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Bring award-winning Philip K Dick movie Radio Free Albemuth to a theatre near you!

About this project

“It’s Philip K. Dick’s world. We only live in it.” 

                                                                                     – New York Times

“Philip K. Dick - The most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet!”  

                                                                                         -- Rolling Stone

Success Update 

From Director John Alan Simon:

The last 45 days has been a blur of emails, phone calls and social media. I see Facebook in my dreams (and nightmares). We debated long and hard about going this crowd-funding route - but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions we've made. 

Kickstarter is a community of project supporters who engage at the highest levels of involvement. Even if we didn't need these funds - and even if we hadn't succeeded to reach our goal - it would still have been an extremely valuable experience to connect in this way with the potential audience for Radio Free Albemuth. But reaching our goal - and surpassing it - is an unbelievable high. 

Getting the film rights, adapting the novel to screenplay, getting production financing, the ambitious production on a 24 days schedule; post-production and creating close to 200 CGI shots - Nothing about these challenges has been easy. 

Thanks to all of you who backed the project. I always knew the spirit of Philip K. Dick that guided this movie from the start would not let us down. It took nearly ten years for this very special novel to finally be published and over thirty years for his journals about the experiences of February/March 1974 to find their way into the light. But just as PKD came to believe - there does seem to be a Vast Active Living Intelligence at work in all this. And it's taken longer than we ever thought for this movie to reach this point. So thanks to PKD and thanks to VALIS and thanks to all of you for your support. 

Today is one of the best days ever!

UPDATE #4

Less than 3 days to go and we're over the moon that we've exceeded our goal. That said we still have some great incentives available including

Berkeley Walking tour of Philip K Dick haunts ($75)

Autographed President Fremont (Scott Wilson) Portrait ($500)

President Fremont Plaque ($600)

Secret Summit Concert/Party with Special Guest Stuart Hamm joining Composer, Producers and cast members. ($550)

Special Backer Bonus:   EVERYONE who contributes 50 dollars or more to RFA Kickstarter will receive a Free Pass to the PHILIP K. DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL December 5 - 8, 2013, in New York City.

UPDATE #3

 Blu-ray Pledge Rewards added.

UPDATE #2! New Exclusive scene from Radio Free Albemuth

Featuring Jonathan Scarfe (Perception) Jon Tenney (The Closer) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men)

UPDATE #1

All backers of RFA Kickstarter will get the Left Coast role playing game. A one of a kind experience created specifically for this Kickstarter campaign and subsequent release of the film

The Goal

U.S. theatrical and digital release of Radio Free Albemuth – the feature film based on the novel by science fiction master – Philip K. Dick.  

Thus far, only audiences at film festivals and special events. Despite great reviews and enthusiastic audience response, traditional companies simply haven’t offered us the kind of distribution that would connect to the audience we believe is out there for Radio Free Albemuth.  That’s why we’re going the self-distribution (DIY) route and reaching out to you on Kickstarter.

The producers of Radio Free Albemuth - Dale Rosenbloom (Sundance Audience winning Fuel, and the Shiloh movies )  Stephen Nemeth (Academy Award nominated The Sessions, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas ), Elizabeth Karr and writer/director/producer John Alan Simon have devised an ambitious, yet cost-effective distribution plan so everyone we made this movie for can see it.

Including you...we hope!

RFA cast includes Shea Whigham (Silver Linings Playbook, Boardwalk Empire), Multiple Grammy Award Winner Alanis Morissette, Jonathan Scarfe (Perception, Grimm), Katheryn Winnick, (Vikings, Stand Up Guys), Hanna Hall ( The Virgin Suicides, Halloween ), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Films), Golden Globe nominee Scott Wilson (The Ninth Configuration, The Walking Dead), and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris

Phil (Shea Whigham) and Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) at FAP Headquarters.
Phil (Shea Whigham) and Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) at FAP Headquarters.

We're confident there’s an audience out there for smart, thoughtful sci-fi films that don’t depend on car chases or super heroes.

Valis Satellite
Valis Satellite
RFA’s theme of the value of the individual  against the supremacy of the state remains as relevant today as when the novel was published in 1985.  PKD's prescience resonates today with political events as widely disparate as the Arab Spring, Wikileaks, and the current NSA revelations

RFA is also full of great music.  Alanis Morissette  has her first lead role and performs an original song.  The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock gave us nine songs and contributed to the score with the amazing piano virtuososo, composer Ralph Grierson.  Often heard on KCRW in Los Angeles –The Good Listeners also perform in the film.

The Reviews

" Engrossing!   Delivers satisfying intrigue and suspense.  Should connect strongly with Dick's fanbase and upscale auds seeking sci-fi with political and philosophical substance." 

                                                                      -- Richard Kuipers, Variety

"In our view, the best adaptation of PKD’s work to screen by far!"    

                                                                  -- Louis Savy,  Sci-Fi London 

Five stars!  This film has soul!  You don’t have to be a fan of Philip K. Dick or science fiction to enjoy.   Don’t miss it! "

                                                      -- Leon Marvell,  Arts Hub Australia

You can read more Radio Free Albemuth reviews here. 

RFA Distribution 

We’ll release Radio Free Albemuth theatrically across the U.S. with writer/director John Alan Simon and cast hitting as many playdates  as possible for Q&A’s and special events.   

Even this kind of hand-crafted release involves signficiant costs - Theatre Bookings, Advertising, Publicity, Marketing materials, Travel.    But with a little more dedicated effort on our behalf – and your pledges – RFA will be coming soon to a reality near you!

We also plan to release on DVD, Cable, VOD, and on digital outlets like Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu.

We've carefully studied and  embraced the new paradigm of Hybrid Distribution.  We're utilizing social media to enlist the communities of PKD,  science-fiction,  indie film enthusiasts and others to participate in our theatrical release, then partner with established distribution channels for video and digital.  

Alanis Morissette as Silvia in Radio Free Albemuth
Alanis Morissette as Silvia in Radio Free Albemuth

That’s where you come in.

We can’t do it without you!

And in appreciation for your generous support we have thank-you gifts like special limited signed editions of the script, props from the set, poster artwork, special parties and premieres and one-on-one meetings with the filmmakers and the composer.  Plus all backers get a special access to behind-the-scenes clips with actors and deleted scenes that haven’t seen the light of day – yet!

JUST ADDED: All backers get one of a kind RFA Role Playing Game.

Kickstarter is all or nothing.  So if we don’t reach our goal, we get zip and you don’t get any thank you gifts or premiums.  And - worst of all - you may never get to see the movie.

Every little bit helps, even if it's passing this on to your friends who like inde film, science fiction and Philip K. Dick.  Email them, tweet it, blog about it, talk about it, share on Facebooktumblrgoogle+pinterest, instagram - everywhere! 

Together we can do something very special.  

How many people can say they had a hand in bringing a PKD movie to the screen? 

You can! 

Join the conspiracy to bring PKD’s brilliant and subversive message of hope to audiences throughout America – and then the world! 

Websites

Trailer

Radio Free Albemuth Website

Facebook

IMDB

Twitter - @RFAmovie

Pinterest

Hashtag - #RFAmovie

Who we are.

Between them, NemethRosenbloom and  Simon have produced over 35 features and docs, including Oscar nominees The Sessions and War/Dance.  Their achievements include two Audience Award Winning Docs at Sundance and major studio successes like The Call.   RFA is Elizabeth Karr’s  first feature as a producer after an extensive background in theatre.   Director John Alan Simon's company, Discovery Productions,  began in the film business by taking films that studios shelved and connecting them with audiences, such as the original version of The Wicker Man and Dennis Hopper's Out of the Blue.

Full Bios: Stephen Nemeth, Dale 'Chip' Rosenbloom, John Alan Simon, Elizabeth Karr 

Katheryn Winnick, Jonathan Scarfe and crew.
Katheryn Winnick, Jonathan Scarfe and crew.

Special Backer Bonus:   EVERYONE who contributes 50 dollars or more to RFA Kickstarter will receive a Free Pass to the PHILIP K. DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL December 5 - 8, 2013, in New York City.

Radio Free Albemuth Writer/Director John Alan Simon, Producer Eizabeth Karr and Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Director Dan Abella, December 2012
Radio Free Albemuth Writer/Director John Alan Simon, Producer Eizabeth Karr and Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Director Dan Abella, December 2012

Risks and challenges

RFA’s great review in Variety doesn't change the current distribution landscape. This is why we have innovative collaborators on board to support a DIY Theatrical model that will help us to book key markets. The funds raised from this campaign will enable us to four wall some theatres, if necessary, to maximize publicity and exposure for our digital release. (Newspapers and magazines generally won't review or write features about films that don't open in theatres)

We are painfully aware of how expensive a typical theatrical release is currently. Just to play for a week in one theatre in New York with ads, publicity and marketing can easily cost more than what we are raising on Kickstarter. But by relying on our loyal fan base, grassroots marketing, and avoiding expensive ad buys we will stretch these funds into many more markets than just NYC. As well as to invest in placing our film onto key digital platforms. The equation is simple – more Kickstarter $$$ raised = a wider release.

Where pledges come from is also a good barometer of what cities we target for RFA's release. Kickstarter provides community involvement, as well as funds.

Without audience support for science-fiction films of intellectual substance, the filmmaking landscape will continue to be reduced to “comic-book” blockbusters, or films with miniscule budgets or independently wealthy patronage that can afford to operate at a loss.

With the passion of people like you who want to see Radio Free Albemuth, we can smash the conventional wisdom about the kinds of films that audiences want to see.

Let's get this movie into as many theatres and distributed digitally as widely as possible!

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  • You're in luck! Add $20 to any category at or above ARAMCHEK CELL LEADER pledge level, and you get a Blu-ray in addition to the special limited edition DVD.

    Update June 26 - We added a Blu-ray pledge "RFA BLU-RAY" for new Backers. Those of you who have already upped your pledge by $20, do not need to change category. We'll keep track of it from your messages.

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    MINORITY REPORTER - Thank you for joining our grass-roots Movement! You’ll get personal tweets from the team, Facebook mention, listing on the RFA Website and exclusive content only for backers.

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    BLADE RUNNER - All of the above plus Hi-Res Digital Photo from the movie and email from the director. You choose which character you want in the frame. Or we'll follow PKD's example and let the I-Ching decide for you!

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    RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH INSIDER - All of the above plus RFA Digital Download! For anyone planning on owning the movie anyway, your donation now helps us raise the money for distribution. VALIS will shine its pink light on you! Download outside the U.S. may be at later delivery date.

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    TOTAL DICK-HEAD - Digital Score, Digital Poster and pdf of Screenplay. If you are a PKD fan, you’ve probably got his novel Radio Free Albemuth on your bookshelf. Now own the screenplay - with the director’s essay on the challenges of adaptation. Plus all the above.

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    ARAMCHEK CELL LEADER - All of the above. Plus - Be the first to own the DVD! Your own “SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION” copy personalized with inscription by writer/director John Alan Simon. Signed and numbered. Delivery outside U.S. may be at later delivery date.

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    RFA REPORTER - Extra! Extra! In addition to the limited edition DVD and all of the above - Add an actual prop from the movie! Newspapers created for RFA with headline “ARAMCHECK ALERT’ OR “RUSSIANS SHOOT DOWN ALIEN SATELLITE.” Suitable for framing.



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    **New** RFA BLU - RAY - Add Radio Free Albemuth Blu-ray to everything in ARAMCHEK CELL LEADER Reward. Delivery outside U.S. may be at later delivery date.

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    ARAMCHEK ARTISAN - For One-Sheet collectors. Radio Free Albemuth poster (27 “x 41"– standard poster size.) Suitable for framing, autographed (if you want) by RFA Team. PKD fans love Christel Thompson’s design. Now you can hang it on your wall. Plus TOTAL DICK-HEAD Package.

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    PHILIP K. DICK’S FOOTSTEPS - In addition to the DVD, you’ll experience PKD's Berkeley haunts with a guided walking tour by noted PKD scholar David Gill (totaldickhead.blogspot.com). Includes all premiums in ARAMCHEK CELL LEADERS. Does not include travel to San Francisco.



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    ARAMCHEK BIBLIOPHILE - Collectors item for your library. Limited Edition bound book of Radio Free Albemuth screenplay with original hand painted color ink or watercolor artwork insert by writer/director John Alan Simon. Each one is unique. First 26 receive LETTERED with C.O.A. (Certificate of Authenticity). After that, NUMBERED with C.O.A. Includes all the perks in TOTAL DICK-HEAD Package.

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    RFA CONSPIRATOR - See your name on the big screen, DVD and downloads in “SPECIAL THANKS” listing in the end credits. (May even boost your rating on IMDB!) Includes TOTAL DICK-HEAD package. Plus a personal thank-you phone call from one of the producers.

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    ARAMCHEK CONNOISSEUR - Collector’s Item from the set. One of only two beautiful mounted 27” x 40” poster with the Progressive Records logo from the company where Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) and Silvia Aramchek (Alanis Morissette) work. Design by art director Prisciilla Elliot. Includes ON SCREEN and Social Media thanks, Website listing, digital poster, script, score and Digital Download of RFA.

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    DIRECT VALIS COMMUNICATION - Hour-long one-on-one skype conversation with RFA producer of your choice: Director John Alan Simon, Chip Rosenbloom, Steve Nemeth, Elizabeth Karr. We’ll do our best to make your first choice available. Talk about Radio Free Albemuth, Philip K. Dick, writing, producing, directing, acting, philosophy of life – or even yourself. Plus ON SCREEN special thanks credit. Includes Social Media thanks, Website listing, digital poster, script, score, digital download of RFA and DVD.

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    PHILIP K. DICK FANATIC - The Shirt off Philip K. Dick's Back. Worn by Phil (Shea Whigham) in the movie on the night he’s arrested . size: XL. Plus ON SCREEN and Social Media thanks, Website listing, digital poster, script, score and Digital Download of RFA.

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    ALANIS/SILVIA EXCLUSIVE - Black satin vest OR green blouse worn by Silvia (Alanis Morissette). This one’s for for the Alanis fans. .Size: Small. First to pledge chooses which item. Photo still included. Plus ON SCREEN special thanks Credit. Includes Social Media thanks, Website listing, digital poster, script, score, and digital download of RFA.

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    ASHLEY EXCLUSIVE - Blue blouse worn by Ashley Greene in RFA. One of a kind. Size: Small. Photo still and COA included. Plus ON SCREEN special thanks Credit. Includes Social Media thanks, Website listing, digital poster, script, score, and digital download of RFA.

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    *** NEW *** PKD AT POINT REYES - Private Tour of PKD's Point Reyes Station home and favorite spots including visit with third wife Anne R. Dick and signed copy of her memoir, “The Search For Philip K. Dick." Then out for a burger at great local restaurant. Your tour guide? Anne's daughter, Tandy Ford, who grew up with Phil in the house writing "Man in the High Castle" and other early masterpieces. For one lucky PKD fan (and guest). Travel to SF Bay Area/Pt.Reyes not included.

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    PROGRESSIVE RECORDS CEO - Private Master Class two-hour session with Radio Free Albemuth composer Ralph Grierson at his studio. Discuss the scoring of RFA – or your own film project with composer/musician whose credits include Half Nelson, A Bug’s Life. Includes ON SCREEN special thanks credit. If you can’t get to LA, you can meet via skype. Plus Includes all premiums in ARAMCHEK CELL LEADERS - DVD!

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RFA INNER CIRCLE - Hollywood Lunch with director John Alan Simon or producers Steve Nemeth, Chip Rosenbloom, or Elizabeth Karr. Radio Free Albemuth picks up the check. You need to get yourself to Los Angeles. We’ll do our best to make your first choice of lunch host available. Includes Special Limited edition DVD and all of the above except limited number items.

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    PRESIDENT FREMONT OVAL OFFICE “PORTRAIT” - Exclusive One of a kind! NEW BONUS - AUTOGRAPHED BY SCOTT TO YOU! Large 5’ x 4’ mounted poster of Pres. Fremont/Scott Wilson as seen on screen. There’s only one and it can hang on your wall. If Fremont is one of your favorite PKD villains – or you’re a fan of Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene in ‘The Walking Dead’ or his Golden Globe nominated performance in “The Ninth Configuration” and ‘In Cold Blood,’ vote quickly for this one! Plus Special Limited edition DVD and all of the above except limited number items.

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ARAMCHECK SECRET SUMMIT - Exclusive Private Party at Composer Ralph Grierson’s house with director John Alan Simon and producers and surprise special guests in attendance. Listen to RFA composer virtuoso play the score on his grand piano and discuss the director-composer collaboration. You need to get yourself to LA! Includes ON SCREEN special thanks Credit, Social Media thanks, Website listing, TOTAL DICK-HEAD package, and Special Limited Edition DVD.

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    FREMONT PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM PATRON - Exclusive one of a kind plaque as seen in the movie! Wood framed, (2’x 3’) glass-enclosed pictorial of the President’s (Scott Wilson) boyhood (2’ x 3’). There’s only one and it can hang on your wall. Includes ON SCREEN special thanks Credit, Social Media thanks, Website listing, TOTAL DICK-HEAD package, and Special Limited Edition DVD.

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    VALIS LIGHT ANGEL - Movie Premiere and Party! 2 tickets to the NYC or LA premiere of Radio Free Albemuth. (Travel and accommodations not included.) Hang out with the RFA team on this big night. Includes ON SCREEN special thanks Credit, Social Media thanks, Website listing, TOTAL DICK-HEAD package, and Special Limited Edition DVD.

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    PROFESSIONAL TORTURER EXCLUSIVE - Alanis Morissette Lyrics for “Professional Torturer.” 30” x 48” cue card signed by Alanis. From the set, shooting the vision sequence night club scene. This was a personal gift from Alanis to the director, who wants you to have it as special thanks for helping release RFA in theatres.. Plus ON SCREEN special thanks Credit, Social Media thanks, Website listing, Total Dickhead package, and Special Limited Edition DVD.

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    A PROJECTION DARKLY - Host a private screening of RFA in your own home or other private venue of your choice for you and your closest friends with director John Alan Simon personally in attendance for special Q&A. Plus all of the above (except limited items).

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    VALIS ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - Associate Producer credit on a Philip K. Dick movie! ON SCREEN and submitted to IMDB. Plus ALL of the above rewards except One of a Kind and props. You get Premiere screenings with Cast and Crew, one-on-one lunch and Skype session, autographed Script, Limited Edition DVD, RFA Poster, Party.

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    VALIS CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Co-Executive Producer credit on Radio Free Albemuth. ON SCREEN and submitted to IMDB. Plus ALL of the above rewards (excluding One of a Kind and props)… Premiere screenings with Cast and Crew, lunch & Skype session, autographed Script, DVD, RFA Poster, Party. * If you'd like to give more than 10K, Message us personally and not only will you be our hero but we'll custom create incentives for you that will be out of this world wonderful.

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