Can You Still Love Me
Can You Still Love Me
Does the past define you? Two lovers find themselves in a bitter struggle as secrets of the past threaten to tear them apart
Does the past define you? Two lovers find themselves in a bitter struggle as secrets of the past threaten to tear them apart Read more
A short independent film: Genre: Drama/Romance. Synopsis – Nicole, a single working mom and Geoff, a doctor with a promising career, are deeply in love. To celebrate their 1st year of dating, Nicole has planned a romantic evening at her apartment. Everything is perfect until Nicole’s cell phone rings, but she refuses to answer. Disturbed by the relentless ringing but more by Nicole’s strange behavior Geoff answers the phone. Immediately the caller is irate and demands to talk to Nikki (Nicole). Geoff demands answers but the call abruptly ends. This ignites a firestorm of questions from Geoff until Nicole breaks and reveals the caller was a pimp. Geoff becomes mean and nasty; Nicole reacts in kind until Geoff is forced to leave. Hours later a sorrowful Geoff returns and tries to make-up with Nicole, but she wants no part of him. In desperation, Geoff reveals his guarded secret… long ago he had an ongoing affair with Anjolee a call girl who became pregnant. He denied the baby insisting she get an abortion. He never saw her again or ever knew what became of his baby. Despite his confession their relationship seems over until the question is asked Can You Still Love Me?
Radhaa Nilia: Rick and I are on the verge of becoming a very unconventional film making team. Blending together our unique backgrounds, styles and perspectives we bring special qualities to this provocative story. For me making this film is far more important than adding another film credit to my resume. I am a woman of purpose with a compassionate heart and a loving spirit. A director who only wants to work on projects that have meaning, that speak to situations we all can identify with. That in some way will help make a meaningful difference. When I first read the rough draft of Can You Still Love Me, it resonated with my heart and soul. The power of this universal message speaks to anyone who has ever felt the damning reaction of shame and guilt; who has ever lived under the shadow of social or moral stigmas. Yet this story also has a universal antidote… love. I knew I had to get involved and help bring this story to the big screen.
Rick Mizuno: As the story’s creator and screenwriter I strive to exhibit my gift for fusing together both the male and female perspectives where both are equally and fairly represented. Evidence of this can be found in my published books, 50/50 Split and From the Heart of a Man. I’ve been called a Modern Renaissance Man. I guess because of my varied artistic and creative endeavors which allow me to draw from a reservoir of colorful experiences and influences. But equally as important, especially regarding my role as Film Producer, I know how to run a project. Through my many years in business I am extremely familiar with; contracts, creating and working within a budget, planning, trouble shooting, organizing and supervising… in other words, I am very well suited for getting this film project completed.
WHY SUPPORT THIS FILM
Can You Still Love Me is a short film which has feature-length potential. Our team fully expects to use the short film to raise interest and financing for the feature-length film.
Moreover your generous support will enable us to further develop other dynamic scripts. According to a study conducted by the Female Filmmakers Initiative (supported by the Sundance Institute), female narrative directors are one of the most underrepresented groups working in film. By supporting this short film, you will be supporting Radhaa’s career as a working minority female director, as well as financially backing a film featuring complex issues that arise from guilt and shame, arrogance and pride, but most of all… love.
Our pledge to ourselves and to our donors, is to create projects like Can You Still Love Me that offer both entertainment and substance. We believe viewers want and deserve movies that do just that. This will happen by your donation of any amount.
We are so jazzed to have some of the best talent in Los Angeles working on this film:
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Zach Salsman
Growing up in a small town outside of Boston, Zach Salsman developed a passion for film at a young age. After attending film school, Zach worked as a freelance D.P in the Boston area while working part time at a camera house. Soon after shooting his first feature, “The Mercury Cycle,” he packed up his camera gear and shipped out to L.A to further his career in the film biz. Since arriving in L.A, Zach has shot numerous narrative, commercial and documentary pieces including the indie feature “15 North” which won Best Feature and Audience Award at the 2013 Scene Film Festival. Another feature he shot entitled, “Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story,” won the Rising Star Award at the 2012 Canadian International Film Festival. His most recent feature, ”Redefining Strength,” aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Outside The Lines. Zach has been continually praised for his versatility and professionalism on set.
Learn more about Zach’s work at IMDB and his website: www.zachsalsman.com
EDITOR/PROJECT CONSULTANT - Rickey Mizuno II
Rickey Mizuno has a proven track record in television and film. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Film and New Media, Rickey’s professional life has been spent either behind a camera or in an editing bay. Currently, Rickey is the head of Post Production at Discovery Communication’s digital wing in Los Angeles. Aside from his professional life, Rickey is also an accomplished filmmaker. Having completed numerous short films, Rickey’s work has all received critical acclaim. It is through the varied art form of film that Rickey finds his true passion and talent.
C0-SCREENWRITER - Benjamin Ross Lyerly
Film Director at Just Results Films and Owner at Dead Not Dancing Productions and accomplished screenwriter. Studied Film at Portland State University.
HOW IT WORKS
Kickstarter is an all or nothing fund raising platform, which means, we have to raise the full campaign amount within a set number of days or we get nothing at all. So you see, your contribution is vital to the film being made. We plan to raise $15,000 through our campaign and anticipate raising additional funds privately. About $1,500 of our own has already been spent on pre production expenses.
• Right off the top, Kickstarter charges 5% of the campaign amount then another 3 to 5% is for bank and credit card transaction fees… possibly $1,500.
• 75% for Production: the actual filming with personnel, equipment and etc.
• 6% for Crowdfunding Campaign Outsource: promo material, social media expert, ads and etc.
• 6% for the Campaign Perks & Rewards: merchandise, postage and etc.
• 3% for miscellaneous items: the unexpected.
Once our funding goal has been reached, any additional contributions will increase the production value of the film, offset post-production costs and cover festival submission fees. Oh and one more thing. You can donate as often as you like. Also, you can donate above the listed pledge amount.
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Every little bit counts! Your contribution is appreciated and our team is so thankful for your support in making this film.
Risks and challenges
There are unique challenges that will always pop up in production of a film. From changes in cast & crew to locations, production delays are inevitable part of the independent filmmaking process.
If any setbacks do arise, we plan to keep you informed and give you reasonable dates of completion for the film. We so appreciate your trust in us as filmmakers; your dollars count!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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