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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 10 2016 11:46 PM UTC +00:00
$5,690
pledged of $18,000pledged of $18,000 goal
179
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 10 2016 11:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

Thanks for taking a moment to check out my project Blackbird. This story takes place at height of Beatlemania, leading up to an actual Beatles show on September 11, 1964 in Jacksonville, FL that was surrounded by racial controversies.

This is an ambitious feat, but I feel that it is a story that needs to be celebrated. This was real life in 1964 and that's what makes the perspective of this time so fascinating. I personally love going to concerts, it's one of my main passions in life. But being hassled trying to see a band that I love because of the color of my skin would be devastating.


I wrote this script, will be featured in it and will edit it. Originally from Austin Texas, I left my full-time job as a Financial Analyst for an energy company in 2010 and moved to Los Angeles for acting. I've been lucky enough to be apart of great TV shows such as Adam Ruins Everything, Review, The Jeselnik Offensive and have done sketches for College Humor, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan. When not acting, I am a freelance editor. Some companies that I've edited for are Seventeen, JASH, Wit.TV, and Cracked. I am fortunate for these experiences, but this is the story that I truly want to tell. I also want to create opportunities for the talented people in my life who are also pursuing their dream. 

After posting on social media my desire to create more of my own work instead of waiting for someone to cast me, Blackbird's director, Paul Briganti (Adam Ruins Everything, College Humor, Sundance Shorts) came to me suggesting we create something together and now here we are!

Kickstarter is an amazing site that gives creatives a centralized platform to organize a campaign and reach out for support. This project deserves to be represented authentically and efficiently. The majority of the $18,000 funds will go towards production costs, which will cover expenses for equipment, the cast + extras, the crew, locations, set design, costumes, food, etc. Along with post-production which will cover expenses for editing, sound editing, color. Part of the money will also be used to submit to festivals so an even larger audience can experience this story. And part of it will go towards the 10% fee for listing it here (5% for kickstarter/ 5% for processing funds). With proper funding, this project can make you feel as if you've fallen into a 1960's time warp!

I'm also making this to help inspire anyone that's trying to achieve a goal in life to just do it. Write that script, record your song, design your jewelry, create that painting. Do it for yourself. Do it for those that support you. And do it knowing you can do it and don't need the validation of others. 

I'm grateful to even create this campaign. Any extra support for this story and this team of people will be greatly appreciated. 

Risks and challenges

Once funded, I'm looking to start production in the month of April. Hopefully shooting takes no longer than 5 days and post production will work through the summer.
The only risks or challenges that I could foresee is having to work around expensive locations and it taking longer to shoot due to timing. But honestly, I think we can get it all done!

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    Ringo and Paul, looks like you found my campaign! Thanks for checking us out. With your combined donation, you will be credited as Executive Producers of Blackbird. Isn't that fantastic! I will also personally take you out to dinner with some of the cast and crew to a restaurant of your choice. And of course you receive all of the aforementioned perks. Thank you for your contribution!

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