What is "11 24" about?
“11 24” is a short narrative film that follows 7-year old Ligaya and her Lolo (a Pilipino word for grandfather) on one of their weekly aluminum can hunting expeditions. The duo then uses the spoils of their adventure to play the lotto. On this particular day, however, both Ligaya and Lolo seem to realize that due to time and circumstance times like these are soon to become only cherished memories. Nevertheless, they treasure the priceless moments they still have and the wealth life blesses them with.
“11 24” is a story of love, devotion and ultimately, discovering that sometimes, true wealth cost nothing but time and memory to collect.
You can find out more about the film on the "11 24" website:
So, where did the idea for "11 24" come from?
This film was inspired by the director’s cherished last memories with her own Lolo, Regino Gutierrez. Michele Gutierrez drew on her own experiences growing up in the largely working class Filipino enclave of Westside Long Beach in Southern California during the 80s.
The story began as a short memoir piece written for the online based "The Undeniables Writer’s Workshop" and was adapted into a screenplay.
This short film was then further developed through the sponsorship of Visual Communications (VC), the premiere Asian Pacific American media organization of Southern California, as part of their 2011 Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship Program. The film is set to be completed by April 2011 and will premiere at VC's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
When you begin any journey in creating, armed with nothing but your hands and imagination, you never expect that your small seed of an idea could blossom to involve so much time, energy, people and resources, financial and otherwise.
“11 24” is truly a labor of love, not just from me as director, but from the many friends and once-strangers I have found along the way in this journey of making this little baby of a project of mine a reality, all of whom are generously contributing their time, talents and resources to this endeavor.
In addition, the project has received technical and production support through the Visual Communications Armed With a Camera Fellowship, along with an AWC grant of $500.
But, we still have a long way to go to reach our budget and recoup the costs of making the film--costs which many times filmmakers have to rely on credit, favors and even pulling some money out of their financial aid to meet.
We still need to raise more than $1500.
Along with equipment, paying for gas, catering for shoot days, and other production/post-production costs it takes to make this film, a good portion of this money will go to providing an on set studio teacher for the actress playing Ligaya. And hopefully, if we exceed the minimum amount we are asking for, we can also pay back all the people that made this film possible in some way.
This project has been approved as a SAG Union film via the low budget route. Along with following strict SAG policies that ensures the best interest of all the actors, it is California state law to have a specially credentialed studio teacher on set at all times when using a child actor.
Every dollar and every supporter counts! Please help this labor of love flourish, not only by donating money, but by also spreading the word about the project!
"11 24" FAQs
* How can i find out more information about "11 24"?
Please visit the film's website at:
If you have further questions, please contact the filmmakers. You can find their contact information on the website, or by scrolling to the bottom of this project description.
* When and where can I see the film?
The film is set to premiere at VC's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 as part of the Armed With a Camera program, which includes all films made by the Armed With a Camera 2011 fellows. The filmmakers also hope it will be successful in the festival circuit and you can see it in person when it come to a festival near you soon.
After it finishes its run on the festival circuit, we plan to release the festival cut online to a limited number of early supporters who donated at least $25. After that, the festival cut of the film will be released on DVD. The DVD will include behind the scenes footage and special features.
In the Summer of 2011, there will also be a community screening. Location and Date/Time TBD. You can get 2 special VIP invites to the event by making at least a $50 donation.
* Can I make a donation as a gift?
ABSOLUTELY! That's a great idea, especially for someone who loves film. Just go through the normal donation process and pay under your name with Amazon Payments. After the film is funded, we will contact you via Kickstarter asking for your address and other pertinent information. Indicate in your reply who you want the gift to go to and we will make sure that person receives the reward. We will even include a special message if you wish.
* Is my donation tax deductible?
Unfortunately, no. We are not part of a charitable nor tax exempt organization. But with your contribution, you are helping the film in a meaningful way and you get some cool rewards for participating.
* Can I increase my donation once it's been made?
YES! You can change your donation at any time before the funding deadline.
* What happens if the money isn't raised in time?
Unfortunately, if we don't meet our fundraising goal no money changes hands, no credit cards are charged and no rewards are sent out. But we very much hope that's not the case and we will do everyting in our power to make sure that doesn't happen!
* Can we exceed the donation goal?
ABSOLUTELY! There is no limit on the amount of donations the project can receive– projects continue to accept pledges for their entire funding duration. If that happens, we will unlock a special perk for all backers of the film. It would be truly amazing to beat our goal. It would help us recoup more of our out of pocket costs and find a way to repay the cast and crew for their time and gas, all of whom donated their talents and, in certain cases, good chunks of their financial aid to the film without receiving a single cent in return.
It would also be incredible to use any extra funds raised to build ways to continue community-oriented and culturally meaningful storytelling in Long Beach, CA, especially among youth.
* When will I receive my rewards?
- We will post your name and contributions to our website as soon as they are made. If you would like us to include a link to your website, please contact the director, Michele Gutierrez. - Thank you cards and copies of the screenplay will be sent out as soon as the project is funded. - Links to preview the film online will be sent out after the film premieres at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 4, 2011 and DVDs will be sent out about a month after that. - Donors will receive more information about the special community screening to be held in Summer 2011 once the exact date and location is set. VIP invitations will be sent out well before the event happens so that you can make arrangements to attend.
* How can I contact the filmmakers?
You can email the director of the film, Michele Gutierrez, at email@example.com. You can contact the producer of the film, Justin Madriaga, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sure to get back to you asap!
All the contact information can also be found on the "11 24" website:
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