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An American soldier is captured in Afghanistan. Before he is executed, he finds an opportunity to escape.

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Based on a short story written by Ambrose Bierce, a civil war soldier, "Sacrifice" is a contemporary adaptation that takes place during the current war in Afghanistan. Michael Lyons, a marine, is captured while on patrol. Alone and stripped of his gear, he faces execution by Fariad, an intelligent leader of a group of insurgents. Right before his execution, he finds an opportunity to escape, though it is not what it seems.

Cast for "Sacrifice" 

Jason Audette, Amro Salama
Jason Audette, Amro Salama
Kenny Cooper, Jose Figueroa, Tyler Schnabel
Kenny Cooper, Jose Figueroa, Tyler Schnabel
Erik Aude, David Imani, Anna Borchert
Erik Aude, David Imani, Anna Borchert
Nav Mann,Fouad Hajji, Rishi Arya
Nav Mann,Fouad Hajji, Rishi Arya

Former USMC Sgt Jason Audette as Sgt Michael Lyons

Amro Salama as Fariad

Kenny Cooper as Tony Harrington

Jose Figueroa as Alex Medina

Tyler Schnabel as Jack Wright

Erik Aude as Jeremy

David Imani as Anwar

Anna Borchert as Samantha Lyons

Nav Mann as Houshmand

Fouad Hajji as Kinah 

Rishi Arya as Awrang

Update Video from Melissa and Jen!

Who are we?

We are a writer/director team based in LA. We've written a number of feature scripts together but this will be our first filmed work together. We've started forming a great team and are excited to have them all on board!

Director/Writer/Producer: Melissa Marlette Melissa's work

Melissa Marlette
Melissa Marlette

Writer/Producer: Jen Vestuto   Jen's work

Jen Vestuto
Jen Vestuto

Production Manager/Producer: Missy Shaw  Missy's work 

Missy Shaw
Missy Shaw

Director of Photography: Michael L. Solomon - Michael's work 

Michael L. Solomon
Michael L. Solomon

1st AD: Jerry J. Cunningham- Jerry's work

Jerry J. Cunningham
Jerry J. Cunningham

Makeup Artist/SFX: Mary Trahey - Mary's work

Mary Trahey
Mary Trahey

Composer: Andrew Edwards - Andrew's work

Andrew Edwards
Andrew Edwards

Sound Designer: Scotty Tipton - Scotty's work

Scotty Tipton
Scotty Tipton

Costume Designer: Mary Wuliger - Mary's work

Mary Wuliger
Mary Wuliger

What will happen with the film when it's finished? 

Our goal is to enter the film in as many festivals around the world as possible. We've included most of the cost for this in our budget and can only hope for success after this. We are going to do our best to market and publicize the film as much as possible and by supporting this project, you're helping us all accomplish that. After its festival run, it will be put online to be watched for free unless it's picked up for distribution. 

Why do we need your help?

Film is a collaborative medium and while it's a great expression of art, it takes a lot of time, effort and money. We have 13 actors and almost 20 crew members who are going to be venturing out into the deserts of Los Angeles to film this movie for 4 days. Just to give you an idea: 

Cast & Crew - $10,000

Equipment rentals - $4,000

Location Permits - $4,000

Post Production - $5,000

Festivals- $5,000

What else can you do to help?

The biggest thing we can ask of you is for your support, and that doesn't just mean financially. If you're still interested in helping the project, just spread the word. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, on your blog, email 5 friends. Anything you can do to get our project out there is just as important. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at finaleau@gmail.com with the subject line "Sacrifice kickstarter". Don't forget to check our Facebook, Twitter and blog to stay updated on our progress. 

Thank you so much for checking out our page and we hope you are inspired to be a part of our project! 

Risks and challenges

There are many challenges to making a short film. Not the least of which is overcoming the idea that a short film is like a student film. It’s not. It’s like a feature film, but for a shorter period of time. Our biggest hurdle will be creating a realistic setting, which is the overall essence of the film. In order to do this, we’ll need the help of prop guns, military tactical gear, and we'll need to find a place that looks and feels like an Army Base in the Afghanistan desert. We need to have what is referred to in the business as production value. In addition to all the props and wardrobe, we’ll need tents, Humvees, helicopters and a lot of extras. For a small film crew with not a lot of money, this is our biggest challenge. On a big budget production, they have an entire department that handles vehicles and we won’t have that. They have endless supplies of camouflage for extras and we won’t. And big budget productions can afford people to coordinate all of this so that it looks incredible and we cannot. But we can overcome this challenge. We’ve found some places that might work with us on all these various aspects and we are certain that with your help and a lot of perseverance, we can make our film look as good as one of those productions.

Both Jen and Melissa have professional on set production experience. We realize that a risk in our campaign is asking for money to pay cast and crew. Many short films or low budget films ask cast and crew to work for free, which we've done before. At this point in our filmmaking partnership with our prior on set experiences, we feel like we are at the filmmaking caliber to pay the filmmaking crew for their hours and hours of dedication, even on a 4 day shoot. By paying our crew, we're giving them part ownership of this project as we're giving you part ownership. In asking for this amount of money, we're significantly cutting the risk of any production problems by doing things as professionally as possible. Sure, there may be bumps in the road here and there, but with a professional cast and crew and with all the right things in place, we're likely to attain our ultimate goal of not only finishing the film, but entering and winning festivals.

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