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A troubled war veteran's chance for redemption comes through a dying girl's last hope.
A troubled war veteran's chance for redemption comes through a dying girl's last hope.
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Her Unlikely Kin
Her Unlikely Kin

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Film synopsis: 

Sarah Rassi is running out of options. She needs a bone marrow transplant and her only match on the registry is troubled war veteran, Peyton Sinclair. Can Peyton overcome his own battles with PTSD to step up and save Sarah's life? Her Unlikely Kin tells the story of two strangers, who by rare genetic chance, can offer each other new life.

Ken and Jackie at the San Antonio Film Fest 2014
Ken and Jackie at the San Antonio Film Fest 2014

Writer/Director: Ken Raimondi

Here are a few links to some projects I've worked in the past. I hope they can shed some light on my desire to tell this story as well as my competence as a story teller.

30 Days Through Afghanistan

Synopsis: Two military journalists travel Afghanistan to tell the story of the counter insurgency. For 35 straight days, my photo journalist partner Nate and I, documented what we saw and uploaded it the very same day. It was a living project that gave near real time insight into what life was like in Afghanistan for both the Afghans and NATO partners.

My favorites from "30 Days"

Day 12

Day 16

Day 29

More projects I've worked on

Childhood 

-A creative exercise

My New Birthday Promo

-A promo I created for a Facebook Blog I wrote while I went through my transplant.

Vimeo link to other work I've done 

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Assistant Director - Jackie Raimondi

Jackie is my better half, both in life and my creative process. She will be helping me to make sure actors are in place and prepped and that the production area is safe and running smoothly. 

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DP - David Pinkston
DP - David Pinkston

www.imdb.com/name/nm0684397

David is a professional cinematographer and freelance editor with more than 30 years of experience. He's a Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and has a BFA concentrating in Cinematography and Photography. Currently he's Ken's classmate working on his post-graduate MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the disciplines of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing. His film work includes features, industrials, commercials and PSAs and has worked in all film formats from 8mm, Super16mm, 35mm to 65mm IMAX and digital cinema.

Composer - Christian Tristan
Composer - Christian Tristan

Christian Tristan, a passionately-driven composer and performer, has created high caliber musical artworks characterized as epic, ambient, meaningful, creative, and dynamic. As a paragon of storytelling, he paints and delineates powerful stories with thick soundscapes and expressive, serene, radiant melodies. His composition style embellishes characteristics of rock, minimalism, and neoclassical. 

Listen to a sample off his Demo below!

Line Producer - John Viruzo
Line Producer - John Viruzo
Casting / Script Supervisor - Jo-Ann England
Casting / Script Supervisor - Jo-Ann England
Camera Operator - Ryan Brooks
Camera Operator - Ryan Brooks
Cultural Advisor - Rahnia Sharif
Cultural Advisor - Rahnia Sharif

Ok... That's nice and all... but where does the money go?

Great question!

Her Unlikely Kin Budget
Her Unlikely Kin Budget

So when do you plan to shoot this thing?

Here's the production timeline: 

November - December: Finish pre-production e.g. hold auditions, develop shooting script, scout locations etc.

January: Shoot Movie!

February - October: Post production e.g. logging footage, editing, color grading, scoring etc.

October - : Hit the Festival Circuit!

One last thing... Stretch Goal - $35,000

What's a stretch goal?

A stretch goal is like a little dream. What if I wanted to hire an editor, a foley artist, an art director, and send the finished master piece to all the festivals I wanted? 

What would that cost me? I'd say about $35,000. 

We need the $25k to make the film...$35k would make it better and offer me more opportunities to push the film on the festival circuit.

Thanks for your support and please don't forget to share! 

In fact, to make it a little easier... Feel free to download the picture below. Then, make it your profile picture for the next 30 days on your favorite social networking site. Let's paint the inter-webs with it and get people talking! #herunlikelykin 

Just right-click, download and make it your profile pic for the month of the campaign!
Just right-click, download and make it your profile pic for the month of the campaign!

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a risky business. The biggest risk being...will it get the funding it needs to get the green light. One of the the reasons we chose Kickstarter as our crowd funding platform was because it's an all or nothing proposition. We don't get a dime unless we meet our minimum $25k budget. This protects you! You will know we have the money we need and that your money didn't go to a project that wasn't adequately funded.

This film is also my thesis film for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Film program. That means it has to get done! Last but not least, this film will be used as a pitch film to help fund a feature length documentary I'm working on. All in all, there is a lot riding on the success of this film. One thing I learned in my time in the military, is that no matter what barriers creep up and slow you down, you must persevere and overcome them. I'm confident I can do that with whatever comes up with Her Unlikely Kin.

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