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Update #1

[TOR] What If You Throw A Party And Nobody Comes?

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I don't know the answer.

Because thanks to you all for showing up and being amazing, The Time of Reflection reached full funding in under eight hours!

I'm overwhelmed by all this initial support, and I'm already thinking we might even be able to fund the entire print run here. To that purpose, I now introduce the first of some fun and (I think) unique...

As some of you know, a short comedy film I co-wrote and starred in will have its world premiere at the International Cycling Film Festival in Herne, Germany, October 6. If we reach $1200 in funding before then, backers of this project will get an exclusive online screening of the complete film the day after it premieres. I'll make it available via streaming from October 7th through the end of the campaign.

"Fin de Siecle" (or "End of the Century") is the story of Rand, who drives the SAG-wagon on his cyclist wife's first century ride (100 miles). He struggles to keep up as she depends less on his "Support and Gear" and more on her attractive young trainer.

English language audio. No subtitles.

(And if we reach $2K, backers will also get to see a deleted sequence which didn't fit well with the rest of the completed project, but we liked it so much that the director turned it into a delightful little short film of its own.)

Thanks for believing in us, and for your interest in our project!

- Alex

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