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A coming of age story... pun intended

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WHATS THIS REALLY ABOUT?

After a disappointing high school experience, two best friends find themselves frustrated, sexually and socially, due to their chronic masturbation addictions. With the next chapter of their lives looming ahead, they try to make up for the last four years on the day before graduation, but are finally forced to confront the problems that they have dealt with all throughout high school. A funny, sad, and true coming of age story (pun intended), in the vein of Superbad, Dazed and Confused, and American Graffiti; it's here to show that maybe life is better when you don't jack off.

WHY A MOVIE ABOUT MASTURBATION?

People always ask us how we came up with the idea for this movie and to their surprise we tell them, “it's our life.” This whole thing started with our friendship and being honest with each other about our reliance on masturbation and pornography. After a ton of talks, we came to this conclusion that neither one of us had said before, but knew for a long time: life is better when you don’t jack off.

We originally wrote this script in order to help us get over our addiction to masturbation, but as we developed it we found that there was a good story to be told; one that could potentially help people like ourselves. The goal of this film is not to get people to stop masturbating or to say that masturbation is bad, but to show that a reliance on masturbation has unseen consequences towards others and ourselves; something that most people are unaware of. 

We believe in this story because it gives an honest look into our generation and how easy it has become to avoid our problems. In our modern age, where we have the ability to look at anything at any time, it has become so much easier to escape reality and fall into a cycle of instant gratification. There has never been a time where people have had to deal with the temptation of so much freedom. Our hope is that you find this story to be relatable, yet unlike anything you've seen before.

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Well, we have been working on this project for over a year now – and have put our blood, sweat, and many other bodily fluids into the formation of this story already. Anoop and James have completed the final draft of the script after many long hours of editing and revisions. We have been in pre-production non-stop for about 6 months, getting prepared to shoot in mid-July, and aim to start entering this short into film festivals at the end of 2013!

SO HOW MUCH ARE WE POCKETING?

(None, really – every penny, including our own cash, is put directly towards the project!)

Making a high-quality film is very expensive, and every dollar counts! This is a professional film being made by real filmmakers. Like any movie, the necessary evil is that it costs a lot. Luckily, we have a calculated, detailed budget and have planned out exactly what we need to make this story come to life; nothing more and nothing less. For example, some of the main costs include…

Professional Crew: We are going to hire a talented crew for the entire production who have had years of professional working experience.

Equipment Rentals: Film equipment is very expensive these days, especially for the cinematic quality we are trying to achieve. We are going rent all the equipment that will be used to make this film.

Set/Production Insurance, etc :  Many of the expenses involved in making a film are ones that would not be expected, but are still very important on set. Expenses such as set insurance, rental insurance, location permits, and transportation are all necessary in order to make this project come to life and unfortunately, it would be impossible to do so without them.

Without a budget there is no film, so we have to reach our goal – we are going all or nothing – as is the Kickstarter tradition! So please donate anything you can, even if it is just the spare change or loose lint in your pocket. If you can’t, we will gladly and gratefully receive your friendly support. Like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lifeisbettermovie & Send out our kickstarter page <link> with good vibes to everybody you know!

Everyone is dying to hear why life is better when you don’t jack-off, and we need YOUR HELP to tell them – otherwise, THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.

WAIT... WHO ARE WE?

JAMES REYNOV

Writer, Director, Producer, Actor
Writer, Director, Producer, Actor

James Reynov has worked on numerous film and commercial projects since the age of 15. He has already written and directed several original short films and has worked on various tv and film sets in New York City. 

ANOOP CHAGANTY

Writer, Producer, Actor, Composer
Writer, Producer, Actor, Composer

Anoop Chaganty’s passion, above all else, rests in his ability to tell a good story. He is currently studying to be a film composer and plans to continue telling stories across all forms of media.

JENSEN CHAMBERS

Producer
Producer

Jensen is currently studying at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and has been involved in the filmmaking industry since age 10. He has artistically collaborated with the entire "Life is Better" team for a combined total of 5 years and 10 projects.

DERECK HOEKSTRA

Producer
Producer

Dereck Hoekstra is a film director/producer at Hoekstra Pictures. Since 2008, he's worked on 50+ projects and has worn nearly every hat a production can offer. In 2011 he was awarded 1st place and $10k at the SIDOC fest for the documentary "Watson", and has directed numerous commercials including the marking for Valley Christian Schools K-12. He continues to work on a balance of entertainment and industrial projects.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The greatest risk is that our only source of funding is coming from Kickstarter, and therefore we don’t have an option but to make our campaign successful. Our biggest challenge is raising such a large budget due to the expenses of making a high-quality film. We are very confident that we can deliver a product that will satisfy our viewers and backers beyond expectations. Without YOUR help, we may never be able to tell this important and honest story.

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