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If you like Trainspotting, Fargo or Pulp Fiction, you'll love GIVE ME LIBERTY. Raw, no holds barred, politically incorrect pure Cinema.

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WHAT  IS  "GIVE ME LIBERTY"? - ЧТО ЭТО ЗА ПРОЕКТ, "ДАЙТЕ МНЕ ВОЛЮ"?

GIVE ME LIBERTY is an irreverent raw feature film written by Alice Austen and Kirill Mikhanovsky about the comedy and heartbreak of being an immigrant in a struggling American city. 

ДАЙТЕ МНЕ ВОЛЮ - это полнометражный художественный фильм по сценарию Элис Остин и Кириллa Михановского, в котором откровенно и без прикрас описаны трагикомические перипетии эмигрантов в одном из американских городов.

GIVE ME LIBERTY will be directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky, who won the Prix Regard Jeunes at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Sonhos de Peixe.

Режиссер "Дайте мне волю" - Кирилл Михановский, обладатель премии Regards Jeune в рамках "Недели критиков" на Каннском кинофестивале за фильм "Сны о рыбе".

A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE

GIVE ME LIBERTY tells the story of a wild mix of characters frantically chasing the elusive American Dream. The main character in GIVE ME LIBERTY is a naïve Russian immigrant living in Milwaukee’s inner city. Cornered, he breaks the law to save his Alzheimer's stricken Grandpa. 

Участники событий "Дайте Мне Волю" - колоритнейшие персонажи, отчаянно пытающиеся ухватить за хвост ускользающую Американскую мечту. Главный герой - наивный русский иммигрант, живущий в гетто, в городке Милуоки. Ему приходится преступить черту закона ради того, чтобы помочь своему страдающему болезнью Альцгеймера дедушке.

A still image from Mikhanovsky's INHALE EXHALE
A still image from Mikhanovsky's INHALE EXHALE

GIVE ME LIBERTY is fiction but it was inspired by Kirill’s experience driving handicapped transport as a young immigrant in Milwaukee where we both live. 

Герои и перипетии ДАЙТЕ МНЕ ВОЛЮ - это плод фантазии авторов сценария, но отправной точкой для написания истории послужил личный опыт Кирилла, когда он сам, будучи юным эмигрантом в Милуоки, подрабатывал, развозя инвалидов-колясочников.

The characters in GIVE ME LIBERTY are drawn from the people of Milwaukee - they're magnificently diverse and their struggle to survive is desperate, contradictory, funny and moving.

Персонажи фильма – это и есть жители Милуоки, колоритные и разные. Каждый со своей душераздирающей, противоречивой и трогательной историей непростой иммигрантской жизни.

GIVE ME LIBERTY shows how a new wave of immigrants is breathing life into overlooked American cities.

"Дайте Мне Волю" рассказывает о том, как новая волна иммигрантов возвращает к жизни забытые всеми американские города.

We are bringing together a world-class team to shoot GIVE ME LIBERTY on film (Kodak) and on location in Milwaukee in February/March 2015. 

Для работы над фильмом мы собираем команду мирового уровня. Съемки будут проходить в Милуоки, в феврале-марте 2015 года. Сниматься фильм будет на пленку (Kodak).

We will meet this goal only with your help. Imagine being part of the team that brings GIVE ME LIBERTY to the big screen. You can because through Kickstarter you will be part of our team. We can't do it without you. 

Этой цели мы сможем добиться только с вашей помощью. А вы сможете стать одним из тех, кто поможет добраться фильму "Дайте мне волю" до большого экрана. Благодаря Kickstarter вы станете частью проекта. Без вас картины не будет.

ALICE AND KIRILL’S STORY - HOW «GIVE ME LIBERTY» CAME ABOUT - ИСТОКИ ПРОЕКТА

It's a collaboration.
It's a collaboration.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kirill left Eastern Europe for America and Alice left America for Eastern Europe. 

После развала Советского Союза Кирилл уехал из Восточной Европы в США, а Элис из США в Восточную Европу.

Kirill came to Milwaukee through the Jewish Family Services and worked dozens of odd jobs before becoming a Cannes award-winning filmmaker.

Прежде чем стать режиссером-обладателем премии Каннского фестиваля, Кирилл сменил множество самых необычных профессий.

Kirill lights a cigarette in Brazil
Kirill lights a cigarette in Brazil

Alice went to Prague to work for Vaclav Havel’s young Czech government before switching to writing full-time and becoming an accomplished playwright.

Элис поехала в Прагу, где работала на Вацлава Гавела, президента новообразованной Чехии, а затем полностью посвятила себя написанию сценариев, став востребованным драматургом.

Alice smiles shooting the promo video at Ollie's
Alice smiles shooting the promo video at Ollie's

Colleagues convinced they had a shared artistic vision brought Kirill – who had been in Cuba working on a film he developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab – to one of Alice’s plays. Alice and Kirill have been working together ever since. (See OUR STORIES below for more on how GIVE ME LIBERTY came about).

Коллеги Кирилла, - тогда он работал на Кубе над проектом, разработанным в рамках Лаборатории Сценаристов Санденса (Sundance Screenwriters' Lab), - уверенные, что он и Эллис, как творческие личности, найдут много общего, привели его как-то на читку её пьесы. С тех пор Элис и Кирилл работают вместе.

WHAT CAME OUT OF IT - OUR BIGGEST DREAM PROJECT YET - ЧТО ИЗ ЭТОГО ВЫШЛО?

When we came up with the idea of making an independent film in Milwaukee and we got very excited. Milwaukee is a character in its own right. When you live here, you feel its presence. It is OUR DREAM to make GIVE ME LIBERTY, the movie we care about, in Milwaukee, the place we care about, the place that inspired it, the place we both call home (more on this in OUR STORIES below).

У нас родилась идея снять в Милуоки маленький независимый фильм. Идея нас захватила. Ведь сам Милуоки - это колоритный персонаж, наравне с героями фильма. Живя здесь, вы ясно ощущаете дух этого города. Мы решили снять наш фильм, который очень нам дорог, в городе, который очень нам дорог. В городе, который и вдохновил нас на создание картины. В городе, который мы зовём своим домом.

THE BUZZ OR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT GIVE ME LIBERTY. - ЧТО ГОВОРЯТ О ПРОЕЙТЕ "ДАЙТЕ МНЕ ВОЛЮ"

The "script rocked my world and made me want to run out and shoot a film”.BENH ZEITLIN Oscar-nominated and Cannes Award winning director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

 “The script is wildly inventive, uproariously funny, and completely, sweetly irreverent in all respects, crossing cultures, not to speak of red lines, with complete, infectious abandon. If you like your films tart, you’ll want to help get this one made. “ DICK BLAU, UWM Film School Founder  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Blau

ALAN DERSHOWITZ

DANILA KOZLOVSKY, Russian theatre and fim star ("Vampire Academy")

KATRIEL SCHORY, Director of the Israel Film Fund

VLADIMIR MASHKOV, Russian Movie Star

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LIZA BOYARSKAYA, Russian Film Star

The GIVE ME LIBERTY "Project Selfie" Competition – do a selfie saying "Give Me Liberty" and win a role in the movie!

More buzz at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Give-Me-Liberty-the-Movie/1481592368760646

TELL US MORE ABOUT MILWAUKEE

One New York producer's first comment after reading the script was, "I had no idea Milwaukee was dangerous and exciting." 

Milwaukee is as exciting as it is dangerous, paradoxical and controversial. 

Milwaukee is one of the “Most Dangerous Cities in America” (Forbes) and has been called “The Next Portland” (Salon). 

Location Scouting, Milwaukee Alley, Photo by Eric Schabla
Location Scouting, Milwaukee Alley, Photo by Eric Schabla

Milwaukee has one of the highest murder rates and two of the best coffee houses in the country. 

Milwaukee Under the Hiway Bridges
Milwaukee Under the Hiway Bridges

Milwaukee hosts the biggest music festival in the world, has more bowling alleys than any city in America and the highest percentage of binge drinkers. 

Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Eric Shabla)
Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Eric Shabla)

Milwaukee is one of the cleanest cities in America. And it is also the most segregated one…

Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Erika Kent)
Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Erika Kent)

Milwaukee is one of the most cinematic places on the planet. Think Detroit, but alive and still fighting. 

Milwaukee Rooftops
Milwaukee Rooftops

WHY KICKSTARTER?

It's hard to get financial support for a film shot in Wisconsin. 

Most states offer tax incentives to attract film productions: ALASKA - 58%, CALIFORNIA -25%, GEORGIA -20%, ILLINOIS - 30%, MICHIGAN-27%, NEW YORK -  30%, OHIO - 35%, OKLAHOMA - 37%, PENNSYLVANIA - 25%...

And WISCONSIN? Nothing. Zero. NO TAX CREDITS for filmmakers.

Milwaukee. Moving out. (PHOTO by Christopher Poehlmann)
Milwaukee. Moving out. (PHOTO by Christopher Poehlmann)

We've been told to shoot GIVE ME LIBERTY in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia...  Anywhere but Milwaukee. 

The only way to maintain the ethical and artistic integrity of GIVE ME LIBERTY is to film it here. We refuse to shoot it anywhere but Milwaukee.

We want the success of GIVE ME LIBERTY to help bring tax credits back to the state of Wisconsin and generate a film industry here. Louisian brought back filmmaker tax credits and now has a film industry that brings in  1.3 billion dollars annually. 

We have set the modest goal of $35,000. But the actual budget is much bigger. The more we raise with Kickstarter the more independent we will be. Together we can make this happen. 

I'M IN SO NOW WHAT?

To become one of our supporters, click the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy; you can even do it through Facebook. And then tell your friends to join the GIVE ME LIBERTY team and support us!

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OUR STORIES

KIRILL- 

For me making GIVE ME LIBERTY is a question of life and death. Two years ago I came out of one of the worst binds of my life related to the complexity of making a film in Cuba. It was the kind of experience you read about in books, thinking it happens to other guys…  

After years of being away, I was back in Milwaukee, reconnecting with the city that became my second home back in the 90’s when I was attending the UWM and driving handicapped transport 30 hours a week - the toughest job I ever had. It left an indelible mark on me. The job was a constant reminder of the unfairness of a world that distributes misery and pain with no logic. The job was also endless comedy, mostly at my expense - a naïve, well-meaning screw-up as I was. How can I forget climbing a sign post at 4am to wipe off sticky snow and get my bearings while five palsy-stricken clients sat in the van patiently waiting for their clueless Russian driver to take them home. No GPS' or cell phone then, mind you. The snow kept falling, sticking to street signs, as I drove on literally lost at the crossroads…

 Then there was a job as an interpreter with the Jewish Family Services, taking newly arrived Russian immigrants to their first job interviews, watching them get hired. Competent professionals, proud and bread-winning back home, in America they found themselves uprooted; reduced to the status of children who don’t understand adult language – they were spoken to slowly and clearly. Watching them, I couldn't help but make the parallel between us, uprooted immigrants, and the handicapped clients of mine from the previous job… 

I learned to love Milwaukee. I discovered its immensely cinematic beauty. I've had my heart broken here. I've fallen in love and fallen sick here. I buried my grandfather here. He spent his life in Russia, the greater, bigger, happier part of it. Came here following his family. I came to Milwaukee to live. And my grandfather came here to die... He inspired the character of Grandpa in GIVE ME LIBERTY. My closest and dearest of kin live here. I made my first film here. I have a relationship with this city. I love it. And sometimes I hate it. Because it's a serious relationship. Milwaukee is real, just like GIVE ME LIBERTY, the film I must make. So, GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH.

 Для меня создание кинокартины "Дайте Мне Волю" - это вопрос жизни и смерти. Два года назад я пережил тяжёлую ситуацию, связанную со съёмкой фильма в Кубе. История была из тех, про которые читаешь в книжках, и думаешь, что такое может случится с кем угодно, только не с тобой. Проведя несколько лет за пределами США, я вернулся в Милуоки и снова погрузился в жизнь города, который стал моим вторым домом в 90-е годы. Тогда я учился в Университете Висконсина, и по 30 часов в неделю водил транспортировщик для инвалидов - самая трудная работа в моей жизни, она оставила в душе глубокий, неизгладимый след. Каждый рабочий день она напоминала мне о несправедливости мира и о страданиях, которые так нечестно и без какой-либо логики выпадают на чью-то долю. Но помимо этого, она дарила и прорву смеха, причиной которого, в основном, был я сам - этакий наивный дурачок с ворохом благих намерений. Как можно забыть случай, когда я в 4 часа утра карабкался на дорожный указатель, чтобы очистить его от налипшего снега и понять, в какую сторону мне всё-таки ехать, пока пятеро парализованных пассажиров терпеливо ждали, когда их бестолковый русский водитель доставит их уже домой. Всё это, на минуточку, во времена, когда не было навигаторов и сотовых телефонов. А снег всё падал и падал, заметая дорожные указатели, пока я ехал, плутая в двух соснах... Потом я работал переводчиком в соцслужбе еврейской общины, помогая новоприбывшим иммигрантам из России с собеседованиями на работу, и благополучно их устраивая. Я видел компетентных специалистов, дома - гордых кормильцов своих семей. Здесь, в Америке они были вырваны из родной почвы, потеряны, словно дети, не понимающие, о чём говорят взрослые, медленно и отчётливо чеканя слова. Глядя на них, я безотчетно проводил параллели между нами, иммигрантами, и моими клиентами-инвалидами с прошлого места работы. Со временем я полюбил Милуоки. Разглядел в нём невероятную кинематографическую красоту. Здесь мне разбили сердце. Здесь я любил, здесь я болел. Здесь я похоронил деда. Он прожил в России большую, счастливейшую часть своей жизни, и приехал в Америку вслед за семьей. Я приехал в Милуоки, чтобы жить. Дед приехал сюда, чтобы здесь умереть. Именно он стал прототипом персонажа Дедушки из "Дайте Мне Волю". Здесь живут мои самые близкие и любимые люди. Здесь я снял свой первый фильм. С этим городом меня связывают крепкие узы. Я люблю этот город. А иногда ненавижу. Как часто бывает в серьезных, глубоких отношениях. Милуоки живой и настоящий, как и "Дайте Мне Волю", фильм, который я обязан снять. 

ALICE -

What happens to a place when the factories close, the trucks roll out but the people are left behind? When I first came to Milwaukee, I thought maybe its story was over and I was surprised by how much that mattered to me. I guess Milwaukee's in my blood, it's like family and there's a reason for this.  My great great grandfather came here with his brother in 1837. He was Milwaukee’s first doctor, discovered the quinine cure for malaria here, built the first cream brick factories, and the glass factories that made the bottles for Milwaukee beer companies – Best, Blatz, Schlitz.  

Over 150 years later I found myself in the middle of one of the most heated political battles in the country, fighting for the public education system my family helped establish - except now with the biggest achievement gap in the country and an ever-growing immigrant population. This was one of the greatest challenges I've faced and sometimes the situation seemed as hopeless as Milwaukee.  But I was wrong – it wasn't hopeless and Milwaukee’s story is far from over. 

 The people here have a fighting spirit, they are the beating heart of GIVE ME LIBERTY, they are the beating heart of an America that once inspired the world and they’ve inspired me. In the countless late night commutes from Chicago where I work as a playwright, back to Milwaukee, the city where I'm raising my children, I thought about the great untold stories that have come out of the tough times in Milwaukee and the stories Kirill has told me about his early experiences here.  These stories must be told now and Cinema is the best vehicle for the telling. Cinema is urgent and relevant, it captures and magnifies humanity, it belongs to all of us and unites us in the darkness of a theatre. For all these reasons, GIVE ME LIBERTY has become my most important and most personal project. I believe in GIVE ME LIBERTY and I believe it must be made now.  

«GIVE ME LIBERTY» – SYNOPSIS

Russian immigrant Vic (19) drives a shuttle for disabled passengers and deals drugs on the side to make ends meet in his pursuit of the American Dream in Milwaukee. Above all, he’s devoted to keeping his beloved, Alzheimer’s-stricken Grandpa out of a nursing home. 

But when Vic finds Grandpa naked in his burning apartment holding a raw chicken, he realizes that if he’s going to save Grandpa, something has to give. The trouble is that Vic is out of ideas and doesn’t even know what he wants from his own life. Enter Dima (25), a charismatic no-rules fighter on the run from vicious Russian thugs. Dima’s also chasing the American Dream. Dima loves Life. He loves America. And he loves the $100,000 he sent to his aunt in Milwaukee for safe-keeping. But his aunt died before she could tell him where she stashed his cash. And he's got to find it before the thugs find him. Dima offers Vic a deal: Help find my money and I’ll give you a cut so you can keep Grandpa out of the nursing home. 

Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Erika Kent)
Milwaukee / Winter aesthetics. Locations. (PHOTO by Erika Kent)

With Grandpa riding shotgun, they turn the mean streets of Milwaukee upside down, encountering a hilarious bunch of wild characters from all walks of life as they leave a chaotic trail of ransacked houses, injured junkies, dead caretakers, disgruntled ex-wives, menacing gangbangers, and a suitcase full of… fried chicken! Will they find the money? Or will they find the American Dream instead? Along the way Vic discovers something that will change his life forever. He finds an IDEA. He finds GIVE. ME. LIBERTY.

«GIVE ME LIBERTY» – STYLE, TONE, APPROACH

Documentary approach. Mix of actors and Non-actors. Outsiders. Insiders. Handicapped people. White. Black. Immigrants. Russians. Africans. Chinese. Low-budget. Shoot first, think later. Getting it done the great American way. Unpolished, rough and raw. The stark winter landscape of the inner city in Milwaukee. A mobile, imperceptible CAMERA at the service of the story, not calling attention to itself. 

Desaturated, high contrast color, almost black and white. Available light mostly. Vigorous parallel montage. And celluloid – 35mm. Film, film, film. Aesthetics matter.

«GIVE ME LIBERTY» AESTHETIC APPROACH

A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE (Shot on Super16mm film)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE (Shot on Super16mm film)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE  (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's INHALE EXHALE  (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)
A still frame from Mikhanovsky's INHALE EXHALE (Shot on Super16mm film, blown up optically to 35mm)

 All the still frames above from Kirill Mikhanovsky's SONHOS DE PEIXE and INHALE, EXHALE. Both films were shot on celluloid and they reflect the aesthetics we're determined to maintain in GIVE ME LIBERTY - by shooting on celluloid. Shooting on film represents everything we stand for both aesthetically and ideologically - we cannot let film die any more than we will watch once a great American city die. 

For more still frames from SONHOS DE PEIXE (Fish Dreams) showing why shoot FILM and not digital:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1499702473616302.1073741838.1481592368760646&type=3

«GIVE ME LIBERTY» TEAM

KIRILL MIKHANOVSKY, Writer-Producer-Director.

Kirill with the cast and crew of Dubrovsky in Moscow
Kirill with the cast and crew of Dubrovsky in Moscow

 Russian-born Kirill emigrated to Milwaukee as a teen and had a series of odd jobs, among them, driving handicapped transport. Years later with a few short films and a degree from NYU’s Grad Film school under his belt, Kirill went to Brazil and shot his first feature, SONHOS de PEIXE (Fish Dreams), in a small Brazilian fishing village, with local non-actors. SONHOS DE PEIXE premiered at the International Critic's Week in Cannes, 2006, where it won the Prix Regard Jeunes, and went on to win a number of other awards at festivals worldwide. Kirill developed the Cuban script FUGA MORTIS at the Sundance Film Lab. Currently in development are scripts «The Ninth Fall» (with Alice Austen), «Mullah» (with Evgueni Galperine) and «Animas y Virtudes». 

ALICE AUSTEN, Writer and Producer.

Alice with the cast and crew of Animal Farm in Chicago
Alice with the cast and crew of Animal Farm in Chicago

 When Alice was 14 she showed her short stories to Ken Kesey, he told her she was a writer and mentored her early work. Years later, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Alice was in Prague helping establish Vaclav Havel’s new government. Over a bet in an Irish pub, she penned a play that was picked up and produced. Alice quit law and started writing full time. Her plays have been staged all over the country and in Europe, and she has worked with the Royal Court, the Goodman Theatre and the Steppenwolf, where she premiered an adaptation of ANIMAL FARM this fall to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Alice is rep’d by Paradigm Talent in New York. 

CRITICS ON AUSTEN'S WORK –"A fast-moving blistering new adaptation” … “Remarkable script, solidifies why this novel and its impact reverberates throughout the world today” … “Soulful” … “Retains Orwell’s pitch-perfect storytelling and sense of impending doom.” (ANIMAL FARM)

"Quiet, measured simmer… eschews the histrionics of confrontation and desire… leaving you squirming in your seat.”... “Austen pulls out the essences of this couple’s relationship making it as much about what the characters are saying as what they aren’t saying.” (LA MUSICA)

“Austen avoids the show-off symbolism of slicker scripts, a down-home drama about real people who've reached dead ends.”...  "A  piece of Northwestern Gothic... rich, evocative language and colorful characters." (WATER)

“Exquisitely intelligent writing… Austen's characters engage our emotions as well as our minds.” (BACKWARDS)

 EVGUENI GALPERINE, Composer (Paris, France)

Russian born, Paris-based Evgueni Galperine is one of the most gifted and prolific film composers of his generation. Evgueni’s work can be heard in films ranging from art-house festival favorites like Azgar Farhadi’s THE PAST (“Le Passé”), Jean-Baptiste Leonetti's WHITE SQUARE ("Carré Blanc") or Jacques Audiard’s RUST AND BONE (“De Rouille et D’os”) to international blockbusters like HUNGER GAMES, Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY, and THE BIG PICTURE (“L’HOMME QUI VOULAIT VIVRE SA VIE”). Evgueni's two magnificent tracks – "Run" and "Mirror Tunnel" – are used in the Kickstarter Video. To hear Evgueni's work go to http://www.galperine-galperine.com/ 

ROBERTO "Robertiko" RAMOS MORI, Art Design (Havana, Cuba)

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba. A graduate of the Institute of Industrial Design (Havana, Cuba), Roberto has been designing sets and costumes for Cuba's #1 theatre Teatro El Público, under the leadership of the world-acclaimed avant-guard director Carlos Díaz. In addition to that, Roberto is also a prolific fine artist, illustrator and poster designer.

Because of the ongoing US embargo against Cuba we can't pay Roberto for his work. Nevertheless, inspired by the script, vision and the spirit of GIVE ME LIBERTY, Roberto agreed to make his artistic contribution to the film.

FELLIPE BARBOSA, Editor (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

A native of Rio de Janeiro with an MFA in film from Columbia University, Fellipe wrote and directed Sundance premiered shorts LA MUERTA ES PEQUENA and SALT KISS. Named filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Fellipe's 2014 narrative debut CASA GRANDE (co-written with Karen Sztajnberg) was developed at Sundance and premiered at the Rotterdam Festival. Fellipe edited the award winning film AVANTI POPOLOby Michael Wahrmann (Best Film, CineMAXXI, Rome IFF). 

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

DAVID GELFAND, Marketing and P.R.

IRENA GELFAND, Digital Media Design,  http://www.tft-solutions.net/

ERIKA KENT, Photography,flickr.com/erikakent.

JAMISON PINKERT, Art and Photography

CHRISTOPHER POEHLMANN, Photography, http://www.cplighting.com/

ERIC SCHABLA, Photography

RUBIN WHITMORE II, Production Consultant, Creative Contributor

OUR PRODUCTION TEAM (in alphabetical order)

ANDREW ARISSO, Media Expert

COHEN BROTHERS (ELI & JACOB), Media

JORDAN DECK, Production Assistant & Videographer 

GEORGE LAWTON, Design and Media P.A.

Risks and challenges

Our #1 challenge is time. Why?

For us Milwaukee and its character is WINTER.

It's brutally cold. It's stark naked. It's a trial. As someone said, "the Milwaukee winter CHANGES you." The Milwaukee winter brings out the character of the city like nothing else and like nothing else makes Milwaukee what it is. It's a trial for the characters of GIVE ME LIBERTY. The MKE winter heightens the drama and takes funny to a higher level – that of tragicomedy, a dark comedy. For these reasons – both dramatically and aesthetically – the film is set in the brutal reality of the Milwaukee winter. GIVE ME LIBERTY must be shot in winter, no later than February-March of 2015. In three months. Our biggest challenge is time.

If we don't get funded by the 17th of December we won't be able to go into Pre-Production and we won't be able to start shooting on time. We'll have to wait an entire year to re-start, which means we may lose the momentum and lose the project altogether.

We must start shooting no later than February 1. Please, help us make it happen.

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    Curated tour of the Harley Davidson Museum by Michael Davidson, grandson of the company's founder and the original curator of the museum - and a Give Me Liberty burger at Sobelmans. You have to provide your own travel and accomodation in Milwaukee. Exclusive offer - quantity limited so hurry and sign up!

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    SET VISIT and you get to hold the CLAPPER for a take. You will get to say GIVE ME LIBERTY, the Scene, the Take and you'll get a celluloid frame of yourself holding the GIVE ME LIBERTY CLAPPER. You will have to provide your own travel and accommodation in Milwaukee.

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Funding period

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