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UPDATE: NEW STRETCH GOAL - $27,500!
We've hit our original goal of $25,000, but indie films need all the love they can get. If we can raise a little more money, we can give you a better movie! So... we're now aiming at a "stretch goal" a mere 10% higher - $27,500.
And if we hit that before the deadline, every single backer will get access to one of my old super-8 movies (from the super-8 level) called THE SABOTEUR OF EMPIRIA. I was 12 when I made it -- it's horrible, embarrassing and I'm THE STAR. But I'm very serious about making CRUEL HEARTS - so serious I'm willing to hand over my dignity! So help us get to that stretch goal - trust me, the laugh you'll get to have at my expense will be worth it!
A young man, Guy, discovers the woman he’s been sleeping with is not only married, but married to Burt Walker, a notorious low-level crime boss. Worried that Walker will at some point discover the affair and kill him, Guy decides to be upfront, tell Walker about his transgression and beg for forgiveness. The ploy works, and the pair form a very unusual, and ultimately dangerous, friendship.
CRUEL HEARTS is the gripping new film noir from writer/director Paul Osborne, who brought you FAVOR, the acclaimed documentary OFFICIAL REJECTION and cult thriller TEN 'TIL NOON. It's set to star Patrick Day (who terrified you as Marvin in FAVOR), Alev Aydin (from indie masterpiece LONELY BOY), Bonnie Root (BONES, CSI, COLD CASE) and Eddie Jemison (OCEANS 11, 12 and 13). Production is set to commence this December in Los Angeles.
MAKING THE FLICK
Our last flick, FAVOR, was made possible with fan support right here on Kickstarter, and that gave us the freedom to both shoot and release it the way we wanted to. That movie proved to be quite the rare beast - a commercially successful independent film. It was a low-cost, high- concept microbudget thriller that had a terrific festival run before doing really well on VOD. And now, we're hoping to repeat that winning formula with CRUEL HEARTS.
The money raised here will be used to make the flick. Fortunately, the digital revolution has made it possible to shoot a quality movie on a very tight budget. But actors still need to get paid. The crew still needs to eat. Make-up, costumes, props, insurance, permits... it adds up fast. Your donations will go toward all of that and more. If you back us here, you can rightly swell with pride during our shoot knowing the boom operator got his egg salad sandwich that day because of you!
HOW DOES THIS KICKSTARTER THING WORK, ANYWAY?
For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, here's the scoop: you simply click on the green donation button and contribute any amount from a dollar on up to... well, there is no limit, really. You just input how much and select your reward (there are some pretty cool ones to choose from).
Kickstarter charges your credit card when the campaign ends... BUT ONLY if we reach or exceed the goal. If we don't, you're charged nothing. And we get nothing.
Every donation, no matter how small, allows us make a better movie, and EVERY backer will get frequent project updates thru Kickstarter, keeping you saavy with insider scoop on the film you're helping to create. You can also increase your donation after it's been pledged (provided the deadline has not yet been reached).
Risks and challenges
Making a feature film is always a risky endeavor, especially on a comparatively small budget. That said, my team and I have done it successfully before, and not just once. We know how to scale the production to best utilize our available resources, and how to stretch a dollar farther than it may sometimes seem possible. I wouldn't be here asking for your support if we didn't know we could not only do this, but do it well.
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