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$4,000
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 15 2016 7:02 PM UTC +00:00

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LOVE IS DEAD

WHAT:

LOVE IS DEAD is a short film about the emotional violence we can subject love ones to, when love dies. It's a very dark story, one that features honest dialogue that goes for the jugular. It's a very personal project for me, and something that I've worked on for years, until recently, when the opportunity arose to make the film with great people, all of which love the script and are excited about our "emotional horror" film. 

Here is a short video, giving off the tone of the film:

WHY?

This film has been years in the making for very specific and personal reasons. Nobody has perfect relationships and though some storytellers feel more comfortable venturing into stories and films that are fantastical and unique in that way, I have always been a "Blood on the page" kind of writer. This is a very true story, and though the real life story ended without the film's finale, it was pretty close. It's something I've wanted to make for quite some time, and if you wonderful pledgers help make it happen, I SWEAR to you, it will be one emotionally brutal ride. 

WHO?

Jerry Smith (Writer/Director)
Jerry Smith (Writer/Director)

JERRY SMITH (Writer/Director)

A very active film critic/journalist in the horror genre, Smith is the Editor in Chief of Icons of Fright, a site that was created in 2004 and is still going strong. Also actively writing for Blumhouse.com, Fangoria and Delirium Magazines and various other publications, online and in print form, Smith is a work horse whose very personal approach to his writing offers something different than just the typical, sometimes robotic fare. 

A writer of various scripts in developmental stages for other directors, Jerry has been working on this project for quite some time. Equally in love with Cassavetes as he is with Carpenter, Smith aims to offer for something different in the form of LOVE IS DEAD.

Aaron "Small Hands" Thompson (How could you NOT want to see this dude be mean?!)
Aaron "Small Hands" Thompson (How could you NOT want to see this dude be mean?!)

AARON "SMALL HANDS" THOMPSON

Our cast features Aaron Thompson, who is an accomplished adult film star under the name of Small Hands. Aaron is a complete asset to the film and is going to give a very dark performance as Peter, a man telling the support group about the death of his wife. 

AMERICAN MARY/THE EDITOR's Tristan Risk (Photo credit: Black Opal Images)
AMERICAN MARY/THE EDITOR's Tristan Risk (Photo credit: Black Opal Images)

TRISTAN RISK

As Mara, we have the always wonderful Tristan Risk, from genre favorites AMERICAN MARY, THE EDITOR and the upcoming film FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS. In LOVE IS DEAD, Risk will bring Mara to life, being Peter's wife, someone who just wants to know the truth about her husband and like many people, gets more than she bargained for. 

INSIDIOUS/BIG ASS SPIDER/CONTRACTED's Ruben Pla
INSIDIOUS/BIG ASS SPIDER/CONTRACTED's Ruben Pla

RUBEN PLA

As Michael, the leader of the support group, we have Ruben Pla, who has been featured in films like INSIDIOUS, BIG ASS SPIDER and CONTRACTED. Ruben's ready to bring to life a man who wants to help Peter recover from the pain and regret of pushing someone to the absolute edge. 

Our Goal:

Our goal is get the film into as many festivals as possible and we've figured that into the budget. I've attended Fantastic Fest for three years now and I think it's time to attempt to have a film playing there, instead of sitting there writing about someone else's film. 

Like I said, it's a very personal film to me, having went through a similar situation, which ended with a loved one's attempted suicide. It's a blood on the page kind of short film, and we have great perks including signed DVD's/Photos from Aaron (ladies, don't tell me you don't want a signed photo or better yet DVD of that dude), signed photos from Tristan (Hell, if this wasn't my campaign, I'd donate just for that) and exclusive artwork (horror icons or commissions) from Morbidlybeautiful.com 's Stephanie Malone. 

Artwork courtesy of Morbidly Beautiful's Stephanie Malone
Artwork courtesy of Morbidly Beautiful's Stephanie Malone

The funds raised through the campaign will go towards the filming of the shoot. All funds are to used for equipment rentals, actor's fees, locations, etc. Not a penny is going to waste. 

People are already starting to hype the short up, wanting it to be made, so that's awesome, but in order to bring this one to life, we need you guys, the generous pledges, people who feel inclined to help us get this mean beast made. Thank you guys and gals,

Jerry Smith

Risks and challenges

After the project is successfully funded, the only obstacles that I can think of is needing an additional day with the actors, which would require more pay. I don't think this is even a possibility, because I've planned this film for months and have every single shot in my head and I work like a wild beast. No Fincher "shoot picking something up for 40 takes" stuff here. We have a two day filming goal and My crew and I are ready, prepared and wanting to show this one to the everyone.

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    THANK YOU! At this level, you will get a thank you video from Jerry Smith as well as a virtual high-five

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    Dude, you're rad. Seriously. You will get a thank you video from Jerry Smith, along with a digital copy of the film, once it has made its festival premiere.

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    LOVE IS DEAD, but some good ol' fashioned lust isn't. At this tier, you will receive a signed photo from either the very lovely Tristan Risk or the charismatic Aaron "Small Hands" Thompson as well as a pretty epic kiss from either Thompson or Writer/Director Jerry Smith.

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    The electronic equivalent to a night in Heaven, if that's your thing. You will receive a free signed DVD of one of Aaron (Small Hands)'s films,a copy of Christopher Logan's AMAZING coffee table book, BURLESQUE, signed by Tristan Risk,

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    The electronic equivalent to a night in Art Heaven, if that's your thing. You will receive a free signed DVD of one of Aaron (Small Hands)'s films, along with a special art print courtesy of Stephanie Malone of Morbidly Beautiful

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    Let's collaborate!
    Writer/Director Jerry Smith will meet with you in the Los Angeles area to read and give notes on your screenplay. A seasoned writer for man publications and a ghost writer for some interesting projects, Smith would love to collaborate and help you shape you project.

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    For the generous pledge of $250, you'll be LOVE IS DEAD as a P.A., as well as receive a speaking role in the film, and will be invited to the film's wrap party!!

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    WOW, goddamn I said. For this very generous donation, you will receive a special video during filming, along with a "Pledge Produced by" credit in the film and a special gift, straight from Small Hands himself. Ladies wants a kiss? It's yours (If you're in the LA area), guys feeling a special Burning Angel mystery gift, signed by Aaron or Joanna Angel? Done. This will be epic.

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    I would marry you, if I didn't have the world's worst track record of being married. For this pledge, you will receive a Producer's credit, a Bluray of the film, a special gift box FULL of special stuff for you (Stephanie Malone will do a one of a kind, commission print, just for you and your sick minds, signed photos from Small Hands and Tristan, a surprise item exclusive to this level) AND...yeah, there's another AND...you get to party with Small Hands. Yep. If you're in the LA area, and want to go out for a night of drinking and fun, it's done.

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- (39 days)