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Pearl is a Mexican woman who works in an oyster factory and dreams of  a life outside her small town. But at what cost?
Pearl is a Mexican woman who works in an oyster factory and dreams of a life outside her small town. But at what cost?
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I am so excited about this story because it stars a Latin American woman. Those of you that know me well know my love of the Latin American culture! The film is mostly in Spanish, giving it international appeal, therefore enabling me to enter it into more festivals!! 

The funds raised for PEARL will be spent on post production and festival entries. More specifically, editing, sound design, foley, mixing, musical score, color correction and all those festival entry fees. 

I just have to brag here: The Crew! Oh my, the crew. What an amazing bunch of experts. These are not just a bunch of people who decided to hobby a short film together. These folk have real film credentials. 

Dan McComb of Visual Contact and creator of the documentary, BEYOND NAKED, was our DP. So committed to getting the shot just right, Dan would have worked through the night. His imagery in this film is breathtaking and worthy of the big screen. He is a master of his craft as well as a great collaborator. 

Kevin Cook, hereby known as the "master of light," was our gaffer. Prior to the shoot, Dan, Kevin, and I scouted the location. There Kevin listened to my vision for each location and the mood I wanted to create. Come shoot day(s) he was ready. He created time of day, tone, mood, consistency between shots. He worked his butt off with nary a complaint. Kevin has also worked on award winning films with Seattle's own Megan Griffiths! 

Tony Bocci is the 1st AC with the mostest!! Dan and I were just discussing the fabulousness that is Tony! The beautiful thing about them is that they know just what you need, even before you ask it. So, if Dan and I were discussing using a different lens, before we could even ask, Tony was standing by our side holding the lens. All you other film peeps out there: steal Tony if you can. 

Editor Erik Dugger is a heavy hitter in the documentary world. To see his bio check out the facebook page for PEARLthemovie. Working with Erik is like watching the great OZ behind the curtain. This will be my second project with Erik and hopefully there are many more to come. 

Catherine Grealish is scoring the film. Her musical scores have received much acclaim and have gone on to many festivals. Most recently the web series CAPITAL HILL is going to the Raindance festival in the UK. 

So many other helping hands participated. Bryce Henson capturing sound, Becki Chandler PA, Kraft, and general get-it-done-power-woman, and the awesome , Chris Kirkmont and Heather Pilder Olson, collaborators on WYATT STEPS OUT and DATE STORIES, and life in general, producers. 

The talent was dedicated, worked long days, and exceeded my expectation. They brought their own ideas to the table and were game for trying anything. Pearl soaked in that tub for a very long time when we shot those scenes. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to Stela Diaz, Samantha Gomez and Fernando Luna. 

A standing ovation goes out to the kind folks in South Bend, Washington and the GOOSE POINT oyster factory, CHESTER TAVERN, and the SOUTH BEND LIBRARY. 

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The great thing is that we have already shot the film! The production value is outstanding--we're ready for the big screen baby! We spared nothing shooting and now we need to finish it off with the same quality for post-production. We can't come this far and not spend the additional money required on quality sound, editing, color, etc.

I've done gone and spent all I could on filming this movie. Without further funding my passion project will get shelved until who knows when. Let's not let this happen!

I truly appreciate your support and your belief in this story and our team of creators. Thank you so much!

A note on Kickstarter giving: it is an all or nothing platform. That means that you are not charged anything until October 10th (my birthday). If we do not make our goal on October 10th (my birthday) then zero funds are raised and no one is charged at all, not even a penny. So, you can rest assured that your contribution will go to finish and promote PEARL!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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    A thank you in the film credits, a hard copy of the film autographed by the cast, VIP invitation for 4 to a private screening in Seattle, A batch of my homemade tortillas, and a night out salsa dancing with Amy, complete with lesson. (Seattle only). ALSO, if you are driving down hwy 101 stop on into the Chester Tavern in South Bend, WA where you will be treated to my dad's famous fried oysters! (travel/lodging not included)

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    Executive producer credit in the film. 2 hard copies, autographed by the cast, VIP invitations for 4 to a private screening in Seattle. An overnight stay at the BEACHFRONT Cat and/or Dog house in Grayland WA (travel not included). This is where the cast and crew stayed while filming! Then, zip on into town in South Bend WA and you will be treated to my dad's famous fried oysters at the Chester Tavern!

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