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A science fiction morality tale about living with, for, and through machines.

SYNOPSIS:

"Greetings from Yellow Springs" is the story of Sweet Martha, Smokey, and Number 11: Two unsavory robot slaves and a starving heiress that never leaves her once posh studio apartment. She doesn’t need to leave. She can just Plug In and open her Digital Third Eye.  She doesn't need to go outside to skip down mountains and heavy dance with strange new friends. She can just Plug In and swim in virtual love and joy. But Number 11 needs to eat. And her cute little nose is bleeding and bleeding. And Number 13 is waiting outside.

#thisiswhatdyinglookslike

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BACKGROUND FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Across the last five years, through all my creative and academic efforts, I have grown obsessed with our relationships with machines and the effects of these relationships on our daily lives. I have spent the last three years studying these relationships with a focus on emerging digital technologies. I recently earned my Masters degree in this field, immersed in ethnographic research and trend analysis.

With this current project I'm developing with Bayonet Media, we plan to entertain, of course, but also we plan to explore modern culture's growing preference for, and attachment to, computer mediated communication and virtual social environments. 

We are romantics and we believe in (and embrace) the power of media to captivate, agitate, and shape our global consciousness. It's become impossible to ignore our infatuation with our machines. We text more than we talk. Robots are entering our schools and our prisons. We go online more than we go outside. Using a whimsical and existential narrative as our vessel, we hope to address the popularity of our new technologies. Also, we hope to gently (forcibly) guide the audience into re-thinking living and dying and re-thinking how we live and die with, for, and through machines. And we want people to laugh! And cry! Crying isn't so bad.


I believe in Jean Baudrillard: Science fiction is the apotheosis of tinkering and social exploration. And we believe this story, and the stories like it before it, and the stories like it that will come after, make the world a little more thoughtful and a little more lovely. We do what we can and this is it. But we can only succeed with your help. That's why we've come to Kickstarter. Independent filmmakers aren't sponsored by McDonalds, they're sponsored by people. 


Donate. Become our sponsor. Or just help spread the word. Announce your support for the power of the arts! We thank you for it!

THE PLAYERS:

PRESTON RUSSETT - Writer / Director / Producer (Mariposa, CA)

ANDREW BISSONNETTE - Director of Photography / Producer (Chicago, IL)

ANDREW P. QUINN - Production Designer / Producer (Indianapolis, IN)

KEVIN GRAZIOLI - Producer (Kalamazoo, MI)

ARTWORK: THE PAINTING!

Artist Bryan Moore read our script and turned it into this psychedelic explosion of color and beauty. It's mouthwatering. A postcard print of this painting will be offered to all donors.

WEEKLY VIDEO TREATS COMING SOON!

UPDATE #1 IS HERE!

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    You're so sweet! For helping us make the world a prettier place, you get a bold THANK YOU on our website and an INVITATION to our premiere screening.

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    You're so lovely! To occupy that last empty spot on your fridge, we will send you a POSTCARD from the fictional world that is Yellow Springs (Plus all rewards listed above).

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    I just want to pinch your cheeks and smile! You get a crisp and clean DIGITAL COPY of Greetings from Yellow Springs (Plus all rewards listed above). This is the new world. By buying our movie before its released, you'll be helping us make it.

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    Heavenly! You get a SPECIAL edition, LIMITED print DVD (Bluray option) of Greetings from Yellow Springs signed by select crew members and the director. (Plus all rewards listed above)

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    Oh, wonderful donor! You get your NAME in the CREDITS under special thanks (Plus all rewards listed above).

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    My teeth hurt from smiling! Our movie features a lot of hand crafted art throughout (Masks, Puppets, Taxi Decals, etc.) Each piece is hand-crafted by local artists and designers. Donate $250 and we'll send you a PERSONALLY SELECTED piece of GOODNESS (Plus all rewards listed above)

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    We can't dream without you! Granny Bay Bay will send you a HOME COOKED DESERT from her magic oven of goodness. (Plus all rewards listed above)

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    Absolutely splendid! You will receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits. This means your name appears at the front of the film. (Plus all rewards listed above)

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    We love you more than ice cream! Donate $2,500 and we will feature your PORTRAIT (painted by a local artist) in our film. (Plus all rewards listed above)

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    Yahtzee! You get to schedule a PRIVATE SCREENING with the creators. It could be for a few friends or a large group. Robots might crash the party. Backer pays for travel and lodging. (Plus all rewards listed above)

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