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Michele's relationship with her mother is tested like never before as she approaches the biggest step in her life yet.

The Story:

At some point or another in each of our lives, the moment comes. Leaving home for the first time. Now it's no longer a matter of extended vacations or summer camps; this is the real deal. Whether it's going away to college or getting a job, the moment hits just as hard. It's like being ripped from the womb all over again. Saying goodbye to everyone and everything we've ever known, only to be thrust into a new and unfamiliar world, it's easy for doubt to flare up into a fear that swallows up every other thought. After all, there is nothing quite so terrifying as What Could Be.

However, what we often forget in times like these is that this moment is just as hard on the people around us. We get so wrapped up in our own anxiety that we become blind to how our actions affect others, and the foundations upon which we previously relied grow tainted with this all-consuming fear. Not even the relationship between a mother and her daughter is immune.

This moment is a crossroads. How we go forward from here will define the people we become later in life. This is the story of a girl whose future is about to begin, and the bonds that can be shaken but never broken.

THE CAST:

Mary Ashlyn Moore, MICHELE

Born and raised in North Carolina to be a performing artist, Mary has been living in New York since 2010 where she has made appearances in CBS' The Good Wife, The Onion News Network, and numerous short films and theatrical productions.

Anne Rutter, MOM

Formerly bi-coastal but raised in Philadelphia, Anne now resides permanently in Manhattan. She has appeared in the Netflix original hit series House of Cards, NBC's ER, HBO's Sex and the City, and numerous other film and television productions.

THE CREW:

Erik Hinrichsen, Director/Writer

Erik began his film career back in middle school making documentaries for the National History Day competition. Seeing early success, his films about Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon, and American protest music, all earned various degrees of recognition within the contest both regionally and at the state level. Before graduating high school, he created an independent documentary following the life and times of Muhammad Ali, which won Best Documentary at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. He graduated from Boston University with a film degree and promptly began working on a reality television pilot as the head editor and a camera operator. In addition to his role as an editor for the reality show, Erik now works part-time at Tristar Products, a New Jersey-based commercial production company, while continuing to hone his directing skills as an independent filmmaker.

Michael Kraus, Producer

Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in English and Cinema Studies. He has worked for Fox in the scripted television department, and has spent a great deal of time working both in front of and behind the camera on his own projects. His primary interest is in writing, but over the past year he's been exploring other aspects of the film industry.

Christine Tampakis, Producer

Christine Tampakis is a graduate of Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications. She has a diverse background in fiction and non-fiction production, and has worked in a variety of genres including, reality television and documentary films. She has served as a producer for two short films, a documentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement and a narrative piece about a struggling medical student. Recently, Christine has ventured into the television news world, working as a freelancer for ABC News. 

BJ Klophaus, Director of Photography

BJ Klophaus is a graduate of Boston University's Film and Television program, and he is currently working as a freelance filmmaker who specializes in photo, video, and location sound work. BJ has shot shorts for Youtube artists and served as DP for a reality show. He also shoots live events and concerts. He has additional film experience from working in a finishing studio and editing house, giving him a well-rounded knowledge of the filmmaking process.

Our Goals:

We want to bring this film to the world through the festival circuit, including Sundance, South by Southwest, Tribeca, and other major festivals, but we can't do it without your help. Every little bit counts, and all contributions will go towards helping us make this film, from equipment to transportation to locations to food for the crew. With your help, we can make this film the best it can possibly be.

We've set the budget at a conservative $7,500 because Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding and we want to increase our chances at producing this film. Should we exceed our goal, the extra funds will go towards larger lighting and grip packages, additional sound equipment, music licensing, better lenses, etc.

Once we secure our funding, we will move quickly through production and post-production in late August and September, just in time to submit to the big festivals around the world.

Your donation, no matter how small, will make a difference in getting this project from the page to the screen. We are immensely and forever grateful for anything you can give.

Thank you for watching and reading our pitch!

Music: "Jupiter The Blue" by Gillicuddy (http://www.gillicuddy.net)

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We will do whatever it takes to make this film! The entire cast and crew is committed to making this film a reality, but we really need your help to do it. Working with high-end equipment and managing a large crew is often a difficult task, but we are more than up to the challenge to make this the best and most successful film we have ever made.

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