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Our short romantic dramedy about two strangers who forge an unexpected connection in Central Park needs your help.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US REACH OUR PRIMARY GOAL! BUT IT'S NOT OVER YET... WE STILL NEED MONEY TO FINANCE OUR FESTIVAL CAMPAIGN.

Short filmmakers are the mavericks of the industry, forced to beg, borrow and steal (images, only, folks!) to get their films made.  Shorts don’t make money so they exist for two reasons alone: first and foremost, to tell a compelling story that has never been told, and second, to prove the talent chops of the crew and cast so that they may one day make a living doing what they love.   This is your opportunity to not only help one special short film get out there for the world to enjoy but to jettison the careers of the many involved.

Our film The Last/First Kiss has been privileged to have the full support of the Bermuda Government. In October 2010 producer and writer Andrew Stoneham was awarded a grant from the Cultural Legacy Fund project. The funds received were enough to cover the film's production budget however additional money is still needed in order to complete post-production. We honestly can't finish the film without your support, however large or small it may be.

We estimate the remaining expenses to be AT LEAST $4500, but we’re hoping to raise more.  The initial $4500 will cover:

  • Editing
  • Color Correction
  • Titles
  • Sound Mix / Foley
  • Music Rights
  • DVDs / Digital File Creation
  • Website Creation
  • Festival Submissions  (these average between $50 to $100 a pop)

If we raise more than $4500, it will go to:

  • Festival Travel Expenses
  • Promotional Materials (posters, post cards, press kits, etc.)
  • A Screening Party (to properly thank those that generously donated their time, money, and efforts – including you!)

WHY HELP THIS FILM?

The Last/First Kiss tells the lyrical story of a one day romance in New York's Central Park. It's a love letter to unexpected encounters and the randomicity that is New York City.  Our protagonist Stella, moments away from getting married and troubled by second thoughts, literally runs into Julian, a handsome stranger, and their budding connection forces her to examine the doubts in her mind and the possible options for her future.

The film is sweet, funny, and snappy while also breaking the stereotypes of how black characters are portrayed in the media today.  Time and time again we accept the black “token” friend in college comedies and sitcoms, the over-the-top sassy black grandma in Hollywood blockbusters, or the young black drug dealer in urban dramas, the same black generalities, mostly in a negative light.

One of the goals of our film is to showcase African-Americans how they should be portrayed - as real people. The Last/First Kiss highlights layered and intelligent black characters that do not fit into prim, little, stereotypical check-boxes. It’s a film about two young people trying to find their way in the world and making a connection in the process. They just happen to be African-Americans. 

WHY HELP THIS CAST?

Tracey Heggins is an indie darling now breaking into the mainstream thanks to her role as a vampire in the latest Twilight film.  Nevertheless, even she could use a boost.  Learn more about her at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2422410/

Carlton Byrd is moments away from making it big.  He's been a front-runner to play Tupac in the biopic, but even if that doesn't work out, it's pretty exciting to think about what great role might be next.  Watch for him in the other shorts and tv shows you can find at this link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2660940/

WHY HELP THESE FILMMAKERS?

Andrea Ashton, the director, is a force of talent that no one knows about yet – but with your help they will.  You can see her bio and a link to her website to the right of this screen.

Andrew Stoneham, the producer and writer, received his B.A. in Science with a concentration in Filmmaking from Full Sail University. Andrew has worked for the Bermuda International Film Festival as a storytelling camp instructor and film series coordinator. He was awarded a Bermuda Arts Council Grant, and the Kate Huntington Memorial Bursary, for his work in the development process of the short film Coffee & Pie endowing the project with funds. In October 2010 Andrew was awarded the Cultural Legacy Fund Grant for his short film The Last/First Kiss.   He one day hopes to be a sought-after screenwriter.             

Check out the trailer for Coffee & Pie here:  http://vimeo.com/18940563

We would also be remiss if we failed to mention the incredible contribution of our Director of Photography Chris Norr. While we weren't necessarily so lucky to have his expertise (he is the husband of the director, after all), his artful shooting elevated the film to visual poetry.  Click here to find out more about him: www.chrisnorr.com or http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0635742/

Finally – if you can’t afford to pitch in even a single dollar, we understand, times are tough, but would you please like us on Facebook?  That goes for the rest of you, too.  :)

http://www.facebook.com/TheLastFirstKissfilm

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about our project!

A note about the Kickstarter video:

All footage (except for the movie clips) was shot on an iPhone 4 and then degraded to look like old film and edited in iMovie. The footage from the movie is raw - without color-timing or audio leveling/mix. To our editor, colorist, and sound designer - please forgive us.

The video is possible thanks to an amazingly willing group of participants.  MASSIVE THANKS AND HUGS TO Catherine Smith, Madaline Zebro, Chris Norr, Jerry Ashton & Kate Coburn, Aidan Norr, Chris Cocco, Bridgett Davis, Tony Perrottet, Bernadette Lee, Daniel Siegel, Felicity Seidel, Tyler Fields, Nick Ellison, Alexandra Ashton, Rob Fields, Stephen Jumper, Dave Goddess, Eileen Cabiling, Abebitu Fields, Ann Orcutt, Lucy, Marisa Murray and Sadie Norr

The music is "Come Home" courtesy of Chappo - http://chappomusic.tumblr.com/

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