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During the course of one night, two strangers, a lonely waif and a prodigal poet, form an unexpected connection.
During the course of one night, two strangers, a lonely waif and a prodigal poet, form an unexpected connection.
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WE'RE FUNDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! THANK YOU, AWESOME BACKERS!!!! :)

If you were considering contributing, please know that the remaining budget to complete the film is $20,000, so any funds over the goal amount will MOST CERTAINLY be a big help to the production! THANK YOU!!! :)


About the Film

Hi, I'm Lila French, and if you've spoken to me at all during the past couple of years, you'll know that I'm working on a short film called "Birdbath". "Birdbath" was originally a play. It was written in New York in the 50s by Leonard Melfi.

"Birdbath" takes place over the course of one night. Two strangers, a waitress and a poet, meet, and through the events of the evening, we see what it takes for two broken people to connect in a large and often isolated world.

I performed the play three years ago, and when the run ended, I didn't feel quite done with it. So I decided to create this short film.


The Cast and Crew

LILA FRENCH - Velma, Director
MIT grad turned actress/filmmaker. First read Birdbath six years ago, and hooked since.

CHADRIAN MCKNIGHT - Frankie
Amazingly talented, intelligent, and versatile actor. Known for his role in the film The Signal. Tulane grad. Dog owner.

ROGER CHINGIRIAN - DP (Los Angeles)
Awesome cinematographer with a stellar reel. DP on the hit web series The Bannen Way. Currently working with Martha Coolidge (Dir: Real Genius).

CHRIS LEVITUS - DP (New York)
Multi-talented DP, Director, Editor. Chapman film school grad. "Tries really hard."

CHARIS HEARN - UPM/AD (Los Angeles)
Super smart multi-tasker. Makes things go. Loyola Marymount film school grad. Mad Excel skills.

JEAN-MARCEAU SÉCHERET - UPM/AD (New York)
Super organized human machine. Gets things done. Columbia film school grad. Engineering undergrad. Cool French accent.


Artwork / Film Poster

I made this artwork back when doing the play. Some people have said that they liked it, so I'm using it as a reward. My friend Elizabeth hates it, so, well, to each his own. A postcard print will be used as the $10 reward, and a 11.5" x 17.5" sized limited edition signed and numbered print will be used as the $250 reward. This is NOT the film poster. The film poster is also a reward! It hasn't been created yet, but the final product will surely be amazing. (Although Elizabeth may hate that one also.)


Larger version of artwork: http://birdbathshortfilm.com/images/Birdbath.jpg


Budget / What's Been Done / What's Left

The budget for the film is about $30,000. I have personally spent $9,500 on it so far, which I managed to save up by doing computer programming work (thank you, clients!) and not buying furniture.

We have filmed the exterior scenes and additional supporting footage in New York, and still remaining are the more involved interior scenes to be filmed in Los Angeles.

Funds raised will go toward Production costs in Los Angeles, including:

- Equipment Rental
- Location Fees
- Set Design
- Crew
- etc.

and Post-Production costs, including:

- Editing
- Sound Mixing
- Color Correction
- etc.


Thank You!

If you are so inclined, please help spread the word by Sharing or Emailing this page to others who might be interested.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a very special project. And I hope you'll join in!

For more information, the latest news, and full cast/crew list, visit the web site! http://birdbathshortfilm.com

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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Funding period

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