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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 1 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Discovering Savannah is about meeting the perfect person at the wrong time.

During the opening scene, we see Savannah and her current boyfriend, Jerry, driving in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern VA.  At the same time, you hear the song 'Safe to Say' playing.  You can sample this song in our Kickstarter video and also below in our audio links. We quickly learn that Savannah and Jerry are in the middle of an intense, loud argument where Jerry is admitting that yes he has cheated on her, and no this is not the first time. This leads immediately into a chance encounter between Savannah and James.  

After Savannah and James spend an amazing two weeks together in Savannah, GA she realizes she is following the same destructive pattern that she's been in for half of her life. As soon as one serious relationship ends, she jumps right into another serious relationship. 

This movie is different from almost all other romantic movies in that Savannah has to first learn how to be happy on her own by focusing on herself personally and professionally.  At the same time James has to stop waiting for the one that got away and learn how to be happy without her.

About the writer, Stephen Blanch, who also plays James.

The first screenplay that I wrote was called 'Mandown' and I entered it into the first Project Greenlight competition.  In Mandown, the ASU lacrosse team is having a 20-year reunion of the first lacrosse tournament they played together in Vail, CO.  At the same time, there is another 20-year event being remembered.   Twenty years ago during that same lacrosse tournament, a college girl was brutally murdered.  Every year since then, her mother shows up in Vail to set up a booth and hand out flyers.  She is looking for any information that could potentially help her find her daughter's murderer.

Nothing happened with 'Mandown', but it's a different world that we all live in today with Kickstarter and inexpensive technology that didn't exist just a few years ago. In this new age we are living in, there's a real possibility that I can, with your help, raise the funds needed through Kickstarter to make my dream a reality.   

I've been working on 'Discovering Savannah' for over 5 years.  It's been a true labor of love. The best part was meeting the amazing actress, Jennifer Piech, and having her tell me, "Yes, I would love to play Savannah".  As a male writer, I couldn't truly provide the female perspective as honestly as a female could.  I could write what I thought a female was thinking and going through, but to make it more realistic and enhance Savannah's character, it was always important to me to have an actress like Jennifer, who wanted to share her ideas on what Savannah's thoughts and actions would be during this period of growth she was experiencing.  I truly believe that this collaboration with Jennifer, along with her thoughtful insights, has been extremely helpful in improving the screenplay. 

About the actress, Jennifer Piech, who plays Savannah.

Hi – I’m Jen…or Jennifer – and sometimes “Peaches” in competitive card games. Never Jenny, though, don’t ask. I’m a mother of two fabulous New York City savvy kids and married to Carl Pasbjerg, a General Manager and Producer of Live Entertainment. I live in and love Washington Heights – yep, near the famed George Washington Bridge of “In the Heights” and I’m definitely an uptown girl in spirit.

I’ve performed Principal work in film, tv and theatre from originating a fabulous Irish sassy lass on Broadway to vamping up to Ed Harris in “Pollock.” I took more than a decade off to raise my fantastic kids and am thrilled to be back in the biz re-connecting and meeting the movers and shakers of today. On the Producing side of things, I have a film short winning awards at festivals now called “Dime Short”, a new short called “Matt Higgins: The Improvisor” in pre-production and another short called “RUOK” in post-production, and am a Co-Producer on the Broadway musical, “Come From Away,” (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award) which opened in March of 2017. I’m very proud to be involved with all of these beautiful pieces. On the writing front, I have a short parody which will be performed live in NYC and I’m currently writing both a short film and a full-length screenplay.

I look forward to collaborating with colleagues and creating new work in all areas of the biz. My heart is full and I’m so grateful to be back!!

What was written about Jennifer's Broadway performance in Titanic?

“And while we have great performances on our mind:  still sailing in high cotton is the Tony-Award-wining musical “Titanic” whose box office set a new weekend high for the fourth time in its run.  The standout in the cast is Jennifer Piech, in her Broadway debut as an Irish immigrant:  her interpretation is full of life and pathos.” – Liz Smith’s column, New York Daily News 

Where and how will Discovering Savannah be filmed?

The 'Before Sunrise' trilogy with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are some of my all-time favorite movies.  What happens in those movies is just like what happens in real life when you first meet somebody and you're falling hard for each other.  While you spend a lot of time getting to know each other, you also spend a lot of time exploring your surroundings.

When writing 'Discovering Savannah', I knew that I had to make it more than just a love story between Savannah and James.  I've also written a love story about the amazing locations that I've been fortunate enough to live in throughout the years.  During Savannah and James's two amazing weeks together, they will be getting to know each other in Harper's Ferry WV, Beaufort SC, as well as Savannah GA and the surrounding area called the Low Country. Below are some of the photos that I've taken over the years in these locations. 

Discovering Savannah: The photos behind the love story.  

All of these photos are available under our rewards.

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Northern Virginia’.  In the opening scene of the movie, Savannah and her boyfriend Jerry are driving in his SUV through the beautiful rolling hills of Northern Virginia.  During this drive, Jerry admits that yes, he has been cheating on her, and no it's not the first time.   

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Bridge at Harper’s Ferry’.  Immediately after Jerry's confession, Savannah has a chance encounter  with James.  He drives Savannah to Harper's Ferry where he shows her around the historic city.  This bridge leads them to the Shenandoah River where they share a dance in the sunlit water. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Hidden Creek'.  As Savannah and James begin their journey together, they start out on the back roads of Northern Virginia.  

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Lake View Cottage'.  On their way to Savannah, as James is sleeping, Savannah pulls over and types into her phone alternative routes to Savannah, GA.   Although Savannah and James have an instant connection from the moment they meet, it's during their stop in Lake View, SC where you sense that their feelings for each other are growing more intense.  During this scene, the song "Blame" is played in it's entirety.  You can sample the song below in the audio section. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'The  Road Less Traveled'.  During their time in Lake View, SC, they will be exploring the lake, first on foot and then with a canoe. This beautiful lake is featured in a drone shot in the Kickstarter video. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Forsyth Park'.  As soon as Savannah and James arrive in Savannah, GA, their two week journey together continues at Forsyth Park. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'The  Perfect Day'.  When James asks Savannah, "How would you like to have a perfect day"?  Savannah replies, "Yes please". Immediately the song 'Walk Along' begins to play.  You can sample the song below and also hear it in our Kickstarter video.  Part of their perfect day together will take place here at Magnolia Gardens, shown in this photo, and the two that follow. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Magnolia Gardens'.  As Savannah and James's perfect day continues, you will see just how beautiful the Low Country is.  

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Ashley River'.  I can't wait to see what beautiful animal life, at Magnolia Gardens, Savannah and James will be filmed in if we get funded.  

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'Fripp Island'.  As their perfect day comes to an end, Savannah asks James, "How would you like to have a second perfect day"?  James replies, "Yes please". 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled 'The Boardwalk'.  Just before Savannah and James's two amazing weeks come to an end, they will be walking out on this boardwalk.  You can see more of this boardwalk in the Kickstarter video. 

  •  When choosing your rewards, this photo is titled "Harrisburg".  Part of the film's ending will be filmed here as the song 'Ain't No Time Baby' by Mercy Creek is heard.  You can sample the song below in the audio section.  It was Jennifer's emotional performance on Broadway in the play 'Good People' that inspired me to rewrite Discovering Savannah's ending. 

If you like all 12 photos, they will all be available as a calendar.  The photo collection below from Magnolia Gardens will appear on the cover. 


Jennifer's added piano scene to Discovering Savannah.

  • When filming our Kickstarter video, Jen and I walked past this piano, so I asked her if she knew how to play?  This video from my cell phone captures that exact moment. Immediately afterwards, I knew we'd be adding a scene for Jennifer where she sings and plays the piano. 
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Jennifer's acting reel.

  • After watching Jen's acting reel below you will understand just how incredibly lucky I felt when she told  me "Yes, I would love to play Savannah".

Discovering Savannah: The music behind the love story. 

All of these songs are available under our rewards and you can listen to a sample of each song by clicking on the links below.

  •  'Safe to Say' is heard in the opening scene of the movie when Savannah and her boyfriend Jerry are driving in his SUV through the beautiful rolling hills of Northern Virginia.  During this drive Jerry admits that yes, he has been cheating on her, and no it's not the first time.  
  •  Sung by Joe Daniel written by Chris Timbers.  
  •   'Blame' is heard during Savannah and James's journey  to Lake View, SC.  The two Lake View photos above show you this beautiful lake they will be exploring, first on foot and then with a canoe.  
  • Sung and written by Joe Daniel.
  •  'Its all Right' is heard after James fails twice miserably trying to apologize to Savannah.  If you want to see how his third attempt to apologize to Savannah goes, then please select a Reward that you would like to receive for helping us get funded.
  • Sung and written by Joe Daniel.
  •  'Walk Along' is heard during Savannah and James' perfect day together.  The three Magnolia Gardens photos above will be part of that day.  Then as their perfect day continues, they will be visiting the boardwalk and ocean side that are on our Kickstarter video.  These were captured in the Low Country just outside of Beaufort, SC.
  • Sung by Joe Daniel and written by Justin Duhaven.
  •  'Kind Woman' is heard live in Beaufort, SC when Savannah arranges a surprise for James.  This will lead into another live song that is performed. 
  • Sung by Joe Daniel and written by  Pete Thomas.
  •  'Aint No Time Baby' is heard in its entirety as Discovering Savannah comes to an end.  It's an emotional ending where the lyrics match up perfectly with how both Savannah and James feel about each other.
  • Sung by Cheryl Nystrom and written by Cheryl and her husband Jim Ball who together make up the band Mercy Creek.

 Handmade necklace made personally by Cheryl Nystrom, the singer/guitarist from Mercy Creek. 

  • You can receive a hand made necklace by Cheryl Nystrom that looks very similar to the one she made below that looks amazing on Jennifer.  Cheryl is the singer/guitarist who's married to musician Jim Ball and they make incredible music together as the aggressive folk rock band, Mercy Creek.  Their song called 'Aint No Time Baby' is what is playing as Discovering Savannah ends.  You can also sample 'Aint No Time Baby' in our audio section above.

Savannah  Bee Company Offerings.

  • Based on your donation you can choose between your favorite Lip Balm flavor, Whipped Honey Chocolate (absolutely delicious), or their amazing 20 oz Tupelo Honey Flute Classic.

A painting created for you based on one of my 12 photos above or the painting can be based on your own personal photo.

  • Paintings to be created by local Savannah, GA artists similar to the painting below of Forsyth Park. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we have is in the funding of Discovering Savannah. Not knowing if that will happen or not makes it hard for the additional talent needed to commit to a shooting schedule. However, if you help fund Discovering Savannah, then Jennifer has so many amazing actor friends that would love to play the additional roles needed in the film.

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    Two Lip Balms:

    Pick your favorite two flavors of Lip Balm from the Savannah Bee Company that can be seen in the photo below.

    Flavors to chose from are: Earl Grey, Key Lime, Mint Julep, Peach, Salted Caramel, Sweet Tea, Tupelo Honey, Unflavored, and Wild Blackberry.

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    Photo, Whipped Honey, and Lip Balm:

    Pick your favorite photo out of the 12 shown to receive.

    Enjoy 12 ounces of the delicious whipped chocolate honey from the Savannah Bee Company.

    Chose two lip balms from the Savannah Bee Company. Flavors to chose from are: Earl Grey, Key Lime, Mint Julep, Peach, Salted Caramel, Sweet Tea, Tupelo Honey, Unflavored, and Wild Blackberry.

    Look at the photo below to see the Savannah Bee Company products.

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    Hand made necklace by Cheryl:

    You can receive a hand made necklace by Cheryl Nystrom that will look very similar to the one she made that Jennifer is wearing in the photo below.

    Cheryl is the singer/guitarist who's married to musician Jim Ball and they make incredible music together as the aggressive folk rock band, Mercy Creek. Their song called 'Aint No Time Baby' is what is playing as our movie Discovering Savannah ends. You can also sample 'Aint No Time Baby' in our audio section.

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    Photo and Tupelo Honey:

    In addition to one of our photos you will also receive the amazing 20 oz Tupelo Honey Flute Classic from the Savannah Bee Company. Look at the photo below that shows the Savannah Bee Company products you can receive.

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    AP Credit and Personalized Painting:

    Your name listed in the film and on IMDB as an Associate Producer of 'Discovering Savannah'.

    Also, receive a painting created for you based on your own personal photo or chose one of my 12 photos to receive as a painting.

    Paintings to be created by local Savannah, GA artists similar to the one of Forsyth Park that is posted below.

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    EP Credit, Personalized Painting & Tour:

    Your name listed in the film and on IMDB as an Executive Producer of 'Discovering Savannah'.

    Also, receive a painting created for you based on your own personal photo or receive a painting based on one of my 12 photos. Paintings to be created by local Savannah, GA artists similar to the one of Forsyth Park that you can see below.

    Plus Stephen will give you a personal tour of the Low Country over one weekend. Tour will be created specific to your personal preference. Two days can be spent just in Savannah or you can explore the surrounding area called the Low Country. We could include Magnolia Gardens, Beaufort, Hunting Island, and even a private boat tour of the marshlands. What you explore that weekend is all up to you. It will be designed by Stephen after a phone call with you to determine how you would best like to spend those two days Discovering Savannah.

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