Director's Note from Israel:
Hi! My name is Kelly Artz and I am the Director and Writer of “Linked”. Originally, I came to Israel to get what I thought was just another student film. I'm passionate about children's content and for me this was just the next logical filmmaking experience as a Jewish filmmaker. However, upon my arrival, my two best friends (who paused their lives to come help me) and I found out that we are making the FIRST Israeli kids movie of any kind in 3 years, and a very rare action film for kids. The TV in the apartment across from us plays Dora the Explorer and several other American programs- fresh content with relatable characters is rare for kids here and Israeli professionals are coming out and working for free to make this happen because they believe in the project.
The "Linked" crew and I truly believe that it is important for children to see characters like them in stories- it can inspire them, give them courage to try new things, and embrace who they are.
We are trying desperately to make this film on a micro-budget and every little bit counts! Please help us give children an inspiring story that is the first of its kind in Israel.
The Plot :
When the school bully challenges Itai to an ULTIMATE battle of ultimate frisbee at the same time as his last bar mitzvah lesson- he's pretty sure he's toast. After finding a secret device his mother has developed for a fictional branch of the military that allows him to be in two places at once, Itai is convinced the situation is a win-win. However when one of the linked devices gets taken for its required mission, Itai finds himself confronting much more than the school bully.
Linked is the story of a boy who learns a naive choice can have big consequences--and that the smallest person can do great things with the natural gifts they've been given.
NOTE: Although there is a toy gun in the above video used to symbolize military action this film will not contain any gratuitous violence and will be appropriate for children.
Not Just a Film:
Linked is not only a UCLA graduate student film production- but an artistic collaboration between American and Israeli filmmakers creating the first film of its kind in Israel.
The film aspires to be a work that both Americans and Israelis of all ages will enjoy. This project is an artistic collaboration linking filmmakers from two countries on a mission to tell an imaginative children's story. This will also be writer/director Kelly Artz's first production in Israel.
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What Will the Money Be Used For?
Every dollar donated to this project is valuable. Your money will help cover the cost of travel, food and lodging expenses, for cast and crew, as well as transportation to filming locations, camera and lighting equipment.
What if I Can’t Donate Now?
If you want to get on board but just can’t swing a donation at the moment, you can still help us tremendously! All you have to do is spread the word about our project!
Get news from our adventure in Israel as it happens by following us on Twitter (@LinkedTheFilm) and Facebook (facebook.com/linkedthefilm) and then share our stories with your friends!
Kelly Artz is originally from Nederland, Colorado, USA. She is a Jewish-American and family-adventure filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently a second year MFA candidate at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She has directed numerous short films including Footwear Fatale, Gone Fishin', Jeunes Patriotes, and Cupcake. Linked is Kelly's third film while at UCLA and she is excited to be in Israel again, as well as to facilitate a collaboration between American and Israeli artists.
She's excited to link two of her loves together: Israel and movies. As a family filmmaker she's excited to make make a film in a place close to her heart for young audiences in both Israel and the US. In recognition of her artistic and academic achievements she's been awarded the Steve S. Kang Young Artist's and Scholars Scholarship, Alan Green Memorial Foundation Scholarship, been recognized as an Elk's Scholar and was a recipient of a 2012 Motion Picture Association of America Award.
Elance was born and raised in Israel. He practiced amateur theatre for years during his adolescence. After the compulsory army service he traveled to the Far East and North America.
At age 25 he left Israel to study cinema in Barcelona, Spain where he later opened a small production company for which he produced documentaries, commercials, industrials and animation films. In 2010 he directed and produced "Our Own First Time", a 20 minute fiction short film. In the summer of 2012 he came back to Israel and covered different production roles in the local community. Elance says “‘Linked’ would be a great opportunity for me to produce a short film again, as 7 and 8 years ago, and create an action film for kids, something that was never done in Israel, and rare around the world".
Steven Holleran is an accomplished cinematographer with an extraordinary eye for creating colorful visuals and a passion for storytelling. With over 10 years of experience as a director of photography on shoots all over the world from Los Angeles to Samoa to Brazil, Steve has lensed a string of independent feature and short films, commercials, and documentaries. His other accomplishments include a 2008 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the 2012 Charles Lang Scholarship for Cinematography, a 2010 EPA National Grassroots Commercial award, and an M.F.A. in Cinematography from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Steve is also a graduate of Bowdoin College and Sydney Film School in Australia. An avid traveler and an enthusiast of shooting in far away locations, Steve brings experience, energy, and a unique vision to his projects and is very excited for his first trip to Israel.
Want to learn more about the rest of team? Click HERE for more members and get updates as we add new crew!
Due to personal reasons, Leeor Braude has stepped down as producer and is continuing on with Linked as a consulting producer.
Risks and challenges
In line with the premise of "Linked" one of the biggest challenges we face in prep for shooting is that we're working in two different countries at the same time.
As all film productions face challenges that will inevitably need to be addressed--we call them "putting out fires"--The "Linked" team faces challenges unique to working on opposite sides of the world in unison. We feel these are issues such as meeting deadlines, creating documents in both Hebrew and English for cast and crew, and working in two timezones with a 10 hour difference simultaneously.
Despite all of these challenges, we are on schedule to meet our deadlines. We have already been collaborating with prospective Israeli team members long-distance and are lining things up for smooth travel. The gears are set in motion and we have already found people to fill key roles such as casting director, set designer, special effects, and location scout.
The last piece of the puzzle is getting these things paid for! So please, if you like what you see, and you believe in this project as much as we do, help us reach our goal! Be our ultimate link to Israel and we’ll give you the ultimate time-link cinematic adventure!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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