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When his mother gets out of prison, Arvind, 16, revisits old family wounds by writing a play from her perspective.

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STRETCH GOAL: $17,100

WHY:  Once ARVIND is complete, we want to help show it off to the rest of the world. With two weeks left to our campaign, we are inspired to reach towards our distribution and promotional goals for the film. We can only do that with your support!

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR: Promotional materials like press kits, postcard and poster design, festival submission fees (we paid almost $1,000 for Yeah, Kowalski!), DCPs (Digital Cinema Package- it's a specific file format that most festivals are beginning to prefer, and it's expensive) DVD duplication... and the ability to fly Arvind to the world premiere. Copenhagen? Edinburgh? There are amazing documentary film festivals all over the world and we can't imagine going there without the star of our film.

The Story

Arvind's mother- a first generation immigrant from India- was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP) and depression. During a bitter divorce trial with Arvind's father, she attempted to poison Arvind, 3, and his older brother, Arjuna, 6, as well as herself. 

After 12 years Arvind's mother was released from prison and attempted to contact her sons. The brothers brought her to court and were successful in securing a life-long protective order against her. 

In response, Arvind wrote a play called MOMMY with his mother as the main character. The documentary ARVIND follows his life during this process.

ARVIND will be completed by May 2014. 

How I Met Arvind

Arvind auditioned for my previous film, "Yeah, Kowalski!" He arrived early to the audition and we had the chance to talk one-on-one. I was impressed by his take on the script and his approach to the characters.

Arvind in "Yeah, Kowalski!"
Arvind in "Yeah, Kowalski!"

 Writing His Story

Over the past year, Arvind met with local screenwriters, playwrights and actors for feedback on his script. As part of his research, he decided to meet with a mental health expert who had experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

 MOMMY 

Arvind cast his play in December and began rehearsals. Mommy will premier January 30, 2014 as part of the spring season of the Laboratory Theater.

You can learn more about the play's production on the Mommy Facebook page.

Laboratory Theater, University of Texas, Austin
Laboratory Theater, University of Texas, Austin

OUR GOAL

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 30 days. We need a strong community of supporters to get behind this unique project to help make it succeed! Donations will help fund post production.

• Editor

• Asst. Editor 

• Color Correction 

• Composer

• Educational Curriculum

ARVIND received a 2012 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund grant from the Austin Film Society.

OUR REWARDS

We have some amazing incentives for donors that link up with the film's exploration of narrative, memory and identity. 

$25 LEVEL: A Thank you! postcard with art made for the film, plus a link to watch the completed film!

$25 LEVEL:   Evan or Arvind will write an Acrostic Poem and post it to your Facebook wall (if we can!) Poem available only at this level, no other level.

$50 LEVEL: A digital download of 7 original songs & album art by Arvind!

$71 LEVEL:  In honor of our astonishing $71 average pledge amount, we have four (4) Austin Film Society tote bags to give away. AFS supported ARVIND in 2012 with a Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Grant. Tote bag only available at this level.

$100 LEVEL: A digital download to Evan’s award-winning short films 33 Teeth and Yeah, Kowalski!

Stills from 33 Teeth
Stills from 33 Teeth
Stills from Yeah, Kowalski!
Stills from Yeah, Kowalski!

$101 LEVEL:  A 5-pack of handmade vintage greeting cards from Fracas Studio, founded by my long-time friend and supporter Ethan Mechare. Plus everything at the $100 level.

$200 LEVEL: DVD compilation of Director Evan Roberts' award-winning short films (33 Teeth, Yeah, Kowalski!) as well as ARVIND.

$350 LEVEL: Your choice of Director Evan Roberts' 100 Days Breakfast or 100 Days of Dinner, a coffee table photo book of self portraits and food photography of all the meals he ate in one hundred consecutive days. Bonus: the dinner book comes with 10 recipes! 

100 Days of Dinner (with Recipe Book)
100 Days of Dinner (with Recipe Book)
100 Days of Breakfast
100 Days of Breakfast

$500 LEVEL: Local Austin Illustrator Christoph Michaud will paint your portrait or the portrait of a loved one. Send photos if you live outside of Austin, or if you're in town, sit for a short photo session. It's a wonderful and timeless gift for a loved one. 

Here's an example of his portrait of Arvind.

$501 LEVEL: A 16x20” archival print (unframed) from National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing's "Monhegan Island" story, first published in 2001. ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!

$750 LEVEL: Storyboard your life: Tell your personal story to our friend and storyboard artistBrandon Bernard and watch it come alive in a three panel storyboard! 

Some examples of stories you could storyboard would be:

  • Meeting the love of your life or best friend
  • A memorable moment during family vacation 
  • A turning point moment where you made a big decision

This is a one-of-a-kind service developed for the ARVIND Kickstarter. The below illustration by Brandon was inspired by the film. 

AUDIO BIRTHDAY CARD

$1,000 LEVEL: Audio Birthday Cards are a unique service offered by Audio Heirlooms, an oral history production company founded by Director Evan Roberts. Click above to hear a sample from the beginning, middle and end of the Audio Birthday Card Incentive. Donors will get a FREE 20 minute Audio Birthday Card that they can gift to a loved one.  What's an Audio Birthday Card? It's a compilation CD you receive and listen to on your birthday- listen in your car, at work or at home as your friends and loved ones tell stories and remind you why they love you so much- how awesome is that? Click hear to listen to testimonials of people who have received these one of a kind gifts. 

NEW INCENTIVE 

$1,000 LEVEL:   Song writing workshop with Sara Hickman and Arvind Hathaway. Bring your creativity, your instrument, and your song-writing cap! Finally finish that song that's gathering dust! Expires August 2014. Workshop located in Austin.

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$2,000 LEVEL: Arvind will write a song about you, and you get Associate Producer Credit!

$3,000 LEVEL: Evan will film a short documentary of you or a loved one, and you get Executive Producer Credit! Plus all the above incentives!

WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU

The production of this film is made possible by generous contributions by supporters like you! Thank you so much for your support.

Risks and challenges

January is a big month for us. Concurrent with the Kickstarter, we are in rehearsals and gearing up for the opening night. Once February rolls around, our largest hurdles have to deal with keeping on schedule for the post production process.

Once the film is completed, the main challenge is reaching an audience. How can we assure that the film will be seen? We have made inroads with places like Frameline in San Francisco who may be interested to distribute Arvind in an educational setting through their Youth in Motion project. We're making connections with people who are excited to toot the ARVIND horn and tell people how unique and special this project is.

We think ARVIND would be best suited to public television and will pursue grants and opportunities to move towards that goal. We are making connections with organizations and institutions who will benefit from using ARVIND as an educational tool. Even so, "ARVIND" could find a home in specialized film festivals like Indian film festivals, LGBT festivals, Youth festivals and Mental Health film festivals.

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  • Yes. Projects remain live on Kickstarter until their funding deadline. That means it's entirely possible for a project to overshoot its goal. In that case, the creator receives all of the additional funds (less fees). for ARVIND, additional funds would be used for post-production expenditures not included in the initial goal such as: hard drives, software upgrades, & equipment rental.

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    30 backers

    Eternal thanks, a shout out on Facebook and electronic updates about the film.

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    72 backers

    A special edition postcard featuring art made for the film with personalized greetings + a private link to watch the completed "ARVIND" documentary + everything at the $10 level.

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    An acrostic poem of your name (see example), written by Arvind or Evan and posted to your Facebook page + a special edition postcard featuring art made for the film with personalized greetings + a private link to watch the completed "ARVIND" documentary + everything at the $10 level. (Acrostic Poem offered Only at this level!)

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    2 backers

    VIP Reserved Seats at the OPENING NIGHT ONLY of MOMMY on January 30th (7pm showtime at the UT Laboratory Theater) + A special edition postcard featuring art made for the film with personalized greetings + a private link to watch the completed "ARVIND" documentary + everything at the $10 level. This incentive is not available after January 28th, 2014.

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    29 backers

    A digital download of Arvind's first EP of 7 original songs + album art + everything at $25 level.

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    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    AFS Tote bag (side side bar for photo) + everything at $50 level.

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    18 backers

    A link to download Director Evan Roberts' award-winning short films "33 Teeth" and "Yeah, Kowalski!" + everything at $50 level.

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    A 5-pack of unique, handmade, vintage greeting cards from UK-based Fracas Studios (founded by my friend & longtime supporter Ethan) + everything at $100 level.

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    13 backers Limited (7 left of 20)

    A DVD compilation of "ARVIND," "33 Teeth" and "Yeah, Kowalski!" + everything at $100 level.

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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    Your choice of a "100 Days of Breakfast" or "100 Days of Dinner," Director Evan Roberts' coffee table photo book (see example) that documents his gastronomic life for one hundred consecutive days + everything at the $200 level.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Donors can send in photographs of themselves or loved ones (or get photographed in Austin) and we will send you the 8 x10 original portrait painted by the amazingly talented Austin-based Christoph Michaud + everything at the $350 level.

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    A 16x20” archival print from our friend and National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing's "Monhegan Island" story, first published in 2001 (see example of photo in prizes section) plus everything at the $500 level. Arvind chose this particular image from her collection!

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    Your life illustrated on a storyboard! A storyboard artist will visualize your life's biggest milestone moment in three panels. This is a one-of-a-kind service devised specifically for the Arvind Kickstarter + everything at the $350 level.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    A 20 minute Audio Birthday Card -- filled with stories and messages from your friends and loved ones - an exclusive service of Audio Heirlooms, founded by Director Evan Roberts + everything at the $350 level.

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    Song Writing Workshop with Sara Hickman (Official State Musician of Texas) and documentary wunderkind Arvind Hathaway. 1.5 hours. Hone your craft with the best! Expires August 2014. Austin only. Travel/lodging not included.

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    Associate Producer Credit! Complimentary tickets to world festival premiere of "Arvind" (lodging and travel not included) + BONUS: Arvind will write a song in your honor and name it after you! + the storyboard + the portrait + everything at $350 level.

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    Executive Producer credit! Invitation and tickets to every festival that screens the film + director Evan Roberts will film and edit a documentary about A Day in the Life of *you* or a loved one (travel and lodging not included.) + the storyboard + the portrait + everything at the $350 level.

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