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An inspirational underdog story about a jazz singer who uses her passion for music to overcome obstacles and save her bar. Feature Film
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We are raising funds to complete the independent production "Velma is Living."  The amount we are raising is the minimum needed to complete filming the movie.  This has been a passion project of mine for a number of years combining my love of Film, Art, Music & Storytelling, and to make a film that all audiences will enjoy. 

The lead character in this movie is a down-on-her-luck jazz singer/waitress named Velma Rayne who has always dreamed of owning a jazz club. One night she learns the owner of the bar where she works, Roy, has to sell it in order to cover a large debt due to his gambling addiction. Velma asks for the chance to raise the money herself to pay off the debt and save the bar she loves. During the film she takes on odd jobs that get her into crazy situations. She also experiments with her own style of music throughout the story. It is a psychedelic, trip hop, neo soul hybrid. The film climaxes with a concert that she performs. Will she save it?

 

We will use the funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign to produce some of the larger scenes in the movie, and hiring respected talent and crew to make our indie film look and sound fantastic.  The funds will also go towards securing the location and set design for the Bar set where all the action takes place, allowing us to shoot these scenes without time or creative restrictions.  

The amount I am asking for is the minimum needed to complete the production... if we are able to meet our stretch goals, the additional funds will go towards post production, marketing and distribution.

Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges with producing a feature film are time and money. Like many film makers know, you only have a certain time to capture your vision and make it right. Securing locations, talent, crew and filming the scenes can be like a giant puzzle. All the pieces must fit in order to be successful.

As producers and filmmakers, we are well aware of the challenges to complete this project. One major advantage that we have is that we have access to and own much of the equipment to produce the feature film. Including the RED camera, professional sound, lighting and editing equipment. Although it is possible for us to film the project with the skeleton crew we have, the film needs to be shot right with additional crew, talent and locations. With your help we will be able to use the funds in order to complete the film the right way.

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    Poster

    An incredible film poster. Like the posters from back in the day, a handpainted masterpiece. Be a very limited select to receive this work of art by an amazing Austin Artist.

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    Limited edition blanket.

    Get all the above perks plus a special edition "Velma is Living" Picnic blanket.

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    Limited edition Velma is Living Lego set.

    Everything above plus a scene from the film immortalized in brick form. Custom hand painted mini figurine of Velma in a setting from the film.

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    Special advanced private dinner screening of the film with the makers and stars.

    Also receive everything above - T-shirt. DVD, poster, blanket, Lego set, digital copy, "Special Thanks" in credits, shout out on Facebook & Twitter and exclusive updates about the project!

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    Associate Producer. Ticket to the premiere of the film.

    Also receive everything above - T-shirt. DVD, poster, blanket, Lego set, digital copy, "Special Thanks" in credits, shout out on Facebook & Twitter and exclusive updates about the project!

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    Executive Producer

    Ticket to the premiere of the film. Airfare and boarding included. Executive Producer in the credits and on IMBD.

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