A film in which lying about having cancer can sometimes be the best way to heal. Written by two guys who have some talent. Well, maybe. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 28, 2013.
About this project
*Thanks to Towers for the background music of the video and to our wonderful Director of Photography for shooting and editing the video!
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God, Grant Me centers around Lea, a hopelessly romantic pill addict filled with anxiety. Lea goes through a bad breakup with her long term boyfriend, Adam, at the beginning of the movie and in a last ditch effort to get Adam back, she decides to get clean and go to NA. After stumbling into a cancer support group Lea runs into Silus, a cancer survivor currently in remission. Sick at a young age and distanced from his mother, Silus, has a pervasively apathetic attitude towards life. Silus and Lea are, in a way, kindred yet very different characters. Where Lea sees life as too romantic and picturesque, Silus sees life in a jaded and meaningless fashion. In the end they both find a balance in their outlooks.
The story is crafted along the beliefs that only through human connection can we achieve any personal growth. Incorporating traditional themes and modern realism God, Grant Me brings something new to the film world. With a mixture of awkward moments, witty remarks, and true glimpses at humanity the film delivers a plethora of emotion to the audience.
To further prove just how awesome this film is, here is the First Act of the film!
Jesse McGinness and Will Friederich, the Directors and Writers of this film, are originally from Kansas City (there’s one in Kansas and one in Missouri. It’s confusing, we know). Both reside in Lawrence, KS. They are students of film, one through KU and the other in a non-traditional sense. Being young college kids, Jesse and Will are both more broke than the Apollo 13 space shuttle (too soon?). All jokes aside, Jesse and Will are super passionate and proud of this film, and want you (and everyone else) to see it. In order for this movie to be made, they need your help!
Ali Peterson, the adorkable and talented female lead, Lea, is a pretty swell gal. Born and raised in small town Kansas, Ali is currently attending the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk). Her and Jesse McGinness have been best friends since eighth grade where they met at Worlds of Fun at the height of their teenage angst. Now out of that stage of life, they have successfully moved on to young adult angst. Ali brings a sense of realism and a lighthearted awkward humor to the role of Lea that audiences are sure to connect with.
Nick Johnson, playing the role of Silus, is the most handsome man this side of the Mississippi. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Johnny Depp, and Heath Ledger; Nick still manages to keep a level head. The directors knew he was perfect for the role when they ran into him at a coffee shop and saw him reading the collected work of Anton Chekhov. A native son of Kansas, Nick brings a classically trained element to this film, and will certainly be great in the role of Silus.
Andrew Shepherd, Director of Photography, is an incredibly talented individual. At the age of 18, Andrew had already started his own production company, Popmuse, and was actively pursuing a career in filmmaking. Coming from a background of concert filming, Andrew brings a distinctly innovative, yet pleasing, style to the silver screen.
Jackson Swain, Sound Technician, is one of the coolest dudes you’ll ever meet if you ever meet him. Jackson is a talented musician and all around renaissance man. Currently attending film school at the University of Kansas, Jackson hopes to make a career out of making movies.
Ramon Williamson is a highly accomplished self-help author and one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. Playing the role of the Support Group Leader, Ramon will be able to bring some realism to his performance.
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First off, this movie is going to be great. You are going to absolutely love it, and want to brag to your friends that you were a vital process in making this movie a reality. Second, the rewards are DOPE! Just look to your right, you’ll see, they’re awesome. Third, by giving to this Kickstarter you are literally making dreams come true. Everyone in the cast and crew is super passionate about this project and want to see it happen. I mean, how often does one get a chance to make a dream come true? Last, but definitely not least, we can’t do this without your guy’s help. I mean it. We actually and literally cannot do this without you guys! You are a vital part of this film being made. Every dollar you give counts, because every dollar you give goes directly into this movie. Here, see for yourselves:
$1575 - Professional Grade Sound Equipment
$900 - Lighting and Grip Equipment
$1000 - Food (and just so we have further transparency, that equals about 3$ a meal a person)
$475 - Gas, Props, Costume, LLC Fees, etc
$500 - The Percent Kickstarter and Amazon will take if we reach our goal
See? Every. Dollar. Counts.
** THANKS THE THE WONDERFUL MICHELLE LEATHERBY FOR THE AMAZING GRAPHIC DESIGN. (here is a link for her photography page!)
Making a movie is tough. There are so many hoops, roadblocks, and hurdles one has to jump through in order for a movie to be made. It takes an odd mixture resilience and stubbornness. We as a cast have already come up against many of these roadblocks, and are certain to come up against many more. We are continuously learning what it takes to produce a film, and we are learning ways to make the process easier. One very simple task is, for lack of better words, just keeping at it. Although it’s going to take a lot of hard work we promise to you that we as a cast have the passion to make this film happen. No matter what may stand in our way, we will see this film through to the very end.
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You will be one of the lucky ones that get to join the "God, Grant Me" backer team! The team will receive our weekly production updates (which be will chalked full of our undoubtedly outstanding humor) and a special thanks in the credits as well as on our facebook page!Estimated delivery:
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Everyday we are on set, we will email you some behind the scenes photos taken by actual photographers (without the use iPhones). We will also write you a personal thank-you letter, pre-school grade handwriting and glitter included free of charge!
[Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We will send you a digital copy of the wonderful score (composed by Chase Horseman of the band Towers. Also including music from Tiny Moving Parts, Hotel Cinema, and much more! ). On top of that you will get a playlist of all the songs the cast and crew are obsessing over that week. [Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:
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For anyone that donates $20 (and over) in the last 12 hours, not only will but you will be invited to THE ONLINE SCREENING OF 'god, grant me'. Afterwards, we will host a Live Q&A in which you can ask us anything. Really. Anything.
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For taking such interest and support in this project, you will see with your own eyes what your money went to create: this film! We will be hosting an online screening of this film with a Q&A from the directors afterwards. You can ask us anything. Really. Anything. [Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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With this donation, you will receive the coveted and traditional T-shirt (with a not-so-traditional design, we promise) as well as a limited edition of the poster so you can have a piece of us on your bedroom wall constantly watching over you ;) [Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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As well as our absolute and complete gratitude, you will receive a copy of "God, Grant Me" on DVD. The DVD will not only include the highly anticipated blooper and 'making of' reel, but the cover will be personalized in design. This means if you want us to make a design that incorporates a narwhal vs. unicorn land-battle or just something based around the film's story, we can do it for you! For those technology based millennials who think DVD's are out of style, we will send a HD Download of the film your way! [Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Thank you for donating such a generous amount, first of all! As well as all the previous rewards, you will be having a Skype session with the major cast and crew! Here we can answer questions ranging from things related to the writing and making of this film to which Kanye album is our favorite (or for those of us who are not named Will, if we like Kanye at all). You will also receive a signed copy of the shooting script the night before our online backer-only premiere!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Brace yourself, because this is a big one. For this level, you will receive a full day on set with....Us! We will show you the in's and out's of filmmaking, you will become our go to opinion if we need help deciding anything and you will have a very good chance for a walk-on role! *Travel and lodging to Lawrence, KS not included and there will only be a handful of shooting days to choose from, so you must have a flexible schedule! [Includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:
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Because of your donation, not only will you be a big part in funding, but you will also take a big hand in making this film. You are now one of our Associate Producers and your voice carries a decent weight in the production of this film! In addition, you will attend the cast and crew only wrap party of "God, Grant Me" and see the film for the first time along side us! *Travel and lodging to Lawrence, KS not included. [Includes all previous rewards!]Estimated delivery:
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In addition to EVERY REWARD above, you will receive something that we could not have made this film without and is perhaps the most sentimental item on any set: the film slate! It will be signed by the cast and crew of your choosing and we will sign it to you, directly. We are using only one slate for this entire film, so by donating this amount, you now own something that no one else can have. Go you!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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With your donation, almost a 10th of our budget is secured. For this amount, you should receive a piece of the story, and you will! The chair that Silus is making throughout the film (and that Nick actually will be building as it's filmed) is now yours! We will inscribe it with a quote, our signatures, the film title, or whatever you want! Because it's your's! Also, Nick is a pretty decent woodworker, so don't worry, it will be able to act as furniture as well as awesome memorabilia! [Includes all previous rewards, minus the film slate!]Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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