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This is a story about Max McLean, a runaway girl who ventures into the forest and searches for answers about her boyfriend's suicide.
A runaway girl discovers and adventurous boy in this quirky love story about love, loss, dead writers and Polaroids.
A runaway girl discovers and adventurous boy in this quirky love story about love, loss, dead writers and Polaroids.
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Living With The Dead - Feature Film

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THE FILM

We invite you to help us make “Living With The Dead”, a narrative feature film about love and loss, adventure and hope. 

Max McLean is eighteen years old and she can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs and parties to help her ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, having taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a curious young man named Ish. With Ish's help, Max discovers the secret behind Adam's suicide and frees herself from the past.

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Director's note:

Living with the Dead is a project that I began after a friend of mine killed herself. This film is about what happens to the people who live with having someone close to them commit suicide. It is a story that young people going through hard times can watch and take comfort in feeling like they are not alone, that there are ways to turn their lives around and that things will get better.  

Since 1999 more Americans have killed themselves than the year before. In 2010 self-harm was the leading reported cause of death in people between the ages of 15 through 49, making the global total 107,536, a number that surpasses all cancers and heart disease.

It is my hope that this film can reach people across the country and help support victims of a rising epidemic.

(Sources: Center for Disease Control; National Institute of Mental Health)

THE PRODUCTION

New additions to our cast include:

Robert Clohessy (Boardwalk Empire, The Avengers

Marc Coppola (The Bling Ring, Leaving Las Vegas)

Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black, Maria Full of Grace)

Chris Riggi (Gossip Girl, Vampires Suck)

Deborah Twiss (Kick-Ass, The Other Woman)

Emily Jackson (Fringe)

CAST

Starring: Emily Jackson (FRINGE), Deborah Twiss (KICK-ASS)Chris Riggi (GOSSIP GIRL), Chris Bellant (BLACK SKY), Selenis Leyva (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Robert Clohessy (BLUE BLOODS), Marc Coppola (THE BLING RING)Craig Kelly, Benjamin Frankenberg, Aurora Heimbach, Cara Francis, John J. Thomassen.

CREW

Christine Vartoughian (Writer, Director, Producer), Rebekah Nelson (Producer), Debra Markowitz (Producer; Casting Director), Issac Loftus (Co-Producer), Daniel Efram (Co-Producer), Tobias Beidermuhle (Associate Producer), Wilfredo Ramos (Director of Photography), Dave M. Davis (First Assistant Camera), Mattheau O’Brien (Assistant Director), Ilan Bemaman (Sound Mixer), Grace Ha (Production Assistant), Chris Joslin (Campaign Video Editor)

The majority of the film will be shot on location at Art Farm in New Paltz, New York.

"If you ever need to find yourself, just climb a tree."
"If you ever need to find yourself, just climb a tree."

Books and literature also play a huge role in the lives of the main characters. The film will feature The Bell Jar, Kurt Cobain’s Journals, Catcher in the Rye, Waiting for Godot, and Shakespeare’s Tragedies among other books. 

"Which one are you reading?...King Lear...Oh...I'm not into kings"
"Which one are you reading?...King Lear...Oh...I'm not into kings"

PHOTOGRAPHY

Living With The Dead will be shot on a RED Scarlet-X camera by the talented Wilfredo Ramos. We're excited to capture the beauty of this film on what is fast becoming the leading standard of independent cinema. Here's a look at Wilfredo's reel:

Your help! (where the funds will go)

The basic production costs needed is $12,000. Anything beyond that will help ensure that this project is fulfilled to its greatest potential. Your funding will go towards lighting & camera equipment, location fees, transportation, cast & crew meals, production design and wardrobe. Our ideal goals are the following:

Bronze Medal Goal: $15,000
(+ Music $1,000 + Publicity + Social Media Campaign $2,000)

Silver Medal Goal: $20,000
(+ 20% Overage on $15k = $3,000; + $2,000 Color Correction)

Gold Medal: $25,000
(+ $2,500 Post Production Sound; $750 Prints for Festival Submission; $1,750 Festival Publicity)

Risks and challenges

An indie film always has inherent challenges. Having funding helps us solve these challenges more smoothly. We have great faith in this project and in our team. This will be an amazing film and we look forward to sharing it with you in the future!

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