UPDATE 5/12: The limited edition niceLena earrings are SOLD OUT! We have gotten a LOT of new and increased pledges in the last few days, so if you have not explicitly asked for a pair call your dibs now! You can either leave us a note here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to everyone who pledged!
UPDATE 5/6: We're proud to announce an exclusive promotion with Lena Kim of niceLena.com. Starting today, any new pledge of $35 or more will have the option of receiving a pair of raccoon-flu-inspired earrings along with their regular rewards. Pledge now and send us a note that you'd like the earrings. Already pledged? Increase your pledge by $35 and drop us a line.
Lena has generously donated 25 pairs. Once they're gone, they're gone. So pledge now!
The world is full of people who love movies.
How do we know? They've been pitching in from across the country and across the globe. Scientists in Switzerland, small business owners in Illinois, even real-deal Hollywood types have pledged to help this sick little movie go viral.
Together, we're gonna make the next big sick day tradition. If we pull this off, someday, staying home with a cold will mean three things: pajamas, hot soup, and watching COLD WAR.
But we're not there yet. Oh no. It's gonna take an army to make this movie happen, and we're gonna need a helping hand from everyone reading this, including you and all your friends.
And in return? We'll pull back the curtain. You'll get a backstage pass, an insider view, a front-row seat to the whole movie-making process. When we hire our team, when we make our mistakes, when we have our triumphs, when we wreck a car, when we set someone on fire, you'll get unfiltered updates.
Videos, posts, pictures, freak-outs -- it's all inclusive.
We're trying to make our first feature length funny movie.
Spoiler alert: it's called Cold War.
Is Cold War a romantic comedy? You could call it that. But if you're looking for a movie where people kiss in the rain, or make heartfelt speeches in front of a crowd of fellow commuters, you may be in for some disappointment. This is a movie about sick people. Not sick like "achoo!" Sick like sex on the kitchen table while you have a 105 degree fever sick. Sick like poisoning your boyfriend to prove a point sick. The kind of sickness that can only be cured by a sledgehammer...
But we don't want to give away the ending.
The story begins when Maggie, a fiercely independent young woman, moves in with her sweet boyfriend Jon. Before they’ve even finished unpacking, they’re both struck with the worst flu in years, the doom flu, the dreaded raccoon flu.
Trapped at home, spending every living, breathing, suffering moment together, while they're both at their absolute worst, their week becomes the ultimate test of their relationship.
Can they weather the cold without resorting to murder?
We have two amazing actors ready to play these two very sick people:
Maggie will be played by Madeline Walter. You’ve seen Madeline in countless Funny or Die and Upright Citizen’s Brigade videos, as well as on shows like Weeds and Children’s Hospital.
Jon will be played by Rene Gube. You may know him as a writer and series regular on The Ground Floor on TBS. Rene’s also appeared on every show you can think of from The Office to The Newsroom to Community.
Cold War will be the very first feature film from the newly formed production company Spaceship Town, LLC.
Wilder Konschak, the writer of Cold War, is a professional screenwriter and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His screenplays have been setup at Relativity, Amazon Studios, and others. His web series Hell Froze Over, which he wrote, directed, and created, was awarded the Outside the Box Award at the New York Television Festival, the Award of Excellence at Indie Fest, and numerous awards at LA Web Fest. He has directed and edited a large number of comedy shorts, including the beloved Madeline & Mel sketches at Funny or Die.
As with our award-winning short film, Positive Visualization (which you should watch: it's down below), Wilder will co-direct with his long time collaborator Stirling McLaughlin. Stirling is an award-winning Creative Director and Comedy Writer. He works for one of the largest and most celebrated advertising agencies in the world, and his work has been seen everywhere from billboards in Times Square to the floor of Congress. Yes. That Congress. He has studied improvisation at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York as well as Second City and The Annoyance Theater in Chicago.
Wrangling these two yahoos is Alli Hartley. Alli Hartley is a producer who’s made a career of sweating the small stuff. She’s got over ten years experience in film and television production, including Twentieth Century Fox, the Disney Channel, and TBS. She has produced a number of professional commercials, the most recent of which aired during the World Cup. Alli is also a veteran of web production, and produced both seasons of the comedy series Hell Froze Over.
And this is where you come in...
That's not a lot of money for an entire feature film, but by combining your contribution with our own personal investment, and by shooting with an efficient, micro-budget mentality, we will produce a professional, marketable comedy feature film, ready for distribution by any number of outlets, including Video On Demand, Direct to Video, and theatrical.
As noted earlier, our team has tons of experience working successfully at all budget levels, including budgets much larger than this, and also much smaller than this.
Check out our nearly budget-free short. We think it's pretty great. If you like it too, please consider helping us turn it into a full length film.
Of course, we’re not asking you to contribute just for the good karma that you'll get for helping us out (though, we have it on very good authority that you'll get lots). We also have a number of gifts to show our thanks for your generosity.
Here are a two of the rewards we've prepared:
And there are lots of other thank you gifts to choose from, ranging from signed scripts, to one-of-a-kind Polaroids from set, to custom-made puke buckets.
Yes. Puke buckets.
It's all about how much financial pain you can endure.
To that end, we've prepared this helpful chart:
We also hope to give special gifts to the highest contributor at the end of each fundraising day.
So, please give generously, and together we can make something that we all can be proud to say we laughed at.
We get it. Not everybody was born with a trust fund. And even those who were probably have second boats to buy before they go tossing aside their hard-inherited money on some indie film.
But that's cool! There are still plenty of ways you can help us get this movie made. You can help spread the news by sharing this page on your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account. Ask your friends, family, and followers to share it, too.
Computers aren't your thing? That's cool in another way. In a way that's a little confusing, considering the fact that you're reading this right now, but cool nonetheless! What can you do? You can print out our handy pull-tab RACCOON FLU POSTER, and hang it in your office, in your neighborhood, or on your friend's back.
If you do, don't forget to take a picture and send it to us! We'd love to see it
So, what do you say? Spread the page around.
Risks and challenges
Every project of this kind is full of potential risks. Funders flee the country. Actors cut their hair. Crew members fly helicopters into mountainsides...
While we've done everything we can to avoid helicopters (and mountains!), unforeseen events do occasionally occur. Fortunately we have been working for years on projects big and small and have more or less seen it all in the "risks and challenges" department. No matter what happens, we will work tirelessly to complete this project no matter what kind of proverbial mountains are thrown our way.
Also, we'll get insurance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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