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A single mother searches for ways to provide for her children.
A single mother searches for ways to provide for her children.
A single mother searches for ways to provide for her children.
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WHY WE NEED THE MONEY:

After an intense 17 day shoot in Las Vegas, full of challenges, and some unexpected mishaps, we inevitably went over budget due to 2 days of pick-up shoots.  I have exhausted all my means of finance- the investors for the film was my family, and my own lines of credit through credit cards.  We barely scraped by with the money that we had.  Now we still need to finish the movie and get it through post production and into the festivals.  We need money to pay for a sound design (ADR, Foley, mix) and also for the music composition, as well as color correction and also film festival fees.  This all costs a LOT of money for it to be done in the right way.

WHY THIS IS A UNIQUE PROJECT:

The process of making this picture was unique in the sense that it was by unconventional methods.  The lead actress as well as the children in the film are all non-professional actors that are a real family.  Also did I mention we have Oscar & Golden Globe nominee ERIC ROBERTS (Dark Knight, Expendables) co-starring in my movie? YESSS!!  

Because we got turned down by every casino to film, we had to approach the shooting of the picture much like that of a street artist (Banksy inspired)-- by stealing the shots.  In this case we went undercover and into the biggest casinos and filmed entire scenes inside without them even knowing.  

This is what independent filmmaking is all about.  A story I wrote as truthfully as I could based on research and my own personal experiences of being raised by a single mom.  A film I directed without some executive breathing down my neck, complete artistic freedom.  The only restraints on this film was budgetary restraints which is good for a film because it forces you to get creative.  And we sure did!

We didn't even have the funds up until a couple of days before shooting was to begin, so everything that happened was only by the grace of God.  If we can complete this picture it will be one hell of a story to tell of the obstacles that were overcome, including a chase scene that almost took my life!  

PS for some behind the scenes videos just visit my youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/beyondcinema 

Risks and challenges

Luckily for us, most of the risks and challenges were during production of this film, mentioned above. Lack of funds has always been the biggest challenge on this project, but now with the support of you, we can take this daring and ambitious film to the finish line. I have literally gone all in on this project to the point that I have to move back home with my mom and grandma just so that I can continue to edit this movie. The reason is because I believe in this project so much and feel so passionately about this authentic real life story that deserves to be told because I think it holds the power to change lives. Please help me make this a reality, and to bring to cinema a truthful and daring film that's as unique as the process it was born in.

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    THE BLACK CHIP BACKER: Get the soundtrack to the movie signed by our composer plus a special personalized thank you track from me and some of the cast from the film. Plus everything from rewards #1-4

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    THE CHAMPAGNE ROOM BACKER: Signed high quality print of a production still of your choice along with a funny story or trivia about the shoot written by me on the back, plus rewards#1-4

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    THE BIG SHOT BACKER: Signed Limited Edition Large 24x36 movie poster (custom made by one of the top designers for network TV shows) plus rewards #1-4!

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    THE MAFIOSO BACKER: Have lunch on me as we chill with the cast and crew prior to the premier (or any screening of your choice), signed tickets to the premier, exclusive Q&A during this time where we tell you stories and facts about the making of the film that can't be revealed to the public. This is top secret mafioso type stuff. PLUS rewards #1-4.

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    THE HOLLYWOOD BACKER: Get an "Associate Producer" credit at the end of the film as well as listed on IMDB (Now you're official and can tell people you're a movie producer when you hit vegas next time!) PLUS you get rewards #1-4 and two tickets to the premiere AND a signed 24x36 movie poster!

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    THE EXECUTIVE BACKER: Get an Executive Producer credit at the end of the film (end credit only) plus IMDB credit and also get to see a cut of the film before any public screening of the film via online streaming. Plus rewards #1-4, 2 tickets to Premier (or other screening), and signed LARGE Poster.

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    THE ALL IN BACKER: Free trip to Las Vegas where you will have dinner with me and the lead actress of the movie. Your round trip flight will be paid for, but hotel accomodation will not be. (Can't be during any high season like memorial day weekend, etc, and flight must be from within the US. Date of travel subject to approval from all parties). Executive Producer Credit at the end of the film (end credit only) along with IMDB credit, everything from the Executive Backer rewards.

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