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The film Billy Shakespeare asks, "What if Shakespeare never lived in the 1500s but lived in Hollywood today peddling his screenplays?"

Voorhees Films has just completed the production phase of Billy Shakespeare, a full-length feature film, starring comedic talent Jason D. Johnson as William Shakespeare. This comedy of errors seeks to answer: What if Shakespeare never lived in the 1500s but lived in L.A. today peddling his screenplays? Renaissance and modern sensibilities clash when an all-male stage version of Macbeth and the low-budget film "The Taming of the Shrew" open simultaneously. The combustion makes “The Bard” the most controversial screenwriter in Hollywood. Director and writer Deborah Voorhees and her cast and crew seek the funds to take the film from the hard drive to the cinemas.

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    $10+ Listed on the BillyShakespearethemovie.com as a special supporter, personalized postcard photo of cast and crew signed by director Deborah Voorhees

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    $15+ All the above plus a and Billy Shakespeare bumper sticker, special Shakespearean ring tone package created by film’s star Jason D. Johnson

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    $20+ All the above plus a 15X24 Billy Shakespeare poster signed by the lead cast and director and a download of the film Billy Shakespeare

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    $25+ All the above plus a ticket to the film’s opening night (transportation not included)

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    $50+ All the above plus businesses and organizations will receive a link on our website, BillyShakespearethemovie.com, and two tickets to the film’s opening (transportation not included)

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    $75+ All the above plus a choice of an 8x10 of lead actor Jason D. Johnson who plays William Shakespeare, lead actress Catherine Pilafas who plays Anne Hathaway, or writer/director Deborah Voorhees

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    $100+ All the above plus a PDF file of the screenplay and a signed DVD of Billy Shakespeare the movie

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    $150+ All the above plus four tickets to the film’s opening

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    $250+ All the above plus four additional tickets to the film’s opening and a personalized copy of the screenplay signed by director/writer Deborah Voorhees (30 available)

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    $500+ All the above plus a special thank you in the film’s ending credits (may designate credit for you, your business, or family member), VIP invitation for two to the film’s opening and private premiere party, personal one-hour Q&A with the director/writer Deborah Voorhees and lead actor Jason D. Johnson via videocam (25 available)

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    $1000+ All the above plus, credit in the film’s ending credits as special producer (may designate credit for you, your business, or family member) and VIP dinner with cast and crew (25 available)

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    $2000+ All the above plus credit in the film’s ending credits as a producer (may designate credit for you, your business, or family member), introduction as a producer at the premiere party, and an acting for film workshop with Jason D. Johnson (William Shakespeare) and the film’s director Deborah Voorhees either by videocam or in person (20 available)

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    $3,000+ All the above plus credit in the film’s opening and ending credits as a Gold Associate Producer (may designate credit for you, your business, or family member), 5X7 Billy Shakespeare medieval leather bound journal, and quill pen and ink well (10 avail)

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    $4,000+ All the above plus credit in the film’s opening and ending credits as a Platinum Associate Producer (may designate credit for you, your business, or family member), introduction as an Associate Producer at the premiere party, one night at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso (transportation not included) (5 available)

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    $6,000+ All the above plus opening and ending film credit as an Executive Producer, introduction as an Executive Producer at the premiere party, a bit-part speaking role in next film, VIP-PASS onto the film set, the crew will shoot a full-day to create a five-minute film to show off your talents as a writer/actor, two nights at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, and round of golf at The Links with Billy Shakespeare (Jason D. Johnson). THE FIRST PERSON TO BUY THE $6000 REWARD RECEIVES Billy Shakespeare’s flamboyant-version of Yorick’s skull (5 available)

Funding period

- (45 days)