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A feature film about cats and love and dog grooming and starting your life.

SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS is a bizarre psychological comedy with undertones of horror. The story centers on Mike Pinkney. He is an “artist” with failed dreams and an uninspiring day job as a dog groomer. He is a lonely and broken man who is currently battling a nasty rat infestation of his home. He must solve this rat problem before his date with a really cool girl. In a moment of desperation, he steals a cat from work to kill all the rats. Seems like a good plan but there’s one big problem….She’s Allergic To Cats.

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THE SHORT VERSION OF THIS FILM, ENTITLED "CATS"
WILL BE PREMIERING AT THE SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 9th!!!

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THE CREW SO FAR....

  • Writer/Director-Michael Reich
  • Producer-Anthony Baldino
  • Co-Producers: Loren Semmens, Tim Dowlin
  • Associate Producer: Amy Nardella
  • Cinematographer: Zach Driscoll
  • Editor: Forrest Borie
  • Production Designers: Mike Pinkney/Matt Huish

THE CAST SO FAR....

Sonja Kinski, will star as the love interest in the film. Sonja hails from the acting dynasty of the Kinski’s, granddaughter of Klaus and daughter of Nastassja. Sonja has been in several independent films: DARK HEARTS, HOTEL ROMANCE and THE WICKED WITHIN. She has also appeared in campaigns for such lines as POM and Levi’s.

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A STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL

My name is Michael and I very much need to make this movie. I care about it so deeply and sincerely. And I know it will be a movie that people will love watching. I wrote She's Allergic to Cats when I was in a very similar situation as the lead character. I was very unsure of myself and my life as an "artist."  I had already established a successful career in music videos having directed videos for big bands such as the Shins, Bad Religion and My Chemical Romance. Music videos were fun but I wanted to make something with more meaning. So I started an ongoing underground music documentary website project called Videothing. It gained a huge cult following averaging over 40,000 hits per day. I toured the world making experimental documentaries for bands but I was left broke and still without direction. I took a job as a dog groomer.  It was not a particularly glamourous job, but it forced me to re-evaluate my life.  I eventually found the monotony of the job to be somewhat inspiring and I started writing this script.  The desire to make it a reality became a roadmap for my future. I took acting classes and started directing narrative shorts and commercials as a way to prepare myself. I soon realized that the process of desperately trying to make this film, was forcing me to grow.  It made me realize that as soon as you learn to accept change and even desire it...you can evolve. And this is essentially what this movie is about. At times it will be rather bizarre with moments of horror, but the entire time it will be infused with a darkly poetic sense of humor. Please help me make this film. It means so much to me and I cannot express to you how amazing and different it will be.  Seriously...this movie will blow your fucking mind!

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BUDGET

Although we have set a goal of $15,000, we are ultimately hoping to raise quite a bit more. $20,000 would be amazing (and prevent credit cards from being maxxed out and debt to be gathered), but the $15,000 is the bare minimum needed to get the job done. I have already invested $35,000 of my own money in to this project.  That is every last cent that I own.  I believe in this project that much!  With material this good, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, and we appreciate everyone who wishes to be a part of it! The project budget breaks down as follows:

  • $15,000- Professional Crew for 10-Day Shoot
  • $5,000-Camera Package
  • $5,000-Locations
  • $1,500-Meals/Craft Service
  • $2,000-Animals/Animal Wrangler
  • $10,000-Post Production (Editing, Sound Design, Score)
  • $2,000-Cast
  • $4,000-Lighting Rentals
  • $2,000-Makeup Special Effects
  • $4,000-Production Design

If we exceed our goal, the first thing we will do is increase the duration of the shooting schedule.  This will allevate some of the time pressure that always comes with production.  It will allow us to focus on getting exactly what we want to make the best film possible!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always risks in filmmaking, especially at the independent level. With as much planning that goes into any feature film, unforeseen circumstances can cause a number of challenges: the schedule may need to be revised, location issues can arise, and weather can be your friend or most despised enemy. Unlike a studio film where money can be thrown at any problem as a solution, as independent filmmakers we have learned to be resourceful and flexible, allowing us to overcome any obstacles. We have amazing talents at the helm of every department of the production, and they're ready to take on this challenge and be a part of something special.

We have an awesome script. We have the drive and the desire to make this an even awesome-er film. And most of all, we have a project that we know people will want to see and in turn tell others to see. We believe in this film. We want you to believe in this film and especially us. The challenge? Making it happen.

Embarking upon this journey with us will be a unique, exciting and rewarding experience on many levels. We promise to keep you posted on every aspect of the production and give you fun and funny updates. Thank you for reading.

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