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Two young women facing the challenges of adolescence as they discover that growing up doesn't always mean growing together. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 7, 2013.

Two young women facing the challenges of adolescence as they discover that growing up doesn't always mean growing together.

Chicago, IL Shorts
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About this project

Did you watch the Kickstarter video?

If you did take a look at it, you might notice something different from other campaigns.  There is no talking head interviews in living rooms or kitchens, Ken Burns effect on photos, or celebrities making random appearances.  We wanted to do something different.  So we wrote a teaser that is in the same vein of our actual story.  With the script, our actors, and a small team, we visited different locations that we are going to be using for the film, and we shot a small short to show you how dedicated we are to the project, as well as to give you a true feeling of what the full film will be like if we are funded.

I hope you enjoy our new approach!  We will be doing updates where you can watch us talk about the project, so have no fear.

UPDATE: Interview/Glimpse at the Main Actors

The Story

We Were Monsters And Detectives follows Melanie and Sofia, two 16 year old girls, over the course of a summer of change in a forgotten town.  Melanie and Sofia have been best friends for as long as any of them can remember, but this summer is different.  This summer, they are each handing change and growing up very differently.

Why I hold the story so close to my heart

They are always telling you to write what you know, pull from home, etc.  As a writer and director who has made a good amount of short films, I can honestly say I haven't really done that.  But, with this film, it came so natural to pull almost every aspect from things that have happened to me, or to someone close to me.  I have a deep love for the story and the characters, and I believe it is a story worth telling, worth being seen.

Who We Are

We are a cast and crew of ambitious, hardworking young filmmakers, who currently attend or have graduated from film school. This is an independent project that we are creating without the "Hollywood industry." We have a group of very talented people, and truly believe in the message of this production.  This is why we have come to Kickstarter to ask for help.  We truly want to get this film out to a much larger audience. Our goal, as a whole, is to establish ourselves as independent filmmakers and make this beautiful story.  We're living our dreams.

The Cast:

Kelsey Sante - playing Melanie

Ali Hadley - playing Sofia

We've been working on the characters non-stop:

Sydney Rivera - playing Young Sofia

Crew

Writer/Director - Al Benoit

Director of Photography - Jonah Rubash (the in-house cinematographer at Magnanimous Media in Chicago)

Check out our facebook page for the rest of the crew list: https://www.facebook.com/WeWereMonstersAndDetectives

Why We Need You By Our Side

- Equipment Rentals

- Costumes

- Props

- Animal Trainer

- Festival submissions

- Transportation/food (energy)

- Overall, making this story we love so much come to life!

Location Photos

- Check out the teaser above for the locations in motion!

Be Right There With Us!

We are going to use every social networking platform we can to keep you lovely people up to date with everything that is going on with the film. We have an on set photographer for the shoot, so everyone will get to see how hard we are working. We want you there with us every step of the way, so we will give you everything we can about We Were Monsters And Detectives

We Were Monsters And Detectives facebook Fan Page

Writer/Directors Previous Work

Cinematographer's Previous Work

Thank you for your help and support!

We will be updating the page all the time with interviews, photos, and progress towards bringing our story to life.

Risks and challenges

We are a cast and crew of young, ambitious, hardworking people. We are ready to give everything we have to this film. And with any project there is going to be some problems that arise, mostly minor, but that shows a dedicated filmmaker from someone else, when the problems arise, you face them head on.

Problems that could arise:

- If we don't raise this money from kickstarter, we will not be able to shoot this film.

- We do have an animal in the film, and whenever you have an animal on set, it makes it that much harder. But, we will have the trainer close by at all times, and overall it should only help take our film to the next level.

- As always with an independent film, we have to get enough people on board to come out and work everyday without getting paid or getting paid very little. Lucky enough we know a good deal of dedicated people that we have worked with before. So, we know and trust the crew.

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    You need to be remembered, and we want to shout your name from the top of a mountain. So, we will use the internet mountain to show our thanks to you.

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    You were and are one of us! We want to share our film with you, which means you will get a copy.

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    "A tourist realized how tiny they are." - quote from Melanie in the script. Because being a tourist is a good thing to us, you will receive a vintage postcard with a personal message written on it from the writer and director.

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    Let's stay framed in time. Because you're such a good friend, you are going to get a personalized 'We Were Monsters And Detectives' movie poster, as well as the previous incentives.

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    The things we carry. For being there every step of the way, you will receive a prop from the film, as well as the cast and crew will share an embarrassing photo from their youth on our facebook fan page!

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    We really are best friends. This means you get a personalized vintage t-shirt or crew neck sweatshit for your contribution, as well as the previous incentives.

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    We couldn't have gone this far without you holding our hand. For your wonderful contribution, you will receive a children's book, written, illustrated, and finished by the writer and director, as well as the previous incentives.

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    You are now the Executive Producer of 'We Were Monsters And Detectives' Since both of our characters in the film love to write, the writer and director of the film will write you a short novella. You will also receive the rest of the incentives and a big hug if you want it :)

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Funding period

- (30 days)