About this project
Hello! This is Curtis Matzke, writer and director of the movie Complex. After working on several successful shorts, I am excited to be finishing my first independent feature film. Editing and color correction are finished and the locked picture is about 92 minutes long. The last tasks that remain are completing the final sound mix and distributing the film at festivals. The cost of getting the sound professionally mixed is especially significant. I am here on Kickstarter to raise funds to ensure that Complex is a high-quality production that reaches a wide audience.
Please see more information below, including available rewards. Any amount you can donate will help me reach my goals. Please feel free to message me with any questions and help me get the word out about Complex by forwarding this information to your friends and contacts.
Thanks very much for your support!
Complex is a feature-length fiction film that follows Jeremy, a twenty-something who moves into his first apartment after being kicked out of his parents' house. Jeremy struggles with realizing his adult independence through relationships with new and old friends. All of the dialog in the film was improvised by the actors. Making a film based on a script that was only about twenty pages long, without dialog, was very risky. The resulting performances are far more genuine, exhibiting a rich and believable spirit and style. I wanted to create something real that people can connect with -- and Complex achieves this purpose.
Click here to see the trailer of the film and here to see the film’s Facebook page.
I am fortunate to have been involved in the production of several acclaimed short films. The last film I worked on was American Terrorist, for which I was the co-writer and co-director of photography, as well as post-production supervisor. The film went on to win various awards at film festivals, including Best Student Narrative at the Uptown Film Festival's Michigan Film Awards. I previously earned recognition for two short films, Parked (a fiction film that I wrote and directed) and The Peanut Shop (a documentary short that I directed) at various film festivals, and for these I received an award for Outstanding Lansing Filmmaker at the 2011 Capital City Film Festival.
For more about my work, please visit curtismatzke.com.
MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION
The additional funds from this campaign will be of tremendous help to me in getting Complex out to film festivals. I plan on submitting the film to several high-profile festivals around the U.S. and internationally and anyone who has ever worked the festival circuit knows that this can get expensive fast. A single submission fee alone can cost as much as $100 – not including the mailing and material costs.
After the film's initial festival run, I intend to try to make the film available through Netflix or iTunes to reach an even wider audience.
Over the past few years, I have gained a real appreciation for what it takes to get a film project done. No one can do it alone. I welcome you to be a part of Complex. Again, please help spread the word and thank you very much for your support.
Risks and challenges
Every project comes with risk, especially those you find here on Kickstarter. One thing that makes this project unique is that the bulk of the project is already done. This is the final lap of getting the project across the finish line. Covering the cost of the sound mix is the primary purpose of this campaign. I have secured a fixed cost proposal from a highly reputable sound mixer. He is ready to proceed upon receiving a down payment for his work. As far as the film festival run goes, this is a process with which I am very familiar and prepared to manage. However, with a feature film, the cost of submissions is higher so the funds raised here will be a big help in making a successful festival run.
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