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Casey, 15 and homeless, learns the power of love and forgiveness from a reclusive war survivor, and they become "family".

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"We find, love and share the best independent culture in the world."
"We find, love and share the best independent culture in the world."

THE STORY

The screenplay, written by Gina Wendkos (The Princess Diaries), tells an intimate, emotional story with universal themes that resonate to the world at large.

It's a story of two people who have fallen between the gaps of our society, lost their family, and face numerous challenges.

Having lost his wife and twin daughters, Samuel adopts the fifteen year-old Casey, a homeless skinhead, after finding her sleeping in a graveyard. Going against his greatest fears, he tries to raise her as his own daughter, but this task proves to be all the more difficult due to both of their troubled histories.

Both face a challenge - if he can forgive, he can reconcile with his past; if she can forgive, she can move on to a brighter future.

Casey and Samuel concept art by Vally Mestroni. We sincerely hope to ignite positive and meaningful discussion in our audience through complex, conflicted characters inhabiting a provocative and moving storyline and a well crafted screenplay.
Casey and Samuel concept art by Vally Mestroni. We sincerely hope to ignite positive and meaningful discussion in our audience through complex, conflicted characters inhabiting a provocative and moving storyline and a well crafted screenplay.

We hope that you will be touched by the story and see its potential and powerful message of hope, forgiveness and learning to love one another.

We invite all our donors to be on the team - a wall of a million names - call us crazy - lets's break records, and help spread a positive and healing message of forgiveness and peace to the world!
We invite all our donors to be on the team - a wall of a million names - call us crazy - lets's break records, and help spread a positive and healing message of forgiveness and peace to the world!

CASEY

Abused, hurt, and neglected by her alcoholic mother and step-dad, Casey runs away to New York, where her troubles only get worse. Unfortunately, her dark, pessimistic mentality seems to fit in better in the big city than her hometown of Michigan.

"Casey, searching for love" - concept art.
"Casey, searching for love" - concept art.

On the outside, she tries her hardest to appear tough, fearless, and strong -- but on the inside, it seems none of these traits are true.

SAMUEL

Having lost his entire family in one of the worst tragedies in history, and over the years witnessed his share of wars, Samuel is a numb, bitter old man without much purpose to his mundane, daily routine. He carries out his days visiting his wife's grave, and avoiding everyone he comes across on the way.

In short, there's not much life has left to offer this old man.

"Samuel in the Park" Concept Art by Vally Mestroni (gift items)
"Samuel in the Park" Concept Art by Vally Mestroni (gift items)

WRITER - Gina Wendkos

"I don’t think I exploit women at all, I think I empower them." Gina Wendkos, screenwriter.
"I don’t think I exploit women at all, I think I empower them." Gina Wendkos, screenwriter.

"It has been a dream of mine to go around different high schools with this film to foster knowledge and provoke intelligent discussion".

Gina doesn't just want to tell a story, she wants to spread a message:

A message of compassion. A message of redemption. A message with themes that resonate to all troubled areas of the world -- past, present, and future. We want the film to touch hearts in a real, personal, and unique way.

CASTING

This project has come close to being funded several times, previously as a larger budget film. The subject matter is challenging, complex and not the obvious commercial fare that Hollywood readily finances. Several legendary actors were either attached or were circling the project at one time - as well as many rising young stars who fell in love with it when they were still playing teenage roles.

Rafal Zielinski, has made several films with strong young heroines in the central role that featured new upcoming talent.
Rafal Zielinski, has made several films with strong young heroines in the central role that featured new upcoming talent.

We hope to discover a new, budding actress for the role of Casey. 

In a number of my prior films, we were unable to afford the young Hollywood stars, so through a meticulous casting process, we discovered several actresses who were given their first leading roles: Leighton Meester (Hangman's Curse), Yasmine Bleeth (Hey Babe!), Alicia Witt (Fun), Whitney Able (Age of Kali).

TEST FILM

FILMMAKER

Rafal Zielinski has made a number of independent films that have been shown internationally on the festival circuit, including two Sundance Dramatic Competition films, "Fun" (Special Jury Award) and "Ginger Ale Afternoon" - as well as some low budget genre director-for-hire works (which helped finance his own indie films). 

Tiger Within has been a dream project several years in the planning.

Both films premiered in the Narrative Competition; (“Ginger Ale Afternoon” was written by Gina Wendkos, based on her play). "Fun" was awarded the Special Jury Award for Acting.
Both films premiered in the Narrative Competition; (“Ginger Ale Afternoon” was written by Gina Wendkos, based on her play). "Fun" was awarded the Special Jury Award for Acting.
Featured in dozens of international film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, AFI, Karlovy Vary.
Featured in dozens of international film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, AFI, Karlovy Vary.

"Being a M.I.T. grad, and having travelled the world extensively, I hope to give the film an objective, yet emotionally compelling angle, and in a small personal way, give back something to the world."

"Come on over and check out my Website: RafalZielinski.info. Guests Welcome!"

FUN (Special Jury Award for Acting - Sundance Narrative Competition):

GINGER ALE AFTERNOON based on play by Gina Wendkos, (Narrative Competition - Sundance):

SOUNDTRACK

Music for the project presentations has been provided courtesy of Claire Boucher (Grimes), with whom we have been talking about composing an original soundtrack for Tiger Within.

"I came across Grimes's haunting music two and a half years ago when she was an unknown garage band in Montreal. In generously allowing us to use her tracks in the trailer, we hope she might eventually agree to create the soundtrack to the film. Claire we thank you, so much!"

NOW MORE THAN EVER!

Our passion for this film and belief in its powerful message motivated us to crowdfund the project as a not-for-profit venture. Gina Wendkos is donating the script and Rafal is directing it without compensation, simply so we can see the film come to light with the current Kickstarter goal.

We feel the time to make it is now more than ever - as the world seems to be in an ever more precarious state.

With your support we can come together and make it happen NOW!

Project Website: TigerWithin.info

SPECIAL GIFTS FOR YOU:

In preparing our campaign donor rewards, we wanted to create gifts that would be meaningful, inspiring, and universal - gifts that could also have a life outside of this project. Our UK/Manchester-based designer, Nicola Rowlands, has created graphic designs, based on some of the thoughts Samuel shares with Casey, for our project's pins, t-shirts, and hats. 

Our official project button, by Nicola Rowlands.
Our official project button, by Nicola Rowlands.
Six concepts for the official project T-shirt, by Nicola Rowlands. The choice is yours. We will offer them on several colors and sizes.
Six concepts for the official project T-shirt, by Nicola Rowlands. The choice is yours. We will offer them on several colors and sizes.
Autographed special edition DVD of the Director's cut.
Autographed special edition DVD of the Director's cut.
Commemorative coper key chain embodying the theme of the film, carved as if by the hand of a teenager, like our character Casey.
Commemorative coper key chain embodying the theme of the film, carved as if by the hand of a teenager, like our character Casey.

Gift items designed by various members of our team.

After the campaign closes we will send you a questionnaire to get details (sizes, choices, colors, correct spelling of names. etc.)

Tokens of our gratitude for our supporters.

T shirts based on the lessons Samuel teaches Casey, in teenage calligraphy, as if Casey wrote it.

After our campaign is funded, we will send a form so you can choose your preference in color, style, and size for some of these gifts.

Three "Love and Forgiveness" T-shirts, as if Casey drew them, designed by Nicola Rowlands.
Three "Love and Forgiveness" T-shirts, as if Casey drew them, designed by Nicola Rowlands.

We have made an agreement with a high-quality custom printers who specializes in T-shirt design. They will manufacture the T-shirts with top-of-the-line, long-lasting printing methods on American Apparel shirts made in Los Angeles. The shirts will be available in either regular or V-neck in S, M, L and XL. In addition, the black shirt will be available in a long-sleeved or short-sleeved version. The T-shirts were designed by our Manchester, UK-based designer Nicola Rowlands. 

Nocola Rowlands, Manchester, UK - based graphic designer who created out T-shirt, logos and button designs, please check out her work
Nocola Rowlands, Manchester, UK - based graphic designer who created out T-shirt, logos and button designs, please check out her work

Original artwork and special edition prints:

"Samuel and Casey on the Riverfront" Limited Edition of 500 8" x 11" Art Prints numbered and signed by artist on hight quality archival paper.
"Samuel and Casey on the Riverfront" Limited Edition of 500 8" x 11" Art Prints numbered and signed by artist on hight quality archival paper.
Los Angeles, Vally Mestroni created the concept art used in the trailer as well as the DVD cover for the Director's Cut.
Los Angeles, Vally Mestroni created the concept art used in the trailer as well as the DVD cover for the Director's Cut.

Previous independent films by the filmmaker - a 5 HD download set. Please visit the filmmakers on-line store for more details about the movies: www.FilmArtMovies.com

COOL NEW PERKS! JUST ANNOUNCED!

HURRY! OFFER ENDS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!!
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5 independent film digital download pack from Film Art Movies (by Rafal Zielinski).
5 independent film digital download pack from Film Art Movies (by Rafal Zielinski).
                                            

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are a team, and our message is bigger than the sum of any of us, so the project will continue even if the team is in flux. The non-profit status makes provisions for the funds to be donated to other like-minded organizations and goals, in case of unforseen circumstances. The filmmaker's experience in making over 20 full length feature films would contribute to finding ways to finish the film, despite un-forseen circumstances.There are always risks in any endeavor, however the experience of the lead filmmaker, the theme of the project, and the non-profit status of the organization should cause there to be relatively few risks.

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    JOIN THE TEAM ============================= We want your name in our movie! Every gift of a dollar or more will receive an Associate Producer credit on Tiger Within at the end of the film. We want all our supporters to feel they are part of the production process, because you are, and we dream of a WALL OF A MILLION NAMES... we want to break records! You'll also receive daily updates on the progress of our campaign. We have more than a few surprises up our sleeve. Gift as you wish and help send a positive healing message throughout the world.

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    SAMUEL AND CASEY ============================= Receive a limited art-press edition 8x11 archival print of the concept art drawing for Tiger Within titled "Samuel and Casey on the Riverfront", signed by the artist Vally Mestroni, and the HD download of the film, and of course "Associate Producer credit.

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    DINNER WITH THE STARS ============================= Live in New York? Then, you and a friend can have dinner with the lead actor, lead actress, and director of Tiger Within. You'll also receive an HD digital download of the film, and the director's five previous films.

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    SPECIAL SCREENING ============================= Donate a very special screening of the Tiger Within to a school or other youth organization located in Los Angeles, CA or New York, NY. The movie viewing will include an intimate Q&A session with the students and those behind the film. You, or another individual of your choice, will be recognized as the SPONSOR of the event with special recognition in the film's credits, in addition to being an Associate Producer. We will ask the kids to create a framed "Thank You" poster, which you will receive after the screening. We sincerely hope this gift further proliferates the film's message to the youth audience which inspired its creation.

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