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After losing his entire family to unforgivable violence, a small-town engineer must find the way and will to live and love again... Read more

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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 31, 2013.

After losing his entire family to unforgivable violence, a small-town engineer must find the way and will to live and love again...

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On a tragic day in December 1996, Ron Moore's entire world was shattered. All that he knew, trusted and loved was lost. The catalyst? A school shooting that would eventually claim as collateral damage the lives of his wife, daughter and stepson.

"The moments that change our lives are the ones we never see coming."

From climbing into the bottom of a liquor bottle to finding his way back to love once again, this film is not about Ron's tragedy, but of his ultimate redemption. Our hope in sharing Ron's story is not only to shed light on these senseless acts, but also to engage our audience in a dialogue surrounding this unsettling trend… but we need your help!

 JEFF TALKS BUILDING BRIDGES ON THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW

CASTING UPDATE: 12/11/13 ALANA ARENAS joins BUILDING BRIDGES.

Steppenwolf Ensemble Member ALANA ARENAS, is currently appearing on the Steppenwolf stage in the Off-Broadway hit, Tribes. Other theatre credits include The Tempest, The Crucible and The Sparrow Project. Television and film credits include The Beast, Kabuku Rides and Lioness of Lisabi. "Alana is a great talent and a terrific addition to our merry band of gypsies. Welcome aboard!" - Tom Verica, Director

CASTING UPDATE: 11/16/13 BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!!

ELIZABETH PERKINS has just joined the cast of BUILDING BRIDGES!! A Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress, Elizabeth was most recently seen on HBO's hit series Weeds.  Her other film and television credits include About Last Night, Big, Avalon, and Miracle on 34th Street. "We're crazy lucky to have Elizabeth joining our cast. Her work is  just beautiful and always so memorable."  Tom Verica, Director

Check out Elizabeth's personal video on why she's moved to help tell this story...

Completing our Main Cast…

JEFF PERRY, current starring as 'Cyrus Beene' on ABC's smash hit Scandal, is also the co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Steppenwolf Films. Jeff's additional TV credits include Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break, and Tony Award winning productions of The Grapes of Wrath and August: Osage County.

KADEE STRICKLAND, undoubtedly most recognized for her work on ABC's Private Practice, has joined the cast as well. Her recent film work includes The Flock, The Family That Preys, The Grudge and Something's Gotta Give. 

GUILLERMO DIAZ, who currently stars as 'Huck' on ABC's hit Scandal. Other television and film credits include Weeds, Mercy, Half Baked, Chelsea WallsThe Terminal, Stonewall and 200 Cigarettes.

CULLEN DOUGLAS wrote the screenplay for BUILDING BRIDGES. His recent acting credits include True BloodScandalGrey's Anatomy, Shuttle and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

DIRECTOR: TOM VERICA

TOM VERICA currently serves as Head Director and Co-Executive Producer on ABC's Scandal. He's also helmed episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and The Mentalist. As an actor, he was a series regular on American Dreams, The Nine, LA Law and The Naked Truth. Tom has a very clear vision for telling this story:                      

"My challenge is to find a balance with levity or laughter, amidst the pain and sorrow - because ultimately, this is a love story." -- Tom Verica

 CINEMATOGRAPHER: OLIVER BOKELBERG

OLIVER BOKELBERG currently serves as DP on ABC's Scandal. His othercredits include The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win and Dark Matter. His television pilots include Dirty Sexy Money, Trauma, Raines and Up All Night.

CASTING DIRECTOR: LINDA LOWY

 Three time Emmy winner LINDA LOWY earned statues for her work on TV's Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy and the television movie Bastard Out of Carolina. Her film work includes Nell, Under the Tuscan Sun and Wild Things.

Steppenwolf Films is a Chicago based film company formed by Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Theatre founders - Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise. Their focus and mission is in developing and producing new work, to promote the actors and directors with long-standing relationships through the Steppenwolf Theatre.

SO, WHY KICKSTARTER?

One of Ron Moore's biggest concerns with sharing his story on the big screen was that "things will get “Hollywood-ized". Under our watch, that’s not going to happen. We initially moved our project through the traditional channels and the feedback on the script was excellent. BUT… and there's always a but, they felt for them to make the film a "big box office draw" we needed to change the script to make it an A-list celebrity vehicle.

In our opinion, those changes would have compromised the story, pulling the audience out of the film. We want to make our film the right way, for the right reasons; and we want to be able to cast the right actors for the roles.

SO, HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED?

We hope to raise a minimum of $500,000 to make BUILDING BRIDGES. Would we like to have more? Hell, yes!! But we know we can make an incredible film if only our minimum goal is met.

This is a true passion project for all of us and every dollar raised will be put on the screen. The exciting thing about Kickstarter is that we eliminate the middle man, allowing us to make the film we've always envisioned.

The way things work here are simple. If we don't reach our goal by the date listed, no money exchanges hands. We've set a minimum financial goal, a timeline and created special incentives at different levels of funding. So please, give what you can and just as importantly, spread the word.

Once we reach our funding goal, we're looking to film just outside of Chicago, IL in June of 2014, affording us proximity to the Steppenwolf Ensemble as well as Steppenwolf Films' strong ties within the Illinois Film Commission and Arts Community.

We have an amazing opportunity to tell an important story. But, we can't do it without you. We hope that you will seriously consider supporting BUILDING BRIDGES.  

Thanks for your time -

Jeff Perry and The Creative Team

Risks and challenges

We all agree, film making is a crazy, unpredictable business with a lot of unknowns. But, we’ve minimized those variables by starting with an extraordinary true story, a strong script, a "dream team" behind the camera and of course an award winning cast. It's impossible to guarantee everything will manifest itself as we might hope, but at the end of the day, we know we’ll have created an incredible film.

TO CLARIFY - The video at the top of the page is our "pre-production trailer". We've yet to shoot the actual film. It was created solely to give you a glimpse into the look and tone of the film.

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    OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

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    Cyrus' Season Of Giving Challenge:

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    THANK YOU TWEET - You'll receive an official tweet from us, thanking you for helping us tell this story.

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    PRODUCTION VIDEO JOURNAL - Each week during filming, you'll be emailed our Production Video Journal. It might include behind the scenes footage, ride alongs with Tom on location scouts or exclusive cast and crew interviews. // You'll also be listed on our website as a "True Indie Film Hero".

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    SIGNED PAGE OF THE SCRIPT AND CAST PHOTO - You'll be emailed pdf copies of the script's title page signed by the entire cast and crew. As well as a fun photo of the cast and crew signing the script, both suitable for framing.//
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    OFFICIAL CAST & CREW T-SHIRT - Usually only reserved for the cast and crew, you'll receive the Official Building Bridges T-Shirt. Wear it with pride. // You'll also receive all the rewards previously listed.

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    SET OF THREE 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR MINI "THE SANDLOT "QUOTE" POSTERS - The Sandlot is often considered the best baseball movie ever made! Own a piece of history. These “quote” posters are mini 9X12, and include the memorable words - “You’re Killin’ Me Smalls!” “Legends Never Die.” and “Forr - Evv - Errr." A must have!!

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    OFFICIAL CAST & CREW BALL CAP - A Baseball cap emproidered with the Building Bridges logo - usually only reserved for cast and crew. // You'll also receive all the rewards previously listed.

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    SIGNED 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR "THE SANDLOT" T-SHIRT - Own a piece of film history, own a piece of Americana. THE SANDLOT has been called one of the best baseball films ever made. Inscribed just to you and signed by director/writer David Mickey Evans, this T-Shirt is a must have!!

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    SIGNED BASEBALL - THE SANDLOT has been called one of the best baseball movies ever made! The director/writer of the flix, David Mickey Evans will sign this baseball just for you! And remember, not only are you getting a piece of Americana, you're also helping us make our film.

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    OFFICIAL POSTER - You'll be mailed our film's poster, suitable for framing, signed by the cast. // You'll also receive all the rewards previously listed.

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    SET OF THREE 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR "THE SANDLOT "QUOTE" POSTERS - The Sandlot is often considered the best baseball movie ever made! Own a piece of history. These “quote” posters are 30x40, and include the memorable words - “You’re Killin’ Me Smalls!” “Legends Never Die.” and “Forr - Evv - Errr." Suitable for framing. A must have!!

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    SPECIAL FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN LOS ANGELES - We'll screen the final cut of the film just for you and other special backers before it’s released or hits the festival circuit, followed by a Q&A session. Travel to and accommodations in LA not provided.

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    SPECIAL FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN BILLINGS, MT - Meet the real Ron Moore in his hometown of Billings. We'll screen the final cut of the film just for you and other special backers before it’s released or hits the festival circuit, followed by a Q&A session. Travel to and accommodations in Billings not provided.

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    SPECIAL FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN ORLANDO, FL - We'll screen the final cut of the film just for you and other special backers before it’s released or hits the festival circuit, followed by a Q&A session. Travel to and accommodations in Orlando not provided.

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    SPECIAL FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN CHICAGO - We'll screen the final cut of the film just for you and other special backers before it’s released or hits the festival circuit, followed by a Q&A session. Travel to and accommodations in Chicago not provided.

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    SCANDAL SIGNED CAST PHOTO - You'll receive a photo signed by and featuring the entire cast of TV's smash hit series SCANDAL. Suitable for framing. Someone on your Holiday shopping list? "It's Handled!"

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    VIP RECEPTION IN CHICAGO - Following the film's screening you and one guest are invited to a Special VIP reception.

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    VIP RECEPTION IN LA - Following the film's screening you and one guest are invited to a Special VIP reception.

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    BUILDING BRIDGES SET VISIT - Come watch the film being made. Meet and break bread with the cast and crew. You'll also receive the cast and crew T-shirt and ball cap. Travel and accommodations in Chicago not provided.

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    THE SANDLOT GIFT PACKAGE - The Sandlot has been called one of the best baseball films ever made!! As a way of thanking you, writer/director David Mickey Evans has offered us this once in a lifetime package. You'll receive: A signed copy of the Shooting Script for The Sandlot.
    A signed 20th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Sandlot. As well as a signed 20th Anniversary Tour mini poster (9X12). This incredible package is a must have for any true fan of the film!! “Forr - Evv - Errr."

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    YOU'RE IN THE FILM - You'll be an extra in the film. You'll get to meet the cast and crew working that day. We can't absolutely guarantee you'll make the final cut, but we guarantee you'll make great memories.You'll also receive the cast and crew T-shirt and ball cap. Travel and accommodations in Chicago not provided.

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    STEPPENWOLF BACKSTAGE TOUR - You'll be lead backstage on a guided tour by Steppenwolf co-founder Jeff Perry. A personal journey of America's preeminent theatre company. And you never know who you might bump into...

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    SCANDAL SIGNED SCRIPT & DVD SET - You'll receive an actual copy of a shooting script from TV's smash hit series SCANDAL, signed by the cast!! AND we'll also throw in the DVD SET from the season the script is paired with - An amazing gift for any Scandal fan or collector!!

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    LAKERS LUXURY SUITE WITH TOM VERICA -This is the way to do it up right! Not only will you watch the Lakers game in style, you'll be able to pitch Tom your movie idea... ;) They've just announce that Kobe's going to be back on the court... gonna be quite a show. BTW, all food and drink is included in this exclusive luxury suite "Deal" - It's a slam dunk! Travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles not provided.

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    CLIPPERS LUXURY SUITE WITH TOM VERICA -Not a fan of those other guys? No worries, we've got you covered. Not only will you watch the Clippers game in style, you'll be able to pitch Tom that movie idea of yours... ;) All food and drink is included in this exclusive luxury suite "Deal" - It's a slam dunk! Travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles not provided.

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    FEATURED EXTRA - You'll be featured next to one of our main cast members in a scene. We can't absolutely guarantee you'll make the final cut, but we can absolutely guarantee you'll have an unforgettable day! You'll also receive the cast and crew T-shirt and ball cap. Travel and accommodations in Chicago not provided.

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    DINNER WITH THE DIRECTOR AND MAIN CAST - You're invited to dinner in Los Angeles with our Director, Tom Verica as well as cast members Jeff Perry, Cullen Douglas and Guillermo Diaz. Travel and accommodations not provided.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - You'll be an "Honorary" Associate Producer on the film, and see your name in the end credits. You and a guest are also invited to one of the Special Screenings and VIP Reception. Travel and accommodations not provided.

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    WALK ON ROLE - You'll actually be in the film, and you may even be given a line! You'll go through hair and make up. A once in a lifetime experience!!! You'll also receive the cast and crew T-shirt and ball cap. Travel and accommodations in Chicago not provided.

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    PRIVATE WRAP PARTY - When the film wraps, you'll be there with us to celebrate!!! Hear stories from the set, watch outtakes and bloopers, we may even get Guillermo and Jeff to sing a karaoke duet!

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    EXCLUSIVE DINNER WITH TONY GOLDWYN, BELLAMY YOUNG, KATE BURTON, JEFF PERRY & DAN BUCATINSKY - This incredible reward gets you a seat, at one of hottest tables in town! An intimate Dinner with actors Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Kate Burton, Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky; who currently play the President, First Lady, Vice President, Chief of Staff and his journalist husband on the smash hit series, SCANDAL!!! Travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles not provided. Get one quick - to save your seat!

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    EXCLUSIVE DINNER WITH HIT TV SHOW CAST
    Intimate Dinner w/ Jeff Perry & Guillermo Diaz along with Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Columbus Short, Scott Foley and special guest star Linda Lowy, 3-time Emmy winning casting director of Scandal, Greys Anatomy, Private Practice & Friday Night Lights!

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