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STARRY EYES is a feature horror film written and directed by Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kölsch and produced by Travis Stevens.

Update! With Only 1 Day Left, STARRY EYES Picks Up Momentum!

With only 1 day left for our campaign, there's still time to donate and help spread the word! We've crept past our goal, but every little bit extra just helps make the film that much better. As you may have seen yesterday, we added the awesome Pat Healy to our cast. And this week, in general, has been great. Check out some of these major film sites that have picked up the story of our campaign:

http://www.fangoria.com/new/pat-healy-has-starry-eyes/

http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/kickstart-this-starry-eyes-is-a-twisted-look-at-the-price-of-fame/

http://www.slashfilm.com/this-week-in-trailers-aroused-the-alan-partridge-movie-fools-daythe-look-of-love-dont-stop-believin/

Update! Pat Healy joins the cast!

Today we're thrilled to announce that we've added another awesome actor to our growing cast list: Pat Healy! If you don't know Pat's name yet... you soon will. He's been acting for over 15 years for directors as widespread across the gamut as Michael Bay and Werner Herzog. In recent years, he's become a more recognizable face in such indie hits as The Innkeepers and Compliance. This year he starred in our own producer Travis Stevens' SXSW Midnight Audience Award winner, Cheap Thrills.

Pat's a talented guy and we're stoked to have him on board. And when you see how awesome the role he's playing is, you'll love him even more.

Stay tuned for more announcements and, if you don't already, follow Pat on Twitter at @Pat_Healy.

Update! New reward added for long distance speaking role in film!

REMOTE CONTROLLER Status - You control things from a great distance. Be a part of the production from miles away. Want to have a speaking part in the movie, but can't make the trip to Los Angeles? Then this is the reward for you. Dial your performance in from afar. There are two instances in the film where actor's audition tapes are watched from a television. At this reward level, you video yourself reading the lines we send you, then you send us the video and we put it in the movie. You're a star without even leaving the house!

This reward costs the same as the RESURRECTED Status, which also gets you a speaking role in the film. The difference is, with this status you don't have to travel. We only have 2 of these available!

Pledge for this on the bottom right!

Update: We had to cancel our big-ass pendant raffle.

Turns out raffles are a big no no on Kickstarter and we were informed we couldn't do one.  But no worries!  If you pledged $10 or more specifically to enter this raffle, just Message us here and we'll take care of you.  And for more details on this, check out our latest update: 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/parallacticpictures/starry-eyes-a-feature-film-of-paranoia-and-possess/posts/433496

In the meantime, we're trying to not come up with another way to offer this awesome item to one lucky soul.  Stay tuned!

Update! Jay Shaw's 'Starry Eyes' Poster Unveiled!

It's here. After a long, cruel tease, here is Jay Shaw's gorgeously haunting, exclusive Starry Eyes Kickstarter poster. Staring at this thing makes me feel a lot of emotions inside. You pick up new details with every glance. The print represents an innocent girl being enveloped and corrupted by darkness and becoming something all together evil.

Jay Shaw's exclusive Kickstarter poster for 'Starry Eyes'
Jay Shaw's exclusive Kickstarter poster for 'Starry Eyes'

We are printing a limited run of these. All will be numbered and signed by the artist. The poster is 18 x 24. They will be screen printed on black paper and mailed to you directly from the filmmakers.

To claim the poster, bid on the WORSHIPPER status. This status will also get you the Thank You on our site and a DVD or Blu-ray of the finished film. Or, if you just want the poster, bid on our new IDOL status ($65).  Thanks!

ABOUT THE FILM

Starry Eyes tells the story of Sarah Walker, a determined and desperate actor who would do anything to land her first big role. Unfortunately this leaves her prey to a satanic cult who has been operating as Hollywood’s gatekeepers since the Golden Age. They have the power to make her a star, but it comes at a terrible price.

What follows is an occult tale of paranoia and possession that explores themes of transformation, body horror and a woman going through a psychotic breakdown. Ira Levin meets David Cronenberg. 

We're interested in ambition in its most ugly and visceral form. Our vision of Hollywood is bleak. It's portrayed as a frightening landscape of failed hopes, crushed dreams and corrupted moral decisions. We want to take the age-old tale of the budding young actress searching for her big break and transform it into a nightmarish metaphor... with a memorable monster you won't soon forget.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

This will be the second narrative feature film from Parallactic Pictures. Since forming in 2003, we’ve written and directed over five short films, commercials, music videos, a documentary on bestselling Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, and a feature film that recently had a two year run on VOD. During that time, we also collaborated on multiple award winning screenplays.

Joining us on this venture is Travis Stevens, who will be producing this film under his banner Snowfort Pictures. Travis has quickly risen to become one of the most prolific genre movie producers around. His films include A Horrible Way To Die, The Aggression Scale, The Thompsons, Jodorowsky's Dune and the two recent SXSW Midnight entries, Cheap Thrills and Big Ass Spider.

We have prepped this film for several months already and are now in official pre-production. Shooting is slated to begin in Los Angeles, CA on April 29th and will run through mid-May.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Kevin and I have successfully raised money in the past, but for the most part we've remained DIY guys. This gives us total control over our films and a vision that is 100% ours. But one of the caveats of doing it this way has meant we've had to self-finance the bulk of our projects. But with Starry Eyes we're telling a very subversive story that casts a disturbing lens on the film industry, the idea of fame and the possible origins of some of our most famous starlets. It's all done in good fun, but it's the type of movie we'd have an extremely tough time raising money for the traditional way. And so we'd rather not compromise our vision.  

We have experience working on a micro-budget. Our first feature film (Absence) was made for half the budget of Starry Eyes and yet we shot the entire climax in Super 35mm, worked with a full crew and an ensemble cast, and successfully got the film onto VOD for over two years.

If you donate to this campaign, you will be insuring that the movie gets made. We have no back-up budget. The money you'd be donating isn't to build upon some hidden nest egg of funds. It will all appear on screen!

LET'S TALK ABOUT REWARDS

We're offering as many tangible items as we can for $175 and under: shirts, buttons, postcards, DVDs, Blu-rays, posters... In the higher reward brackets, you have the opportunity to be a Producer on the film. You decide if you want to be Associate or Executive, but Executive gets you in the opening credits, puts your name on the poster and DVD/Blu-ray and gets you invited to all of our festival appearances. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re offering set visits, speaking roles in the film and even a chance to die in the film's chaotic and bloody climax (think: Carrie).

Image from Nerdlocker.com
Image from Nerdlocker.com

You may have also noticed that we not only brought on Mondo artist Jay Shaw to design us a custom Kickstater poster (The yellow poster above is not this poster. It will be revealed here very soon!), but that Jay has also donated the entire set of his Blue Underground series. This is 17 out of print posters that are extremely rare. The set is called “Don’t Go Out Tonight” and was not only featured in an exclusive Mondo Gallery show in Austin, TX last June, but was also covered in the media for the exciting event it was.

Read more as well as see a gallery of all 17 posters in this set at Slash Film and OMG Posters.

We also have an extremely rare Fight Club poster designed by Kevin Tong, we only have 2 of them, so get ‘em while they last!

'Fight Club' poster by Kevin Tong
'Fight Club' poster by Kevin Tong

But wait! There's one more thing!

I've known Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) for over ten years. I created his website back in 1999 and have been webmaster ever since. In that time, Kevin and I co-directed a documentary on him and were later thanked in his novel Lullaby. And now Chuck is willing to do the same for you!

When Chuck heard I was planning this Kickstarter, he wanted to help. He's been a big spiritual supporter of my work in the past, so I was happy to hear this. But I could never have imagined how ridiculously awesome his idea would be.

Chuck Palahniuk wants to thank you in his upcoming novel 'Beautiful You.'
Chuck Palahniuk wants to thank you in his upcoming novel 'Beautiful You.'

Chuck wants to thank 100 donors in upcoming 2014 novel, Beautiful You. You'll be immortalized on the acknowledgements page of your favorite author! 

Beautiful You focuses on the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of feminine pleasure. Here's Chuck's description of the book:

"It's a comic/erotic thriller, a mash-up of 'mommy porn' and chick lit such as Sex and the City, and fantasy lit like Clan of the Cave Bear. Imagine if Ira Levin had a baby with Jean Auel."

There are 100 of these prizes available and they are spread out among two reward brackets: CULT and BRAINWASHED.  The latter includes all of the "Starry Eyes" rewards that come before, plus the Thank You in 'Beautiful You.'  AND, if you want to donate to the higher reward categories yet still want the Thank You, just send us a message and we'll tell you how to easily upgrade your pledge.  Good luck!

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We're going to make this the most transparent campaign we can. We have an official website launching soon that will include production diaries, behind the scenes photos, exciting announcements and of course, updates on the pre-production process. We want you to feel like you're on our crew. We want you to experience what it's like making an independent feature film from scratch.

Join us on this journey and you'll get more than a finished film and some prizes at the end of it all. You'll get a shared experience on something special.

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    STARRY EYED status - You may be fresh off the bus and new to this town, but you have potential! For this you get our eternal gratitude by way of a Thank You on our film’s official website. *Please list your name as you’d like to be credited.

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    PROSPECT status - You caught the eye of our organization! You’ll get the public display of HTML worship on our website plus a postcard version of our gorgeous Kickstarter poster designed by Mondo artist Jay Shaw, signed by the filmmakers!

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    FOLLOWER status - Guess you saw our ad and fancy an audition? Here you'll get the Thank You on our website, a postcard worthy of tacking to your bulletin board AND a DVD of the finished film signed by the filmmakers! *Postcard and website thanks estimated by June 2013.

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    IDOL Status - Get the Jay Shaw 'Starry Eyes' POSTER as its own reward. We are printing a limited run of these. All will be numbered and signed by the artist. The poster is 18 x 24. They will be screen printed on black paper and mailed to you directly from the filmmakers. *This reward just includes the poster.

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    RECRUIT status - We want to reward your efforts with a callback. But DVDS are so... 2006. At this package you get the website Thanks, the Jay Shaw postcard, but instead of a standard def viewing of the film, we'll send you a Blu-ray of the finished movie! Signed by us of course. *Postcard and website thanks estimated by June 2013

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    GUTS Status - Get the TOUR STORIES 2 CD set, SIGNED & INSCRIBED by Chuck Palahniuk. Contains 12 tracks / stories narrated by Chuck, including a reading of 'Guts.' He'll send you the CD set directly (unless you live outside the US, in which case it will come from me).

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    WORSHIPPER status - You're a full blown worshipper now! Time to decorate your walls with us. Here you’ll enjoy all of the above as well as a printed and signed version of the limited edition Kickstarter poster for the film, designed by Mondo artist Jay Shaw (in lieu of a postcard). *Please stipulate whether you want the DVD or Blu-ray. *Blu-ray/DVD estimate May 2014

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    PROJECT MAYHEM Status - Yep, it's time to reward all of you Chuck Palahniuk fans who have shown this project so much love. This reward bags you a hardcover of FIGHT CLUB, signed & inscribed to you by Chuck. You'll also get a 'Starry Eyes' postcard, designed by Mondo artist Jay Shaw, signed by the filmmakers, as well as a DVD or Blu-ray (you choose) of the finished film. ***If you'd also like the Jay Shaw POSTER (seen left)-- and why wouldn't you?-- that thing is an honest work of art-- just tack on an extra $65 and we'll hook you up. *Note: The book is not a first edition.

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    ACOLYTE status - Hell, you're an acolyte now. Why not dress like us? Here you the website Thanks, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, a signed DVD or Blu-ray PLUS an official T-shirt designed for the film with the logo of the Hollywood cult plastered on its front. We'll also toss in a cool button you can attach to the lapels of your denim jacket. AND!!! the gratitude goes up a level here. You’ll get THANKED in our end credits and a listing on our IMDB page. There’s no turning back now. *Please stipulate whether you want the DVD or Blu-ray *Please list your name as you’d like to be credited

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    CULT status - Ready to become an all powerful figure in our organization? Here you’ll get a Thank You on the acknowledgements page of best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk’s (“Fight Club”) upcoming 2014 novel BEAUTIFUL YOU. Immortality in print awaits you! (more information on the left) *Acknowledgement in “Beautiful You” may only apply to the U.S. release.

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    MEMBER status - This is the same reward as our Cult status (Thank You in Chuck Palahniuk’s 2014 novel "Beautiful You") but here, two lucky fans will ALSO get a rare, out of print “Fight Club” poster (seen left) by Mondo artist Kevin Tong, signed by Chuck! *Acknowledgement in “Beautiful You” may only apply to the U.S. release. *Poster will ship around June 2013.

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    BRAINWASHED Status - This is a NEW reward added for people who want the Thank You in Chuck Palahniuk's "Beautiful You" novel, but ALSO want all the rewards that come above this. Here you'll get: the Chuck Palahniuk Thanks, the Thanks on our website / end film credits / IMDB, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, a signed DVD or Blu-ray PLUS an official T-shirt (and button) designed for the film with the logo of the Hollywood cult plastered on its front. *Please stipulate whether you want the DVD or Blu-ray *Please list your name as you’d like to be credited. *If you already pledged for the CULT status, simply email us and we'll let you pay the extra $150 to be upgraded to this level. *Novel estimated to be released Oct 2014.

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    INFECTED Status - You’ve drank the Kool-aid, now it's time to meet your fellow cult members! Here you'll get an all day pass to the set to see us at work. We may make you man the craft services table, but the trail mix is delightful. But ah hell, we feel bad. So why don’t you also spend the night having drinks with us and doing the town? If you don't live in or near LA, we'll make it easier for ya: Instead of the set visit you'll get a 30 min Google Hangout with the filmmakers. This isn't an interview. This is a discussion. Anything you want to know about the film, the process of making the film, or how much cookie dough our producer, Travis, had this week. This reward also comes with the signed DVD or Blu-ray, the Jay Shaw poster, the Thanks You in our end credits / website / IMDB, and the cult T-shirt and button. *Travel & lodging not included. *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray.

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    DEVOTEE Status - You get the Mondo mega load! The entire set of Jay Shaw’s Blue Underground "Don’t Go Out in the Dark" collection! That’s 17 posters! These posters are long since gone but we’ve got them all for you, numbered and signed by the artist. (more info on this set, as well as a gallery link below) This package also includes the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” Kickstarter poster.

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    VESSEL Status - Your body now belongs to the cult. So why not donate it to be a corpse in our film’s climax? At this status you’ll get to die in our film’s chaotic climax! This essentially means getting fake blood in your hair, maybe losing a limb here or there and basically hanging around all day with us on set. This package also includes a DVD or Blu-ray of the film, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, a Thank You in our end credits / website / IMDB and a T-shirt inspired by the film’s cult (with a button). PLUS we’ll also throw in a script signed by the cast and crew and a one of a kind prop from the film. *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray. *Travel & lodging not included, so it helps if you live in or close to Los Angeles.

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    LUCIFER Status - This is it. One big-ass pendant, worn and owned by Chuck Palahniuk, for one lucky donor. This pendant is citrine. It's a huge faceted stone like the jewelry depicted in the story 'Phoenix.' The stone is set in a heavy silver filigree'd mounting, and there's a vertical inclusion through the center of the stone that makes it look like a gigantic cat's eye. It's set in an ornate silver setting and hangs from a 22-inch heavy silver chain. Chuck will send it with a letter of explanation directly you.

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    RESURRECTED Status - Why be killed when you can be resurrected? Here we’ll write an actual line for you to be spoken in the film. Just a warning though: we do about 75 takes of every scene! So make sure to drink lots of coffee. ;) This package also includes a DVD or Blu-ray of the film, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, a Thank You in our end credits / website / IMDB, the T-shirt w/ button, a printed script signed by cast and crew, a one of a kind prop from the film, a credited character role in the film’s end credits-- PLUS we’ll also throw in two tickets to the film’s official festival premiere! (+1 for a friend) *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray. *Travel & lodging not included. (film will shoot in Los Angeles)

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    REMOTE CONTROLLER Status - You control things from a great distance. Be a part of the production from miles away. Want to have a speaking part in the movie, but can't make the trip to Los Angeles? Then this is the reward for you. Dial your performance in from afar. There are two instances in the film where actor's audition tapes are watched from a television. At this reward level, you video yourself reading the lines we send you, then you send us the video and we put it in the movie. You're a star without even leaving the house! This package also includes a DVD or Blu-ray of the film, the Jay Shaw "Starry Eyes" poster, a Thank You in our end credits/website/IMDB, the T-shirt with button, a printed script signed by cast and crew, a one of a kind prop from the film, a credited character role in the film's end credits-- PLUS we'll also throw in two tickets to the film's official festival premiere! (+1 for a friends) *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray.

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    DEMON Status - You’re starting to change now. Becoming ravenous. Hungry. Insatiable. This can only mean your transformation is almost complete. So time to look the part! Here you’ll get an Associate Producer title in our film’s end credits and of course on the IMDB. You’ll get to be the dude who stands up, pointing at the screen ecstatically as your name rolls by. This package also includes a DVD or Blu-ray of the film, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, the T-shirt w/ button, and tickets for you and a friend to our film’s official festival premiere! *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray. *Travel & lodging not included.

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    Celebrity Status - But why be at the end of the credits when you can be in the opening? It’s time to don the suit and go VIP! We’re going to roll out the red carpet and let you join us as an official representative of the film. At this status you’ll get an Executive Producer credit. This means you’ll be included in press releases, present at all festival appearances (your choice!) and even on the film’s final poster and DVD/Blu-ray. And of course you also get a DVD or Blu-ray of the film, the Jay Shaw “Starry Eyes” poster, the T-shirt w/ button and tickets for you and a friend to our film’s official festival premiere! *Please stipulate if you prefer a DVD or Blu-ray. *Travel & lodging not included.

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    CULT LEADER Status - This status is for the one who operates in the shadows. Pulling the strings. We may think of you as an angel in disguise. But you may really be a demon hiding within. Manipulating the town. We bow to you. For you are our leader. At this status, our soul is yours. *Does not include any of the above rewards.

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