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A Japanese author & small town sheriff team up to solve a murder mystery in San Francisco. Watch the video for new footage!

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I've always loved a good mystery. 

MAN FROM RENO is my first film in the genre - and a departure from my previous work. I don't want to give too much away, but I can say with confidence it's unlike any mystery you've seen before. For starters, it's a bilingual movie: one storyline is in Japanese, while the other is in English! 

Earlier this year, suddenly the stars aligned and I was able to get just enough financing to shoot MAN FROM RENO on a very low budget. Luckily, I was able to cast my old friends Ayako Fujitani and Pepe Serna in the lead roles, along with my new friend Kazuki Kitamura. 

 I'm editing the film right now, and I'm excited with how it's coming together. But I need the funding necessary to finish things like music, sound design, color correction and visual effects--the stuff I can't do on my own. 

If you can help me finish the film, I'd love to have you along for the journey and be among the first to see the final movie.  Please check out our VIDEO for a first look at some footage, or just read on for more about my film!

Thanks so much,
Dave

Here's a brief rundown of our labyrinth plot. Don't worry, we're still keeping plenty of secrets:

    In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) is driving home through the fog one night when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man. However, before an investigation can take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace.

     At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the press tour for her latest book--a potboiler in her world-famous "Inspector Takabe" series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, she begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveler from Reno who is staying in the same hotel. Her new lover, Akira Suzuki (Kazuki Kitamura), is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions...

THE CAST:

     Actress, writer and artist Ayako Fujitani became famous at a young age for her starring role in the celebrated Gamera Kaiju movie series. In 2009, Ayako greatly expanded her international following with a lead role in Michel Gondry's Tokyo! as a woman who magically turns into a chair. She also appeared in a cameo role in my previous film Daylight Savings.  Creative Spotlight #247 - Ayako Fujitani | JAPAN CINEMA

     A superstar in his native Japan thanks to appearances in films by director Takashi Miike (Like a Dragon, Dead or Alive) and Godzilla: Final Wars, Kazuki Kitamura is unstoppable this year, with starring roles in the Mo Brother's Killers, in The Raid 2, and the sequel to the Japanese box office hit Thermae Romae.

Pepe Serna played cameo roles in my first 2 films, and I always promised to write a leading role for him.  Now we finally did it together. 

Pepe has been a well-known character actor for over 40 years with roles in over 150 movies.  He is best known for his appearance opposite Al Pacino in Scarface, along with memorable roles in Silverado, Clint Eastwood's The Rookie, and in Edward James Olmos' gang drama American Me.  Special Video Message from PEPE SERNA

     Like most mystery stories, Man from Reno has a huge cast of characters, and I feel lucky that such a diverse group of seasoned actors stepped in to help me out.  Here's just a handful of cast members you'll see in the film:

    I could not have made Man from Reno without my crew - all of whom are dear friends. Some of us have been working on the film for a few years, starting with my writing partners Joel Clark and Michael Lerman (Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings) -- who patiently helped me work out the kinks in a twisty-turny story, and my director of photography Richard Wong (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) who translated the story into visual form.

Here are some of my collaborators on the film (a full list can be found on IMDB):

Producer: Ko Mori | Co-producer: Taro Goto | Associate Producers: Kerry McCrohan, Mye Hoang | Co-writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman | Director of Photography: Richard Wong | Editors: Sean Gillane, Yasu Inoue | Sound: Keenan Jensen | Composer: Micah Dahl Anderson |  Sound Design: Carlos Sanches | Line Producer: Duane Andersen | Unit Production Manager: Niels-Christian Keilland | Wardrobe Design: Irene Chan | Hair & Makeup: Mayera Abeita, Keiko Morita, Alisa Kume | Production Design: Katy Porter | Art Director: Ciara Butler, D.J. Theriot | Production Coordinator: Yukie Hashimoto | Executive Producers: Nelson Cheng, Daryl Furr, Emily Ting, Wade Winningham

Reward Highlights:
For only $1, JOIN THE PARTY!

EVERYONE who donates, even as little as $1, gets a reward! 

  • Everyone gets invited to our Kickstarter Countdown PARTY in Los Angeles!  We'll be counting down the minutes together and live stream it for everyone at home to see how this all ends!
  • PLUS every backer will have the opportunity see FIVE minutes of the film before the campaign ends...
  • PLUS choose from one of these digital Backer Badges to share on your social media!
Which one is your favorite?  Let your friends know - hey, "I'M A BACKER!"  (pick your badge in the Updates section)
Which one is your favorite? Let your friends know - hey, "I'M A BACKER!" (pick your badge in the Updates section)

At $25+ everyone gets the movie!

At $25, we'll send you the link to stream it online (you'll need high speed internet access), plus access to stream the Making Of documentary for a behind the scenes look and deleted scenes.  

At $35+ everyone gets their name in the credits!  Plus the HD Download.

At $35 (just a little more than the cost of 2 movie tickets), we offer a HD digital download of the movie, plus your name in the credits - and everything in the lower reward tiers.

At $50+ everyone gets the DVD, HD Download and more!

A digital download just isn't the same as a freshly shrink-wrapped physical dvd!  Everyone who pledges $50 and up will get a first-run dvd with our artwork!

Dvds will be delivered upon the commercial release of the film.

$75 GOODIE BAG 

The most popular reward!  The Eco-Friendly Messenger Bag comes with the Signed DVD, 3 Post-it Note Cubes and everything from the $50 Level.  The bag is a must-have for taking to film festivals to show your support!  ****SOLD OUT - PLEASE SEE our $125 Reward Level****


At $100+ See it on the BIG screen!

For $100, we will buy you a pair of tickets to the film festival premiere nearest you. We think it's important to have the chance to see it on the big screen, and we will try to bring it to a film festival near you or arrange our own screening in cities by popular demand.  (And if it doesn’t screen in your town, you still get a copy – and your donation directly helps the artists.)

BONUS REWARD

For every pledge $300 and above, I will gift you this new 320-pg book featuring an 8-pg interview about my body of work.  It was just released this month!

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Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2 by John Berra

Sponsorship Title in the credits at $500 and up:

Your name will be credited in the film if you wish to pledge at these levels for the wardrobe, picture car, or our stunt!  Your credit will look something like this, but nicer:

If you become a wardrobe sponsor at the $500 level, at least 3 pieces are yours to keep! Many items were never even worn! Most pieces are for a female size 2 or 4, and for a male size medium and large. Look at Update #25 highlighting some of the available pieces you can choose from. You might be able to own something worn by one of your favorite actors - while getting a special credit in the film as a sponsor!  Only 1 of these is left!

Keep the Kickstarter Car!

Help us at the $2,000 level and be credited as our car sponsor. Buying this 1986 Buick Century was cheaper than renting it for the shoot...so now it needs a home.  If you're in California, we'll deliver this car to you - it still runs great.  Use it in your own movie, or donate it to charity...!

How About a Trip to San Francisco?

RT airfare and 2 nights hotel for you to come to the Bay Area Premiere and party in 2014!  We'll put you in the same hotel we filmed the movie in, and take you to dinner in nearby Japantown.  We'll welcome your arrival with the same Japanese snacks provided to the crew, and end your evenings in the same bar we filmed in.  Take your experience to a whole new level!

$10,000 for title as an Executive Producer!

At our top level, we offer the opportunity to be named as an Executive Producer with all the perks of being one - your name in the credits, on IMDB, the poster, dvd, website, credentials to some film festivals, red carpet events, parties, trip to the SF Premiere, and the whole shebang!  

You'll also be invited to the World Premiere and Japan Premiere in 2014 (travel expenses are your own, but we will help arrange your plans). 

    What are Add-ons?  Pick out a few rewards a la carte and add the amount to any pledge!  Kickstarter doesn't allow you to choose multiple rewards, so if you need an extra copy of the dvd, just add the amount to your pledge.   For instance, if you select the $100 level but you also want the $75 Goodie Bag (listed below), select the $100 level and then enter in $175 as your PLEDGE AMOUNT.  Later, we will survey you and you can indicate you've chosen some add-ons.

ADD-ON MENU

  • *NEW* Access to World Premiere Live Stream, please Add $50 to any level reward.
  • *NEW* Movie Soundtrack - Digital Download, please Add $18
  • Extra DVD, please Add $30 for the first extra and $15 for each after that. (+$10 shipping is outside US)
  • Extra HD Download, please Add $20 each
  • Extra Name in the Credits, please Add $35 each
  • 1 Goodie Bag (with Goodies), please Add $75 (+$20 shipping is outside US)
  • 1 Messenger Bag, just the bag and no goodies, please Add $40 (+$20 shipping is outside US)
  • 1 Note Cube, please Add $12 each (+$10 shipping is outside US)
  • 1 Full Size Poster, please Add $50 each (+$20 shipping is outside US)
  • 1 Hard Cover Man From Reno Photo Book, please Add $50 each (+$20 shipping is outside US)

If there's something missing that you'd like to see on the list, just ask us!  We're happy to add what's in demand.

   The movie has already been shot, and editing is underway.  The funds will go toward the final steps in post-production: music, sound design and mixing, visual effects, color correction, and fulfilling our Kickstarter rewards. Here is a pie-chart for a complete breakdown.

     The movie has distribution in Japan, and we're hoping for a wide release in America as well.  Some of the cities we plan to have at least one screening include:

  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Portland, OR
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tokyo, JAPAN

**So if you are interested in that $100 level reward which includes a PAIR OF TICKETS to the premiere, you can count on MFR screening in these cities - even if we have to bring it ourselves.  Don't see your city?  Ask us!  We'll bring it if there's enough demand.  We really want you to see it on the big screen!

  • Become a Backer! In return, we have some unique rewards - as well as updates with clips exclusively for our backers.
  • Ask ONE FRIEND to become a backer. Forward our Kickstarter link to someone you think may be interested.
  • Spread the word and like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter!  Retweet the campaign!
  • Leave us a Comment. Or ask us a question. We’d love to hear from you. Any comment or question greatly benefits others who may be reading this.

THANKS FOR CHECKING US OUT!  WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

-DAVE & THE MFR TEAM.


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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

No matter what, there is always a risk in backing any film project. However, you're in a unique position to back a film that has already been shot and is close to completion. I've directed 4 feature films in the past, so I have the experience necessary to deliver the finished film.

Some of the rewards, such as DVDs or digital downloads, will be delivered after the movie is completed and released. We'll keep you updated on our progress as the movie comes together!

FAQ

  • The $75 level Goodie Bag is currently sold out. But it is still available in the new $125 level, or as an Add-On.

    INSIDER TIP: Select another Reward such as the $1 Minimum. Then Add $75 to the Amount for a total of $76. After the campaign, you will receive a survey and you can indicate you've chosen the Goodie Bag add-on.

    Here again is our Menu of ADD-ONS:

    Extra DVD, please Add $30 for the first extra and $15 for each after that. (+$10 shipping if outside US)
    Extra HD Download, please Add $20 each
    Extra Name in the Credits, please Add $35 each
    1 Goodie Bag (with Goodies), please Add $75 (+$20 shipping if outside US)
    1 Messenger Bag, just the bag and no goodies, please Add $40 (+$20 shipping if outside US)
    1 Note Cube, please Add $12 each (+$10 shipping if outside US)
    1 Full Size Poster, please Add $50 each (+$20 shipping if outside US)
    1 Hard Cover Photo Book, please Add $50 each (+$20 shipping if outside US)

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  • The Signed DVD at the $50 Level was an Early Bird Special that is all gone. (unless someone changes their choice during the campaign) However, every tier above will include the Signed DVD. So please choose the next level tier up.

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  • I sure am glad you like the way it looks! The good production value you see on screen is all due to the hard work and sacrifices of a dedicated crew and cast who made the most of limited resources.

    Most film finance organizations aren't knocking down my door asking for stories about country Sheriffs and Japanese mystery writers teaming up to solve crime. This is the kind of story that could only be made outside the Hollywood system, and the cost of artistic freedom is that you have to get creative on the financing side--patching it together from a variety of sources.

    Luckily, I was able to find producers who believed in me and provided enough money to get through the shoot. Now that I have some footage to show, I'm hoping you will be interested in eventually seeing or owning the movie as well as getting a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process--both of which I can offer as Kickstarter rewards.

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  • My last two films Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings were designed to be completed "one man band" style. While I didn't do it all completely alone, the post-production process was simple enough that I didn't need to break the bank in order to finish them. Both were valuable experiences, and I'm proud of the results.

    That said...Man from Reno is on a completely different scale of ambition. The requirements in virtually every stage of post-production from sound design and music to visual effects are much more extensive than anything I've attempted before. Upon discussing it with my post-production collaborators and doing the math, $50,000 (including Amazon, Kickstarter and reward fees) was the baseline amount we needed to complete the work in a way that wouldn't be too rushed or compromised.

    With your support we'll be able to finish with the best possible version of Man from Reno.

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    SEE 5 MINS + PARTY INVITATION + digital Backer Badge | Join us at the Kickstarter Countdown Party in Los Angeles as we see if we make our goal on Aug 20th. We'll be live streaming for those of you who want to watch from home. SEE 5 mins of the film online. Also, choose from any digital Backer Badges to share on social media to proudly show your support!

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    GOODIE BAG + $50 Level Reward (20 of these) | MFR Movie Merchandise!  A cool limited edition messenger bag with the MFR logo and goodies inside, plus everything above (including a signed dvd). You'll want the perfect bag to show your support at the film festivals.

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    2 TICKETS (select US cities only) + SIGNED DVD + DOWNLOAD + Q&A + $50 Level Reward (100 of these) | Don’t you want to see your name in the thank you credits on the BIG screen? If there is a premiere in your area before its theatrical release (i.e. Film Festival), we will buy your tickets!  Maybe you'll even want to travel to another city to see it. If so, we've got your tickets covered. And if there's not a premiere in your area, or if you cannot attend, we will also send you a signed DVD or digital download, and access to a taping of the entire Q&A from one of the film festival premieres (so it feels like you were there). Plus, everything in the $50 level. Note: Tickets not transferrable and must be reserved for the backer.

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    WORLD PREMIERE LIVE STREAM + SIGNED DVD + Q&A + $50 Level Reward (20 of these) | Want to be the first to see it, but can’t travel? For the first 20 people who grab this reward, we will release a link to stream MFR at the SAME date/time as the World Premiere (wherever that ends up being). It’s almost like being with us from your home. And if you have to miss out on the live stream, we will also send you a signed DVD, and access to a taping of the entire Q&A from one of the film festival premieres (so it feels like you were there). Plus everything in the $50 level. **Only 20 of these! Perfect reward for those outside the US.

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    GOODIE BAG + any $100 Level Reward (25 of these) | A cool limited edition eco-friendly messenger bag with the MFR logo and goodies inside, including a signed dvd. You'll want the perfect bag to show your support at the film festivals. Plus, any $100 level reward: your choice to stream the World Premiere at home, or 2 tickets to a US premiere (see list of select cities).

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    RARE DVD + PROP + any $100 Level Reward (10 of these) | For the collector! On top of the $100 level reward, get a rare DVD of Dave’s first film Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2007), now officially OUT OF PRINT! The film, starring Dave himself, also contains appearances by Man From Reno cast members Pepe Serna and Hiroshi Watanabe! We’ll also send you a paper prop that was used in Man From Reno - your choice of a Japanese paperback book, or a fake newspaper/tabloid clipping used in the movie.

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    SIGNED DVDS + any $150 Level Reward (4 of these) | For the DVD collector! Your choice: Gamera Trilogy Blu-ray and Daylight Savings DVD signed by Ayako Fujitani, OR DVDs of Scarface and Big Dreams Little Tokyo signed by Pepe Serna. And of course, MFR photos and dvd signed by director/cast which is part of the $150 level reward package.

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    YOUR NAME IN A PA ANNOUNCEMENT + any $100 Level Reward (2 of these) | Have you ever watched a scene set in a bustling hospital? All the sounds of heart monitors, doctors and nurses walking around, etc. is all added during post-production! Another thing that's added in are announcements over the PA system. At this level, we'll record your name in either a PA announcement or on police radio in MAN FROM RENO. You can be in the movie, without ever having to be in the movie! (See UPDATE #16)

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    COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION OF DAVE BOYLE (SIGNED) + $125 Level Reward (10 of these) | ALL 5 of Dave Boyle's films on DVD: Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006), White on Rice (2009), Surrogate Valentine (2011), Daylight Savings (2012), and Man From Reno (2013). Plus the very popular Man From Reno Eco-Messenger Bag with Movie swag and everything in the $125 level reward.

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    YOUR SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + any $100 Level Reward (2 of these) | We'll record a 10-second subliminal message written by you and bury it deep in the soundtrack! You may not be able to hear it without cranking up the volume to 11, but you'll know it's there… If you'd prefer to record it yourself, no problem! Send us the audio file and we can do the rest. Be in MAN FROM RENO, without being in it. (See UPDATE #16)

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    FOUR TICKETS + HARDCOVER BOOK + POSTER + $75 Level Reward (6 of these) | For the art collector! Receive your own gorgeous, full color book with behind the scenes photos never before seen, screenplay excerpts, and special notes from the cast and crew. Hurry, only a few of these in existence. Plus get 4 tickets to a MFR premiere/party before theatrical release, or the signed DVD if there is no premiere in your area. (see our Distribution Plan section for the list of cities). And the goodie bag!

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    BUILD YOUR OWN REWARD (10 of these) | Combine any of the lower level rewards to equal $300 (even if a reward has sold out). For instance, if you want 6 tickets to the premiere (3 X $100 level), or 6 DVDs (6 X $50 level), this would be the level you choose. Kickstarter doesn’t allow you to choose multiple rewards, so this level offers flexibility and more time to think about which rewards you want. (You'll get to choose your rewards via survey after the campaign ends.)

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    SPONSOR THE WARDROBE + any $100 Level Reward (4 of these) | Sponsor a portion of the Wardrobe cost. In return, we will document the behind the scenes and provide you with exclusive coverage via blog/photos, and a special thank you in the end credits as a Wardrobe Sponsor. Bonus, we will even let you keep at least 3 wardrobe items of your choice! (Some of the wardrobe has never even been used.) Check back on our “updates” to see the selection. Plus, get everything in the $100 level.

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    NOTES + SCREENPLAY + any $100 Level Reward (3 of these) | Dave will read your script, watch your rough cut - and give you notes! If you're a filmmaker, then you know how hard it is to get someone to read your script, or watch your movie, and give you feedback.  But at this level, Dave will review your project and give written and verbal feedback.  Plus the screenplay in PDF with Dave’s shot list.

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    CHARACTER NAME + any $100 Level Reward (3 of these) | Here’s a chance to be in a movie without ever acting. Dave will use your name, or a name you choose for a character in his next movie. SEE UPDATE #15 for example.

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    SPEAKING ROLE + any $100 Level Reward (2 of these) | Ever wanted to know what it was like to be on set? Here’s a rare opportunity for a small speaking role in one day of shooting on a future project. Travel expense not included, but we can help arrange your trip. Plus, get everything in the $100 Reward level.

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    3 GOOGLE HANGOUTS - Ask Anything + any $100 Level Reward (3 of these) | Think of this reward as Dave Boyle Film School...Up to 3 people will have access to scheduled one hour Google hangouts with Dave three times.  If you are developing a narrative project, this is a great way to ask questions and seek advice. Plus, choose any of the $100 level rewards as well. (Some rewards may not be ready until Summer 2014, but the Hangouts can be anytime you're ready.)

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    SPONSOR THE PICTURE CAR – and keep it! + $250 Level Reward (1 of these) | Sponsor the 1986 Buick we bought for the film and be listed in the end credits as a Picture Car Sponsor – and keep the car - or donate it to charity. The car comes with Title and current Registration in California. Also see UPDATE #17 or send us a message! (Please note the Outside US shipping fee covers the rewards in the $250 package, not the car. The car is only avail in California.)

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    MUSIC EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TITLE + any $1,000 Level Reward (1 of these) | Receive a sole credit (including IMDB) as the Music Executive Producer in the film credits! Plus choose any $1k level reward you like - includes premiere tickets, signed dvd, download and much more. Your contribution makes the music for the movie possible, so you deserve a little credit for it...! (Only 1 of these!)

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    DINNER AND SCREENING + $250 Level Reward (only 2 of these) | …in LA, Dallas, San Diego, Tucson, or San Francisco. If there is no premiere in your area, we will arrange a private screening in your home (or ours) with your friends. A whole evening to discuss and have a one-on-one Q&A with the artists. Plus everything in the $250 level.

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    SPONSOR A STUNT! + any $1,000 Level Reward (1 of these) | Receive specific blogs, pics, and budget breakdown on the making of the stunt you sponsored. See the exclusive details on how the stunt was executed. Your name in the credits as the sponsor of the stunt, as well as a special acknowledgement on social media, Dave’s blog, and a BIG mention in the Making Of documentary.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER TITLE + PRIVATE TEST SCREENING + THANK YOU BASKET + any $1,000 Level Reward (3 of these) | Be part of the creative process! Join us in a private test screening this Aug or Sept - for you and a guest, plus meet some of the cast in person. And if the test screening is not in your area, we will send you a link to watch the rough cut online along with a survey or Skype feedback session. We will also send you an assortment of Japanese snacks especially arranged for you in a lovely thank you basket, containing all our favorite snacks! IMDB credit and your name in the film credits as an Associate Producer. Invitation to screenings and parties as member of the team. Plus choose any of the $1,000 level rewards.

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    TRIP TO SF PREMIERE! + THANK YOU BASKET + $250 Level Reward (1 of these) | Take your film experience a little further…Get 2 tickets to the San Francisco Premiere in 2014 and party with the best…with 1 domestic RT airfare and 2 nights hotel at the Hotel Majestic (where the film takes place), and dinner in Japantown with the cast and crew. Take home a basket of our favorite Japanese snacks and goodies. Plus get everything in the $250 level. We picked San Francisco because the film is set there, so it has a special place in our heart! (US backers only.) New Bonus offer - our composer Micah Dahl Anderson will write you a song (see Update #20)!

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    $10,000 and up = EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TITLE + ORIGINAL SONG + $5,000 Level Reward (2 of these) | Open door invitation to drop by and observe post-production – and attend film festivals/events/karaoke parties like part of the crew! Invitation to the film premiere in Japan in 2014. Travel expenses not included.  Plus, see the work in progress.  Watch a rough cut of the film and the opportunity to offer notes (your creative input). IMDB credit and your name in the billing block/credits/poster/DVD as an Executive Producer! Plus, the $5K level reward - Trip to San Francisco! + New Bonus offer - our composer Micah Dahl Anderson will write you a song (see Update #20)!

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