Adapting Heather Strang's breakout novel "The Quest" for film & raising funds for script development, casting & a making-of Web Series. Read more
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About this project
In a spiritually bankrupt world, a love story that will re-ignite your faith that hot sex and happily ever after are possible… simultaneously.
SYNOPSIS: ABOUT THE QUEST...
Think true love and spirituality can’t be hot? Think again.
The Quest delves into the core of one woman’s search for great love. The story follows Kathryn throughout rainy Portland, OR as she attempts to capture what she desires most, while avoiding the treacherous pitfalls of self-sabotage.
When Kathryn assumes she’s found “The One” prophesized by an African Psychic to enter her life, the Universe works tirelessly to bring her experiences and synchronicities that force her to think for herself. Along the way, she’s visited by new and old friends alike who remind her that finding “The One” requires deeper insight into the self. Armed with this knowledge, Kathryn makes a shocking discovery that forces her to reconsider everything she thought to be true...
JOHN OF WHO?
If you've never heard of the famed Brazilian healer known as John of God, talk to your friend Oprah. If your calls keep going straight to voicemail, then check out one of the latest episodes of Oprah's #NextChapter.
There is something within the universal story of this film that relates to EVERYONE. But to my knowledge, there has never been a protagonist like the hero of our story, who embarks on an intense soul-enlightening adventure that includes Abraham Hicks and John of God (the Brazilian healer). This will be a FIRST for a narrative film to include such figures of the spiritual world. Coupled with the exploration of her sexuality and being in touch with her raw desire, the film will push Kathryn's awareness to KNOW THYSELF way beyond the edge of "stability" and "comfort."
THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT
We are OFFICIALLY in Pre-Production and adapting Heather Strang's breakout novel "The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic" for the Big Screen. This campaign is to raise the necessary funds for script development, hiring a qualified writer, hiring a casting director and creating marketing collateral like the website and other printed materials for promotion and packaging it in order to secure production financing. This is perhaps THE most crucial stage of pre-production for an independent feature film. It takes an incredible amount of time and resources to prepare a film project to put in front of A-list talent and prominent producers and distributers in order to secure production financing - the coveted GREEN LIGHT!
Lucky for us, we have secured the rights to the debut novel by Heather Strang, as a creative foundation for the film.
SO HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
RULE #1: YOU PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT AND YOU GET A REWARD!
RULE #2: IF WE DON’T RAISE OUR TARGET AMOUNT BY THE DEADLINE, WE DON’T GET ANYTHING (BOOOOO)!
RULE #3: IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR TARGET, WE BE ABLE TO INVEST ALL THAT MUCH MORE INTO CREATIVE A PROPERTY THAT WILL BE ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS (WHICH FOR OUR PURPOSES IS MAINLY CASTING)!
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
You can learn more about what inspired the story as well my vision as a director and how the project came into being by watching my interview with Heather Strang below. This is the first part of the first installment of The Quest Film Web Series. (more on this below...)
GET THE NOVEL
The e-book is available for Kindle and Nook for $2.99 and on iTunes for 99 cents. Read it. Love it. If you're donating $25 bucks or more, you will get you complimentary copy, but feel free to purchase via one of the links if you just can't wait. Audiobook also available on iTunes.
MORE ABOUT THE TEAM
My name is Lee Scharfstein and I am the director. This is my first feature. I am a veteran film and TV producer/director (you can see my work at leescharfstein.com). It takes a village (community) to make a film and building a strong core team is essential. The 3rd team member of the team thus far is entertainment lawyer, Vinca Jarrett. Not only is she a kick-ass lawyer, she runs a company called FilmPro Finance that specializes in packaging films and obtaining financing (how convenient!). Her guidance is invaluable. And you can benefit from her knowledge by watching the second installment of TQF Web Series currently posted on the Facebook Fan Page.
We are very pleased to announce the latest partner to join the TQF team, Social Diva - Peg Samuel. Peg (@socialdiva) is a spiritually forward thinker who specializes in fashion & wellness brands as well as special projects such as the Olympics Games and The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. She will be heading up the Social Media team for TQF and is thrilled to be working on a film that aims to capture the essence of what it's like to be a Spiritual Warrior on her Quest for true love.
It would be crazy if I didn't mention Brooke Emery, my wife and partner in all endeavors, whose guidance and intuition play a prominent roll in every successful endeavor. Not only is she the one who found the novel and introduced me to Heather Strang, she inspires me in everything I do. She has some bona fide industry creds as well having spent years in marketing and (film) PR in addition to a stint as east coast development director for an independent film company. She was an Executive Producer on my award-winning short film COMING HOME in addition to being a major force behind its inception.
TQF WEB SERIES
Part of the mission and value associated with this project is offering backers, the fans & followers access into the world of independent filmmaking. It will be a little like film school and little like Project Greenligt. It will also be the opportunity for the Quest community to participate in the actual creating of the film even in this early stage of development. I will be interviewing key players related to the film as well as incorporating questions/input from backers who contribute at a certain level. My goal is for the backers and fans not just to receive rewards but to join me on this journey.
The first installment is here (above) on the page... and second installment is a discussion "making an indie film" with Entertainment Attorney and founder of FilmPro Finance, Vinca Jarrett.
THE QUEST COMES TO LIFE IN A SPECIAL REWARD
I want to highlight a very special backer reward that is straight out of the story. Remember the "mind-blowing psychic prophecy" which is the catalyst for Kathryn's journey? In the book, that was courtesy of an African Psychic named Samorio. Samorio, however, is based on a REAL dude (technically a Spirit Guide), named PRESTON. And I am giving a limited number of hour-long sessions as a reward at the $250 reward level!
A NOTE FROM PRESTON:
My work is Metaphysical counseling or Spiritual counseling and teaching, it is for those who are willing to improve their spiritual understanding of how everything fits together in order to reap and improve their lives on the practical, material and spiritual levels.
I have been doing this since the 1980's and I have students and clients throughout the United States and across the globe.
I come from a lineage and family of well known mystics and my father was a well known and highly respected christian mystic, prophet and minister, his work and churches are well known in Africa and some parts of the United States and his work continues to spread across the globe. I continue to follow his foot steps while I am being guided to blaze my own.
I am sharing this with you so that you will understand that I take my commitment seriously and that I would not have accepted [your] invitation to do this, if I was not spiritually guided to do so.
Over the years, I have been known to have turned down prospective students, clients,business alliances, offers of TV shows and other forms of media.
So, for me it is not about fame, money or publicity and it is not about having the largest number of clients or students, it is about personal and spiritual development that are practical, efficient, effective and most beneficial for those who are willing, determined and able.
That is why I say I am not a fortune teller or psychic, though I have been gifted with a prophetic ability that is psychical. I only use this ability as one of my effective tools to aid my work.
These offered sessions will be conducted only through phone sessions at my convenience and scheduled time slot approved by me.
More information can be accessed from the WISDOM and FAQ pages of my website BRAIDEDWAY.COM.
I wish you great success on this project and I am confident you will accomplish a great deal in what is before you.
May the Universe light your way with kindness and great successes. Be well and
#TQF (TheQuestFilm) THANKS YOU
Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to seeing the community grow and joining me on this journey well beyond the like of this Kickstarter campaign.
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Big THANK YOU to Brian Reed and BAM Studios for providing the music track for the Kickstarter Video!
Risks and challenges
While nothing in life is guaranteed... the money raised from this project WILL get us to a place of having a properly packaged indie film property. I have already personally invested the equivalent of a third of the funding goal so I have plenty of skin in the game plus the PASSION, WILL and DESIRE to bring this wonderful story to the big screen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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For the price of a movie ticket (less if you live in NY or LA) you get access to exclusive video content that tackles story subjects as well as documenting the making of The Quest Film.Estimated delivery:
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Access to exclusive content documenting the making of TQF PLUS + an official digital copy (Kindle, iTunes, Nook or PDF) of the novel - "The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic"Estimated delivery:
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EVERYTHING from the $25 Backer level PLUS + Receive an official TQF postcard signed by the director PLUS + a TQF Button.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EVERYTHING from the $100 Backer level PLUS + Participate in the "making of" process by submitting a question to the director and/or writer of the novel will be answered in an episode of TQF Web Series.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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SPIRIT JUNKIE SPECIAL: EVERYTHING from the $25 Backer level PLUS + A session with Preston - the REAL African Spirit Guide who inspired the character "Samorio" in the novel (via phone/Skype). Love to Gabby Bernstein and her crew!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EVERYTHING from the $200 Backer level PLUS + The Quest audiobook including a personal Thank You message recorded just for YOU.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EVERYTHING from the $200 Backer level PLUS + A 1 HOUR phone call with director/producer Lee Scharfstein. A one-on-one discussion to talk about TQF, acting, personal growth, advise on your film project... any topic you'd like!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THIRD WHEEL SPECIAL: EVERYTHING from the $200 Backer level PLUS + Lunch with Director/Producer Lee Scharfstein and Executive Producer Brooke Emery. Pick our brains about anything you'd like, or simply bask in our glow (i.e. enjoy our company).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EVERYTHING from the $2,500 Backer level PLUS + HAVE A CHARACTER IN THE SCRIPT NAMED AFTER YOUEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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