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A feature film based on the novel Hold Still by Nina LaCour.
A feature film based on the novel Hold Still by Nina LaCour.
229 backers pledged $19,416 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, Kickstarter Community! 

We are so excited to be here to raise funds for the production of Hold Still, the movie. Hold Still is my first novel, published by Dutton Books in 2009Last winter, I began adapting the story for the screen, a project that Amanda Krampf (Director), Kristyn Stroble (Cinematographer) and I have been dreaming about since 2009 when we made the book trailer. 

An idea, sparked over dinner on a Friday night--that we make this film ourselves instead of approaching producers--has blossomed into a brilliant cast of emerging and established actors and a behind-the-scenes team of professional artists all dedicated to pouring their energy, hearts, and time into this project.

But we need a little help, and this is where you come in. We need to raise at least $17,000 to cover production costs. The money will allow us to hire a skilled production sound mixer and a boom operator; rent lighting equipment and supplemental camera equipment; build sets; and feed our cast and crew. To thank you, we have put together a collection of gifts that showcase the generosity of our team.

We'll post updates frequently with extended cast interviews and announcements when we have exciting developments to share, so we hope you'll drop by from time to time!

All my best,

Nina

About the Book

How does your life move forward when all you want to do is hold still?

  • Northern California Book Award for Children's Literature
  • William C. Morris Honor Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winter 2009-2010 Kid's Indie Next List Pick
  • Publisher Weekly Flying Starts Author
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2009
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2011 TAYSHA list selection

LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss. –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A smart voice, an engrossing story, and genuine emotion. –Kirkus Reviews

A beautifully written, gently moving account of a long goodbye that will resonate with anyone who has ever had to let go before they were ready. –Sara Zarr

Hold Still may be the truest depiction of the aching, gaping hole left in the wake of a suicide that I’ve ever read. But it’s anything but depressing and gloomy—it’s also about the tender shoots of new relationships that grow unexpectedly out of tragedy. A haunting and hopeful book about loss, love, and redemption. –Gayle Forman

Beautiful, poetic, and honest, Hold Still breaks your heart and puts it back together again. –Elizabeth Scott

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, plus an emailed print resolution photograph of your name written in chalk on the sidewalk by Hold Still illustrator, Mia Nolting.

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, a hand-written thank you card, a 5 x 7 limited edition photo from the set & some behind-the-scenes film swag!

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, a thank you post card & a signed copy of the Hold Still Screenplay!

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    Your middle grade or young adult novel manuscript critiqued by Nina's literary agent, the wonderful SARA CROWE!

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    Your name, or the name of a loved one, will appear as a character name in Nina's next book!

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    Your middle grade or young adult manuscript critiqued by Nina's literary agent, the wonderful SARA CROWE! Sara will then have a phone call with you to answer your questions.

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    The Literary Reward! Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, an audio book of Hold Still, an annotated Hold Still screenplay, a signed copy of the Disenchantments, a Disenchantments tattoo by Mia Nolting and tour poster by Eli Harris, & a copy of a limited edition zine Nina made of Hold Still before it was published!

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, a thank you post card & a portrait session with the cinematographer. You'll receive a CD with high-resolution images from the shoot. *This is limited to people who live in the Bay Area, or who can come to the Bay Area for the photo shoot.

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    The "Get It While You Can" Reward! This reward is packed full of stuff, including the $500 reward offering of a portfolio review from the editor-in-chief of JUXTAPOZ, your name recorded in our journal of contributors, behind-the-scenes film swag, and a signed copy of Hold Still...but it's available for only $250 for the first five people who take advantage! Get it while you can!

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, and a one hour audition intensive with Director, Amanda Krampf.

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    The "You Choose" award! You can receive an otherwise sold out portrait session with the cinematographer, (You'll receive a CD with high-resolution images from the shoot. *This is limited to people who live in the Bay Area, or who can come to the Bay Area for the photo shoot.) along with a hand-written thank you note, a 5 x 7 limited edition photo from the set & some film swag. OR, a photo album of stills from the filming of Hold Still, the movie and a hand-written letter from Nina about the making of, along with some film swag. You choose!

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors plus a Book Club style brunch with Nina & 5 of your friends! *This reward is also limited to people in the Bay Area or people who will be visiting the Bay Area.

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    Nina's literary agent, the smart and charming SARA CROWE will take you out to lunch in NYC! She'll give you valuable insight to the publishing process and how it works, and lots of advice on how to begin your publishing career. *This does not include transportation or lodging, but we are happy to offer recommendations!

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    Nina's brilliant editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, will take you out to lunch in NYC. She'll give you valuable insight to the publishing process and how it works, and lots of advice on how to begin your publishing career. *This does not include transportation or lodging, but we are happy to offer recommendations!

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, a signed copy of Hold Still, behind-the-scenes film swag, plus you'll be an extra in the film, & have dinner with the cast! (We can't cover transportation or lodging but we're happy to give recommendations!)

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    Your name recorded in our journal of contributors, a hand-written thank you card, a signed copy of Hold Still and a novel critique from Nina LaCour. (Up to 400 pages!)

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