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Two romantic misfits embark on a five borough dining adventure and ultimately discover who they really are!
Two romantic misfits embark on a five borough dining adventure and ultimately discover who they really are!
492 backers pledged $60,642 to help bring this project to life.

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                                        JOIN THE ADVENTURE!

Come all chefs, foodies, native New Yorkers and hungry tourists! A film only comes alive when people create dialogue around it. Everybody has their unique philosophies about food, strong recommendations of NYC restaurants or heartwarming stories about how the city has changed (for better or worse). And through our KICKSTARTER, FACEBOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM accounts, we hope you can share your culinary & New York love with us, both before and well-after the film is made!

                                    LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Hello, I'm writer/director Justin Ambrosino and I'm making my first feature film, something I only dreamed about when I first picked up a camera. But I grew up in the restaurant business, working at my father’s restaurant in Brooklyn. I saw everything from young lovers proposing over spaghetti alle vongole to seasoned lovers cheating over ricotta cheesecake. I even saw someone get beat with a wooden pepper grinder!

Food was always central to the stories I’d see and hear and soon it became a personal passion of mine. Then, came other factors such as health, weight, and body image issues. My family and I have battled diabetes, heart attacks, weight gain and loss, but still we can’t shake our love of all things food related. When we wake up, we talk about breakfast, with breakfast, we talk about lunch, during lunch, it’s all about the dinner, and at dinner - well, it's "what are we gonna eat tomorrow?!" Does it sound like your family? Yes? No? Well, we love food. I love food. And each of us has our own delicious love affair.

And that's exactly what I'm trying to say. I'm not interested in preaching life lessons about food consumption, nor do I judge my characters on how they behave, instead I aim to show a different side of the food/health issue by exploring what it means to have a true passion for eating... and life. Ultimately, I believe living life to the fullest is what makes you beautiful and we all need that special someone who let’s us be ourselves!

                                               THE STORY

Giovanni and Priscilla couldn’t be more different: Priscilla is struggling to publish her first book, after receiving a philosophy Ph. D., and Giovanni is a pastry delivery driver with dreams of traveling America on a food crawl. And each have faced their fair share of hardships: the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, overwhelming student debt… but when they meet for the first time they realize they also share a mutual passion for food.

And that’s when their unexpected journey begins. On a whim, they decide to go on an all-night, five-borough dining adventure together. Determined to leave all their personal struggles behind, and enjoy themselves once and for all, they explore cultural neighborhoods, meet unique characters and eat dishes to die for. But along the way, they realize they can’t escape their problems and must face them head-on. So, as they begin to peel back the onion of their lives, they ultimately find out who they really are.

                                               THE TEAM

JUSTIN AMBROSINO (Writer/Director) graduated from the American Film Institute where he received the prestigious Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell Scholarship. His short, "The 8th Samurai", won more than 20 jury awards worldwide and qualified for the Academy Awards Shorts Category. Previously, Ambrosino was an assistant on numerous films such as "The Departed", "Lord of War" and "The Producers", as well as a Sapporo Artist-in-Residence, Kyoto Filmmaker's Lab Fellow and a shadow director on "Law & Order: SVU". Currently, Ambrosino is working on his feature debut "Hungry for Love".

SOOJIN CHUNG (Producer) produced "Escape from Tomorrow" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The LA Times called it “one of the most provocative movies ever seen” and Variety said, “Its cult status will remain immortal”. "Hungry for Love" will be Soojin's feature film follow-up. Previously, Soojin worked on eight major feature films including Park Chan-Wook’s Venice winner "Lady Vengeance". She also participated in the IFP Trans Atlantic Partners Program, Film Independent Project Involve, Tokyo Talent Campus and the CAAM Fellowship. In 2013, Chung was awarded one of the Best New American Filmmakers by the Vilchek Foundation.

ROMEO SCACCIA (Composer) graduated in piano, film music and composition in Lyon, Budapest and Amsterdam. Beside his successful career as a distinguished pianist, he loves the experience of composing music for film and multimedia projects. With his innovative approach on multi-style composing, he composed the score for "La Grazia" a classic Sardinian silent movie. His theme music has been performed live, with the a 70 piece orchestra, touring most of the capitol cities in Europe, combining a classical symphonic orchestra with a jazz ensemble and Launeddas players.

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HUNGRY FOR LOVE is on the SUNDANCE, FILM INDEPENDENT, IFP & FILMMAKER MAGAZINE Kickstarter pages!

                                     ABOUT OUR REWARDS!                 

$1  THE GRAY'S PAPAYA  Updates & Thank You on FB & Twitter!

$10 THE BREAD FIT  5 Milk Cream Breads from Korean bakery "Bread Fit"

http://www.breadfit.co.kr/
http://www.breadfit.co.kr/

$15  THE RUSS & DAUGHTERS  E-Restaurant Guide!

$25  THE RANDAZZO'S  Private Instagram & BTS Photo Album!

$35  THE GRIMALDI'S  Mama Ambrosino's Homemade Cookies!

$50  THE TORTILLERIA NIXTAMAL  "Hungry for Love" Movie Download!

$65  THE BUN-KER  Compser Romeo Scaccia's Solo Album & Private Screening of HFL!

$75  THE CALACA  "The 8th Samurai" DVD signed by Justin Ambrosino!

Check out the trailer : http://www.the8thsamuraimovie.com/
Check out the trailer : http://www.the8thsamuraimovie.com/

$75  THE SARAGHINA'S  "Escape from Tomorrow" Poster signed by director Randy & Soojin!

$100  THE TAVERNA CYCLADES  Skype with the Filmmakers & "EFT" Blu-Ray Signed!


$150  THE POK POK  Two Ticket's for Chef Gabriela Àlvarez's Mystic Dinner Event!

Check out Chef Gabriela's website : http://chefgabrielaalvarez.com/
Check out Chef Gabriela's website : http://chefgabrielaalvarez.com/
 

$150  THE LAM ZHOU NOODLES  Consultation with Chef Gabriela Àlvarez! 

Check out more about the class : http://chefgabrielaalvarez.com/coaching.html
Check out more about the class : http://chefgabrielaalvarez.com/coaching.html

$200  THE CITY ISLAND LOBSTER HOUSE  Dinner with the Filmmakers!

$250 THE MOMBAR  Caricature Art! Our amazing poster artist, Peter Jin will draw you into a work of art.

$250  THE JAKE'S STEAKHOUSE  Production Photo Signed by the Actors!

$500  THE PETER LUGER'S  Date Night & Cooking Lessons with Chef Gabriela Alvarez!

$750  THE NOBU  Be in the Movie!

$1000  THE DANIEL’S  Movie Collector's Item! 

$5000  THE BROOKLYN FARE  Premiere & After-Party Tickets! 

$10000  THE PER SE  Get an "Associate Producer" credit!

Risks and challenges

This independent film is dependent on YOU! It is becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds for a film about regular people these days (and not to mention, by a first time feature film director). So, we are here on Kickstarter to raise $60,000 for pre-production funds. We'd appreciate any support you can give to help bring this dream project to life. So, please help us make a great New York food film! We can't do it without YOU!

As with any other independent film, there are financial risks involved. It is impossible to predict if the film will make money in distribution. For this reason, we have kept the budget ultra-low and garnered support from institutions like Sundance Alumni, Film Independent Project Involve, IFP Trans Atlantic Partners and CAAM Fellowship because we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to make this a financially viable venture.

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    THE GRAY'S PAPAYA - Receive exclusive updates of "Hungry for Love" with a “Thank You!” on Facebook and Twitter!

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    THE FERDINANDO'S - Exclusive Access to the Never Before Seen "Hungry For Love" Short Film! MADE IN JAPAN + Updates & Thank You! on Facebook and Twitter!

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    THE BREAD FIT - Receive 5 delicious "Milk Cream Breads" from famous Korean Bakery BREAD FIT. It's cheaper than the actual value. + HFL short film + Updates + Thanks! (You can only exchange it in Korea. Valid until DEC 2015)

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    THE RUSS & DAUGHTERS - Receive the HFL Digital Restaurant Guide including all the local restaurants we love! + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE RANDAZZO'S - Receive access to our private "Hungry for Love" Instragram with Behind the Scenes production photos & stories. Plus a digital Production Album after we wrap! + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE GRIMALDI'S - Receive Mama Ambrosino’s homemade Pizzelles shipped right to your door THIS YEAR! Vegan? Don’t worry, Mama Ambrosino will make you Vegan sugar cookies with almonds! Allergic to nuts? We got that covered too! One dozen per donation. + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE TORTILLERIA NIXTAMAL - Receive a Download of "Hungry for Love" after distribution! + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE BUN-KER - Receive Composer Romeo Scaccia's Solo Album "Not Yet" as Digital Download! Plus, tickets to our private monitoring screening in NYC before we finish the film! Your feedback will be included in our film! + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE CALACA - Receive a DVD of director Justin Ambrosino's short film "THE 8TH SAMURAI" signed by himself! Only a limited amount of DVDs were made! + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE SARAGHINA'S - Receive an Exclusive Poster of producer Soojin Chung’s previous Sundance feature “Escape from Tomorrow” signed by the director Randy Moore and Soojin Chung with your name on it! + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE TAVERNA CYCLADES - Have questions about our film, need advice on your Kickstarter campaign, want a recipe? Have a 1-hour Skype session with Justin or Soojin! Ask anything. Plus, receive a signed DVD or Blu-Ray of “Escape from Tomorrow” + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE POK POK - This is a one time INSTANT PERK! Receive Two Ticket's for Chef Gabriela Àlvarez's Special Dinner Event! Pick a date throughout the year! (ONLY ONE TICKET FOR TWO AVAILABLE) + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE LAM ZHOU NOODLES - Learn to bring the joy back into your life through food. Have 1-hour consultation with Chef Gabriela Àlvarez as she learns about you and how food can transform your life. + Solo Album + Movie + Pinterest + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE CITY ISLAND LOBSTER HOUSE - All expenses paid dinner with Justin or Soojin at your favorite restaurant in our movie! + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Travel & Hotel NOT included.)

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    THE JAKE'S STEAKHOUSE - Receive a production still of the our two romantic leads signed by the actors directly for YOU! + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE MOMBAR - Caricature Art! Our Poster Artist Peter Jin will draw a one-of-a-kind sketch inspired by a photo you send him! Send in a photo of a loved one or of yourself and receive a piece of artwork inspired by it! This is an EXCLUSIVE limited offer! + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks!

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    THE PETER LUGER'S - Go on a Date Night & Cooking Lesson with Chef Gabriela Àlvarez! Learn from a professional chef while on a date! BYOB and Date. + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! + Thanks! (Travel & Hotel NOT included.)

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    THE NOBU - Be in the movie! You & a guest will come to our set! Meet the cast and filmmakers! Watch a scene come to life! And if you can be there on certain big days we'll put you in the movie. + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! + Thanks! (Travel & Hotel NOT included.)

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    THE DANIEL’S - Receive an actual item that is featured in the move! + Set Visit + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Album + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Shipping & Handling NOT Included)

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    THE CHEF'S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE - Receive two "Hungry for Love" premiere tickets! And after-party! + Collector's Item Prop + Set Visit + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Travel & Hotel NOT included.)

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    THE PER SE - Become an Associate Producer! Your name in the credits! + Premiere tickets + After-party! + Collector's Item Prop + Set Visit + Solo Album + Movie + Instagram + Food Map + Updates + Thanks! (Travel & Hotel NOT included.)

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