About this project
Hearts Want short project began with a reading (of the feature script) back in January 2017 by Minnesota-based actors. Thanks in no small part to Kirsten Gregerson and Joanne 'JoJo' Liebeler, who became producers of this film, for making it happen.
Synopsis: Hearts Want is a romance drama about two former lovers from drama school who reunite in a small town play. The reunion forces them to face unresolved feelings and a secret from their past.
I feel that romance drama is a dying genre, which is a shame as everyone can identify with being in love and the sting of heartbreak. Partly inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, tales about long lost love and second chances are timeless and beautiful. I love Austen so much I named my heroine Lily Brandon after my favorite Austen hero, Col. Brandon (from Sense & Sensibility). We're so blessed to have Sam Simmons and Peter Christian Hansen as our leads, as they embodied the characters of Lily & Jacques so brilliantly.
My husband Ivan and I are two creative professionals and huge film fans who have never made a film of any kind before this. But when you're presented with an opportunity to make something you've always wanted so badly in your life, you simply had to jump at it and give it everything you've got.
It's quite a challenge for both of us to juggle our full time day jobs while producing this film, but it was gratifying to be involved in every aspect of pre-work all the way to filming, including making some props used in the film.
There's also a huge time constraints we had to deal with. We only had a mere few weeks of pre-production as the theatre location is only available for two days in mid Spring. Because we had no time to get funding for principal photography, we decided to self-fund parts of the filming ourselves.
Our ultimate goal is to turn Hearts Want into a feature. But we learned that a short film is the perfect format to showcase our vision and offer a sneak peek to potential financiers what we could do.
Why should you back Hearts Want?
Because everyone can appreciate a good, heartfelt story that's also beautiful to look at. As a film blogger, I’ve long been a champion of women in film. At the core of the story is a strong female protagonist dealing with the ramifications of her past decision. This film was written and produced by women, with more than half of our film crew made up by women, featuring a racially diverse cast.
A note from our leading man (updated July 12):
Peter is a prominent theatre actor in the Twin Cities who've played leads in numerous stage productions. He's also the artistic director of his own theatre company, Gremlin Theatre, in St. Paul.
All of our talented cast and crew are based in Minnesota, including our director Jason P. Schumacher who’ve won awards for his films.
Check out samples of his great work below:
What are you backers pledging to?
Making a film costs more than you think.
Your funding will go partly towards recouping principal photography cost, but primarily we need your help to get our film off the ground:
- Post-production cost – editing, sound, color correction, music, etc.
- Studio rental – for VO and music recording
- Marketing expenses – making a poster, cutting a trailer, etc.
- Film festival submissions – the fees add up the more organizations we submit to
- Kickstarter – Up to 10% is taken from donations in processing fees ($500)
We simply cannot finish this film without your help as we have already gone way over the budget we set aside for principal photography.
ALL of the funding will go towards the film and paying our crew. None of it will go to our own pockets, this is a labor of love for us.
Risks and challenges
Indie filmmaking is inherently risky and challenging, especially for newbie filmmakers like Ivan and I. But we believe we have a good story and a capable team who are committed to making this project the best it could be.
But we cannot complete this film without your help, so please consider backing this project and also help spread the word about this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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