All That Remains is a feature film written and directed by Marko Slavnic. The film is about two brothers, Tarik and Mirza, who came to the States with their family as kids in order to escape the war in Bosnia. While they were able to evade direct physical danger, the war still took a heavy toll on the family, especially the father.
A successful surgeon back home in Bosnia, the father completely fell apart in America as a result of the war. His self-destructive depression placed a heavy burden on the family and eventually drove a wedge between him and the oldest son, Mirza.
While Mirza moved away and became distant, Tarik stayed behind with their parents.
Now in their mid-20's the estranged brothers are brought back together when their father unexpectedly dies and leaves a letter asking them to go and scatter his ashes back home.
BOSNIA? WHY SHOULD I CARE?
This film isn't just about Bosnia. It's about family, about regret, about the loss of identity, and about father-son relationships. But most of all it is about the destructive power of war and the way it affects people whether they are Bosnian, Syrian, Iraqi, American, or any other nationality.
This film is a reminder that war doesn't just end with the last shot or a peace treaty. People often times tend to think that just because the news crews have gone home and the soldiers have put down their arms that life has returned to normal, when in reality it is far from that.
HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO SHOOT IN EUROPE AND NOW YOU'RE ASKING FOR MONEY?
There were several crucial factors that allowed us to shoot so much of the film already. The first was my prize money from the Nikon festival which paid for everything. Second, I have friends and family in Croatia that generously let us stay at their place for free and also helped with much of the coordination of the film overseas. That way we were as prepared as we could be when we arrived and knew exactly where to shoot. Also my knowledge of the language and environment helped us evade some of the typical tourist pitfalls that can end up costing a lot of money. We also had extremely cheap standby tickets for everybody that ended up saving us roughly $15,000. But most importantly when I was writing the script I was very budget conscious and made sure to keep the Europe section as economical as possible.
HOW IS THIS MONEY GOING TO BE USED?
The money is going to be used on the most essential parts of production such as hiring a crew, feeding them, renting equipment and buying the props and set pieces we can't borrow. This will be a "bare bones" production and every single person on set is going to be absolutely crucial to the film.
Also, because this is a feature film, the post-production is extremely extensive. Just editing the film can take an editor months, not to mention sound design, music, color correction, and so on.
We also want to promote the film as much as possible through the film festival circuit. For an independent film this is one of the best ways to get noticed and get distribution (theater, DVD, VOD release). But this quickly becomes a numbers game as festivals receive thousands of film submissions every year. So you have to submit to a lot of festivals and each submission can easily cost up to a hundred dollars.
I'M NEW TO KICKSTARTER. HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING fundraising platform, meaning that if we don't reach our goal before time is up, we don't get to keep any of the money. That's right, everything is returned to the people that invested and the project doesn't see a dime. So we need your help to spread the word to your friends, family, and social networks.
DELIVERY OF PRIZES
The delivery date on the majority of the prizes is listed as 'August 2013.' We expect the film to be completed much sooner than that, probably towards the end of this summer. However after the film is completed we plan to submit it to several dozen of the top film festivals around the world. Our ultimate goal is that the film finds distribution and is released in theaters. All of this can sometimes be a lengthy process and until the film finds distribution (theatrical or other means such as DVD or VOD), we would not be able to make it available to the public. However, we plan to have several screenings around the country to promote the movie and will keep you informed so you can see what you helped make.
When I started this film I knew it was a very ambitious project, but at the same time this was a story that I couldn't walk away from. The war in Bosnia has in many ways defined me, my life, and my whole existence, and as a filmmaker I feel like this is a story that I had to tell.
I am eternally grateful to the many people that have already donated their time and resources to make this project a possibility, and hope that you will help us finish it.
Thank you for each and every contribution.
- (44 days)