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A family finds itself in harm's way in this gripping short film, based on a true story by award-winning actress Lili Taylor.
A family finds itself in harm's way in this gripping short film, based on a true story by award-winning actress Lili Taylor.
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Based on a true story written & performed by award-winning actress Lili Taylor, (I Shot Andy Warhol, HBO's Six Feet Under) The Duel is a gripping, experimental documentary short film about a family's brave struggle with severe mental illness. 

Originally produced for the popular storytelling podcast RISK! created by Kevin Allison of MTV's The State, this project is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sean Christensen, who is committed to bringing Lili's story to life. And he needs your help!  

By donating today, you will be helping the creative team build capital to pay for the film's post-production and distribution to major festivals. With your pledge, you will be helping Lili's story take shape in its crucial final stages, before the film is released to a wide audience.

Your money will be directly impacting the shape and effectiveness of the finished product, paying for picture editing, sound mixing & coloring.

"The Duel" is not just a captivating story, but it's a commitment to providing audiences with a dignified and complex portrait of mental illness - and those who suffer with it everyday. By lending us your support, you will not only be a part of a high-caliber independent production, but you will be making a difference.

So please, have a look at some of our amazing gifts for premium donors, and check back with us as we near our goal, as new prizes & more information about the film are revealed!

Support "The Duel" today, and let's make a beautiful piece of art together.

For more information, please visit www.risk-show.com

And while you're cruising the web...

Listen to where the inspiration for the short film adaptation of "The Duel" came from, in this exclusive podcast excerpt from RISK! featuring Lili Taylor.

http://soundcloud.com/riskshow/the-duel-risk-202-by-lili-taylor

Subscribe to the RISK! Podcast on iTunes, and hear more great stories today!

http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/risk/id334724074

And of course...

To see more award-winning shorts by director Sean Christensen, please visit him on Vimeo

Thank you!

-Sean Christensen

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    EXCLUSIVE $2.00 SPECIAL: For this pledge amount only, you get a two-minute personal phone chat with director Sean Christensen, thanking you specifically for your help! You can also shoot the breeze about whatever, and I mean - whatever. Sean would love to hear from you!

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    EXCLUSIVE: The above, plus a special musical gift from the director - an EP of five original songs written by Sean Christensen!

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    EXCLUSIVE RISK! PRIZE PACKAGE: Receive all benefits up to the $32.00 level, plus the $58.00 level, PLUS an exclusive prize package straight from the RISK! podcast in New York! This special donor reward comes loaded with a limited-run RISK! T-shirt & a signed audio CD of host/creator Kevin Allison's favorite stories featured on the podcast. (CD includes Lili Taylor's original story which inspired the film adaptation by director Sean Christensen.)

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