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This is it, You guys! 🙌😭 The sun is finally setting on our campaign at SESANG Kickstarter! 

 If you haven't donated, please do it now! We still need your help. Don't miss out on your chance to pre-order the film, can still get your name into the film’s end credits or pick up a cool limited edition t-shirt before the clock runs out forever in JUST 50 MINUTES. 🏁 🌄

Thanks 🙏❤️to everyone who has contributed to our campaign during the last month! I can't wait to share the completed film with you all!

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SYNOPSIS

10 am JFK airport, Han Chul waits for Nari near the air-train. Han Chul is a documentary filmmaker visiting from Tokyo. Nari, a working actress who resides in NYC from Korea. The two reunite after a year apart. They once shared an intense romance, but after reuniting the moody couple quickly discover their differences. Sudden life-changing events shift the mood and atmosphere. The couple cross paths with Sergio, a hardworking cab driver, who works to provide for his family in Mexico. One afternoon, after a meeting with a friend, Sergio decides to take a different exit on the highway and journeys across the country.
 

 ASIAN FILM PULSE  Sesang Film Review by Colette Balmain 

“Sesang is an extremely accomplished film which situates Jules Suo as one of South Korea’s emerging talents. Her understanding of the craft of filmmaking and storytelling ability as demonstrated by “Sesang” marks Suo out as a director to watch." ~ Colette Balmain

 HANGUL CELLULOID Sesang Film Review by Paul Quinn 

"Thematically rich and with narrative subtleties galore, with Sesang director Jules Suo uses what looks set to become her almost trademark long single takes and balance of handheld and static camerawork to frame an accomplished dissection of lives, relationships, hopes and dreams, complete with political undertones." ~ Paul Quinn

We have completed filming our feature film Sesang. We still need to complete post-production; sound correction and design, color correction and submit to film festivals. We’re confident that we can make a great feature film.

We plan on spending the funds on Post-Production, but it will cost quite a bit.  This is where our Kickstarter funds will go.  

If you’re interested in being a part of the journey in a more significant way, you might consider making a significant financial contribution beyond the rewards levels listed here. To make a tax-deductible contribution, you may donate to the project via our fiscal sponsor, Film Forum. For anyone interested in making a major contribution, we'd love to discuss ways to recognize you in our film's credits at the discretion of our producing team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more details.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

We need all the help we can get. Spread the word about the film and this fundraiser! We invite you to come on board our little email army and email this campaign URL (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sesangfilm/sesang-a-feature-film) to anyone you feel may be interested! You can also follow the campaign on Instagram, Facebook,  Twitter and then share posts directly to your page!  Even just going to our Kickstarter page and hitting "Follow Project" helps in a huge way.

We are so grateful for any and all support!

Every single backer number helps in a HUGE way (even if it's for just $1 pledged) 

1) Diversity in film isn't just an idea. 

2) Stories that feed our culture belong in the industry our community defines our culture. 

3) Filmmaking should be driven by artistic vision.

4) Because an independent film changed your life. 

5) It's who you know shouldn't be the only option.

Not only is this an opportunity to view our trailer, but also a chance to aid immeasurably in the completion of a very special and deeply moving new film.  We are raising $7000 in order to complete Sound Correction and Design, Color Correction, submit Sesang to film festivals  - all so that the film can be ready for its exhibition on the festival circuit in February 2019.

As many of us already know, female filmmakers are still a minority and as a result, there are fewer female working behind the scenes. For female filmmakers of color the statistics are even more dismal.   

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The way Kickstarter works is all or nothing - so if we don’t reach our baseline goal by midnight (EST) Sunday October 21, 2018 10:04 AM EDT. we will see zero dollars from this campaign. Now is the moment to share SESANG with the world, and it’s a really exciting time for you to join us on the journey. Please help us out by contributing whatever you can, and please tell your friends!

REWARDS

LIMITED EDITION ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY ORIANA FENWICK  SESANG T-SHIRTS!!!

Oriana Fenwick's poster drawing of Sesang. 

poster drawing by Oriana Fenwick
poster drawing by Oriana Fenwick

SESANG is made possible by Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  KAFFNY Incubator lab program.  Sesang is fiscally sponsored by Film Forum.

Han Jong-hoon (Han Chul) was born in Kyung-Ju, South Korea. He moved to New Zealand at age 11. He won Best Actor Award at Asians On Film Festival with Oh My Bag (2012) and Scrubbers (2014). He also won Best Up & Coming Actor at US Hollywood International Film Festival for his lead role in 3000 (2015). 

Kim Jin-young (Nari) was born in Incheon, South Korea. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology. A multi-talented artist who works as a fashion designer and is new to acting. She made her first acting appearance in a short film Bubble Girl by Song Ji-Yeon. Jin-young makes her feature debut in Sesang. 

Christopher Benitez  (Sergio) was born in El Salvador and raised in California. He attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts for acting in NYC. He currently resides in Los Angeles and stars in Google’s first scripted series, GodComplX: Season 2, and the final season of TNT’s The Last Ship. 

Risks and challenges

Sesang convinced me that a film can be made with a small cast and crew. It can be made! A functioning model, in other words, for the way feature-length film, like this one, can be made.
However, SESANG cannot be made without a band of advocates—that is, without the guidance and good faith of people who share not only our excitement for this film and its future, but who recognize that there are alternatives to commercial cinema in this country that require special, continuous attention and care.
Your support will contribute to independent filmmaking, by which that's independent of traditional sources of film financing, big studio commercial production houses.
With your help, we can finally complete post production!
I have no doubt we can make this dream a reality but it won’t be without your help.
We hope you will not only help us by donating whatever you can, but spreading the word and raising awareness about our project.

Thank you so much for your support!

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    SESANG CREW

    Your name will appear in Special Thank You on our social media announcements!

    Thank you for supporting Independent Cinema!

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    SESANG AUTEUR

    WATCH THE MOVIE!
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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD THE POSTER!

    We'll send you a link to stream a digital copy of "Sesang" after its world premiere.

    You'll be the first to receive a high-resolution digital download of the original SESANG poster! Print and hang it as art or make it your background on your devices.

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    SESANG-OGRAPHER

    NAME CREDIT IN FILM!
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    DIGITAL PLAYLIST MUSIC of SESANG!

    See your name immortalized on the silver screen in the SESANG credits and in the "Special Thanks" section of the film's IMDB. If you don’t have an IMDB page, don't worry- we’ll create one for you!

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    DIGITAL PLAYLIST MUSIC of SESANG!

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    SESANG AMIGO (친구)

    BTS E-BOOK!

    All-access BTS Pass and consider yourself an official Insider! You'll receive a digital download of a beautiful custom Special Edition E-Book, filled with full color pages of concept art, exclusive BTS photos from early screenplay drafts, production notes, storyboards, film stills, on-set photographs

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    SESANG VISIONAIRE

    Signed SESANG SCRIPT & FAVORITE BOOK!

    We'll send you a hard copy of our "Bible"--the shooting script--signed by the cast and crew!
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    (Go environment!)
    Receive an original copy of the script's cover page signed by the cast and crew
    and we can send the remainder of the shooting script as a PDF.

    PLUS
    One of director Jules Suo's favorite books, that has special relevance to the making of SESANG inscribed to you.

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    SESANG T-SHIRTS

    LIMITED EDITION ORIANA FENWICK SESANG T-SHIRTS PLUS Signed SESANG SCRIPT!

    Limited Edition Original Drawings by Oriana Fenwick SESANG T-Shirts!!
    Choose one from: HAN CHUL, SERGIO OR NARI.
    PLUS

    We'll send you a hard copy of our "Bible"--the shooting script--signed by the cast and crew!
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    Receive an original copy of the script's cover page signed by the cast and crew
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    SESANG FILM SLATE

    YOUR NAME ON A FILM SLATE!

    At this reward level, we'll take a beautiful custom photo of your name in the center of our SESANG film slate and send you a high-resolution download of your photo!

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    SESANG-OPHILE

    SKYPE or FACETIME WITH JULES!

    A SKYPE or FACETIME consultation on your film with SESANG Writer/Director Jules Suo! I'll talk to you about your story ideas, feature film labs, Kickstarter campaigning -- whatever you want to chat about to get your film project off the ground!

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    SESANG NAME

    NAME A CHARACTER IN THE FILM!

    Put on your writer's hat and help Han Chul name one of the film's supporting characters! He'll give you the character description and you choose the name: Use your own, honor someone else's, or get creative and come up with something original- but hurry because this insider opportunity only exists for 3 backers!

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    SESANG ICON

    LUNCH WITH JULES & ICON AWARD!

    SESANG Writer/Director Jules Suo will take you out for a two hour lunch at one of her favorite spots in New York City (lodging, airfare, and transportation not included).

    An Honorary Sesang ICON Award Certificate from SESANG CREW to display on your wall!

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    PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE CREDIT!

    PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE CREDIT!
    Welcome to the team! With this perk, you'll officially become a member of the SESANG crew! We'll credit you as a "Production Associate" on IMDB as soon as the campaign ends, and in the film's end credits as soon as the film is completed - an easy way to build your resume and boost your career! If you don’t have an IMDB page, don't worry - we’ll create one for you! You'll also immediately receive a private link to the film, reserved for investors and crew members only.

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    SESANG ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    You will be credited as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!

    Premiere/festival screening of your choice (travel & lodging not included) + You'll be the first to hear news and updates about the film's production and release

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    SESANG EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    You will be credited as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    Exclusive access to rushes, rough cuts, sound mix iterations, and color grades to keep you uniquely close to the project throughout the entire filmmaking process as it unfolds

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Funding period

- (30 days)