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A short film that chronicles the 12 days a young couple spends with a sick kitten diagnosed with FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
A short film that chronicles the 12 days a young couple spends with a sick kitten diagnosed with FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
174 backers pledged $16,697 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT AERIS

Aeris was a white Bengal cat. Eyes bluer than the sky, with a spirit stronger than steel and a heart as pure as her love of life. Only a baby, she hadn’t gotten her leopard spots yet, but they could be seen faintly, hiding beneath her skin, anxious to burst through once she had matured … or she hoped. 

Only three months old and Aeries born, she weighed a fragile and tiny 1.7 pounds. Her coat was unkempt and dirty... as if she'd been running through the streets with the alley cats of the neighborhood, digging inside the garbage and then on to the next adventure. 

A few fleas decided to inhabit her skin and she was generous enough to let them stay. Being underweight and the tiny baby she was, her bones stuck out as if the last defense to a world closing in on her and made it painful to be held. She couldn’t understand why she was so thin, when she always tried to eat as much as she could… but ultimately had to admit, there was something very wrong. 

Speaking of weight, or lack thereof; Even though her bones or muscles weren’t carrying any, her belly certainly was. It was so big it hung down, almost touching the floor when she walked, making it look like she'd waddle around the apartment like a duckie. But none of this could ever lessen her spirits.

It was fate that brought a young man to a pet store, filled with animals brought in from various backyard breeders and mills. And it wasn’t just because she was the only one left and at a cheap price... It was because two humans and this amazing feline had a mutual calling to each other. She was ready in her heart to live a long, fun and fearless life with these two people who chose to save her. The only problem was, they would soon find out she had this rare and incurable disease called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

She only lived for twelve days after they adopted her, but nothing can deny the fact that she experienced the joy and the happiness from having a family who loved her. 

She looks after them from above.  She visits them in their sleep and lays on their chests close to their hearts. And continues wait at Rainbow Bridge, until they meet again... ~ Aeris 

-- Aly Miller

Those two humans who took Aeris into their lives were Aly and Paul, the writers and producers of this short film, Aeris, which chronicles those twelve days the three of them spent together trying to defeat the horrible disease that is FIP. However, this film is not only about FIP. It is about an innocent, life deprived animal who taught two people one of their greatest lessons ever learned: how to love. Not only each other, but all living things. And about how those twelve days gave purpose to Aeris’ life.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP / DONATION OF ALL PROCEEDS TO:

Lynx Point Pictures is gracious to have been fiscally sponsored by Heaven On Earth Society For Animals Rescue Organization, an organization that strives to improve quality of life for homeless cats, particularly those who have few other options or who may be overlooked because of low potential for adoption.

Heaven On Earth opened the Perry MacFarlane Sanctuary For Cats to pay tribute to Perry MacFarlane; a tremendous activist and supporter of animals.

Thanks to the support of Heaven On Earth, all of your Kickstarter contributions are up to: 100% Tax-Deductible, as provided by applicable Federal, State and local tax regulations. Heaven On Earth Society For Animals Rescue Organization is a not for profit corporation in the California state. It is established as a public charity and depends upon contributions from the public at large, foundations, government grants and other beneficiaries.

Once we have completed this film, all proceeds gained through distribution or other donations will be donated to the Heaven On Earth Society For Animals Rescue Organization.

ABOUT US 

Paul Castro Jr. (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor) Paul was awarded the 'Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award' at the 2014 Garden State Film Festival. At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, he appeared in James Strouse's comedy People Places Things with Jemaine Clement on Netflix. His performance as "Eric" in The Skeleton Twins with Bill Hader and Ty Burrell was featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Paul also appeared as "Kane" in the Off-Broadway revival of Love and Human Remains at Playwrights Horizons. Other works include: CBS's Blue Bloods, Limitless, NBC's The Blacklist, The Garden Left Behind, Black Dog Red Dog, directed and produced by James Franco, as well as the lead in the Indie Features' Skook ("Best Narrative Feature" at the New Orleans Film Festival), and Buffalo Boys which won “Best Coming of Age Film” at the Manhattan Film Festival. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. An avid gamer, runner, and crazy cat man. @PaulCastroJr

Aly Miller (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor) Aly is an actress/writer and co-founder of Lynx Point Pictures. She has acted in films such as "I'm Sticking With You" which premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, "Harvard on Hudson" which premiered at the American Society of Cinematographers where it was recognized as a finalist for it's ASC Heritage Award and is currently filming as Shannon in "By the Dashboard Light". This story is incredibly important to her; Because of Aeris, she opened her eyes and heart to all the animals of the world, especially those less fortunate, and treated inhumanely by those who are here to protect them and be their companions. She is a proud vegan, animal activist, mermaid in disguise, aspiring astrologist and 100% cool and a little crazy cat lady.

CAST

 

Stars: Paul Castro Jr (Mike), Aly Miller (Brittany) and Kairi (Aeris)
Stars: Paul Castro Jr (Mike), Aly Miller (Brittany) and Kairi (Aeris)

 WHY KICKSTARTER?... WHY YOU?

This film is a labor of love for us... and while love alone might give us the passion and determination we need to make this film, it does not give us the FUNDS. With this movie we hope to be a voice for not just the cat community, with the horrors of the disease F.I.P., but to all animal owners struggling with their pets' health challenges and anyone who has had to say goodbye to a companion and a friend.

We need your help and support in order to:

  • Feed our cast and crew
  • Pay our cast and crew
  • Secure locations
  • Insurance 
  • Post Production (Editing, Sound, Color)
  • Equipment
  • Props (Animal Replica's)
  • Wardrobe
  • Transportation
  • Festival Submissions
  • Marketing Material
  • Kickstarter fees (5%)
  • Processing fees (5%) 
  • Fiscal Sponsor (7%)

THE KITTEN - ADOPTION  

Through the production of this film, we've planned to rescue a cat in need and give them the same love we gave to Aeris. This is a huge part of this film for us because there are so many animals that are bought from illegal or inhumane breeding and sold through pet stores. Many of the animals sold this way develop sickness and diseases due to over breeding and are often in worse medical condition than rescues. We hope to spread awareness with this film to further the idea of rescuing and adoption.

STRETCH GOAL: $18,000

  • Give back to the community! It is our goal to have our film screened everywhere possible. We hope by doing so we can help influence and inform people about the wonders of ANIMAL ADOPTION as well as the horrors of ANIMAL MILLS. With more money we can ensure the PR needed to help get this film viral.
  • Send us to the first festivals we get into! If we raise $18,000 or more we'll have the budget to make sure Director Paul Castro Jr. and Producer Aly Miller can attend the premiere should it be outside of the tri-state area, such as festivals like Cannes, Sundance, or SXSW. This is a very important aspect to the distribution of this film and is often a big incentive for programmers to select one film over another. Not to mention the fact that a big part of the opportunity film festivals provide depends on the attendance of the filmmaker! Help us take advantage of these opportunities! 

Please do feel free to get in contact if you have any questions, concerns, or if you can offer any other help regarding the project. Thanks for joining us in making something magical.

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Risks and challenges

As with any artistic endeavor there will always be risks and challenges we face as film makers trying to create a project. We have been diligent in making sure we have a great team of experienced professionals to ensure that everything goes as smoothly and precise as possible. We have taken all the precautions necessary for making this film including working with AMERICAN HUMANE which qualifies our production with the NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED certification.

We hope you choose to join us on this adventure!

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    **THIS REWARD LEVEL WILL ALSO RECIEVE THE REWARDS FROM "ALL "CAT"CESS" AND VICE VERSA**

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    AERIS BOWL

    Get your own LIMITED EDITION "AERIS CAT BOWL" You kitties get to be a part of the magic too. Let them eat in style with a beautiful custom made cat bowl in honor of all animals who have suffered from FIP. *** in addition to all of the rewards from the lower donation levels.

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    Have a meal with Director/Writer Paul Castro Jr. and Producer/Writer Aly Miller in NYC -- in addition to meeting their kitties Kairi (Aeris) Sasuke and Luna. (Travel and Hotel not included) *** in addition to all of the rewards from the lower donation levels.

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- (30 days)