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Frances Sternhagen and Dan Butler star in this touching short about moving into a new phase of life.
Frances Sternhagen and Dan Butler star in this touching short about moving into a new phase of life.
67 backers pledged $9,110 to help bring this project to life.

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"Pearl", based on the poem of the same name by former US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, is the story of a man traveling to tell his mother's last living cousin that his mother has passed away. During their visit, an intriguing revelation occurs.  "Pearl" is a story of transitions, from one phase of life to the next, and from life to....?

I'm Richard Waterhouse, the producer of "PEARL".  Writer/Director/Actor, Dan Butler (Frasier, Crazy Stupid Love) and I are already very proud of "PEARL" - and it's not even finished yet!!  Our good fortune began the minute Frannie Sternhagen agreed to play the part of Pearl and it hasn't stopped.  We shot "PEARL" for 3 days at the end of April (Tim Joy, cinematographer), edited in May and June (Peter Ciardelli, editor) and are now working on sound, music, and the credit sequence (Dan Mazur, sound and Greg De Belles, music).  The entire process has gone beautifully and I completely expect "PEARL" to be well received in the film festival arena.

In order to finish our short, make sure that all of these talented artists are paid, and still have money to make copies and submit them to film festivals, we are raising these final needed funds.  Please watch the video if you haven't already, and then help us finish this beautiful, sweet and touching film.  Every little bit helps, and we're very appreciative of each and every donation.

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    A DVD of the short film, "PEARL", an autographed photo of Dan Butler, our undying gratitude and great artist karma for life!

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    A DVD of the short film, "PEARL" and a DVD of the 7 minute comedy, "RESPECT FOR ACTING", directed by Richard Waterhouse and starring Dan Butler - plus all rewards in the lower pledge amounts.

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    A DVD of the short film, "PEARL", and a DVD of Dan's feature length Indy hit, "KARL ROVE, I LOVE YOU", plus an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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    A "Thank You" credit in the finished film, a "PEARL" DVD, plus a DVD of Dan's feature length Indy hit "KARL ROVE, I LOVE YOU" and an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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    A green nylon tote bag embroidered with the "Frasier" logo. (These were made as a gift from the Frasier producers to the cast!) Plus, a "Thank You" credit in the finished film, a "PEARL" DVD, and an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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    A black film crew jacket with orange lining embroidered with "From the Earth to the Moon" - the miniseries produced by Tom Hanks. (Dan played the featured role of Gene Krantz.) Plus, a "Thank You" credit in the finished film, a "PEARL" DVD, and an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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    A Tiffany glass star paperweight commemorating "Frasier's" 100th episode. Plus, a "Thank You" credit in the finished film, a "PEARL" DVD, and an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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    Dinner with Dan Butler in New York City when he is there for stage or film work, plus, a "Special Thank You" credit in the finished film, a "PEARL" DVD, and an autographed photo of Dan Butler.

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