We are so excited to have made our Kickstarter goal of $25,000! The actual shooting budget for the film is $40,000 so any funds we raise above and beyond are a HUGE blessing in helping us fill the total $40,000 budget. We've put together some "stretch goals" to let you know how the remaining funds will help.
$30,000 - The elixir of life: COFFEE! If we reach $30,000 we can provide better craft services to all the crew and talent on set - coffee, snacks, healthy meals... all the things to help us stay sane and awake on long days on the set. Full bellies = happy crew!
$35,000 - Lights… Camera… ALL the right gear for the job! If we reach $35,000 we will be able to get the right gear for the right shot! We use the cameras, lights, and lenses to tell the story… and each shot matters! Having the right gear to tell the story will have a huge impact in production flow and final product!
$40,000 - MAKE IT SO! When we reach $40,000 the project will be fully funded… we can cancel the lemonade stands and bake sales, and quit tossing the couch cushions looking for spare change. $40,000 is our full budget for preproduction, production, and post production! Besides that fact that we won't be able to wipe the smiles of gratitude off our face for a few months, a $40,000 budget will free us up to concentrate fully on the story and the making of the film… and getting the final product to you as soon as possible!
Why this movie, why this message?
You've never met a perfect family, or a family that doesn't have some sort of interesting dynamic. We all get into our lives, careers, children, dogs, cats, hamsters, gold fish, ant farm and get self-centered in our own bubble. This film shows the dynamic between mother and son, the loneliness a mother can feel when she loses touch with her family and the extent she'll go to getting it back. Most people at one time or another have not taken a call from their mother even when they have the means to do so. This film and message addresses why this could happen as it drives deeper into the parent/child relationship.
IN GOD WE TRUST deals with the estranged yet comedic relationship between a lonely widow, Sandralyn, and her son, Ronny, a talent-less actor, who no longer has time for his mother. Unfortunately too often, parents and children lose touch, but Sandralyn isn't giving up on her son no matter how much he ignores her. After many failed attempts to get Ronny's attention, Sandralyn invites two drifters over to her house for dinner, forcing Ronny's hand. During the visit, the strangers catch light of a valuable family heirloom and Ronny begins to sense they might not be as innocent as they appear. As the night unfolds and the days follow we learn, true colors rise to the surface, trusting God's plan is imperative, and a mother's resolve is nothing to take lightly!
WRITER / DIRECTOR
Kevin is award-winning writer-director. Three of his screenplays have been made into feature films, and all have received worldwide distribution (Hannover House, Lionsgate and CMD Distribution). He studied Journalism (Graphic Design) and Marketing receiving a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento. Kevin has written over 20 screenplays, and made a living as a screenwriter, producer and director for the last ten years. He recently wrapped a five-month gig writing for Ricky Schroder Production’s reality TV show “Starting Strong” season 2. Kevin’s most recent film faith-based drama, “I WAS BROKEN” (2013), has made distribution deals with Parables TV and even more recently, received worldwide distribution through CMD Distribution. Kevin will be directing his screenplay “In God We Trust,” Partnering with Bridgeway Christian Church’s BRIDGEWAY PICTURES, NU ARTIFACT and KEJO PRODUCTIONS. The future is bright in God’s Light.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CO-STAR
Martin, an award-winning executive producer, has produced, executive produced and acted in over 50 productions (film, film shorts, music videos and stage-plays). He executive produced “The Real Revolutionaries,” which was picked up by the Smithsonian Channel and museum. Martin led the initiative and worked with Academy Award winning writer Mark Monroe and Diamond Docs. Most recently, Martin produced and starred in, “I Was Broken,” where he worked with KeJo Productions to secure a worldwide distribution of the film through CMD Distribution.
SENIOR PASTOR / ACTOR
Lance Hahn has been the Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin, CA for over 15 years. He has long been a supporter and enthusiast of films, and understands the importance and power of medium. His heart is behind quality storytelling that explores the human condition and shares the truth of God’s love and salvation.
In 2012 Lance partnered with Kejo to produce the study guide materials for the film, “I Was Broken.” From there the partnership with Bridgeway Films was formed. Lance has lots of experience in front of the camera, both in acting and as a teacher and leader. Be sure to keep an eye out for him in the film!
Lance will have a feature acting role in "In God We Trust!"
Award-winning Producer Jo Haskin has produced close to 100 hours of television, film and digital content for such networks as Animal Planet, National Geographic, Fox, History, USA, The Travel Channel, MavTV and Hallmark for such shows as Treehouse Masters, Dangerous Waters, Food Paradise and Building Wild. She joined Ricky Schroder Productions in 2011 and has produced 20 episodes of the U.S. Army reality series, Starting Strong, U.S. Army Chaplain Public Service Announcement and contributed to the second highest rated Hallmark film, Our Wild Hearts.
Brian has been working as a Director of Photography since 1999. Traveling through most the United States, Africa, Germany, Budapest and other countries, to shoot television shows, documentaries, music videos and feature films. Brian began with a degree in Audio Post Production and ventured his way onto set as a Production Assistant, then to a Grip, a Best Boy and eventually picked up a camera to shoot short films and music videos.
Brian understands the value of his supportive local crew to achieve the highest production quality and while making set-ups efficient to enhance creativity. With experience in many formats such as film, high definition, red, and DSLR,, he has developed the skills to create a supportive look to suit any project.
Brian has worked for Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Sirens Media, Discovery ID, A&E, Drive Thru Records, Cash Money Records, Astone Flanagan Agency, KeJo-Productions, MSNBC, California Department of Justice, and many others.
Awards include “Best Cinematography” at the Sacramento International Film Festival, Regional “Emmy Award” for Idea Factory, “Best Documentary” at the Honolulu International Film Festival, as well as several film festival “Official Selections” for short films, documentaries and features.
Brian’s talent has allowed him to build a network of clients who have continued to bring him new opportunities throughout the years. His professionalism, passion and dedication to his craft are evident in his work and compliment his character as a DP.
Rachel Clark grew up in the world of production and media, as the daughter of television engineer at the first Christian television network in the United States. She caught “the bug” for production and storytelling at the age of 15, was able to train under some of the most talented and standup people in the business. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a Communications/Media Arts Emphasis Degree and has worked with a variety of organizations, ministries, and non-profits nationally and internationally ever since.
Most recently, Rachel served as Director of Communication Arts at Bridgeway Christian Church, her home church. She led the media, communications, and arts charge for over 8 years as the church grew from 300 people to over 4300 people. She’s currently the owner of 54 Films, where she works with her partner and husband, Dave, helping people tell their stories through film, design, and consulting. She is also a producer and editor on the upcoming film, “In God We Trust,” in partnership with Kejo Productions, Nu Artifact Films, and Bridgeway Films (a ministry of Bridgeway Christian Church.)
Rachel and Dave reside in Northern California with their two miracle children. (Literal miracles... ask her about it sometime!) She enjoys family adventure days, longs for time to sketch, and is currently obsessed with way too many good books. She has just come to accept the fact that she is, in fact, a full fledged adult (something about getting more excited about the cheese aisle then the candy aisle at the grocery store.)
Michele currently holds the position of Director of Education at the Sacramento Theatre Company where she oversees the STC School of the Arts which includes the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, STC Camps, School Partnership Program and the Technical Theater and Design Program. Michele is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. She has been working as a professional actor for 23 years doing theatre, film and television across the country regionally and internationally . She is in her 9th season at the Sacramento Theatre Company.
Michele has directed, taught and choreographed professional theatre as well as theatre for young people for 13 years and has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts. She has directed and choreographed musicals and plays for young people for STC, EDMT, Camp Laurel South in Maine, Music Circus Camp and local schools in Sacramento.
Her film/tv acting credits include Mona Lisa Smile, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, several local films with KEJO productions and Watermark productions. Michele's stage work includes several seasons at Sacramento Theatre Company and shows at Music Circus, Aquila Theatre Company (NYC), Yorktown Stage as well as touring shows throughout the country to name a few.
This 2013 BET Music Matters Showcase winner, 2013 Kingdom Choice Award Nominee for Break Through Artist ofthe year, 2012 Kingdom Choice Award Nominee for Rap Minister of the Year, 2012 BET Music Matters TOP 3 Finalist,2010 Stellar Award Nominee for Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year, won the "Best of the Blessed" Artist of the Yearaward at the 2009 Christian Music Awards (CMA). He has shared the stage with such artists as Newsboys, Lecrae, Tye Tribbett, CeCe Winans, Mc Jin, Brandon Heath, The Afters, For King & Country, Plumb, Sara Groves, Rapture Ruckus,Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), Canton Jones, The Katinas, Tremaine Hawkins, The City Harmonic, Shawn McDonald,Leeland and many more.
On January 27th, 2009, Transparent released his eagerly awaited debut album "L.I.F.E."(Living In Favor Everyday),which has been globally recognized. In September 2009, "L.I.F.E" was released in Australia followed by a two-weekpromotional tour (his third tour in Australia). He also headlined The enLIGHTen Tour in the Grand Cayman Islands in2011. Transparent performed live at Oracle Arena in Oakland in front of 11,000 spectators, plus the millions who viewedthis on the SHOWTIME network. On this special night, Transparent brought to the ring the Super Middleweight BoxingChampion Andre "SOG" Ward, with his anthem "The GREATEST". Transparent's latest full length project was his na- tionally acclaimed 2011 street album, titled D.O.P.E.(Dominating On Purpose Everyday). Three songs from this albumand his newest single "One Way(Turn Up)" have been featured on ESPN for various sport highlight clips.
Originally from Richmond, California, Transparent is a Bishop O'Dowd High School and Fresno State UniversityAlumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. After graduating, Transparent held positions with Al- ternative Family Services as a case manager/Independent Living Skills Specialist for foster care and adoption children.He is currently the program director for the non-profit organization Beyond the Locker, teaching youth life skills throughsports. His dual passions for youth and spreading the Word of God are what fuel's his determination to live his life in anupright and "Transparent" way.
Today, Transparent has performed at more than 550 different venues across the world (Colleges, Cruises, High Schools,Churches, Talent shows, and Award shows). In 2010, Transparent and Wordsmith started a traveling juvenile hall sum- mer concert series called Music Behind The Walls, which he headlines. More juvenile halls are being added each year.Along with his dedication to empowering youth, he performs in San Quinton Prison for 2,000+ inmates for their annualOutreach Day. Transparent also uses the medium of radio to present the gospel. He is the Executive Producer of the radioshow #WordOnTheStreet with Wordsmith. He has recently partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "OneWay 2 Play" program, where he travels to different high schools bringing the message of living and playing Drug Free.
Shaped by rock and gospel roots Josh Falcón creates personality and charisma, as an artist, through his music and message. Playing drums in church as a teenager, and growing up in a family heavily influenced by music, gave Josh his exposure to music as a young boy. Josh then found his way and heart to the guitar as a senior in High School. "I will always remember my childhood watching my Dad play bass and creating music with his brothers. A typical weekend I would just spend watching them hash out musical arrangements. I was so awestruck, as a kid, to see them create and have so much fun. My dad’s brother Jeff was a huge musical influence in my life. His passing of cancer ignited a huge passion for me to play guitar because he encouraged me as a young kid to pursue music and God. I found myself learning the guitar and song writing towards the end of my High School years, and once I picked up the guitar I began song writing from that point and I haven't stopped".
Although Josh began his journey in the church, he soon found the band mates of Method Echo, which brought immediate mainstream attention on the West Coast and abroad. Given the opportunity to share the stage with artist's such as Lifehouse, Chris Daughtry, Abandon Kansas, Grits and more, gave Josh a very diverse experience in the music scene. Now as Josh embarks on his solo path, the passion for God, music, and the opportunity to reach people has intensified. Josh already has been featured on 103.9 The Fish as a breakout artist, and has recently shared the stage with Brandon Heath, For King and Country, Plumb, and The Afters. Josh also leads worship on weekends at various churches on the West Coast as part of his ministry in music. "I feel that music must have a mission and my mission is to spread a message that is full of love, hope, and strength.”
Check out our last movie, "I Was Broken"
Catch a glimpse of what we did and how we did it! http://iwasbroken.com/
I WAS BROKEN is an edgy faith-based drama about two brothers torn apart by a family tragedy. Jesse, a homeless-ex-convict with a hardened heart, walks the streets bearing the guilt of a life changing decision he made years ago, and his brother Wayne, a widower with strong faith, struggling with the memories of the life he once had. After a spiritual encounter spooks Jesse, he shows up at Wayne’s home. Together, they’re forced to deal with the lingering pain of the past, while trying to repair their relationship with God and each other. home. Together, they’re forced to deal with the lingering pain of the past, while trying to repair their relationship with God and each other.
A LITTLE INSIGHT ABOUT THE FILM
I WAS BROKEN is a film that was made for the mere passion of filmmaking. In a way, it's a love letter to God, thanking him for the gifts and blessings he's bestowed upon me and the rest of the cast and crew. Both my wife, Jo Haskin, and I, will be forever humbled by the work that each and every person involved in this film has blessed us with, and forever thankful for God's undoubted presence throughout the production process and beyond.
WHY THIS MOVIE?
Religion, faith, and day-to-day life isn't easy for anyone, regardless of whether or not you're Saved, Agnostic, Atheist or other… Jo and I both felt it was time for a film that had God as a focal point, but was reflective of real characters, pure and flawed in their actions, living with the true consequences of bad decisions, living in this reality, this world, with and without faith.
As a first time feature director, it was important to me to exhume as much honesty as humanly possible, pulling as much truth as I could from the character's actions, not sugar coating the life of a believer and belittling the life of someone living in extreme doubt of their faith. I do not believe that people are saved and then BOOM! life is amazing and everything is great from there on out. I believe when people are saved, that it's the beginning of a beautiful, profound, and everlasting relationship, one that should be constantly worked on, one that is filled with doubt, happiness, glory, struggle, depression, prayer, more prayer, sadness, humility, bad decision making, good decision making, perfection and sin. I believe this relationship is a lot like a marriage of sorts, where communication with the one you love leads you to success in this world, within your heart, and most importantly, with God. That is what we tried to do with this film, portray the life of a man who made the worst decision possible, costing him everything he had in this world. Jesse is pure, yet extremely flawed, his heart is big, yet extremely fragile. His faith is dark and he is completely broken and misguided because he's relying on himself to walk. His brokenness is what will possibly give him the greatest gift of all, but only through forgiveness and accountability of his own actions, and the generosity, forgiveness and love, of the one person who shouldn't love him at all.
I WAS BROKEN is a character study of how two estranged brothers work together through the worst scenario imaginable. It's about family, relationships, love, survival, and the willingness to commit the most unselfish act of all. We're all walking down a path, a Divine path. And this film will hopefully show us all, that the path of least resistance, is seldom the path one should take.
CameraEOS C300 or RED EPIC
Risks and challenges
The challenges/risks are making every dollar count and having great physical producers that can make really good deals as well as working with the right people. When faced with a limited budget, you have the challenge of limited personnel to keep down on food cost and labor. Which means you have to be able to do more with less and you can only do that with the right people. We make films this way so that we may keep our creative integrity, and being super creative without much budget is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. But we've done it before and we'll do it again because everyone's heart is in the right place.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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