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A revisionist Western film chronicling the struggles of a young woman seeking bloody reprisal in late 19th Century Arizona Territory.
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CASSIDY RED is an exciting, ambitious, independent feature film that is being made as part of the MFA directing program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. It's a revisionist western- a period piece rooted in the tradition of it its forebears but committed to a contemporary artistic voice. The finished product will be submitted as the director's thesis requirement in advance of an anticipated festival run.

The budget, while modest, has been conceived with an eye for independent feature parameters while still accommodating the resources required to properly tell a period story and make sure our team is working in a safe but efficient environment. Most of our crew will be volunteering their time to a potentially grueling 18 day production schedule. They're truly an amazing, dedicated, and insanely talented group of artisans.

Most of our funding for the film will come from private investments, student loan advances, departmental awards and incentives from UCLA's Film program, and "in kind" donations. But the $20,000 we're seeking from this campaign represents a substantial piece of our overall budget and whether or not we reach our goal will potentially determine if we are able to push forward with our projected shooting schedule beginning in August of this year.

The $20,000 comprises our location and housing budget- paying for access to the amazing production resources at "Old Tucson" studios in Southern Arizona as well as providing room and board to cast and crew, most of whom will be traveling to Arizona from out of state.   

Risks and challenges

Any independent film production is an uphill battle. The biggest challenges when mounting projects such as these are ALWAYS going to be time and money- two elements that tend to travel in tandem and collide with one another violently, throwing off sparks that can set fire to a budget and derail a production.

As such, none of us are embarking on this journey lightly. We're optimistic realists and we've assembled a team of young professionals in the key creative positions whose skills compliment one another while keeping each other in check:

Myself, as writer & director, producer Brooks Yang, producer Suz Curtis, and Cinematographer Julia Swain have many years of experience working in every corner of the film industry from lowliest PA on the totem pole to being the creative heads of large productions. Between then four of us we have logged time working not just on set but in writer's rooms, at prestigious talent agencies, in world-renowned camera houses and multi-million dollar post production facilities. We have a structural understanding of the business from top to bottom but our passion is in the production of narrative work that inspires us. That's exactly what CASSIDY RED represents to this team- a chance to make the kind of film we'd like to see.

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    Digital Download: Movie Soundtrack- composed by sonic visionary (is that a contradiction?) Andrew Carroll.

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    Digital Download: Finished Film.
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    Digital Download: Film and Soundtrack.

    Bundle!

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    Producer Suz will compose a haiku poem in your honor and deliver it via social media.

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    Postcard from the set signed by a cast member.

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    First 2 rounds "on us" at the CASSIDY RED fundraising party happening this month in Los Angeles (date and venue details coming soon!)

    I'm trying to get Sioux City Sarsaparilla to sponsor us. I'll keep y'all abreast of any developments.

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    Suz will write you a one-of-a-kind cowboy or cowgirl “catch phrase” you may use whenever the situation requires.
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    "Get along, little doggie" is off the table.

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    A personalized video from the set of CASSIDY RED featuring your choice of one of the following:

    -Suz Curtis' legendary "I Dream of Jeannie" serenade
    -Matt Knudsen reciting Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" (from 3rd grade memory!)
    -Brooks Yang's infamous "Monkey Dance"

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    A spiffy new (or "previously worn" if that's what you're into) CASSIDY RED t-shirt (currently being designed by our crack squad in the t-shirt lab).

    Your choice of size (natch).

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    Production Diary: Weekly behind-the-scenes updates detailing the process of making the movie!

    Peel back that curtain, man!

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    A brad-bound copy of the finished shooting script signed by ANYONE you want... well, anyone on our cast or crew. But if you request Suz Curtis' signature you'll likely just get an "X". Fair warning.

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    A matte printed and framed wrap photo of the cast and crew (I'm quite confident that we will EVENTUALLY wrap) taken in the saloon set at Old Tucson studios.

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    Promotional poster signed by cast and crew.

    We humbly request that you DON'T use it to line your cockatoo cage but we'll try not to take it personally if you do.

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    A personalized tour of the set via Skype!

    NOT an excuse just to chat up Suz for an hour. You couldn't afford THAT Skype call bro, trust me.

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    Suz will write a short (1m) film in your honor and Matt will shoot it, verite.

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    Whichever person on the producing team has a kid first names it after you (If your name is Thelonius we'll consider paying YOU).

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    We'll name a character in the film after you and I promise we'll find an excuse to make sure that character is addressed!

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    Expense-paid trip to Tucson Arizona to participate as a featured extra in your choice of saloon or gallows crowd scene (boozes or nooses!)

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    Producer credit on the film (though you'll have to arm wrestle Brooks and Suz for billing order).

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Funding period

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