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A short horror film about the world's only live exorcism webcast starring SAM JAEGER (Parenthood), HEATHER MORRIS (Glee) & TEALA DUNN.
A short horror film about the world's only live exorcism webcast starring SAM JAEGER (Parenthood), HEATHER MORRIS (Glee) & TEALA DUNN.
316 backers pledged $31,066 to help bring this project to life.

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Directed by Damien LeVeck | Written by Aaron Horwitz

The Project

The Cleansing Hour is a unique, terrifying, and fun demon-possession film that is a fresh spin on the exorcism genre. This short film is a proof of concept for a feature-length version, similar to the path of “Whiplash,” “Boogie Nights” and "Sling Blade” which all began as shorts. 

In Hollywood, there are two paths to making a feature film – selling a script to a studio that will hire new writers, actors and directors to create the movie THEY want to make, OR hiring your own writers, actors and crew, raising money and creating the movie that YOU want to make.

By bringing our vision for The Cleansing Hour short to life apart from studios, we can present them the finished product, proving that our idea is worth making into a feature film.

A High-Profile Cast
A High-Profile Cast

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A Film People Want To See

Within only one day of posting our teaser trailer on Kickstarter, we have garnered the attention of two major production companies interested in making a feature film, a acquired a rapidly-growing and active social media following, and A-list, Hollywood writers and producers of big-budget franchise films have contributed to our campaign.

This proves that 1) Our gamble of raising the money to make this short film is paying off with attention from well-known Hollywood players; and 2) Viewers are aching to see a movie with our concept and cast!

That’s why we need you – help us make The Cleansing Hour short film so we can sell to Hollywood the feature film you’ll one day see in theaters.

Storyboard by Colin Thiel
Storyboard by Colin Thiel

The Story

The Cleansing Hour is the world’s first and only exorcism webcast. Streamed live each week in front of an audience of millions. Led by the charismatic Father Lance Derrickson (Sam Jaeger), the show’s grippingly terrifying exorcisms have made Lance an international phenomenon and a religious hero.

The catch? Each exorcism is elaborately staged. Father Lance is really nothing more than a [very convincing] actor, and the Wizard behind the curtain running this impressive forgery is his best friend, Drew. 214 “exorcisms” have been performed to date, and 214 “victims” have been miraculously saved. 

Until today, when the actress (Heather Morris) Lance and Drew bring in turns out to actually be possessed! 

Now, the two frauds will be forced to reckon with their online charade– LIVE in front of more than 20 million viewers. Oh, and they might just be unsuspecting pawns in a much greater demonic conspiracy… 

Possession Makeup Design
Possession Makeup Design

The Message

The Cleansing Hour is about two regular guys who’ve built their success on a lie–and they’re about to receive their comeuppance. Is it morally wrong to profit from passing off an online exorcism as real? What about the millions around the world who tune in online to watch? How is their addictive use of their phones, tablets, and computers affecting those around them? Are we, the audience, dangerously obsessed with technology to the point where it’s damaging our lives?

Possession Scene Concept Art
Possession Scene Concept Art

Why We Need You

Filmmaking is EXPENSIVE. Especially when you’re undertaking an ambitious project like The Cleansing Hour, which will have intricate production design, professional film cameras, complex special effects, prosthetic makeup, and stunning visual effects. I am putting every extra penny I have toward THE CLEANSING HOUR. Even then, I won’t come close to what we need to start production.

Your financial contribution is so much more than monetary. This is an opportunity for you to participate in making a movie! As a backer, you will be kept in the loop during every stage of the process from pre-production to release and will be a valued member of the Cleansing Hour team. Making a movie is a collective and collaborative effort. It takes a village. With your participation, THE CLEANSING HOUR isn’t my film, it’s OUR film.

 

How We’ll Spend the Money

 

Production 

Your generous contributions will fund everything that it takes to physically shoot the film, from paying crew, to renting camera gear, lights and locations, building sets, as well as buying food for everyone to eat and an insurance policy in case something goes wrong.

Post-Production

There’s a lot that goes into finishing a movie after you’ve shot it. That includes visual effects (of which we have many), sound design, a score (composer), color-correction, title design, and credits.

Our Stretch Goals
Our Stretch Goals

About the Filmmaker

Damien came from humble beginnings, growing up in the small town of Mattoon, IL and eventually moving to Los Angeles to attend film school at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. At 12 years old, with a strong desire to make a film project for others to enjoy, Damien went door to door asking friends, neighbors, and local businesses to pitch in to help fund his film projects. He is grateful that his hometown believed in him then and through this Kickstarter project, he’s asking you to believe in him now.

For the last ten years, Damien LeVeck has built a steady resume of editing and producing credits for his work on feature films and TV shows that were seen on ABC Family, Netflix, Fox, VH1, SyFy, MTV, TBS, OWN, TruTV and Oxygen. He has enjoyed crafting content of all kinds into meaningful stories for viewers to enjoy and is excited to segue his career into directing full time.

The Cleansing Hour is going to be a high-quality, thrilling short film that will leave the audience wanting more and entice production companies into green-lighting a feature. By donating to this project you’re not only helping to make a great film but you are also helping to shape the careers of everyone directly involved with the movie.

How Does Kickstarter Work?

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that allows people to pledge money to films, products, and causes that are meaningful to them. In exchange, project backers receive a reward or “perk” for their participation once the funding goal is met.

However, if the funding goal is not met, the project receives NOTHING & your credit card is not charged.

We literally cannot make THE CLEANSING HOUR without you. Thank you for your generous support!

Risks and challenges

The $30,000 we’re trying to raise is the bare minimum we need to bring THE CLEANSING HOUR to life.

While we have done our best to create a budget that accurately reflects the costs we’ll incur, but surprises expenses along the way are inevitable.

In all honestly, the more funding we get for the film, the easier it will be for us to avoid these surprises. We’ll have the ability to give our department heads a bigger budget, create higher quality sets and visual effects, and an overall better film.

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    DOWNLOAD PACKAGE: You’ll receive a shoutout and a link to the digital download of the film when it’s ready! Plus, we’ll throw in behind the scenes photos from the sets, the film’s poster, concept art and other digital assets you won’t want to miss.

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    SUPER SHOUTOUT: The director himself or one of our producers will give you a video shout out on our film’s Instagram & Snapchat. Plus, we’ll give you exclusive access to backer-only updates via email and everything in the DOWNLOAD package.

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    TOTE BAG PACKAGE: You'll receive an official TCH canvas tote embroidered with our logo. Included with the tote is an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo book! Plus, you'll receive everything in the SHOUTOUT & DOWNLOAD package.

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    PROP PACKAGE: Early backers will receive actual props from the set. We will surprise you with either: Vials of Fake Blood – Virgin Mary Incense – THE CLEANSING HOUR Prayer Clothes – a Mary Statuette – or Vials of Holy Water. You will also receive a SUPER SHOUTOUT and everything in the DOWNLOAD package. When we run out of actual set props, you will receive replica props similar to those used in the film.

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    MYSTERY TOTE BAG PACKAGE: You'll receive an official TCH canvas tote embroidered with our logo--LOADED WITH HORROR-THEMED GOODIES (2 OF WHICH ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO SAM & HEATHER'S CHARACTERS). Included with the tote is an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo book! Plus, you'll receive everything in the SHOUTOUT & DOWNLOAD package.

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    FILM CREDIT PACKAGE: Ever dream of getting a credit in a movie? You’ll get a “Special Thanks” credit in the film and on IMDb.com, so that everyone will know that you played a part in making this film a reality. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, PROP and DVD packages.

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    AUTHENTIC PROP PACKAGE: You will receive authentic props from the set plus a photo of Father Lance, signed by Sam Jaeger. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! Props will be distributed in the following order: FATHER LANCE’S CRUCIFIX, FATHER LANCE’S ROSARY, FATHER LANCE’S EXORCISM PRAYER BOOK, FATHER LANCE’S PRIEST COSTUME. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT, PROP and DVD packages.

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    HEATHER MORRIS MAKEUP PACKAGE: You will receive authentic latex prosthetics used on Heather Morris to create her demon possession look. These pieces have been hand-molded to fit Heather's face and are used to transform her from the beauty she is into a frightening monster. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT, PROP and DVD packages.

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    MAKEUP STAND-IN PACKAGE: Live in LA? Want to know what it feels like to be transformed into a monster by a professional, Hollywood makeup artist? Our makeup artist wants you to see her demonic makeup design before Heather Morris does! Be a part of the makeup design process! Our makeup artist will apply to your face the very same makeup Hemo will wear in the film. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT, PROP and DVD packages.

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    PARTY PACKAGE: Looking for a unique way to decorate an upcoming party? We’re excited to partner with BloomlightsLA (facebook.com/bloomlights), a company that designs incredible LED balloon creations. For your $125 donation, you will receive a $25 credit to use toward a LED balloon bouquet at your next party (equal to 8 regular-sized LED balloons). If you are not LA local, BloomlightsLA will ship you LED-powered balloons, you’ll just have to provide the helium. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT, PROP and DVD packages.

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    EDITOR PACKAGE: Calling all editors – Have you been meaning to learn how to use the GenArts Sapphire plug-ins to create the kinds of looks, effects, and transitions you see in literally every paranormal show on TV? For your $150 contribution, we’ll give you one free Sapphire tutorial at LearnSapphire.com. (Retail value: $69). On top of honing your Sapphire skills, you will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    END OF THE WORLD/HORROR PACKAGE: Are you prepared for when the demon-possessed or undead take over? We’re proud to offer the Outta Dodge Bag (outtadodgebag.com) to $175 backers--a limited-edition tactical backpack filled with emergency supplies and a few carefully-selected horror-themed gifts ($179 value). You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    FILMMAKER MENTOR PACKAGE: Receive a skype call or lunch (if LA local) with the film’s director, an LA-based film/TV producer and editor with an impressive list of film and TV credits, a long list of network contacts and a degree from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. Pick his mind, see if he can help you with your own aspirations, and enjoy his Midwest charm and smile. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    HEATHER MORRIS' COSTUME: You will receive the actual, fake-blood-soaked costume worn by Heather Morris during production plus an autographed picture. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    AUTOGRAPHED SCREENPLAY PACKAGE: You will receive an OFFICIAL, watermarked "The Cleansing Hour" screenplay signed by cast and crew. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    MAKEUP DESIGNER PACKAGE: You will receive one-of-a-kind makeup design sketches for Heather Morris' "demon possession" makeup, signed by our Makeup Artist Jennifer Turgeon and our possessed girl, Heather Morris. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    SCREENWRITER MENTOR PACKAGE: Are you an aspiring screenwriter? Send THE CLEANSING HOUR writer, Aaron Horwitz, your screenplay, receive detailed notes and a 15-minute skype call with him to discuss your script and how to break into the business. Aaron is an accomplished writer in Hollywood, knows the business well, and has a keen sense for story and character. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    SEE THE MAGIC HAPPEN –Join the director via live webcast during an edit session to watch the film be assembled before your eyes. You will have a bird’s eye view of the cutting process, the creation of visual effects and the finessing of special effects. You’ll also be invited to a special cast and crew only screening in Los Angeles to see the film before anyone else and you will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    SAM JAEGER FAN PACKAGE: Enjoy a 10 minute skype call with the film’s star Sam Jaeger, known for his roles in “American Sniper,” “Parenthood” and “Inherent Vice.” You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages and 2 tickets to the LA premiere of the film! Transportation not provided.

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    HEATHER MORRIS FAN PACKAGE: Enjoy a 10 minute skype call with the film’s star Heather Morris, known for incredible dancing abilities and witty one-liners in the hit show “Glee.” You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages and 2 tickets to the LA premiere of the film! Transportation not provided.

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    SEE THE MOVIE GET MADE – We will send you a copy of the script in advance and invite you to set during principal photography to meet our cast and crew in person. (Subject to our production schedule and note that transportation to our shooting location is not provided.) Can’t make it to set? We’ll give you a personal tour of the set via Skype or Facetime. You’ll also be invited to a special cast and crew only screening in Los Angeles to see the film before anyone else and you will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD, FILM CREDIT and DVD packages.

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    MOTORCYCLE PACKAGE: You will receive Damien’s pride and joy, his actual motorcycle. It’s a red, 1999 Honda VTX600 with 32,000 miles. It runs great and has been well-taken care of since he purchased it used 3 years ago. Pick in up in Los Angeles because shipping is not included.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE: You’ll be credited in the film as an Associate Producer, and you’ll gain access to the set during principal photography. This package also includes an Internet Movie Database (IMDb) credit, plus 2 Tickets to the wrap party and 2 tickets to the LA premiere. You’ll also gain access to the cast and crew screening and any upcoming festival screenings. Transportation/lodging not included. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD and DVD packages.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE: You’ll be credited in the film as an Executive Producer, and you’ll gain access to the set during principal photography. This package also includes an Internet Movie Database (IMDb) credit, plus 2 Tickets to the wrap party and 2 tickets to the LA premiere. You’ll also gain access to the cast and crew screening and any upcoming festival screenings. Transportation/lodging not included. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD and DVD packages.

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    CO-PRODUCTION PACKAGE: You or your company will be listed as one of the production companies making the film ("in association with [YOUR COMPANY OR NAME]"). Your name will be in the opening credits sequence and you will get IMDb credit as a production company. We'll invite you to any early screenings we have for the film and any film festivals we participate in. You will also get 4 tickets to the wrap party and 4 tickets to the LA premiere. Transportation/lodging not included. DISCLAIMER: You will not have any creative control of the film, no ownership in the film and no share of the profit but we will value your input. You will also receive everything in the DOWNLOAD and DVD packages.

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Funding period

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