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With nothing but a camera and the belief that she will go unharmed, a filmmaker returns to her roots in search of real vampires.
With nothing but a camera and the belief that she will go unharmed, a filmmaker returns to her roots in search of real vampires.
With nothing but a camera and the belief that she will go unharmed, a filmmaker returns to her roots in search of real vampires.
238 backers pledged $22,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Strigoi, the Real Vampires of Transylvania

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My name is Ingrid Serban and I'm a filmmaker and musician. I'm making a feature documentary about strigoi, the real vampires of Transylvania. 

Growing up in Transylvania, stories of vampires and werewolves colored my childhood. 

There was a woman in our village thought to be a shapeshifter. Her name was Ana and everyone was afraid of her. My grandmother, whose house bordered the village cemetery, told me stories of people coming out of their graves at night to visit the living. 

In our travels in Transylvania, we'll collect stories from people who have encountered vampires and hear how they lived to tell the tale.   We’ll also follow in the footsteps of the historical figure Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad Dracula). I’ll show you the real castle of Vlad Dracula and the route he took to escape from his pursuers. 

We're on a mission to find the real strigoi. 

For the sound track, we will record old Romanian folk songs that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

I'm honored that this project was chosen by the San Francisco Film Society for fiscal sponsorship. 

I am so excited to go on this journey with you. I couldn't do this without your support. 

Please share this campaign and pledge if you can. We're on a mission to find the real strigoi.

What we plan to do with the funds: 
The 15K will get us everything we need to capture all of the footage, sound and music for the film. (We need a special low light camera to film those elusive vampires.) We will be in Transylvania for 3 months traveling around the country, gathering stories and songs. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for this film is going to Transylvania, looking for vampires and coming back in one piece ... or at least unchanged.
Talking with people about their vampire stories will be a delicate dance. Having the support of my family and friends in Romania and knowing many of the strigoi stories myself will guide me to get the best story possible. I will have to be a fly on the wall at times and other times I will have to run and catch the action. I've been exercising and getting in shape so I can run to or from whatever the need may be.

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    Thank you

    All the juicy online updates from Transylvania, a handwritten thank you postcard from Romania, a shoutout on social media and your name in the credits of the film.

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    Digital download of the film, a handwritten thank you postcard from Romania, a shoutout on social media and your name in the credits of the film.

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    Signed DVD

    A signed DVD of the film AND a handwritten thank you postcard from Romania, plus a shoutout on social media and your name in the credits of the film.

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    Personal update & T-Shirt

    I will skype call you from Transylvania while I'm shooting the film.
    You will also get a limited edition vampire goat T-shirt + a digital download of the film.

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    • Skype call with Ingrid from Transylvania.
    • Limited edition Vampire Goat T-shirt
    • Digital download of the film.
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    Transylvanian dinner

    A Transylvanian dinner cooked by me in San Francisco with a screening of the trailer, a digital copy of the film AND a handwritten thank you postcard from Romania, plus a shoutout on social media and your name in the credits of the film.

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    Vampire in Your Home

    Private screening of the film and q&a for you and your friends in the Bay Area, 2 signed DVDs, a handwritten thank you postcard from Romania AND your name in the VIP credits of the film.

    (If you live farther, we can either do a q&a over skype or our travel & 2 nights accommodation will be additional.)

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    Get a Taste & Associate Producer Credit

    Come to Transylvania! Includes accommodations and dinners for you + 1 for 5 nights.
    Two activities especially planned for you: 
    We will visit Danc, the tiny village where I grew up where you will get to meet some of the people I'm interviewing for the film 
    AND I will take you to the fantastical salt mines of Turda.
    You will also get associate producer credit and 2 signed DVDs of the film.
    (Travel to Romania not included. Dates subject to availability.)

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    Executive Producer & Film Premiere VIP

    Your name in lights as Executive Producer, 2 VIP tickets to the premiere of the film & dinner with the director.
    You will also get 10 signed DVDs of the film, a thank you postcard from Romania and my eternal gratitude. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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