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Rawley Niner, an offbeat cop on suspension, helps 17-year old Abby Samms search for the men that murdered her family.

Film Synopsis:

The Samms are just finishing dinner and starting dessert. Without warning, three criminals enter their home and murder them, one at a time. But what the killers don't know is that they've left a survivor. Seventeen-year old Abby Samms escapes and is picked up on the side of the road by nurse Carly Dennis and Carly’s self-confident boyfriend: homicide detective Rawley Niner. Abby sits in shock, until releasing tears and claiming her family has been murdered. Rawley decides to take action.

Taking place in Mt. Pleasant, MI, "Niner" is a feature-length crime drama with influences from "Seven," "Insomnia," "L.A. Confidential," and "Fargo." Written by IMDB-credited Eric C. Dickson, directed by Grant Pichla, and produced by Kevin Neil Smith, the film began principal photography  on Feb. 4th, 2013!  Scenes will be shot in Mt. Plesant, Ubly, Bad Axe, Midland, and Sterling Heights! The film, unofficially rated as PG-13, involves themes of revenge, guilt, and the idea of using multiple wrongs to make a right. It is an ambitious project that began pre-production in June, 2012, and the release date for the film has been scheduled for May, 2014.

Core Crew:

  • Grant Pichla – Director
  • Kevin Neil Smith – Producer
  • Lauren Culver – Production Manager
  • Eric C. Dickson - Writer
  • Michael Klubertanz – Composer
  • Ezra Bakker – Sound Designer
  • Erin Woirol – Prop Master
  • Caitlin Willson – Costume Designer
  • Trista Casasanta – Co-Producer
  • Jesse Jimenez – Art Director
  • Bridget McNary –Script Supervisor
  • Cody Cochran – Key Grip
  • Rob Parrish - 2nd Key Grip
  • Jillian Weimer – Assistant Manager

Together, the majority of the core crew members listed above have helped account for such productions as the short films A New Mutant: https://vimeo.com/41530049, Real Fantasies:https://vimeo.com/55992604, and the action show '60: https://vimeo.com/60506452  We are a very resourceful crew that works quickly and efficiently on set; time is money, and we're not in the business of wasting it!

The Cast:

After seeing almost 100 online and in-person auditions, we are proud to say that this film contains hands down the most talented group of individuals we could have possibly asked for. From top to bottom, the 30+ roles have been filled with actors from all around the state, including many of CMU's top acting staff and students. We've included headshots of our four leads below!

Dave Giles, lead male role
Dave Giles, lead male role
Lindsay Chestnut, lead female role
Lindsay Chestnut, lead female role
Katie Sullivan, supporting female role
Katie Sullivan, supporting female role
Braden Thompson, supporting male role
Braden Thompson, supporting male role

Why should you donate?

Good question! Frankly, it is a great privilege to be able to make this film. However, even at the ultra-low-budget level, where we operate, tremendous resources are required. We are indeed thankful that many of these can be supplied by the creativity, enthusiasm, will, and ingenuity of talented people committed to working together to achieve a common goal; unfortunately, some resources require money.

Making a feature-length film is an enormous task that requires funding for many aspects of production- travel expenses, catering for cast and crew, props, costumes, additional media, and more. In order to fulfill our vision and deliver an entertaining, thought-provoking film to the world, we need to meet a certain budget requirement that would allow us to achieve this goal.

How this works.

This is an all-or-nothing deal; if we don't reach our goal, we get nothing. We can, however, exceed our goal, which would be really, really, really great. We would like to thank you again for investing your time in reading about our vision that is Niner. If you support our film and want to see it made, any little bit helps. If you can't but still believe in its potential, please share our Kickstarter page with your friends and family. Simple things like that go a long way.We sincerely appreciate it.

Lastly, you can always visit this Kickstarter page, Facebook.com/NinertheMovie, or follow us on Twitter @NinertheMovie for updates on the progress we're making!  Below are some pictures straight from the scenes we've filmed in this first month of production!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have about 30% of the film shot so far and have only had a few small bumps in the road. Once funding for the film is complete, we'll be able to reimburse those who have spent the necessary funding up front during this first month of shooting. Aside from covering reimbursements, the only other challenge that we can see at this point is making sure all actors' schedules align properly with the shooting schedule we have created. Once the film is shot, it will go through 3 months of editing and then 7 months of scoring, sound design, grading, and visual effects work. Staying on schedule will ensure that we can debut the film in local theaters, as well as provide backers with DVDs, by May 2014.

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