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"The Buskers & Lou" is a low-budget, community-oriented DIY feature that will be shot in and around Portland this spring.
"The Buskers & Lou" is a low-budget, community-oriented DIY feature that will be shot in and around Portland this spring.
27 backers pledged $5,335 to help bring this project to life.

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"The Buskers & Lou" is a love story to Portland and all its eccentricities as seen by an outsider caught up in the transition from a quiet little artist's community into a fully realized city.

Lou, a former street musician who has lived off the grid his entire life, has returned home and is looking to plug in -- he's polishing up his resume and hitting the streets to find a job, and he hopes to save up enough money to find an apartment and move out of the van he's sharing with his "roommate" Jackie. Lou tries to keep his living situation private, and that works well until he bumps into Ben, an old busking buddy who befriends Jackie. Complicating the situation, Lou is trying not to hold a grudge against Ben, who may (or may not) have had something to do with Lou's being away for so long.

Shot like a reality show, edited like a documentary, and presented as a narrative feature, the format allows for unique and unexpected character interactions and plot development: we know plot points A and Z and a handful in between, but the rest will develop naturally during production.

Scripted specifically to be able to be produced quickly and for very little money, we are looking to raise $5,000 to cover all production related costs, including rental and transportation costs, and food and lodging for the cast and crew. Any additional funds raised will go directly toward film festival submission fees. We have a slew of incentives, from individually numbered post cards to Executive Producer credit. Please take a look at the production blog for more information, and to keep an eye on the progress of the movie.

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    Individually numbered with a personalized message from the filmmaker, these behind-the-scenes photos will allow you to track the progress of the movie from the first day of pre-production until the movie is ready to be shipped out on the festival circuit.

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    For a donation of $10, you will receive a copy of the script in story beat form, and when the DVD is ready, you can compare the final movie to the loosely scripted notes to see how the actors made the notes come alive.

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    You will receive a postcard, a copy of the story beats, a DVD, the soundtrack on CD, a special Thank You in the closing credits, as well as a movie poster (18" x 27"), a t-shirt (xs, s, m, l, or xl), a credit on the website IMDB, as well as a link from our production blog to your personal website or work website.

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    For $1,000 you will receive a postcard, DVD of the movie, CD soundtrack, t-shirt, poster, as well as a professionally bound copy of the story beats, an autographed group photo of the cast and crew, a Co-Producer credit in the opening credit sequence and on IMDB, and you can choose to have a character in the movie named after you. (Limited to the first 5 $1,000 pledges.)

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    In addition to all the incentives listed above, for a pledge of $5,000 you will receive an Executive Producer credit in the opening credit sequence and on IMDB, and our musician actors will record a cover song of your choice to be included in the DVD special features, and you will receive tickets to see the movie at any film festival where it screens (transportation to the festivals not provided).

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