About this project
BEREAVE is a feature length film that stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) & Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers)
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WHO WE ARE
Evangelos & George Giovanis have self financed all their films by building, working and then selling small restaurants. Needless to say they almost bankrupted the family (sorry mom & dad) in pursuing their dream.
Eventually however their socially conscious, award winning, feature films - that have screened at prestigious festivals around the world and racked up awards - reminded critics and audiences of early Scorsese, Tarantino and John Cassavetes.
Our second feature film LAND OF NOD won Best Picture and the Digital Alexander Award at the prestigious Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Our third feature RUN IT won the Gold Award for Best Feature at the Philafilm Festival, Honorable Mention at the Canada International Film Festival, Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and Gold Kahuna at the Honolulu International Film Festival.
"The tone and feel is raw, the actions and scenes can be abrasive and offensive at times and it doesn’t pull any punches in any direction. Despite its roughest moments, however, it retains a certain disturbing charm." ~ FILM THREAT by: Mark Bell
Read full review: http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/66464/ or visit our site http://www.runitthefilm.com/
(Check out our $35 perk on how to get a copy of both our films!)
Our only rule is every film must be better than the last. And that brings us to BEREAVE.
Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary - he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.
Try telling a producer "we don't make movies to make money, we make money to make movies."
Every horror story (creative differences, loss of final cut, casting decisions etc.) you have heard; is true. Cue the violins, but that seems to be the nature of the business and we get it. But so what? We can change that together.
Here is a copy/paste of some email comments from credible producers (some names have been omitted) so you get a sense of the struggle:
"You should stop writing meaningful scripts and do a horror script or something commercial damn it. Just do one so we can get our foot in the door." - My brother - George Giovanis
Here is another:
"I took a look at BEREAVE. It was a well written character piece, but needed a bit more levity brought in. I feel this would cater to the MARIGOLD HOTEL crowd, but the end also felt a bit too downbeat to leave you with as good a feeling. I liked the writing, but felt this would be a bit of an uphill battle commercially speaking for us.
Thank you for sending this my way and please let me know if you have anything else that would fit our mandate."
Here is another:
"I hope you guys are well. It's been a while since we last spoke. We have tried on this end to figure out what we can do to try to get BEREAVE made. There is potential opportunity to get funding for the film but that would mean that you would have to give up the position of Director."
Like we said, we have invested our life savings in our art. We certainly have sacrificed and lead by example. If you invest in us, you are investing in a real underdog; that's the bottom line.
We now need a hero (cue the music). But you don't need a costume to help. Just generosity and love of independent films. Will you help us?
We've tried the rest and now we're going to try the best.
As filmmakers, we realize that KICKSTARTER'S all or nothing approach is truly the best method. The community is larger and people support each other.
Filmmaking is a very challenging and extremely expensive process. We need to pay for locations, travel, food, accommodations, equipment, audio, insurance, post work, crew, costumes, makeup, design, bail money - for a lot of people! That's where your money would be going.
We would love to ask for millions and it will be a severe struggle to make our feature with $100,000 but we believe in resourcefulness and understand that money is extremely tight out there. Please know; the more you give, the less dependent we will be and the better our film will be. Everybody involved is treating it as a labor of love; that's the biggest reason we are here. Like usual, the Giovanis brothers will be working for NO SALARY. Will you join us?
You may know Malcolm from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, HALLOWEEN, THE ARTIST, O LUCKY MAN or another 120 films he starred in!
He has also made over 82 TV appearances in shows such as ENTOURAGE, FRANKLIN & BASH and THE MENTALIST.
Since signing on a few months ago, BEREAVE has become Malcolm's passion project. We all refuse to quit on this story. Malcolm loves our vision, our script and believes in it with all his might - so much so that he has become an Executive Producer and is invested heart and soul... and then some. He even wishes us to direct the thing! If you believe in us like he does, we can achieve everything.
You may know Jane, a two time Golden Globe and one time Emmy winner as our favorite James Bond girl ever!!! in LIVE AND LET DIE, or her roles in films such as WEDDING CRASHERS, LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE or another 30 films she has starred in!
Jane has also made over 77 TV appearances in shows such as DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, EAST OF EDEN or FRANKLIN & BASH.
It is with extreme pleasure that we announce singing sensation VASSY has joined the BEREAVE team!
First-ever Australian recording artist to chart and reach NUMBER ONE on the USA Billboard Club Chart with a debut solo single in March 2013 (“We Are Young”) Vassy is deftly talented at penning strong lyrics that convey her own upbeat, hand-clapping & foot-stomping attitude towards life; Positive and uplifting, they whisk the listener away to a happier place. Check out our KISS MY VASSY PERK!
HELP FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
Our goal is to debut the film at CANNES Film Festival or some other top tier festival in 2014. If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away and shoot this Fall. We will surround ourselves with very experienced co-producers, a great cinematographer and a fantastic team! All things you will know before anybody else with our DEAR DIARY perk!
Your perks and presents for helping us make this possible will be sent out in a professional manner. Many elements of the rewards will be fulfilled well before Fall of 2014, which is when we hope to release the film and have all of our premieres and screenings. For those of you who are joining us on set or attending an event, we will keep you in the loop on our schedule.
THE FINE PRINT
• If you have pledged $20 or more, please note that the PDF Scripts will be sent to you once the film has been released. This script may not be distributed, published, or sold at any time. And for our European friends, note on our $35 perk, our DVD is region free :)
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in the Fall in Los Angeles. However, this has the potential to change (depends on our raise). We will keep you updated and give you 20 days notice so you can plan ahead to visit us and make travel arrangements.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release form.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• All aspects of production, are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise.
• My final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.
• This fund raising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter regulations/rules, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
• For those of you who order our perks, you agree those perks shall not be distributed, duplicated or sold at any time.
• Jack Nicholson is not in our film and Malcolm was only joking when he called him a "son of a bitch." Just checking to see if you read all the way to this point ;)
There are a lot of difficulties to overcome when shooting a film. It's impossible to guarantee everything will happen as smoothly as we wish it to, but in the end, we know we will make a beautiful film! See you at the movies! We LOVE YOU!
Be part of our journey, you'll be surprised what even $1 can do. You'll be surprised how inspirational you may become.
Risks and challenges
They say the only things certain in life are death and taxes. I don't agree. Pursuing a dream - whatever it may be - is a challenge that allows us to feel integrity, honor and passion. In fighting to realize our full potential; we live. The proper posture in pursuing our dreams is upright and tall; we humbly ask that you stand with us. When there is a wall in front of you, sometimes you climb over it, sometimes you go around it and sometimes you smash through it. We can't guarantee all things will go smoothly but with your love and support, we will get to the other side and complete our goal. Filmmaking is difficult but we are extremely resilient. Upon completion of our campaign, we will instantly go from development to pre-production. Should any problems arise with our enterprise for any reason, we will work with everybody involved to provide a solution. We are optimistic and have a detailed plan for production with a very experienced team, but if we need to change a perk for any reason, we will always try to match or improve our original. Let's do this together!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Gorilla style! Also, we have an Angel investor that will match funds up to 50%. The directors/producers are NOT getting paid, and EVERYBODY is taking pay cuts. It is LOVE LOVE LOVE for the project.
No worries. When you use our link to our project and purchase our perks off our Kickstarter page, rest assured that when you go to Amazon to actually pay - your funds are coming to us and our project (should we reach our goal).
In setting up our Amazon account, and when prompted to fill in our details, we had assumed Amazon wanted our business name. Since our campaign is being run as an individual, we entered "no name" and hence we got stuck with that. When brought to our attention, we alerted Amazon. They said we are fine, our account is OK as is. We could change it if we want but it would mean shutting down and a redo. Since we are already rolling with the campaign, we wish not to inconvenience you or slow our progress down. Thank you to all who are involved.
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