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The story of a forgetful girl, who afraid she'll forget the sound of her dead mother's voice, creates an invention to help her live on. Read more

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The story of a forgetful girl, who afraid she'll forget the sound of her dead mother's voice, creates an invention to help her live on.

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FUNDS BEYOND THE INITIAL 8,000 will be used for: Entering the film in festivals (Just think, you could be responsible for INVENTION being in SUNDANCE), renting props, paying OVERWORKED crew, connecting with grief organizations to distribute the film. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

THE STORY: 

After her father abandons her for work one Saturday, a desperate girl creates an invention to help her remember her dead mother's voice by feeding it her memories of Mom. As the invention brings her mother to life, it's the best day the girl could ever imagine as she relives her good memories. But when all she has left are the bad ones, tragedy strikes and the girl is left to come to terms with the loss of her mother. Ultimately, the girl forms a deeper connection with her father as the two of them recreate their stories and memories of the woman they lost. 

Our goal in filmmaking is to tell a story that connects with audiences. As we've shared the story of INVENTION with friends and strangers, we've been blown away at how they often weave their own stories of loss with that of the young kid. Our hope is that the film can offer people a creative chance for conversation and connecting with others through times of loss.

We're asking you to help bring this story to life. 

ABOUT LONG WINTER MEDIA:

Dan and Michaela Long decided there was no better way to start their first few months of marriage then opening up their own company, Long Winter Media!  They work together to help individuals, businesses, and international non-profits creatively connect their stories with people through video, web, and graphic design.  Dan and Michaela recently filmed for a documentary tentatively titled, "What the HECK is in Omaha?"  INVENTION will be the first time they have worked together on a narrative film. Dan wrote the script and will direct the film, while Michaela is a producer of the project. Basically, they're the typical right brain/left brain opposites attract sort of folks. Learn more about Long Winter Media: http://www.longwintermedia.com/ 

YOUR MONEY:

This film will cost $8,000 to make and another $12-15,000 to distribute. We're asking you to help us with these goals. We're filming the project this Summer in Los Angeles, CA, and of your money will go directly toward production costs.

  • Camera and Sound equipment
  • Lighting
  • Location Rental
  • Actors
  • Crew
  • Building the INVENTION (based on the original artwork above)
  • Food on set (we don't want anyone passing out :) 
  • Editing the film

Learn more about the film: http://feedtheinvention.com/

THE CAST:

ANA || CAROLYNN PETERSON

Meet Carolynn Peterson. She'll be starring as Ana in INVENTION. When we told Carolynn she got the part, she literally burst into tears with joy. Which of course, made everyone else in the room cry (yes, even Dan). 

Carolynn is an 11 year old from Glendora, CA. She'll be starting middle school in the Fall, where she is excited to study math and science! When she's not in school she loves vacationing with her family in San Diego, bike riding, swimming, and horseback riding.  Carolynn has three pets, her two dogs Oliver and Roxee compete with Niblet, her guinea pig for attention.

MOM || JENNICA SCHWARTZMAN

Meet Jennica Schwartzman, she'll be playing the role of "Mom." We're thrilled to have her on board. Jennica Schwartzman is a full time Actress & Producer, living with her Husband & business partner in Hollywood, CA. Jennica starred in the award winning web series,"GOON," Award winning Indies "The Measure of a Man" & "Small Town," finished a short stint on long running and recently cancelled "All My Children," and is Producing and starring in the upcoming Roadtrip feature "Gordon Family Tree" along with Ryan Schwartzman & Richard Karn. Catch up on her award winning shorts & series on PurposePicturesProductions.com

DARRELL || ROSS BROOKS

We are excited to have Ross Brooks in the role of Darrell. Ross Brooks is an accomplished actor, director and playwright. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Boston University and an alumnus of the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. A recent West Coast transplant, Ross is originally from Nashville, TN, where he performed regularly with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Children’s Theatre, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Since moving to the West Coast, Ross has completed a number of commercial projects including Pepsi, Bosch Power Tools, The Home Depot, Arthur Christmas, and Legoland. Film credits include Prodigal Sons and Who Loves Judas?, winner of the Audience Favorite Award at the Burbank Film Festival. Ross is very excited to be a part of Invention. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son and two dogs.

THE CREW:

WRITER/DIRECTOR || DANIEL W. LONG Dan has been involved in numerous film projects as editor, writer, and assistant on set.  With INVENTION, he's looking forward to stepping into the director role with a great team.  He wrote the story as a way to wrestle with his own forgetful childhood, a time he remembers filled with yellow-post-it reminders from his mother.

PRODUCER || EUGENE SUEN Eugene Suen is a filmmaker and the Co-Director of Fuller Seminary's Reel Spirituality Institute. Raised in Taipei and Chicago, Eugene has co-directed the City of the Angels Film Festival and is a member of the New York-based Almond Tree Films, the team behind the acclaimed Munyurangabo, an official selection at Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. He recently produced Abigail Harm, an upcoming film by Lee Isaac Chung starring Amanda Plummer, Will Patton, and Burt Young. He's proud and excited to be working with Dan, Michaela, and Katie on Long Winter Media's first narrative project Invention. 

PRODUCER || KAITE REIDY Originally from Chicago, Katie has recently made Los Angeles her home in an effort to pursue a career as a film producer. A graduate of the notable Act One Producing and Executive Program, Katie puts her skills to use at the award winning Metanoia Films where they are currently in post-prodcution on the feature Little Boy.

PRODUCER || MICHAELA O'DONNELL LONG Michaela navigated her way into the film world through Dan, her husband. Pursuing a degree in Leadership, she finds filmmaking a perfect place to work with others toward a common goal. She is especially excited about, INVENTION, Long Winter Media's first narrative project.

ART DESIGNER || EVAN WOOLERY We are thrilled to have Evan Woolery as the concept and art designer on INVENTION. Any image you see of the invention has been hand crafted by Evan. Evan is a concept designer, storyboard artist, and illustrator for the entertainment industry. Storytelling has always been his passion as a creator, a viewer, and reader, and it shows in his ability to bring a film to life in the inanimate objects and environments he designs around the human characters.  In 2011, he founded Pink Eye Studio with the purpose of bringing infectious storytelling to clients and his own projects. You can connect with Evan through his site: pinkeyestudio.com

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY || LANCE KUHNS

Originally from Nebraska and now living in Los Angeles, Lance has been a visual storyteller from a young age. Both his use of camera and his attention to lighting play an integral role in his creation of authentic visuals as he strives to reflect the stories in the most unique and honest way. 

POST-PRODUCTION || MATTHEW SCHULER Matthew Schuler is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, best known for coining phrases such as, "Someday I'm going to give this all up and become a handsome billionaire." His work can be found at snowtone.org.

POST-PRODUCTION || MICHAEL W. MOORE I am so excited to be a part of Invention.  I have spent the last 12+ years of my life learning the trade of visual story-telling in various ways (camera work, lighting, sound design, producing, and most recently editing) and am excited to not only offer my artistic life into this process as well, but to learn from and with them. Some of my previous work includes working as a Director/Producer at PBS television and in Master Control for ABC television.  I was with ABC television for three years until I decided to move to Pasadena to attend Graduate School.  I am currently the Senior Video Producer/Editor in the marketing department of the institution. 

MORE CREW COMING SOON....

WANT TO DONATE BUT NEVER HEARD OF KICKSTARTER? 

Kickstarter is a trusted source for crowd funding. You register either through the site or through Facebook and make payments on Amazon. So, if you've ever bought anything on Amazon before, it's pretty similar. If you feel nervous, please send us an email, and we'll walk you through the process. Michaela@LongWinterMedia.com

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