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We speak the same language, attend the same school, & even watch fireworks together on the 4th. Our only difference is 1 document. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on October 20, 2012.

We speak the same language, attend the same school, & even watch fireworks together on the 4th. Our only difference is 1 document.

About this project

Project Description 

The film is about a recent college graduate, Ricardo, who was brought to the United States as an infant. He finishes college, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ricardo wants nothing more than to put to use all that he learned in college. He does not know where to begin because of his legal status. Ricardo moves in with his long time girlfriend, and soon to be wife, Michelle. Just when the two of them are starting to plan out their future, the unfortunate happens.  Ricardo is pulled over and immediately taken into custody, where he is soon ordered to be deported.  The film flashes back, showing the hardships that Ricardo faces throughout his entire life as an undocumented immigrant; leading up to the brutality he is exposed to in the immigration detention center.  Separated from her fiancé, Michelle will stop at nothing to save the love of her life from being deported.  Michelle teams up with Richard, an immigration attorney who feels sympathetic towards the couple.  Richard's involvement transforms into a battle against this unfair reality. Michelle learns that the only hope for Ricardo is if a bill called The Dream Act is passed.  This bill applies to all immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age.

Funds & Budget

Below you will find our drafted budget sheet which does not include taxes. The sheet includes the salary of the three primary characters (Ricardo, Michelle, Richard). This film will be created without the extravagant resources that are available at a major studio.  We have the most important resources; passion, creativity, and determination.  With these resources, and your help we will create an unforgettable film.

What will happen after the film is complete?

When we complete the film we will screen it in theaters all across the country.  We conducted a list of states where immigration laws are severe and/or contain a high immigrant population. In order to reach as many people as we can, we selected highly populated cities located in those chosen states.  You may find a draft of our screening locations below. Although we would love to screen "The DREAM Act" everywhere, our finances may not allow for it.  Depending on our budget, we are hoping to increase the number screening locations.  The film will most likely premiere in Newark, NJ where the film is set to be filmed.

Background

Fabio Caetano has worked as an actor in several films. In the fall of 2011 Fabio directed his first feature "Park County Massacre" which premiered to an audience of over 150 people. Fabio launched a production company which has received hundreds of emails from screen writers, actors, crew and journalists, who are interested in putting together "The DREAM Act" movie.

Why do we ask for $7,500 and not $43,808?

We ask for $7,500 because we are still able to create this film using an old Canon Vixia HG21, a few friends, and a garage as a studio. But that isn't what this project deserves. It would not be fair to ask for our entire budget, $43,808, because that amount includes post production funding (as you can see from the above budget list).  We will take on the responsibility of raising post productions funds, once we have completed the film.  We thought about asking for the total cost of production, $31,308, because that is how much we truly are hoping for.  However, we decided to lower our kickstarter goal to $7,500.  We chose this because the budget for Fabio Caetano's previous film, "Park County Massacre," was $1,000.  This small budget meant that many scenes/props/equipment needed to be compromised.  Based on that knowledge, we predict that  if we can earn as little as $7,500, we will have a decent start to set The DREAM Act in motion.  If you can not contribute, we hope that you will encourage someone else to. We all put so much time into this project, and for all of the dreamers out there, we do not want to see it fail. There are thousands of wonderful projects on kickstarter, and we hope you consider ours as one of them. 

How did we determine the estimated arrival dates for the rewards?

Most of the reward levels have items that will be sent way before the date that is shown.  However, we decided to make the date an estimate of when you will receive all of the items listed at that level.  For example, if a thank you letter and a copy of the DVD are both included, the thank you letter will arrive shortly after we are funded, and the DVD will arrive around September 2014. The film will be completed before then, but we can not send out DVDs until we know how the film will be represented and distributed.  We predict that all of this will be decided by September 2014.

Where can I find out more about the film?

For the film's webpage visit:  www.TheDREAMActMovie.com.

Risks and challenges

To be very honest there are a few risks and challenges our project faces, just like any other project. I will list a two off the top of my head.

1. Something that is challenging is making this film on a low budget. Hollywood would probably use $50 million to make this film, and we are hoping to do it under $100,000. Currently our kickstarter goal of $7,500 will get us the bare minimum to make the film a possibility. If we can exceed $100K there are many more opportunities and resources that will be available to us.
-What makes us qualified on this part is all the resources we have from so many different connections. For example: Fabio's previous film Park County Massacre was done with a budget of around $1,000, but if you watch the film you would think we spent at least $20 thousand because of all the props, and locations used. We filmed in a million dollar home, used several emergency vehicles, had a large amount of people involved, and even used the streets of Elizabeth NJ as a studio thanks to Mayor Chris Bollwage; so something I definitely learned from this project is it sure helps to know people.

2. Distribution: it's extremely difficult to get distribution for an independent film, and any independent filmmaker will tell you that.
-What makes us qualified for this difficult part of film is that we all keep ourselves educated with regards to how distribution works. For example, talking a top film course: Movies 101 @ NYU with Professor Richard Brown, gaining insight from many filmmakers including Scott Hicks, and Nicholas Stroller. The most important thing is that we have a plan and we are going to put all we have into it. Right from the beginning we are sharing with you a
list of locations across the U.S that we will be exhibiting the film in select theaters.

From director Fabio Caetano:

One might ask; "How will you put your film in theaters?"
Answer: That is one of the secrets to distribution, and if I give you that it will no longer be a secret silly.

Then you might say: "Prove it!"
Answer: Donate, and we will prove it.

Then you might get frustrated and say:
"I'm not donating until I see a success from previous work!"
Answer: Okay, maybe this will make you a dreamer. A few months ago I wrote, and directed the film "Park County Massacre" which was supposed to be a short experimental/horror spook for halloween to share with family and friends. The film had so much momentum that it ended up getting bigger than I had ever expected. When the film was complete we worked with a theater who couldn't wait to screen our film. We had a completely packed theater the night of the premiere. We were also lucky enough to have press join us that evening. Who ever thought that a film with only a thousand dollars would be this successful? To see one of the press interviews conducted that night please visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch…

We hope the above information is enough to give you faith in our qualifications to putting this film together. We have so many people who are eager to be a part of this film. Our biggest difficulty is coming up with the funding to produce this film, which is why we are putting our faith in the many kickstarter supporters. With the help of you, our fans, friends, and family we are going to make an amazing film. We are very thankful to everyone who donates, and/or gets someone else to donate.

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FAQ

  • No. The DREAM Act movie is a Narrative Feature Film, about a young man who struggles with his immigration status.

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  • If we don't reach our goal no one will be charged, and this movie will never be made. Ever.

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  • Good question... Kickstarter I guess operates through Amazon.com. That question you would have to ask them, but its a very quick, and simple process.

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  • You must donate a minimum of $20,000,000. JUST KIDDING! You may donate as low as $1. Look at the grey right hand column, and you will also find rewards along with each level you pledge.

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  • The way kickstarter works is it features popular projects, so the more people looking at this page the more popular the project becomes. That means tell your friends, and relatives to visit the page 10 times a day J.K =) but sharing the page does help, and does actually make it poplar. So far we reached rank 16.

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  • Then tough luck.

    Im just kidding people, don't you have any humor? =)

    Feel free to email us at Caetanofilms@gmail.com and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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    BACKER LEVEL - Every dollar counts!
    A thank you shout out on our Facebook wall that we will put up as soon as we are funded :)

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    7 backers

    STUDENT LEVEL - A digital download of a track from The DREAM Act's soundtrack, and a thank you shout out on our facebook wall that we will announce weekly.

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    Receive extra footage, behind the scenes shots, and interviews with the cast and crew that will not be shown elsewhere.

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    Behind the scene photos signed by cast/crew members will be mailed to you before the film is finished.

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    6 backers

    GRADUATE LEVEL - Get a ticket to a screening of the film, a special thank you letter from a cast or crew member, a digital download of a song from the soundtrack, and a special thank you shout out on our facebook wall as soon as we see your donation.

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    Feature your product/project in the film. Do you create T-shirts, own a business, design clothes, make key-chains, take photographs, bake cookies, etc? We will feature what ever it is that you make in our film (Of course anything that is PG material).

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    Your name will be used for one of our characters!!

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    The United States is a country created from all of the other countries in the world. We want to represent as many countries as we can in the film. This reward will feature the flag of your native country in the film.

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    $15 reward

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    Play a role as one of the filmmakers - bring yourself and a friend to help us make the movie for a full day of filming (transportation not included).

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    $20 reward

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    Gain VIP access for you and a friend to the premier – sit and chat with the cast and crew.

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    $20 reward

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    Your talent will be a part of the film; do you dance, sing, act, juggle, fly kites, play chess, etc? Become a part of our film by bringing your talent to our project (of course PG material).

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    $25 reward

    16 backers

    DREAMER LEVEL - 2 tickets to a screening, a DVD copy of the film when released, and a thank you letter from one of the cast or crew members.

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    $30 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    Be seen in the film - you will have a speaking role in the film.

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    $35 reward

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    SPECIAL REWARD! We will send you the book that was used in the scene where Ricardo is held at the local jail.

    Plus you will get the DREAMER LEVEL rewards.

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    $50 reward

    4 backers

    ATTORNEY LEVEL - A thank you phone call from one of the producers of the film, 2 tickets to a screening, a DVD copy of the film, plus a DVD copy of Fabio's previous film, Park County Massacre.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    SPECIAL REWARD! We will send you one of the pieces of artwork that is featured in the film. Plus you will receive ATTORNEY LEVEL rewards.

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    We will take you and a friend out for dessert at one of the restaurants that will be featured in the film. (Transportation to NJ not included - if you live in NJ we will pick you up).

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    $75 reward

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    AGENT LEVEL - An invitation to be an extra in the film, a immigration raid shirt, 2 tickets to the film premiere, and a DVD copy of the film.

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    12 backers

    PATRIOT LEVEL - 2 tickets to a film screening, a DVD copy of the film, a small poster of the film, and a mini USA flag pin (feel free to wear it to the premiere).

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    SPECIAL DREAM ACT PACKAGE - A half hour video chat with director Fabio Caetano about anything you want, "The DREAM Act" movie shirt to wear proudly, 4 tickets to the film premiere, plus a signed movie size poster of the film, a DVD of the film, and a support the Dream Act pin.

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    SPECIAL REWARD! We will send you the engagement ring that will be used in the film. Plus you will receive PATRIOT LEVEL rewards.

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    We will add a city of your choice to our list of cities to screen the film.

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    $500 reward

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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY LEVEL - Digital Copy of The DREAM Act script, special thanks in the film credits, you will be listed as a sponsor on our web page, 4 tickets to the premiere, a DVD of the film, a signed movie poster, and you will receive and a mini DHS agent badge pin. Feel free to wear it to the premier. Plus an invitation for you and a guest to have dinner with director Fabio Caetano, a producer, and a surprise member of the cast, followed by a traditional Brazilian dessert - BRIGADEIRO - All cooked by Fabio!

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    $600 reward

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    We will bring a private screening to you at your house/ in your hometown anywhere within the US (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories).

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    $2,500 reward

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    CONGRESS LEVEL - You will be given Associate Producer credit in the film, plus a signed copy of the script, 4 tickets to the premiere of the film, a DVD of the film, a signed movie poster, and an invitation for you and a guest to join the cast and crew for a pool party!

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    PRESIDENTIAL - You will receive credit as an executive producer of the film, a DVD copy of the film, a signed movie poster, 6 tickets to the premiere of the film, an invitation to join us for a day of filming, a mini seal of the president pin that we encourage you to wear at our premiere, also, an invitation for two to celebrate with cast and crew on a dinner cruise in the NY harbor, dancing the night away.

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Funding period

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