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There's a saying..."Truth is stranger than fiction"...and that's what this story has to offer...

About this project

In the early 1950's, an intelligence operation was underway that involved teenagers. These teenagers had parallel but separate lives, often living near each other. The "Ultimate Goal" was, in the future, to switch their identities if needed.

This movie is about one of these sets, Lee Oswald & Harvey Oswald. It follows their lives from childhood, along the way explaining their involvement in one of history's greatest mysteries. The facts explain the truth, and that's why this story is... "Stranger than Fiction"

In the same manner that Oliver Stone's "JFK" was really about Jim Garrison and the Clay Shaw trial, this is the real story surrounding the "Lee Harvey Oswald" character. There is a tremendous amount of evidence documenting at least 2 different individuals claiming to be "Lee Harvey Oswald", and that will be shown/explained in this film.

Lee & Harvey attended different schools, worked at different companies, and lived in different cities. When the Warren Commission pieced together "Lee Harvey  Oswald's" life, they found evidence of Oswald in two places at the same time. Unable to explain these conflicts, they withheld it from their report. This evidence is the key to understanding the lives of Lee & Harvey Oswald.

The Warren Commission combined the biographies of two different people to arrive at the legend of  Lee Harvey Oswald. One was a Russian- speaking youth, possibly the child of Hungarian parents. He preferred to be called Harvey. The other was a taller but similar looking boy with a southern U.S. accent, born as Lee Harvey Oswald, and who preferred to be called Lee. Both youths became entangled at an early age in an American intelligence operation designed to give a U.S. identity to a Russian-speaking child. It was Harvey who traveled to Russia and was shot by Jack Ruby. It was Lee who framed Harvey. The operation began when both Lee & Harvey were children, but they probably didn't become involved in the plot until the spring/summer of 1963.

On the fateful day of November 22, 1963, the event involving John F. Kennedy stunned the nation and the world. The brisk investigation of that murder conducted by the Warren Commission concluded that the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, acted alone. Despite the flaws in the investigation that left many questions unanswered, this conclusion has been accepted as "the truth". However, instead of satisfying the public, it spurred many controversial theories and speculation.

This film is set to offer a fresh take on the mystery surrounding this crime of the century. It elaborates upon the known facts and delves deeper into the darker, less known aspects of the actual story, revealing the true identity and motives of the main characters. It unravels the web of conspiracy, in which people's lives are diminished in the grander scheme of things reducing them to the roles of THE PATSY. For the first time, the story examines the events from the perspective of the key players. "Truth is stranger than fiction", and if you think you know the truth, think again. It's an intriguing true story that you will be helping to bring to light, and a project you can be proud of supporting.

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The major challenges involved with this project are first of all getting funded, then getting the film distributed. We hope to over come our first challenge by achieving the funding here at KickStarter. As far as distribution, we have a couple of potential distributors interested already, and also plan to enter the film in as many festivals as possible.
This is a theatrical feature length film (approx 110 min) and not a documentary. The script was written with a low budget in mind...there are only two major locations (a warehouse, movie theater) plus a couple of home locations and a few street scenes. The rest will be shot on a sound stage which we already have arranged. We do not fore see any major challenges with the films production outside of the usual unknowns at this point. We are filming here in in Los Angeles, where there is plenty of talented cast & crew to chose from. The budget has been prepared to allow for a very interesting & informative film. This will be a very ambitious project, and we're looking quite forward to meeting this challenge...and adding some facts to a historical mystery.

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