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A Midwestern teen is abandoned by her single mom and decides to take survival into her own hands.

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THE MOVIE

Future Weather is a portrait of a Midwestern teen who takes refuge from an unstable home life in science and nature. When she’s abandoned by her mom, she decides to take survival into her own hands. Told with humor and pathos, Future Weather is an authentic look at three generations of women navigating responsibility and self-fulfillment. It also gives voice to a generation who has inherited life on a warming planet. Starring Perla Haney-Jardine, Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, Marin Ireland and William Sadler.

Amy Madigan and Perla Haney-Jardine.

THE BACKSTORY

Future Weather is the first feature of writer-director-producer Jenny Deller and producer Kristin Fairweather. We started in 2006 from scratch: no money, no institutions, no Hollywood connections. Fueled by a belief in the script, entrepreneurial fervor, and a hunger to learn what it takes to make an independent film, we talked to anyone who would listen (and listened to anyone who would talk), created budgets, roped family and friends into fundraisers, and applied to every grant, lab and contest available.

In 2009, the film was selected from out of 2000 applicants as a semi-finalist in the Netflix FIND Your Voice competition, co-sponsored by Film Independent. This gave us the opportunity to work with actress Perla Haney-Jardine on a companion short film to Future Weather called Save the Future.

That spring, Future Weather also won the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award  from the Nantucket Film Festival. We had cracked the door open. Slowly but surely, the project attracted financial supporters, collaborators and mentorship from producers Cora Olson and Jennifer Dubin, Film Independent, the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2010, we shot Future Weather in the Philadelphia area.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

This film has been over six years in the making and will premiere April 29th at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. This is a valuable opportunity for the film to be seen by audiences, critics and distributors—which means a very promising shot at wider distribution, and ultimately the opportunity for you, your friends and family to see Future Weather in theaters, on TV, and through online outlets like Netflix and iTunes.

OUR GOAL

We need your help to launch this critical phase of the filmmaking process: getting festival-ready, building our audience, and securing distribution.

Future Weather is a low-budget independent film that has been funded by individuals, non-profits and sweat equity. We wrapped post-production in February 2012. We're now raising money through Kickstarter to dot I’s, cross T’s, and pay for all of the tools we need to put our best foot forward and make sure our beautiful film has a shot at reaching festival audiences and beyond.

Your generous donations will pay for:

  • a publicist 
  • a new website
  • movie posters, postcards, and other materials
  • festival travel/accommodations for cast and filmmakers
  • screeners, supplies and shipping fees
  • remaining post-production and delivery expenses 
  • music & effects track
  • legal fees
  • energy audit and carbon off-sets (we were a green production!)

Moving the RED camera between locations at Pennypack Park.

OUR TEAM

We cannot thank enough the incredible community of artists and professionals who filled this project with heart, soul and a back-breaking amount of work. They collaborated with us for the sheer love of the craft, not for money, and taught us an incredible amount. We are forever grateful.

  Cinematographer:  Zak Mulligan
  Editor:  Shelby Siegel
  Production Designer:  Gino Fortebuono
  Composer:  Erik Friedlander
  Music Supervisor:  Jackie Mulhearn
  Sound Designer:  Kent Sparling
  Costume Designers:  Amy Roth, Kelly Levine
  Casting:  Suzanne Smith Crowley, Jessica Kelly
  Line Producer:  Joe Guest
  Executive Producers:  Jennifer Dubin, Cora Olson
  Co-Producers:  Laura & Marc McKenna, William G. Kay
  Associate Producers:  Carolina Roca-Smith, Kimberly Burnick

There are plenty more Future Weather production ninjas where this came from, check ‘em out

This film would also not be possible without our families, friends and partners who have contributed such bottomless trust in this whole enterprise, it blows us away. Future Weather is as much yours as it is ours.

HUZZAH! to our fabulous interns who work their fannies off and infuse the project with so much fresh energy and bright ideas.

And WORD UP! to THE FUTURE WEATHER LOVE BRIGADE, the benevolent grassroots net of love, volunteerism and resources who never let us down.

To all of our new KICKSTARTER FRIENDS: Welcome to the Love Brigade!!!

 Hauling the trailer on-set at Pennypack Park.  

  Kristin Fairweather, Perla Haney-Jardine, Anubhav Jain, and Jenny Deller.

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