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A grounded, uplifting story of a homeless teen girl who finds an abandoned 12 year-old autistic girl on the street. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 30, 2012.

A grounded, uplifting story of a homeless teen girl who finds an abandoned 12 year-old autistic girl on the street.

About this project

gut-ter-snipe (n): a homeless vagabond and especially an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city

Guttersnipes is a story about Jo, a 17 year old homeless girl who finds Waverly, an abandoned autistic kid in an alley. Now Jo must decide if she will turn the girl over to the hellish state home, find her a new home... or just keep her, and make a "home" with her on the streets.


A note from the writer

"The day I learned we were having a girl, my imagination took flight. I tried to envision the woman my daughter would become -- her high school years, college graduation... even my own grandchildren.

But when she was three, our family was hit with a new reality. Lexi was diagnosed autistic. She was still my girl... but it slowly dawned on me, she would never become the woman I had imagined.

Years after the diagnosis, my biggest fear remained -- WHAT will happen to my daughter when I'm not around?

From this jumbled mess of thoughts, hopes, dreams, tears, and imagination I created GUTTERSNIPES."

Our goal

Our goal is to enlighten and move people in a profound way. There is still too much ignorance about autism. However, through exposure comes understanding. Through understanding, comes compassion. We want to put something beautiful in the world that will uplift everyone who sees it.

This film is being mentored by veteran producer Steve Nicolaides (Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, Boyz In The Hood, A Few Good Men, School of Rock, etc.) The filmmakers are graduates of the American Film Institute (AFI). AFI is widely regarded as one of the top film schools in the world. In fact, the Hollywood Reporter ranked it #1.

Did you know?

Guttersnipes was first produced as a short film at the AFI with many of the same team members including Shuchi, the director, Joe, the writer, and James the cinematographer.

Watch Guttersnipes, the short film:

Making a film is expensive. With the renting of equipment, putting up cast and crew, salaries, location fees, costumes, props, and food -- money disappears fast. We're lucky many incredibly talented people have offered to work with us at highly discounted rates.

This allows us to make a much more expensive film with our budget of $300,000!

Why is the Kickstarter goal $75,000 if your budget is $300,000?

Kickstarter is an “all-or-nothing” platform -- if we fall short, we get nothing! We decided it was better to err on the conservative side, but we do hope to exceed our goal!

What happens if you exceed your goal?

The movie gets better! Here's how the numbers break down:

$150,000 -- We shoot the film or “get it in the can.”

$250,000 -- We finish the film; it is edited and enhanced with sound effects and beautiful music.

$300,000 -- We get a STAR! Why is this important? Having a star increases the reach of our little film, and lets us spread awareness FAR AND WIDE.

What if you raise $75,000 but don't get to $150,000 to shoot the movie?

We've already raised $15,000 prior to the Kickstarter launch. In addition to that, we're having a HUGE auction fundraiser in Little Rock on 8th Oct where we hope to raise at least $30,000. In late Oct, there will also be three smaller events in San Francisco and Northwest Arkansas which should raise $20-30,000.

If all goes well, at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, we will have our $150,000 to shoot the movie!

What happens if we don't reach our goal?

If we don't raise our goal, we get NOTHING. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay unless (or until) the goal is reached.

Everything helps, no matter how BIG or small.

Take a good look at our rewards section. Producer/Writer Joe Aaron is the co-creator of the popular Disney cartoon Doug, and we have some FANTASTIC, rare Doug prizes!

  • Digital Download or DVD of the film
  • Limited edition Guttersnipes t-shirt
  • Tickets for the grand premiere
  • Walk on role in the film
  • Original Doug story premise pack
  • Original Doug character profiles
  • Private dinner with Joe Aaron
  • Original UNPUBLISHED book that Doug was based on
When do I get my gifts?

Gifts go out as soon as they are available. Some will be ready sooner than others. Sorry, that's the best, most honest answer we have right now.

I don't live in the US. Can I still get the rewards?

Yes. Just add $10 to your pledge for international shipping, and we'll send out the gifts as soon as they are ready!

4 Things:

  • Make a donation, any amount. You will not be charged unless we make our goal.
  • Spread the word. Share a link to this page on your Twitter and Facebook accounts. The more people we reach, the greater the chances the film gets made.
  • Encourage at least one person to donate. Even if it is only $5 -- everything helps. We get psyched knowing that people want to watch this film!
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share your thoughts.



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    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Everything helps.

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    "Special Thanks" credit on our website and a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the completed film!

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    "Special Thanks" on the website and a DVD of the completed film with behind the scenes and other BONUS FEATURES!

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    Thanks on the website, Guttersnipes DVD and a GUTTERSNIPES T-SHIRT (limited edition!)

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    DVD, T-shirt AND your support immortalized forever with a "Special Thanks" credit IN THE MOVIE. And an invite to an EXCLUSIVE PARTY in Little Rock on the day we finish shooting!

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    All the cool gifts above and TWO PRE-PREMIERE screening tickets! A pre-premiere is an intimate screening that takes place BEFORE the official premiere. No big media fanfare but you will be the first to see the finished movie! There will be one screening in Little Rock, and one in L.A. -- you pick your location. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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    FILM-SLATE PACKAGE. Ever wanted to call out "Scene 11, take 22!" on a film set with a cool wooden clapboard? Well, this is your chance! Come on set and slate for one whole hour! This package also includes the rewards above.

    (NOTE: This gift is a standalone and NOT included in the rewards below.)

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    SPONSOR PACKAGE. All of the above plus TWO PREMIERE TICKETS. The Premiere will be in Little Rock, Arkansas. It will be a big, red-carpet, media event attended by the filmmakers and the actors! This is one event you will want to attend! And you will receive a "Sponsor" credit in the film. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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    PATRON PACKAGE. Everything above plus YOU CAN BE IN THE FILM! We'll find you a walk on role. Additionally, you will receive a "Patron" credit in the final film. (The film will be shot in Arkansas. Travel and housing not included.)

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    BENEFACTOR PACKAGE. Everything above PLUS, DOUG'S 1st SEASON story premise pack and CHARACTER PROFILES from the original series production guide. See where it all began -- the early days of Doug, before it was on-air, relevant writings and sketches that ultimately grew into the creation of a popular Disney character! AND "Benefactor" credit in the film.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. Not only do you get all of the above, you will get an "Associate Producer" credit/ OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE. No one will miss your name! PLUS four Premiere screening tickets, Official limited edition "Guttersnipes" HOODIES.

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    CO-PRODUCER. All of the amazing gifts above - DVDs, premiere tickets, hoodie PLUS a "Co-Producer" credit in the opening titles AND... A one hour meeting with "Doug" writer/co-creator Joe Aaron! "Why is Skeeter blue? Why is Doug's mom named 'Theda?' What TV show inspired Doug's diary? What was the original name of the series before it was changed to "Doug"? Learn the answers to these, and all YOUR questions when you talk to Joe! (Note: If you can't make it to central Arkansas, or Southern California, we'll do the meeting over Skype!)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. That's right. Head honcho "Executive Producer" credit! And of course, you get all the gifts above PLUS -- this is a big one -- the ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED BOOK "Doug" was based on. Did you know "Doug" was originally written as a book? Meet "Doug" before the Disney and Nickelodeon days, when it was still a work-in-progress. There is NO other way to get hold of a copy -- EXTREMELY RARE!

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