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Where the Buffalo Roam is a film about battling the fear of change and leaving the comforting arms of home. Read more

Chicago, IL Shorts
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Where the Buffalo Roam is a film about battling the fear of change and leaving the comforting arms of home.

Chicago, IL Shorts
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Directors statement and rehearsal scene/b-roll with music by Keegan DeWitt.

Where the Buffalo Roam is a film about the fear of change and leaving the comforting arms of home. The film will be produced by award winning Chicago based independent production company Rubbish. As a young and passionate team we have produced several films that have made there way into film festivals around the country, like Chicago International and Starz Denver. We have been developing and re-writing the screenplay for this film for months on end, making it the most monumental project for us to date. It is incredibly near and dear to all of us and now we are looking for your support to bring it to life!


Wandering amongst the plotted rows of houses within the motherly arms of the suburbs, two brothers take advantage of the hours that most spend asleep. They sip liquid courage and shout their dreams aloud, only to hear them echo back in the humid midwestern summer air.

Twenty-four year old Brad commemorates what seems to be his last night in the suburbs with a backpack full of beer alongside his older brother, Tyler, who is on the brink of turning thirty and still living at home.

In a place where time can be an illusion and stagnation can become your best friend, all they can hope for is that the backpack doesn’t empty before the sun reaches the horizon.

Behind the Scenes footage from our latest commercial short film When I Was an Elephant, funded by Intel Solid State Drives. Take a look at our crew at work! 

$250 Reward - Original print by Award Winning Photographer Ryan Schude, recognized and awarded as an emerging artist by critically acclaimed PX3 and the Art Director's Club. Represented in New York, Los Angeles & Paris.

(Visit his website to see more of his work and accolades)


Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

The way it works is pretty simple: 

  • We set a goal: $5,500 (See below for how we're spending it.)

  • We set a deadline: 30 Days

  • You pledge whatever you can to help us reach our goal, and receive the best rewards we can offer while still turning enough profit to fund our project.

  • If we reach (or hopefully exceed) our goal by the deadline, your credit or debit card is charged, we get our funding, and you get your rewards.

  • If we don't reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card is NOT charged, and you do NOT receive the reward.

To donate click the green donate button on the top right of the page. From there you can select the tier you’d like to donate at, and after a quick sign-up (or you can login with Facebook) you will be prompted for your payment information through


Before this Kickstarter was even launched we’ve been tenaciously chipping away at getting this film underway. We will be shooting in Buffalo Grove, IL September 9-10th, as well as September 14-18th. Here is what will be happening and how your dollar will fund every moment of this 5 day long shoot and bring our film to fruition:

  • We are currently scouting and locking locations in the Buffalo Grove, IL suburbs. Your donation will directly help cover the costs of location rentals and permits.

  • As soon as locations are locked, so is our cast and crew. With your money, we can feed these hard working volunteers.

  • You will be directly paying for all of our production equipment. From the camera that we will be shooting on, to the lights and generator we’ll need to run on every outdoor set to bring the scene’s of the suburban night to life.

  • Once shooting is wrapped, we’ll be working hard to make sure our story is 100% accurate. Several days will be spent in the editing room composing beautiful sound and visuals that help drive our film, but we’ll need your money to even have a chance at it reaching the big screen. Your donations will cover the submission costs to several prestigious fests that will put our film in front of the world’s eyes.

If you can’t afford to donate Please take a moment to “Like” Where the Buffalo Roam on Facebook:

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit our page and look over our project! Making these films is what we live for and we are eternally grateful for any support you can give us.


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  • You selected
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    11 backers

    Special thanks in film’s credits and on IMDb, Online access to the film coinciding with premiere, Handwritten thank you on a postcard featuring the film’s artwork

  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    18 backers

    All of the above + Limited Edition DVD featuring a behind-the-scenes documentary and interviews

  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    10 backers

    All of the above +
    The crew of the film will plant a tree in your honor in Buffalo Grove (the film's setting). In addition, to commemorate your tree, we will take a photo of the tree with the cast of the film and send you copy!

  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers

    All of the above + A one of a kind signed and professionally printed production still chosen by you

  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer

    Rewards included in the $50 Tier + An original piece of artwork by award winning photographer Ryan Schude (see link and photo in the main body for more information)

  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    All of the rewards at the $250 Tier + An invitation (plus guest) to our suburban backyard BBQ crew and cast wrap party

Funding period

- (30 days)