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Abbie Evans has a fearless identity outside of her incurable skin disease. Help us finish this incredible coming of age film!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL

While our goal is set at $30,000.00, it is the minimum amount of money we need in order to finish this film.
With the extra funds that we hope to receive in the remaining hours, we plan to use them to cover legal fees, insurance, titles and graphics, a publicist, and festival submission fees. All of these things add up to around $20,000.00, and while we know that is an optimistic goal, every extra penny helps.

FEATURED REWARD

PRIVATE SCREENING AND CONCERT DATE SET!  SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10TH, 2PM, ANTONES IN AUSTIN, TX.  COME CELEBRATE WITH THE MERCH GIRL TEAM THEN SEE AN INTIMATE CONCERT WITH HAYES CARLL, JOHN EVANS, AND EMILY BELL.  GUARANTEED GOOD TIME. 

THE GOAL

Merch Girl is currently in production under director-producer Cary Bell and producer-editor Jessica Miller.  We have successfully raised funding for production, and are continuing to film with Abbie every day, but we need your help to finish.  Once we are through the production phase we still have a long way to go.  Your support contributes to editing, color correction, audio mixing, and mastering. It is our hope to bring Abbie’s story to the 2013 film festival circuit, and the date for completion is approaching!

This project, as with all Kickstarter campaigns, must be fully funded by its deadline or no money changes hands. So every bit helps! Friend us on Facebook, give us a Tweet and visit our film’s website for more details on the filmmakers. We can’t thank you enough for your support in bringing Abbie’s incredible story to the audience it deserves!

THE STORY

Abbie Evans has a fearless identity outside of her incurable skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa. Merch Girl is a coming of age documentary about Abbie’s journey toward living life on her own terms.

Stacie and John Evans, a Texas honky tonk musician, never wanted their daughter to grow up thinking she was incapable of living a normal life.  They have instilled in her a strong sense of self and confidence.  So much so that at the age of 15, Abbie insisted she go on the road with her dad and his band.  Her mother Stacie worried but didn't hold Abbie back, and against the odds Abbie thrived on the road.  Abbie's passion for life has meant treating EB as just another hurdle, and it is the constant care from her mother as much as touring with her father that gives her an identity and strength outside of her condition. 

Abbie and her merch!
Abbie and her merch!

Merch Girl is a personal case study infused with music. The lyrics of John Evans’ songs lend to the narrative, weaving together stories of Abbie’s past with the uncertainties of her future. Merch Girl documents Abbie’s journey toward a new understanding of herself, her disease, and most importantly her desires. From the Texas honky tonks to the comfort of her mother's home and the hospital rooms where she must often return, Abbie's powerful struggle to exist as a normal girl reveals what it truly means to live life on your own terms.

Abbie on location!
Abbie on location!
Cary and her camera.
Cary and her camera.

THE MUSIC

Not only are we telling an amazing story, but we also will have a killer soundtrack!  Merch Girl will feature the artists from Abbie's life, using studio tracks as well as live recordings. Just as Merch Girl tracks Abbie’s journey into adulthood, we will also get an insider’s glimpse into the ups and downs of life as a working musician.

John Evans, Abbie’s father, surrounds himself with talented musicians from across the State.  Thus we will include music from his colleague and girlfriend, Emily Bell, and we have some great rewards from his long time best friend, Hayes Carll. 

Emily Bell
Emily Bell

John Evans is much more than a performer. He is a writer and a producer, who has worked with some of the most talented musicians in Texas. With music born on the bayous of Houston and injected with influences from the Mississippi Delta to Bakersfield to the boroughs of New York City, John Evans and his Rockabilly Band have taken over his hometown (and the whole Lone Star State!) by dominating the Houston Press Music Awards over the last decade. John boasts six wins for Best Male Vocalist, four for Best Songwriter, and a pair for both Best Roots Rock and Musician of the Year. You won’t hear him boast, though. He’s as humble as they come, and the most personable performer on the road, making each and every audience member feel like a family member.

The John Evans Band
The John Evans Band

THE TEAM

Cary Bell- Producer/Director
Cary Bell is an Austin, TX based producer and director, who is passionate about creating character driven documentaries that both engage and entertain.  She has experience working in many different facets of factual television and film.  As a sophomore at Webster University's South East Asian campus, Cary directed and produced her first documentary.  Barang, about Cambodia's post-genocidal reconstruction, was featured at Hawaii's GirlFest film festival.  After graduating with a BA in Media Communications and International Relations, Cary worked for CARE Honduras, documenting their development projects.  She then went on to work for CNN International in both their news and feature programming departments.  Cary is currently the co-owner of Lytta Productions, LLC and is directing/producing their first project, Merch Girl

Jessica Miller- Producer/Editor
Jessica Miller is a New York based documentary and television editor with a degree in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. She has been a part of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild since 2009, and was the recipient of the Leo Hindery Award for Media Ethics in 2006. In addition to New York, Jessica has worked from Los Angeles, Austin, Cleveland, and Park City, to Nicaragua and Italy. She has recently been editing shows for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. Jessica has worked on projects that have been official selections for the Boston International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. Jessica co-owns Lytta Productions LLC, a NY-Austin based production company. And for some strange reason, it is a common occurrence for Jess to be smacked/punched in the arm/leg by a director/producer when they watch something they like/love.

Matt Godwin- Cinematographer
Matt Godwin is a Texas based cinematographer and has honed his skills across multiple formats.  From documentaries to commercials, narratives and the news, he boasts many accolades, including the Best of Austin 48 Hour Film Festival award for his short.  He currently works as a freelancer for CBS, ABC, ESPN, and other various television networks.  Matt is excited to work on Merch Girl and the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring story.   

Susan Grossman- Producer
Susan Grossman graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Activism Through the Arts. She spent her post-college years traveling the globe and landed back where she was born in New York City.  Susan has worked on numerous television shows and now works full time at Moondog Edit. Growing up in the world of independent film making, it's no surprise that Susan finds herself here.  

FAQ

  • We are currently in production, which means we are still filming Merch Girl. Once we are done with this part of the process we will begin editing, where the story comes alive. Our hope is to have the film done by the end of October 2012.

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  • There is a lot that happens after a film is done shooting, from editing to audio mixing to color correction. These are all processes that take a lot of time and money. The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to complete the post-production of the film.

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  • Check out http://www.debra.org/ - they are the leading non-profit for EB research and knowledge in general.

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  • Abbie has grown to love the filmmaking process. Every day we learn together, and the closer we come to finishing the film, the closer Abbie comes to sharing her story with the world. Although contributing to our Kickstarter does not directly help children with EB, it does help create awareness. With a disease as rare as EB, the community needs all the visibility it can get.

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  • We've realized people are having problems purchasing the $100 reward tickets twice, so we have added a $200 reward option offering two tickets to the concert. If you need multiples, that's the way to go! See you guys there!!

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    Every dollar counts! That’s why you’ll get a shout out on our website even if you donate only $1! You will also be added to our email newsletter list, so you can be on top of all the latest Merch Girl news.

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    Merch Girl has a pretty rockin’ Austin based soundtrack. The entire soundtrack is comprised of music by The John Evans Band (Abbie’s father) and Emily Bell, one of his long time collaborators. John and Emily’s music is truly the soundtrack to Abbie’s life. For $5, download one of these five songs. Choose from: “Dust Bowl", “Going Down Loud”, “Butterfly Girl” by John Evans Band; or “Back To The Way I Was" and “Pusher Girl” by Emily Bell. You will also receive a Merch Girl post card in the mail designed by Abbie just for our Kickstarter supporters. And of course, you’ll also get a shout out on our website and be added to the Merch Girl email list for all the up to the minute info.

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    You get all five songs mentioned above by John Evans Band and Emily Bell. This is the only place to currently buy them! You will also receive a Merch Girl post card in the mail designed by Abbie just for our Kickstarter supporters. Do it for Merch Girl. Do it for local Austin music.

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    You get everything mentioned in the $10 donation above plus a digital download of the full-length film as and when it's available! (For legal reasons we have to say “when/if available”... but we are leaning toward “when”!) You will receive your songs soon, and the digital download of the film will head your way summer of 2013!

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    You get everything mentioned in the $25 donation above plus an awesome Merch Girl t-shirt designed by the merch girl, Abbie, herself! You will receive your songs and t-shirt soon (your choice from S-XL), and the digital download of the film will hopefully head your way summer of 2013! Shipping is included in domestic orders only, international orders must cover their own shipping costs.

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    Watch the film in style! Join the filmmakers for an exclusive, private screening of Merch Girl at a small and intimate venue in New York City. You also get everything mentioned in the $25 donation. Donor is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation to New York City.

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    We wanted to offer another NYC based reward for our east coast supporters! So for $75, our very own editor, Jess Miller, will be teaching a 2 hour Final Cut Pro class for beginners. During the class, you will work with raw footage from Merch Girl, and learn the basics of the interface, how to use transitions, text, special effects, and even a little about color correction. The 5-person classes will be held at Moondog Edit, a high-end post production facility in Manhattan. There will be two classes, so you will have a choice of two dates. After the class, you will be able to go home and edit your very own movie! www.moondogedit.com

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    Now this is an amazing deal. A concert and a private screening of Merch Girl! After the film Emily Bell, John Evans and his long time friend, Hayes Carll will be performing a sit down show at Antones, a staple in the fantastically musical Austin, TX. Your donation is good for one ticket. We will be releasing the exact date one month prior to their performance. These tickets are only available here! 150 tickets only! http://www.hayescarll.com/ Donor is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation to Austin.

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    You receive everything mentioned in the $25 donation above plus a beautiful poster designed and signed by the talented Abbie. You will receive your songs and poster soon and the digital download of the film will hopefully head your way summer of 2013! Shipping is included in domestic orders only, international orders must cover their own shipping costs.

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    Now this is an amazing deal. This reward will get you TWO tickets to a concert and a private screening of Merch Girl! After the film Emily Bell, John Evans and his long time friend, Hayes Carll will be performing a sit down show at Antones, a staple in the fantastically musical Austin, TX. Your donation is good for TWO tickets. The concert will take place on Sunday February 10th at 2PM. These tickets are only available here! 150 tickets only! http://www.hayescarll.com/ Donor is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodation to Austin. NOTE: THIS REWARD IS FOR TWO TICKETS!

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    Merch Girl Thank You Box! We will send you a DVD of Merch Girl's Director's Cut, as and when available. You will also get all the great downloads (music and movie) a merch girl t-shirt, poster, and a coozie! Everyone needs to keep their beer cold, right? We hope to have the film ready for you by summer of 2013- but you'll get everything else soon! Shipping is included in domestic orders only, international orders must cover their own shipping costs.

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    Do you like movies AND great food? NOW FOR ONLY $250, you and a guest get a 3-course meal and wine pairing at Vino Vino, one of Austin’s premier wine cafes, with Abbie herself and Cary, the director! Pick their brains about making this crazy, amazing documentary while you sip on some great wine! We will give you one month notice on the time and date of the party and will have two separate seatings! Plus you get everything included in the $200 donation. http://vinovinoaustin.com

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    Do you like movies AND great food? For $400, you and a guest get a 3-course meal and wine pairing at Vino Vino, one of Austin’s premier wine cafes, with Abbie herself and Cary, the director! Pick their brains about making this crazy, amazing documentary while you sip on some great wine! We will give you one month notice on the time and date of the party and will have two separate seatings! Plus you get everything included in the $200 donation. http://vinovinoaustin.com

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    Know that without you, we wouldn't be able to finish this film. You will get a Special Thanks credit in the full-length version of Merch Girl, a one on one skype session with Abbie and the filmmakers, and of course, all the swag mentioned in the $200 donation. Shipping is included in domestic orders only, international orders must cover their own shipping costs.

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    A 7 night stay at Nez Perce Ranch in Montana (regular cost: $1,400)! Stay in your very own, fully-equipped cabin that comfortably sleeps 4. The ranch is located in the heart of the Bitterroot Mountains, on the Nez Perce River. Known for its magnificent surroundings, the Nez Perce Ranch is one hundred acres of virtually untouched land in the heart of the most beautiful valley in Montana. You can spend your days fishing, hiking, mountain biking, tubing down the river, or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent scenery. Take advantage of this great deal! Donor is responsible for his/her travel to and from ranch. Purchase valid for 2 years (July 1st – 1st week in October only). http://www.nezperceranch.com/

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    Have you ever wondered how documentaries get made? This is your chance to learn! We value your opinion and notes are an important part of the filmmaking process, so we want to screen a rough cut of the movie with you, where you will have the opportunity to help us make Merch Girl all it can be. If you're in Austin or New York come to one of the filmmakers home/office for an edit session, but if you're somewhere else, don't worry! We'll screen the movie and then we'll Skype! You will also get a Special Thanks credit in the film. AND all of the amazing merch mentioned in the $200 dollar tier.

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    John Evans and Emily Bell will personally write a song for you about any topic of your choosing and record a rough mix. Isn’t it everyone’s dream to have a song written for them? (Although it is yours to enjoy forever, rights remain retained by John Evans and Emily Bell.) And of course, you get all the swag mentioned in the $200 donation. You will get your awesome swag bag soon, but it will take some time to write you an amazing song. Send us your ideas and they'll work with you to develop appropriate lyrics as soon as they can!

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    You will receive an official Associate Producer credit on Merch Girl. This means you can create your very own IMDB page. C’mon, how about a new career in filmmaking? You'll also get all the swag mentioned in the $200 donation. Shipping is included in domestic orders only, international orders must cover their own shipping costs.

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    A private screening of Merch Girl at your home with Abbie and the filmmakers. Learn all about making this amazing documentary! You will also receive everything from the $5000 donation. Travel expenses covered within 200 miles of Austin only, outside of that the donor is responsible for travel costs and accommodation.

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    Hayes Carll & John Evans will perform an acoustic house concert for you and your guests! It could be a private show for you and your special someone or a rockin party for you and all your friends. Travel expenses covered within 200 miles of Austin only, outside of that the donor is responsible for travel costs and accommodation. Scheduling will be subject to musicians' prior commitments.

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