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An immigration story about a young girl and her brothers flying for the first time in their lives.
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Plane Pretend, set in McAllen, TX, December 1980, revolves around Pilar, who - along with her siblings - was separated from her parents after crossing the US/Mexico border. There is one final immigration checkpoint that the children would have to cross before their arrival in Corpus Christi, but border security is tighter than ever. Their "American" Aunt takes them in and hides them in a furniture warehouse while she "Americanizes" them.  The children are informed that they will be flying over checkpoint and cannot show any excitement as part of hiding who they really are. The film explores identity, confidence, assimilation, and the excitement of both new experiences and experiences that never lose their power.

I am making this film with my very talented friends, my very enthusiastic family, and other great people that I have encountered during my time here in Austin.  My producers include Marisol Medrano, a DREAMer whose last production turned Bastrop into a 1940s Nazi warzone, and Lauren Colangelo, who was distracted by Biology when she should have been making movies.

Plane Pretend is set in 1980; so not only are we looking for a very specific, nostalgic cinematography, but we are collecting furniture, wardrobe, and props from the late 1970s. We have already acquired a gratis plane, but we still need funds for minimum fuel costs to fly over the Corpus Christi coast and to secure both our generous lenders and ourselves with production and equipment insurance. We are flying some of our cast in from Los Angeles and are hoping to accommodate our locals as much as possible.

Here is a basic breakdown of the minimal budget needed to shoot the film:

Camera Department ($4000)

Art Department ($1000)

Sound ($1000)

Cast and Crew Accommodations ($1000)

insurance ($800)

fuel costs ($350)

Risks and challenges

Our biggest obstacle right now are the nearing holidays. If we do not start production by early November, we will be pushing our filming to January 2014. We are trying to meet a Februray film festival deadline because we would love to premiere our film there.

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    Happy Little Thoughts: We are quite inspired by Peter Pan at Plane Pretend and know that any happy little thought will put us in the air. We reciprocate your happy thought with a Happy Thank You Thought from us!

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    A picture of you on our facebook album of donors (facebook.com/planepretend), your name on our blog (planepretend.tumblr.com), and a happy thought from us.

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    Immediate password to a private link of my film "When I Grow Up" + password to a private link of the first scene to "Plane Pretend" when it's completed with a video message from the creators + all rewards above.

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    Happy Hangar:
    A private link to the completed film "Plane Pretend" after its festival premiere,
    access to behind the scenes footage, a unique jpeg from the film + all rewards above.

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    Runway Reward:
    Your name in the Special Thanks of the film,
    A DVD copy of the film with artwork and some bonus material, and invitations to watch rough cuts. + All rewards above.

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    Takeoff:
    A printed production still with a handwritten note on the back
    + A telephonic thank you from me and my mom (after all the story is based on her experience.)
    + Invitations to attend screenings. (Must provide own travel.)
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    Up in the Air: An Associate Producer credit in the film and on IMDB, an invitation to our wrap party OR premiere, a Skype Thank You/ Q&A session with director sharon arteaga. Plus rewards above.

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    Pilot Pride:
    You have paid for an eighth of our humble budget, so that makes you an Executive Producer! Find your name in the primary credits in the film, on the Movie Poster (which you will receive), and on IMDB. Plus, feel free to stop by and hang out on set one day. (Must provide your own travel) + Rewards above.

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    Maximum Altitude: The highest bidder from this category will receive a private flight in a small aircraft with director Sharon Arteaga and a friend. We will end the evening with dinner, music, and other Austin exploring. (Must be able to come to Austin, TX for the flight)

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