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Hello and thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page! We'd like to tell you about a short film we're making this summer in Los Angeles.
It's called A HELPING HAND.
A HELPING HAND is a dark comedy about a lonely physical therapist named Cynthia. Cynthia has dedicated her life to the service of others. One day Cynthia chooses to help the wrong person and nothing will ever be the same again.
A HELPING HAND stars the amazing Sandra Oh as Cynthia. Yes, that Sandra Oh. No, we are not making this up. (Come on, give us a little credit!)
Michael Stone and Todd Smith are the writer/directors. Jonathan Hludzinski and Susan Thampi are producing. Mike, Todd and Jon met at Columbia University's graduate film school. Susan hails from rival USC, but we like her anyway. All left with Masters degrees and massive amounts of student loan debt. YAY film school!
Thanks to Heidi Levitt Casting (the same wonderful people who brought you The Artist) our film features an incredible ensemble that we will post about in the coming days.
We are also thrilled to have Director of Photography Harris Charalambous on board. Harris comes to us from the beautiful island of Cyprus. A Cypriot DP named Harris...need we say more? Okay, fine, we'll say more. In addition to being remarkably talented, in addition to having lensed cult classic Deadgirl, Harris is very, very tall. Those hungry of eye may peruse his reel here.
Still here? If you've read this far, chances are you love movies as much as we do. Maybe you want to kick this relationship up a notch, get inside our heads a little. Maybe you're wondering what inspired A HELPING HAND. We'd love to share that with you.
There would be no A HELPING HAND without a film by Francois Ozon called See the Sea. You can stream it on Netflix. Go ahead, we'll wait. Did you like it? If you liked See the Sea, you are one sick puppy, and you're going to love A HELPING HAND. Another favorite of ours is Bunuel's Viridiana. Like See the Sea, Viridiana is a film in which the limits of altruism are made painfully clear, in the most delicious way. And don't even get me started on Michael Haneke. If I start talking about The Seventh Continent and Code Unknown, we're gonna be here all day. Bottom line, if you think there is a place for this kind of cinema and you want to see more of it, join us. We need your support.
On the right you will find a list of rewards we would like to offer you for giving A HELPING HAND a helping hand.
Together, we're going to make an incredible movie.
When you make a movie, the costs can seem never-ending. Whatever we take in beyond our original ask will allow us to spend more time refining our work in post-production - from more time with the editor to more time in color-correction (the reason every movie you ever thought looked good looked good). We can spend more on our sound mix and maybe even trick Philip Glass into composing our score by pretending to be someone really famous then blinding him with all our extra cash. In short, until A Helping Hand hits the screen, we will be spending beaucoup bucks to make it as good as it can be. And every donation helps in that process.
YES! It is. That said, we still have 15 hours to go, so it's not too late to donate.
You're right. In fact we're shooting now. This is happening, and it's happening because of you. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We wouldn't be here without your love and support! THANK YOU!!!
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