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A crazy smart 12-year-old girl uses her gift for math and enlists her frenemies to revamp the school penny drive to make major money.
A crazy smart 12-year-old girl uses her gift for math and enlists her frenemies to revamp the school penny drive to make major money.
645 backers pledged $61,468 to help bring this project to life.

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Making CENTS, the Feature Film

First and foremost, thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page for CENTS! We know the rest of the Internet beckons, so my producing partner, Ella Sitkin, and I appreciate that you stopped by for a few minutes.

We hope you watched our pitch video above. Here are a few more details about CENTS that we just couldn't cram into it that we think you might like to know.

The screenplay for CENTS was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting semifinalist in 2012 - one of 129 semifinalists out of 7,197 entries (top 1.8% of all entries, woo-hoo!). CENTS was also invited to the second round of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab selection process.

I'm the first contributor to this film.

Making feature films costs money. A lot of money. So, once I decided I wanted to make CENTS as my first feature film, I put $30,000 of my own money into an account for the production of CENTS. But to make the film at the production level that the script requires, we need to raise more money.

Making films is such a collaborative process, which is one of the main reasons I'm so drawn to the format. I love working with a crew of creative people, all moving forward to tell a great story as a film. I also love sharing my filmmaking experiences with friends, family and new people I meet everyday. Kickstarter is a great way to bring all of those people together to help get a project like CENTS off the ground.

The Teaser

We haven't made CENTS yet, but we realize that audiences need a glimpse into our vision for the final film. So, we shot a teaser earlier this year to give audiences a sense of the mood and style of the final film with just a hint of the story. You probably noticed a few of the clips in our Kickstarter video above. You can check out the teaser in its original form below:

Girls, Math and "Drama"

CENTS will be a unique feature film for several reasons:

  • The film focuses almost exclusively on girls and their relationships with each other.
  • The film's plot revolves around math, and our young female protagonist Sammy is off the charts with her math skills as a 12-year-old.
  • The film addresses relational aggression or bullying (i.e. "drama") among girls without making it a black-and-white issue - each girl plays multiple roles, shifting from victim to bully to bystander, much like the real world. All of these girls make mistakes, so the real question is, will they learn from their mistakes?

How Kickstarter Funds Will Help Make CENTS

After paying the fees to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments and covering the costs of rewards, the funds raised on Kickstarter will pay for crew wages, food and equipment rentals on the production of CENTS.

In addition to Kickstarter funds and my own $30,000, we have applied for a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund. We were a strong contender for the grant last year and were encouraged to reapply after making progress. We are also actively meeting with other potential financing sources to complete our financing.

A successful Kickstarter campaign will help us get additional financing.

Organizations that offer grants like Tribeca Film Institute are looking for concrete evidence of our progress toward producing CENTS. Your contribution to our Kickstarter campaign not only helps us make CENTS, it will also help us get the additional financing from other resources that we need. So you are doubly awesome for contributing to CENTS!

Please Spread the Word!

We certainly hope you'll join us and contribute to our Kickstarter campaign to help us make CENTS. We also hope you will invite one friend personally by email every day of our campaign and ask them to join you in supporting CENTS on Kickstarter. Then, ask that friend to invite one friend personally by email every day to join our campaign.

Every contribution counts. Even $1 will help us make CENTS.

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Special thanks to the CNM Film Technician Training Program for its help with the Kickstarter video shoot.

Music by Ben Beiny

CENTS Teaser cast & crew credits

Kickstarter widget animation (including After Effects files and how-to video) by Joke & Biagio [via No Film School]

Risks and challenges

Because our cast is primarily 12-year-old girls and the film takes place in a school setting, we have to shoot in the summer. If we are not able to raise our complete financing for CENTS in a timely fashion, our production start date will be delayed. This means Kickstarter rewards fulfillment will also be delayed.

We've already put a lot of planning into the production of CENTS, but unforeseen problems always arise during film productions. We're committed to finishing this film, but problems during production could cause delays, which will delay rewards fulfillment.

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    (2^0) LEVEL: DO THE MATH. If Sammy's penny drive plan actually works for our Kickstarter campaign, we'll have a lot of people who contribute a buck at the end. So for $1, we'll check your work and make sure you got the right answer to the math problem in our pitch video. And thanks for helping us make CENTS!

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    (2^3) LEVEL: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. When CENTS is completed, you get a digital download of the full movie in high-definition! You know what? You're awesome for ordering a digital download of CENTS before we've even made the movie. Thanks for helping us make CENTS!

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    (2^4) LEVEL: DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + WRITER/DIRECTOR COMMENTARY. At this level, you not only get a digital download of CENTS in HD, you also get access to a digital writer/director commentary track to accompany the film! That means you get to watch the movie AND listen to the melodious vocal stylings of Christopher Boone! You made his day.

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    (2^5) LEVEL: DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION DIARY: Everything in the (2^4) Level above plus a copy of CENTS on DVD and exclusive access to an online production diary during the making of CENTS! Follow the behind-the-scenes story as we make the in-front-of-the-scenes story!

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    (2^6) LEVEL: BLU-RAY + PRODUCTION STILLS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + BTS PRODUCTION DIARY: At this level, you not only get a digital download of CENTS along with the writer/director commentary track and the behind-the-scenes production diary, but you also get a Blu-ray copy of the film AND a selection of digital stills from the movie! Now that's hi-fi.

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    (2^7) LEVEL: SEE YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! At this level, see your name in the credits under Kickstarter Special Thanks! Why? Because you rock for contributing $128 to the making of CENTS and it's cool to see your name on the big screen (trust us, we know)! Plus, your choice of Blu-ray or DVD along with the digital download, writer/director commentary, digital production stills, and access to the behind-the-scenes production diary. Nice.

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    (2^8) LEVEL: COME TO THE PREMIERE! GET THE SCREENPLAY! PLUS HELP WITH YOUR MATH HOMEWORK!! You get everything from the (2^7) Level AND two VIP reserved tickets to the Albuquerque premiere of CENTS (travel & lodging not included), a PDF copy of the screenplay upon completion of shooting, and one help session with your math homework (transferable to your kid's math homework or somebody else's kid's homework in case you don't have kids. Or your kid is a math superstar. Which is awesome).

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    (2^9) LEVEL: BE IN THE MOVIE! Everything from the (2^8) Level plus the opportunity to be background talent for a day on the set of our movie! (travel to Albuquerque and lodging not included) And we'll throw in a second help session with your math homework! You (or your kid or somebody else's kid) is gonna ace that math test!!

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    (2^10) LEVEL: GET A PRIVATE SNEAK PEEK SCREENING IN YOUR OWN HOME (WHAT?!)! That's right. You are so amazing for contributing $1,024 to help us make CENTS that you get everything from the (2^9) Level plus your very own private sneak peek preview screening of CENTS in the comfort of your very own home. Invite your friends! Make sure they see your name in the Kickstarter Special Thanks credits. We'll even pause the movie to make sure they see your name! Actually, it's your house so you can pause the movie! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Christopher Boone (in person in ABQ, via Skype/FaceTime elsewhere). Ask him anything. Seriously, anything.

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