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A short film about phone sex, migraines, odd deaths, and cycles of dehumanization in the service industry. With gore.
150 backers pledged $15,373 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you for visiting the Kickstarter page for our little film! Small Talk is a short horror film that explores some of the scarier sides of the phone sex industry. I spent almost a decade working as a phone actress. I have some stuff to say about that. A few years ago I was working on autobiographical writing about my experience and one of the scenes that is now a part of the Small Talk script popped into my head. I found myself wishing I could just make a fictional movie instead, as certain emotional truths and psychological dynamics might be more accurately (and entertainingly!) expressed through film. Genre film. There are just some aspects of the industry that are really best addressed in a good horror movie. I have been plotting and dreaming ever since, and now I finally have a shot at actually bringing this strange monster to life.

From the Small Talk teaser trailer. We're gonna need help to shoot the rest!
From the Small Talk teaser trailer. We're gonna need help to shoot the rest!

The script is written, the (completely amazing and largely volunteer) crew is assembled, locations are being scouted, bureaucracy waded through, and now we just need YOU. You, whoever you are and whatever brought you to the kickstarter page of the phone sex horror movie, you are the one who can make this movie happen. Even post-digital-revolution, even after whittling down the budget to a shoestring (can one whittle string?) making a movie costs a whole lot of money. Money we totally do not have. I have everything I need to make my weird unique little movie EXCEPT that. And sadly, $15,000 ($15,000!) is the bare minimum we need to bring this film through production.

Funds raised through this campaign will be used to secure equipment and locations, pay for necessary permits and fees, make all the special effects of my fantasies truly special, and feed the fine folks working hard to make this movie happen. If enough people are intrigued by this project and kick in a few dollars, we've got it covered.

If 3000 people give $5 each (enough to buy lunch one day for one hungry cast or crew member) we can make our movie.

There are way more than 3000 of you out there who have called phone sex lines. There are more than 3000 of you out there who have called me. Consider this a gratuity, if you like.

I think there might be 3000 non-callers out there as well who would like to see this movie. (and SIDEBAR!: If any of you are current or former PSOs and feel like chatting, hit me up! I would love to hear your thoughts, regardless of whether or not you give me any money xoxo)

BACK TO MONEY: If some of you give a little more. you will get some pretty nice collectable rewards though. Check it out over there on the right. We'll wait for you.

Maybe you would like some cookies? Or a super-limited edition hand silk-screened Small Talk t-shirt? Or maybe you would just like to help movies get made that bring new voices and oft-unheard truths into the cultural discourse around sex work, sexuality, labor issues, workers' rights, emotional violence, and geysers of gore? Either way, thank you so much for your support of original, weird, and vital truly independent film making.

THANK YOU! SO MUCH! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE BEST FEMINIST PHONE SEX HORROR MOVIE EVER!!!11!!!ELEVENTY!!$%!

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    Consider this a mitzvah. THANK YOU!!! And your karma thanks you, too.

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    For $15 you will get YOUR CHOICE of a special limited edition Small Talk movie button or telephone charm and a thank you shout out of Facebook and Twitter, as well as the eternal gratitude.

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    Limited-edition Small Talk telephone charm AND button, internet shout outs/thank yous, A digital download of the awesome score AND a PDF of the script! [Note: ALL PLEDGES at this level or higher will now receive the score download and script PDF.]

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    Everything from the $40 level...but the DVD is signed by the director and whoever else from the cast/crew we can round up and fit on that small case.

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    You get the charm, the button, the thank you credit, the DVD AND YOUR CHOICE OF: an official Small Talk movie poster, a limited edition production still, OR a physical copy of the script! Please specify your choice.

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    For a mere $100 you get the charm, the button, the thank you credit, the DVD, production still, script, AND poster! And it'll be autographed by the director and assorted cast/crew! That's a lot of swag to sell on eBay after Small Talk becomes the most famous and successful phone sex horror movie ever!

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    The ULTIMATE Small Talk prize package! You get the button, charm, thank you credit, signed DVD, Signed production still, signed script, signed poster, AND a HAND SILKSCREENED Small Talk T-Shirt made by the director herself! Please tell us what size you would like!

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    The ULTIMATE Small Talk prize package! Button, charm, thank you credit, DVD, production still, script, poster, HAND SILKSCREENED Small Talk T-Shirt AND COOKIES. The director will bake you cookies and send them to you and they will be DELICIOUS. Cookie deliciousness references available upon request. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated (Vegan? Gluten free? Hate chocolate? NO PROBLEM.)

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    Ultimate Small Talk prize package PLUS the director will RECORD YOUR OUTGOING VOICEMAIL MESSAGE and give you a private tutorial in person or via phone/skype/gchat/whatevs on how to talk dirty and influence people. Yes, if you ever wanted a pro to tell you how it's done, now is your big chance. Or we can just talk abt recipes and the movie or whatever, if you prefer.

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    Ultimate Small Talk Prize Package PLUS you will be invited to an intimate dinner with the director and select cast and crew. Rumor has it the dinner will be prepared by the director herself. All dietary restrictions will be accommodated. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! (travel and lodging not necessarily included, but we will try to help. If you can't make it physically, you can join the party via Skype and we will send you recipes used and less-perishable homemade food and party items through the mail. Perhaps pickling will be involved. It will certainly be a care package to remember!)

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    The charm/button/dvd/still/script/poster/T-shirt prize package, a thank you credit on the actual film, outgoing voicemail message AND an invitation to both the dinner party and Small Talk's world premiere in New York City! (Travel and lodging not necessarily included, but we will try to help. If you can't make the party and premiere in person, we will give you the dinner party substitute described above as well as schedule a special intimate screening with cast and crew and you via Skype, and send you a special movie premiere care package filled with unique mementos and party favors.)

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    The charm/button/dvd/still/script/poster/T-shirt prize package and voicemail message dinner party and premiere invites (or substitutes) as described above plus....Whoa! You're now an associate producer of Small Talk! With an associate producer credit! On IMDB and everything! Aren't you fancy? Welcome to showbiz! We will throw in Skype-ing with the director and select crew to discuss the project and whatever else.

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    The charm/button/dvd/still/script/poster/T-shirt prize package, Associate Producer credit on the film, dinner/premiere invites or substitutions as described above plus you can visit the set! Pal around with the cast and crew! Have your picture taken by our on-set photographer covered in our very-own Small Talk fake blood! Sure to impress! (Travel and lodging not included but we'll try to help. We will skype you from the set and send you unique pieces of Small Talk's production if you can't make it. Feel free to ask for more info.)

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    The charm/button/dvd/still/script/poster/T-shirt prize package/dinner invite/ Associate Producer credit plus A ROLE IN THE ACTUAL FILM. Probably as a phone sex caller (be warned!) You will have an IMBD acting credit for the role, get to attend the premiere in NYC as a cast member(!) and have a unique memento of a once-in-a-lifetime experience to show off to or hide from your family and friends (Role will be tailored to your needs/abilities/etc. You will not have to say graphic sexual content with which you are not comfortable. Contact us with questions and for more details. Travel and lodging not included but we will try to help!.)

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    The charm/button/dvd/still/script/poster/T-shirt prize package plus...Look at you! You are now the Executive Producer! BAM! You get a big old "Executive Producer" credit on the film itself ("Executive Producer: YOU" in a big font on a single card with no other names), on IMDB, plus you get to come to the set whenever you want, attend the world premiere, and enjoy an intimate dinner with the director and members of the cast and crew. If you can't come to New York, we will Skype you a whole lot and send you all sorts of unique mementos. Please contact us for more details!

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