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Child’s Play is a coming of age tale about bullies, revenge, and growing up in Generation Rx. An adolescent love-story.

Our Goal is to fundraise as much as possible to make the best film possible, our Kickstarter goal is the absolute minimum to make this project happen—the more we can raise, the more people we can share our message with. Please pass this project onwards and upwards!

This is the Film—

Child’s Play is a coming-of-age tale about bullies, revenge, and growing up in Generation Rx. It tells the story of Nicolas, a quiet kid pushed to the limit by a pair of older bullies. One part adolescent love-story and one part cautionary tale, the film is a look at the cruelty of children and the cost of revenge. 

The film is a short, incredibly visual take on pre-teen bullying, and a stark reminder of the dangers of emotional abuse. Child’s Play is starring Tony Award-Winning actor David Alvarez as our lead, Nicolas—and is shooting on location at a NYC Public School in Morningside Heights that is supporting our film.


This is the Plan—

This is an 8-minute film that is built for festivals. Production will begin at the end of November with plans to shoot with the RED Epic, an amazing digital-cinema camera that is able to achieve the perfect look for the film.

We will be submitting the finished film in the Spring to these amazing national, and international film festivals:

Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Toronto International Film FestivalSF International Film FestivalNYU First Run Film Festival, Venice International Film FestivalMill Valley Film FestivalBrooklyn Film Fest, SXSW, Berlin International Film Festival and more to come.


This is the Crew—

Matt Firpo - Writer + Director + Editor

Matt Mitchell - Cinematographer

Rylee Jean Ebsen – Production Designer

Tony DiGiacomo - Unit Production Manager

Nicholas Hammond - Producer

Jules Hamilton - Producer

Eliza McNitt - Producer

David Shapiro – 1st Assistant Director      


These are the costs—

With your help we can cover...


This is our big cost. The RED Epic is a professional cinema camera, and with the right equipment comes a price. We will also be renting a camera dolly and jib system to help us realize our vision of the film.


Everyone has to eat! Especially dedicated students and actors who are donating their time to our film. We want to make sure there is plenty to eat for every member of the cast & crew!

Production Design.

We are designing a world in our school, from 90s costumes, props, and set design, we need donations to help populate the universe of Child’s Play.


An essential stage of filmmaking, we need funds for a polished Color Grade and for a professional Sound Mix.



We are making a film about a very personal, important, and timely subject, and we NEED YOUR HELP to share it with the world! Please share this campaign to stop bullying with your friends, family, and anyone who supports the cause! Thank you.

And a special thank you shout-out to any and all REDDITORS who have contributed!


The Child’s Play Team


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