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Get the DVD and other goodies for the award-winning feature reality thriller DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE here.
Get the DVD and other goodies for the award-winning feature reality thriller DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE here.
Get the DVD and other goodies for the award-winning feature reality thriller DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE here.
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Dirty Step Upstage DVD Holiday Release!

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DIRTY STEP UPSTAGE DVD RELEASE is a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE

"Easily one of the best first-time director features we've ever seen." -Maverick Movie Awards

WHO IS THIS MOVIE FOR?

  • Movie/TV/Documentary/Foreign Film Lovers: David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Steven Soderberg's sex, lies and videotape, and Bob Fosse's All That Jazz are a few key influences for style and substance.  Throw in some subtitles (it is set in the French Riveria after all) and some Werner Hertzog docstyle, and you've got a unique movie experience for film lovers.
  •  Music Lovers: A wide variety of musical styles are heard in the film. One of the key characters, Girl In The Red Dress, also sings the title track in the style of Nine Inch Nails meets Madonna. Other artists include Donald Rubenstein (George A. Romero's cult classic Martin), The Reds (Michael Mann's Manhunter), Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4), and Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi, plus many more.
  • Dance Lovers: The theme of reality vs. fantasy plays a strong role in this film, resulting in rich 35mm dance sequences that plays throughout the film and climax in the finale. The dance is by the head choreographer of Israel's So You Think You Can Dance, featuring Kourtni Lind (So You Think You Can Dance, season 4), Thomas Puskailer (Ceska Slovenska Superstar), and Arielle Campbell (Hairspray).
  •  The edgy, dark, experimental: Dirty Step Upstage explores the dark side of human behavior, the exploitation of the vulnerable, and the complexities of jealousy and revenge. It is a commentary on reality TV and the quest for fame, no matter the price. It is told with adult language and violence and is not for the faint of heart.
  • Fame curious or hungry: This is a cautionary tale (based on a true story) for young performers that are exploited by powerful producers. Do you know someone who wants to be a big star? This might be a movie for them for a look behind the red, velvet curtain.

HOW WILL THE FUNDING BE USED?

The movie is finished. It played the film festival circuit. It won and was nominated for 18 awards around the world. Now it's time for you to see what all the fuss was about.

The goal will cover the DVD duplication for 1000 DVDs, which have already been ordered. All the other merch is in stock, so once that minimum goal is reached (and the DVDs are received), we will ship out your gift in time for the holiday season. The sooner we hit the goal, the sooner we ship, so spreading the word is good for everyone.

*As a special bonus, if your name is mentioned as a referral we'll include a personalized photo (valid for shipment orders only).

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU (THE BACKER)?

MERCH! and DEALS! Amazing deals on lots of Merch!

Check out the column on the right for the full run down, but here's a quick breakdown of the great rewards that can be yours:

  • Online shout outs (Facebook, Twitter, and personal email)
  • Music and Movie downloads
  • The DVD, of course, with lots of extras
  • The official soundtrack and 3-song EP from Girl In The Red Dress
  • The double-sided movie poster
  • The Girl In The Red Dress T-shirt
  • A limited edition latex CD case
  • Private Skype chat with me, the filmmaker.
  • Private meet the filmmaker dinner in NYC
  • Exclusive previews
  • AND MORE!

Shipping is included for all US backers.  Notes on international shipping are on each reward, but if in doubt write me at sale@almtalkies.com and we'll figure it out.

MORE ON THE MOVIE:

Dirty Step Upstage is an independently produced film by me, filmmaker Amber Moelter. The journey started in 2006 when I was invited to the Midem Music Market in Cannes, France and after everything that could go wrong did, I decided to make a movie about it. Coming from a dance and musical theater background, I learned about the filmmaking process every step of the way: from writing, shooting, and editing.  This has been a passion project for the last 5 years and I am so happy (and relieved) to finally release it to the public. I also appear in the movie as myself and perform (singing and dancing in a fabulous latex dress) as Girl In The Red Dress.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is not a date movie. This is a dark, weird, experimental, reality thriller about the dirty things that people can do to each other via betrayal, revenge, and fame. It is not rated, but if it was it would probably have a R rating. Not for the kiddies.

See the trailer here

FESTIVALS & QUOTES:

  • Illinois International Film Festival 2010 (Official Selection)
  • International Film Festival Ireland 2010 (Official Selection)
  • Moondance Film Festival 2010 (Semi-finalist)
  • Route 66 Film Festival 2010 (Official Selection)
  • The Accolade Competition 2010 (Best of Show: Feature Film)
  • World Music and Independent Film Festival 2010 (Best Actress, Actor & Soundtrack nominations)
  • Amsterdam Film Festival 2010 (Best Drama)
  • Mexico International Film Festival 2010 (Silver Palm Award)
  • Cannes Independent Film Festival 2010 (Official Selection)
  • Maverick Movie Awards 2009 (Best Actress)
  • Maverick Movie Awards 2009 (Best Film, Director, Screenplay, & 6 other nominations)
  • Chashama Film Festival 2009 (Best Actress)

"Dirty Step Upstage's captivating choreography will mesmerize its viewers."    -Gina McClain, AFF Director

"My personal fave is Dirty Step Upstage. Director Amber Moelter keeps the viewer guessing: is it a real documentary or a fictional thriller? The characters are ominous, secretive, and oblivious, driven by obsession, fame, and revenge. The visuals are supplemented by a soundtrack that's memorable and infectious." -Shanece's Compass, Chashama Film Festival Blog

"It was an honor to present a performance and film by an actress/songwriter/first-time director whose talents encompass multiple art forms." -Rick Kariolic, Artistic Director, Chashama Film Festival

THANK YOU!

Without your support I'd be $2,000 in the hole (plus the amount it took to make the movie in the first place!) and I'd have to find a place for 1,000 DVDs in my apartment.  Movies are made to be watched and shared and discussed. I have many other projects on the way and I hope to be able to share them with you, now that we are friends and all. 

Thank you again for reading to the bottom of the page. Now, go pick out some aweome rewards over on the right! >>>>>>>>>

I hope you like my strange brew that is "DSU".-Amber (aka Girl In The Red Dress)

PS. Check the UPDATES for more info on how I made the film, including videos, photos, and juicy gossip.

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    DIRTY THANKS:
    Every little bit helps, and for your support I will Tweet, Facebook and personally email my gratitude to you. You'll get project updates, with never-before-seen stills, and links to featurettes and downloadable wallpapers.

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    DIRTY SONG:
    You'll get the online shout outs. You'll get the updates. And in my personal email to you I'll also include the MP3 of the title track, featuring the amazing Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4) on guitar.

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    DIRTY MOVIE:
    Online shout outs. Check. Title track MP3. Check. How about the movie? Can do. For your Lincoln, I'll send you the digital download of the movie, available prior to public download launch. Now you can finally see what all the fuss was about.

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    DIRTY MUSIC VIDEO:
    Get all of the above, plus see the top-secret Dirty Step Upstage music video via password-protected access before it is publicly released. Featuring Kourtni Lind (So You Think You Can Dance), Thomas Puskailer (Cesko Slovenska Superstar), and Arielle Thomas (Hairspray).

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    DIRTY DVD:
    This is what you came for, isn't it?
    Besides all the previous goodies, you will be one of the first to own the "Dirty Step Upstage" DVD. Packed full of goodies, the DVD also features the official "DSU" music video, the trailer, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the full electronic press kit so you can read all the key players and learn about the ins and outs of making a self-funded indie feature.
    (International backers, please add $15 for shipping)

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    DIRTY MOVIE & MUSIC:
    You get all the above, plus the "Dirty Step Upstage" soundtrack, with amazing tracks by Girl In The Red Dress, Donald Rubenstein (George A. Romerao's "Martin"), The Reds (Michael Mann's "Manhunter"), Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4) and more.
    (International backers, please add $15 for shipping)

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    DIRTY POSTER GIRL:
    Girl In The Red Dress is not only a character in the film, but also the voice behind the opening and closing songs in the movie. In this package you'll get everything above, PLUS the GITRD 3 song EP "Disguise" and the DOUBLE SIDED "Dirty Step Upstage" poster, with the movie poster on one side and artwork of Girl on the back, by Parisienne artist Ginkgo.
    (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY SHIRT:
    100% cotton high quality black T-shirt, featuring the Girl In The Red Dress Dress logo by German artist Gernot. Plus all the goodies above. Please specify size: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Quantities are limited.
    (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY DVD BUNDLE:
    This is a new offer: 5 DVDs. Get this reward package on its own or add it to any of the other deals, and now you have 5 extra DVDs to give away to your coolest, strangest friends. (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY CD CASE:
    This is extremely special: a limited edition CD case made out of the same red latex as the Girl In The Red Dress's dress. Designed by couture latex designer Vex Clothing, this features a corset closing, just like Girl's dress. Also doubles as edgy handbag. Very limited, get it fast. Get everything above as well.
    (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY MEDIA BUNDLE:
    Similar to the DVD Bundle, this package gives you 5 extra copies of the DVD, the soundtrack, and the Girl In The Red Dress EP. That's 15 DVDs and CDs total to regift to your friends and family. Now you don't need to worry about last minute shopping this year. You can grab this deal on its own, or add it to any other reward level. (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY FAN:
    For the ultimate fan: you'll get everything above, plus a handful of exclusives for your eyes only. This includes a personalized certificate, an inside look to making the film including: early drafts of the script, Bollywood-inspired storyboards, and password protected access to never-before-seen interview and performance footage from the film's NYC premiere. (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY BONUS BUNDLE:
    The ultra add-on package, this is just like the DIRTY MEDIA BUNDLE: you get 5 DVDs, 5 soundtracks, and 5 EPs, PLUS you get 5 DOUBLE-SIDED posters, featuring the movie poster on one side and art of Girl In The Red Dress by Parisienne artist Ginkgo on the back. If you do the math, you'll see this is a sweet deal. You can add this on to any other package or get it on its own. (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY TALK:
    Have burning questions about the movie, the music, the production or anything else related to "Dirty Step Upstage"? In addition to all the other goodies, get a half hour Skype chat with me, Amber Moelter (director/producer/writer/editor and Girl In The Red Dress). (International backers, please contact me at sales@almtalkies.com for shipping rates).

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    DIRTY DINNER:
    Are you coming to New York City? Want to pick my brain over dinner? I'll give you an hour at a cool restaurant in Manhattan, where we can talk about movies, music, and more (subject to availability). This also includes everything above.
    (Travel and accommodation not included. Meal includes main and drink. The merchandise will be delivered in person. Must be used within 6 months).

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    DIRTY PRODUCER:
    Fund the whole thing in one fell swoop and I'll slap your name on the website (under construction) as DVD EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. Plus all the other goodies too, of course.

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