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We met our goal, but we set it intentionally low. Please help us get closer to our stretch goal of $25,000
We met our goal, but we set it intentionally low. Please help us get closer to our stretch goal of $25,000
246 backers pledged $23,071 to help bring this project to life.

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In June 2013 we shot a movie based on the novel Happy Baby. We raised more than half the budget through kickstarter.

We were told it would cost more than a $1,000,000 to make Happy Baby, to tell such a complicated story, but we felt we could create something beautiful outside of the Hollywood system. Now we've almost finished Happy Baby, but we spent all our money making a great movie. Cross the finish line with us!

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Holy #*^% we met our goal in nine days!

We set our goal intentionally low because Kickstarter is all or nothing. We still need to raise at least $10,000 to finish the movie (especially with Kickstarter and Amazon taking a nut). So we hope people will continue to contribute. But also, thank you everyone who has already decided to support Happy Baby!

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"One of my favorite books of the decade." - Maud Newton

"Happy Baby is surely the most intelligent and beautiful book ever written about juvenile detention centers, sadomasochism, and drugs," Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review

"Told anti-linearly, this book illuminates darker corners of the sadomasochistic mind in a more thoughtful and sensitive fashion than I expected. It is about the marriage of sexuality and violence. Brave, sparse and lovely. Plus Stephen Elliott is super nice---I met him (and bought this book) at a Sex Worker's Art Show; he showed us his scars." - Alexandra, Good Reads

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We've kept our budget extremely tight through this entire process. We couldn't have made the movie without community funding and great volunteers. Now we just need to finish post production so we can premier the movie and screen it for all our backers.

For a preview of the movie's opening scene look at the first update.

To read a section from the novel click here.

Risks and challenges

We're hoping to raise $15,000, the absolute minimum for sound mix, music composition, and color correction. But so far our lowest music cost is $7,500 and color correction is coming in at at least $8,500. We'll probably need to raise closer to $30,000 to finish the movie. What we don't raise on kickstarter we'll have to raise in investment, loans, and grants.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A digital copy of the Happy Baby script and stills from the movie.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    An invitation to an early screening of Happy Baby, a free download of the movie when it becomes available, and a digital copy of the script.

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    A signed paperback copy of Happy Baby, a digital download of the movie, and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    The "Side Order Of Fries" reward. Add $55 to any other pledge and get your choice of 10 phone texts from Jenny Zhang; a Skype or call from Rachel Rosenfelt who will read you a story; 10 still photographs from Paul Sarkis; a haircut from Minerva Hallacy; a copy of Goodbye To All That signed by multiple contributors; or a signed first edition hardcover of Happy Baby published by McSweeney's. You'll have a chance to make your selection in a survey after the kickstarter campaign is finished. More information on the "Side Order Of Fries" in Project Update 2.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A Relationship Map poster as originally described in The Daily Rumpus. A signed copy of Happy Baby. A digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The Book, Map, and Motherfucker award: A Write Like A Motherfucker coffee mug. A Relationship Map poster as originally described in The Daily Rumpus. A signed copy of Happy Baby. A digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    A hardcover of Happy Baby signed by Stephen Elliott and Dave Eggers. A Relationship Map poster. A digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    The Book and Art Award: An original HORN! review of your choice on 14" X 17" bristol board ( the art itself is like 9.5" X 13") and a hardcover copy of Happy Baby (or a signed book from Aimee Bender, Susan Orlean, or Rick Moody).

    Plus a digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie. **************************************************************************

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    To see what HORN! reviews look like go here: http://therumpus.net/sections/comics/featured-comics/kevin-thomas/

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Coffee or Skype with director Stephen Elliott or leading actors Bill Heck or Eric Nelson. Includes a signed copy of the book, a download of the movie, and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $315 or more About $315

    The Small Signed Library Award: A collection of books signed by their authors including books from Meg Wolitzer, Brian Spears, Jillian Lauren, Nick Flynn, Philip Meyers, Aimee Bender, Melissa Febos, Anthony Swofford, Rick Moody, Steve Almond, Matthew Zapruder, Jonathan Ames, Susan Orlean, Doug Powell, and Cheryl Strayed. Also other authors we haven't heard back from yet but who we'll be announcing in kickstarter updates. Plus a digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie and a PDF of the original script.

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    The Web Promo Award: Susan Orlean, The Rumpus and Stephen Elliott and others will tweet your link and/or twitter handle to over 350,000 combined followers. We'll also design a web ad for you, 300 pixels wide by 250 high, and run your advertisement on The Rumpus for 250,000 page views.

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    Pledge $625 or more About $625

    The Kitchen Sink Award: The Small Signed Library Award which includes signed books from Meg Wolitzer, Brian Spears, Jillian Lauren, Nick Flynn, Philip Meyers, Aimee Bender, Melissa Febos, Anthony Swofford, Rick Moody, Steve Almond, Matthew Zapruder, Jonathan Ames, Susan Orlean, Doug Powell, Cheryl Strayed, Dave Eggers, Janet Fitch, and Malcolm Gladwell.
    A Write Like A Motherfucker Coffee Mug.
    An original HORN! review of your choice on 14" X 17" bristol board ( the art itself is like 9.5" X 13").
    The Relationship Map poster.
    Your choice of one item from The Side Order Of Fries Award.
    Plus a digital download of the movie (when available), and an invitation to an early screening of the finished movie.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We Bring The Movie To You - Following whichever festival we premier at Stephen Elliott will host a screening at your house or nearby. Anywhere in the United States. Plus a poster, a book, and a big hug.

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    Executive Producer credit on the movie. Plus a signed hardcover copy of the book and an invitation to attend the film festival premier of the movie.

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