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A movie about filmmaker Alex Sichel and her fictional alter ego, Anna. Can Anna show Alex how to live joyfully with metastatic cancer?
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    OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE!!!

    Seriously. And special thanks on our website. We're creating a Kickstarter supporters page where we can blow loud trumpets and throw confetti….If we can actually animate that image, we will!

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    LET'S BUILD A FORUM!

    Send us a photo and tell us your story. Have you transformed your approach to something challenging? Are you trying to? Tell us about it, and we'll post it on our website. This is where the community we build around this movie begins. We want you!

    No word limit, but if the forum gets big we may have to edit for space. A good problem to have!

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    Most of us know someone who has struggled with illness. Let's honor them here. Send us a name and a few words about how their journey has inspired you, and we'll post it on our website.

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    A SCREENING IN NEW YORK

    Invitation to a matinee screening in New York during our theatrical run, October 10th or 11th, your choice! Q&A with Co-Director/Producer Liz Giamatti to follow -- ask me anything, in front of an audience of your peers. Transportation to NY not included.

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    THE MOVIE, IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

    A download of our movie, sent with love from headquarters….

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    HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORY

    We share our guidelines (poetic, ersatz, and hopefully inspiring) for writing your own story. Documentary, fiction, you name it.

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    GET INSIDE OUR PROCESS, Version 1.0

    A PDF copy of our script for "The Movie About Anna," our movie within the movie, and a download of our movie, sent with love from headquarters.

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    GET INSIDE OUR PROCESS, Version 2.0

    A PDF copy of the "bible" we created in pre-production to find our way between fiction and doc….Because we had to find some way to convey to our collaborators and funders what the heck we were talking about. Also, of course, a download of our movie.

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    A SMALL MEASURE OF INNER PEACE

    Download a meditation video we create specifically for this project. This reward is here because Alex had a strong Buddhist practice, and nothing would have made her happier than to find a way to share the peace she found there. Also, of course, a download of our movie.

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    MEDITATION BEADS, OR, A SMALL MEASURE OF OUTER PEACE

    A meditation bracelet made specially for this campaign to honor Alex. She often wore traditional meditation beads -- ours will be a twist on that with some charms involved. Also, a download of our movie, sent with love from headquarters.

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    MEMBERSHIP AT THE NEW YORK OPEN CENTER

    A one-year Seeker level membership ($150 value) at the New York Open Center, the premier urban center for holistic learning, personal transformation and professional development. For more information on membership benefits visit www.opencenter.org

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    GET INSIDE OUR PROCESS, Version 1.5

    A signed copy (yes, an old-school, hard copy, delivered to your door) of our script for "The Movie About Anna," our movie within the movie. We might even doodle on it for you! Also includes a download of our movie.

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    SCENES FROM THE MOVIE ABOUT ANNA

    A download of three fictional scenes from "The Movie About Anna" that aren't in the final cut! In fact, we're putting them together just for this campaign. Also, a download of our movie, sent with love from headquarters.

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    A SCREENPLAY ABOUT YOU!

    We use our transformation powers to write a script for a short movie about you (approximately three to five pages, but you never know -- we might get carried away). You give us the specs -- or just enough detail for a slight resemblance.

    Also, of course, a download of our movie, sent with love from headquarters.

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    LET'S START OUR OUTREACH
    SCREENINGS HERE AND NOW!

    We send you a DVD or Blu-Ray so you can screen the movie for the support organization of your choice. Includes a discussion guide. Let's start this conversation right now, in your backyard.

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    THE SUPER DUPER GORGEOUS PRODUCTION BOOK

    Our incredibly talented production designer made us a visual reference guide to share with other collaborators. We want to make you a beautifully printed copy, and we'll include our script, bible, costume sketches, and stills.

    Also a download of our movie, sent with love.

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    OUR OUTREACH SCREENINGS CONTINUE, AND THE CO-DIRECTOR SHOWS UP AFTERWARD TO SKYPE

    We send you a DVD or Blu-Ray so you can screen the movie for the support organization of your choice. Includes a discussion guide and post-screening Skype Q&A with Co-Director Liz Giamatti, scheduled at our mutual convenience.

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    "THE MOVIE ABOUT ANNA"

    A DVD of the fictional film, "The Movie About Anna," created specifically for this Kickstarter campaign….We'll probably include Co-Director's commentary on it, but since this movie doesn't exist yet, and since we're making it specifically for you, we're going to have to see what works best….

    Also, a download of our movie, the one we already made, sent with love from headquarters.

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    OUR OUTREACH SCREENINGS CONTINUE, AND THE CO-DIRECTOR SHOWS UP AFTERWARD -- IN PERSON!

    Co-Director Liz Giamatti comes to your town or city and screens the movie for the organization of your choice, Q&A to follow.

    Liz's transportation and accommodation to your town or city not included. Scheduled at our mutual convenience.

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    OUR OUTREACH SCREENINGS CONTINUE, ON US!

    Co-Director comes to your town or city and screens the movie for the organization of your choice, Q&A to follow. At this reward lever, we'll pay for Liz's airline ticket and hotel.

    Scheduled at our mutual convenience.

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    A WOMAN -- OR MAN -- LIKE YOU

    We make a short documentary about you -- and hopefully we help you transform your relationship to a difficult situation -- big, small, or in-between. We're really, really eager to share our process and have you as our subject! Let us help tell your story!

    NYC or Tri-State area only. Scheduled at our mutual convenience. Also includes a download of our movie.

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    THE IMAGINATION PACK!

    Choose any five of the rewards above! Seriously! We might even lose money on this one, but the idea that you get to make your own reward it too appealing to pass up, because, really, that's what this movie is all about.

    Subject to availability and restrictions on the various rewards chosen....

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    A WOMAN -- OR MAN -- LIKE YOU, ANYWHERE U.S.A.

    We make a short documentary about you -- and hopefully we help you transform your relationship to a difficult situation -- big, small, or in-between. We're really, really eager to share our process and have you as our subject! Let us help tell your story!

    Scheduled at our mutual convenience. Also includes a download of our movie, sent from headquarters with love, of course.

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    OUR THEATRICAL PREMIERE!

    Two tickets to the theatrical premiere of our movie in New York, October 9, 2015. Need we say more? It would be amazing and awesome to have our Kickstarter supporters there to celebrate with us. Transportation to NY not included.

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    OUR THEATRICAL PREMIERE AND PARTY!!

    Two, yes, two tickets -- bring a date, bring your grandmother -- to the theatrical premiere of our movie in New York, October 9, 2015, AND two invitations to our party after the screening (transportation to NY not included), because we hope to be able to thank you in person and shake your hand. And buy you a drink or a soda or a hot dog (venue TBD!)

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    GET INSIDE OUR PROCESS, Version 2.5

    A signed copy (yes, an old-school, hard copy, just like a script, delivered to your door) of the "bible" we created in pre-production to find our way between fiction and doc…. Doodles in the margins possible on this reward as well. Also includes a download of our movie, sent with love from HQ.

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    LET'S HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER

    We'll send you a DVD of the sequence (not in the final cut of the movie) in which Alex and Liz head to meet their potential lead actress, the amazing Lili Taylor (and in which -- spoiler alert -- Lili says yes)! Also, Liz takes you to lunch at the same spot, Frankie's Spuntino in Brooklyn, NY.

    (Transportation not included, scheduled at our mutual convenience -- get out your datebook).

    Also, a download of our movie....

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    LET'S HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER: WITH THE AMAZING LILI TAYLOR!!

    Truly, she is a goddess. Little known fact: Alex and I took Lili to lunch to ask her to read our script and consider playing Anna. Our daunting task was to try to explain the documentary-fiction combo and what we were trying to do. Halfway through lunch, Lili said yes, because she is an incredible and generous collaborator and was totally down with the whole endeavor.

    So, let's all have lunch together, at Frankies', in Brooklyn, NY.

    Also includes a DVD of the sequence (not in the final cut of the movie) in which Alex and Liz head to meet Lili in the first place, and a download of our movie.

    (Transportation not included, scheduled at our mutual convenience.)

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