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Help a group of hard-working, talented young artists who are determined to make their own opportunities ... AND a smart, scary horror movie.
Help a group of hard-working, talented young artists who are determined to make their own opportunities ... AND a smart, scary horror movie.
375 backers pledged $23,149 to help bring this project to life.

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Pledge Pitch Video #1: Mike Flanagan
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Pledge Pitch Video #2: Dave Levine
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Pledge Pitch Video #3: Justin Gordon
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Pledge Pitch Video #4: Morgan Peter Brown
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Pledge Pitch Video #5: Katie Parker
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Pledge Pitch Video #6: Joe Wicker
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Pledge Pitch Video #7: Rustin Cerveny
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Pledge Pitch Video #8: Courtney Bell
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UPDATE: 5/19/10 - We're pleased to announce the addition of DOUG JONES ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") to the cast of "Absentia."

"Absentia" represents a rare kind of horror movie: one that doesn't rely on gratuity, gore, violence, and cheap shocks. Instead, it operates under the philosophy that if you combine fleshed out, realistic characters with a thought-provoking storyline, and then weave in elements of universal psychological fear, the result is what makes great horror films like "Let the Right One In," "The Descent," "The Exorcist" and "Session 9" possible.

After all, what you DON'T see is always scarier than what you DO....

"Absentia" follows Tricia Riley, whose husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him "Dead in Absentia." Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, while Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but "natural."

The project will be written and directed by Mike Flanagan, currently in production on the documentary “American Marriage." No stranger to the horror genre, his film “Oculus” achieved critical acclaim, winning more than a dozen awards at 35 film festivals, including Best Short trophies at the Dead By Dawn Film Festival, Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films, Dragon*Con 2006, and MicroCineFest. “Absentia” will be his fourth feature film.

It also represents the inaugural feature film of Fallback Plan Productions, a company formed by Justin Gordon and Morgan Peter Brown to give creative opportunities to writers, directors, and actors still laboring on the fringes of an industry that can be impossible to infiltrate. The philosophy is simple ... if you're having a hard time getting your foot in the door, make your own door!

Shot on the revolutionary Canon 5D Mark II, "Absentia" will begin principal photography beginning June 21, 2010 in Glendale, CA. Katie Parker (“The Young and the Restless”), Courtney Bell (“Step Up 2: The Streets”), Dave Levine (“Charmed”), and Morgan Peter Brown (“Nailed”), and Justin Gordon ("What's Bugging Seth") are attached to star.

CHECK OUT OUR TEASER TRAILER ON THE UPDATES PAGE!!!

The funding earned through Kickstarter will be used to begin principal photography and secure additional capital from interested investors. Thank you for taking the time to check out our project!

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    For a $25.00+ contribution, we will offer all the benefits above, as well as a "special thanks" credit in the closing titles.

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    LIMITED TIME: The next 10 people who pledge $45 or more will be mailed a batch of Katie Parker's Homemade Family-Style HeroinE Cookies, complete with a handwritten "Thank You" card from Katie. Mmmmm ... they're addicting!

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    LIMITED, A LA CARTE PRIZE: The next 10 people to pledge $60.00 (originally $199.00) will receive an 8x10 autographed photo of DOUG JONES - in the character you specify - autographed personally to you.

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    LIMITED TIME: The next 5 backers who pledge $99 or more will have their faces put onto "missing persons" posters that will be featured in the finished film. After production, you'll receive the actual prop poster.

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    LIMITED TIME: Pledge $125 and you will receive an "Absent-YA" sock puppet, hand crafted by Joe Wicker.

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    For a $150.00+ contribution, we will offer all the benefits above, plus an invitation to our wrap party and signed copy of director Mike Flanagan's award-winning horror short "Oculus."

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    For a $200.00+ Pledge, you'll receive an authentic Julia Child Recipe Dinner, cooked by "Absentia" actor Dave Levine. If you donate $1000, Dave will cook your meal dressed AS Julia Child. Creepy? No. Awesome. (Los Angeles residents only.)

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    For a $250+ contribution, we will offer all the benefits above plus either an invitation to a sit-down Q&A with the creative team, OR a copy of behind the scenes/"making of" DVD.

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    A LA CARTE, LIMITED PRIZE - Your $300 pledge is good for a 1-hour Photography Session with Rustin Cerveny (Great for Actors' Headshots, Engagement photos, Family Portraits, etc) OR a 1-hour mentoring session for aspiring photographers. Check out Rustin's Portfolio at www.rustinmichael.com.

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    LIMITED TIME: For a $350+ contribution, you will receive a WALK ON ROLL in "Absentia." (No travel provided to Los Angeles, but you'll be incredibly well-fed. INCREDIBLY.)

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    For a $5000+ contribution, we will offer all the benefits above, an Associate Producer credit, and your image on a series of "missing persons" posters, a key prop in the film "Absentia."

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    For a $7500+ contribution, you'll receive all of the above; but instead of your image on a poster, you'll receive a walk-on role in the film.

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