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A revenge film equally suited for art house cinephiles and die-hard genre fans.
A revenge film equally suited for art house cinephiles and die-hard genre fans.
438 backers pledged $37,828 to help bring this project to life.

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IT'S ABOUT A BEACH BUM, whose quiet life is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

OUR 'CAUSE'? Just a great story. We greatly appreciate your support, but we're no more deserving than any other artists on Kickstarter. We hope you'll pitch in simply because you want to see our film... 

...BUT THERE'S A TWIST. And we don't want to give it away by outlining the entire plot of our film. Like all those evil Hollywood trailers...

This IS NOT A TRAILER, but it's a darn cool BLUE RUIN CAMERA TEST! (music courtesy of Wye Oak)
This IS NOT A TRAILER, but it's a darn cool BLUE RUIN CAMERA TEST! (music courtesy of Wye Oak)

WE PROMISE ACTION! GORE! LAUGHS! And with your help, we'll even crash a stretch limousine into a ditch! But at our story's core, and what will set this film apart from standard genre fare, is a deeply human story about a haunted man confronting his past and the fleeting moments he shares with his big sister before hurtling towards a nightmarish fate. 

WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR: The absolute bare minimum we need to make this film a reality. As for ourselves, we're going all-in. Maxing out credit cards, refinancing homes and cashing in retirement accounts. But we need $35K-$50K in cash to cover expenses we can't swipe, barter for, or defer.

WHO'S ASKING? FILMSCIENCE, the award-winning producers of critically acclaimed art house films (Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff), is teaming up with Jeremy Saulnier, helmer of the genre collective THE LAB OF MADNESS (Murder Party) and respected indie cinematographer (Hamilton, Putty Hill, Septien), to bridge the gap between cerebral cinema and gut-punch exploitation!

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

BLUE RUIN is an engaging procedural account of a violent act and its aftermath. It'll have the depth of an intimate character study and the velocity of an action flick. Amidst tragedy, subtle moments of humor and hope will shine through. Like plucking a character from a Hal Ashby film and tossing them into No Country for Old Men. Or if Wendy and Lucy got caught in the crossfire of Taxi Driver

The violence portrayed in the film is brutal and graphic. It is by no means glorified and its futility resonates as a major theme throughout the story. But it would be disingenuous of me to pretend I wasn’t attracted to cinematic bloodshed. It’s an art form unto itself, visually arresting and universally compelling.

If you were expecting something more profound, I offer you this truth: the screenplay is a deeply personal exploration of parental mortality and the emotional toll it takes on surviving family members. But heartfelt motivations should not be of concern to you or to my audience; such things don’t make it to the big screen. Stories need to stand on their own. 

So do directors. I’m hands-on. I’ve led large crews on commercial sets, I’ve shot award-winning films on shoestring budgets, I’ve sculpted prosthetic makeup appliances and trained dogs to perform stunts. What I’ve never done is use my broad skill set to realize something great. To that end, I humbly ask for your support. Put your faith in my team and we will come through. I’ll happily stake my career on it.

                             THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

PSSSST! 

Why support creativity when you could EXPLOIT IT? 

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    An OFFICIAL THANK YOU on our website. Plus, access to behind the scenes UPDATES, PHOTOS, and otherwise SECRET DOCUMENTS.

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    THE FILM'S ORIGINAL SCORE by Brooke and Will Blair (formerly of EAST HUNDRED) via digital link. Plus the THANK YOU and the UPDATES!

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    A DVD or DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (your choice!) of BLUE RUIN upon its release! Plus the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, and the SCORE!!

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    For MURDER PARTY FANS! An exclusive MURDER PARTY T-SHIRT never before printed!
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    An 11"x17" BLUE RUIN POSTER (signed by the director upon request!). Plus the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the MURDER PARTY SHIRT (hereafter MP SHIRT), and the DVD/DOWNLOAD!!

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    A copy of HELLCITY, the weird and hilarious GRAPHIC NOVEL from Image Comics, signed by writer Macon Blair, the star of BLUE RUIN. 300+ pages of rated-R noir horror comedy (while supplies last). Plus the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the DVD/DOWNLOAD, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    A copy of HELLCITY, the weird and hilarious GRAPHIC NOVEL from Image Comics, signed by writer Macon Blair (star of BLUE RUIN) and artist Joe Flood. 300+ pages of rated-R noir horror comedy (while supplies last). Plus the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the DVD/DOWNLOAD, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    JEREMY'S FIRST MOVIE! It's a DVD of MURDER PARTY, signed by director and cast: the gonzo horror-comedy cult favorite that's since been adapted for the stage across the country and inspired countless Halloween costumes! Includes the THANK YOU, the SCORE, the DVD/DOWNLOAD, the MP SHIRT and the POSTER!

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    A SIGNED BLURAY of BLUE RUIN upon its release. Plus the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the DVD/DOWNLOAD, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    LIMITED EDITION BLUE RUIN PRINTS BY WORLD-RENOWNED COMIC BOOK SUPERSTAR FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA! A new take on the Blue Ruin poster from one of the foremost illustrators working today! Whether you’re a fan of Francesco’s work on Mark of Zorro, Swamp Thing, Scalped, Sorrow, Black Beetle (or about a million other amazing books) or just dig quality pop art in general, this is a fun one. Also includes the UPDATES, the THANK YOU, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!

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    LIMITED OFFER: A CUSTOM TENOR FOUR-STRING BLUE RUIN ELECTRIC GUITAR! Imagine a ukulele and a Les Paul mashed together for a heavy metal show. Like our other guitar-based rewards, this one-of-a-kind item is hand customized by our in-house artisan and tech consultant Bill Blair in the "beach noir" style of the movie. You don't have to be a virtuoso to sound good on this sucker: a few chords and you're ready to rock! Includes the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the DVD/DOWNLOAD, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    A ONE-OF-A-KIND BLUE RUIN GUITAR!! This is a Stratocaster electric six-string artistically customized in the style of the film by craftsman (and Blue Ruin technical consultant) Bill Blair. Plus, the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    A FRAMED LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPHY PRINT by Jeremy Saulnier. Beautiful landscape portraits of the movie's locations. Plus, the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    LIMITED OFFER: A SECOND BLUE RUIN CUSTOM GUITAR! We offered one of these and it went, quite literally, in an instant. So we’ve convinced our Blue Ruin tech consultant and resident craftsman Bill Blair to artistically customize another Stratocaster electric six-sting in the “beach noir” style of the film. Sure to go fast! Includes the THANK YOU, the UPDATES, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!!

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    YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN, listed under "Made Possible By" during the end credits, and INVITES TO ANY CAST AND CREW EVENTS (transpo not provided). Plus, the THANK YOU, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, and the POSTER!!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film. Plus, the THANK YOU, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, the POSTER, and the INVITES!!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film. Plus, the THANK YOU, the SCORE, the BLURAY, the MP SHIRT, the POSTER, and the INVITES!! (Also: an extended, private, and very sincere hug from the director, a world-renowned hugger.)

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