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Help us produce and distribute this powerful, satirical, character driven short film showcasing a wonderfully talented actor.

Mission I Accomplished!

The $4,000 goal was our make it or break it number.  The least amount we could make the film for.  We managed to attain that number in less than two days!

Mission II Accomplished!

We need to raise our $8,000 dream budget, in order better enhance the quality of production, to better post-production facilities, and towards major film festival submissions and appearances.  We also needed that dream goal budget to manufacture our rewards with even better quality as well. 

We accomplished with 10 more days left in our campaign!

Mission III Now in Progress...

Having reached our dream goal budget of $8,000, anything beyond that is going to allow us to submit to more film festivals so audiences around the country and beyond can see this film and this powerful performance by Donovan Armbruster, as well as the talents of Stacy DeGolier, our second lead, director Ren Patterson, and the writing by Tom Dunn.

It's one thing to make a great film.  It's another to be able to show it to people.  Hence, we still need to push our final count as far as we can towards $10,000.

Whether you pledge $10, $100, in between that and beyond.  Or if you'd like to take a more substantial part as an Associate Producer of a film you now know IS going to be made, and made well.  Jump onto this "little engine that could" project, climb onto the bandwagon, and let's take this journey together.  

Help us make this dream come true. 

Evangelist is a dark and powerful satirical drama about a televangelist's fall from grace as he confronts his inner demons and vices during one last fateful broadcast.  Witness the atrocities of greed, power, and manipulation, all in the name of God.     

The film will showcase the amazing talent of an unknown, but very talented actor, Donovan Armbruster, whom we discovered during initial auditions in Madison, WI.  He has a wonderful history, making several small appearances years ago in abandoned pilots, failed series and forgotten made-for-television movies which provided him the opportunity to work with Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Pat Morita, Diane Keaton, Kirstie Alley and occasionally in an episode of HILL STREET BLUES or FAME.

He now lives in Wisconsin, acting in local theatre productions.  Help us bring him back to the big screen.  Help us showcase his talent in this character driven and powerful story.  

We need your support.  Thanks so much.

BE A PART OF EVANGELIST 

Evangelist is written as a short feature that will be shot in HD video and produced to the highest standards by a cast and crew of dedicated, movie-loving professionals in Madison, WI. Upon completion, Evangelist will be submitted to major international film festivals as well as television and theatrical distributors who specialize in this medium. 

Who is making this film?

Evangelist Co-Producer / Director Ren Patterson is a New York native with an extensive background in the film industry and dozens of films to his credit. Going back to the 1970s heyday of independent film, Patterson has experience in entertainment feature and educational/short/documentary film production, marketing and distribution.

Co-Producer/production manager Ken Miyamoto has worked in the film industry for a number of years, most notably as a studio liaison and script reader/story analyst for Sony Pictures. He is a working and represented screenwriter.

Evangelist was written and will be co-produced by Tom Dunn, an international screenwriting competition finalist and winner.

We are not in our early 20s.  We've seen our dreams pass by us over the years.  We are based now out of Wisconsin, far from the hustle and bustle of the film industry staple communities in Los Angeles, New York, etc.  We have day jobs.  We have families.  We have children to support and nurture.  But we love film.  We have a story to tell.  And we have a dream to make Evangelist happen in the best way possible.  Come with us on this journey.  We need you.  Thanks so much! 

Please visit our blog at www.evangelistmovie.blogspot.com for more details and updates

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We are passionate about this story and are amazed and blessed to have such a talented actor to take on this lead role.

It's difficult to make a quality short film. It takes time and money. All of us live regular lives with regular jobs and family responsibilities. We aren't in our early twenties with the many advantages that go along with that.

But we have a story to tell. We're compelled and driven to do so, but only with the utmost of quality. We have that in our lead actor, who is truly a marvel. Now we just need the means to complete this journey.

We have a location set. We have some talented crew members and supporting cast. We have the passion and the want, but due to our many responsibilities in life, we just need your help and support.

FAQ

  • Yes. We've been shooting on and off since late last summer, namely for two satirical PSAs from the Dr. Reverend Kammell's ministry that play during his broadcast.

    We shot on location in the heat of summer in Madison, WI with seven child actors and one actress.

    We then shot on location at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Verona, WI with additional child actors and the very first shooting day for Donavon as Dr. Reverend Kammell!

    Both were shot in a style representative of the types of manipulative PSAs and infomercials that many televangelists use to get people to give money. They are all part of his show.

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  • Yes. We have a location reserved for this coming May 10th, May 11th, and May 12th of 2013.

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  • We of course have been influenced by the real life televangelists that have taken advantage of people for many, many years.

    Cinematically, regarding themes/tone/atmosphere, we're shooting for a Twilight Zone vibe, as far as a contained world. Almost claustrophobic. It's basically a one location shoot, much like many great Twilight Zone episodes. While there's nothing supernatural story, it does have that sense of tone and atmosphere.

    Other influences were Talk Radio and Network, among others.

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    NEW SPECIAL PLEDGE OFFER, good only for those pledging $75 from April 9th to April 26th. $75 or more Backers, starting April 9th, will receive STUDIO SCRIPT COVERAGE ON ONE OF THEIR SCREENPLAYS*, written by producer Ken Miyamoto, a former Sony Pictures script reader/story analyst. These backers will also receive their names in the Special Thanks credits of the film as well as a signed DVD copy of Evangelist, an official Evangelist Production T-Shirt, AND an official Evangelist Poster. Previous backers interested that missed this reward offer can partake in the studio script coverage IF THEY REFER A $50 or more PLEDGE. *Script coverage will be offered in studio format and partakers will get an inside look at how studios view and critique the script submissions they receive. Ken will also go the extra mile and offer more detailed feedback and suggestions that studios wouldn't offer.

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