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The story of the oldest operating American Diner on Wheels.

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Well, we didn't make our goal for KickStarter. So it looks like we'll have to "scale back" the film & instead tell the story of this bird house.

My name is Jeff Toste and I am a lifelong Rhode Islander. One of my first memories of coming to "the capital city" of Providence was when I was little and visiting Haven Brothers diner with my father. I remember walking past a gang of bikers and climbing into what looked to me like a silver space ship. The bikers are gone now, but the space ship remains.

Haven Brothers Diner is like greasy space ship traveling through time. For over 100 years it has survived the Great Depression, world wars, and changes in culture and diet. However, few know its long--and at times--even controversial history.

Instead, people know its food--food most often eaten in the early hours of the morning. Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner tells the tale of this diner icon. Born in the birthplace of the American diner, Providence, RI, Haven Bros. is the oldest operating diner still on wheels--as were all the diners of its day.

I feel privileged that I get to tell the story of this unique place and I want to do it justice. However, I can't do that, and finish the film in a reasonable time frame, without raising additional money. I've already invested a great deal of my own time and funds into the film since November of 2010--in between paying work.

Many friends also continue to donate their time and energy into the film, but they can only do so much. Therefore, I'm asking for your help to finish the documentary.

Rights to historic images; renting of additional video and audio equipment; editing; sound design and mixing; color correction; marketing costs; and festival entry and related costs: these are the bulk of the expenses we hope to cover with your help.

As you may know, it's all or nothing with KickStarter. Please help me reach (and preferably exceed) our goal so that I may share with you a story of living history--the story of the oldest operating American diner on wheels, Haven Brothers Diner.

Jeff Toste, Director, Camera, Editor - Eric Ethier, Writer, Grants - Ken Chappell, Camera, P.A. - Mike Lamantia Jr., Camera, P.A. - Tara Murray, Web design

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    Digital download of film (when available) & limited edition original 4X5 promotional card with thank you.

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    Haven Brothers Documentary T - Shirt (available for sizes up to 2XL) & original 4X5 promotional card with thank you.

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    Haven Brothers Documentary DVD (when available) & original 4X5 promotional card with thank you.

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    Haven Brothers Documentary T - Shirt (available for sizes up to 2XL), Digital download of film (when available). Original 4X5 promotional card with thank you AUTOGRAPHED by the film's director.

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    Haven Brothers Documentary T - Shirt (available for sizes up to 2XL), limited edition original 4X5 promotional card with thank you AUTOGRAPHED by the film's director, digital download of film (when available) & Haven Brothers Documentary DVD (when available).

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    SPECIAL THANKS credit in ending credits of the film. Original 4X5 promotional card for film with thank you AUTOGRAPHED by the film's director, digital download of film (when available).

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    SPECIAL THANKS credit in ending credits of the film. Haven Brothers Documentary T - Shirt (available for sizes up to 2XL). Original 4X5 promotional card with thank you AUTOGRAPHED by the film's director, digital download of film (when available) & Haven Brothers Documentary DVD (when available).

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    LIMITED EDITION MOVIE POSTER autographed by the director (framable, unique design, only 100 printed) & all the above rewards.

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    HAVEN BROS. FOOD TRUCK AT YOUR PARTY! (Not the diner, a food truck version). Up to 2 hours at your local event (within RI). Food costs not included and event date must be approved by Haven Bros. & all the above rewards.

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    LIMITED EDITION SILK SCREENED MOVIE POSTER autographed by the director (framable, unique design, only 50 printed & numbered) & all the above rewards (except the food truck).

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS credit in the closing credits of the film & all the above rewards.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS credit in the OPENING credits of the film & all the above rewards.

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    PRODUCER credit in the OPENING credits of the film. Invitation to film festivals with director Jeff Toste & all the above rewards.

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