Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 13, 2011.

Update #9

Final Specials + THE WIRE script signed by DAVID SIMON

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It's crunch time here rounding the final bend of our campaign . Thank you to everyone that's generously contributed already. We could not have gotten this far without your help. The shoot continues to be incredible, with more and more support being offered daily and truly amazing performances from all of our actors.

We've got a few treats for this final update. First, we'd like to share with you a short video of the first cast read-through of the script. Put together in a quick fashion, it hopefully provides some insight into the environment Darker will inhabit.

And we're thrilled to unveil Mike McNeive's t-shirt design for the film (still available at the $45 level) See below.

Yesterday we added two great new levels. For a pledge of $40, 10 donors will receive one Presenter-Level Friends of the Festival memberships to Maryland Film Festival. And a one-of-a-kind new level, for a pledge of $1400, one lucky donor will get an original script from HBO's groundbreaking, now-classic Baltimore-based drama THE WIRE, autographed by the show's creator David Simon.

We're excited to offer some excellent rewards as daily specials for everyone contributing here in the last few days.

THURSDAY (8/11):

The first New York City-based contributor to pledge over $250+ will receive a BAM Cinema Club membership at the Film Aficionado level. 40% off movie tickets for member and a guest all year to BAMcinematek and BAM Rose Cinemas. BAMcinematek's annual film festival, BAMcinemaFest was home to the New York premiere of PUTTY HILL.

FRIDAY (8/12):

The first 20 to pledge $125+ will get a tour of top locations featured in HBO's THE WIRE. Darker producer Eric Bannat (who also produced Putty Hill) was the locations scout on The Wire and will lead this 4-hour expedition Transportation not provided.

SATURDAY (8/13):

Our final day! The first 5 donors to contribute over 1k on Saturday will get their own personalized 8mm film reel shot of them, their loved one or child by Matt. Pick your Porterfield scene: walking through doorways, mowing the lawn, floating in an above ground pool, singing karaoke in trashy bar, ambling past a hidden Baltimore locale. Be the star of a Matt Porterfield short film!

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    10 Presenter-Level Friends of the Festival memberships to Maryland Film Festival. Admission to all MFF exclusive screenings, all year round. Admittance to the Filmmaker's Lounge. Screening vouchers for the 2011 Film Festival. Opening Night Gala and Closing Night tickets, and name regognition in the 2011 Film Festival program and website

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    Build your own 20 DVD collection from The Cinema Guild’s fantastic home video label. Titles include Jia Zhang-ke's 24 CITY, Agnes Varda's THE BEACHES OF AGNES, Andrew Bujalski's BEESWAX, Claire Denis' 35 SHOTS OF RUM, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's SWEETGRASS, Pedro Costa's NE CHANGE RIEN, and many more. Coming in November to the line-up will be a double-DVD of Matt's previous films PUTTY HILL and HAMILTON. For more information on the collection go to cinemaguild.com ($600 retail value).

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    The DARKER team will consult on your Kickstarter campaign.

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    The above (including DVDs) + signed, vinyl copies of records by three of the artists/musicians appearing in the film, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, and Dope Body.

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    The above (excluding DVDs + vinyl) + four chances to visit the set of DARKER around lunch to meet the team and see the shooting – if not in Baltimore area, will be skyped in.

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    Matt Porterfield will tattoo your initials on his arm. He chooses the font. And we'll throw in the DVDs.

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    One-of-a-kind copy of the book, TRASH HUMPERS, by Harmony Korine featuring original photographs from the film. Autographed and will include original artwork (painting or drawing) by Korine on the inside cover!

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    Levels $5-$750 (excluding DVDs + vinyl) + opportunity to sit in four times on the daily screenings of rushes during production in Baltimore + 2 VIP tickets to our Baltimore wrap party.

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    Winter Vacation Getaway. 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, villa sleeps 6 max. Family or group vacation home located on the prestigious North Shore of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Pool, hot tub, swim-up bar. Mid-December to Mid-April upon availability. ($3200 retail/Airfare not included.) And we'll throw in a guitar used in the film.

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