I am using kickstarter to finish my directorial debut, Summertime. I have already spent my savings and have cashed every favor to make this movie, leaving me with little left to finish the post-production. I have gotten to a finished cut, I have completed the ADR with the actors, but I still lack a final sound mix - the most expensive part of post-production. A decent studio mix costs more than $10,000. Thanks to my ability to beg without any shame, I have reduced this figure to $8,000. This will pay for a 7 day studio mix from a inexpensive yet high quality sound mixer. This additional work will allow the film to be presentable at festivals so that it can hopefully achieve major distribution. After receiving money from donors I am left with a balance of $3,000 - not much, but significant. If you like, I can make your payment tax deductible as I have a non-profit set up through the New York Foundation for the Arts (only for pledges of $100 or more).
***Should I exceed my goal, any additional money will be spent on promotion for the film.
SYNOPSIS FOR SUMMERTIME: Eight people unknowingly form a circle – either through a friendship, attempted love, or brief sexual encounter. The tighter their circle gets, the more the spokes begin to twist and to bend. One of the persons in the circle is Julia, an actress, who thinks she’s gotten her big break when she lands the role of Anya, the daughter of a Russian arms dealer. The director of the film has some radical theories on directing and believes that Julia, instead of relying on lines and a script, must become Anya. She must learn how to negotiate with hit men, handle a gun and enter into the mind of a criminal. When Julia finds out she is not the only “Anya,” however, the circle begins to break.
- (89 days)