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With funding, this NYC film can premiere at Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party to an audience of 30,000 along with the Flaming Lips
With funding, this NYC film can premiere at Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party to an audience of 30,000 along with the Flaming Lips
50 backers pledged $7,010 to help bring this project to life.

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Official website: www.ifyoulivedhere.info

If You Lived Here is the third film by Leslie Kwon. Our media sponsor is the Pacific Northwest's Caffe Vita, ensuring that this movie will have an audience. Through them, we could even have a huge premiere (30,000 people) for the film at Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, alongside the Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, etc.

The story is a portrait of two specific people meeting at a specific time in their lives. It begins with Emilia, a guarded character who works at a coffeeshop, charming her way into getting a free, old desk from a random customer. While looking the desk over at his apartment, she comes to realize the emotional parallels between them.

If You Lived Here studies the subconscious motivations for people's actions. If someone were lonely, in what ways would that get manifested in their daily decisions? Would they look for a connection through getting free furniture - and if not free furniture, then some other sort of mundane reason?

This movie was conceptualized almost a year ago by the producer, David Woolner, and director Leslie Kwon. We have an award-winning cinematographer, Matthew Mendelson, art direction by The American Reader's Cindy Ho, production design by Aaryn Polzer, and costume design by Tess Money

With an unusual point of view, If You Lived Here diversifies the representation of female Asian identity and talent in the film community. We have a Korean-American director, Chinese-American art director, Korean-American costume designer, and Japanese-Australian lead actress. We're also working with Ran Space, an entirely unique, progressive arts center in Williamsburg that brings together film, music, dance, parties, and the Asian community in New York City and beyond. 

Now just one month away from beginning shooting, we really need your help. $7,000 is the minimum to cover our necessary costs, like equipment, locations, food, and props. We also plan to submit to several film festivals (SIFF, AAIFF, KAFFNY, etc.) and have a screening in New York, which you could be invited to! 

We would really appreciate any donation you can make, or please share our project with friends who may be interested! Thank you!

UPDATE:

Enjoy some initial prop design by Cindy Ho...

Poster prop in the story
Poster prop in the story
Cigarette prop packaging
Cigarette prop packaging

The teaser from Leslie Kwon's latest film, Rebound::

Risks and challenges

The team behind "If You Lived Here" have known each other for years and worked together on other productions - big and small. There will always be unexpected obstacles in the process of making a film, but because we've committed ourselves to the project and because we're experienced, we will find a way to get to that finish line as we always have!

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    You get a love poem from art director Cindy Ho, and you get invited to our NYC screening!

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    You get access to a digital download of the completed film. Also, you get an invitation to our NYC screening!

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    Free haircut from the director if you live in New York! You'll receive a love letter from the art director, Cindy Ho, and a DVD copy of the completed film. And you still get to come to our NYC screening!

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    You get a daily photo sent to you from on set, a special thanks in the film, a love poem from Cindy Ho, a DVD copy, and an invite to our NYC screening!

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    You'll receive a bizarre voicemail from the director inviting you to the NYC screening, daily photos from the shoot, love poem from our art director, reserved seats at the screening, a special thanks in the film, and a signed copy of the DVD!

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    You'll receive a self portrait of the director with an incriminating secret written on the back. You'll get a phone-call from the director inviting you to our NYC screening which you'll have reserved seating at. Cindy Ho will write you a love poem. On top of that, you'll get daily photos from the shoot, a special thanks in the film, and a signed DVD.

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    Whoa! Not only will you receive an associate producer credit, we'll send you a prop from on-set, let you ask the director any 3 questions you want and you'll receive a video response, and send you daily photos from the shoot. The director will call to invite you to sit front row at the NYC screening, and you'll receive signed DVD of "If You Lived Here" as well as the director's 2 previous films.

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    Not only are you an associate producer, you're invited to hang out on set with us for a day if you donate before we start shooting on 4/27! You'll also receive a movie poster, a self portrait of the director with an incriminating secret written on the back, a video of the director responding to any lengthy 3 questions you want, daily photos from the shoot, a phone calling giving you a front-row seat at the NYC screening, and a signed DVD of "If You Lived Here" as well as the director's 2 previous films.

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    Executive producer! Your name will be shown in the opening credits and on all our promo materials. You can conduct a one-on-one interview with the director (either in-person or virtual) which we will feature on our website and Facebook. You'll be invited to hang out with us for a day on set if you donate before we start shooting 4/27, and you'll get a movie poster, a front-row seat with the director and glass of nice bourbon or Chianti (your choice) at our NYC screening, a self portrait of the director with some incriminating secret written on the back, daily photos from the shoot, and a signed DVD of "If You Lived Here" as well as the director's 2 previous films.

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