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A short film project that mixes drugs and technology by Michael Cassidy
A short film project that mixes drugs and technology by Michael Cassidy
71 backers pledged $8,866 to help bring this project to life.

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Although we have met our funding goal, your pledges are just as important. Our goal of $8500 was the bare minimum we need. With additional funds we can rent better equipment, fabricate more lifelike props and develop better visual effects. 

In short, we've gone from: "Can we make it?" to "Can we make it better?" 

The Pharmacist is a short narrative film that shows the limits of technology for the modern, suburban lifestyle. 

It follows a neighborhood pharmacist, Hal, as a prescription-filling vending machine is introduced into his store.  Although Hal is not opposed to technology - and in some ways very dependent on it - this machine's arrival quickly complicates his work and the lives of his customers.

Why I Want to Make This Film

As a writer, I look for those stories that expose the central contradictions or dilemmas in everyday life.  In this case, I want to revisit man's relationship with technology and ask: Can machines alone service our every consumer need?

Recently, I've been watching two major developments.  First, you can get (legal) drugs everywhere as dispensaries become as prevalent as coffeehouses.  Depending on where you live, you can hardly travel a mile without passing some type of pharmacy - whether in a standalone building, a mall or even a grocery store.

Second, everything is becoming self-service.  Beginning with gas stations, we now use kiosks to check ourselves out at groceries stores, hardware stores and hotels and check ourselves in for things like flights and rental cars.  We see fewer and fewer humans to conduct our everyday business.

I then stumbled on a story about a prescription vending machine in the UK.  The machine had reportedly filled over 350,000 scripts without an error.  While impressive, I could not help but think the article missed the point of a pharmacist.  

A pharmacist isn't there just to count out pills - they are medication experts and an important part of our health care delivery system.  So, as these machines begin to spread across the U.S., I wanted explore through film the line that might be crossed if the drive for cost-saving and convenience is taken too far and beyond even the machine's intended purpose.

How We'll Use the Funds

Like any film, this project will have some significant production demands.  Although we have been able to keep some of our costs down thanks to the generosity of others, there are just some costs we cannot avoid.  The more we raise, the fewer corners we'll need to cut, which will show in our final product.

Costs we need to cover include:

- insurance and legal fees

- day rates for the crew

- day rates for the performers

- post-production services

- catering

- props purchase or fabrication

- wardrobe

- transportation

- festival registration fees

- promotion

The pieces are coming together: contracts are signed, casting scheduled, props are being fabricated.  Now, we need your help.

Many thanks for your time and support!

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