McGee (SXSW '11), Time Line Inc. by the Luu Brothers, John W. Yost's apocalyptic feature White Creek, and two films by Blake Eckard, Ghosts of Empire Prairie and Sinner Come Home.
Andrew Droz Palermo (cinematographer) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for Rich Hill, his documentary about impoverished Midwestern boys growing up on the edge (watch the trailer). He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013,” and one of the “14 Breakouts of Sundance” by IndieWire. As a cinematographer, Andrew shot the smart horror film You're Next (distributed by Lion's Gate), as well as Hannah Fidell's A Teacher and Kat Candler's Black Metal, which both premiered at Sundance in 2013. Andrew is a MacArthur Foundation grantee, a Sundance Institute Fellow, and a Film Independent Fellow.
Curtis Glenn Heath (composer)'s eclectic composing work has been featured in such films as Kat Candler's Hellion (currently in theaters courtesy of IFC Films) as well as her earlier short Black Metal, the 2013 Sundance hit Pit Stop, James M. Johnston's Knife, Clay Liford's SXSW favorite Earthling, and Tom Huckabee's Carried Away. His original songs also appear on the soundtrack to David Lowery's neo-western Ain't Them Bodies Saints. He is one of the founders of the Fort Worth, TX band The Theater Fire, whose music has garnered many regional fans and audience awards throughout the past decade.
Cameron Bruce Nelson (editor) recently became a 2014 IFP Narrative Lab Fellow for his directorial debut feature Some Beasts, which was also a 2014 Austin Film Society grant recipient and a selection for the US IN PROGRESS sidebar at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. His short film work has been screened nationally, including In Kind, which played at the 2013 DIY Northside Film Festival, and a music video for the band Fungi Girls' song "Velvet Days" (featured on Pitchfork). Cameron is a projectionist for both the Oak Cliff Film Festival and The Dallas Videofest, and is a co-founder of the film collective Family Movie Night. He was also an assistant editor on Upstream Color, Shane Carruth's classic indie sci-fi romance, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for editing.
Frank Mosley (co-producer), a prolific Texas-born filmmaker and actor, is a 2011 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas recipient, 2012 Culture Column Award winner, and 2013 Visionary Award winner from FW Weekly, which featured Mosley as its cover story, declaring him "the John Cassavetes of North Texas." He's discussed his work for NPR, Good Morning Texas, KD Conservatory, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and Filmmaker Magazine, been a panelist for the Lone Star Film Festival, a juror for the Oak Cliff Film Festival and the Dallas Videofest, and is a co-founder of the collective Family Movie Night. His acting, directing, and video installation work has been seen at such venues as the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, SXSW, The American Film Festival in Poland, Viennale, Dallas Museum of Art, Edinburgh Art Festival, and PBS, with notable appearances in the films of Shane Carruth, Yen Tan, Eric Steele, Cameron Bruce Nelson, and Jon Jost.
... and in addition, our credits will be designed by Yen Tan, a great filmmaker in his own right (you can watch his fantastic Pit Stop right now on Netflix -- and also look at his amazing design work), and we will have a poster designed by artist Sara Lautman, whose mind-bending, gorgeous work can be seen here, has been featured in The Hairpin, The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, and has led her to being named the current Cartoonist-in-Residence at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum.
If you think all this could add up to a good 12-minute film, and you're able to donate, please consider lending a hand in getting our movie to the finish line. We have some nice little gifts if that's your thing, too. In the coming days and weeks we will also be announcing news as it appears, including additional members of our team as they come out of the woodwork (what a surprise!), as well as potential new bonus perks for donating.
And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. Thank you!
... and if you want to contact us directly, please send an email to raiseagoodman at gmail dot com
Risks and challenges
Our major challenge right now is actually completing the movie on time. As of the start of this campaign, we are a little more than one month away from our date of completion; and once we finish the film -- with nice color, sound, and music made possible by kind people like yourselves -- we still need to get it out into the world.
But finishing it is the first step, and with your generosity, we can easily get it all wrapped up by our deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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