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About this project

'The Violent Young' is a coming-of-age feature film about two women forced to re-examine their lives after a passionate encounter in the middle of nowhere. Read on for more details!

Hali is a woman in her mid-twenties struggling to find her place in life after an upbringing that left her alone and empty. She has lost her zest for life and lacks any sort of passion in her daily routine.

When she receives news about the passing of her estranged aunt and the inheritance of her desert home, Hali jumps at the opportunity to get away from the city that has left her drained and hopeless, and spend some time off-the-grid in the Southern California desert.

It is there that she meets Nora, a woman in her late-twenties who similarly fled from her uninspiring small town to spend some time away at her grandfather’s home.

Each with their own troubles to overcome, Hali and Nora form a unique connection that quickly escalates into a bond filled with passion, turmoil, and the courage they need to truly find themselves.

First and foremost, the main purpose of ‘The Violent Young’ is to tell a poignant story with realistic, relatable characters. A compelling story paves the road to success for any film, and in our case, we aim to tell a story about two women who are well into their adult lives and yet still find themselves at odds with what they really want out of life.

We also aim to put significant emphasis on the presence of powerful female actors and characters in the world of film. Not only are we setting out to tell a woman-centric story that appeals to any audience, but we are also aspiring to confront the undeniable gender bias in the film industry by having a production crew that is at least 75% female.

Over the past few years, independent filmmaking has seen an appreciated rise in LGBTQ-themed films, but we believe there is plenty of room for improvement in this area as well, and it is still a challenge to get films like this financed. We will push these themes forward by telling a different kind of love story, bringing awareness to the plethora of relationships and romances that can evolve between people of any gender, at any point in life.

With 'The Violent Young,' we want to prove that, at least in the world of independent filmmaking, we can put together an incredible, high-quality film on a microscopic budget. This means every dollar we raise has a very specific destination, and we will assign the majority of our budget to the physical production of the movie.

About 80% of our funds will be allocated to the actual production, which includes our locations, permits, equipment rentals, props and wardrobe, food, lodging, and most importantly, our talented cast and crew. We are fortunate to have found a wonderful team of passionate actors and filmmakers who are excited to bring their expertise and energy to this movie, and it is crucial to us that we take care of each and every one of them.

The remaining 20% of the budget will be put towards post-production, including editing, sound design/mixing, music and color correction.

 

Alexandra Scott, Hali 

Hometown: Houston, TX (but has lived in Ghana)

Acting experience: Working as an actor in Los Angeles for 2 years

Favorite Show: Lost

Favorite Food: Mango, any seafood

"I'm most excited to really get out of my comfort zone. This is my first feature film I am one of the leads in, and I am playing a lesbian role - something I've never done before."

Zoe Sloane, Nora

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Acting experience: BFA from Pace University, acting professionally for 10 years

Favorite movies: Garden State, Cabin in the Woods, Roman Holiday, Inglorious Bastards

Favorite food: Sushi, cheese (not together, of course)

"I find it a privilege to play a role like this, and I'm excited for my friends who have lived this to see me do it. I hope to inspire others with this stories to live their truth."

 Franck Tabouring, Writer/Director

Franck's passion for the world of cinema goes back more than a decade, when he worked as a film critic for local radio and TV in his home country of Luxembourg, Europe. After moving to the U.S. to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Franck decided to step behind the camera, attending film school in San Francisco before heading to LA to work in the film industry. Franck's credits include several short films in the narrative and documentary genres, and he's also worked on features as part of the editorial department. 'The Violent Young' marks Franck's passion project, and he's glad to be part of a fantastic team to help bring this story to life. 

Favorite movie: Mulholland Dr. 

Directors that inspire him: David Lynch, Paul T. Anderson, Coen Brothers, Sofia Coppola 

Favorite competitive sport to play: Table Tennis 

Best directing memory: Filming at the gorgeous Baldwin Hills Overlook for my first short film in L.A. 

"I'm excited to spend a month in the desert with hard-working people and bring this passion project to life."

Caitlin Crommett, Producer

Caitlin became obsessed with the film world when she was just a small child, creating her own characters and skits in her living room and having them filmed by whoever would watch. Her love for creating characters and stories developed into a passion so strong she majored in film, TV, and theatre at the University of Notre Dame, while running the campus TV station as executive producer. She moved to LA 1 year ago, where she has been working on several films- short and feature-length- in various roles. "The Violent Young" is her first feature film as producer, and she is excited to bring such a unique, important, character-based film to life. 

Favorite movie: Legally Blonde

Inspired by: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon

Favorite sport: Basketball

"This story carries such an important message, and is led by strong female characters, so I am ecstatic to be part of the team that makes it come to life."

We will begin production as early as January of 2017 and shoot the movie over the course of 27 days around the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. To make this happen, we need to raise the necessary funds to cover physical production - essentially the budget we need to go out there and make this story come to life.

This is where we are calling on all of you indie film lovers out there to lend us your support, and in return, we’ll be graciously thanking you with some great perks/rewards and a wonderful film we’ll be proud to show you.

Production Timetable
Production Timetable

 

 $5+ Contribution

A huge thank you on the film's website and social media accounts. We truly appreciate your support. 

$10+ Contribution

An even bigger thank you in the film's credits, plus the above. 

$25+ Contribution

A digital download of the film when it is completed, plus all of the above. 

$35+ Contribution

Receive exclusive email updates during production and access to behind-the-scenes photos and set videos, as well as a PDF of the script before the film's release. Plus, all of the above. 

$50+ Contribution

Blu-ray DVD of the film, signed by the cast and crew. Add $3 USD for shipping for outside the U.S. Plus, all of the above.

$100+ Contribution

Skype or phone call with anyone on the cast or crew, and ask them anything you'd like about the production process or the film in general. Plus, all of the above. 

$150+ Contribution

An official poster of the film (11" x 17"), signed by cast and crew, plus all of the above. Add $6 USD for shipping for outside the U.S.

$175+ Contribution

A signed photo of the cast and crew, a personalized video message from the cast AND exclusive access to the film's first 10 minutes before anyone else...and ALL of the above. Add $6 USD for shipping for outside the U.S.

$200+ Contribution

Stand-alone Flamingo Perk! Pink plastic flamingos play an essential role in the film, and you can have your own, signed by the cast and crew. Plus, you'll get a digital download of the film. (Limited).

$500+ Contribution

You'll get two tickets to the Los Angeles red carpet premiere and the VIP after-party (Travel expenses not included) Plus, you'll get the Value Fan Pack. (Limited) 

$700+ Contribution

Meet and join our lead actors Alexandra Scott and Zoe Sloane, director Franck Tabouring and producer Caitlin Crommett for a dinner in Los Angeles (Travel expenses not included) Plus, you'll get the Value Fan Pack. (Limited) 

$1,000+ Contribution

Witness the film come to life! Visit the set in beautiful Joshua Tree as our special guest. Plus, you'll get two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere and VIP after-party (Travel expenses not included), and get the Value Fan Pack (Limited) 

$2,000+ Contribution

Be the first to see the entire film on the big screen! Join the filmmaking team for a special and exclusive pre-premiere work-in-progress screening on a studio lot in Los Angeles (Travel expenses not included). Plus, get the Value Fan Pack (Limited)

$5,000+ Contribution

You will be listed as co-producer in the film's credits. Plus, you'll get all of the above (Travel expenses not included) (Limited) 

$7,500+ Contribution

You will be listed as executive producer in the film's credits. Plus, you'll get all of the above (Travel expenses not included) (Limited) 

$10,000+ Contribution

 

Stay updated on everything 'The Violent Young' by following us! Click the links below. Thanks for the support!

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Risks and challenges

Even with a micro-budget, producing a feature film is always a challenge, but it is a challenge we are ready to accept. ‘The Violent Young’ is clearly an ambitious project, as we aim to shoot on location for almost a month straight, but we are fully prepared for the challenge.

Pre-production and detailed planning are key in the professional filmmaking process, and we’re putting all of our focus on proper preparation to make sure everything goes smoothly. We have an incredibly talented and passionate crew that can’t wait to bring this project to reality.

Every dollar raised through this campaign will go straight into the production and post-production of the film. As a group of filmmakers holding ourselves to the highest standards in our field, we set out to prove that even with very little money, we can make an incredible film that looks like it cost much more.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure! We can’t wait to share the story with you.

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