Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 5, 2013.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Fatally ill, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die. But when his beloved wife Evelyn goes missing, he must live to save her.

BEREAVE is a feature length film that stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) & Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers)

Twitter: @Bereavethefilm

Please visit our FAQ page at the bottom if you contribute.

WHO WE ARE

Evangelos & George Giovanis have self financed all their films by building, working and then selling small restaurants. Needless to say they almost bankrupted the family (sorry mom & dad) in pursuing their dream.

Eventually however their socially conscious, award winning, feature films - that have screened at prestigious festivals around the world and racked up awards - reminded critics and audiences of early Scorsese, Tarantino and John Cassavetes.

Our second feature film LAND OF NOD won Best Picture and the Digital Alexander Award at the prestigious Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Award Ceremony (Salonika 06) LAND OF NOD Best Feature Film
Award Ceremony (Salonika 06) LAND OF NOD Best Feature Film

Our third feature RUN IT won the Gold Award for Best Feature at the Philafilm Festival, Honorable Mention at the Canada International Film Festival, Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and Gold Kahuna at the Honolulu International Film Festival.

"The tone and feel is raw, the actions and scenes can be abrasive and offensive at times and it doesn’t pull any punches in any direction. Despite its roughest moments, however, it retains a certain disturbing charm."  ~ FILM THREAT by: Mark Bell

Read full review: http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/66464/ or visit our site                      http://www.runitthefilm.com/

(Check out our $35 perk on how to get a copy of both our films!)

Our only rule is every film must be better than the last. And that brings us to BEREAVE.

SYNOPSIS:

Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary - he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.

Try telling a producer "we don't make movies to make money, we make money to make movies."

Every horror story (creative differences, loss of final cut, casting decisions etc.) you have heard; is true. Cue the violins, but that seems to be the nature of the business and we get it. But so what? We can change that together.

Here is a copy/paste of some email comments from credible producers (some names have been omitted) so you get a sense of the struggle:

"You should stop writing meaningful scripts and do a horror script or something commercial damn it. Just do one so we can get our foot in the door." - My brother  - George Giovanis

Here is another:

Evangelos -

"I took a look at BEREAVE. It was a well written character piece, but needed a bit more levity brought in. I feel this would cater to the MARIGOLD HOTEL crowd, but the end also felt a bit too downbeat to leave you with as good a feeling. I liked the writing, but felt this would be a bit of an uphill battle commercially speaking for us.

Thank you for sending this my way and please let me know if you have anything else that would fit our mandate."

Here is another:

"I hope you guys are well. It's been a while since we last spoke. We have tried on this end to figure out what we can do to try to get BEREAVE made. There is potential opportunity to get funding for the film but that would mean that you would have to give up the position of Director."

Like we said, we have invested our life savings in our art. We certainly have sacrificed and lead by example. If you invest in us, you are investing in a real underdog; that's the bottom line.

We now need a hero (cue the music). But you don't need a costume to help. Just generosity and love of independent films. Will you help us?

Why KICKSTARTER?

We've tried the rest and now we're going to try the best.

As filmmakers, we realize that KICKSTARTER'S all or nothing approach is truly the best method. The community is larger and people support each other.

Filmmaking is a very challenging and extremely expensive process. We need to pay for locations, travel, food, accommodations, equipment, audio, insurance, post work, crew, costumes, makeup, design, bail money - for a lot of people! That's where your money would be going. 

We would love to ask for millions and it will be a severe struggle to make our feature with $100,000 but we believe in resourcefulness and understand that money is extremely tight out there. Please know; the more you give, the less dependent we will be and the better our film will be. Everybody involved is treating it as a labor of love; that's the biggest reason we are here. Like usual, the Giovanis brothers will be working for NO SALARY. Will you join us?

THE CAST

MALCOLM MCDOWELL

Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm McDowell

You may know Malcolm from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, HALLOWEEN, THE ARTIST, O LUCKY MAN or another 120 films he starred in!

He has also made over 82 TV appearances in shows such as ENTOURAGE, FRANKLIN & BASH and THE MENTALIST.

Since signing on a few months ago, BEREAVE has become Malcolm's passion project. We all refuse to quit on this story. Malcolm loves our vision, our script and believes in it with all his might - so much so that he has become an Executive Producer and is invested heart and soul... and then some. He even wishes us to direct the thing! If you believe in us like he does, we can achieve everything.

JANE SEYMOUR

Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour

You may know Jane, a two time Golden Globe and one time Emmy winner as our favorite James Bond girl ever!!! in LIVE AND LET DIE, or her roles in films such as WEDDING CRASHERS, LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE or another 30 films she has starred in! 

Jane has also made over 77 TV appearances in shows such as DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, EAST OF EDEN or FRANKLIN & BASH.

MUSIC

VASSY
VASSY

It is with extreme pleasure that we announce singing sensation VASSY has joined the BEREAVE team! 

First-ever Australian recording artist to chart and reach NUMBER ONE on the USA Billboard Club Chart with a debut solo single in March 2013 (“We Are Young”) Vassy is deftly talented at penning strong lyrics that convey her own upbeat, hand-clapping & foot-stomping attitude towards life; Positive and uplifting, they whisk the listener away to a happier place. Check out our KISS MY VASSY PERK!

HELP FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

Our goal is to debut the film at CANNES Film Festival or some other top tier festival in 2014. If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away and shoot this Fall. We will surround ourselves with very experienced co-producers, a great cinematographer and a fantastic team! All things you will know before anybody else with our DEAR DIARY perk!

Your perks and presents for helping us make this possible will be sent out in a professional manner. Many elements of the rewards will be fulfilled well before Fall of 2014, which is when we hope to release the film and have all of our premieres and screenings. For those of you who are joining us on set or attending an event, we will keep you in the loop on our schedule.

THE FINE PRINT

• If you have pledged $20 or more, please note that the PDF Scripts will be sent to you once the film has been released. This script may not be distributed, published, or sold at any time. And for our European friends, note on our $35 perk, our DVD is region free :)

• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in the Fall in Los Angeles. However, this has the potential to change (depends on our raise). We will keep you updated and give you 20 days notice so you can plan ahead to visit us and make travel arrangements.

• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release form.

• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.

• All aspects of production, are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise.

• My final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.

• This fund raising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter regulations/rules, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

• For those of you who order our perks, you agree those perks shall not be distributed, duplicated or sold at any time.

• Jack Nicholson is not in our film and Malcolm was only joking when he called him a "son of a bitch." Just checking to see if you read all the way to this point ;)

There are a lot of difficulties to overcome when shooting a film. It's impossible to guarantee everything will happen as smoothly as we wish it to, but in the end, we know we will make a beautiful film! See you at the movies! We LOVE YOU!

Vagoproductions@yahoo.com

Be part of our journey, you'll be surprised what even $1 can do.  You'll be surprised how inspirational you may become.

Thank you!

Giovanis brothers

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Dear friends,

They say the only things certain in life are death and taxes. I don't agree. Pursuing a dream - whatever it may be - is a challenge that allows us to feel integrity, honor and passion. In fighting to realize our full potential; we live. The proper posture in pursuing our dreams is upright and tall; we humbly ask that you stand with us. When there is a wall in front of you, sometimes you climb over it, sometimes you go around it and sometimes you smash through it. We can't guarantee all things will go smoothly but with your love and support, we will get to the other side and complete our goal. Filmmaking is difficult but we are extremely resilient. Upon completion of our campaign, we will instantly go from development to pre-production. Should any problems arise with our enterprise for any reason, we will work with everybody involved to provide a solution. We are optimistic and have a detailed plan for production with a very experienced team, but if we need to change a perk for any reason, we will always try to match or improve our original. Let's do this together!

FAQ

  • Since 2008.

    Last updated:
  • Gorilla style! Also, we have an Angel investor that will match funds up to 50%. The directors/producers are NOT getting paid, and EVERYBODY is taking pay cuts. It is LOVE LOVE LOVE for the project.

    Last updated:
  • No worries. When you use our link to our project and purchase our perks off our Kickstarter page, rest assured that when you go to Amazon to actually pay - your funds are coming to us and our project (should we reach our goal).

    In setting up our Amazon account, and when prompted to fill in our details, we had assumed Amazon wanted our business name. Since our campaign is being run as an individual, we entered "no name" and hence we got stuck with that. When brought to our attention, we alerted Amazon. They said we are fine, our account is OK as is. We could change it if we want but it would mean shutting down and a redo. Since we are already rolling with the campaign, we wish not to inconvenience you or slow our progress down. Thank you to all who are involved.

    Last updated:
141
Backers
$103,511
pledged of $100,000 goal
0
seconds to go
_dsc1904.medium
  • First created · 14 backed
  • Has not connected Facebook

See full bio

  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    11 backers

    For the price of an expensive cup of coffee, we send you our own pick-me-up for the day; a shout out on our Facebook page. Thanks guys!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    12 backers

    PERK (A) DEAR DIARY We would love to share our adventure! You can be "on set." Each week while we film, we send you a clip of our video diary.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $20 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    PERK (B) SPOILER ALERT! It's ironic that writers say the least while directors bask in the glory of what writers say. I'll email you a PDF of the "BEREAVE" screenplay right before our world premieres. You also get Perk (A)

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    34 backers

    PERK (C) 2 FILMS! "RUN IT" + "BEREAVE" We have made other films you know. You get a DVD copy of our last, award winning crime/drama feature film "RUN IT." You also get a digital download of "BEREAVE" (after we get a distribution deal in place). Because we hate making the same film twice, "BEREAVE" will be loaded with art house elegance, while "RUN IT" is raw, gritty and yes; full of F-bombs! Kind of Yin and Yang. You also get Perks (A) + (B)!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    PERK (D) BEREAVE TEE SHIRT Hey good looking! We are designing a Tee shirt just for our backers! Our way to hug you and squeeze you for your love! You will also get Perks (A) + (B) + (C)!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    KISS MY VASSY! - Vassy, first-ever Australian recording artist to chart and reach NUMBER ONE on the USA Billboard Club Chart with a debut solo single in March 2013 (“We Are Young”) has joined the BEREAVE team! You get an autographed CD from Vassy with her hits! You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    9 backers

    COFFEE TIME W/ THE FILM DIRECTORS! Nobody can say we are snobs! Come have coffee for an hour with the "BEREAVE" directors (travel and accommodations to LA not provided). Caffeine talk is the best! Other backers will be present so it will be a symposium of sorts. If you can't travel to us, we can substitute a phone call. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $115 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (58 left of 60)

    LALALAND / SCREENING Advanced film screening in Los Angeles for you, before the film is realeased! We will also have a Q and A to follow with the directors. Travel and accommodations not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $115 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (56 left of 60)

    BIG APPLE SCREENING Advanced film screening in NYC for you, before the film is realeased! We will also have a Q and A to follow with the directors. Travel and accommodation not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (25 left of 30)

    MALCOLM'S AUTOGRAPH For those of you who love the legend that is Malcolm McDowell, here is an opportunity to have his autograph! We will print a pic, he'll sign it, we'll ship it to ya! You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $195 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    MALCOLM'S GREETING "Hi, you've reached..." Malcolm will record up to a 15 second outgoing voicemail message for you. You can decide what the message will say within the bounds of good taste (determined by producers). You’ll be sent your greeting as an mp3. We’ll also provide a few standard greetings from which you can choose. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $230 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    LALALAND / SCREENING 2 tickets to an advanced film screening in Los Angeles for you, before the film is realeased! We will also have a Q and A to follow with the directors. Travel and accommodations not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $388 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (249 left of 250)

    LOS ANGELES PREMIERE and PARTY! 1 ticket to the official LA Red Carpet Premiere. 1 ticket to the official after party. Cast and crew wanna kick it with you! Travel and accommodations not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $388 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (249 left of 250)

    NYC PREMIERE and PARTY! 1 ticket to the official NYC Red Carpet Premiere. 1 tickets to the official after party. Cast and crew wanna kick it with you! Travel and accommodations not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $395 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    LOVE YOU! MALCOLM VIDEO Garvey is so lost at some point in our film, but love prevails - right? Propose, celebrate or just simply say "I love you." You send us a message (we approve it / under 50 words) and we film Malcolm saying those words. Then we email the clip to your soulmate or loved one! Sorry, we consider this a collector's item and won't mass produce! So get 'em while you can! You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    DAY PASS Visit us on set for the day. You will meet the stars, watch us work. We'll ask you to be "quiet on the set" when we roll the cameras, but you'll be too busy smiling to talk. You also get 2 tickets to the Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and 2 tickets to the exclusive after party. Travel/accommodations to set, premiere or party not provided. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for dates delivered)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,850 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    DINNER W/ MALCOLM & DIRECTORS Elegant dinner with our leading man Malcolm McDowell, the film's directors and 9 fellow backers in Los Angeles. You will also get 2 tickets to our Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and 2 tickets to the exclusive after party. Travel and accommodations not provided to dinner or premiere/party. You also get Perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $2,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    GIOVANIS FILM ACADEMY (CRASH COURSE): You will be on set for 3 days and can shadow a mentor in your field. You want to be in the biz? You must first learn the biz. Shadow a Director/Cinematographer/Sound/Production Managers etc. No better way to learn than real life application to improve your skills. Even if you are a film student, this is invaluable. Talk to your university, perhaps you can also earn a film credit for your diploma/studies. You also get 2 tickets to our LA premiere/after party. Travel and accommodations not included to any above. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $3,750 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on IMDB and our film's credits. You also get 2 tickets to our Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and 2 tickets to the after party! Travel and accommodations to premiere/party not provided. You also get Perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $4,750 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    GIOVANIS FILM ACADEMY (BACHELORS): You will be on set for 6 days and can shadow a mentor in your field. You want to be in the biz? You must first learn the biz. Shadow a Director/Cinematographer/Sound/Production Managers etc. No better way to learn than real life application to improve your skills. Even if you are a film student, this is invaluable. Talk to your university, perhaps you can also earn a film credit for your diploma/studies. You also get 2 tickets to our LA premiere/after party. Travel and accommodations not included to any above. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $4,750 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    HOLLYWOOD COLLECTOR/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER You will be the only one with a prop from our set! You also get a hard copy of our script autographed by Malcolm, the directors and other cast members. We will frame it for you. You get an Associate Producer in credits & IMDB! You also get 1 DAY PASS to visit our set during our shoot. You also get 2 tickets to our Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and 2 tickets to the after party! Travel and accommodations to set/premiere/party not provided. You also get Perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D)! (See individual perks for delivery dates.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    PRODUCT PLACEMENT We will put your product in our movie! We will either film it or one of our characters will talk about it! You will also get a "Special Thanks" in our credits and IMDB. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA Premiere and 2 tickets to the after party. Travel and accommodations not included. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $6,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    YOUR TOWN ADVANCED SCREENING (USA) - We will rent out a theater in your home town — or a town near you — and have a screening for up to 50 GUESTS. We’ll do our best to schedule the screening before the theatrical release of the film. Worst case — the first week of the theatrical run. Film directors are guaranteed to attend and we'll do our best to bring cast members. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) and so do your 60 guests. We'll also give an Associate Producer Credit to your town! That's right, making history here folks.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $7,000 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    AUTOGRAPH - ACTOR/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER We'll put you in a scene we are shooting and write a line just for you. You will be credited as a cast member and unless your performance is terrible (don't get nervous), make final cut. Shoot location to be provided. You also get 2 tickets to our Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and 2 tickets to the after party. You get an Associate Producer credit in our credits and IMDB. Travel and accommodations to set/premiere/party not provided. You also get Perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $8,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    GIOVANIS FILM ACADEMY (MASTERS): You will be on set for the full shoot (estimated at 18-20 days) and can shadow the Giovanis brothers who are directing this film. You will get an "Assistant to the director credit" & and Associate Producer in our credits and IMDB. You will learn more in 20 days on set with us rather than 3 years at the colleges you attend. Even if you are a film student, this is invaluable. Talk to your university, perhaps you can also earn a film credit for your diploma/studies. You also get 2 tickets to our LA premiere/after party. Travel and accommodations not included to any above. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    YOUR TOWN ADVANCED SCREENING (WORLD) - We will rent out a theater in your home town anywhere outside the USA — or a town near you, and have a screening for up to 100 GUESTS. We’ll do our best to schedule the screening before the theatrical release of the film. Worst case — the first week of the theatrical run. Film directors are guaranteed to attend and we'll do our best to bring cast members. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) and so do your 100 guests. We'll also give an Associate Producer Credit to your town! That's right, making history here folks.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (2 left of 6)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Get into the biz. You will be on set (we will provide dates/locations), you will watch us at work. Your opinions will be heard in the filmmaking process! Executive Producer credit in our credits and IMDB Also included are: 2 tickets to LA/NY premieres/after parties and 2 tickets to film festival premiere. Travel and accommodations not included to any above. You also get perks (A) + (B) + (C) + (D) (See individual perks for delivery dates)

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (32 days)