Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 11, 2013.

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A lonely store clerk finds companionship with a massage parlor girl - only to find himself face to face with human trafficking.

You all made it happen. We've just hit our initial goal of $3,500!!! 

But you can still help big time. Our final goal to finish strong is $5,000. Remember, with student projects like these every bit helps :) 

Sunny Square is a short narrative film that takes place at a Houston strip mall. The film centers around Jamal, a lonely storeowner who lives with his widowed mother. He begins a relationship of sorts with Selena, a girl who works at an illegal massage parlor next door. As one may expect, this spells trouble for Jamal from the start. 

This project is my thesis film at the University of Texas at Austin, and is comprised of a crew made up of students. Sunny Square takes on numerous themes and issues, including America's problem of human trafficking and the culture challenges with 1st generation Americans. To briefly elaborate, Houston is soon to become the most diverse US city. On a more grim note, Houston is also a major hub for human trafficking. 

On set - DAY ONE
On set - DAY ONE

Your funding will go directly into our expense account and ALLOW US TO COMPLETE THIS FILM! Principal photography has wrapped, but the expenditures have not. Outstanding license fees, location fees, and production costs will be covered. Furthermore, your contributions will go towards upcoming post-production costs needed to finish.

Thanks so much, updates will be posted regularly so keep a lookout!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With every movie, big or small, comes risks and challenges. In our case the biggest challenge is making a complex, high-quality film on a student budget.

Films are not made to sit on shelves, they are made to be seen. Sounds obvious right? But the reality is that most student filmmakers (including ourselves) simply cannot afford the large sum of money that goes into marketing and distributing a movie by ourselves. With your help we will be able to get Sunny Square out into the film festival circuit, along with all the marketing elements that go along with it.

Another hurdle is financing the most qualified talents for production and post-production. Even on a small scale, financing a well-functioning and professional team of talent and crew makes a HUGE difference on screen. You can help us finish strong.

Lastly - and perhaps most importantly - another risk involved with student films is not having the funds to finish on time. This would be quite problematic in many ways, especially since it could potentially delay graduation. Yikes.

Our production team is well-tuned to tight deadlines and out-of-this-world challenges, and hence we welcome them. Our training at UT's film school as well as working in the industry for a few years now makes us no stranger to challenges. Like we mentioned before, we value transparency and you can be rest assured all your support will go directly into the film's production :)

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    You're awesome and will get a shout out on our page.. THANK YOU!

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    Sunny Square appreciates your business :) You get a thank you note, PLUS a digital link to the film!

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    You my friend get a SPECIAL THANKS in the credits, as well as all of the above!! Furthermore you get a full HD digital copy of the film!

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    Whoa.. You get to have a customized DVD, PROP from the film, PLUS all of the above!!

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    Wowzers. ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credits, which means you get mentioned on IMDB! PLUS, you get all of the above. Quite nice.

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    Indeed, gracious folks like you do exist :D EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits! PLUS a limited edition Blu-Ray of the film filled with behind the scene pictures, scripts, and a wealth of resources about the ongoing issue of human trafficking. And of course, you get all of the above.

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    Oh my.. Everything above plus...well...let's just say you'll be getting a call from me. Oh yes.

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