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We are filmmakers looking to produce our short film. Addie is a character that speaks loud to us, echoing struggles we've all faced. Read more

Portland, OR Shorts
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on January 30, 2011.

We are filmmakers looking to produce our short film. Addie is a character that speaks loud to us, echoing struggles we've all faced.

Portland, OR Shorts
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About this project

The Film

Blackbird is a powerful short film, pushing the limits of story and style, exploring the inner-workings of Addie, a young woman subjected to a life of disappointment. Jarring, gritty, and raw, the unrelenting visuals depict a story that forces its way through emotion, casting an honest look at the thoughts that daily consume us.

The Goal

My goal as a filmmaker is to produce a visually stunning film that tells a meaningful story in a way that is accessible, marketable, and true to the art of storytelling. Working with several talented local filmmakers, including Director Tommy Harrington and Cinematographer Kyle Metzger, I want to create a final product that displays the professional abilities of Portland's film community and becomes a staple piece in the resumés and reels of all those involved.

The Money

I am using the majority of the Kickstarter budget to pay the many talented individuals that have come together to help make this film a reality. We need to cover the costs of paying small cast and crew for a five to seven-day shoot, renting or purchasing special equipment, and providing great food on set to keep everyone's energy and spirits up as we create this story.

The Plan

This project has a particularly unique opportunity to gain exposure, both locally and nationally (even internationally). I have an audience of nearly 500,000 readers each month that will be exposed to various aspects of Blackbird's creation. I hope to leverage that network with my own (and my cast's) network of local filmmakers as well as the festival circuits to get Blackbird playing in front of as many people as possible.

The Rewards

I have spent a lot of time (and consulted many people) coming up with cool rewards for the Blackbird Kickstarter program. A few notes about the rewards:

  1. I do not have a $1 reward. That is because I believe you should actually get something worthwhile for donating to our film and I can't honestly think of anything I could send you that would be worth it--for you, or me.
  2. Every person who donates will be listed on the official Blackbird Film site: as well as in a special section of the credits at the end of the film.
  3. Each reward, $75 and higher, includes a signed & numbered DVD of the film.
  4. Each reward, $250 and higher, includes a signed & numbered DVD, the film poster, and a button.
  5. The art for many of the rewards is not available yet. I will post them on the official Blackbird site: and update the Kickstarter page as soon as they are ready!

I do hope you find something you like over there and feel like my project is worth donating some money to. As this is a work-in-progress, if you feel like there would be a reward you would donate to get, let me know what it is and how much you'd be willing to donate and I'll try and add it!

To find out more about myself, click on my profile link (at the bottom of the page) or visit my website:


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    BUTTON. Yeah, a button. But, it'll be a cool button. I will also slap your name on the Blackbird Website and in the credits.

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    $10 reward

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    POSTER. One of the coolest keepsakes from any film is the poster art. Get a signed print of the official Blackbird film poster (preview will be released on the Website).

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    STICKERS. A limited-run set of Blackbird stickers is a perfect piece of flare for your MacBook Pro, your lunch pail, or the rear window of your Volkswagon. You'll be the envy of every hipster in town!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. You'll be the first to check out Blackbird! As soon as we have a digital copy available, we'll email you the download link and you can check out, exclaiming loudly to your friends how amazing the project that you generously donated to turned out.

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    THE DVD. You'll be able to enjoy our film, Blackbird, on DVD for as long as that technology remains relevant. The DVD will include behind-the-scenes photos and film, digital storyboard, original cover art, and anything else we can jam on those plastic discs. Included with the DVD will be the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTO BOOK. Everyone loves a good production photograph. By dropping a cool seventy-five you'll get a whole 8X6 soft cover photo book with exclusive looks at our production, cast, and crew. You'll also get a copy of the DVD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    ART. I love art, as many of these rewards indicate. I'm having local artists produce custom concept prints for Blackbird, bringing a unique artistic insight to a great film. These prints will be of work included in the production. The actual paintings will be auctioned at other fundraising events. You'll also get a copy of the DVD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    FEATURED EXTRA. Here's your chance to be a star! You'll get some extended screen time in Blackbird and maybe even a line or two... Then you can brag to all your friends, show them your awesome screen credit, and start imagining yourself as one of the guys from Entourage. You'll also get the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the final film.

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    STORYBOARD. This is the visual concept for the entire film, including camera movements, transitions, and angles. Each frame is art in and of itself, but you'll get the entire film, drawn out, in book format, signed by the artist. You'll also get a copy of the DVD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    VIP. That's right, you'll by my personal Very Important Person. You'll get to come on set (which obviously works better if you live in, or are traveling to, Portland on our shoot dates), and check out the entire filmmaking process, eat the set food, and generally soak in the vibe. I will also get you VIP tickets to the Blackbird premiere and you will receive an Executive Producer credit.

    If you can't get to set, you'll have exclusive access to a behind-the-scenes, online, streaming camera, letting you check out everything we're doing live! You'll also get a copy of the DVD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, STICKERS, a POSTER, and a BUTTON!

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    MIP. Yep, Most Important Person. For this kind of cash-dropping, you'll get whatever you want -- any of the above tiers you want (or all of them) as well as an official invite to the Blackbird Cast Party (again, living in, or visiting, Portland would be advantageous). You will also get all the stuff you want first (advanced viewing, first ship merch.) and a solo frame Executive Producer credit in the film.

    And if that wasn't enough, Tommy, Kyle, and I will even take you to dinner and you can ask us anything you want about Blackbird, filmmaking, or life in general.

Funding period

- (45 days)