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About

Everyone has a story to share with the world. We, too, would like to share our story through a High Definition digital short film. In collaboration with some of the great creative minds of Orlando, Florida, our goal is to bring a very moving tale to life—one that touches all our lives, and the audiences' as well.

The Lesson is a short film that follows four teens subjected to bullying through a day in their lives. Throughout, the narrative of a children's tale weaves their stories together. The film will reveal the overwhelming cruelty of bullying and the humiliation it causes, in hopes of inspiring others with stories of overcoming.

What is the story about?

Katrina, Haifa, Erin, and Adam are high-school students. Through the medium of a children's story, the film follows them during one day in their lives, revealing the effect their victimization has on them, on those who stand by and allow the abuse, and on the bullies themselves.

Why are we making this film?

Bullying is rampant in our culture. As a creative team, we have all experienced or witnessed it. We believe there are others who share similar experiences, and would be both touched and entertained by our story.

What are we raising funds for?

In order to share our views about the realities of bullying and what we believe to be the solution, we need the best resources available. The funds raised will be used for equipment and location rentals, the best cast and crew Orlando, Florida can provide, and the myriad of miscellaneous costs associated with film production.

We also hope to bring The Lesson to the world through film festivals and distribution. Every donation will help bring this all-too-often disregarded subject to light, and to create an entertaining, evocative, excellent, and creative piece.

Risks and challenges

We are embarking on a very ambitious project. The concepts that we wish to bring from intangible vision to the reality of film require very specific, realistic locations and costumes, MANY people to properly portray a functioning school, detailed props (many of which will be created by local artists), as well as a talented crew with vision and heart.

It is a risk that if one element of production falls short of our high expectations, the realism of the whole project will suffer. Another difficulty is the time of year we enter production, which directly affects the availability of certain locations, the weather (rain is especially a factor in our sub-tropical locale), and the number of extras that we will be able to help us.

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    For donating $10.00, you'll be added to a special behind-the-scenes mailing list, through which you'll receive production photos, sneak peeks, and even the chance to vote on some of our promotional items! Additionally, you will receive a "Special Thanks" Credit run at the end of the final edit of the film.

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    For donating $25.00, you’ll receive a digital copy of the final edit of The Lesson via DropBox, (Distribution to take place after Festival) as well as being added to the mailing list and a "Special Thanks" Credit run at the end of the final edit of the film.

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    For donating $35.00, you'll receive a limited edition silicone wristband featuring the words, "Respect for All." Additionally, you will receive all previous incentive rewards.

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    For donating $75, you will have the opportunity to send us an approved PostSecret-style graphic or postcard with your own personal story of bullying - whether you experienced it, engaged in it, or observed it. We will then use the image and caption in our closing credits, where you will receive mention as a contributor. Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards.

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    For donating $250.00, you'll receive a DVD copy of the director's cut of The Lesson, complete with special features, cast commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and a blooper reel. (Distribution to take place after Festival) Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards.

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    Silver Level- For donating $350.00, you will have the opportunity to select the Custom Prop of your choice (First come first serve based on date of donation) Full list of items to be provided via email post the conclusion of Production phase. Examples include "Adam's dress" or one of the main character's sketchbooks. Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards.

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    For donating $500.00, you'll receive a copy of The Ugly Little Girl, the original children's book by Konstantine Kane. This book serves as the narration from the movie and is fully illustrated and professionally printed. You may also choose to have the book signed or personalized by the author. Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards.

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    For donating $750.00, you will receive a ticket to the wrap party in Orlando, Florida, where you will have the opportunity to mingle and eat with the cast and crew involved in The Lesson. (Tickets will not include the cost of travel or any other accommodations.) Additionally, you will receive all Bronze rewards, and your choice of one Silver Reward.

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    For donating $1,000.00, you can be a featured extra on the set of The Lesson in Orlando, Florida for a day of filming and fun! You'll have the opportunity to meet with the cast and crew as well as appear on-screen with a mention in the credits. You will also have lunch break with the writer and director! (This reward does not include the cost of travel or any other accommodations.) Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards, and your choice of one Silver Reward.For donating $1,000.00, you can be a featured extra on the set of The Lesson in Orlando, Florida for a day of filming and fun! You'll have the opportunity to meet with the cast and crew as well as appear on-screen with a mention in the credits. You will also have lunch break with the writer and director! (This reward does not include the cost of travel or any other accommodations.) Additionally, you will receive all Bronze incentive rewards, and your choice of one Silver Reward.

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    For donating $5,000.00, you will receive the title of Executive Producer! You will be credited accordingly during closing credits. Additionally, you will also receive all the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Rewards, and you will receive public acknowledgment and gratitude from the director and writer.

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