This is the Sally Fields aka the "They like us! They really like us!" version of our trailer :)
When his high school sweetheart sends him an epic break-up letter and moves out of state for a job, a heartbroken gamer decides to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for love!
You want to support a Nevada based film (Cast & Crew of 300+ locals) shot in Reno, that doesn't feature cops wearing booty shorts, a depressed Muppet in a cabaret or a montage of neon lights, tweakers, prostitutes and tumbleweed.
You want a story about characters you haven't seen before: When's the last time you watched a romantic comedy that shines a light on an entire cast of characters that are actually relatable? We don't just toss black framed glasses, skinny jeans and an infinity scarf on our cast to create the illusion of a "quirky sidekick."
You want to support independent film and emerging talent: The story is refreshingly different. The talent are funny and gifted performers comprised of radio and television personalities, veterans of theater, improvisors and stand-up comics. The crew is made up of hard working and award winning filmmakers, costume designers, art directors, writers and artists. And...our Writer, Director, Executive Producer, Art Director and Costume Designer? All women. #boom
You want to see a family friendly movie: When's the last time you watched a movie where the only "Foul" thing in it was a Chicken Costume?
You have (insert dollar amount here) hanging around. You occasionally like to be a straight-up HERO. Oh, and you like getting awesome perks: In addition to feeling like a rockstar for helping, we are offering a ton of fun rewards in exchange for your help! Check them out on the right of your screen :)
In March of 2016, we turned to Kickstarter with the dream of bringing a quirky little romantic comedy to life. Within 14 short days, we nearly tripled our goal. Within one month, for our shoot, we convinced a major airline to donate a plane to us, an airport to donate a terminal to us, the City to shut down a busy street, a Homeland Security Director from their Washington DC office to fly to Reno so we could film our TSA scene on location, and...most of all, gathered an AMAZING Cast & Crew of over 300+ Northern Nevadans to make our film! All of which, was made possible with your support.
In September of 2016, we held a private screening for friends and family for the film - over 1100 people came. It was one of the more humbling and incredible nights of our lives.
In January of 2017, we began our Film Festival Journey. We knew we had created something special within our community, but we were not prepared for the national reaction we would have for our film. With limited funds available, we only submitted to the first wave of fests - and the reaction has been overwhelming. We have taken home several top honors and have been nominated for multiple categories at almost every festival we've attended.
These acknowledgements, along with your support, have given us the courage to take this film to the next level. What is the next level? Dear George, the short, was based on the actual feature length script of the same name. We've always wanted to make the full length version, but getting funding, studio backing and most importantly - distribution deals - is not an easy journey. Making the short version was an affordable way to put our "toe in the water" and see what would happen.
Our "toe in the water" started with a ripple and became a wave.
We want to make the feature length version of Dear George. To do that, we need to be able to submit it to the top festivals. We need a presence at the festival markets, so we can pitch the feature length script to investors and distributors. We need to hire a consultant to represent us to studios and help us make the right decisions.
To do all of these things, we need your support.
Here is the breakdown of how your funds will be used:
1. Film Festival Submissions: We want to submit Dear George to the Top Film Festivals in the world - with a special focus on Festivals that have film markets that allow us to pitch the full length version of our film. The average submission fee for these festivals is $55 per category, many of these fests have several categories we want to submit to.
2. Travel: Once we are accepted into a Festival that has a film market, we want to be able to attend. Without a presence at the market, the likelihood of garnering the interest of a buyer, distributor or an investor is low. Airfare and Hotel Expenses add up fast.
3. Consultant: Consultants open the door to a entire new level of industry contacts. They set the appointments and make the introductions. If a deal is offered, they make sure it's in your best interest.
4. Marketing: Posters, Trailers, Kickstarter videos (permits, insurance, catering etc.) business cards, one sheets, pitch packets, postcards, banners, shipping the George costume to every festival, facebook ad campaigns and maintaining the website - these are all marketing expenses.
5. Publicist: Every television appearance, radio interview, printed article and online post, in a market outside of Reno, is the result of an awesome publicist. They put their own spin on our press releases and collaborate with us to create buzz for our film. They use their established list of contacts to pull favor and get us coverage. This coverage and buzz benefits us greatly when we head into the market portion of the Festival.
6. Taxes: To keep us free from any scary surprises from the IRS, we put 25% of all collected funds into an escrow account. #responsible
7. Kickstarter Fees & Payment Processing Fees: Fees are a regular part of fundraising. Last year, our 13k campaign yielded a little over 8k after all of the fees and taxes. Kickstarter takes 5%. Their payment processor takes 3% - 5% based on the dollar amount. If our campaign is successful, we hope to clear roughly 7.5k out of our 10k goal - and if we hit our "Stretch" goal of 15k, we hope to have 10.5k out of the 15k raised when all is said and done.
Dear George was made with a ton of effort by a ton of people. We're turning to Kickstarter because it is a revolutionary platform that helps people like us transform our vision into reality.
By contributing to our campaign, you are playing an active role in bringing our project - that has an impressive track record so far - to life. You'll also be proving that our City isn't just the imagery depicted in shows like Reno 911 or the countless films that portray us as gritty, dirty and flawed. We are Artown. We are Theater. We are Upscale Dining. We are 4 Star Resorts. We are Community.
Most importantly, Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform. Meaning - if we don't hit our goal, your credit card doesn't get charged. We know it's a risk, but we believe in the process and we have faith in ourselves and in our community.
We understand if you are unable to make a financial contribution to help us reach our goal - so if you want to help us out, there are plenty of other ways to do it!
1. Hit the "Share this Project" button & help us Spread the Word! Let your friends, family, co-workers, dog sitter, psychic and your UPS guy know about the film!
2. Like us on Facebook and invite your friends and enemies to do the same: https://www.facebook.com/deargeorgethefilm
3. Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deargeorgethefilm
4. Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/DearGeorgeFilm
5. Check out our website at: www.DearGeorgetheFilm.com
Risks and challenges
Integrity is important to the entire Dear George family. From the beginning we have followed the mantra of under-promising and over-delivering.
So far, we've followed through on everything we said we'd do. We faced a lot of unknowns - Would festivals actually program a 20 minute long short? Would people actually like our quirky little film? Would the community support us? All of those questions were answered with a resounding "Yes!"
Moving forward, we have new unknowns - Did we prove we can tell an engaging story? Did we prove we put together a top level production team? Did we make the right casting choices? Do investors and audiences want more of the Dear George story?
We believe, based on our early successes and accolades, that the answer is yes. However, in the world of film, there are never any guarantees. The only promise we can make is that we will do everything in our power to make Dear George into a feature length film. We don't take your support, and the continued support of the amazing Dear George Cast & Crew - all 300+ of them - lightly.
We will remain diligent, dedicated and motivated until we have exhausted every single opportunity.
- (28 days)