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A rough-hewn, ghost story set in Athens, GA.
A rough-hewn, ghost story set in Athens, GA.
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RAG & BONE: A feature film

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THE STORY

A woman’s ghost may hold the key to her father’s redemption.

WYATT was once a musician in Athens’ legendary music scene but reckless choices have left him an outcast, drifting through the rural outskirts as a salvage collector.  

Wyatt (Eddie Craddock) with his daughter Miranda (Willow Avalon)
Wyatt (Eddie Craddock) with his daughter Miranda (Willow Avalon)

After his estranged daughter MIRANDA tragically dies, Wyatt comes to believe her ghost is haunting him with a request. Desperate to redeem himself in her eyes, Wyatt sets out on a mission of vengeance that will (hopefully) let her rest in peace.  

 Spoiler alert: nothing goes as planned. 

Josh Mikel as Declan
Josh Mikel as Declan

 OUR INSPIRATION

Rag & Bone was fueled by the ragged, restless spirit of American New Wave films like Five Easy Pieces, Nashville, Medium Cool and McCabe & Mrs Miller and more recent films in that vein like Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus and Blue Ruin. As in those films, we want audiences to feel like they’ve lived among our fascinating, if flawed characters and experienced their rough and tumble world firsthand. 

EARLY TRAILER 

To provide an idea of the look of the film and characters, here's a very rough trailer, prior to any score, sound design, color correction, or those crucial final scenes. (featuring music of Willow Avalon and Jim White)  

 THE SPOTLIGHT SWINGS TO YOU 

. . .a heroic supporter with exceptional taste, joining the cause in time to slingshot Rag & Bone to completion. 

The good news is we’re already 85% of the way there!

Our talented cast and crew have fearlessly weathered downpours, frigid mornings and late nights, navigated a treacherous river and herded skeptical llamas in order to capture hours of beautiful footage and compelling performances.

But the film hangs in limbo unless we raise the funds to shoot a few remaining scenes and hire a talented post-production team to splice it all together and add the finishing touches.

Sienna Chandler (of Monsoon) as Quinn, Declan's new understudy
Sienna Chandler (of Monsoon) as Quinn, Declan's new understudy
Declan at Full Moon Studio with owner Jay Rodgers
Declan at Full Moon Studio with owner Jay Rodgers

WHAT’S THE RUSH?

To borrow a phrase, Winter Is Coming.

In order to match footage already shot, we have to film a few pivotal outdoor scenes within the next month while it’s turning from fall to winter in Athens. 

If we don’t reach our funding goal in the next few weeks, we’ll have to wait another year to finish production. How’s that for a ticking clock?

WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO

Production

A few pivotal scenes still need to be filmed, including a climatic final confrontation, along with a number of smaller “pickups” such as establishing shots and inserts that tie the storylines together. Funds here will go towards continuing to pay and feed the actors and crew, along with necessary equipment rentals and production insurance.

Post-production

The post phase brings some substantial and unavoidable hard costs including editing, sound design and original score. As much as our editor and composer love our movie, we feel like we should pay them at least a fraction of what their talents are worth.

Also, this isn't a CGI-heavy film, but we do need hire out a couple special effects shots to make one particularly haunting scene work. 

 Fees 

Kickstarter is an incredible platform for creatives and they require a small percentage in order to make projects like ours a reality. Additionally, Amazon requires 3% for processing payments.   

The Stretch Goals

Our stretch goal of 27K would allow us to pay for a more substantial post process that includes additional sound sweetening, music licensing and discrete color sessions with a professional colorist. While not essential to the narrative, these steps are invaluable in raising the overall quality of the film substantially and help increase the chances of distribution and film festival acceptance. 

Our even stretchier goal of +36K would allow us to cover costs associated with distribution and promotion. This includes the marketing materials to get the word out to a wider audience and festival submission fees. It also would go toward other "deliverables" distributors require such as errors & omissions insurance and closed-captioning.  

WHAT MAKES RAG & BONE UNIQUE?

Performances

The actors are undoubtedly the “lightning in a bottle” aspect of this film. 

From seasoned (and exceptionally talented) pros like Josh Mikel to first timers, each actor brought authenticity and vibrance to the story. Eddie Craddock, playing Wyatt, is such a confident, instinctive and grounded actor, it’s nearly impossible to believe this is his first leading role in a feature film. 

We were also fortunate to have many Athens-based musicians, artists, local personalities, and "average folk” appear in the film, lending their talents and an unmistakable realness to the story. These include legendary musicians Jim White, Sienna Chandler (Monsoon), Willow Avalon, Linqua Franqa, LeeAnn Peppers and Donna Hopkins. Visual artists include painter/Athens royalty Vernon Thornsberry and folk art legend Chris Hubbard (CHUB) who both play substantial roles in the film. 

Linqua Franqa with Declan (played by Josh Mikel) and GA state representative Jonathan Wallace
Linqua Franqa with Declan (played by Josh Mikel) and GA state representative Jonathan Wallace
Painter Vernon Thornsberry
Painter Vernon Thornsberry
Folk artist Chris Hubbard with Wyatt (played by Eddie Craddock)
Folk artist Chris Hubbard with Wyatt (played by Eddie Craddock)

Collaborative Storytelling 

We began with a full-length script but I wanted the story to blend with the energy of its environment and continue to evolve as we filmed. I jumpstarted this process by filming mini-documentaries of various locals in town, developing a comfort level with them and reacquainting myself with the area. From here, I invited a number of them to play fictional versions of themselves and threaded the primary actors and storyline through their worlds.

Wyatt (Eddie Craddock) and his ex Frankie (Donna Hopkins)
Wyatt (Eddie Craddock) and his ex Frankie (Donna Hopkins)

I encouraged the “real people” to stray from the script and act as they would in their daily life. Based on their actions and dialogue, we revised subsequent scenes to match what transpired. This brought an organic quality to the scenes and also challenged the trained actors to think on their feet as the scenes unfolded (which they’ve handled incredibly well).  

Jim White with Declan (played by Josh Mikel)
Jim White with Declan (played by Josh Mikel)

THE REWARDS

We're excited to offer some really cool and unique rewards. In the Rag & Bone spirit, many have a rustic, DIY touch. For instance, the sweaters featuring the R&B logo patch will all be hand-picked from my favorite vintage shops. 

On the higher end, we’re stoked to offer truly special pieces of art created by well-known Athens artists who are also featured in the film.

Images shown to illustrate style only -- each piece will be an original work.
Images shown to illustrate style only -- each piece will be an original work.

And don’t sleep on Reward #3 the VHS wallets!

 OUR TEAM

Is comprised of Georgia born and bred filmmakers, beginning with Producer Debrah McNary and her brother and director Evan McNary.  Cinematographer Josh Fritts has been a long-time collaborator behind the camera, having worked on Evan's first short film over a decade ago. 

Having lived in Athens for over a decade, first as a student and later as a professional, Debrah brought her invaluable insight into the landscape and relationships with the local personalities, artists and business owners that not only made a film of this breadth possible, it heavily informed the actions and dialogue of the movie. 

Director Evan McNary discussing shot design with Producer Debrah McNary
Director Evan McNary discussing shot design with Producer Debrah McNary
Director Evan McNary + DP Josh Fritts          //           Producer Debrah McNary helping with art dept
Director Evan McNary + DP Josh Fritts // Producer Debrah McNary helping with art dept

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT by Evan McNary

“Your first film should be made with your own blood.” Jean-Pierre Melville

Taking Melville’s quote to heart, I invested all of my resources, credit lines and goodwill into making Rag & Bone. And that’s how it should be. I’m not entitled to outside help from the industry or anyone else. And this is just one of countless deserving Kickstarter projects. But it’s my goal to tell a story so unique and entertaining that you support this film not out of sympathy but because you genuinely want to see it become a reality. Early on, I’ve experienced a fair share of that Rag & Bone life. From spreading stucco to landscaping to loading docks to long-distance trucking, I know the rhythms, personalities and hard knocks of Wyatt’s present world.  On the filmmaking side, I’ve hammered away on screenplays for over a decade while directing commercials and digital content to pay the bills.  

After one too many Hollywood producers advised that my offbeat, character-driven scripts just weren’t commercial enough, I finally realized that I needed to start making the films I believed in, with the limited resources available. While this meant a more challenging production, the upside is that we didn’t have to water down the characters, cheapen the plot or make any other concessions usually required by studios.  

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Many of us on the team have been hustling for years to get original, challenging films made through the Hollywood system but Rag & Bone is our first opportunity to accomplish this goal in a substantial way. 

With your help, we’ll make a film you’re not only proud to support but also enjoy the heck out of watching.  

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Risks and challenges

While nothing's a certainty, Rag & Bone is 85% of the way thru production, making the odds pretty good that we'll finish with your help.

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    Join the R&B Team!

    An OFFICIAL THANK YOU on our website Hall of Fame page. Plus, PRODUCTION TEAM UPDATES access to behind the scenes PHOTOS and otherwise SECRET DOCUMENTS.

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    The Movie! The Wyatt Makeover!

    The main course: A DIGITAL COPY of RAG & BONE upon its release

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    Have your profile pic Wyatt-tized!

    We'll Photoshop Wyatt’s soon-to-be iconic wild hair and mutton chops onto your portrait in a high-resolution jpeg and added to the Wyatt Pantheon - a collage on the R&B website of all the Wyattized contributors.

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    The Movie and a Movie Wallet!

    (ONLY AVAILABLE AT THIS LEVEL*)

    Get a one of a kind VHS wallet created from real VHS boxes by director Evan McNary.

    There's no telling what movie you'll get. Yes, they'll eventually wear down, as cardboard tends to do, and certainly won't last forever but maybe this makes them even more special...

    *This can be added to any other level by bumping up the donation by $15 and noting in the message.

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    Film Premiere + After Party OR R&B Patch

    Ticket to the Athens Film Premiere (transpo not provided) and the screening afterparty

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    An official Rag & Bone Crew patch to spice up your favorite jacket, parka, sweater or turtleneck.

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    Film Poster + 2 Premiere Tickets

    11"x17” RAG & BONE POSTER

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    - Either 2 tickets to Film Premiere in Athens (transpo not provided) AND 2 invitations to the screening afterparty
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    (Let us know which you'd like)

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    Film Credit + Crew T-Shirt

    YOUR NAME IMMORTALIZED ON THE BIG SCREEN, listed under "Made Possible by” in the end credits.

    **AND**
    Limited-edition “Rag & Bone Film Crew” T-shirt available only to Kickstarter backers. We’re working on the design now. We’ll post it as soon as it’s ready.

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    Film Still, Credit + T-Shirt

    A limited edition 8x10 still image to be selected from the final film

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    YOUR NAME IMMORTALIZED with a "Made Possible by” in the end credits.

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    2 tickets to Athens film premiere + afterparty // Digital copy of RAG & BONE // Get Wyatt-tized // Behind the scenes stuff and team updates

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    Special Thanks + Crew Sweater

    Special Thanks in the end credits AND on its IMDB page.

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    Rag & Bone Film Crew patch sewn onto a vintage sweater, personally selected by director Evan McNary
    (ONLY AVAILABLE ON THIS LEVEL)

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    Special Thanks + Drinks

    Special Thanks in the end credits AND on its IMDB page.

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    Associate Producer Credit + Sculpture

    Become an official part of the crew and earn ASSOCIATE PRODUCER bragging rights, backed up with an IMDB credit! Associate Producer may be seen primarily as an honorary title, but nevertheless you can now count yourself among the likes of Scorsese, Coppola and Tarantino who also have earned the title. One step closer to the Hollywood big time!

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    An ORIGINAL SCULPTURE roughly (20"x16"x4") by folk artist legend Chub, who is also featured in the film along with some of his work.

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    Personal Doc - A Day in Your Life

    Director Evan McNary will create a video mini-documentary on a day in your/your family’s life. Think of it as a cinematic portrait of a day in your life.
    (Weddings excluded. Must be in/near Los Angele or Athens.)

    The other rewards from $150 down: 2 tickets to film premiere + afterparty // Still image from the film // T-Shirt // Digital copy of RAG & BONE // Get Wyatt-tized // Behind the scenes stuff and team updates.

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    Co-Producer Credit + Original Painting

    Now it’s getting real. This scores a CO-PRODUCER title, prominently displayed in the credits.

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    An original painting roughly 20"x16" by beloved Athens artist Vernon Thornsberry (who is also featured in the film).

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    Co-Producer Credit + Personal Doc

    CO-PRODUCER title, prominently displayed in the credits.

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    A 2-3 minute documentary about a day in the life of you or your family created by director Evan McNary. Must be in/near Los Angeles or Athens/Atlanta.

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    Executive Producer Credit + 2 Art Pieces

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - as gangster as it gets - displayed on its own title card.

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    Two unique pieces of art: one painting roughly 20"x16" from Vernon Thornsberry and one of Chris "Chub" Hubbard's larger pieces roughly 18x10x4.

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    Bring as many guests as you want to the premiere + afterparty - you're the Executive Producer!
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    The Commercial Option

    A legit commercial for your local business! Rag & Bone (and experienced commercial) director Evan McNary will create a 30 sec- 2 minute video advertising your local business. The shoot must be in/near Los Angeles or Athens/Atlanta.

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    The Social Awareness Option

    Is there an important issue you wish the public knew more about? Now's you're chance to have a high quality, sharable video made that helps the cause! Director Evan McNary will create a 30 sec- 2 minute video based on your objective as a social do-gooder. The shoot must be in/near Los Angeles or Athens/Atlanta.

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Funding period

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