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When odd items tied to the fate of 5 strangers appear on a sheep rancher’s land, it threatens to unravel her carefully constructed life
A sheep rancher's carefully constructed life unravels when strange things begin to happen on her ranch.
A sheep rancher's carefully constructed life unravels when strange things begin to happen on her ranch.
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The photo that inspired it all...
The photo that inspired it all...

8 HOURS TO GO!! THE "DRIVE TO $25K"!

Help us meet our stretch goal of $25,000 - an additional $5k - dedicated to artists (composer, editor, visual effects, sound design, etc) who will be mastering on our post-production efforts. We've added some cool new rewards (take a look at the "NEW" rewards to the right)! And if we hit the $25k mark, EVERY BACKER (new and old) will get an additional reward of the Behind The Scenes Outtakes video from the original Kickstarter video (and you'll see why Christian prefers to be behind the camera). Here's an excerpt from the BTS video...

A UNIQUE STORY

In 2004, while I was doing research for a Depression-era novel I was writing, I turned to a photo of a 1935 dust-bowl family by the side of the road. The black and white image showed their old truck surrounded by family members who sat close together in the background. In the foreground, looking into the camera, was a girl I once loved.

This is video that shows the girl I was once in love with seeing herself for the first time in that photo from 1935. Quoting songwriter Daniel Ahearn after he looked at it, "Watch this video - And lose your mind." 

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This snippet shows firsthand the themes and ideas I'm exploring: What if I'm not unique or rare? How far do we go to protect our sense of self?

It took me another 10 years after discovering the photo to create the story that resulted in CARBON, a sci-fi western that won the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival One Potato award for the best short screenplay. The finished film will premiere at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival. 

It is the story of Quinn Bolibar, who runs her sheep ranch the same way her Basque forebears did for more than a century. But when odd mementos of other people’s lives begin to appear on her land, Quinn sets out in search of their source. As the stakes turn deadly, Quinn catches up with a familiar figure who left them, and her connection to the strangers is revealed, threatening to unravel her carefully constructed life.

Location scouting with Producer Laura Mehlhaff
Location scouting with Producer Laura Mehlhaff

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS

Our initial ask is for $20k. It may well cost more than that, but we're working hard to be economical. Contributions toward CARBON will go to paying the dedicated and talented cast, crew and artists that are coming together to create the film. And it keeps them fed while on set and gives them a place to stay while we're on location. If you're reading this, you're probably well aware that these people spend years honing their respective crafts. And many times they do not get paid. We do everything we can, including dipping into own own pockets, to ensure that these talented folks get fairly compensated for the great work they do. 

REWARDS

We are proud to have support from the Sun Valley Film Festival, who is chipping in really cool backer rewards, including festival passes, party invites, airfare, lodging and more. We've also just announced some really cool NEW rewards at the $25, $50, $100 and $250 level!

THE FILMMAKING TEAM

Christian Lybrook | Writer, Director

Christian is a writer and filmmaker who got his start as a novelist before switching to film a decade ago. His films have appeared at festivals throughout the U.S., including the Tribeca Film Festival, Festival Sayulita (Mexico) and the Sun Valley Film Festival.

He is the recipient of filmmaking grants from the Idaho Film Office and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The series ZERO POINT, co-created with creative partner Gregory Bayne, participated in the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Project’s Emerging Storyteller’s Program, and the pilot episode won the 2015 Sun Valley Film Festival Gem State Award.

He and Bayne are also developing a new series, BRANDED, about an Idaho state police cattle inspector who is reluctantly pulled into the investigation of a grisly multiple homicide.

Laura Mehlhaff | Producer

Laura has worked in the industries of film and content creation for over ten years. The film Frozen River, for which Laura was on the producing team, was nominated for two Academy Awards, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, won two Gotham awards, and received seven nominations at the Spirit Awards. Her other works include the award winning film The Dry Land [America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Melissa Leo], award winning Magic Valley [Scott Glenn, Kyle Gallner, Matthew Gray Gubler, Will Estes], the award winning Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best [Melissa Leo, Andew McCarthy, Ryan O’Nan, Michael Weston, Arielle Kebbel], the Sundance hit Ass Backwards [Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, Vincent D’Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer], and more. Laura’s films have been showcased around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, SxSW, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and other keystone festivals.

Mehlhaff has produced work for Showtime, ESPN, Wall Street Journal’s Custom Studios, and more. In 2012, Laura helped launch the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival, and is entering her fourth year as the Director of Programming.

Gregory Bayne | DP, Editor

Gregory is veteran editor and cinematographer on numerous feature, documentary and short films, including Heather Rae’s award winning Trudell, Michael Hoffman’s Out of the Blue: A Film About Life & Football at Boise State, and Blackhorse Lowe’s B. Dreams, Bayne has produced and directed three feature films of his own since 2009: The narrative thriller Person of Interest, the intimate documentary Jens Pulver: Driven, a widely praised, fully fan-funded feature about the legendary mixed martial arts champion, Jens Pulver, and Bloodsworth - An Innocent Man, about Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States, due out in 2016.

A 2012 Fellow at the Sundance New Frontier Storytelling Lab, Bayne has been a guest speaker discussing the changing landscape of film, media, digital distribution and the effective use of crowd-funding. He has written articles on these topics, and the fundamentals of storytelling, for Filmmaker Magazine, WorkbookProject.com, and NoFilmShool.com. His body of work has been featured at industry gatherings including IFP’s Independent Film Week, and festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Seattle, Munich, and Dead Center.

THE ADVISORY TEAM

Notable filmmaker advisors for CARBON include Oscar-nominated screenwriter Craig Borten (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), award-winning producer Lauren Selig (LONE SURVIVOR), award-winning producer Heather Rae (FROZEN RIVER), award-winning producer and VP of Mandalay Pictures Jason Berman, and more.

Risks and challenges

Making an independent film is an exercise in risk. Circumstances shift and change every day. But we have a great team who are experienced and take their commitments seriously and the backing of the Sun Valley Film Festival, who is one of the producing partners. The advisors are all respected names within the film industry and won't let the risks overcome the prospect of completing a strong final film. Transparency is key to any successful endeavor and to that end I'm always available to discuss any concerns about risks associated with producing CARBON. Thanks for your interest and (hopefully) your support.

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    THE SUN VALLEY FILM FAN PACKAGE

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    • Concept artwork (digital download) from artist Chris Hunt
    • Essential filmmaker reading list curated by Screenwriter Craig Borten (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), VP of Mandalay Entertainment Jason Berman (LITTLE ACCIDENTS) and Producer Heather Rae (FROZEN RIVER).
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    • Admission to the VIP lounge during SVFF 2016, which includes parties, and the intimate special guest speakers series LOUNGE TALKS. Past guest speakers include Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC), Seth Gordon (HORRIBLE BOSSES), Trevor Groth (Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival), Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY), Lauren Selig (LONE SURVIVOR), and more.
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    • The 1935 never-before-revealed sauerkraut recipe from Christian's grandmother.

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    • Introduce Carbon at the world premiere at SVFF 2016
    • 2 VIP passes to the Sun Valley Film Festival
    • Airfare for 2 to the Sun Valley Film Festival
    • 4 nights lodging during the Sun Valley Film Festival 2016
    • BONUS: The super-secret 1935 Snickerdoodle cookie recipe from Christian's other grandmother

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