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A real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents.
A real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents.
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YEAHHHH! IT'S OFFICIAL: Meet the Patels will be coming to theaters! Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign!!!

Missed the deadline? No worries! You can still join the effort by making a tax-deductible donation through the Utah Film Center. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and help us spread the word when the movie comes out in theaters!

Thanks for helping us reach the 60K mark!!!

The 60K covers all the fees associated with delivering the movie to the distributor and getting it into theaters. But to really turn this into a phenomenon, we will need to continue the grassroots movement that has carried this film to where it is now.

Let's keep this going: a generous donor has offered to match every dollar we get over 60K. If we get to 85K, we will be able to afford to send Mom and Dad around the country with the movie in a very special PATEL TOUR VAN!

Meet the Patels is coming to theaters this summer and the Hollywood Reporter just named it an Academy Award contender. Heyoo! This is a miracle! Thanks so so much for your support. But, umm, we might need another favor...

Our Story

Meet the Patels was a small, unknown film that was rejected from film festivals for two years. A year ago, it finally had its world premiere at Hot Docs Film Festival and its U.S. premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival. It won audience awards, the crowd went wild, and what followed was a chain of sold-out screenings across the country, making Meet the Patels the sleeper hit of the 2014-15 festival circuit.


Watch the trailer below.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the campaign and the release.

Thanks to all the audience-love, Meet the Patels has the opportunity to be in theaters THIS AUGUST! This is all great news! The only issue is that we still have to deliver the film, which means money for technical costs, editing, labor, etc. - none of these costs are covered in the distribution deal we received. Can you help us? We will reward you!

How will we use the money?

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Creating the final digital master
  • Deliverables of masters of the trailer and sound track audio, closed captioning, creative materials, and documentation
  • Legal fees from our distribution agreements
  • Labor / contractor fees through delivery of film in August

Our $60K goal is the MINIMUM that is required to cover the fees that will allow our movie to get into theaters. That will get the ball rolling. But we also have other fees to cover to make this movie a real success. This includes materials, travel, and the outreach to continue the grassroots movement that has carried this film to where it is now.

Let’s see the swag.

Are you interested in being a producer on this movie?

You’re in luck! We’re offering the following credits. The title is permanent and will be on IMDB and all DVD’s and digital copies as well*. So basically, every time someone watches the movie, they will see your name. So basically, you will be famous. Basically. This is one of the few cases in life where money CAN buy happiness. Critics are saying we could be the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of the highest grossing indie films in history.

Join this exciting movement and our film family by donating today!

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - 75K
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - 45K
SPECIAL THANKS - 25K

Interested? To redeem this reward, you must email us at meetthepatelsfilm@gmail.com.

*Excluding the version that will air on PBS.

Can't donate, but still want to help?

If you can’t donate, there’s still plenty of ways you can help. Mainly, spread the word and get EVERYONE involved. This has turned into a family business in the most hilarious way. Our parents have been making calls all over the place, getting us discounted motel rates ("the Patel rate") during tours and calling every Patel in America to make sure they are out there publicizing this film. We would love for you to join in on the effort too. 

1. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Share our posts… or create your own posts. We’ll share your posts too. It’ll be a post-sharing party.
3. Claim the $30 perk to get a digital copy ahead of time. You’re not only pre-ordering the movie, but you’re helping ensure the film will make it to theaters. And while you’re at it, pick up a digital copy for your friends and family too! (Okay, so this way of sharing costs money, but it’s a great deal!).
4. Any other ideas, such as press or social media? Please email us. We can use all the help we can get.

Have any other questions or comments? Shoot us an email at meetthepatelsfilm@gmail.com.

Risks and challenges

We have a dedicated team ready to do the final edits, reporting, sound, color, titling, and delivery work necessary to get this film to the distributor. Our obstacle is getting the financial support to do this. This is our last great push!

With respect to fulfillment, our team is ready to take that on, and we're committed to the schedule of getting all the goodies to everyone on time.

Lastly, we will communicate with all backers so they are in the loop of where we are at and how the campaign is going. This will avoid any confusion — it has proven to do so in our family drama as well. :)

From the entire Meet the Patels family, thanks so so much ahead of time for your support. This has been a life-changing journey for us, and we are grateful that it hopefully gets to continue. Hopefully, this movie can put a smile on your face, too!

Love,

Ravi, Geeta, Mom, Dad, and the hundreds of others who have brought us this far

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    GOOD KARMA

    Geeta Patel: You get good karma, which is a real thing!

    Ravi Patel: Would you really want to pass on some cheap good karma, and then die, and find out it exists, and realize you could have avoided the whole mess for just five dollars?

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    FAMILY PASS

    GP: Welcome to the Family! Each week, throughout our summer release, you will receive our Meet the Patels video diary.

    RP: As the movie goes to theaters, we will be touring around the country with Mom and Dad, staying at various Patel-owned Motels, running in to friends you may recognize from other films, and riding around in cars while Mom and Dad give unsolicited opinions.

    GP: Consider this an all-access pass to a Patel family vacation, but you only have to tune in for the funny parts.

    RP: I, on the other hand, will be there the entire time, which is bittersweet.

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    DIGITAL COPY

    GP: Be among the first to receive a digital copy of Meet the Patels. The digital copy will be available for viewing sometime after the movie has been released theatrically and when teh film releases everywhere on digital.

    RP: And we will give you the "Family Pass" video subscription, calm down!

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    HILARIOUS VIDEO OR VOICEMAIL

    GP: When you watch the movie (or in this case, at least the trailer), you'll see why this is awesome. Mom and Dad are hilarious.

    RP: Get a personalized video message from the Patels OR Mom and Dad will record your voicemail message OR Mom and Dad can do a singing telegram for your friend's bday, anniversary, or whatever you want.

    ...And yes, we will give you the "Family Pass" video subscription.

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    CHAI MUG + COOKING CLASS

    RP: We're gonna send you a "Chai is for Closers" Coffee Mug plus access to a VIP Samosa and Chai-making lesson with Mom and the whole Patel family on video chat.

    GP: If you're single, she'll probably also find you a date for Friday night.

    You will also get the "Family Pass" and the "Digital Copy."

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    SIGNED POSTER + VIP SCREENING

    RP: We'll personally sign a Meet the Patels poster and send it to you.

    GP: But that's not all! Join an exclusive online screening of the movie followed by a Q&A with us.

    RP: But that's not all either! We'll throw in the "Chai Mug + Cooking Class," the "Digital Copy," and the "Family Pass."

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    T-SHIRT + SHOUT-OUT

    GP: You'll look amazing in a brand new Meet the Patels t-shirt.

    RP: We'll also give you a shout-out on our Facebook page!

    Of course, you'll also get the "Signed Poster + VIP Screening," the "Chai Mug + Cooking Class," the "Digital Copy," and the "Family Pass."

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    ACTING LESSON WITH RAVI

    Have a 30-minute one-on-one acting lesson with Ravi over Skype. You can check out Ravi's acting chops in Fox's upcoming series Grandfathered.

    This is a stand-alone item. No other perks are included.

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    INTERVIEW WITH THE PATELS

    Have a 30-minute interview with the whole family over Skype.

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    INTERVIEW WITH RAVI

    Have a 30-minute one-on-one interview with Ravi over Skype. This is your chance to learn all about Ravi's personal life -- outside of watching Meet the Patels, of course!

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    TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL VIP PASS

    Be a VIP at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at a Red Carpet Premiere movie (movie to be determined). We'll give you tickets for 2. The festival will occur in April, 2016 in New York City. You must cover your own travel and accommodation.

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    TEEN WOLF LUNCH

    Have a private lunch with Holland Roden, who plays Lydia Martin on MTV's Teen Wolf. You must cover your own travel and accommodation.

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    WALK THE RED CARPET WITH US

    RP: Be our personal guest at the big NYC or LA premiere. You and your guest will sit in our row, and you can listen to Dad comment on the film out loud, which is what he does every time he watches it. You must cover your own travel and accommodation.

    GP: Additionally, you'll receive a special thanks on our website!

    You'll also get these rewards: the "T-shirt + Shout-out," "Signed Poster + VIP Screening," "Chai Mug + Cooking Class," "Digital Copy," and "Family Pass."

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    TEEN WOLF SET VISIT

    Come visit the set of Teen Wolf and get a VIP tour by Holland Roden, who plays Lydia Martin on MTV's Teen Wolf. You must cover your own travel and accommodation.

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    HONORARY PATEL CREDIT + ACADEMY AWARDS SHOUT-OUT

    RP: Want to be in the credits as an Honorary Patel?

    GP: Of course you do! You will be credited in the movie* as an Honorary Patel AND you will even be on our IMDB page. This is a cheap price to pay for honor.

    RP: But wait, The Hollywood Reporter just named Meet the Patels an Academy Award contender for 2015 Best Documentary! What IF they are on to something?

    GP: Well, then I think we should name you, our Honorary Patel, in our acceptance speech!

    RP: Wow, that scenario is so unlikely, yet TOTALLY worth the 10K pledge.

    You'll also get these rewards: the "T-shirt + Shout-out," "Signed Poster + VIP Screening," "Chai Mug + Cooking Class," "Digital Copy," and "Family Pass."

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    PREMIERE + AFTERPARTY

    RP: You'll get tickets for two to the NYC or LA premiere and afterparty.

    GP: You get to pick between NYC or LA! But you do have to cover your own travel and accomodation.

    You'll get these rewards as well: the "T-shirt + Shout-out," "Signed Poster + VIP Screening," "Chai Mug + Cooking Class," "Digital Copy," and "Family Pass."

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