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After Hugo Chavez's death, a young Venezuelan exile goes back home to prove if he can live under normal conditions again.

“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie”

– Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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JUST FOR NOW is the first documentary to explore Venezuela's socio-political crisis through an exile's eyes.

WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY:

Have you ever repeated a word until it lost its meaning?

We believe that Venezuelans have lost their sense of wonder due to 14 years of suffering. So what better way to determine a country’s true change than sending an exile back home?

This documentary was born out of a need for answers. More than 32 radio and TV stations were closed during Hugo Chávez’s regime, and the last Venezuelan opposition TV station was recently forced to accept a purchase offer by government related parties. We are now witnessing the fall of the last bastion of free speech in Venezuela, and it is up to us to perpetuate it or break the silence.

We are offering website credits, production diary, digital copies of the film, a special edition tote, digital copies of the soundtrack, a signed DVD of the film, film credits, vintage Venezuelan coin necklaces, a quote on a wall in Venezuela, miniature adobe houses, signed posters, photo books, Skype sessions with the filmmakers and several IMDb credits. 

                                  All pictures are prototypes. Final designs may vary.

                              All pictures are prototypes. Final designs may vary.

***Todas las fotos son prototipos, los diseños finales pueden variar. 

CRISIS AREAS TO BE COVERED IN THIS FILM:

-Finding housing: Venezuela's inflation rate was recorded at 39.60 percent in June of 2013. The minimum wage stands at $390 per month for the currency control's official exchange, and at $70 for the exchange rate that Venezuelans can actually obtain. Our protagonist, who left the country as a middle-class citizen, will have to learn living under a completely different economy.

-Finding food: According to Venezuela’s Central Bank, the scarcity index is more than 20 percent, meaning that out of 100 goods, 21 are currently unavailable.

-Freedom of speech: More than 32 radio and tv stations have been closed during the last decade, and filmmakers, twitter users and journalists have been arrested for stating their opinions.

-Security: The World Justice Project ranks Venezuela 90th out of 97 countries in Order and Security and 97/97 in Criminal Justice. In Iraq, a country that has about the same population as Venezuela, there were 4,644 civilian deaths from violence in 2009. In Venezuela, the number of murders climbed above 16,000 the same year.

-Currency controls: Since 2003, Venezuelans live under a strict currency control and the country has gone through several currency devaluations. If the vast majority of products they consume are imports, how do they survive?

There are basically two ways to fund a documentary; private investors and funding organizations. Some of them offer sums significantly higher than our minimum goal here, but accepting that also means giving away most of our creative control. Since some of us come from a petro-state, where everybody has a price, we knew from the beginning that our film’s premise wouldn’t be up for sale.

Our priority with this documentary is to screen it at film festivals and schools. We want this documentary to engage viewers and spark conversation about the Venezuelan crisis in a “democracy vs. dictatorship” context, not as the typical battle between two political parties in the way it has been portrayed by the media. The only way to keep our creative vision intact is to ignore the industry standards and receive help directly from the people. 

If we don’t meet our kickstarter goal, you won’t be charged, and we won’t be able to tell this story. Our funding goal is the minimum we need to produce this documentary. If we exceed our goal, we will use the additional funds to provide more coverage on the crisis, digital cinema packages, better music, promotion, more news and archival footage, and better post-production for our film.

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The biggest challenge is the possibility of getting arrested in Venezuela while shooting the documentary. If this happens, we may be unable to fulfill our documentary’s original purpose. If raising the funds, we will seek personal security and legal assistance to prevent this. We are also designing a post-production workflow to have our footage backed up outside Venezuela the same day we produce it, so in case this happens, part of our team can still continue to complete the documentary while exploring the changing events.

The quality of the project depends on the funds we raise. If we only raise our minimum goal of $75k, we will deliver a quality film, however, If we raise a much larger sum, we will be able to document the crisis in different states of Venezuela.

Our goal is to show this documentary at film festivals, schools and possibly even selected theaters. If we meet our goal, we intend to start production in November, and finish the documentary by the second trimester of next year. Commercial release will depend on the documentary’s festival run.

Making movies is an unpredictable business, and we recognize that this documentary implies a greater risk than your average film. We are committed to documenting this journey in its most authentic form, and hopefully we will come up with a product we are all proud of.

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    SPECIAL THANKS: Your name (or nickname) will appear as a contributor on our website. Have our eternal gratitude for helping us make this film possible!------------------------------------------AGRADECIMIENTO ESPECIAL: Tu nombre (o seudónimo) aparecerá como contribuyente en el website y tendrás nuestra eterna gratitud por ayudarnos a hacer este documental una realidad!

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    PRODUCTION DIARY: Join the process of making this film, from start to finish. During the production months we will e-mail you exclusive videos, photos and production news. ***Also receive SPECIAL THANKS on our website.--------------------------------------DIARIO DE PRODUCCION: Participa en este proceso de principio a fin. Durante los meses de producción te enviaremos e-mails con fotos, videos exclusivos y noticias. ***También recibirás el AGRADECIMIENTO en el website.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF THE FILM: Receive ALL previous rewards and a digital copy of the film once it completes its festival run.---------------------COPIA DIGITAL DEL FILM: Recibirás TODOS los premios anteriores y una Copia Digital del documental una vez finalice su participación en los festivales.

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    SPECIAL EDITION TOTE: Carry your democracy pride everywhere in this special edition tote with the film logo. ***Also receive ALL previous rewards. ------------------------------------------------------BOLSO EDICION ESPECIAL: Carga tu orgullo democrático a todas partes en el bolso edición especial con nuestro logo. ***También recibirás TODOS los premios anteriores.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF THE SOUNDTRACK: Receive ALL rewards above and the Music of the film. ------------MUSICA DE LA PELICULA: Recibe TODOS los premios anteriores y una Copia Digital de la música de la película.

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    COIN NECKLACE AND FILM CREDITS: Receive a SILVER-PLATED VINTAGE VENEZUELAN COIN NECKLACE (pre-Chávez era), and your name or nickname will appear as SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR in the film credits. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $75 tier. -------------------------------------------------------COLLAR Y CREDITOS EN EL FILM: Recibirás un COLLAR DE MONEDA VENEZOLANA ANTIGUA bañada en plata (anterior a la era de Chávez), y tu nombre o seudónimo aparecerá como CONTRIBUYENTE ESPECIAL en los créditos finales de la película. ***También recibirás todos los premios del nivel $75.

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    SIGNED DVD AND FILM CREDITS: Receive a signed DVD of the film with special features once it COMPLETES it festival run, and your name (or nickname) as a SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR in the film credits. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $75 tier. --------------------DVD Y CREDITOS EN LA PELICULA: Recibirás un DVD autografiado con escenas adicionales una vez FINALICE su paso por festivales, y tu nombre (o seudónimo) como CONTRIBUYENTE ESPECIAL en los créditos de la película. ***También recibirás todos los premios del nivel $75.

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    MINIATURE HOUSE AND FILM CREDITS: Venezuelans love to hang miniature clay houses on their kitchen walls and living rooms. We created the first adobe house inspired by the recent food shortages. At this level your name (or nickname) will appear as a SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR in the film credits. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $75 tier. -------------------------------------------------------CASITA DE BARRO Y CREDITOS EN EL FILM: A los venezolanos les encanta colgar casitas de barro en sus cocinas y salas. Nosotros creamos una casita inspirada en el desabastecimiento. En este nivel tu nombre (o seudónimo) aparecerá como CONTRIBUYENTE ESPECIAL en los créditos finales de la película. ***También recibirás todos los premios del nivel $75.

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    QUOTE ON THE WALL: We will paint a wall in Venezuela that will appear in the documentary. Place any non-offensive message that's up to 120 characters, and we will also send you a Postcard of the wall for you to keep. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $75 tier and Film Credits. -------------------------------------------FRASE EN LA PARED: Pintaremos una pared en Venezuela que aparecerá en el documental. Coloca cualquier frase no ofensiva de hasta 120 caracteres y te enviaremos una Postal de la pared. ***También recibirás todos los premios del nivel $75 y Créditos en la Película.

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    SIGNED POSTER: Receive a 18" x 24" poster of the film signed by the filmmakers. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $75 tier and Film Credits. -------------------------------AFICHE AUTOGRAFIADO: Recibirás un afiche del documental tamaño 45cm x 60cm autografiado por sus creadores. ***También recibirás todos los premios del nivel $75 y Créditos en la Película.

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    PHOTO BOOK: We will create a photo book with special photos, facts on the Venezuelan crisis and stories that we collect throughout the journey of making this film. ***Also receive special thanks online, production diary, a digital copy of the film and soundtrack, the tote and Film Credits. ------------------------------------------------------LIBRO FOTOGRAFICO: Crearemos un libro fotográfico con fotos especiales, datos sobre la crisis venezolana e historias que recolectemos en esta travesía. ***También recibirás el agradecimiento online, diario de producción, copia digital del documental y su música, el bolso y Créditos en la Película.

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    CONSULTANT PACKAGE: Receive an official CONSULTANT credit on IMDb and in our on-screen credits. We will send you an early 10 minute preview of the film during the editing stages and you will get to give feedback on a Skype Session with the filmmakers. ***This reward includes everything mentioned in the $500 tier. -------------------PAQUETE DE CONSULTOR: Recibirás créditos oficiales como CONSULTANT en IMDb y los créditos finales del film. Te enviaremos un avance de 10 minutos durante la etapa de edición del documental y podrás dar tus opiniones a los cineastas en una Sesión de Skype. ***También recibirás todos los premios mencionados en el nivel $500.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Receive an official ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on IMDb and in our on-screen credits. We will send you a rough cut of the documentary during the editing stages and you can give feedback on a Skype Session with the filmmakers. ***Also receive special thanks online, production diary, a digital copy of the film and soundtrack, the tote, a signed DVD, a signed poster, the miniature house and the photo book. -------------------PRODUCTOR ASOCIADO: Recibirás créditos oficiales como ASSOCIATE PRODUCER en IMDb y los créditos finales del film. Te enviaremos un primer corte completo del documental durante la etapa de edición y nos podrás dar tus opiniones en una Sesión de Skype. ***También recibirás el agradecimiento online, diario de producción, copia digital del documental y su música, el bolso, DVD, poster, la casita de barro y el libro fotográfico.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND SLATE: Receive an official EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on IMDb and in our on-screen credits. We will also send you 1 of the 3 SLATES used for this film signed with permanent ink during one of the takes. ***Also receive special thanks online, production diary, a digital copy of the film and soundtrack, the tote, a signed DVD, a signed poster, photo book, coin necklace, the miniature house, the rough cut and a Skype session with the filmmakers. ---------------------------------PRODUCTOR EJECUTIVO: Recibirás créditos oficiales como EXECUTIVE PRODUCER en IMDb y los créditos finales del film. Te enviaremos una de las tres CLAQUETAS utilizadas en este documental, firmadas con tinta permanente durante una de las tomas. ***También recibirás el agradecimiento online, diario de producción, copia digital del documental y su música, el bolso, DVD, poster, el libro fotográfico, el collar de moneda, la casita de barro, el avance del film y la sesión de Skype con los cineastas.

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