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Kyle, an aimless film student, becomes fascinated with a dark, disturbed couple while interviewing neighbors for class. Big mistake. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on June 6, 2014.

Kyle, an aimless film student, becomes fascinated with a dark, disturbed couple while interviewing neighbors for class. Big mistake.

About this project

TO THE FLAME is a thriller/dark comedy.  We will kneel at the altar of Lynch and Hitchcock BUT with grenades in hand.

We are blessed to already have two film giants lending their talents in cameos: the amazing Bob Balaban (producer/writer/actor/director on everything from Gosford Park to Moonrise Kingdom) and the great Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis!  

We have been as thrifty, shrewd and inventive with our budgetary needs as possible (a loan of equipment here, some in-kind work there) but we still need some help to pay our cast and crew a living wage for all their hard work.  Your generous contributions will go towards achieving this.  The amazing thing about crowd funding is that my dream - which I have been working towards for three years - now becomes your dream as well and together we will make a truly BADASS film!  Can't wait to share the journey with you.  

The Budget

The money raised will go directly toward:

Hiring experienced crew, cast, meals and lodging, and some camera, grip, lighting equipment - that we haven't already borrowed or begged.

If we go past our goal:

Post-production, editing, sound mixing, original score and film festival fees!

Our Team -

Alex Webb (Writer/Director/Producer)

Alex was a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award.  Hove (The Wind) (www.hovethewind.com) (w/Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis) has been an official selection at the Montreal, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Boston, Palm Beach and Cleveland International Film Festivals.  As an actor he has had the honor of working with Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, Olympia Dukakis and Melissa Leo among others.  His first film, The Girl in 2C, received a silver medal at WorldFest - The Houston Int'l Film Festival and was also seen at the acclaimed Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France.  His script, Welcome to L.A., was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cinequest screenplay competition.   Alex’s new play, “Amelia”, was the first selection in Ken Davenport’s (Broadway producer on Speed the Plow and Oleanna) new reading series and has gone on to be produced around the country. (www.ameliatheplay.com)

Peter Olsen (Director of Photography)

Peter has served as director of photography on dozens of films including documentaries, television series, shorts, national spots, and more than ten features. His work has been featured on networks which include PBS, ABC, A&E, ESPN, HGTV, Showtime, The Sundance Channel, STARZ, and in theatrical distribution.

His debut feature, KAATERSKILL FALLS (co-directed with Josh Apter), on which he also served as director of photography, received the Critic’s Jury Prize for Best Feature at the IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. (http://interstatefilms.squarespace.com/cinematographer/)

Shirleyann Kaladjian (Role of Barb)

Shirleyann's film and TV appearances include John Waters' "A Dirty Shame", “Hove (The Wind)” with Olympia Dukakis, “The Girl in 2C” and “It’s About My Brother” on the Independent Film Channel, and "Law and Order: SVU."  On stage, Shirleyann has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East in everything from musical theatre to classical theatre to improvisational comedy.  In New York City, she has appeared at Lincoln Center Theatre, The Culture Project, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Magnet Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade.  

Anthony Cochrane (Composer)

Anthony Cochrane is an actor and composer who has worked on Broadway as well as with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  He has written musical scores for numerous film and theatre projects including two previous collaborations with Alex Webb - The Girl in 2C and Hove (The Wind) with Olympia Dukakis. (www.anthonycochrane.com)

Emily May Jampel (Associate Producer) 

Emily is a student from Honolulu, Hawaii, concentrating in film, arts business, literary and cultural theory at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is currently working on the first issue of White Rabbit, an art book centered around philosophical and literary themes that features the work of young artists and writers.

Risks and challenges

By virtue of the story we are telling - we have kept our location, travel needs etc. to a minimum, allowing us to shoot for a relatively small budget while keeping our visual standards high. With a smaller budget film - there can be last minute cast changes - but the good news is that my other life as an actor gives me connections to many wonderful actors I have worked with over the years, so I am sure we will have an amazing array of acting talent - no matter what. My last writing/directing project, HOVE, with Olympia Dukakis, was an official selection of some of the biggest film festivals in the world including the Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Montreal, Boston, Palm Beach and Cleveland International Film Festivals. We will deliver an amazing film to you and the world.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES PRODUCTION ACCESS — Everyone who pledges $1 or more will be granted access to the "To The Flame Behind the Scenes Blog". It will be kept exclusive to those who have been a part of this Kickstarter project from day one: just a way to say thanks for stepping up to the plate early on and a way to keep you involved in the process. The backer exclusive page will be updated weekly with behind the scenes photos, stories, and videos during the pre-production, production, and post-production of To The Flame. Pledge now at any level and encourage your friends to do so too!

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    16 backers

    DVD of TO THE FLAME. Receive by May, 2015. Access to the blog and also receive a credit in Thank you section of film and on the To The Flame website.

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    EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER SUPPORTER PACKAGE, TO THE FLAME LOGO cap (exclusive design for Kickstarter supporters), DVD of film - signed by the Director, thank you in credits and on website.

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    Exclusive invite to Wrap Party at notable NYC area restaurant with cast and crew! (Must provide transport and place to stay in NYC!)

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    Participate (visibly!) in the climactic scene of the film as a reporter (no lines, must be at least 22 years of age). Credit in film as a reporter, DVD and wrap party included. (You will need to be available and be able to get yourself to the shoot, Summer 2014, in the New York City area.)

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    PREMIERE: Invitation for you and a guest to the NYC premiere of TO THE FLAME and the pre-screening "meet and greet." (NOTE: you have to get yourself to NYC on your own, though, and find a place to stay!) Will also include DVD, thank you credit and wrap party.

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    Lunch with Oscar-winning actress - Olympia Dukakis and the writer/director, Alex Webb - In New York (you'll need to get yourself there and have a place to stay!), within a year of the success of the campaign (by the end of 2015), amenable to Ms. Dukakis's schedule. You will also receive the DVD, And, of course, you're invited to the premiere, meet-and-greet, and wrap party (NOTE: you have to get yourself to NYC and find a place to stay.)

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    Writer/Director Alex Webb will help your family create a handmade, unforgettable birthday/ (or other occasion) film for someone special. We will cast your friends and family in all the roles! Alex will shoot, direct, edit and help write (or write) the scenes in a celebration of that person's life. It can be docu-serious or fun and irreverent. (30 to 60 minutes). Alex will be available to shoot for two days amenable to his and your schedule (probably a weekend) in 2015. If not in NYC area he will need transport and housing provided. (This will also include credit in the film, website and invites to wrap party, premiere (NOTE: you must get yourself to NYC on your own and find a place to stay!) and DVD.)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: receive credit as "associate producer" on screen in the end titles of To The Flame. Receive the DVD, and join us (with a guest) for the premiere, meet n' greet, and wrap party in NYC. (NOTE: you must get yourself to NYC on your own and find a place to stay!)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: receive credit as "executive producer" on screen in opening titles. Visit the set for a day. (Most likely in July and will have to arrange your own housing and transportation.) Receive the DVD, and join us (with a guest) for the premiere, meet n' greet, and wrap party in NYC. (NOTE: you must get yourself to NYC on your own and find a place to stay!)

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Funding period

- (30 days)