About this project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
This film raises the bar for independent challenges: taking on the added task of jumping between Edwardian and contemporary eras throughout the story progression.
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."
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."
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!
Risks and challenges
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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