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If your friends and family went missing, how far would you go to save them? What if you had to travel lifetimes?

Primrose Lane: prepare for a psychological thriller that challenges the reaches of time and belief. When Robin's family and friends go missing, she is forced into an alternate reality, despite her unwillingness to accept it.The more she resists, the more she is backed into a corner and isolated until the only option out is to open herself to the unthinkable.

                Primrose Lane ...

                                              time is of the essence.

The very first thing that you need to know is that this is a call for FINISHING FUNDS. That means that our film is already shot, edited, scored, and well on its way to completion, so you don't need to worry whether or not your pledge will result in a finished project ... we're already 9/10ths of the way there! We also need you to know that our "goal" is nowhere near the actual amount we need to raise: $75,000. We chose a low number because Kickstarter will not allow you collect your funds unless you've met your goal ... but you CAN exceed it.

Bobby Finley and Mike Luntzel rigging the polecam
Bobby Finley and Mike Luntzel rigging the polecam

This project began by accident. It originated as an equipment test for a completely unrelated film. The test shoot producer, Kalie Acheson,  asked Kathleen Davison, the prepping writer/director, to write some pages of script so that the test shoot could be more easily scheduled. The storyteller in Kathleen could not be quelled, and what she turned out were the beginnings of a compelling tale. Soon the crew was hooked and the "test shoot" became a weekend warrior passion project. When enough people had off work to assemble a cast and crew, we shot a few more pages. The script was not complete, but that didn't stop us. Initially, we thought that maybe we'd cull enough interesting footage to assemble a teaser or trailer for pitch material to support a larger project.

Bobby walks onto the project!
Bobby walks onto the project!

News of the undertaking began to spread, and when Bobby Finley, cinematographer, became interested, the project took flight and was formalized into a legitimate feature endeavor under a SAG Ultra Low Budget Contract.  

The cinematographer and director paired with the director's first-time producer husband, Anthony Dimino (a commercial 1st Assistant Director by trade) and hungry new producer, Michael Rosemeyer. We were determined to make a film that allowed us to hold on to the power roles. This called for an independent approach. The biggest problem? Funding. 

producer, Michael Rosemeyer, and UPM, Max Gould-Meisel at work
producer, Michael Rosemeyer, and UPM, Max Gould-Meisel at work

Undeterred by the challenges, director, cinematographer, and producers threw caution to the wind and started calling in favors.

One twist of fate after another assembled an eager cast and crew and, after many sleep deprived nights, a fully formed feature began to emerge.

Nate Brunel, production designer, bulds out curtains, transforming a contemporary room into a parlor circa 1910
Nate Brunel, production designer, bulds out curtains, transforming a contemporary room into a parlor circa 1910

Emmy-nominated editor, Marc Cohen; composer, Penka Kouneva; production designer, Nate Brunel; costume designer, Nichole Lumpkin; and art director, Ana Davidson, along with their determined and spirited department members rounded out our dream crew.

Nichole Lumpkin, costume designer, makes last minute adjustments
Nichole Lumpkin, costume designer, makes last minute adjustments

Kathleen drew inspiration for the story from the real supernatural and bizarre events that have transpired in this Victorian home (circa 1885) in the time that she's lived there with her husband, two small children, and two dogs:

architectual history circa 1885
architectual history circa 1885

 Kathleen wove a fictitious web to interconnect the true events and some actual history of the house and surrounding town. She generously heaped more fiction on top and voila! A screenplay was born.

brother and sister, Marcello and Ariabella Dimino, take to the screen as "Milty" and "Myrtle"
brother and sister, Marcello and Ariabella Dimino, take to the screen as "Milty" and "Myrtle"

She describes it as having the structure of "Lost" and the investment in character and history of "Downtown Abbey": it's a complex journey into time-space continuum, past lives, and other dimensions.

Marcello Dimino as "Milty"
Marcello Dimino as "Milty"

And the TV references are no mistake. Kathleen has fleshed out a six season episodic treatment with hopes of eventually heading the project into TV land.

Anthony Dimino, April Matson, Kathleen Davison, and Bobby Finley
Anthony Dimino, April Matson, Kathleen Davison, and Bobby Finley

Steering our own destiny, we knowingly challenged countless taboos and rules of logic and sense. Our husband-wife producer-director team used their own money and credit cards to fund the project. They shot in the house they were currently living in. Their cast includes their kids, friends, neighbors, and dogs (fortunately, many of whom are respected actors ... right down to the dogs).

Hopper and Woozle as "Pepper" and "Salty"
Hopper and Woozle as "Pepper" and "Salty"

This film raises the bar for independent challenges: taking on the added task of jumping between Edwardian and contemporary eras throughout the story progression. 

A house transformed ...
A house transformed ...

When asked what the hell they were thinking, producer Anthony replies, "If we were ever going to transition from being other people's support and technicians to doing our dream jobs, we had to stick our necks out and take a leap of faith."

Anthony Dimino, Producer
Anthony Dimino, Producer

Kathleen can only look at him with the love of one lunatic to another and say with a shrug, "If you're gonna dream ... dream big."

Kathleen Davison, Writer, Director, Producer, Actor
Kathleen Davison, Writer, Director, Producer, Actor

Now that you've met some of our crew, meet our cast! You know them from Orange is the New Black, Nip/Tuck, Office Space, Kyle XY, Law and Order and a host of other TV shows and movies. Check out our "rewards" to get to know them even better!

Curtis Mark Williams as "Chris"
Curtis Mark Williams as "Chris"
Kathleen Davison as "Robin"
Kathleen Davison as "Robin"
Chris Chee as "Joel"
Chris Chee as "Joel"
Alysia Reiner as "Theodocia"
Alysia Reiner as "Theodocia"
Noah James Butler as "William"
Noah James Butler as "William"
Sean Galuszka as "Ewald"
Sean Galuszka as "Ewald"
April Matson as "Crystal"
April Matson as "Crystal"
Shari Belafonte as "Dr. Hunt"
Shari Belafonte as "Dr. Hunt"
Richard Riehle as "Officer Braggs"
Richard Riehle as "Officer Braggs"
Marcello Dimino as "Milty"
Marcello Dimino as "Milty"
Flora Low as "Mama Chen"
Flora Low as "Mama Chen"

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We were astounded to come within sight of the finish line without any major road blocks. It's testament to the talent and conviction of everyone involved, because a micro budget does not make a film like this.

But then it hit: we ran out of low to no cost options, and we still have sound design, some lingering VFX, color grading, output, and PR to resolve.

Just when we were all set to launch our Kickstarter campaign, our director and driving force was diagnosed with brain tumor. Yes, a BRAIN TUMOR. Her life began to imitate her art as she was plunged into an alternate reality of her own. Refusing to be stopped, she pushed through post and scheduled her brain surgery for one day after the Sundance deadline. We've polished a rough cut for submission. Now we need to fully finish the film.

Please help us motivate Kathleen's recovery. She has one month of rehabilitation. We have a one month campaign. We aim for a happy ending.

To assure you, we are also equipped for the worst. Kathleen has completed all of the tasks that hinge on her specifically.

Even if you can't help us with a financial contribution, we'd love to hear from you if you have a talent to throw in the mix (VFX artist, colorist, foley artist, publicist, festival supervisor, etc.).

If you DON'T have a related talent but really want to be part of a filmmaking adventure, join us in a grass roots PR campaign. Spread the word, share our links and let us know if you have a great idea for a PR opportunity! You may just earn yourself a credit on the big screen!

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    MESSENGER: You'll receive a limited edition postcard still photo from the film signed by writer/director, Kathleen Davison. Kathleen also plays "Robin" and "Emma," and you'll be the lucky recipient of a button with Robin's memorable line, "Maybe it was just a dream ..." PLUS the first three tiers of rewards.

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    THE BIG BUDDHA: You're going to love Chris Chee in his breakout role, playing not one, but two leading characters: "Joel" and "Wu". Start your fan collection early with Chris' autographed headshot and two Primrose Lane collectable buttons: one with Joel's line, "You're not supposed to inhale." and one with Wu's line, "Wu." (You'll see the humor once you've seen the film.) You'll be fired up that we're ALSO including the first three tiers of rewards.

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    GATEKEEPER: Richard Riehle has perhaps more prolifically portrayed cops than anyone on the planet, so we had to have him play "Officer Braggs" in our film. He's "that guy" you've seen in a million things playing everything from "Tom" in "Office Space" to "Farnsworth" in "Texas Chainsaw 3D". We'll cut you this deal: you pledge $30. and we'll send you an autographed headshot of Richard along with a pin bearing Officer Braggs' Primrose Lane line, "We're trusting folks in this town." PLUS we'll include the first three tiers of rewards.

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    DARK ANGEL: Sean Galuszka gives a riveting performance as "Ewald," as perverse as he is peculiar, you won't forget him. And now you can be sure of it with Sean's autographed headshot. You'll ALSO receive the Primrose Lane collectible pin with Ewald's line, "I could devour you." Eat it up and we'll throw in the first three tiers of rewards too!

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    ORACLE: Catch a star with Alysia Reiner, who plays "Theodocia" (You also know her as "Fig" on the smash hit Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black"). You'll receive an autographed headshot from Alysia and a collectible button with Theodocia's classic line from the film, "'Tis as much illegal as it is immoral." PLUS the first three tiers of rewards.

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    PRIESTESS: Shari Belafonte plays "Dr. Hunt" in our flick, but you've seen her in everything from "Nip/Tuck" to "Babylon 5: Thirdspace" ... and she's Harry Belafonte's daughter, so talent is a family trait. Well now you can own a little piece of her history. Pledge 30 smackers and Shari will send you an autographed headshot accompanied by a button with Dr. Hunt's memorable line, "Retrieve my bowls." PLUS we'll throw in the first three tiers of rewards.

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    SOOTHSAYER: You'll receive a special thanks shout out on the Primrose Lane Facebook page, AND an invitation to join a Skype group video chat with our lead assistant editor, Mike Ruiz, for a live Q&A about life in the editorial department of an independent film, PLUS the first three tiers of rewards.

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    CELESTINE CELEBRITY: You'll be invited to a one hour group video Skype session with actor, Alysia Reiner, who plays "Theodocia" (also currently "Fig" on "Orange Orange is the New Black") to ask questions, hear accounts of her adventures in show business, or just shoot the breeze and be showered with gratitude, PLUS you'll receive the first three tiers of rewards.

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    LIGHT BEARER: You'll receive a "Independent filmmakers are tougher than tumors." t-shirt and an invitation to a group Skype video chat with writer/producer/director/lead actor, Kathleen Davison, for a live Q&A to discuss the journey of an independent film and the spirit of its makers. A MUST for all aspiring filmmakers and those wanting an inside peek into the process of filmmaking. PLUS first three tiers of rewards.

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    PHILOSOPHER: A 1 hour, 1 to 1 Skype 6 pack drinking/conversation face to face call with Producer/Husband Anthony Dimino. If you need to vent, yell or just beat your head against the wall with someone who will listen, he's your guy. Angry at Lucas for episodes 1-3, Crystal Skull or anything else he may have done after Empire? Angry at Godfather Part 3? Happy at the reboot of Star Trek? Out of your mind about The Hobbit. Game of Thrones? If you'd like to discuss and vent about any of these or more, Anthony's the guy to talk to...PLUS we'll throw in the first three tiers of rewards.

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    SAVIOR: You'll receive your choice of a 30 day active non-downloadable private link to a personalized video thank you from the participating cast member of your choice or a personalized video thank you posted to our Kickstarter page. You choose who you'd like to see esteeming you: the director, Kathleen Davison, producer, Anthony Dimino, or one of our actors: Curt Williams, Alysia Reiner, April Matson, Sean Galuszka, Noah James Butler, Shari Belafonte, Marcello Dimino, or Ariabella Dimino. You ALSO get to select one other previous reward, PLUS you can look forward to the first three tiers of rewards.

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    GATEWAY TO THE GODS: You'll receive a private one hour Skype session with the person of your choice: either director, Kathleen Davison; producer, Anthony Dimino; Emmy-Nominated editor, Marc Cohen; actor, Alysia Reiner (also currently "Fig" on "Orange Orange is the New Black") to ask questions, pitch a project, or just shoot the breeze and be showered with gratitude, PLUS you'll receive the first three tiers of rewards.

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    CLOSE THE PORTAL: We've had it with the real life paranormal activity in the house the film was shot in, so we're having a professional intervene. Multiple paranormal experts feel that there really is a portal at play ... we're having it closed on the evening of Saturday, October 19th. Come be part of the process (which we HOPE to be UNEVENTFUL) and we'll treat you to an evening of the real stories that have occurred in the house while you're here. Los Angeles area -- travel NOT included. PLUS you'll receive the first three tiers of rewards.

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    CREATOR: You will receive "Associate Producer" credit in the film, two V.I.P. tickets to the premiere screening closest to your area (East or West Coast -- does not incl. travel or accommodations), and a private one hour video Skype session with writer/producer/director/lead actor, Kathleen Davison. You will also receive the first three tiers of rewards.

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    ENLIGHTENED: You'll own the film and director for one day. This option is open to schools, companies, and the private sector. You provide the venue, we provide the film for screening. The audience can be as large as your venue will hold. Q&A will follow with writer/director/producer/lead actor, Kathleen Davison. Kathleen is also available to lead lectures on independent filmmaking in the area of your choice: writing, directing, producing, or acting ... or her favorite for university or arts magnet schools: a lecture devoted to taking your craft from school to real world application (the course she wishes she had in college). You may choose personal executive producer credit or credit in a company name. Additional fees apply outside of the U.S. (to cover travel expense). You will also receive our first three tiers of rewards with the open invitation to share them with all the members of your group or institution.

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