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A psychological thriller about a son who accuses his father, a renowned psychiatrist, of having experimented on his children.
A psychological thriller about a son who accuses his father, a renowned psychiatrist, of having experimented on his children.
125 backers pledged $20,007 to help bring this project to life.

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Revealed on Kickstarter today for the first time, this one-of-a-kind stunning poster will be offered as a new backer reward!

'Altered Minds' VOD poster
'Altered Minds' VOD poster

                    'Altered Minds' Trailer!

'Dexter's' C.S. Lee wants you to be 'Altered'

Altered Minds’ is a psychological thriller about a tormented son who makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by proving his father experimented on his siblings as part of covert mind-control program run by the US government.

“‘Altered Minds’ delivers a quality mystery; a psychological thriller hidden within the trappings of a familial drama. It’s a walk down a long closet full of unexpected skeletons. This is a solid psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, with more than a few tricks up its sleeves to make for some arresting emotional and physical responses. While the film eventually explains itself beyond most ambiguities, the resolutions offered up don’t disappoint.” -Mark Bell, Film Threat

'Wicked City's' JAIME RAY NEWMAN wants you join the team!

'Ray Donavan's' RYAN O'NAN would love your support!

Director Michael Wechsler wants you to be in the 'Altered Minds' family! 

Festival Favorite!
Festival Favorite!

For the last year, we've played at over fifteen major film festivals, won numerous awards, and gotten rave reviews including Screen International, Film Festival Today, and Influx Magazine.

July 2015, the movie was picked up by the international distributor Gravitas Ventures and will be opening theatrically November 20th in ten cities nationwide, including Los Angeles and NYC, and across all Video-on-Demand platforms including Itunes, Time Warner, Comcast.

What better time to show a dysfunctional family thriller than the holidays?! I kid! This is a huge honor as Gravitas distributes such incredible films as the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award Prize Winner Peace Officer as well as movies with Spike Lee, Olivia Wilde, Susan Sarandon and Natasha Lyonee.

'Gossip Girl's' CAROLINE LAGERFELT wants you to support 'Altered Minds!'

Opening in ten cities and on VOD on Nov 20th!
Opening in ten cities and on VOD on Nov 20th!
'Altered Minds' Distributor Gravitas Ventures
'Altered Minds' Distributor Gravitas Ventures
 

Though it's an amazing opportunity, we still have some major expenses related to the delivery and release of our film the film. 

We opted out of allowing new investors into the project for this last round of fundraising because it would have depreciated the equity in the film for talent and crew members that donated their time in leiu of a scale pay.

That's where you, our Kickstarter community, comes in. 

Dexter's C.S. Lee plays a very different role in 'Altered Minds'
Dexter's C.S. Lee plays a very different role in 'Altered Minds'
 

But more on that in a moment.   Let's go back to the beginning...

THE INSPIRATION

 
 

'Altered Minds' was inspired by my lifelong interest in stories about PTSD (post-traumatic-stress disorder) and dysfunctional families. Having experienced PTSD myself, trauma and lots of therapy in my earlier years, I've always related to characters with a lot of psychological baggage. So it probably comes as no surprise that two of my favorite films are 'Ordinary People' and 'The Celebration.'

'The first few months of writing the script I had a bare-bones premise: one family, one night, one disturbed son who makes trouble for everyone. There was tons of  conflict but I didn't have a clue what the story was about. 

Alas, I found my scripts "hook" on Youtube.  There, I discovered filmed testimonies from victims of mind-contol projects (MKULTRA) that President Bill Clinton allowed to be shared in Congress for the first time. These traumatized people told horrific stories about being used as medical experiments in the 60's and 70's by "shadow doctors," who claimed were working for the United Stages government.  

I was floored that such fictional sounding atrocities, could not only be real, but that thousands of people in our country could be still suffering from this. It was in this moment that I also realized this was the key to what was casting its shadow on my own characters in their night of hell. And ironically what has had its hold on me for so long. Truth and fiction are close friends indeed. And as happens too often these days, compelling psychological thrillers, in the vein of Hitchcock and Polanski "WhoDunnit" that would keep the audience guessing at the edge of their seats, are torn from real headlines.

“A dark and moody psychological thriller, there is a chilly and desolate tension to ‘Altered Minds’, a film driven by a jagged sense of atmosphere and a series of grim but impressive central performances” -Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic, Screen International

'Wicked City's' Jaime Ray Newman in 'Altered Minds'
'Wicked City's' Jaime Ray Newman in 'Altered Minds'

FILMMAKING IS A HEART OF DARKNESS

That said, I won't sugar coat the process itself of getting this labor of love off the ground. Making this film, I often felt like a Werner Herzog hero doing something that the universe was begging me not to. I was the mad man trying to push a bloated ship up and over a mountain a la 'Fitzcaraldo'  So many times the cinematic ceiling caved in.  I lost count how often money appeared then disappeared, name cast attached then detached, momentum came in short sporadic bursts then would be replaced by a deafening quiet.

Writer/Director Michael Wechsler
Writer/Director Michael Wechsler

 Filmmakers all go through similar odysseys and fight cyclops and mythical monsters to get their works done. And in the end, most love it enough, to come back and do it again and again. Because magic does happen. For me, my magic, was in the form of a man. Then came a long a man named Hirsch...Judd Hirsch.

Judd Hirsch was the first to be cast
Judd Hirsch was the first to be cast

The "film gods" gave me the greatest hope the day Judd Hirsch said yes to playing the role of Dr. Nathaniel Shellner, a part I wrote specifically with him in mind.  His casting acted as a catalyst to draw what became a dream cast.

The Shellner family
The Shellner family

 The film was finished in 2014 and had its world premiere to sold out crowds at The International Montreal Film Festival. Since then we’ve been all over the globe from Portugal, Glasgow and Oaxaca, to Newport, Woodstock and Palm Beach to name a few.  And the most incredible thing has been the response. Over and over, the film has shocked and wowed audiences of all ages. 

I have had psychiatrists at one screening tell me how powerful the portrait of trauma and familial dysfunction was depicted in the film. Even one person who has endured PTSD said that the film captured the essence of what it’s like to suffer from the silent disease. Strange to say, but that was about the highest compliment I could be paid, having been a sufferer for many years. 

Writer/Director Michael Z Wechsler on the set
Writer/Director Michael Z Wechsler on the set

“A near flawless script full of love, passion and the dark side of family life, director Michael Wechsler delivers his vision with a simple slap in the face. Wonderful actors and brilliant editing carry the audience down the path of demons we all have, or know someone who does. One can only hope this brings Judd Hirsch back into the cinema world.” -Paul Booth, Influx Magazine

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT?

One of the biggest epiphanies I had making this film was the realization that the filmmaker NEVER STOPS SPENDING MONEY after the movie is finished.  There's all sorts of completion and distribution costs that sneak up on you.  

The money raised from our Kickstarter backers will fund:

  • Major Theaters rentals for week long engagements in NYC and LA
  • A publicist-To spread the 'Altered Minds' name far and wide
  • A social media expert--To promote us across all the major platforms 
  • Poster and postcard printing--for theaters and storefronts in the cities we're screening
  • Online and print advertising--To promote the release in major newspapers and on film and entertainment websites
  • Quality control of HDCAM MASTER--So it can be streamed online and on cable.

“Enthralling psychological thriller with a strong point of view by writer/director Michael Wechsler exploring a sensational subject – mind control.” - Victoria Alexander, Rotten Tomatoes Critic, FilmsinReview.com

What are some of the BACKER REWARDS?

I have spent the better part of the last 6 months putting together these amazing backer rewards.  For a description and entire list, look to the right side of this page. Also, there will be new and exciting  backer rewards being added throughout the campaign so if you like what you see, there's more film and non-film shwaggery coming your way.

Have a meal with one of our cast members!

"Dexter's" C.S. Lee, "Drop Dead Diva" and "Grimm's"  Jaime Ray Newman, "Ray Donovan's" Ryan O'Nan, "Gossip Girl's" Caroline Lagerfelt and "Justified's" Joseph Lyle Taylor--have all donated a sit-down meal with a lucky backer!

You can have a meal with one of the cast members of 'Altered Minds'
You can have a meal with one of the cast members of 'Altered Minds'

 Original set artwork intricately involved in the storyline. 

Stefan Bauman poses with his prolific art creations
Stefan Bauman poses with his prolific art creations

2 Nights/3 day at a cabin at a vintage resort in Greenport, Long Island

Stay 3 days at a cabin at this motel on the Long Island Sound
Stay 3 days at a cabin at this motel on the Long Island Sound

Original 'Ordinary People' still autographed by Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch 'Ordinary People' autograph
Judd Hirsch 'Ordinary People' autograph
Cool phrenology head sat on Judd Hirsch's desk in the film
Cool phrenology head sat on Judd Hirsch's desk in the film

'Altered Minds' Tshirt or Hoodie

'Altered Minds' Tshirts and Hoodies
'Altered Minds' Tshirts and Hoodies

Original 'The Red Robin' Poster signed by writer/director

Original 'The Red Robin' Poster signed by Michael Z Wechsler
Original 'The Red Robin' Poster signed by Michael Z Wechsler

 Autographed 8x11 of entire cast

8x11 photo signed by cast
8x11 photo signed by cast

Sinister Bird Tapestry from the film 

Sinister Bird Tapestry on Michael Wechsler's office ceiling
Sinister Bird Tapestry on Michael Wechsler's office ceiling

              NEW BACKER REWARDS-SPORTS COLLECTIBLES

One of our producers has generously donated the following incredible sports memorabilia:

2014 Patriots Pennant signed by Brady and Grownoski and Stephen

Signed Manny Pacquiao glove

San Francisco 49ers Football helmet signed by Jerry Rice

Shaquille O'Neil Jersey signed

Magic Johnson Lakers Jersey signed

Sugar Ray Leonard boxing glove.

These one-of-a-kind are all certified and authenticated! Check out the rewards panel for more information!

AGAIN, this is just a FRACTION of the cool shwaggerific backer rewards I've compiled. There's also opportunities to view the film on a private viewing link before everyone else in the world, Skype with writer/director/producer Michael Z Wechsler,  attend opening night red carpet in NYC or LA with cast and crew, a screening in your home town attended by the director, and even a chance to become an associate producer before the film opens on Nov 20th!

How else can I help?

Kickstarter projects succeed when people know about them. You can really help by just sharing this page on the social media venues of your choice. You can also follow 'Altered Minds' on Twitter and like it on Facebook.

Even better, you can go to our 'ALTERED MINDS' WEBSITE and sign up to get the latest updates

'Altered Minds' releases in theaters and on VOD Nov. 20th
'Altered Minds' releases in theaters and on VOD Nov. 20th

Risks and challenges

As always film is a risky business. One challenge that we may face is that it will require more time and additional expenditure during the QC process. WE believe we can mitigate this.

A risk is that creative differences can arise among the key creative team. In our case, the key creative collaborators have known each other for a long time and worked together in various capacities, a significant mitigating factor. The project has a clear protocol and agreement about decision-making if such differences arise.

A standard risk is “force majeure” as unforeseeable technical mishaps, act of god or health issues. We have a contingency in place (it does involve a bit of praying).

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    WATCH THE FIRST 5 MINUTES! Thank you for checking us out. Now to reciprocate, we're going to send you the first 5 minutes of the film on a private viewing link. We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster.

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    You get a digital download of "Happy" the hypnotic 'Altered Minds' song from singer-songwriter, Erin Sax. You get to see the first 5 minutes of the film on a private link! We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird exquisitely drawn by artist Esther Sebastian, and the updates.

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    You will get digital downloads of all the different posters that were designed for 'Altered Minds' We will also throw in a few behind-the-scenes stills that nobody else has. You get a digital download of "Happy" the hypnotic 'Altered Minds' song from singer-songwriter, Erin Sax. You get to see the first 5 minutes of the film on a private link! We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird exquisitely drawn by artist Esther Sebastian, and the updates.

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    Digital download-Directors VLOGS--Writer/Director Michael Wechsler chronicled the entire making of the film on his Iphone--from preeproduction through festivals, you will get a personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to put together a massive indie film on a tight budget. You will get digital downloads of all the different posters that were designed for 'Altered Minds' We will also throw in a few behind-the-scenes stills that nobody else has. You get a digital download of "Happy" the hypnotic 'Altered Minds' song from singer-songwriter, Erin Sax. You get to see the first 5 minutes of the film on a private link! An original post-card from the 'Altered Minds' world premiere at Montreal Film Festival, signed by Michael Wechsler. We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird, and the updates.

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    Our amazing composer, Edmund Choi, has autographed 3 CDS featuring tracks from the films 'Wide Awake'(M. Night Shamaylan), the Australian runaway hit 'The Castle' and course, our very own 'Altered Minds!'

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    'Altered Minds' singer songwriter Erin Sax will autograph and send you her original CD MERCY. You will get digital downloads of all the different posters that were designed for 'Altered Minds' We will also throw in a few behind-the-scenes stills that nobody else has. You get a digital download of "Happy" the hypnotic 'Altered Minds' song from singer-songwriter, Erin Sax. You get to see the first 5 minutes of the film on a private link! An original post-card from the 'Altered Minds' world premiere at Montreal Film Festival, signed by Michael Wechsler. We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird, and the updates.

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    GET A BLURAY of the film plus EXTRAS signed by Michael Wechsler! This will have the movie plus all the goodies that cinephiles love like Behind-the-scenes vlogs, deleted scenes, alternate trailers, alternate poster comps. This is chock full of stuff that will show you just how deep the rabbit hole of 'Altered Minds' gets.

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    Michael Wechsler will send you an autographed DVD of his first feature, 'Slaves of Hollywood' starring Hill Harper. The film went to over 35 film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. Michael Wechsler will also send you an autographed DVD of "The Best of the Web" which includes 4 hilarious shorts he wrote and directed that went viral! We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird exquisitely drawn by artist Esther Sebastian, and the updates and digital poster

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    Original 'The Red Robin' Poster! The one-of-a-kind poster of the film with original title 'The Red Robin' and artwork signed by the director and used during our film festival campaign all the way up to this past August when we changed the name to 'Altered Minds.' We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird and the updates.

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    SEE THE FILM BEFORE IT OPENS! The 100 donors who choose this reward will be the first out there to see 'Altered Minds,' before we release on Nov 20th. We will put up a private online screening room on Friday, November 13, exactly one week from the opening. After the screening, Director Michael Wechsler will participate in a periscope Q&A with you! We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird.

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    Hey, you want people to think you’re making a fashion statement while celebrating indie film? You can do so with your very own 'Altered Minds' T-SHIRT featuring the incredible poster made by artist Nicole Vettraino! We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster.

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    'Altered Minds' Exec Producer and Coproducer of 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy, Rick Porras,has autographed a few DVDS from the Peter Jackson epic.

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    If you love 'The Elephant Man' directed by David Lynch, this reward is for you! The film is one of director Michael Wechsler's favorite movies and its what drew him to invite its producer, Jonathan Sanger, on to the 'Altered Minds' team. Jonathan, a major Hollywood Producer in his own right, has autographed a number of the re-released DVDS of this masterpiece.Our Exec Producer is credited with discovering David Lynch.

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    Autographed 'ALTERED MINDS' Poster (featured above) Everyone who has seen this poster has been entranced by its mystery, it's beauty, it's color palette. It really is a piece of art and it can be yours with filmmaker Michael Wechsler's autograph. We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster. You will receive a digital scan of the original Red Robin Rorschach Bird, and the updates.

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    Judd Hirsch's prop notebook and photo album. Well it's not his notebook but his character, Dr. Shellner. A cool piece of memorabilia that shed some light on the possibly nefarious activities of this renowned psychiatrist.

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    You’re opening doors for us so let us open one for you with an official prop from the film, the Altered Minds keychain. This cool piece plays a vital role in the psychological thriller and we have 20 that were made for shooting. We will give you an official Team Altered Minds shout out on our Social Media platforms, as well as regular updates on the film and a high-quality digital poster.

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    Private Skype with the producer, writer and director, Michael Z Wechsler. I love talking about the filmmaking process and I'm happy to answer every question you have. I'm a fairly accessible fellow and love to help people figure out their way into the maze of our entertainment industry. You can pick my mind about the movie or the TV industry, having produced, edited, and directed professionally for last 25 years.

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    Original 'Altered Minds' inkblots by artist, Esther Sebastian. After finishing the script, I brought on the talented Esther Sebastian to do a series of Rorschacts that would serve to become the logo of the film as well as art work incorporated in the movie. One of her many amazing creations is in the actual original 'The Red Robin' poster. I have fifteen originals that I am willing to part with an can be on your wall, causing friends and family to try and identify all the things hidden in the rorschacts. I have a bunch hung up around my house and they look mysterious and beautiful. Not good for a doctors office though.You will also receive the private viewing link to watch the film before anyone else does in the world(except our other backers)

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    Want to launch your artistic endeavor with panache? We dare you to pick the mighty brain of marketing maven JSCrail of Anima Wave about your branding, online presence and social strategy to get your creative project to market without sacrificing it's soul. Find out what we wish we'd known from the start about marketing, like it's never too soon to think about, even during development, especially then. (Jan - March 2016)

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    MEET 'Altered Minds' editor! Want to break into the editing field, love editing, or just want to pick a professional's brain? Then here’s your chance to meet with our editor who also happened to be Sydney Lumet’s editor…Tom Swartout is a kind hearted soul who will be happy to lend you his wisdom and stories. If you can't meet him at his location, he will skype.

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    Get a Production Assistant credit. Hey, do you want bragging rights that you have a credit on a major independent feature film coming out on Nov 20th in theaters and on VOD? Here you go! We will make sure to list you on our crew on the IMDB database.

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    Judd Hirsch has bestowed upon the campaign a wonderful autographed still from 'Ordinary People,' the movie for which he was nominated for an Oscar. I'm hoping the next film he gets nominated for will be 'Altered Minds' Lightning must strike again for our incredibly talented actor.

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    Stefan Bauman was our talented on set artist who busted his creative hump day and night to draw, color and paint the art work that Judd Hirsch’s character creates for a hobby. This same art is very prominently featured in the narrative mystery to the point where the protagonist believes it is all there as part of a sinister experiment. It’s beautiful and mindblowing. Now you can have a one-of-a –kind framed piece of work directly from the set. The backers that choose this reward will get to select the paintings/drawings from the ones that are available.

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    Entertainment Marketing & Business Development Bootcamp by Anima Wave - Few filmmakers and artists understand business development, marketing and success tracking when they set up their production companies, artist platform, or market entertainment media, so we've prevailed upon serial entrepreneur, educator and award winning screenwriter JSCrail for a bootcamp to prepare you for the gauntlet. This 6 hour online course includes 3 hours of content and discussion, 2 hours lab work on your company, project or brand platform, and a 1 hour private consultation for in-depth review. This class will launch you down the road to market with confidence.

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    ICICLE PROP! Icicyles are a very important motif in the movie and our production designer, Dave Barnes, had to make some real-looking ones because the actual thing would’ve given our actor frost-bite. This is a one-of-a-kind and no doubt an immediate conversation piece as in "What's an icycle doing hanging in your living room?"

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    SanFrancisco 49ers Football helmet signed by Jerry Rice. One of our Producers generously offered up some of his coveted sports collectibles. If you are a 49ers fan (or know someone who is), this certified helmut is sure to get you ready for Sunday football like nothing else!

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    Signed MAGIC JOHNSON La Lakers Jersey! A collector's item@!!! If you're a Lakers fan, you will want this certified piece of NBA memorabilia

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    2013-2014 Patriots Pennant signed by Brady, Grownoski and Stephen.
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    PROP PHRENOLOGY BUST! You're saying 'Huhhh??' This is one of two busts that decorated Judd Hirsch's characters office desk. It's cool and kind of creepy but in a way that Tim Burton would say "I want that on my office desk"

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    One of our producers owns a quaint hotel in Greenport, Long Island on the North Fork and he’s offering two overnight stays at a cabin that is adjacent to the beautiful Long Island Sound, complimentary dinner at a local seafood restaurant for 2. Todd Haynes and many other indie filmmakers (including Michael Wechsler) stayed in these cottages for creative residency.

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    Metropolis Post is the online house that did the wonderful coloring on our film and they have an amazing screening room they’ll donate for 2 hours to this lucky donor. If you want to host a small screening (10 seats) in an intimate surrounding in the middle of midtown NYC plus pick the brain of colorist Jason Crump on what is involved in “delivering” a film, this is a great opportunity.

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    Take a Master Class Seminar in Filmmaking with producer, writer, director Michael Wechsler. Wanna know how to make write/raise money/produce an indie? As an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College of Film and Radio, I love teaching and inspiring. I have put together an afternoon seminar(5 hours) that should enlighten those who want to know today's realities of making movies and storytelling. You will also get a DVD of 'Altered Minds' the film which will be used as the basis for the class. This could be a great way to get an insider's view of the filmmaking process as well as a reality check on what it takes to make it in this industry.

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    The original script and notebook that writer/director Mike Wechsler, signed by MZW, marked up with a million notes so that one day a team of cinema forensic types could attempt to interpret. Plus Mike Wechsler will be happy to translate his written “jibberish” to better understand the mind of a mad director. Additionally, Michael will sit down and talk shop with you over a cappuchino and give you a signed DVD of 'Altered Minds'

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    'Altered Minds' Poster autographed by cast. Poster designer Nicole Vetrainno has rendered something worthy of your favorite screening room, or anywhere you want people to stop and go “WOW” It's really a beautiful poster. Just look at the image above and imagine that movie-poster sized 27 x 40 hanging in your home. Cool is an understatment.

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    Get a MAKEOVER and HEADSHOT. Whether you're an actor or a professional, Khush Singh, our head makeup artist will transform you and our amazing photographer, Meg Urbani, will take photos of you you can use on a billboard in Times Square. Backer has to be able to travel to stylist and photographer.

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    The Vince Masuka doll from 'Dexter' Yes, the unforgettable Vince Masuka, played by our very own C.S. Lee, had a doll made for him to honor one of the best things about this incredible show. C.S. Lee has signed one of these collectors items. If you're a Dexter fan this is a must!

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    The Sinister Bird Tapestry autographed by Michael Wechsler. This is the same tapestry that hangs ominously over our heros childhood bed and its presence hints at the potential danger that lurks in the house.

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    'Altered Minds' prop family photograph (framed) of entire cast, signed by all the cast members. This photograph was the original decorating the family living room. It's one-of-a-kind!

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    Have a meal with producer, writer and director Michael Z Wechsler and producer Shawn Singh. We would love to share with you how we built this fortress out of cards and kept it thriving. We will give you insight how to do it. As we run Rowish films, we will offer you a consultation on your own film and illuminate the road ahead as best as we can. (backer must get themselves to NYC area or choose skype)

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    Los Angeles Lakers Jersey signed by Magic Johnson!

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    Have a meal with cast member Ryan O'Nan. Hang out with the coolest actor-writer-director, Ray Donavan star, Ryan O'Nan. Ryan's directed his own amazing festival film, 'Brooklyn Brothers Beats the Best' and has a new film he wrote, starred and produced, Albion:Rise of the Danann starring John Cleese and Deborah Messing. He's a kind-hearted soul who will tell you about his experiences behind and in front of the camera. Backer must be able to travel to meet. If not, you can Skype.

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    Have a meal with cast member C.S. LEE. If you're a fan of Dexter, True Detective, and now Power(the Starz TV series), you can talk shop with one of the nicest people in the biz. Just don't ask him to repeat any quotes from his character Vince Masuka. Backer must be able to travel to meet. If not, you can Skype.

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    Have a meal with cast member Caroline Lagerfelt. Are you a fan of 'Gossip Girl?' If so, then you can't forget Caroline's impeccable performance as 'Ce Ce Rhodes' Caroline will regale you with all the gossip from Gossip Girl you could imagine. She will also tell you what it was like to throw a bottle of champagne at Judd Hirsch! Backer must be able to travel to meet. If not, you can Skype.

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    Have a meal with cast member Jaime Ray Newman. Star of the new ABC series, Wicked City, 'Grimm' and 'Drop Dead Diva,' Jaime will tell you what it was like to celebrate Hanukah on the set of 'Altered Minds' with a service conducted by Mr. Judd Hirsch. Backer must be able to travel to meet. If not, you can Skype.

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    Have a meal with cast member Joseph Lyle Taylor. A regular on Law and Order & Justified, Joe just finished a plumb role in the upcoming Woody Allen film. Joe is a shapeshifter. One day he looks like a sheriff in a western, the next day he's a district attorney. Talent shines so bright with this one you will need to wear sunglasses. Backer must be able to travel to meet. If not, you can Skype.

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    I will bring my movie to your town and have a screening, followed by a Q&A, have dinner with you and your friends and regale you with behind-the-scenes stories while entertaining as many guests as you want to invite. (backer has to cover costs for venue--can screen anywhere including home)

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    GET ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT. Yes we have put the credits on the poster and in the film so we won't be able to hit rewind and insert your name, BUT we will list you as an associate producer on our IMDB page as well as all our digital and print press moving forward. Plus you will be invited to our opening night in NYC on November 20th where you can meet the team for the first time!

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    Signed Manny Pacquiano glove. Yes, this incredible boxers glove can hang out in your family room and inspire you to be a champion, too!

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    One of a kind Maurice Sendak print (only 200 made) celebrating the inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1993! I worked for Maurice Sendak as an assistant in his production company back in Los Angeles. This drawing is truly unique and especially timely given it features Hillary and Chelsea amongst all of Maurice's unforgettable characters from Where the Wild Things Are through In the Night Kitchen. Besides giving you this collector's item, I will also offer a screening in your town hosted by me, dinner, stories till your blue in the face about making films, etc.I will bring my movie to your town and have a screening, followed by a Q&A, have dinner with you and your friends and regale you with behind-the-scenes stories while entertaining as many guests as you want to invite. (backer has to cover costs for venue--can screen anywhere including home)

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    Have your company logo on our red carpet NYC premiere BACKBOARD! This is a chance for you and your company/film/projects to be on the red carpet, prominently featured in the background of all the photographs of the film's stars and celebrities in attendance at our premiere. Great exposure as these photos will be circulated throughout the mainstream press and on the internet.

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    Shaquele O'Neil Jersey signed. Lakers fans this is a sure-fire way to root for your team! Certified signature Jersey can turn your family room in to a sports coliseum!

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    Sugar Ray Leonard boxing glove. Yes, this incredible boxers glove can hang out in your family room and inspire you to be a champion, too!

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    Do you want to work on a movie but don't have any experience? You can work alongside me on my next feature, 'Modern Primitives' and I promise you will learn about every aspect of filmmaking from money raising to post-production all the way through the sales and distribution. It's an apprenticeship which will yield dividends and you will get a Coproducer credit on 'Modern Primitives,' our next feature film.

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    Executive Producer credit. Though we can't open up the film to include the credit, we can add it to the posters as well as include you on IMDB.COM. We will invite you to the premiere on November 18th and introduce you to the attending cast.

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