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We need funds to finish post-production on After We Leave, a gritty micro-budget science-fiction drama feature film.
227 backers pledged $18,618 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: We reached our initial target! Why should you still back us?

We set our target goal as low as possible because Kickstarter is “all or nothing” - if you don't meet the goal you don't get any of the money pledged. But a little more money will improve the film a lot. Here are our...

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UPDATE: A new video from lead actor Brian Silverman:

Indie film fans, sci-fi fans, friends & family... 

Back us before Monday so we can finish our film in time for festival deadlines!

Show your support for:

Independent cinema...

A different kind of science-fiction...

Diversity in front of and behind the camera...

And all the hard work we've put into this film so far!

(You can watch the short video above to learn more... or keep reading... but the video has some fun behind-the-scenes footage)

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Hi, I'm writer/director Aleem Hossain.

16 years ago I made a crazy decision... I moved to LA to become a filmmaker. Since then I've finished film school, gotten married, had two kids, and made a bunch of short films and web-series. 

And now, 16 years later... I've reached a very big milestone:

I've written and directed my very first full-length feature film!

We're almost done! 

The movie is shot and edited... But now we need a little more money to finish post-production. 

Using a combination of guerilla filmmaking and vfx wizardy, we've managed to create a full-length sci-fi feature film on a super small budget. We're talking way less than most Hollywood films spend on a single day of shooting. But now we need your support to get across the finish line.

I pulled together an amazing cast and crew who worked for little or no money on nights and weekends to bring the film to life:  Actors include Brian Silverman, Clay Wilcox, Anslem Richardson, Anita Leeman, Phinny Kiyomura and more. The crew includes Cinematographer Julie Kirkwood, editor Lori Lovoy-Goran, Visual FX artist Blaise Hossain, Sound Designer/Composer Chanda Dancy and many others. These are people who have worked on projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on network TV, and won all sorts of awards. They all came together because they believed in this film.

Speaking of our fantastic cast and crew, we're very proud of our diversity in front of and behind the camera.

Some of the cast and crew of After We Leave.
Some of the cast and crew of After We Leave.

75% of the major roles in the film are played by minority and/or women actors.

Writer/Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Visual FX Supervisor, Sound Designer/Composer: All minorities and/or women.

We set out first and foremost to make a great film that speaks to all audiences. We're also very happy that the people in front of and behind the camera represent many backgrounds and perspectives.

All of our hard work has brought us to this Kickstarter campaign. Festival deadlines are fast approaching! We need your support in the next 8 days! 

If you're a fan of me, my previous work, the outstanding actors/crew in the film, thoughtful sci-fi films, etc... this is a concrete way you can make a big difference. 

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What's the film about?

After We Leave is the story of man desperately searching for his wife. It's a gritty sci-fi drama set in Los Angeles in the near-future.

The film follows Jack Chaney as he returns to LA. Times are bleak... permanent recession, extreme water rationing, and rising crime. And nobody in LA is happy to see Jack. 

Six years ago he abandoned his wife and just vanished. Now he's back, looking for her... because before he left, they had applied for a visa to immigrate to a better life on an off-world colony. The visa has finally come through but Jack cannot leave alone - only married couples can go because the goal is to populate the new colonies. Is Jack back because he wants to make things right? Or just because he needs his wife to use this "lottery ticket" off the planet?

As the deadline for the visa looms, Jack struggles to figure out what happened to his wife. He must confront the person he used to be and figure out whether he’s really changed.

We set out to make a gritty indie drama science-fiction... a scrappy no-money cousin to films like Ex Machina, Monsters, and Primer. I often pitched the film as a sc-fi Winter's Bone. I love all kinds of science-fiction but our goal here was to make a serious, character-driven film that is different from most of the big budget sci-fi films out there.

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Why do we need money?

The short answer: Because even a guerilla film has certain unavoidable costs, especially in the post-production phase.

After We Leave is a labor of love... a true micro-budget film made on nights and weekends for the last few years. We worked overtime to save money at every step.

But now we've reached post-production... and no matter how scrappy you are, post-production always costs something. 

We're in the process of finishing visual effects, music, sound, and color-timing. We've gotten big discounts on all those post-production services but it will still cost us about $10,000 dollars more to finish the film. 

Our timetable is very tight... in order to have the film ready to screen at upcoming festivals, we need to finish post-production by the end of May. 

Every donation matters... even $10 helps. $100 helps 10 times as much. So check out the rewards and be a part of realizing a dream! Thank you!!

Risks and challenges

At this point, the risks are very low. The film is already shot and edited. Film production is always a chaotic process but in this case, most of craziness is already out of the way.

We've already confirmed the vendors for what is left (vfx, music/sound, color, finishing) so we're sure about the remaining costs.

The only real "risk" is that the process might take a little longer than expected and so some of the rewards might be delayed. Every dollar we receive (except for Kickstarter's fees and the cost of your rewards) will go immediately into the few remaining steps of finishing of the film.

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    You will receive a BluRay or DVD (your choice) and a Digital Download of the film as soon as we can make them each available (and still make potential distributors happy).

    You will also receive an e-Book of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the film.

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    You will receive two tickets to the festival premiere of the film (transportation/lodging not included).

    Your name will appear in a special Kickstarter Superstars section in the end credits.

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