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Fortunes shift for a man stricken by tragedy when he unwittingly stumbles upon hidden treasure.
A short film directed by Leslie Hope and written by Jeff Galfer. Starring Eloise Mumford, Gregg Henry, Crista Flanagan, Scott Klace, and Jeff Galfer.
A short film directed by Leslie Hope and written by Jeff Galfer. Starring Eloise Mumford, Gregg Henry, Crista Flanagan, Scott Klace, and Jeff Galfer.
200 backers pledged $25,241 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi. I'm Jeff Galfer.

I'm an actor living in Los Angeles.  I've worked on various television shows such as The River, NumbersAll My Children, and Law & Order.  You may also have seen me in various commercials over the years as well as in stage productions around the country.

However, I have yet to live my dream of making a movie.

Roughly eight months ago, I decided that waiting around to get cast in a film was no longer acceptable.  It has always been my dream to make a movie, it suddenly occurred to me that I was perfectly capable of making one on my own.  Why wait?    

Eight months later, I finished working on my script (yes, it took eight months to create 17 good pages of text) and not long after, my dreams of making a movie began immediately falling into place.

A good friend and co-worker from ABC's The River, Leslie Hope, read the script and showed her interest in directing it.  For years, Leslie has been well known as an actress - you may have seen her on The River or on 24 as Kiefer Sutherland's wife - but, as of late, her interest has turned to directing.  Her most recent film, GAYKEITH, has won a lot of acclaim from myriad festivals around the country.  She also directed the documentary What I See When I Close My Eyes, which follows the street-living kids of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Her documentary won several awards, sold to Moviola, and continues to screen all over the world. One of the industry's sharpest professionals, she brings top-notch creativity as well as oodles of experience to this project.  www.lesliehope.com

Our producer, Jesse Collver, is a writer, producer and director himself.  For the last six years, he has worked on CSI: New York and most recently wrote and directed his own short film, Stained.  Along with havingdirected two short films and having produced multiple others, Jesse just finished writing his first, feature length script.  Most recently, he joined Generosity Water; making multiple trips to Haiti last year as a videographer to raise awareness about the ongoing water crisis.

We have teamed up to create the short film I wrote: Buried Treasure.

As with any dream, we can't accomplish it all on our own without a little help from you.

The good news is that we have an entire crew working for us for FREE.  That means that roughly 30 to 40 people (from actors to producers to crew members) believe so strongly in this project that they are willing to make an incredible looking short film and donate ridiculous amounts of time and energy...for FREE. 

However, there are many more expenses involved than just having a crew.  For instance, to feed that crew for four to five days will roughly cost us around $500 a day.  Submitting our film to festivals will cost us roughly $500 in entry fees.  Permits and location rentals for four days cost us roughly $3000.  Even with a free crew and lots of donated services, we still have an expensive project ahead.  They don't call it "Show BUSINESS" for no reason.

I humbly ask you, on behalf of myself and the crew, to help make this dream come true.  You can be assured that your money is being donated to extremely competent industry professionals who want to make a movie that is truly special and memorable.

Thank you so much!

Much Love,

Jeff Galfer

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    The Jeff Galfer Treasure. Need new headshots and can't afford to donate? Why not get new headshots AND donate? For 350.00, you'll get to donate to the film PLUS you'll get brand spanking new headshots done by Jeff Galfer himself. www.jeffgalferphotography.com to check out his other headshots. Package includes unlimited looks and 4 retouched photos. This reward does not include any other rewards.

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    Come on now! You are killing us with kindness! Your generosity just bought us camera and light rentals for a day. For that, you'll get all of the above plus a special, live mention of thanks at the premiere party and an appearance in the film, if desired.

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    The Leslie Hope/Jeff Galfer/Eloise Mumford BURIED TREASURE. A signed THE RIVER DVD by Jeff Galfer, Leslie Hope & Eloise Mumford. There are only THREE available and your donation does not entitle you to anything else but this reward.

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    The Crista Flanagan BURIED TREASURE. Thanks to Crista's involvement, we are offering a single reward at this donation amount contributed by one of our stars, Crista Flanagan. This is her TREASURE that she is offering up to you for helping us with this project. For more information about what this reward is, please check our Facebook & Twitter pages. There is only ONE available and your donation does not entitle you to anything else but this reward.

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    Now, you are just blowing us away! Obviously, this is no small amount of money. And with that, you paid for our permits and space rentals for our various locations. For that, you will get all of the above plus an Executive Producer credit for the film, be listed in the film as an EP and a credit on IMDB as an EP on the film.

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    Watcha talkin' about, Willis?! You have literally financed roughly 1/5 of this film and we are forever grateful for your contribution. To show you our appreciation, you will get all of the above plus we will fly you (if you live in the US) to one of the festivals we attend (within the US) and put you up in a hotel for one night so you can watch the film alongside the makers of the film.

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    We're not worthy! We're not worthy! You believe in this project...well...as much as we do because you literally just financed half of it on your own. Obviously there is no real reward for someone of your generosity, but we'll try.

    You get all of the above PLUS we will fly you (if you live in the US) to the set in Los Angeles to watch the movie getting made. The trip will include a roundtrip flight as well as transportation to and from set when you desire.

    On top of all that, the cast & crew will shower you with gratitude and thanks the entire time you are here. There will not be a minute when you are on set that someone is not telling you how great you are, how beautiful you look and how smart we think you are with how you handle your money.

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