About this project
A Guatemalan cobbler asks a missionary:
- If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?
- No, says the missionary, not if you did not know.
- Then why, asks the cobbler, did you tell me?
We're Kickstarting, or crowd funding, a 20 minute short film. Short synopsis: Steven Castle, a wayward missionary, is caught in an endless spiral of sin and repentance; but today’s going to be different. Steven’s just arrived in Guatemala and he’s hell bent on getting holy. (more detailed synopsis further below...)
Get 'em to the Guate!
We’re packing up our gear and our passion, and bootstrapping our way to Antigua, Guatemala to make Steven’s story real. We’ll be shooting on location in and around Antigua from the Parque Central to Cafe No Se.
But will I be supporting a quality film?
Our primaries are six award-winning professional DC filmmakers -- shooters, writers, directors, producers, and actors -- combining our talents to bring our shared vision to life. Independently, we've won film festivals, and done projects for media outlets like National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV, ESPN, and Dreamworks. Collectively, this will be our first fiction film and we're setting our sights high for the future. Also signed on to contribute to the film is an extraordinary band of artists, musicians, actors, fixers, proprietors, and production specialists. Many of us have lived and worked in Guatemala and we have deep affections and appreciations for the place, the people, and the project. Check out the links at the bottom right of the page to see more of our work.
Porque spiritual and sweet, dark and funny, The Garden of Steven tells the story of Steven’s struggles with the biggest questions of life. And his story is just like ours. We’re all trying to get it right, and most of us end up making the same mistakes over and over again. Don’t make the mistake of letting this film go unfunded. Get out the guilt and give to The Garden of Steven.
How to 'get out the guilt'
By raising $30,000, in 30 days and 30 nights, we can rent the gear, make the trip, and hire local Guatemalan cast and crew to help us produce the film on a shoestring budget in time for Sundance submission. By contributing you’re not only participating in making the film; you’re getting some great stuff, and helping support Guatemalan artisans. All of the Guatemalan rewards in the sidebar are locally made handicrafts, many of them one-of-a-kind. Click any one of the pledge amounts you can swing, and we'll thank you with the corresponding stuffs.
What your contribution goes towards:
- Getting U.S. cast and crew to Guatemala and securing Guatemalan cast and crew
- Renting camera, lighting, and support gear for a 10-day shoot
- Simple, shared accommodations and food for cast and crew
- Permitting and location fees
- Props, costumes, and set design
- Finishing costs to get us ready for theaters: colorist, sound mix, graphics
- Rewards that give back to the local economy:
How to use Kickstarter
On the right-hand side, you'll see the list of Pledge Levels. Kickstarter makes it possible for you to donate to our project in exchange for some great rewards we've picked out, involvement in our project, and our undying gratitude. Pick a contribution level that feels right, click, and you can send us a pledge through Amazon Checkout. Please note that we'll only receive the funding if we meet our goal.
More about the Film, Por Favor.
Ok, here's a longer synopsis: Steven Castle wakes up every day trying desperately to do right, but can't seem to stop smacking straight into wrong. Armed with competing tastes for drink, women, and scripture, he heads out to pound the pavement of Antigua, Guatemala. A shepherd in search of wayward sheep, Steven meets a young sage, a puckish saint and, finally, the irresistible Magdalena. When she invites him to a seedy watering hole where the 'locals hang out,' Steven starts his journey on a quixotic spiral to the depths. Can he find a soul to save other than his own? Before it's all over, Steven will have a whole new host of spirits to answer to.
In addition to thanking you for reading this far, a thousand thank yous to the volunteer operators who made our Get the Guilt Out Telethon a blast: Meghan Keener, Cameron Archer, Evelyn Smith, Alice Corcoran, Nora Rappaport, Erik Herring, Drew Bollinger, Ryder Haske, Luke Meinzen, and Steven Mercado. Special thanks to the Affinity Lab shared workspace in DC.
- We set a goal ($30,000)
- We set a deadline (July 7th)
- You pledge whatever you can to help us reach that goal. We give you awesome rewards in return.
- You spread the word to the people you think would also love to get involved and help make the film a reality. If we reach (or hopefully, exceed) our goal by the deadline, your credit card is charged, we get our funding, and you get the reward you chose.
- If we don't reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card is NOT charged, and the film goes un-made. But let's not let that happen!
We're looking to have a festival submission cut in mid-September, and a final version for the masses by Jan. 2013.
Sure! Why not. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Additional money beyond the goal would allow us much more flexibility in producing this film and allow us to submit it to more film festivals and attract the interest of a larger distributor.
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
It's one of the goals of the production to give back to the local economy in Guatemala. In addition to using Guatemalan cast and crew members, we're excited about supporting local artisans through our rewards. We're working with reputable, conscientious local advisors to source these goods properly.
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