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The new feature from award-winning Borderline Films, starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

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The Film

JAMES WHITE, the new feature film from filmmaking trio Borderline Films (Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Simon Killer), stars Christopher Abbott in a frenetic coming of age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. 

The purpose of this film is to explore a really rich, close relationship between a single mother and her son. It's now being brought to life by an amazing cast, starring Christopher Abbot (Girls, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (How to Make It in America, Need For Speed), Tony & Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, Rabbit Hole), Ron Livingston (Office Space, Drinking Buddies), David Call (Tiny Furniture, Smash), and Mackenzie Leigh (The Good Wife, Deception).

Director Josh Mond with Christoper Abbot (James) and Mackenzie Leigh (Jayne)
Director Josh Mond with Christoper Abbot (James) and Mackenzie Leigh (Jayne)

Who We Are

Our production company, Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers, Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at NYU, our feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).

To support each other in achieving our goal of making our first features on our own terms, to keep them as personal and honest as possible, we rotate roles in the filmmaking process. When one of us writes and directs, the other two produce, and we all support each other creatively and financially. If someone needs time to work on a script, the other two will direct commercials and split the money three ways.

James White, Borderline’s first feature with Josh Mond as director, finishes the cycle of debut features we initially set out to make, now ten years ago. We’ve officially wrapped production, and now, hopefully, is where you are able to come in.

Josh, Sean, Antonio and the rest of the production team on set in December
Josh, Sean, Antonio and the rest of the production team on set in December

Why We Need Your Help

Now that the film is shot, we need additional funds in order to get through post-production. These costs include paying for an editor and edit space, sound design and mixing, and securing music rights. These people are kind enough to give us lower rates and donate a lot of their time.

  • We're incredibly excited to have Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi working on the score of the film.
  • Matt Hannam, the award winning editor of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Antiviral by Brandon Cronenberg, has come on to edit the film.
  • Coll Anderson, the sound designer on Borderline's Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer as well as Catfish and many others is starting work in his Woodstock studio.
  • And finally Randall Poster, the incredibly prolific music supervisor who has done everything from Kids to all of Wes Anderson's films and Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street, is starting his work of trying lock in the tracks Josh wants for the soundtrack. 
Josh discusses a scene with Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi (Nick) between takes
Josh discusses a scene with Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi (Nick) between takes

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Risks and challenges

You never know what lies ahead for an indie feature. At this point, we can’t honestly know which company will distribute it, or what festival it will premiere at. In the past, we’ve been very fortunate and our features have premiered at Sundance or Cannes and been distributed by IFC Films or Fox Searchlight. Our first feature, Afterschool, directed by Antonio Campos, premiered at Cannes in 2008. It was distributed by IFC Films and nominated for Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards and Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards. Next came Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where Sean Durkin won the prize for Best Director. That film was distributed by Fox Searchlight and was nominated for three Gotham Awards and four Independent Spirit Awards. Two Gates of Sleep, Alistair Banks Griffin's feature which Borderline produced, debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in Director's Fortnight. Antonio’s next feature, Simon Killer, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was one of the most discussed and debated films in competition, and was distributed afterwards by IFC Films.

So right now, as with all our films, we are just making sure we’re telling this story as passionately and truthfully as we can. Anyone who’s made a film knows that this is an enormous challenge, and after ten years together, and having nearly completed our cycle of debut features, it’s one we’re extremely excited to tackle.

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    Watch the EXCLUSIVE ONLINE PREMIERE of "1009," the short film starring Christopher Abbott, directed by Josh -- an an experimental precursor to James White. This month, we're going to premiere it online only for our Kickstarter backers ONLY.

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    You'll receive an HD download of the FINISHED FILM after its release! The exact date is TBD and will depend on when the film premieres and who our distributor ends up being.

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    A special DVD copy of Martha Marcy May Marlene, SIGNED by all 3 of us (Sean, Josh, & Antonio). Plus, the exclusive short film, shooting script pdf, and download of the completed film.

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    Join us for a PRIVATE SCREENING of James White for our Kickstarter backers with SCOTT MESCUDI (aka KID CUDI) in person for Q&A, GROUP PHOTO, & AUTOGRAPH SIGNING after the screening. Screening will take place in New York following the festival premiere so TBD. ---- You'll also receive the exclusive short film, shooting script pdf, and special thanks/updates.

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    ***L.A. screening added by popular demand!***
    Join us for a PRIVATE SCREENING of James White for our Kickstarter backers with SCOTT MESCUDI (aka KID CUDI) in person for Q&A, GROUP PHOTO, & AUTOGRAPH SIGNING after the screening. Screening will take place in Los Angeles following the festival premiere so TBD. ---- You'll also receive the exclusive short film, shooting script pdf, and special thanks/updates.

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    A very limited edition BORDERLINE BOX SET. You'll receive signed DVDs of our features: Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer

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    We'll be putting a limited amount of backers in the CREDITS at the end of the film as official KICKSTARTER PRODUCERS, so that you can be an official part of the movie everywhere it screens.

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    Come join us for a day long MASTER CLASS on filmmaking. The three of us (Sean, Antonio, and Josh) will condense everything we would teach you if we had our own film school in a single day. This will take place on Saturday, September 20th 2014.

    You'll also receive the exclusive short film, shooting script pdf, a download of the completed film, signed Martha Marcy DVD, and Kickstarter Producer credit.

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    Our leading man, CHRISTOPHER ABBOT (Girls, Martha Marcy May Marlene) will be hosting a small dinner party with some friends, other cast members, some of the film's creative team, and SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS. This will take place on Saturday, September 20th 2014.

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    BORDERLINE DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS on a short or feature film. We'll (Sean, Antonio, Josh) work with you over 3 sessions, either in person or over skype, depending on where you are in the world. We will read your script, give you notes and provide production advice as you move forward with your film.

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    You'll and a friend will be our VIP GUESTS at a FESTIVAL or PREMIERE where James White plays next year. You'll join us and hang out with the rest of the cast and crew. We're not sure which festivals we'll be playing at yet, so we will definitely do everything we can to work around your schedule. (Also, you'll have to find your own travel and accommodation, but we'll help!)

    You'll also receive the exclusive short film, shooting script pdf, and download of the completed film, signed Martha Marcy DVD, and Kickstarter Producer credit.

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