In Harveyville, Kansas, crops are burning up in a searing drought and the Depression is hitting everyone hard. The Persian Pickle Club, a quilting group of local ladies, derives its name from a bolt of paisley fabric. The fabric is pieced into each member's quilts, representing their unity.
When ambitious Rita Ritter moves to Harveyville from the big city and joins the Persian Pickle Club, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find a murderer. The Pickles' loyalties are tested when she uncovers a harrowing secret they've been guarding. Along the way, Rita learns profound truths about the women and her own capacity for friendship.
My journey began with a small gift. Several years ago my mother, an avid quilter, gave me a book called The Persian Pickle Club, written by New York Times best-selling author, Sandra Dallas.
I love this book. Sandra Dallas paints such a vivid picture of the characters- so much that I could see the story playing out in my head. Dallas' way of addressing the politeness of the Depression era through these earnest men and charming women convinced me that this would make an amazing film and that people like me were just waiting for it to happen.
Sometimes technology such as cell phones, email, and texting, get in the way of developing real human connections. The portrayal of the Persian Pickles being there emotionally as well as physically to support one another through death, childbirth, happy times, and sorrow encourages me to be more "there" for the people in my life. Hopefully when people see this film they will be inspired in the same way.
Because I have worked in the film industry and my husband is a cinematographer, I know what it takes to make a film. I am not a know it all, but I know where to get it! I recruited the help of my long-time friend Holly Lewis as my producing partner. She has produced several successful film projects and her knowledge is invaluable. We then recruited J.A.K. Andres, our friend and brilliant published author, to adapt Dallas' book into a wonderful screen play (with Sandra Dallas' blessing, of course). She truly captured the spirit of the time and the essence of the characters.
With encouragement from my husband and a new pack of Post-its, I embark on this journey. I invite you to take part in the experience with me by following the project on our Website, Facebook, and Twitter. Share your thoughts, help fund the film, and be a part of the quilted mosaic we create together.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter provides a new and creative way to fund film projects. Its model is a unique "all or nothing" approach to project funding. Our goal is to raise $20,000 or more! If our goal is not met, no money is exchanged. We are offering these wonderful incentives for a limited time - 30 days.
We have an array of wonderful incentives that we are excited to offer with your pledge. We will extend these incentives to you for the next 30 days, at which time our Kickstarter project will end and all funds will be collected upon meeting our goal.
How Do I Pledge?
To make a pledge to our project, simply click on the green "Back This Project" button located on The Persian Pickle Club page. You will then be asked to enter a pledge amount and to select an appropriate reward. After this task is completed, you will proceed through the Amazon checkout process. Once Amazon has processed your checkout, your official pledge will be recorded.
What Are The Funds Going Toward?
The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to cover production costs such as lighting and camera equipment, costumes, and food to feed our fearless crew.
Meet Our Pickles
Christine Fiore (Producer) began her career as a costume designer working in television and on festival films such as 17-Sips, Now Chinatown, Love From Ground Zero, and Tully. She now focuses on film production.
Holly Lewis (Producer) began her career as a film producer under the guidance of Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) and the Academy Award-Winning producer, Alexandra Rose (Norma Rae). She is cofounder of the Rebel Planet Film Festival in Hollywood, and has produced and starred in the award-winning short film Oscar and Bearly.
Mauro Fiore (Cinematographer) isthe 2010 Academy Award-Winning cinematographer for Avatar and has committed to shooting The Persian Pickle Club. His most recent features include Real Steel, The A-Team, Smokin' Aces, and Training Day.
J.A.K. Andres (Screenwriter) is a writer, educator, and counselor. She holds a B.A. in history from Yale and an M.S. in school counseling from Johns Hopkins. Her most recent short story, "The Diddler," is featured in Erica Jong's anthology, Sugar in My Bowl.
Sandra Dallas (Persian Pickle Club author) is a New York Times bestselling author and was dubbed "a quintessential American voice" by Jan Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra's novels, with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and optioned for films. Her eleventh novel, True Sisters was published April 2012.
Charles Wood (Production Designer) began his career in art restoration for various museums in England. His ability to combine his knowledge of history, art, and production design has led him to a career as production designer on such films as The Fugitive, Flyboys, The Italian Job, and Clash of the Titans 2.
Alexander Arntzen (Composer) is a passionate composer of multiple genres, styles, and mediums. He has composer soundtracks for short films such as Eugene, The Hawk, and Holiday.
Liz Dolan (Marketing) is a writer and editor with over 10 years experience in Marketing and Project Management. She enjoys helping clients communicate their message creatively through a variety of media channels.
This is not a project one can embark on alone. Just like a quilt is made from a variety of fabrics with different textures, colors, and patterns, this project is a group effort of individuals contributing their talent and funds. The Persian Pickle Club story resonates with the hardworking friends, family, and filmmakers who have already committed to putting in long hours because they believe in the wisdom of the story and are excited to be part of the journey to get it to the silver screen. Please consider contributing to the project today and embracing the spirit of the Persian Pickles.
I sincerely thank you and hope you enjoyed viewing the site. Please help spread the word about The Persian Pickle Club. Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PersianPMovie, Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/PersianPMovie, and our Website at thepersianpickleclub.com.
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