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PIZZA, A LOVE STORY is the first real look at the phenomenon that is Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern...the greatest pizza in the world! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 30, 2011.

PIZZA, A LOVE STORY is the first real look at the phenomenon that is Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern...the greatest pizza in the world!

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From director Gorman Bechard, whose latest film COLOR ME OBSESSED, A FILM ABOUT THE REPLACEMENTS, was just named one of the year's seven best music documentaries by Rolling Stone, comes...PIZZA, A LOVE STORY, the first real look at the phenomenon that is Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern.

Anyone who’s ever sampled a pie from one of these New Haven brick oven pizza palaces, knows that they’ve just tasted the finest pizza known to mankind. One bite and you become obsessed. It’s like seeing God, only tastier. There is no going back.

(Really, talk to anyone who’s been blessed with taste…New Haven is not famous for Yale, we’re famous for pizza...we're not polarized by politics or religion, we're polarized by who serves the best pie.)

This feature-length documentary will examine that why…

Bechard, long-time New Haven resident, and self-proclaimed pizza snob, will take us one a journey which began in 1924, and the pie that would change the world. We will talk to the families, the workers, and especially the fans (both the famous and unknown) who’ll wait in line for hours for a taste. We’ll present a history of what IS the greatest pizza in the world.

We just began shooting, and have already filmed an exclusive and very rare interview with Flora Consiglio, wive of Salvatore, the man who opened Sally's in 1938. Flo still runs the restaurant from her booth way up in front. The interview is funny and touching and explains a number of Sally's myths including the legendary "magic phone number."

We are going to feature owners from all three establishments, both the famous and not-so-famous fans "discussing" who makes the best pie, as well as a detailed history of how the New Haven taste evolved.

We’ve got a great cinematographer in Adrian Correia, and an amazing production team (including local music legend Dean Falcone and co-producer/Researcher Katherine Dickey) putting together everything we need. Check out Adrian's reel: http://www.AdrianCorreia.com

But despite everyone working for no pay, we still need some cash for things like tapes, expendables, film festival submission fees, a sound mix, and a couple of big hard drives to hold all the digital footage…we've kept the goal low, but the more we get, the more we can spend on the above items. 

Which is why we are we here on KickStarter.

What makes PIZZA, A LOVE STORY special? Well, for starters, we know how to make features on micro budgets. We have a proven track record. (We are not kids just out of film school talking about making a feature. This is what we do.) This is NOT a waste of your money. The film WILL get made, it WILL play film festivals, and you WILL receive your backer prize.  (Ask people who backed Color Me Obsessed!  Check out the Facebook page for that film.)

Just check the official websites for our last THREE features, COLOR ME OBSESSED (www.ColorMeObsessed.com), YOU ARE ALONE (www.YouAreAlone.com) and FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS) (www.FWBmovie.com), see the list of awards, read the IMDB reviews for all three films.

And don't forget to check out Gorman Bechard's website at: www.GormanBechard.com

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    You will receive a SPECIAL THANKS TO listing in the end credits, and regular email updates.

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    You will receive a DVD screener of PIZZA, A LOVE STORY (the film only, no extras) a FULL YEAR before it's commercially available (a few months after we begin the film festival run), along with a SPECIAL THANKS TO listing in the end credits, and regular email updates.

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    You will receive a limited edition 11” x 17” PIZZA, A LOVE STORY poster, along with a DVD screener a FULL YEAR before it's commercially available (a few months after we begin the film festival run), a SPECIAL THANKS TO listing, and regular email updates.

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    The DOC package. Once the backing closes you will receive a DVD screener of our last film COLOR ME OBSESSED. Plus you will receive a DVD screener of PIZZA, A LOVE STORY, when available.

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    You will receive a PIZZA, A LOVE STORY t-shirt (your choice of S, M, L, or XL), along with a POSTER, DVD screener, a SPECIAL THANKS TO listing, and regular email updates.

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    The DVD package. Once the backing closes you will receive a DVD screener of our last film COLOR ME OBSESSED, as well as the commercial DVDs of YOU ARE ALONE & FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS). Plus you will receive a DVD screener of PIZZA, A LOVE STORY, when available.

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    You will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit during the film’s main title sequence and on IMDB. You will also receive an invite (for you and a guest) to the Film’s official World Premiere, as well as a T-SHIRT, POSTER, DVD screener, and regular email updates.

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    You name will be used as a character in Gorman Bechard's up-coming BROKEN SIDE OF TIME, which is part three of his ALONE trilogy. You will also receive a DVD screener, and regular email updates.

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    You will get to have pizza with director Gorman Bechard at your choice of either Sally’s, Pepe’s, or Modern. We’ll pick up the pizza tab, though you will have to provide your own transportation. You’ll also receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit during the film’s main title sequence and on IMDB, an invite (for you and a guest) to the Film’s official World Premiere, as well as a T-SHIRT, POSTER, DVD screener, and regular email updates.

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    Impress your friends! You will receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit during the film’s main title sequence, on the poster, and on IMDB, along with an invite to the Film’s official World Premiere, a T-SHIRT, POSTER, DVD screener, and regular email updates.

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    Have your personal Sally’s, Pepe’s or Modern story forever immortalized! Clips from your interview regarding your experiences with and/or memories of one of the three pizza places will be included in the final cut of the film. You will also receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit during the film’s main title sequence, on the poster, and on IMDB, along with an invite to the Film’s official World Premiere, a T-SHIRT, POSTER, DVD screener, and regular email updates. (NOTE: you must be available within the tri-state area for the filming of the interview.)

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    You will receive a small role (with at least one line of dialog) in Gorman Bechard's up-coming BROKEN SIDE OF TIME, which is part three of his ALONE trilogy. (NOTE: you MUST be over the age of 18, and pretty much be ready for anything!) You will also receive a DVD screener DVD screener, and regular email updates.

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    You just get it (and you have some extra cash)...SO...you'll get to eat dinner with director Gorman Bechard at ALL THREE pizza palaces (the tab is on us)...PLUS have your personal Sally’s, Pepe’s or Modern story forever immortalized! Clips from your interview regarding your experiences with and/or memories of one of the three pizza places will be included in the final cut of the film. You will also receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit during the film’s main title sequence, on the poster, and on IMDB, along with an invite to the Film’s official World Premiere, a T-SHIRT, POSTER, DVD screener, and regular email updates. (NOTE: you must be available within the tri-state area for the filming of the interview, and likewise provide your own transportation to the dinners.)

Funding period

- (86 days)