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An uncommon journey on the gritty streets of Brooklyn! A story of self-discovery, made possible by dysfunctional friends & family.

With a little help from the Divine - And a lot of help from you - UNCOMMON WEALTH can soon be a reality!!!

THE STORY (cliff notes version)

An acclaimed Ivy-League Professor of Ancient History returns to his humble roots - Brooklyn, NY.  Upon revisiting the old neighborhood, he is reacquainted with a zany, local Priest (Mario Cantone) and a group of highly dysfunctional friends and family.  Detached and out of touch with those who were once closest to him, the Professor attempts to reestablish these relationships.  In the process, he quickly learns that much has changed in his absence.  To start:  His middle-aged mother is routinely hosting sex-toy parties out of her home to supplement her income.  When not selling sex-toys, she's busy working as a Bartender at a local male strip club called The Ball Park.  His best friend from childhood is now a plumber with a niche expertise in fixing used Port-O-Potty's.  His first true love is also still in the neighborhood - but unfortunately, she's engaged to the owner of Auto Gobbler, the biggest junk yard in Brooklyn. And the most respected man in the neighborhood, the local Priest (Mario Cantone), is willing to forgive sins at a price, occasionally offering absolution to the highest bidder.  Despite their eccentricities, this odd group of characters help the Professor to dig down deep and uncover a neglected history that he has ironically never studied....  His own.

THE THEME

Simply stated - UNCOMMON WEALTH is a coming-of-age story about self-discovery and self-reclamation.  It's about any man or woman who is presented with that rare opportunity to alter the direction of their life.  But, more importantly... This film is about an inner-struggle that exists in all of us, but is often overlooked - as we each attempt to balance our overwhelming desire for common riches in contrast to the endless pursuit of a more spiritual, intangible wealth.  What do you truly value? No answer is the same.  Or perhaps I should phrase the question differently...  What is your Uncommon Wealth?    

HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN...

All pledges will be applied to the overall financing of UNCOMMON WEALTH.  In short - the bulk of all Kickstarter funds will be applied to renting cameras, lighting equipment, props, location fees, insurance fees, and a multitude of other production costs.  In addition to your generous pledges, UNCOMMON WEALTH is very fortunate to have a dedicated team of creative professionals who are already on board the project - eager to provide their services for a fraction of the usual cost. With your help, this edgy and heartwarming tale of self-discovery on the gritty streets of Brooklyn will soon come to life!

MARIO CANTONE (bio)

In addition to playing the comedic Anthony Marantino on the HBO series SEX & THE CITY, Mario has appeared in the Comedy Central roasts of Joan Rivers and Denis Leary.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mario-Cantone/61268082386

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He was also the voice of the talent scout bird Mikey Abromowitz in the 2007 computer animated movie SURF'S UP.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0134647/

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Mario is also a regular guest on the ABC daytime talk show THE VIEW. In August 2013, he was in the news as a rumored replacement for retiring co-host, Joy Behar.

http://www.mariocantone.com

TOMMY J. LA SORSA (bio)

Writer/Director Tommy J. La Sorsa's first feature film, the cult-classic-indy, ALL SAINTS DAY was released by Genius Entertainment (a subsidiary of Miramax Films) and Winstar Films in June of 2001 - And is currently available worldwide on DVD, Netflix and Cable.

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/All-Saint-s-Day/60020290?strkid=874427851_1_0&strackid=56c59bf49066e65e_1_srl&trkid=222336

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La Sorsa's 2nd motion picture, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, features an all-star-indy cast that includes: Actor/Comedian Mario Cantone; indy-film icon, Kevin Corrigan; Howard Stern Show co-host Sal “the stockbroker” Governale & Comedy Central’s, Julian McCullough.

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS was released in September of 2011 by Osiris Entertainment and is available worldwide on DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix, Cable and On Demand.

http://dvd.netflix.com/MovieStruts?fcld=true&clrhld=144&lnkctr=HldRmdMeLnk144&movieid=70198161

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In between the releases of CIRCUS MAXIMUS and ALL SAINTS DAY, La Sorsa focused on television, as a writer and director for SPEAK MEDIA ADVERTISING - a boutique advertising agency with a niche focus on producing broadcast commercial campaigns for both local & national brands. Clients include: Honda, Skinworks, Metropolitan College of NY, Sierra Jeans, The Fur Source of NY and countless others.

www.speakmedianyc.com

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Due to the success and cult following of ALL SAINTS DAY and CIRCUS MAXIMUS, Tommy has launched the multimedia production company, DAYDREAM CITY FILMS.

www.daydreamcityfilms.com

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Tommy has also been invited to lecture at Academic Institutions across the metro NYC area, including: NYU, Brooklyn College & The School of Visual Arts.

 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0479055/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

OUR TEAM...

No man is an island.  UNCOMMON WEALTH is extremely fortunate to have a strong team of creative visionaries and professionals who are tirelessly working to bring this passion-project to life...   They are:

ANDY INTRATER (Executive Producer)

STEVE FABRICANT (Producer)

ADAM HADA (Editor)

ALLAN GOODSTEIN (Co-Producer)

CHRISTOPHER LYNN (Co-Producer)

MARK DOYLE (Co-Producer)

SAL "the stockbroker" GOVERNALE (CAST)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Unless Mario or Tommy get hit by a bus, UNCOMMON WEALTH will be completed on time and on budget! The only component which stands between the duo and completing this project - is financing for production purposes. The biggest challenge actually begins after the film is completed as the project will be aggressively seeking out venues for exhibition purposes, ie: film festivals and distributors. That aside, pending a successful Kickstarter campaign, the team is prepared to shoot UNCOMMON WEALTH in mid 2014. Proactive communication with our backers will be consistent throughout the process!

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    A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU ON OUR WEBSITE ~~ Every little bit helps! In appreciation, we will thank you on our website as a sincere token of our gratitude! Thanks again!

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    A COMMEMORATIVE MOVIE MAGNET ~~ We will send you a super-cool, commemorative magnet - designed exclusively for our supporters!!! It will always serve as a reminder of your selfless generosity while simultaneously serving a useful purpose - holding your grocery list on the refrigerator. The UNCOMMON WEALTH magnet - both chic in style and incredibly functional!

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    A DIGITAL COPY OF THE SCREENPLAY ~~ The script is the heart of any film... And fortunately for us, it's what got Mario Cantone excited enough to jump on board the cast and co-produce UNCOMMON WEALTH! Now - it's your turn to read it! We will email you a copy of the script, in a PDF format, close to the films release date. You'll laugh, you'll cry - But more importantly... You'll have an opportunity to see what sparked the momentum to launch UNCOMMON WEALTH!

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    A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK & SCORE ~~ We think you'll enjoy the original soundtrack as well as the movie! And we're going to send you a digital download for your music collection! From now, until the end of time - you will always be able to listen to a soundtrack that owes its very existence to your direct contribution!

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    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PRODUCTION DIARY ~~ Making an independent film is a very interesting and exciting experience that is filled with unique challenges. Take a journey into the making-of UNCOMMON WEALTH as we send you multiple episodes of our video production diary! Enjoy a very transparent and candid peak into the process of making this motion picture!

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    A THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS ~~ We look forward to permanently etching your name in our film!!! Unless you prefer to remain anonymous, we believe that the whole world should know that you had a direct impact into bringing this passion project to life.

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    EXCLUSIVE MINI POSTER OF UNCOMMON WEALTH ~~ We will design an awesome, exclusive movie poster just for our Kickstarter supporters and have it signed by Tommy La Sorsa and Mario Cantone!

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    RECEIVE A PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM TOMMY LASORSA and/or MARIO CANTONE ~~ We're excited to reach out and touch someone... Enjoy an opportunity to receive a very personal "thank you" phone call from Mario and/or Tommy. We can talk about the movie, favorite recipes or anything else that's on your mind. We're just ecstatic to speak to our supporters!

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    BLU-RAY OF "CIRCUS MAXIMUS" SIGNED BY TOMMY & MARIO ~~ We will mail you a Blu-Ray copy of Mario and Tommy's last feature film, the zany comedy, CIRCUS MAXIMUS - signed by both. Loaded with extra features, including: a 10 part, behind-the-scenes featurette and a theatrical trailer, the CIRCUS MAXIMUS blu-ray will not disappoint! Not only will your donation at this level help to support independent film, but you'll have a funny movie to watch while we complete UNCOMMON WEALTH!

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    LUNCH ON THE SET WITH CAST & CREW ~~ You're hungry to help independent film and we are eager to oblige! Satisfy your appetite with an invitation to enjoy lunch on the set of UNCOMMON WEALTH. Meet the cast, the crew and maybe Tommy's Mom, too. We will be filming in the New York Metro area and will provide details with locations and scheduling. All we ask is that you please coordinate your own travel arrangements... We're happy and excited to have you visit us and watch our team at work. Have a front row seat and witness what it's truly like to bring an independent film to life.

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    A WALK ON ROLE IN THE FILM ~~ Be in the movie! You'll never forget that you helped get this movie made because you will be IN IT. That's right - your face on the big screen and countless flat screens forever... By helping us make this film, we will invite you to the metro NYC area for a walk on role in UNCOMMON WEALTH. Due to the nature of our project, we are in need of many walk on cast members. All we ask is that you please coordinate your own travel arrangements... Here's your time to shine!

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    PRIVATE SCREENING ~~ You and guest will be invited to a private screening of UNCOMMON WEALTH! Furthermore, you will enjoy an in-depth Q and A session with the director, cast and our creative team. All we ask is that you please provide your own travel arrangements... But, once there - we can't wait to show you the film that YOU helped make a reality.

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    2 TICKETS to the WORLD FAMOUS COMEDY CELLAR & DINNER WITH TOMMY ~~ You and a guest will receive tickets to the world famous Comedy Cellar in New York City. Enjoy dinner with writer/director Tommy J. La Sorsa before or after the show... For your amusement, he'll even be happy to perform his best celebrity impressions while you eat. As indicated in previous rewards, all we ask is that you please provide your own transportation. Once there, you will be graced by great comedy and good food!

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    MARIO WILL HEAR YOUR PERSONAL CONFESSION(S) and WE'LL VIDEO YOUR SESSION IN STUNNING HD ~~ Meet Mario Cantone (dressed in full priest wardrobe) and confess your sins to him on the set! Furthermore, we will videotape your session in stunning HD for your infinite viewing pleasure! But, wait - there's more... With your permission, we'd like the opportunity to include your session on the DVD/BLU RAY extras of UNCOMMON WEALTH. We can't guarantee that Mario will absolve you of all your sins... But we can guarantee that a fun time will be had by all. All we ask is that you please provide your own transportation and/or travel arrangements. Mario is certainly looking forward to it!

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    BECOME AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER ~~ Here is your opportunity to finally be listed on IMDB.com (the internet movie database) and achieve a Producer credit in a real motion picture! In addition to all prior rewards listed in our Kickstarter Campaign - You will be listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the film credits. Furthermore, you will receive a DVD copy of Tommy's first feature film, the cult-classic-indy - ALL SAINTS DAY! In addition, you will also receive 2 albums/CD's of original music from Tommy La Sorsa (yes, Tommy's a musician and rock-band-junky as well). We'd even throw in the kitchen sink - But, we don't think the Landlord would appreciate it!

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    OWN MARIO CANTONE'S PRIEST COSTUME ~~ You will also take home a piece of the movie! That's right... This is a one of a kind opportunity! Enjoy a unique and priceless piece of movie memorabilia and own the actual priest costume worn by Mario Cantone in UNCOMMON WEALTH. But, wait - there's more... With your permission, Mario will autograph the item and we will record it on HD video for posterity purposes. It's truly a win-win for the die-hard fan!

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    BE AN ACTOR IN THE FILM (WITH DIALOGUE) AND AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER ~~ That's right... You will be FEATURED IN THE FILM - DELIVERING actual DIALOGUE! Enjoy a rare opportunity to truly ACT in a scene and be featured in a motion picture! This makes a great gift for the aspiring actor in your life!

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