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An inner-city teenage boy struggles to find work to create a better life for his drug addict father and apathetic mother. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 3, 2014.

An inner-city teenage boy struggles to find work to create a better life for his drug addict father and apathetic mother.

About this project

This Kickstarter will be going on DURING PRODUCTION! Check out our pledges for access to real-time behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, updated ON THE SET OF THE FILM between July 7-23rd! Follow and/or like us for updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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About the film

Four-Way Stop is an independent feature-length film about an inner-city teenage boy who is striving to create a better life for his drug addict father and unsupportive mother. This story takes you into the life of someone you think you know based off of surface encounters and stereotypes and presents his depth and reality instead. 

Through this film we’re working towards starting a dialogue examining our own perceptions that might lead to unknowingly marginalizing those different from us. This story stems from an idea that when we’re able to see and understand someone’s situation we tend to find similarities that cause our perceptions to shift, our actions to change, and societies to improve.

Why did I write this script?

About the production

Four-Way Stop is filming in St. Louis, MO during the month of July and is made by the St. Louis community. We have local actors who have worked in both theater and film who relate to the subject matter.

Area businesses and individuals have donated their space and services to help so that we have a better chance of telling this story and beginning a conversation.

But who are we telling this story to? Who do we want to hear from? 

  • People in underserved communities
  • People who might be able to offer solutions
  • People who can relate to the idea of being “stuck”
  • People who have trouble realizing their dreams  
  • People who have realized their dreams  
  • You!

What will we do with the funding? 

Our amazing crew and great cast is currently working on this project for free. This could mean one of two things: 1. They’re all crazy or 2. They see value within Four-Way Stop. 

It’s number 2.

While we have enough money to get started with principal photography, your support gives us a better chance of properly finishing the film. The funds generated through this campaign will go primarily towards post production work (i.e. editing, color correction, composing, etc.)  as well as towards distribution, screening, and discussion efforts. 

The money will ultimately allow our message to travel. The more money we raise, the farther we can go. The more people we can reach, the more likely it can be that this film will make a real impact. 

About our rewards 

We are doing something completely unorthodox. As mentioned, we will actually be raising money during production. 

Call us crazy, but we figured that the best way to bring you to the excitement of production was to offer real time updates and sneak peeks. That way you can be right in the moment along with us.

We're offering special content for our backers that otherwise won't be available to the public until the film's release. Check out our rewards to see how you can get involved. 

To start the conversation, we need your backing to make this film. If you can’t donate please spread the word (to everyone you know and to even those you don’t). If you can donate, also please spread the word. We will be eternally grateful :)

The Characters and Cast  

Paul Crag as Allen
Paul Crag as Allen

Allen is an Inner city kid from a questionable neighborhood. Allen did well in school, but wasn’t in a challenging school system. He’s smart, but sometimes doesn’t know better because of his unstable upbringing and the examples around him. He’s rough around the edges, but is a good kid. He isn’t a nerd, but has never been one of the cool kids. He is constantly trying to make sure those he cares about are taken care of. Allen is a hard worker who rarely sees his efforts come to fruition.

Jason Little as Tay
Jason Little as Tay

Tay is Allen’s best friend. He is the king of cool and the life of the party. He’s outgoing, stylish, and smart. He doesn’t have the most steadfast scruples and is always involved in some sort of illegal activity, but is a loyal friend. Tay has never had to try hard for what he wants. He always seems to be at odds with Allen's mother, Terri, but occasionally helps under the table with her medications and groceries. 

Jaan Marion as Charles
Jaan Marion as Charles

Allen’s father Charles is a drug addict. He is kind, well spoken, and smart, but can't shake his addiction. He loves his son and tries to make sure he knows it.

Marty K. Casey as Terri
Marty K. Casey as Terri

Terri, Allen's mother, is a sickly woman suffering from kidney issues. She is a tough single mother who does not show her love for her son through hugs and kind words. Terri often seemingly overlooks her son’s well being. Despite Tay's occasional help, she is always arguing with Allen about his and Tay's friendship.

Where and when will people be able to watch it?

We hope to barrel into post-production this fall and start our festival run in 2015. While distribution details are still under negotiation, we know that people in the St. Louis community will have many opportunities to watch the film and participate in accompanying discussion panels. 

About the director

Efigenia da Silva | Writer, Director

A while back I sat in a dentist’s office in charge of Waseem, a two-year-old Iraqi boy who recently moved to the United States with his family. His mother was in the other room getting a root canal. Waseem, through everyone’s fond eyes, definitely lived up to the meaning of his name: handsome. Our time together consisted of looking through the glossy pages of childrens' books. Each page bright and busy filled with images that contained certain themes. Circus was the page that captured us most. He spoke no English and I no Arabic, but we were fine. He examined that page thoroughly until he decided upon a particular image, he pointed to it, I would respond with ball or tiger or whatever it was. My mind would wander occasionally and a light yet firm tap on my knee would bring me back to the circus. “Clown,” I would say. “Clown,” he would repeat. Then tiger, ball, clown, car, clown, rope, clown we continued and later he too became bored by it and fascinated with something else.

Seated on his chair, mouth open and body completely motionless, his eyes examined the waiting room with such an unimaginable intensity. He was seeing something I definitely could not. What was it? The building was erected in the early 1900s. The building’s interior, in comparison to it’s age, had been recently renovated. It retained a timeless wooden mantelpiece and wall moldings that must have been preserved during several interior renovations. A phone with an ear and mouthpiece hung on the wall. It was connected to the main line and would ring when a call was made to the office. Shades of purple, yellow and green stained glass window: irises. And then there were the clowns. Clowns were everywhere. Clowns in framed drawings on the walls, statues above the receptionist’s enclosure, and other kitschy forms. That’s what I saw. Waseem, however, had to have been seeing something more and making different connections. Whatever it was, it was alluring. 

Images have always drawn me in. For as long as I can remember, I have been intrigued by the ideas that a single unique image can give a person and even more by the various stories that same image can elicit from different people and vice versa. The idea of using imagery to tell a story is what led me to pursue a BA in film production. My love for it will continue to impel my work in film. This same spirit is what propelled me to study graphic design. With knowledge of both disciplines, I hope to create the visual elation that came over young Waseem.

Risks and challenges

As with any film, there can be many unforeseeable hang-ups including delays in film finishing. We're hoping to overcome this challenge by finding a post production team who is passionate and sees the film's worth and the value in helping us finish our film on time.

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    Eternal gratitude! No dollar amount is too small. Thank you for helping us tell this story! We'll be sure to give you a shout-out on Facebook and Twitter. Your name will also go on our website as a backer.

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    At the $15 level, you'll get everything above, PLUS a postcard from the crew.

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    Be the first to get involved in the conversation! At the $25 level, you'll get all of the above-mentioned perks, plus you'll receive updates that include behind-the-scenes photos and stories, uploaded daily, or as often as we can throughout production.

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    Same as the $25 reward except you'll also receive a DVD copy of the film upon completion. Your name will also be listed in the film credits as a backer.

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    It keeps getting better! At the $50 level, you'll get all of the above rewards plus occasional video updates from the set including behind-the scenes sneak peeks, cast-and-crew hijinks and more! Delivered via Kickstarter updates. In addition to the DVD, we'll get you 2 tickets to a screening and discussion in St. Louis, MO (airfare not provided).

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    Everything above plus an all-access VIP pass to exclusive real-time content delivered via Kickstarter updates! These include dailies, cast and crew interviews, and more.

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    At the $500 level, you'll get all of this plus an archival art print of a still frame from the film, autographed by the director and director of photography. Your name will also be included in any published materials to accompany screenings and discussions.

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    Words cannot even begin to express our gratitude at this level and beyond. We'd love to buy you dinner and talk one-on-one about the film's themes. You'll of course get all of the perks listed above, plus an advance preview of the film upon completion via online screener. You'll be the first to receive all updates throughout post-production and the first to know about screening and discussion dates and locations.

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Funding period

- (33 days)