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How to Cheat is a self-funded, DIY-style feature film that has been accepted into competition at the LA Film Festival! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 16, 2011.

How to Cheat is a self-funded, DIY-style feature film that has been accepted into competition at the LA Film Festival!

About this project

Hello Kickstarters -

My new film, How to Cheat, has been accepted into the wonderful Los Angeles Film Festival. There's just one problem - it's not finished yet!

I have cashed in every favor I had, borrowed from every family member who will still take my calls, and worked a whole slew of painful side jobs in order to feed the actors and pay for the ever-rising production costs of this film, but now that the opportunity to gain nation-wide exposure in this festival has presented itself, I need your help with the post-production costs in order get it done in time!

Completing this film will have a huge impact on the lives of its cast and crew. Not only is it an important step in each of our careers, it's also extremely educational and fulfilling. So your donation will not just be a drop in the bucket, it will help move each of us along our creative paths!

Thank you for supporting independent art - Check out our website to learn more about the film!

Notes on the rewards:

*Tour of JPL must take place before June 22, 2011 or after January 1, 2012.

*DVD of launch of Rover will be sent after the actual launch (set for Nov. 25, 2011).

*Contact me for dates to LAFF screening times and locations.


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    5 backers

    Thank you for your donation! We’ll keep you posted on all the film’s happenings via email, add you to the special thanks credits on our website’s donate page and love you forever!

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    2 backers

    You’ll get all of the above plus you can pick what our daughter's first word will be and you can contribute to her college fund, no questions asked.

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    9 backers

    We’ll pray to the god of your choice every night for one week. And - email you photos of the next Mars Rover, “Curiosity,” being built, tested and launched at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab!

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    20 backers All gone!

    For this bargain price we will send you a DVD of "How to Cheat" and write a letter to your senator on the subject of your choice, or a complaint letter to any company/person you feel has done you, or the world, wrong in some way (this happens to be a personal specialty of ours, runs in the family). Plus, the emails and the special thanks credits.

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    7 backers

    You can show off to all your nerd friends with the DVD we’ll send you showing behind-the-scenes videos and photos of the launch, testing and assembly of the next Mars Rover (launching end of 2011) made by the folks who are actually designing, building and launching the Rover! Plus, a DVD of "How to Cheat." And of course, your favorite, the email newsletter, special thanks credit and loving forever.

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    10 backers All gone!

    For this we'll make a special effort to - pick one - be nice to everyone for a day / not curse while in traffic for one week / use only non-toxic chalk on our street art projects. We’ll also send you a DVD of my first film (“A Plus D”) with special bonus features and deleted scenes, plus a DVD of "How to Cheat."

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Your choice: we’ll make a homemade version of The Godfather for you, staring our 3-month-old as The Don. Or you can have a phone conversation with me asking any how-do-you-make-a-film-on-a-shoestring-budget kind of questions you want. Plus we’ll give you 1 ticket to a screening of “How to Cheat” at the LAFF!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Wowza! A personal tour of the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena! You +1 guest will get to see the actual Rover that is scheduled to launch later this year, the JPL Museum, the Mars Yard and the In-Situ Instrument Lab (and the love, the emails, and special thanks). And - you deserve a poster of the film, signed by the cast.

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Since you are probably already blood-related to us, you already have our never-ending love. So we’ll also give you an Associate Producers credit on IMDB, a liter of breastmilk, we’ll let you potty-train our daughter and, what the hell, we’ll throw in DVDs of both “How to Cheat” and “A Plus D.”

Funding period

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