The Hour before Morning is science fiction, set in a far-future society with brilliant visual effects, telepathy, and space ships. But whether it's now or 10,000 years from now, it's a story about life, that tangled knot of regret, hope, and love that makes us human.
Elek is a man who cannot stop himself from killing. But when he finds himself in prison with a famous nonviolent protestor and a woman who gave her freedom to free her husband from colonial servitude, the three of them embark on a journey that will make them come to terms with their pasts and themselves. But is it too late for Elek to overcome the rage that has dominated his life? Will his friends die at his hands? Will their oppressors execute them? Or is there another hope?
In 1996 as a college undergrad, I began writing the novel version of The Hour before Morning. By 2007, I'd formed a clear vision of adapting this novel into a thoughtful, sci fi art film and got great support from Tom Blank's screenwriting workshop in Eugene, Oregon. Once the script was complete, I got together with some amazingly talented people, and we made the vision a reality. Now, we're nearing the end of post-production, and we're asking your help to get us that last bit of the way and bring this truly different movie to you.
To get a taste of our film, check out the video clip below: a flashback from the past of Jenchae, the peaceful rebel leader:
We're here to raise $5000 to give The Hour before Morning the final push it needs to be completed and be seen as the work of art is can be.
Where will your contribution go?
• Fantastic Visual Effects by Michael Miller of Altered Impact: $1000
• Scrupulous Editing by Matt Pryor: $600
• Rich Post-Production Sound by Ostin Drais: $500
• Film Festival Entry and Travel Costs: $1200
• Limited DVD Run: $600
• Kickstarter and Amazon Fees: $375
• Estimated Rewards Fulfillment: $725 (Any extra funds will go toward broadening our festival reach.)
On behalf of everyone involved with The Hour before Morning, our heartfelt thanks for your help and belief in our movie.
-- Arwen Spicer, Writer and Producer
To learn more about The Hour before Morning, watch our behind-the-scenes video:
Risks and challenges
They say in film that if you want good quality, get money or go slow. We've gone very slow! This film has been in post-production for three years now. The good news is that it's almost done: we just need to keep chugging.
Our biggest challenge at this point is distribution. Our budget has gone toward creating the film itself and now, as we face our last piece of post-production and moving our project out to festivals, we need funds. We want you to see our strange, philosophical sci fi movie. We'd love to float it to lots of venues and garner some recognition. With your help, we can make that happen. We're close: thanks in advance for helping us cross the finish line!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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