HELP US REACH OUR STRETCH GOAL!
We are so thrilled to have reached our initial funding goal! Thank you to all who contributed even $1 to make this happen! We still have a ways to go before we hit our stretch goal of $7,000. Each $1 from this point forward goes towards increasing production quality, paying our hard-working crew, and festival submission fees. Let's see how far we can get!
What's it about?
Lilith in the Garden is about a scientist who clones his late wife. He longs for what he's lost, desperately trying to ignore the fact that this perfect copy he's created will never be the real thing. She's trying to understand her new existence and discern her own identity while living in the shadow of what she once was. It asks questions about what makes us who we are. Is it possible to break free from our nature? Are our genes our destiny, or is there more to us than that?
Why should you care?
Lilith in the Garden is more than just a Sci-Fi drama. At it's core, it speaks about our very natures. Who are we? What defines us? Is our genetic makeup a roadmap for our lives? Or do we have the ability to change our destiny?
Valerie, the clone in Lilith in the Garden, is an extreme example of what we all deal with. As a clone, her DNA is exactly the same as Theo's late wife. She is that person in every single way. But does that mean she has to be? Or can she break free from the role she was created for?
We all deal with this in our own lives. Who hasn't inherited traits from their parents, whether genetic or just things you pick up, that they struggle to face? There are obvious instances like genetic diseases, but there are also more insidious things like depression, anxiety, a way of looking at the world. Where and who we come from shapes so much of our lives. Is it our fate to repeat the mistakes of our parents? These are questions that all of us contend with, on some level.
Emily Lawrence - Emily is the writer, producer, and lead actress of Lilith in the Garden. She's narrated more than 125 audiobooks and has also worked in film and television. Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to Los Angeles shortly after receiving her BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Emily's other passions include reading, traveling, LARPing, and chocolate. She got the idea for this story three years ago and couldn't get it out of her mind. Eventually, the story had to be told, which is why she's embarking on this journey. She's passionate about creating films that speak to the soul; that get to the bottom of what defines humanity. To her, that's what art is: a reflection of ourselves that helps us better understand who we are. Check out her work at www.emilylawrence.com and www.imdb.me/emilylawrence
Leslie Bumgarner - Leslie is the director of Lilith in the Garden. Born and raised in Texas, Leslie graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at Austin's film program, and began working her way up in the camera department. She accepted a job in Houston shooting promos, commercials, and documentaries for CBS before moving to Los Angeles to study cinematography and graduate with an MFA at the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE. Working both as a director and a cinematographer, Leslie travels across the world to pursue narrative storytelling. This year she received wide acclaim for her work as cinematographer for the family drama, GOING BONGO, the first international film to ever to shoot in Tanzania. Her directorial debut, SURPRISE, has screened at over 30 festivals including Outfest and the Iris Prize, competing for 25 thousand pounds in Cardiff, Wales. Her domestic network credits include: CBS, MTV, DISC, HIS, A&E, LIFETIME, and PBS. She recently directed a new series for Lifetime/A&E’s new romance channel FallIntoMe.com. Leslie lives with her two large jungle cats, tends to her vegetable garden, repairs her vintage 1978 pedal start Puch moped, and enjoys the cool breeze and sunshine in LA. Check out her work at www.lesliebumgarner.com and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1786373/
Rob Mathes - Rob, the lead actor of Lilith in the Garden, is an award-winning actor based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Iowa, he first explored live theater performance when he was a teenager and quickly developed a passion for acting. After relocating to Los Angeles, Rob involved himself with film production behind the camera and gained a valuable understanding of the entire filmmaking process while maintaining his focus on acting. On stage, Rob has appeared in a number of successful productions, one of which, "The Sleeper", was awarded Best Comedy Ensemble by LA Weekly. In front of the camera, Rob has appeared on NBC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, FOX, and Lifetime in a variety of series. He is also proud to have played the leading role in a short film titled "Remora" which garnered a nomination for Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rob has a special fondness for science fiction and is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate on this project. Check out his work at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2336322/
Lilith in the Garden in the Media!
The press has started to take notice. Check out these interviews to learn more about Emily and the project!
- Mitch Todd of the Sci Fi Maker Podcast. Check out the full site here: http://www.scifimaker.com/crowdfunding/?utm_content=buffer3dfac&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- This podcast from Sci Fi talk also includes The Flash's Grant Gustin and Van Helsing's Kelly Overton. http://ow.ly/ohn0303nmzE
- Indie film podcast Lion Share Podcast. We discussed Steampunk, the Lilith myth, the importance of supporting independent film, and being a classically trained actor. https://soundcloud.com/lionssharepodcast/lillith-in-the-garden-w-emily-lawrence
- Popular geek culture news site Geeks of Doom: http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2016/08/10/kickstarter-lilith-in-the-garden
- Ms. in the Biz, a blog dedicated to promoting female filmmakers. Ms. Eagan has a background in genetics, so it was great talking to her about the project. http://msinthebiz.com/2016/08/15/spotlight-emily-lawrences-sci-fi-short/
- An insightful spotlight from Sci Fi blog The Continuing Voyage which talks about the Lilith myth and ponders the philosophical questions behind Lilith. https://thecontinuingvoyage.com/2016/08/16/lilith-in-the-garden-an-upcoming-short-film-from-emily-lawrence/
Risks and challenges
Lilith in the Garden is a fairly straight forward short film to make. Our challenges will be the same of any other short film. With the experience of our cast and crew, I know we'll be able to overcome any difficulties that come our way.
The biggest roadblock is, as always, money. In order to make the quality production that we believe Lilith in the Garden deserves, we need to raise a budget. The $5,000 on this kickstarter is really the minimum we need. Actually, our current budget is for $7,000. The more money we earn with this kickstarter, the better the film will be.
Here's how the budget breaks down:
$3,500 for production: equipment rentals, location set dressing, and food for the cast and crew
$1,500 for post-production: video and sound editing, music, film formats for festivals
$1,600 lets us pay the crew for their work
$500 to help us pay for festival submission fees
This project means a lot to us. Its success will obviously help our careers get to the next level. But more importantly, this story deserves to be told right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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