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A struggling writer has a chance encounter with a mysterious man whose life story may provide the inspiration he finally needs.

What is Panhandler?

Have you ever found yourself cornered by someone asking you for money? We all have. Chances are you shrugged them off or ignored their plea for help because you were either on your way somewhere or you frankly didn't want to deal with them. It's human nature to feel awkward in these situations which is why most of us avoid them at all costs.

Panhandler is a story about an experience I had with a man that I met on a trip to North Carolina in 2010. I was waiting for some friends on a park bench when the strange man approached me. I tried with all my power to avoid eye contact with him, hoping he'd just continue on his way. Sure enough, he sits down next to me and assures me he doesn't want any money. He knew what I was thinking. After brief introductions, the man went on to tell one of the most interesting stories that I ever heard. To this day, he is one of the biggest inspirations in my life. Take a moment to think about how many people you pass judgment on every day without even talking to them, and how many of them could be just the inspiration you need to get through the week.

Plot Synopsis

Ollie is not having a good night. His ex-girlfriend's band is having a show and Ollie subjects himself to song after song dealing with their breakup. He steps outside for some air and encounters Jim, a middle aged man Ollie assumes is a panhandler looking for money. After Jim assures Ollie he's only trying to find his misplaced car, the two strike up a conversation and discover they share similar interests as both are writers. Jim tells Ollie he's only pretending to be a homeless man in order to write about his experience, though Ollie remains skeptical. As the night progresses Ollie learns more about Jim and himself, possibly finding the inspiration for a great story to write and to get over his broken heart.

When and where will Panhandler be made?

Production of Panhandler will take place in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, while the location in the story remains ambiguous. The production is scheduled to run for 4 days in late October (Oct. 25-28), while the post production schedule is TBD. We wish to release the film in early 2013.

Why do we need $500?

Making films is not cheap, but with proper planning and resourcefulness, a little can go a long way. Our goal of $1,000 will help finish covering insurance, rentals, permits, craft services, and cast/crew fees. We plan to raise an additional budget for post production later in the year.

Panhandler's Cast:

Nathan Tymoshuk as Ollie

Kenneth Bingsley as Jim

Aaron Courteau as Officer Bauer

Gary David Keast as Officer Caine

Perry Chicos as Dan

Panhandler's Crew:

Writer/Director/Producer/Director of Photography: Kevin Horn

Writer/Director: John Karsko

Assistant Director: Mason Makram

Art Director: Brittany Gustafson

Sound: Seamless Sound

Editor: Kevin Horn

Gaffer: Matt Kane

Key Grip: Eli Sanchez

Script Supervisor: Kelly Johnson

Location Manager/Producer: Brandon Van Vliet

Wardrobe: Hannah Eustis

Production Assistants: Josh Mruz, Nial Nelson Hopkins

Soundtrack By: The Velveteens

Film Score By: Adam Conrad

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Some of the biggest challenges we face with this project lie in weather and time. We're shooting 15 pages in 4 days, and for some that can be quite a feat. Due to our limited budget, we can only afford to shoot this project for 4 days. If something goes wrong during one of the 4 days and we have to take too much extra time to make up for it, we might have to cut things out of the film. If, perhaps, it rains or snows during one of our outdoor scenes, we might have to delay production momentarily.

Luckily, we have thought about all of these things ahead of time and have developed a contingency plan. We have acquired the proper tools to cover a small portion of our set/equipment in case of rain. We have experience shooting in extreme weather conditions and are confident that we will be able to get through anything.

We have planned to shoot only the most important shots at the beginning of each day, so that if anything should go wrong, we can cut any bonus material later in the day. We have also budgeted for the bare necessities of an extra day of shooting in case we do need to add more time. Of course, we hope it doesn't come to that.

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