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Eleven-year-old Masha is learning to love her adoptive family through a scientific programme.

London, UK Documentary
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ABOUT THE FILM

Eleven year old Masha Kulabokhova is about to be adopted into fourteen year old Cami Diaz's family. Masha grew up in a Russian orphanage; Cami was born and raised in Wisconsin and has been the exclusive focus of her parents’ love her whole life. The process of Masha becoming part of the Diaz family is going to change both girls forever.

THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE follows Masha as she leaves Russia to the spend her first year as part of the Diaz family, who have also adopted five year old twin boys Marcel and Vadim.

When the reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than they ever imagined, the Diaz's hire two of the world’s best developmental psychologists to help them build their new family - through science.

Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr Robert Marvin, has spent a lifetime developing a world-renowned therapy program that draws upon the past 100 years of scientific discoveries in the field of parent child love.

By connecting the Diaz’s with his research, Dr Marvin believes that he can help them create an environment in which Masha, Marcel and Vadim can form supportive, loving relationships.

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE melds the story of the Diaz family learning to love, with rare archive footage of science experiments exploring parent child love.

The science of love has an intriguing and dark past. Experiments on monkeys, birds and even human children have contributed to science’s knowledge of love’s inner workings.

Director Sarah McCarthy fuses revealing footage of these experiments to the narrative, drawing audiences deeper into the dark matter of love and encouraging them to contemplate their own relationships through an unflinching, scientific lens.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Our film is finished and we cannot wait to share it with you! But we need your support to make this happen. Having squeezed the last penny out of our budget during our editing process, we are in need of additional funds to license our archive footage and our music. Please help us spread the word and keep in touch with us through www.facebook.com/TheDarkMatterOfLove or wwww.twitter.com/darkmatterlove

And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support,

Sarah and Grace

Risks and challenges

As our film is completed there are minimal risks involved from this point on.

There is always an element of risk involved in releasing a film but director Sarah McCarthy will be drawing on her experience with launching THE SOUND OF MUMBAI: A MUSICAL - which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and went on to be broadcast in over 15 countries around the world - to enable THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE reach a wide global audience.

Our kick-starter funds will be used to pay our composer Molly Nyman to license the gorgeous score she's composed for us and to license all of our archive footage.

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    A huge THANK YOU and the Dark Matter Team will whisper your name quietly to ourselves. And if you Like us on Facebook we'll upload a special picture just for you.

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    FREE HIGH-RES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF OUR POSTER. A sincere thank you from the bottom of our hearts and on our Facebook page and updates about when the film will be available to view in your part of the world. And a small hug in our minds.

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    All of the above plus a FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE FULL FEATURE LENGTH FILM the moment it is finished. It's shaping up beautifully and you will be among the first people to see the film! You'll probably see it before our Mum's and Dad's get to!

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    All of the above + Sarah McCarthy's first film MURDERERS ON THE DANCE FLOOR as a FREE DOWNLOAD available immediately once the campaign has been funded.

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    All of the above plus a digital download of Sarah's previous film THE SOUND OF MUMBAI: A MUSICAL which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival where it was picked up by HBO Documentary Films. It tells the story of a choir of children from the slums of Mumbai who put on a concert of songs from the Sound of Music.

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    All of the above plus a DARK MATTER MOVIE POSTER and a THANK YOU ON OUR FACEBOOK page including a picture of your choosing. Pictures of big cats in little boxes very welcome.

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    All of the above and a SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT. We'll also give you a shout out in the SUPPORTERS PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE. As well as all this we will also do a deal with the first star you see at night to ensure that one of your wishes actually comes true.

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    2 hour editing masterclass with Dark Matter Post Production Supervisor & Editor Rob Tucker. All skill levels welcome. Your classcan either focus on Final Cut Pro7, X or After Effects. You’ll get to spend two hours at Rob’s post production facility in Farringdon, London (also Dark Matter’s HQ) and learn all the tricks of the trade from a post production master.

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    All of the above and A SKYPE BRAINSTORM with director Sarah McCarthy who was recently named one of Real Screen's 'Top 15 Emerging Director's in the World'

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    Her previous films include www.thesoundofmumbai.org which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.

    Sarah specialises in idea development and will help you unpack your idea, suggest funding partners and help out with festival strategy. If you're not a filmmaker you can Skype with director Sarah and producer Grace about a topic of your choosing! Their areas of expertise include; films, places to eat and drink in London and how to make amusing videos about your cat.

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    All of the above and tickets to a PREMIERE SCREENING of the film in the city nearest to you. We hope to attend as many festival screenings as possible so hopefully we'll see you there!

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    All of the above and a PREVIEW SCREENING AT SOHO HOTEL & DINNER WITH THE PRODUCER & DIRECTOR AFTERWARDS. If you're UK based you and a friend can join us for our 30th November screening at the Soho Hotel followed by dinner in London. If you're not in the UK we'll send you a screening copy and a license to screen the film to all your friends and family and we do a Skype Q&A with you after your screening!

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    All of the above and if you live in London or thereabouts a PRIVATE SCREENING of the film and a Q&A with director Sarah McCarthy and producer Grace Hughes-Hallett afterwards. If you live outside of London we can conduct this Q&A via Skype while you're still (hopefully) gushing with emotion after you've seen the film. You will also be credit as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the main credits of the film.

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    SPEND A DAY WITH THE FILMMAKERS and get a credit on our film as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. If filmmaking is your thing we'll share what we've learned during our careers. If film watching is your thing we'll go see a beautiful film and geek out about it over lunch afterwards. We travel a lot so if you're in a major city in the US, Canada, Australia or anywhere else in the world it's highly likely we'll be visiting your home town during our festival tour and we would be delighted to spend a day with our new Exec!

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