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A documentary following five young guns from Chicago as they journey West and conquer audiences across America.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT! WE HAVE 18 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE TOUR AND WE COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED! WE ARE ALMOST READY TO ROCK & ROLL, AND IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD IF YOU COULD HELP US REACH OUR STRETCH GOAL OF $7000 SO WE CAN MAKE THIS AN EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER PRODUCTION THAN WHAT IT'S ALREADY SHAPING UP TO BE!

ABOUT THE FILM

We have been working on The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal for the past six months, documenting the musical trials of the Chicago-based band HËSSLER.  Both on and off the stage, the members of this band are bonded by their passion for music-making and by their allegiance to the legacy of heavy metal and rock 'n' roll. We've shot rehearsals, demo sessions, concerts, countless days in the life of, and we even made it with the band to the Rocklahoma Music Festival, where they played in front of their largest audience to date. This December, they embark on their first national tour and we want to document the journey.

 THE FILM CREW

We are two sisters, Biliana and Marina, who ride the wind and aspire to build a life-long career of making music documentaries around the world. We are:

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

The $3000 we hope to raise will go to funding our cross-country trip (car, gas and lodging) as we track the band's every stop, and it will allow us to rent a second camera and additional sound accessories to properly record each show. This is the barebones minimum we need to make it.

A PARTICIPATORY ROCK DOC!

Since we are turning to you to help us with our trip across America, we also want to take you along for the ride. This is how our film differs from the conventions of the rock music documentary genre. We want you, the film audience, to become our guide along the way and participate on a much more personal level. Lead us through the cities on this tour (listed below) by telling us about unique places we should visit! Your suggestion may get featured in the film and you'll have become a location manager with us!

YOUR PERKS!

For every dollar you give, you will receive a little piece of our hearts, along with other really great goodies. Some are edible, some are spooky, some are just plain wild. We urge you to pay close attention to the $25 and $35 pledge levels (as stated above, they explain how you can actively participate in our journey). Another special special reward is a print of this beautiful 1970's painting of Jimi Hendrix.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

If we don't meet our goal of $3000, we don't get any money and your credit card will not be charged. Only if enough backers believe in this project will we be able to make our dream of embarking on this musical adventure a reality.

Thank you so much for your support! You can follow the tour this December on www.facebook.com/eljinetefilms, where we will post daily updates and videos from the road!

Remember, as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith once said, life's a journey, not a destination... So, friends and supporters, come on and join us!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The money from Kickstarter will fund the production process of the next brick of our film: the December 2012 tour from Chicago to the West Coast and back. We are confident that the material we have gathered so far and the footage we have yet to gather from the road will allow us to create a compelling story about a band on the rise and their adventure across America. We also handle the entire postproduction phase in El Jinete FIlms: DIY is our main principle. By May 2013, we will have a finished product which we will then submit to film festivals.

However, although one version of the film will be completed, we also aspire to join the band on a potential international tour during the summer of 2013. With that said, The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal, as any other documentary in which the characters' lives unfold before our eyes, is a film which could inspire a much longer-term production process for which we will seek funding in the future. It may even acquire a different title down the road, only time will tell. Nevertheless, an epic rock doc will be completed by May 2013 and the backers who have been promised a copy of the DVD will receive it after the festival run.

A short-term challenge is not being able to make it to every single place recommendation we receive from our backers. As we have a limited time in each city on this tour, as specified, we will have to make a difficult choice when selecting which unique spot to visit. However, we strongly encourage backers to participate in this way because we want to hear YOUR stories and YOUR inspirations, and it is a guarantee that we will AT LEAST visit one recommendation per city, and it could be yours! This film will follow a band, but it's also about connecting the dots that our supporters put on our map and we are extremely excited about this part of the project too!

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    ROADIES! Get a Hess Goes West Tour Map! Follow our every move from Chicago to L.A. and back!

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    TROOPERS! You'll receive a personally dedicated postcard from the road!

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    HEADBANGERS! Get a signed copy of Hessler's new album!

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    LOCATION MANAGERS! Take a look at the tour and tell us about your favorite place in one of these cities! We will visit some of the most interesting suggestions and feature them in the film! In return, every backer will receive a signed 8x12 photograph of one of OUR favorite places from our travels around the world. PLUS, the backer with the most out-of-this-world suggestion will get THE ULTIMATE TOUR SCRAPBOOK which we'll put together on the road!

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    VOODOO ARMY FILMMAKERS! We will send you a handcrafted voodoo doll with its own tour map so you can follow our journey and help us along the way!

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    HESS XPRESS! Get a "HESS GOES WEST" tour shirt with cities and dates!

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    HUNGRY HEARTS! You get a batch of homemade soft and chewy coconut macaroons! We also invite you to plant the seed for our next musical adventure: tell us about a story that you've always wanted to share. Maybe there is a local musician or a venue or a record store that has inspired you, well we want to hear about it. From all the submissions, we will choose the most compelling story and before 2013 is up, we will visit you/this place and make a short about it.

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    FANS ON THE ROAD! Check out the tour! Get a guest list spot (+1) if we come to your town AND a signed 8x12 Hessler photo! (Limit 3 per city. When the slots for a show have been filled up, it will be indicated next to the city.)

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    ACROBAT JUNKIES! Drummer Marcus Lee Cox will perform his infamous front hand spring for you! We'll feature a video of every personalized hand spring on our social media page and we'll sneak the craziest ones in the film. PLUS get a signed postcard from the road and an 8x12 band photo!

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    SOUVENIR JUNKIES! Receive an exclusive souvenir from our adventures on this tour, a personal thank you letter and a photograph from our travels with the band!

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    SKATEBOARDERS! We invite you to a skateboarding session with guitarist Igz Kincaid and bassist Erik Michael down one of their favorite Chicago paths! This also goes out to you guys on the road, check out the tour dates and show them how you ride in your city! PLUS, we'll video it all and give you a DVD of the experience!

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    ROCK & ROLL CHEFS! Get a two-on-one cooking session with Screaming Siren, fitness instructor and nutritionist Lariyah Daniels, also featuring guitarist Frankie Snakes as sous-chef! PLUS get a video of the whole experience!

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    CHICAGO CAKE LOVERS! Get a custom rock 'n' roll cake which we will personally deliver to your door (for the Chicago metro area). PLUS a postcard from the road!

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    PIRATES! Receive a message in a bottle! Now we can't send it to you via the ocean, but both band and filmmakers will toast to you on camera with a bottle of Jack, we will feature the scene in the film AND you'll receive this signed piece of memorabilia with a personal letter inside (no booze included). PLUS, you'll get a special thanks in the credits and a copy of the DVD.

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    PEN PALS! You get a copy of the DVD, special thanks in the credits, a signed world travel photograph AND personal correspondence from the road: we will send you a postcard from EVERY stop of the December 2012 tour!

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    FILM ENTHUSIASTS! You get a copy of the DVD, special thanks in the credits, a postcard from every stop of the tour, an exclusive souvenir from the road AND a pair of tickets to the film premiere! (travel not included)

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    ROCK 'N' ROLL ART LOVERS! Get a limited edition print (only ten available) of an original 1970's painting of Jimi Hendrix. Artist Ronn Groz (who is also our father) painted the piece during his tumultuous youth in Bulgaria when rock 'n' roll was slowly but surely permeating communism's Iron Curtain. Also included: copy of the DVD and special thanks in the credits.

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    PARTY LOVERS OF THE ROAD! Dinner with the band and filmmakers when we come to your city! Also included: guest list (+1) for the show, copy of the DVD, special thanks in the credits, a signed band photo and 2 film premiere tickets! (travel not included)

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    FELLOW FILMMAKERS OF CHICAGO! We offer our videography, photography and editing skills to you. Let's collaborate on a project! PLUS get a copy of The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal DVD!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! With this pledge, the potential of the film skyrockets and we will be honored to give you an Executive Producer credit. We will also keep you updated from the road, send you the macaroons, the copy of the film, the premiere tickets and we'll take you out to dinner when you're in town!

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