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Help us make our first feature film about a globetrotting couple set in Japan, Taiwan and Germany. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Hello friends, future friends and loved ones.

I'm currently making my first feature film and I need your help. It's a drama/romance about a globetrotting couple living and traveling through Japan, Taiwan, Germany and eventually the woods.

If you want to get a feel for the film and the characters, I made a short film that acts like a prologue to Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. You can check out the award winning short film here. http://www.vimeo.com/4252107

To make Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time I have decided to live in each country and work (teaching English) so I can represent each county and culture respectfully and truthfully. To date, I have lived in Tokyo for over 2 years now. We have completed shooting the Japan portion of the film (on super 16mm) with our mighty cast and crew of six people. Our guerrilla shoot took place all over some tucked away places in Tokyo over the course of a month. This enabled us to work at a relaxed and creative pace where we weren't compromising too much, could change things on the fly and create something we are all proud of. Currently I am in the process of moving to a small beach town in Taiwan to begin the next leg of this beast of a film.

Japanese people who have read the film are excited and said that it felt very real, something different from the Tokyo we see in every American film. I would like to show it to you all and let you be the judge but the thing is, I'm completely out of money and don't have enough to transfer the film (take what is on the film negative and put it on a digital format so we can finally see it and edit it).

So I'm asking all of you out there for help. The budget for this film is $85,000 but our first step is trying to raise $5,000. If this goal is reached it would give us the opportunity to transfer the film as well as get our website up and running.

Once the film is transferred we will then edit a teaser trailer and possibly scenes from the film and blast it all over the internet in hopes of raising funds for the Taiwan portion of the film. So raising this money is a crucial step in helping get the ball rolling. This money will also go towards helping get our website for the film up. Once our kickstarter campaign has ended we will do the same fundraising drive on our site until the film is completed. We're going to do this in hopes of raising the full $85,000. This is an ambitious goal but we believe that if we can show that this model can work, it could help shine a light on this beautifully growing trend where fans, not large studios, are the ones deciding what is worth getting funded, getting made and sharing with the rest of the world.

Thanks for your time, love and support.

Ben

P.S. All donations are tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor Ferwork Arts Incubator! http://www.fernworkartsincubator.org/projects%20pages/projectsRene.htm

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    HIGH FIVE LEVEL - Nothing - but we love you!

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    HUG LEVEL - DVD of Ben Hicks' award winning short films Square Pegs and Pea vs. Carrot. + A wicked cool magnet with an elephant on it. (Magnets stick to metal! Trust me, it's awesome.)

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    UNCOMFORTABLY LONG HUG LEVEL - First Fans Limited Edition DVD of Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. This Limited Edition includes a letter of thanks with a number of authenticity signed by the director and will only be given to those who supported the film BEFORE completion. It also includes a small booklet as well as DVD and box art that will only be used for the First Fans Edition. Now you can have proof you heard of the film waaaaay before anyone else did. We will be forever grateful and your friends will forever worship you and your underground filmmaker discovery skills. + Your name (or a loved one's) in the online credits which can link to a website of your choice. (Plus everything above.)

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    SPOON LEVEL - One of Three, Limited Edition posters. The first 50 donators will receive a super limited, finger painted and silk screened, Japan version of the poster made by Producer Rene Jermal. The next 100 donators will receive the Taiwan, silk screened version of the poster. After the first 150 posters are given away, the third, Berlin version of the poster, will be available to everyone else who supports the film BEFORE completion. All posters will be silk screened, signed, have a number of authenticity and made by Rene Jermal. After the film is completed none of these versions of the poster will be recreated or made available. (Plus everything above.)

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    SMOOCH LEVEL - Special thank you in the end credits of the film. + A fucking SHARK! (Plus everything above.)

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    MAKE-OUT (WITH TONGUE) LEVEL - Shout outs! A sentence to say whatever you want during the end credits. Give a shout out to your homies, advertise your company's website, ask your girl to marry you, or tell your boss he sucks. Do whatever you want! Limit 50 characters.* + Ben will call you up, play the accordion (badly) and thank you personally for your support. Then you can chat for an hour about filmmaking, time travel, bologna sandwiches or whatever it is you want to talk about. + Another fucking SHARK!! (Plus everything above.) *Please note that although we are extremely flexible and want you to get your message out there, we do reserve the right to request that you tweak or change your shout outs to protect ourselves from any potential legal repercussions. Also if you have 51 or 52 characters we might be able to fit it in, just let us know what you want to say.

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    AWKWARD BREAKFAST LEVEL - Opportunity for you or a loved one to be an extra in this film or any one of Ben's films in the future.**+ A Tyrannosaurus Rex!!! + The answer to life's most elusive question, "Who would win in a cage match 17 feet under water, a T-Rex or two fucking SHARKS?"(Plus everything above.)**Please note that meals are included but transportation and accommodations are not. This particular film (Kids Go Free To Fun Fun Time) will be shot in Taiwan and Germany but our next feature (Bill Inc.) is going to be shot in the United States.

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    SHOTGUN WEDDING LEVEL - An Associate Producer credit at the beginning of the film and on IMDB.com (This will be the third title card of the film with the possibility of becoming a rolling credit if more than 9 donate) (Plus everything above.)

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    2.3 KIDS LEVEL - Ben will come to your (or your child's) University, High School, Film Festival, or local theatre, screen the film and have a Q & A session with the students, faculty or audience. (U.S. and Canada only) + A 2-day Behind-the-Scenes Pass to this film or any one of Ben's films in the future. (Please note that for the 2-day behind the scene pass, meals are included but transportation and accommodations are not. This particular film (Kids Go Free To Fun Fun Time) will be shot in Taiwan and Germany but our next feature (Bill Inc.) is going to be shot in the United States.) (Plus everything above.)

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    WHITE PICKET FENCE LEVEL - Ben will personally deliver the movie with a 30 pack of beer and hang out on your couch, no matter what country you live in, and watch the movie with you. (Real Director's Commentary!) + An Executive Producers credit at the beginning of the film (second title card of the film) and an IMDB credit (your name mentioned as an Executive Producer on http://www.imdb.com) (Plus everything above except Associate Producer credit.)

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    SHARED BURIAL PLOT LEVEL - At the opening of the film under the title "Brought to you with the generous support of", have a photo of you or a loved one, your company's logo, or any image you want (first title card of the film). If you want we could also just put your name (or a loved one's) if that makes you feel more comfortable. + A fun filled day with Director, Ben Hicks, and one other cast/crew member at a water park/amusement park. We'll also get a photo of us together on a rollercoaster, water ride etc. Oh and feel free to invite your friends! OR A fun filled evening with Director, Ben Hicks, and one other cast/crew member at a nice restaurant (Actually any restaurant is okay, for those who love Taco Bell and consider it a restaurant.) (Plus everything above except Executive and Associate Producer credit.)

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