Avalanche is a short dramatic meditation on the experience of a young black archer, Nathan. Nathan is a hungry, well seasoned, archer at only the age of 14. He wishes to become much like his Olympic idols, and reach for perfection. This passion quickly becomes a thorn in his military father's side. As his father, Eric, belittles and berates him at every turn, we slowly see the loss of innocence, and the transformation of a young boy, into a polished soldier just like his father.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
With Kickstarter, you can donate online by clicking the green "Back this Project" button at the upper right-hand side of this page. You can put any amount -- you're not limited to the numbers on the side, but with a certain amount you'll receive cool shit! Another thing about Kickstarter is that it really is all or nothing! That means if we don't hit $5,500, we don't get a penny and you don't get charged. That means we're truly depending solely on the generosity of our friends, family, co-workers, fans and hopefully some new followers.
ARTIST BEHIND OUR POSTERS AND POST CARDS!
Christina Zimmer Robinson is a talented painter from Louisville, KY. When you donate to receive a post card/poster, it will be a copy of the original beautiful oil painting she will be making for our film. Check her work out!
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MAKING OF AVALANCHE
Thanks to the grants we've been Awarded from both Kodak Canada and Vision Globale Montreal through the amazing ReelWorld Film Festival, we will be shooting Avalanche in luscious Super 16mm film. This is a medium which is quickly losing popularity in favour of easily accessible digital cameras and cheaper production costs. However, it is a medium which is we feel is important to keeping the integrity our narrative requires. Many recent films have used this format including the award winning Fruitvale Station, Moonrise Kingdom, and Beasts of Southern Wild.
We will also be taking our lead Nathan and other young archers to model them into the cunning soldiers you will see on screen. This is being provided by Ron Jackson and the incredible team at The Ontario Centre for Classical Sport.
The funds donated to this film will ALL go towards what you see on screen and consist of:
- Lighting & Grip Equipment
- Training and dressing our Archers
- Locations (School yard & House)
- Feeding our amazing cast and technicians
- Original Score and Sound Mixing
There are amazing rewards to be had and a great team ready to bleed all their talents out for this story! Help us out!
This project is very personal for me and going to challenge me in every way. For those of you that have seen my past work, this will be a much darker piece and a more visual thrill.
Surita Parmar is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre. Her film credits include the short horror film Rattan and the Bravo!FACT television short Minus Lara. She has also written and directed several short films, and was awarded a special jury prize at the 2012 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. She was additionally chosen to take part in Bell Media’s Diverse Screenwriter’s Program for television writing, and the ReelWorld Film Festival’s Emerging 20 Filmmaker Lab.
Karis Malszecki is an artisan working out of Toronto - her focus is mainly in props, set design, and handcrafts. She is also interested in writing and events.
Amanda Shaw is a freelance costume designer/stylist living and working in Toronto.
THANK YOU! Without your support we will not be able to make this film.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is full of risks and challenges. For Avalanche, there are two locations, children performing archery and stunt work. However thanks to the amazing technicians and trainers we have hired, our cast will be in safe professional hands. We have also secured the proper locations with the right permits prior to taking on filming. In addition, with film, we need to make sure that everyone involved is professional. For the sake of factors such as continuity and the cost of the film, mistakes on the part of the crew have to be extremely limited on this project. As filmmakers we have been trained through experience to be prepared for every misstep. We will always have more film then we think we need, more time then we think we need, more money budgeted for each department then we think they need. Most importantly, we will prioritize a safe and positive environment on set to ensure that our crew both want to, and are able to, perform at their best.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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