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An inspiring short film about youth and love hanging on in the throes of life-altering illness.
An inspiring short film about youth and love hanging on in the throes of life-altering illness.
46 backers pledged $10,256 to help bring this project to life.

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The Great Valley

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I'm a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA, and I have a personal story to tell.

One of my favorite pieces of wisdom is from J.J. Abrams, talking about the advice his father once gave him: "It’s more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies."

For all the technical skillset I've practiced and refined, nothing has been so important as learning what stories are important to tell.  It's taken some real, messy, beautiful life to help me learn.  Reconciling with life after losing my little brother has been an illuminating journey, and I've been fortunate to know, and to be inspired by some remarkable individuals along the way.  They have inspired this film.  They are people who love, who have been dealt a difficult hand, who suffer, and yet hold each other up in the midst of these powerful storms.  This is a story about their resilience, their precious bond, and the light that shines in the midst of their struggles.

The characters in this story are dynamically different, like the poles of a magnet, opposite and yet drawn tightly together.  Where one falters, the other is strong.  When sudden and frightening illness strikes, it threatens a future that is now quickly slipping away.  They want desperately to run.  They struggle to embrace their reality, and to not be broken by the fear and pain.  They must find courage to feel the life they share while it is still theirs to be lived.

Telling this story will require funds for cast, locations, camera crew, sound, equipment rentals, food, wardrobe, fuel, props, production staff, set decorating, editing, music licenses, festival fees, kickstarter fees, and more.  With the script, story, and budget in place, the pieces are coming together, and we need your support to make it happen.

I'm blessed to have on board our Producer, Shereen Younes, an influential multi-media powerhouse.

We are thrilled to announce the casting of Anna Salinas and Edgar Momplaisir as our lead roles!

And check out our Director Of Photography, Yoni Shrira, a highly creative graduate of the American Film Institute:

My brother, Mural Joe is generously contributing this beautiful, one-of-a-kind original painting as a reward for an Executive Producer!  You can also select the "Mural Joe Live Painting Class" reward and he'll show you how he painted it in a live online session where he answers your questions in real time. Get your paints and paint along!

 Joe put our story into these concept sketches which offer a sneak peak into the characters and their lives in this film.  These original works were developed from in-depth creative discussions about our brother, things we've learned as our lives have continued, and have been pivotal in helping to visualize the story.  They will be signed and are available as one of a kind pieces in our rewards! 

Check out "SODIUM" for a look at our one of a kind Executive Producer reward offer: Julian's sawed-off shotgun (an Old West Replica 1881 Street Howitzer)!



And check this bad boy out: the "medieval battle axe" soon to make an appearance in "The Great Valley" and offered as a one of a kind reward for an Executive Producer!

Risks and challenges

Getting the word out is a challenge. We are not famous, nor do we have deep pockets to go it alone in producing this project. We have a story that we believe in and that inspires us. We will need help spreading the word to those beyond our network that might like to be involved.

Our cast and skeleton crew are also working on a tight indie budget. We will be wearing multiple hats without the luxury that big budgets offer. We are passionate about filmmaking however, and are driven by our love of working with good people on meaningful projects.

We've also learned that there is a newly adopted batch of kittens at our primary filming location that like to interrupt sound takes and camera moves. We have a designated wrangler though to handle the vivacious bunch. Maybe our characters have kittens...we'll see.

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    MURAL JOE LIVE PAINTING CLASS

    Join Mural Joe for a live painting class online, Sept. 7th, 2019. He'll be painting a smaller version of the crashing wave painting pictured in this campaign. The large original is available for an Executive Producer. He'll be showing you how he achieves the effects pictured in this scene, and answering all your questions in real time as you paint along!

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    THE SCRIPT + SKETCHES DOWNLOAD

    See into the development process of the film with a PDF download copy of the script including all the director scribbles from on set! Your digital copy will also include copies of the concept art created by Joe Cornelius (Mural Joe).

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    Your early release VIP copy of the film in digital download will include a personalized video thank you message from the director as well as director commentary on the film and it's creation!

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    SIGNED SCRIPT + ORIGINAL PHOTO

    Get an 8x10 glossy print from the filming of "The Great Valley", signed by the Director! You will receive the digital photo file, and our copy will be deleted. No other copies of your photo will exist, giving you an exclusive one of a kind piece of the film. We'll also send you a copy of the script, signed by the Director, including copies of the concept sketches created by Joe Cornelius (Mural Joe)!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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    CO-PRODUCER + ORIGINAL ARTWORK

    Hello, Co-Producer! You get not only the above rewards, but also one of the five original concept drawings created and signed by Joe Cornelius (Mural Joe), as seen in this Kickstarter campaign video. Your scene will be randomly chosen from the five available pieces. You will also be officially credited in the film and on IMDB.com as Co-Producer!

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    THE EXECUTIVE + BATTLE AXE

    As seen in the movie, one of our main characters gets lost in his imagination, swinging a battle axe around like a 10 year old kid at Christmas in his living room. It's beautiful: stainless steel blade, wooden handle with genuine leather wrap, 36 inch overall length. That piece of film history is yours, signed by the director, along with exclusive rewards, and an Executive Producer credit on the film and on IMDB.com! Welcome aboard, filmmaker.

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    THE EXECUTIVE + SODIUM SHOTGUN

    In Ben's first film "SODIUM", one of the brothers wields a "sawed-off shotgun" (as pictured in this campaign). It's an Old West Replica 1881 Street Howitzer (non firing, decorative only) made of real cast metal and aged wood. Breaking double-barrel. A favorite among bar keeps with Doc Holiday having been said to wield one at the OK Corral. It is LEGIT. Signed by the Director. You get this one of a kind piece of film memorabilia, our exclusive rewards, and an Executive Producer credit in "The Great Valley" and on IMDB.com! Welcome aboard, filmmaker!

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    ORIGINAL MURAL JOE PAINTING

    Own a one-of-a-kind work by Joe Cornelius (Mural Joe) and become an Executive Producer in one swoop! This beautiful, vibrant scene of huge atmospheric cliffs and crashing waves pictured in this campaign is yours as well as an official Executive Producer credit on the film and on IMDb.com. Painted in acrylic on canvas. 40"W x 30"H. International buyers cover additional shipping costs/arrangements. ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN.

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