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From the creator of Beetlejuice, CINDY is Cinderella told in the style of a reality show. Happily Never After? Watch CINDY and see!
From the creator of Beetlejuice, CINDY is Cinderella told in the style of a reality show. Happily Never After? Watch CINDY and see!
118 backers pledged $18,443 to help bring this project to life.

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CINDY is a 21st century Cinderella. Taking cues from reality TV but retelling the Cinderella story in a fresh cinematic fashion, it is the kind of genre-bender that Director and Co-Writer Larry Wilson is noted for. The humor is often dark. A Fairy Godmother with a drug problem? A Handsome Prince who is old enough to be Cindy's father?! The drama is deeply felt and rooted in the real world. The fantasy has that surreal Beetlejuice edge. These elements blend together in the ongoing story of a 16-year-old girl struggling to escape a world of "happily never after".

Who is Larry?  

Larry Wilson is a screenwriter, director and producer whose credits include Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, The Little Vampire and six seasons of TV cult favorite Tales from the Crypt. Larry is excited and proud to be part of this great CINDY team.

Why are we on Kickstarter?  

CINDY is at a crossroads. A labor of love, personally financed, we now need the funds to do the proper post-production it deserves. Happily ever after for CINDY the web-series means great sound, original score composition, color-correction, and editing. That's why we need your help!

Your Kickstarter pledges will go directly to fulfilling the obligations of this Kickstarter campaign and finishing Season 1 of CINDY.

You already know Larry, but he isn't the only serious talent on the team. Let's take a minute to introduce the team bringing CINDY to you:

Christi Haydon-Wilson (Producer / Production Designer / Musical Score Composer / Graphics Designer) is a storyteller and freelance filmmaker with a passion for creating environments, color palettes, and walls of sound.  

Jason Hampton (Co-Producer / 1st Assistant Director) brings a wide range of experience to the filmmaking process. His projects include Nobility, Phantom Halo, The Other Side, Paradox Alice, The Olivia Experiment, and Nanoblood. He is founder of Facebook's Freelance Filmmakers and Freelance Actors. He is also involved with "Callsheet," a groundbreaking pre-production, project management software.

Megan Hannay (Co-Writer / Social Media Director) is a freelancer writer and marketer, who not-so-secretly much prefers storytelling. CINDY is her first web series writing experience, but she can't wait for Season 2… or for the arrival of her very own Fairy Godmother. 

Jonathan Bruno (Director of Photography) is a Colorado native now living in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. He has been working in the film industry for over a decade, and specializes in feature film and commercial cinematography. He has worked for such brands as: A&E, L’Oreal Paris, M&Ms, 7UP, among others.

Kellen Moore (Script Supervisor / Co-Editor) is a filmmaker whose senior thesis at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, East Of Kensington, centered around another famous Disney character-- Peter Pan!

Andrew Ducote (1st Assistant Camera / Co-Editor) graduated CSUF with an emphasis in production. When not editing, he focuses on project development and front end creative. 

Alexander Karavay (Associate Producer / Graphics Designer) is a filmmaker who has applied his photography and graphics design talents to help create our magical CINDY posters and social media logos. His work can be seen at www.akaravayphoto.com.

Pamela Sue Herrington (Executive Producer) is a generous financial supporter of CINDY and the production's biggest cheerleader!

Katie Phillips (Social Media Assistant Director) is a writer, a photographer, and a valued member of our Social Outreach Team!

Cindy

Autry Haydon-Wilson fell in love with acting at an early age, appearing in local musical theatre productions, including her role as "Belle" in Beauty and The Beast. In her early teens she joined the cast of an award-winning drama production company and began her training in sketch comedy and improv with The Second City Hollywood. She is currently a third year Theatre major at one of the premier public arts high schools in the U.S. Autry is also a skilled photographer, an experimental filmmaker, and she is signed with Ford Models.
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Fairy Godmother

Christi Haydon-Wilson was raised on movies and music, which deepened her desire to become a performing artist. In the 1990's she toured Europe with Ron and Russell Mael as drummer and background vocalist for their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed band, Sparks. After stepping away from the limelight to raise her daughter, she is back in action both in front of and behind the camera, having recently added Filmmaker to her resume.

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Seth

Alex Pike is an actor and aspiring filmmaker. His love of film began at a young age with classic monster movies such as The Invisible Man and Creature From the Black Lagoon. He is now a third-year Theatre major and film student at the same prestigious performing arts high school as Autry.  He is also an excellent cartoon artist and avid writer.

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Rayveen

Julie Dixon Jackson has won Ovation and Garland Awards for her live theatre work. In addition to television appearances on shows such as ER and Everybody Hates Chris, she has been in feature films, including a memorable role as the unfortunately implant challenged "Mrs. Harrington" in Just Go With It, playing opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston. When offstage, Julie is a licensed cosmetologist and she enjoys making people pretty. 

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Carmichael 

Michael Andrew is an actor, singer, composer, and entertainer living in Orlando, Florida. “One of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years”- Jerry Lewis (playbill.com) He recently received rave reviews for his starring role in the world premiere of the new musical, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR written by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes, and directed by Jerry Lewis. 

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Tuesday

Lily Jackson has been acting since the age of three. Her recurring television roles include "Poochie" on Disney XD's Zeke and Luther, and "Gracie Carr" on Fox's Back to You. She played Jack Black and Amy Poehler's daughter in the 2004 film, Envy. Currently, she is focusing her time on musical theatre, with roles such as "Tracy Turnblad" in Hairspray, and she is busy preparing for college. Lily also loves creative writing and making music.

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Dante 

Ben Ross is an avid member of the theatre and choir programs at his high school. He has also studied Theatre at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and at Carnegie Mellon University's pre-college program. He is a Spotlight Awards Semi-Finalist 2014, a YoungArts Honorable Mention Winner 2014, and winner of the Southern California Kiwanis Vocal Competition 2013. 

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Uncle Leo 

Gary Brintz can be seen on the new Amazon show entitled, Hand of God and you can catch him performing all over Los Angeles with his band, Brintz & CO. 

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Fairy Songstress

Dawn DeMone is a singer/songwriter, heavy on the rock side of things. Along with being the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Los Angeles based rock band VETTE, she is also developing a new solo project and is excited to debut that music as part of CINDY'S soundtrack. She can be seen around LA performing with VETTE as well as showcasing her songwriting voice as a solo artist.

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Fairy Messenger 

Katie Phillips studied Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and with the Atlantic Theater Company. Given her love for film and storytelling, Katie is now pursuing her goal of writing for the screen (big or small) in Los Angeles.

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A looking glass on the rewards...

Pledge for your opportunity to get one or more of these autographed posters signed by the films' writers.

Or a mug, or a tee!

Plans for the Future

We don't plan for Season 1 to be the end of CINDY. While we're only asking for $18,000 from this campaign to finish post-production, in raising $26,000 we will be able to cover cable or VOD distribution for Season 1. If we reach $71,500 we will have a budget to prep, shoot, and edit all of CINDY Season 2! Finally, at $79,000 we will be able to distribute and continue Cindy's story in Season 2 to you.

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Risks and challenges

The good news for the CINDY web series is that it's GOOD. We think it's fresh -- equally funny and dramatic -- a genuinely modern fairy tale. And it has been shot. This campaign has been carefully thought through in order to provide the resources for the CINDY team to complete post-production for the entire Season 1 as well as provide the reward and extra obligations the campaign will impose on us. Unforeseen risks may occur, nothing short of the footage being destroyed or key members of the team needing to be replaced that could jeopardize completion. (Even position replacement, which is very unlikely to be necessary, requires time, relocation of resources, and re-calibration to resolve. In short, time is of the essence.)

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    Your belief in our cause will help ease Cindy's blues. Get a social media shout out from the character you choose!

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    Our Cindy team is feeling the love and giving you the gift above + an MP3 download (that's always fun) of "Reaching Out," our anthem from CINDY Season 1!

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    A Magical Digital Bundle is our gift to you, and it includes Rewards both 1 and 2, plus a CINDY desktop wallpaper just for you, Flibbidi-Flobbidi-Floo! (But wait, oh wait, that's not all-- You'll also get a CINDY Poster for your wall!)

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (in place of a hug) + a CINDY Poster and a Coffee Mug!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for being so sweet) + a CINDY Tee + another treat: A CINDY Poster signed by Larry Wilson!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for being so nice) + 3 other perks to add some spice: A CINDY Tee, an Autographed CINDY Poster, and an Autographed Movie Poster of your choice! (Beetlejuice? Scissorhands? Which one shall it be? Nightmare Before Christmas or The Addams Family?)

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (just for being so kind) + a CINDY Tee, an "Uncle Leo Jingle," and a CINDY Poster signed! (Give our reality TV producer any name, and he'll compose a custom jingle that will make you go insane!)

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for digging so deep) + 4 Collectibles you'll forever want to keep: A CINDY Tee, a signed CINDY Poster, and a signed Script from our Shoot, PLUS Larry Wilson will autograph your choice of Movie Poster to boot! (Beetlejuice? Scissorhands? Which one shall it be? Nightmare Before Christmas or The Addams Family?)

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for your generosity) + 6 other magical things as you’ll see: A CINDY poster, a CINDY Tee, 3 signed Movie Posters of your choice, and a Shooting Script signed by Larry Wilson!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for pledging a lot) + all 5 signed Posters that we've got + a CINDY Tee and a signed Shooting Script, too! Yes, all these goodies are waiting for you!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for doing your part) plus other goodies from our CINDY Mart: a CINDY Tee, a Signed CINDY Poster, one Signed Movie Poster of your choice, a Signed CINDY Shooting Script, AND A SCREENPLAY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATION WITH LARRY WILSON! Develop your screenplay with Larry, including a read-through of your script, notes, feedback, and 1 half-hour phone call/Skype call with this A-List Hollywood screenwriter and professional screenplay consultant, which will get your script polished and industry-ready!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for pledging even more) plus many other treats from our CINDY store: Rewards 1-10 and a “Special Thanks” to you during our end credits and on IMDB! (Credits are non-cumulative. A backer will only receive the credit for their actual pledge level.)

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for helping us so) plus Rewards 1-10, you know! And if you're a writer, this is your lucky day. LARRY WILSON WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR SCREENPLAY! Develop your screenplay with Larry, including a read-through of your script, notes, feedback, and 3 half-hour phone calls/Skype calls with this A-List Hollywood screenwriter and professional screenplay consultant, which will get your script polished and industry-ready!

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    You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for opening your heart) plus Rewards 1-10, as a start! And at this level you can achieve the dream, of joining a Hollywood production team! (Your Associate Producer title will be in the end credits of Season 1 CINDY episodes and on IMDB. Credits are non-cumulative. A backer will only receive the credit for their actual pledge level.)

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    Your generous contribution makes you a star. Executive Producer is what you are! You'll receive the Magical Digital Bundle (for saving the day) plus all Rewards 1-10, "Hooray!" But that's still not all you get (although it's a bunch): Larry Wilson will be inviting you to lunch! (Your Executive Producer title will be in the end credits of Season 1 CINDY episodes and on IMDB. Credits are non-cumulative. A backer will only receive the credit for their actual pledge level. And after the campaign ends, we will treat you and a friend to lunch with Larry in Los Angeles. No travel accommodations are included, and you must be able to get yourself to the designated dining location. For non-local backers, we may be able to arrange a "virtual lunch.")

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