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Beryl's an actress. Jimmy’s a writer. Taylor’s new in town. For these three BFFs, trying to make it in NYC is a lot more FML than FTW.

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NEW STRETCH GOALS -- WITH AWESOME NEW REWARDS!!!

Raffle Prizes (Donors at ALL LEVELS will be entered into these raffles if we reach the following goals!):

-- $13,000 ***WE DID IT!!!*** – We will hold a raffle where FIVE winners will receive a page from the original script, signed by the writer and director!

-- $14,000 ***WE DID IT!!!*** – We will hold a raffle where FIVE winners will receive an exclusive TWENTY FIVE IPHONE 5 CASE with the series logo!

-- $15,000 ***WE DID IT!!!*** – We will raffle off a memento from the set! Original props from Season 1 could include Beryl's yoga bag, Taylor's copy of a certain YA bestseller, Jimmy's wine glass set, or any number of other surprises!!!

Bonus Rewards (Donors at ALL LEVELS will receive these new perks if we reach the following goals!):

-- $18,000 – All donors will receive a first edition TWENTY FIVE SERIES POSTER signed by the entire cast!

-- $19,000 – All donors will get to see a video of a SNEAK PREVIEW SCENE read by the actors in March!

-- $20,000 – All donors will receive an original TWENTY FIVE T-SHIRT with the series logo!

So what's this show about?

TWENTY FIVE is a comedic web series about three high school best friends who are reunited in New York City two years out of college. While their specific passions, anxieties and hang-ups may be different, they each aim to find a sense of belonging in New York amid fears that they aren't living up to their potential.

Beryl's been embroiled in a tumultuous relationship and may be reaching her breaking point. Jimmy's been on a slew of OKCupid dates and hasn't been able to find a guy he can connect with. Now Taylor, the third member of their trio, has arrived to join them in the city after two years in Ohio. Taylor's wide-eyed and full of hope, but that may not last for very long...

Season 1 will consist of four episodes, each ranging in length from 10-15 minutes.

Check us out at www.watchtwentyfive.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

(from l-r) Danny Binstock (Patrick), Jordy Lievers (Beryl), Patrick Barrett (Oakley), Alex Trow (Taylor), Charles Andrew Callaghan (Kyle), Brennan Caldwell (Jimmy)
(from l-r) Danny Binstock (Patrick), Jordy Lievers (Beryl), Patrick Barrett (Oakley), Alex Trow (Taylor), Charles Andrew Callaghan (Kyle), Brennan Caldwell (Jimmy)

Who are the actors?

Alex Trow (TAYLOR) was born and raised in Colorado, where - like Taylor - she brought up two pet hermit crabs (Alex's were named Zebulon Pike and Sir Edmund Hillary). Alex holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. from Yale and has played many great roles in her day, from Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing to Gracie in Josh Duboff's Scarlett Fever.  She really loves her family, and also any dessert that features reduced balsamic vinegar.

Brennan Caldwell (JIMMY) is a recent New York transplant from Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated with a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale, where his work included Sweeney Todd (Todd), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig) and Amadeus (Mozart), among others. Since graduation, he has worked on Zelda (Supporting) in the NYMF and Mighty Five's Infinite Funk Odyssey (Supporting, dir. John Rando) at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Brennan also appeared on NBC's The Sing Off (2010) and is featured in the upcoming College Musical: The Movie, opposite Sam Tsui and Allison Williams (HBO's Girls).

Charles Andrew Callaghan (KYLE) is, like Kyle, a spinning instructor. He also has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the National Theatre Conservatory. In New York, he's performed with the TerraNOVA Collective, Amios Theatre Company, and Ars Nova, among others. Regionally, he's performed at the Guthrie Theatre (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Haroun and the Sea of Stories), the Denver Center (Othello, Dracula, Christmas Carol, Midsummer Night's Dream, Ah Wilderness!, As You Like It), Yale Rep (Safe in Hell, The King Stag), and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Sense & Sensibility). Charles really isn't very flexible, but he's probably doing yoga right now anyway. 

Danny Binstock (PATRICK) New York Theatre - Breakfast at Tiffany's (which begins previews on Broadway in March), The Last Starfighter. Numerous regional credits include: The Imaginary Invalid (Bard Summerscape), Pop! (Yale Rep), The Shadow Sparrow (O'Neill Center) Titus Andronicus (The Shakespeare Theatre) and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre). He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Jessica DiGiovanni (KENDALL) Film & TV: The Sitter, "What Would You Do?", "Celebrity Ghost Stories" and more. Theater credits: Close Up Space (MTC's Stage 1 - Off Broadway Debut, The O'Neill Theatre Center, MTC’s 7@7 reading), Bike America (Alliance Theatre, World Premiere), Time Stands Still (Public Theatre Maine), The Fox on the Fairway (Flat Rock Playhouse), Training Wisteria (Cherry Lane Theatre), Fool for Love (Under St. Marks), Marion Bridge (Director's Co.), and more. Jessica can also be seen (and heard) in multiple commercials playing all over the U.S. Training: Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) and LAMDA.

Jordy Lievers (BERYL) played mean girl Natalia in Josh Duboff's play Scarlett Fever as part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. Selected regional theater: Boeing Boeing (Gloria), The Donkey Show (Tytania), Cabaret starring Amanda Palmer (Helga), Alice vs. Wonderland (Queen of Hearts, national & international premiers). Workshops/readings: Once, Neurosis the Musical. B.A. in English & Art History, Columbia University; M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard.

Patrick Barrett (OAKLEY) is an actor and playwright based in New York. Stage credits include Henry in The Real Thing, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Ralph in Moonlight, and Hal in Proof. Film credits include: Laundromat (2010), Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu (2012), A Film (2012), and commercials for Verizon and Graham Partners. In 2010, the world premiere of his play Follow Me Down was produced by Aporia Theater at The Flea, and this summer his new work Telemachus, Darling had its New York premiere with Hole in the Sky Theater Company. Patrick is a graduate of Columbia University.

Jordy, Alex & Brennan!
Jordy, Alex & Brennan!

Who's on the creative team?

JOSH DUBOFF (creator/writer) is a New York-based writer. After working as a branding consultant for a year and a half, Josh went on to blog for New York Magazine (Daily Intel/Vulture) and then Yahoo! Entertainment. His work has been featured on The Awl, Thought Catalog, and The Hairpin. He wrote a play, Scarlett Fever, which debuted in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. For the past several years, Josh has written a popular blog, "Text Message in a Bottle," which features a diverse range of musings about his life and surroundings. He graduated from Yale University.

Excerpts from reviews of Scarlett Fever:

“Duboff’s ultimate strength, though, is his dialogue, which at its best recalls the zippy talk of Gilmore Girls.” - Show Business Weekly

“Duboff has a Bernard Shaw wit.” - NyTheatre.com

Scarlett Fever is so funny and so enjoyable... Feeling more like an intelligent sitcom than a piece of theatre.” - Theatre Is Easy

OLIVER JEVREMOV (director) is a director, producer and cinematographer with over a decade of experience in both the film and television industries. He has collaborated on numerous feature and short films, commercials, and documentaries. His work has taken him from companies such as Showtime, AMC, BMW & PepsiCo to Sub-Saharan Africa with UNICEF & Avsi International. As a director, he brings a unique set of expertise and understanding to the series TWENTY FIVE. Oliver holds a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Art in Directing & Cinematography and resides in Brooklyn, NY. 

PREETI NATH (producer) hails from the windy city of Chicago, and now makes New York City her home. She has years of experience in theatrical stage and production management, having worked for such places as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Juilliard School. In addition to theatrical experience, Preeti also has experience in the wonderful world of accounting and combined that with a love of the entertainment industry and worked for such television shows as Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Nurse Jackie.

KRYSTAL BOWDEN (producer) is a strategic marketing professional in the media and entertainment industry with a background in global brand strategy; digital, on-air, and out-of-home marketing tactics; and branded entertainment. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Krystal has advised on numerous strategic marketing initiatives for the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, FilmNation Entertainment, HBO, Cinemax, and the Syfy Channel. 

She also served as the Executive Producer of NYU's ProMotion Pictures, where she oversaw creative development and production of commissioned short films for I Love New York and Vita Coco, as well as several web series for Subway® Restaurants, which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Festival and garnered over 100,000 views per episode on MyDamnChannel. Krystal is currently working as a Marketing Manager at NBC News, advising on brand positioning and marketing tactics for The TODAY Show and Education Nation.

TIFFANY PHAM (consulting producer) An award-winning film producer, Tiffany co-produced Girlfriend, which was called "the most important film" at Toronto International Film Festival by The Boston Globe. Recipient of the 2011 Gotham Film Audience Award, Girlfriend was subsequently released theatrically, on DVD, and VOD across 90 million households. Tiffany also helped produce the award-winning film Child 31, featuring Gerard Butler and CNN Hero Award Winner Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Tiffany is next producing the films The Meaning of Night, based on The Economist Book of the Year; Land of Enchantment, starring Golden Globe nominee Patricia Arquette; and the Untitled Starlee Project, by Emmy Award-winning director Justin Lerner.

Previously, Tiffany worked in M&A Investment Banking and has since advised on strategic initiatives at HBO, Universal Pictures, and BBC. Tiffany is also the co-founder of the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, supported by the Vice Mayor of Beijing. As a philanthropist, Tiffany concurrently serves on the NYC Ballet Business Committee; the Board of Trustees for Provincetown Film Society; the Board of Directors for No Limits Media; and the Board of Advisors for Space on Ryder Farm.

BETHANY HEINRICH (consulting producer) is one of the co-founders of Sterling Features. She is an actor and producer based in New York City, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The Juilliard School. Her film production credits include serving as the Press & Marketing Associate for Anna Kerrigan’s independent feature film, Five Days Gone (2011 Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Screenplay at the Brooklyn Film Festival). Most recently, she helped produce the film Child 31, which documents the creation of the international charity Mary's Meals, founded by CNN Hero award-winner Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. The film has been endorsed by the former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Other production credits: Associate Producer for Off-Broadway theatre company, Colt Coeur, where she worked on the critically-acclaimed productions of Fish Eye by Lucas Kavner and Recall by Eliza Clark. She has served on the Advisory Board for the non-profit organization Space on Ryder Farm.

Where's your investment going?

With your generous donations, we'll be able to fund the following essential parts of this project:

> Production Costs (equipment, location fees, permits, costume, props, etc.)

> Personnel Costs (food and transportation for all members of the team: actors, extras, the crew, etc. No one is getting paid right now for their time, but they do still need to be taken care of, be fed properly, and get home safely after shooting!)

> Post-Production (film and sound editing, music, design elements -- basically, everything we need to do after the footage is shot to make the show look fantastic!)

By investing now, you get the chance to become part of something really special that we believe will find a large and passionate audience on the internet. The pop cultural savvy and quippy banter of TWENTY FIVE are an endemic fit for today’s meme-generating internet culture. Whether it's shipping particular couples, quoting one liners, or swooning over certain characters, fans will have plenty to tweet and post and Snapchat about (we're still not really sure what Snapchat is, but we're adding it here anyway!). 

Described by one friend of the series as "GIRLS-meets-30 ROCK," TWENTY FIVE is right at the epicenter of what's popular on the web for twentysomethings, as it will leave viewers counting down the days until the next installment goes up.

Risks and challenges

The TWENTY FIVE team is made up of a group of dedicated professionals, and we are no strangers to the challenges and risks associated with creative projects. However, we are prepared to tackle each challenge head-on, and by assessing each potential risk we may encounter before, during, and after production, we can strategically develop sufficient contingency plans to ensure that TWENTY FIVE becomes a reality.

First, we recognize that the Kickstarter model does present certain risks. If we are unable to meet our fundraising goal before the 30-day mark, we will not receive any of the funds. This is why your support is so important! The more we are able to raise, the better the quality of the production we will be able to deliver, and the more top-talent production crew members we will be able to recruit throughout our shoot. Readily available funds will also help mitigate the risk of equipment/cast/crew being pulled away on other paying projects.

We will be shooting TWENTY FIVE on location in NYC. Of course, this means we will have to cope with unexpected weather conditions that could affect our shooting schedule. Obtaining location permits presents some risk as well, but given the experience of our producers as well as the incredible staff at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, we do not anticipate any major issues on this front.

We all believe in this project, and feel incredibly passionate about bringing the stories of these characters to life. We feel confident that we will be able to deliver these stories to you, our supporters, in an entertaining and exciting way. Thank you for your support!!!

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    In addition to all previously mentioned perks at the TWENTY FIVE INSIDER level, you'll get an ADVANCE LINK TO ALL EPISODES of Season 1 before they are released to the public!

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    Welcome to the TWENTY FIVE ELITE! In addition to all perks listed at the $75 level, you will also receive a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the series (also credited on IMDB.com), as well as on our website.

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    All the perks at the TWENTY FIVE ELITE level, plus you'll receive an invitation to the PREMIERE SCREENING EVENT and OPENING NIGHT PARTY in NYC (transportation to NYC/accommodations not included). For our supporters outside the NYC area, you will receive a personalized "Thank You" video from the entire cast!

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    All the perks listed at the $250 level, plus an exclusive in-person HAPPY HOUR DRINKS OUTING with select members of the TWENTY FIVE cast at one of the episode locations in NYC (transportation to NYC/accommodations not included). For our supporters outside the NYC area, we will arrange an exclusive live Skype chat with the cast!

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    All the perks listed at the $250 level, plus, you have the opportunity the BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CAST!!! Join us on set this spring (transportation to NYC/accommodations not included) and you'll get a WALK-ON ROLE in one of our episodes (may not be a speaking role)! For our supporters outside NYC, we will NAME A CHARACTER AFTER YOU in one of the episodes!

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    BACKSTAGE PASS!!! For your generous contribution, you will receive (in addition to all rewards at the $250 level and an Associate Producer credit for the series) a DAY ON THE SET this spring to watch the series being filmed on location in NYC (transportation/accommodations not included), as well as complimentary lunch with series writer/creator Josh Duboff and director Oliver Jevremov!

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