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Grad school detectives Joe and Nancy go to the beach with their friends.  When a murder takes place, they are called upon to solve it!
Grad school detectives Joe and Nancy go to the beach with their friends. When a murder takes place, they are called upon to solve it!
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Jesús, Teresa and Germain make short films in every free moment they can find when they're not working.  Jesús and Teresa are in graduate school at Duke University in the Romance Studies department doing PhDs.  Germain teaches French at Duke.  The three of them met at Duke three years ago and for the last year and a half have been making films together. 

Together with friends they make the "Joe & Nancy Mysteries" series:

Go to visit our blog to meet each character in depth:

http://joeandnancymysteries.wordpress.com/

Here's our rough overview of the series: Joe and Nancy have a detective agency to earn extra money by solving mysteries during graduate school. They have solved several cases so far with the help of their friends Bess, Dave, Checho and Callie, but never have made any money(!)

Plot for the Beach Episode: After Joe & Nancy pass their prelims they head to the beach. But their celebration gets cut short when Bess discovers a dead body:

Watch our documentary to learn more about Joe and Nancy and the origins of the Joe & Nancy Mysteries series:

Who/what/why/where Kickstarter?!:

Fundraising on kickstarter is easy: you like our project you can donate money starting at $1 minimum.  We're more than happy with that $1! Do it!  It's quick and easy -- if you have an Amazon account it takes less than 30 seconds.  Also, if we don't meet our $2,000 goal you won't get charged.  This is all-or-nothing fundraising on the bold frontier of crowd-sourced funding!  If you donate you get prizes! So check out what we're offering for each level of backer support.  We think there's some cool stuff.

If we don't reach our goal by April 27 at 8am you aren't charged!  We will get none of the money unless the goal is met.


Episodes 1-4:

  • Joe & Nancy Mysteries #1: Picnic of Death 
  • Joe & Nancy Mysteries #2: The Chapel Rescue
  • Joe & Nancy Mysteries #3: The Book With Flaps
  • Joe & Nancy Mysteries #4: The Stolen Dissertation

Episode #5 "Paper-mask Silenced" (our Halloween horror spoof special episode) is in post-production now and is coming soon!!! Check back for updates!

So who is responsible for the wonderful music?

We get this question a lot, so we'll take this opportunity to heap well-deserved praise on Eileen Marie Moore our composer in residence.  You can read more about her here: http://lead512.wordpress.com/about/eileen-marie-moore/ or on her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5550843/ In a word, we feel LUCKY to have her. Oh, and she also happens to be the director's mother :)

Risks and challenges

The primary risk we'll face is inclement weather. If the weather is uncooperative the days we try to film, we'll have to push our filming date back significantly. The other risks we could potentially encounter include car accidents on the way to the filming location or if an actor experiences ill health. If these setbacks arise we'll regroup and film at the end of the summer/ beginning of the next semester. We'll most certainly finish filming -- we've managed to keep producing more episodes despite heavy workloads in graduate school and studying for and passing qualifying exams!

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    At the "Junior Detective" backer level you will receive a personal thank you email written by the Joe & Nancy Mysteries director, Teresa Moore, (who also plays the role of Nancy) PLUS the link to the finished film before its official launch date.

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    At the "Detective" backer level you will receive the benefits of the "Junior Detective," PLUS your name in the credits.

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    At the "Senior Detective" backer level you will receive all the benefits of the "Detective," PLUS a personalized and autographed cast photo .jpeg via email PLUS a digital download of the finished film also before its official launch date.

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    At the "Sleuth" backer level you will receive all the benefits of the "Senior Detective," PLUS a personalized video thank you from your favorite character (Joe, Ned, Nancy or Checho) or from your favorite actor (Germain, Teresa or Jesús).

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    At the "Super Sleuth" donor level you will receive all the benefits of the "Sleuth," PLUS a 5x7" printed, personalized and autographed copy of a limited edition photograph of the cast PLUS a DVD of the finished film.

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    At the "Watson" backer level you will receive the benefits of the "Super Sleuth," PLUS a 30 minute Skype video conference with Jesús, Germain and Teresa.

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    At the "Sherlock" backer level you will receive the benefits of "Watson," PLUS dinner with Jesús, Germain and Teresa in Durham, NC (transportation and lodging not included, but dinner is!)

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    At the "Bess, Dave, Ned, Checho and Callie" donor level you will receive all the benefits of "Sherlock," PLUS a VIP invite to the private cast party for the Joe & Nancy Beach House Murder Mystery episode in Durham, NC (transportation and lodging not included, but a sneak peek at the final film is!!!).

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    At the "Joe & Nancy" donor level you will receive all the benefits of "Bess, Dave, Ned, Checho and Callie," PLUS a role -- extra or speaking (your choice) -- in a future film we make. We film shorts constantly -- you'll choose from several scripts and then we'll film it during a weekend in August 2013 in Durham, NC (transportation and lodging not included, but fun on the film set is!!!).

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