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Based on a true story - your truth, our truth. Coyote Requiem: from the makers of the award winning film GAIA. Read more

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Based on a true story - your truth, our truth. Coyote Requiem: from the makers of the award winning film GAIA.

About this project

Watch the teaser to get a vibe on the film here:

What is the Ultimate GOAL of this project?

We are raising $107,000 in 35 days to finish the feature film COYOTE REQUIEM, the second installment in a trilogy of films about HOPE. The first film in the series is GAIA, which we made for $28,000, and that film premiered at the very prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and won many awards on the festival circuit. Our Ultimate Goal is to get into a major festival, have distributors fall in love with the film so much they decide to put it into a theater near you very soon!

Who the heck are WE?

We are Jason and John. Our Mission Statement as Filmmakers is to help build community by creating emotional, thought provoking, cinematic films that challenge the boundaries of the cinematic experience. Jason has been an industry veteran for over 30 years starting in the cutting room, working his way up through the camera department until he was finally directing himself (see Bio in FAQ). He opened his own production company in the mid 90's called Open Eye, where he won awards on every short he directed, and he won a Grierson Best Documentary Award for the BBC documentary 2 HOURS FROM LONDON. GAIA was Jason's first feature film as a director; COYOTE is his second. John has been living and working on Los angeles for 12 years at places like Artisan Entertainment, Sundance Film Festival and Another Level, an artist management company. John has been helping artists realizer their artistic potential for years, and his collaboration with Jason in bringing these films to life was a natural when the pair met because they shared a vision for the kinds of films they wanted to see. As Jason said in the video, COYOTE REQUIEM is a film about LIFE over death, COURAGE over fear and HOPE over despair. We are ALL Human, and we all have our own personal s**t to deal with, our shadows, our demons. There is always something to be learned by the darker side if you look close enough. Our films explore these issues and show that they can be overcome.

You want to raise more money than any other film has ever raised on Kickstarter? Ever?

In a word: YES!! $107,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but with YOUR help, we know we can achieve it and go waaaay beyond. We are asking everyone to pass this link along to 5 people who would be interested in Participating in this Campaign. Trust us, we know times are tough, so even if you can’t make a donation, by passing the link on, you are giving to the film and contributing to its eventual life. This is why we've introduced the $2 Film Revolution, everyone can play at that level. If you do this, WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL FOR KICKSTARTER AND WE CAN MAKE HISTORY!  As I say in the video, if making these films has taught me anything, it has taught me that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! We have set the INTENTION, and we are following it up with our ACTION. Join us and become Part of The Change.

What will the money be used for?

This money will pay for the sound design, the color correction process, the source music as well as the music created by a composer AND it will cover the costs of running this kickstarter campaign.

We have completed the production process (where we shoot the film and gather all of the footage). We are more than half way through the post production process (where we edit everything together, add in the music, sound design, color correction and then we put it all in a Big Film Oven and bake it all together so that a nice tasty movie comes out for you to enjoy). We must raise $107,000 to complete the film so we can take it to film festivals early next year. At the festivals, we will look for a distributor so we can bring it to a theatre near You!

What is the film about?

Traumatized by a family tragedy the beautiful yet tragic Carmen flees LA, hoping to find some semblance of peace in a world she no longer finds worth living in. 

On the desolate roads of the American southwest, Carmen finds herself increasingly haunted by horrific visions of her past, present and future. Before long, her world devolves into pure psychological torture as she fights against the realization that no matter how far she runs, there is no where to hide from the horrors of the most terrifying enemy she has ever faced… her own mind. 

FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS WHO ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH AMAZON: 

Please send and email to info@firstbreathfilms.com with the amount you would like to pledge. If we reach our goal, we will send you an invoice for your pledge amount, (plus $10 for international shipping if your prize requires shipping).

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Kickstarter animation by Joke & Biagio

FAQ

  • Jason started making films in 1977, UK, commencing the journey in the cutting rooms. He was an assistant editor for two years before moving to the camera department, where he had the privilege to work with the great Ossie Morris.

    Jason continued to work his way up through the grades on some twenty features, including such films as CRY FREEDOM and GORILLAS IN THE MIST. On the latter he got his first break as director of photography shooting additional material for Michael Apted.

    In 1988 Jason shot his first short film as director of photography, which was nominated for an Oscar, his second winning a best short BAFTA.

    He quickly became busy in features, commercials and music videos, shooting consistently for the UK’s top directors and production companies.

    Jason was making a name for himself as one of the leading young DP's in the UK and was quickly taken on by ICM.

    His work and visions drew him closer and closer to directing, at first photographing and co-directing concert material for bands like U2, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay and even Frank Sinatra.

    In 1993 Jason joined as director, one of the top UK commercial production companies, Rose Hackney and went on to direct some 50 commercials in two years, winning several awards, including his powerful anti domestic violence spot, discovering Dougray Scott.

    By 1996 Jason had set up his own production company, Open Eye Productions and had won awards on every short film he directed, produced, wrote and on commercials he directed & produced for other directors.

    Jason also won a Grierson best documentary award, for the controversial documentary, “2 Hours from London” which he produced for the BBC while also co-directing “Holi”, documenting the spiritual festival of Holi in India.

    In 2007 Jason moved to Los Angeles. He works as Director, Cinematographer, Producer & Writer. Jason set up First Breath Films in Los Angeles, producing TV and features and Tantrum, producing & servicing commercials from all over the world.

    First Breath Films first feature, “Gaia”, directed and photographed by Jason, was invited and premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2009 and went on to win many festival awards. The film was shot on entirely on the Native Indian reservations south east of Phoenix, AZ

    In Jan 2011 Jason directed First Breath Films second feature, “Coyote Requiem” and is at present developing “Fifty Two”, to be shot Mexico, early 2012 and “American God”, slated for late 2012, Utah.

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  • John arrived in Los Angeles 12 years ago and since then he has danced on almost all of the Hollywood Squares searching for his passion, until he ultimately feel in love with Producing. His first job was at Artisan Entertainment where, in 2 years, he witnessed the stellar rise and rapid fall of one of the most intriguing independent film companies Hollywood has ever seen. He worked on films such as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE LIMEY (Stephen Soderbergh), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Darren Aronofsky), MADE (Jon Favreau), WAY OF THE GUN (Christopher McQuarrie) and many others. Realizing an office environment was not for him, he moved on to start Another Level, a management company for a consortium of artists ranging from film composers to photographers.

    After the tragedy of September 11th, John co-founded the 91101 Project with one of these artists, Charlie Bidwell. The 91101 Project sold commemorative images related to the tragedy and the profits from these sales were distributed to the "invisible victims" of that day and their families.

    The process of this project gave John his first real taste in Producing, and he got a chance to exercise that part in him that been ignited when Jeffrey Goodman tapped him to produce the short film A MATTER OF PRINCIPAL in early 2003. The film went on to win multiple awards and a feature version of it was inevitable. The feature script was written by Max Allen Collins (ROAD TO PERDITION), but was re-written by John. That version of the script helped raise $2 million to make the feature entitled THE LAST LULLABY, starring Tom Sizemore.

    John also spent seven winters (2001 - 2007) working to co-create the Sales & Industry Office for the Sundance Film Festival. He helped implement systems and protocols that have turned that office into an indispensable aspect of the festival for anyone who comes to Sundance to buy, sell, produce, represent or distribute films. He worked with domestic and international industry leaders to make sure that they made the most of their time at Sundance and the amount of film sales at each successive festival has grown with the implementation of this office and it's practices.

    In August of 2008, John and Jason Lehel decided to make a feature film “no matter what.” So they connected with a charity, raised some money and made GAIA for $28,000. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival one year later and went on to touch many hearts and win many awards on the festival circuit.

    In the spring of 2009, he and Jason decided they liked working together so much they would make commercials to support their feature film habit. So, they started servicing european production companies and were quickly snatched up by Tantrum UK. John & Jason now run Tantrum LA, and have been creating award winning spots ever since.

    John & Jason continue to work together under the banner of First Breath Films, developing various content for film, television and the internet. They are currently in post production on their second feature, COYOTE REQUIEM, slated for an early 2012 festival run.

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  • In a word, it is about YOU. Please check the "Updates Section" and the second update is a video all about this concept. For $2 you get to wear 2 great hats: 1. you have the power to finance a film, and 2. you get watch that film that you had a hand in bringing to life. I have no idea where else you can get anything like this for $2. Seriously, think about it.......it's pretty crazy, right?

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  • Awesomely Generous Participant

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  • If we make the goal by the deadline, your credit card is charged what you pledged (but not until then). We get to make the movie, you get your rewards, and everyone's happy. And hopefully you'll feel good too since when we do reach our goal, you will be able to say that You helped us get there. This is what I love so much about this Kickstarter: it literally takes a village, and we will be needing that village if we are to be successful. YOU get to be part of it, and own your piece of the film. I can't tell you how much I love this part of the deal. Maybe you are too busy to do that art project that has been calling your name for a year, 3 years, 20 years!! Well, maybe this is how you can connect to that side of yourself? Now I'm just rambling, but you get the idea. I'm inspired by this website, and by ALL of the projects that are being funded by it. Awesome.

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  • YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

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  • YES! Spectacular idea especially since The Holidays are coming up and depending on what prize you get, you might be able to give out a few gifts! If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.

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  • YES. There are 2 ways to handle it.

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    Send and email to info@firstbreathfilms.com with the amount you would like to pledge. If we reach our goal, we will send you an invoice for your pledge amount, (plus $10 for international shipping if your prize requires shipping).

    2. This is an issue with Amazon that affects a fraction of non-US Amazon account holders who are signed up for a different Amazon service called "Mechanical Turk." The workaround that Amazon recommends is to simply create a new Amazon account for pledging. This will allow you to select any country in the world. It's not the most elegant solution, but it will do the trick. Here are more detailed instructions:

    https://www.jungledisk.com/secure/signup/mturk.aspx.

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  • The $107,000 only gets us a film that we can show at festivals. For the film to go beyond the festivals, we will need a lot more money for things like:

    Music rights beyond the festival. This is so we can have great music in the film, and to use these great songs we have to pay money to the great folks who wrote them. We are estimating this could cost us between $80,000 - $150,000. Creating an actual film on reels so that it could play at movie theaters. This cost can run between $40,000 - $50,000, and then it takes another $1000 or so to create duplicates of that film. Alternatively, we can get a DCP (Digital Cinema Package), and this can cost around $15,000 - $20,000 to create. We will be able to spend money on the marketing of the film as we go out to festivals, which is key to getting people to pay attention to your film. we would hire a publicist which can cost around $10,000/month, OR if we just hire one for each festival, that can cost around $10,000/festival as well. These are general costs, and all publicists have different fee structures. We will be able to create proper marketing materials too. There is no number for this, as it can range wildly depending on what is needed, but these would be for creating a proper trailer for the film, making posters, cards, etc. If we had enough money, some of it would cover our costs for film festivals: this would include submitting to festivals, the materials cost of creating dvd's and the shipping costs as well as the submission costs to festivals. Estimated cost is about $2,000. It would also include any travel costs (flights, hotels, meals, tips, etc)...there are so many costs that come up when traveling (oops, I forgot to bring my toothbrush :-), and this stuff just adds up. estimated cost is about $5,000 (depending on how many festivals we go to).

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    A SPECIAL THANK YOU VIDEO FROM J&J -
    "Thank you SOOOOO much, every dollar helps us achieve our goal. We are very grateful for your Participation!"

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    49 backers

    THE $2 FILM REVOLUTION! - For $2 you get 2 things: 1. YOU get to be a Film Financier, and 2. You get to See the film that YOU made a reality! Where else on earth can you get a new job title AND a great film experience for $2? C'mon, Join the Revolution and stretch that normally POWERless $2 into something POWERFUL. This Prize is about Harnessing the Power OF the People and inspiring something special to happen because YOU believe in it, YOU stand behind it and YOU are part of it. Please pledge it and pass it on! PLUS Your name will appear on our Donor Wall. NOTE: You will get to view the film straight from our Vimeo Pro account, but not until the film has premiered at it's first festival.

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    30 backers

    INSPIRATION PACK - 7 days of “Inspiring Messages from Jason & John,” audio clips delivered to your inbox each morning. These are the same inspiring passages that we used ourselves during the making of the film AND
    We will put your name on our Donor Wall on the website PLUS! Thank You video from J&J

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    20 backers

    DIGI PACK I & DIGITAL VIEWING - Get to see the first 5 minutes of the film before anyone else (just prior to festival premier) AND online access to our Behind The Scenes video AND get a Personal Thank You video from either Nicole aka "Carmen" OR Kevin aka "Surf" (you choose); AND a Digital Viewing of the finished film after festival premier/theatrical release PLUS! Inspiration Pack

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    14 backers

    DIGI PACK II & POSTER - Get to see the first 20 minutes of the film before anyone else (just before festival premier); AND get a Very Special First Edition, Signed COYOTE REQUIEM Poster PLUS! Digi Pack I, Inspiration Pack

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    6 backers

    A VERY LIMITED EDITION PRE-RELEASE DVD - A Very Special Kickstarter Edition DVD copy of the film WITH Art Work PLUS! Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    13 backers

    CONCEPTION TO EXECUTION - A Bound and Signed Copy of the ORIGINAL script. You will get a real and true peek into our creative process when you read the Original Script and compare it to the finished film PLUS! DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    T-SHIRT AND CREATIVE PROCESS VIDEO - A Very Special First Edition COYOTE REQUIEM T-Shirt (w/ QR code) AND an Exclusive Video Interview with Jason and John about their creative process. We will talk about the inception of ideas, to setting the intention to create, to creating and experiencing the magic that happens when we GO FOR IT!! PLUS! Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    PERSONAL SKYPE SESSION WITH JASON & JOHN -
    30 Minute Personal Skype Session Q&A with J&J on topic of your choice PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    EXTRA, EXTRA, COME BE AN EXTRA! -
    Guaranteed spot as an extra in one of our upcoming films or commercials (location and dates TBD; transportation not provided) PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    ACTING MASTER CLASS -
    One day Master Class for actors taught by Jason: “What’s at Risk?” (Limit 20 people per class session, in Los Angeles - transportation not provided) PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    CINEMATOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS - One day Master Class for Cinematographers taught by Jason (Limit 20 people each class, in Los Angeles - transportation not provided) PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    KICKSTARTER ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE - Kickstarter Associate Producer Credit AND Group Screening at an Historic Hollywood Theatre (transportation not provided) AND Mingle with Filmmakers and Actors (avails depending) before and after screening PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE I - Associate Producer Credit AND Small Group Lunch Meeting (4 guests) with Jason, John (available actors) where no conversation is "off limits," we'll tell you everything (well, almost everything :-) AND a SMALLER Group Screening (10 People) AND Mingle with Filmmakers and Actors (avails depending) before and after screening AND a Wood Framed Canvas Poster PLUS! Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE II - Associate Producer Credit AND a PRIVATE Screening at an Historic Hollywood Theatre AND a PRIVATE Lunch with Filmmakers before screening PLUS! Wood Framed Canvas Poster, Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE I - Executive Producer Credit AND 2 days in a fabulous vacation home in LA w/ pool (transportation not provided) AND Welcome Bag w/ goodies PLUS! Private Screening, Private Lunch PLUS! Wood Framed Canvas Poster, Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack.

    See pictures: http://firstbreathfilms.com/hals/hals.html

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE II - Executive Producer Credit AND 3 days in a fabulous vacation home in LA AND Limo service to / from airport AND Entrance to Voda Spa for the day AND Fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies baked by lead actress Nicole aka “Carmen” PLUS! Private Screening, Private Lunch, Welcome Bag PLUS! Wood Framed Canvas Poster, Interview, T-Shirt, Script, DVD, Digi Pack I & II, Poster, Inspiration Pack.
    See pictures: http://firstbreathfilms.com/hals/hals.html

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