When Dr. Susan Rothburger discovers a controversial cure for cancer, her life begins to unravel.
Jeffrey Weissman from Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider, Back To The Future II & III, Twilight Zone, etc., to play the role of Harry Bauman, endorses HUSH:
What if I told you that a cure for cancer exists, but the FDA doesn't want anyone to know about it? Would you label me conspiracy theorist? Would you take to the street in protest? Any way you look at it, you'd have GREAT DRAMA, and everybody loves a great drama -- the betrayal, the dilemma, the relationships, the gripping story!
Just gonna say it - we're an amazing and talented team of artists with high expectations. We aim to make entertainment and BREAK NEW GROUND in the web series world. Heck, in the real world too!
Writer/ Producer Joletta Hardman explains the project in detail:
A physician is imprisoned for discovering and administering a controversial cure for cancer that the FDA would not approve and together with a young reporter (one of her patients) they backtrack through time to find out who turned her in to the FDA and how they can get her out of jail.
WHERE WE'VE COME FROM AND WHERE WE WANT TO GO
HUSH has been in development since October of 2012 and has already garnered a large interest base. We aim to finish PRE- PRODUCTION in JUNE. Our target SHOOT DATES will be during the months of JULY/AUGUST 2013. 11 EPISODES of approximately 10 minutes will be released in later 2013. Our website will announce to the KICKSTARTER Community weeks before the release date, SO YOU'LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!
WHO'S BRINGING HUSH TO LIFE?
Our award winning director Marc Clebanoff works regularly with exceptional talent such as Mickey Rooney, David Carradine, William Sadler, Malcolm McDowel, Michael Madsen, Dominique Swain, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, and the list goes on and on. He's excited to work with San Francisco Bay Area talent on a project that has great reach and long legs.
Many of our actors are seasoned performers with unique talent, experience and training. Recognizable Film Industry talents from Hollywood and the San Francisco Bay will collaborate to create a distinctive television-like experience for web audiences. “Letters of Intent” have been acquired by all recognizable talent. Why? Because they believe our story is a winner and are committed to bringing the best QUALITY PROGRAMMING TO YOU, our audience.
2 TIME EMMY WINNER Kristoff St. John plays Ben Rush, a newspaper editor in crisis after the tragic death of his teenage son.
Louis Mandylor (of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" fame) plays Will Kalig, one of Ben’s old college buddies, who turns to dealing drugs when money gets tight.
Sharon Rylander plays Dr. Susan Rothburger, an oncologist illegally administering her home-grown cancer cure to patients in the Bay Area.
Joletta Hardman plays journalist and cancer patient Jule Watson struggling through clandestine treatment and a possible relationship at work.
Rosie Cruz plays psychiatrist Grace Rush, a grief-stricken mother working to bring back the D.A.R.E. program in Bay Area schools.
Anita Argent plays cancer patient Gloria Bauman, a school board vice-president keeping her treatment secret from her husband.
Cym Sanguinet plays Mara Kalig, a career mother seeking full custody of her new husbands toddlers, at any cost.
Giovannie Espiritu (of ER, etc) plays Lilou Casas, a young and struggling single mom losing custody of her toddlers to her ex-husband and his meddling new wife.
Kumi Yoshida (Contagion) plays newly released from rehab power- lawyer Seiko Tsukahara getting her life back together with the help of her old friend, Dr. Susan Rothburger.
Jeffrey Weissman plays a crucial cameo role as Harry Bauman, husband to cancer patient Gloria Bauman.
And last, but absolutely not least, our brilliant cinematographer, NADEEM SOUMAH, contributes his talent and top-of-the line RED camera package.
WHO ELSE SUPPORTS US?
What started as a seed idea has blossomed into a story that has evolved a life of its own. At every turn, people have extended their support. We would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you!" to all those who have provided invaluable support with their professional expertise:
TEMPLE NIGHT CLUB & ZEN BUILDING
LENNY RIPPS & SHERI LUBOV RIPPS
MARY STANLEY BEATTIE, MD, MAS
MICHAEL RYLANDER, RYLANDER DESIGN
CANNABIS CUTS RADIO
LOPE YAP, JR. PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR
DANIEL BURTON, A/V
DR. JEFFREY HERGENRATHER
SF ACTORS WORKSHOP, GIOVANNIE ESPIRITU
And the list keeps growing every day!
This Kickstarter campaign will help us get started by covering the cost of Episode 1. This includes the cast, crew, locations, food, parking, legal fees, insurance, equipment, etc. etc. To continue our entire series, your participation will encourage sponsors and investors for more support.
Now, if we don't make our goal, we get NONE OF THE MONEY! YOUR SUPPORT is VITAL to the SUCCESS of this story! Let's get it "KICKSTARTED!"
Will our project get funding? Will we go into production this summer? IT'S UP TO YOU! We are extremely excited to have you be part of bringing this series to life into the viral world! We're all ready to roll!
YOU can make all the difference by SPREADING the WORD. JOIN our FACEBOOK page, and FOLLOW us on TWITTER. Word of mouth is the most effective form of advertising. Tell everyone you know about HUSH The Series. Don't be shy! Email your friends our Kickstarter link. We can't THANK YOU enough for your support!
ABOUT YOUR REWARDS
WE WELCOME YOU ON BOARD AND WISH WE COULD TAKE CARE OF ALL EXPENSES BUT... WE HAVE TO SAY *ALL TRAVELING EXPENSES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONTRIBUTOR(s). SHOOTING SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR JULY AND POSSIBLY AUGUST. THESE DATES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE AND NOT ALL CAST MEMBERS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR APPEARANCE(S), DUE TO SCHEDULING. ALSO, DUE TO A NUMBER OF FACTORS, WE CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE IN THE FINAL CUT OF THE SHOW.
But we will do our best to get the best take (or takes) to you as a souvenir!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
HUSH The Series project faces the usual risks of film and TV production – conflicting schedules, tragic accidents (God forbid), hoodlums waltzing in and stealing our stuff while we’re on lunch (Note to self: make room in budget for security)… So much can happen when you’re balancing a cast and crew of 40+. So we’re working in contingency and legal fees into the budget.
With respect to rewards fulfillment, we will get all your rewards delivered as soon as we can.
Important Information About Rewards
• Kickstarter campaign and rewards fulfillment limited to U.S. and Canada.
• Travel, lodging and transportation to events and set visits not included in any reward bundle
• Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend events (premiere, set visit)
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect us and you)
YES! We can. There is no limit to the amount of funds we can raise, and any additional funds will be used for production.
If we raise all the money on time, you can expect an autumn release date!
Online – service provider pending. We’ll let you know!
Once you donate, you email is in our database. When the wall is set up you will get an email prompting you to send us your chosen info.
If you see a new tier you like, you can always change your pledge to sign up for the new one. Be sure to change both the amount you are pledging AND select the new reward.
Once we’ve confirmed our filming schedule and location we will send you a list of dates to choose from. Please note that travel is not included, so you’ll be responsible to get to the set. Once you arrive, we’ll make sure you have a good time! You’ll get to spend the day watching the film makers work, maybe be in a scene or two as an extra, and meet some of the cast. Every day is different on set, so we can’t tell you exactly what to expect. But you’ll see the up close and personal—and get to tell all your friends you were in a TV show!
We won’t finalize plans for the party until we’re well into post-production, but we can tell you that it will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and you’ll have a grand ‘ol time. Travel is not included, so all backers -- domestic and international -- are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements. International backers are responsible for securing any necessary visas and approval by Homeland Security for entry into the U.S.
All funds will go into a HUSH The Series, Season 1 production account which has been set up by the production team.