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A short film about the obstacles that follow an actor during the process of casting in Los Angeles.
A short film about the obstacles that follow an actor during the process of casting in Los Angeles.
12 backers pledged $1,120 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! This is a story that needs to be told and is appropriate for the time we live in. 

About Be the Change, An Independent Short Film

"Be the Change" is a short film that follows the life of a young actor and the issues he faces in Los Angeles because he is typecasted as the terrorist.  

The media sets the tone for the morals, values, and images of our culture. Stereotypical images of race and ethnic appearance in media tend to perpetuate biases among people. 

Why don't we ever see a Middle Eastern superhero? 

My project's goal is to bring to light the issue of stereotyping in Hollywood. We intend to challenge stereotypes by portraying a character of color at the center of the story. As the story unfolds, the film provokes the viewer into thinking through issues of skin color and race. It is intended for the festival circuit and every dollar fundraised will help make this dream a reality. 

Inspiration Behind This Project

This project is inspired by:

Vin Diesel's 1985 Short Film "Multi-Facial:" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf4Ydp8CGk8

Joshua Seftel's Web Series, "The Secret Life of Muslims:" 

https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/627292720791667/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

http://www.secretlifeofmuslims.com

And these two articles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/26-times-white-actors-played-people-of-color-and-no-one-really-gave-a-sht_us_56cf57e2e4b0bf0dab313ffc  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/leonardo-dicaprio-as-persian-poet-rumi-gladiator-screenwriter-fa/ 

We want to create a meaningful impact on society through this independent short film.

Meet the Cast & Crew:

Leo Malik, born and raised in Southern California, UCSB graduate. Creator, Writer, Producer, and Star of Be the Change. 

Hamzah Saman, SAG-AFTRA Actor and CEO of Arab American Casting. Co-Creator, Producer, Casting Director, and Star of Be the Change.

Majeed Alkhatib, award-winning screenwriter and NYFA graduate. Writer and Assistant Director of Be the Change.

Brian Eric Johnson, SAG-AFTRA Actor and supporting lead role in Be the Change. 

Ashlei Foushee, SAG-AFTRA Actress represented by Discover Management, Chapman graduate. Supporting role in Be the Change. 

Cody Medler, born in St. Louis, Missouri, actor represented by Innovative Artists, and YouTuber. Supporting role in Be the Change.

The rest of the cast/crew and our website will be announced soon, stay tuned!

FAQ's:

Who does the money go to? Every dollar (minus the services fees from Kickstarter) will go directly to this film's budget. So, your money goes directly to funding this project for production costs like sound/lighting/camera rental equipment, paying the crew/cast, permits, post-production, festival submission fees etc.

If I donate to this film, when can I redeem the incentive(s)? All incentives will only happen if our goal is met. We set a small, realistic goal and believe we can achieve it with your help. If we do meet our goal, immediately after our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all merchandise directly to you. The screenings, parties and dvds etc. can only happen after the film is completed so this will take a little bit of time. 

What if I don’t want the incentive, I just want to support? No problem at all. You can select if you don’t want the reward as you donate. Sharing this project is very helpful, too!

Can we exceed the goal? YES!!! This would truly be amazing and ideal. Exceeding our goal will allow us to make a better movie and have it submitted to larger film festivals. Perhaps we can even create a feature film! We have set our goal at the low end and if we are able to exceed it, that would be a dream come true! 

Can I increase my pledge after it has been made? YES!!! Once you donate to our kickstarter campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or maybe even increase your pledge amount. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click on it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive!

So, what happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately, if our goal isn’t met before the deadline, not even a penny is transferred over and no film is made. We want to avoid this scenario at all costs!! 

If I am not located in the United States, can I still donate to this project? Yes!!! You can pledge from anywhere in the world.

Risks and challenges

If we are successful in fundraising money from Kickstarter to support this project, it will help us make this project come to life. Otherwise, it may never come to life.

Access to more funding gives us the opportunity to do a lot more in post- production, art, graphics, music, etc. and will be way more visually compelling in our narrative than we would be without having access to the money.

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    Digital PDF Script

    Includes a digital, PDF copy of the final script and the HD digital download of the full film PLUS you get the DVD experience - without the DVD! You'll get deleted scenes that has never before seen footage. Thank you!! We will put your name on our website and Facebook page.

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    Set Life

    Come hang out on set with us and have the opportunity to be featured in the film. You'll get free food and time to chill with the cast + crew. Always fun to be on set! Our photographer will document your experience. Available only to those in Los Angeles (transportation not provided). You also receive the Associate Producer package.

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    Meet our Producers | Executive Producer

    Have a 30 minute meeting with the producers about filmmaking, producing, acting and/or writing. Get their advice! You can meet our producers in person or via skype/phone if you’re not in L.A and you will receive credit in our film as an "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER."

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    Select Who You Want to Meet With

    We will schedule you a meeting for a minimum of an hour with who exactly you want to meet and speak with from our cast/crew. Whether you want to meet with one of the stars, directors, producers, writers, etc. we will arrange an in person meeting or a skype/telephone call if you are out of town. Date is subject to availability, but we will make it happen because of your support! Thank you! You will receive credit as an Executive Producer in our film.

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    WE MET OUR GOAL BECAUSE OF YOU! THANK YOU!!!! You will receive a role in the film if you are available during the shoot dates. Come work with us on set! Our photographer will take photos and make sure to document your experience! You will receive a T-shirt, hat, DVD, and the title as an Executive Producer! (Canada shipping, please add $6, intl please add $10)

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Funding period

- (40 days)