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A documentary short exploring the lives of kids on the verge of adolescence. Read more

Seattle, WA Documentary
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A documentary short exploring the lives of kids on the verge of adolescence.

Seattle, WA Documentary
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Do you remember your 11th birthday? What about your 12th? What were you doing? What was your favorite TV show? Who was your best friend? What was the saddest thing that had ever happened to you up to that point?  

For me, it's all pretty hazy. You know...they were the awkward years. But now that I spend everyday with an 11 year old son, I'm sometimes viscerally reminded of just how confusing and transitional this time actually was. Tweens occupy a kind of weird but amazing phase in life; they've got one foot firmly rooted in childhood and one foot stepping into adolescence. There's just a whole lot going on: questions about self-esteem and body image, mortality and sexuality start entering the picture but that kid/adolescent brain is not quite sure how to sort it all out.  

I suppose this is why so many of us forget about these years--because we were still works in progress.

I'm a filmmaker by profession and have volunteered some time over the years filming my son Jack's classmates at his elementary school. 

Last year I thought it might be interesting to film some very short interviews with a class of 4th graders just to see what they would say. Here's what they said:  4th Grade

Now that this group of 60+ kids is heading to middle school, I'm planning to film more extensive interviews with each 5th grader this June.  I'm going to spend roughly 30 minutes with each student, asking them a wide range of questions. 

The final project will be a documentary short called "Before."  My goal is to explore and even celebrate this awkward and thankfully fleeting phase of life.

The final video will live on a site we are creating called thebeforeproject.org

Our plan is to create an interactive site where people from around the world can contribute content and stories about the tween years.  

The "Before" documentary is meant to start of conversation more than make a statement.  The kids I'm filming are not an extremely diverse bunch and I realize that whatever we create is only part of a much bigger story that extends across culture, race, income, time era, etc..

thebeforeproject.org will be a place to collect these stories and content so that experiences of tweens around the world can be heard.

The final film will be finished in September, 2014. All backers will have access to a full HD download of the finished documentary.

Risks and challenges

Fortunately this is a very straightforward production with a simple location and set up. That said, we need at least 30 hours of production time and the participation of as many 5th graders in this class as possible.

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    85 backers

    Send us your awesome "before" photo from 10-12 years old and we will feature you and all of our backers on a tribute/thank you wall at the end the film. All backers will also have access to a full HD Pro Res resolution digital download of the file (as well as a quicker, H.264 option).

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    Just added! Thanks so much! You will get your "before" photo added to the end of the film as well as access to a full HD download. We're now offering the official "Before" DVD to anyone who pledges $20 or more. For those who pledge $50 or more, a BlueRay DVD will be included as well!

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    Wow! Thank you! In addition to your awesome "before" photo being featured and access to a digital download, you will also get a "Before" poster of the final documentary.

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    You rock! Everything included with the $50 pledge + a DVD of the final project

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    Seriously, we're really humbled. Everything included with the $100 pledge with an additional signed BlueRay DVD.

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    You're just so awesome that we would like to give you everything behind doors #1-4 AND send you a secret gift from the year you would have been 11. Per Kickstarter policies, it apparently can't be guns or booze. so set expectations accordingly.

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    The bulk karma you'll gain with this will be almost reward enough. But we'll throw in everything below and a personal invitation to a private screening in Seattle for friends and family and, of course, the kids. There will be good food and probably a keg!

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