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A young Balinese taxi driver, estranged from his family, must take an evasive American where he fears most: his own village.

Meeting Made in Bali | Director: Michael Pohorly | Festival Circuit Short Film | Time: 15m | Cam: Red Epic | Language: English, Indonesian | Release: 2012 |

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"A young Balinese taxi driver, estranged from his family, must take
an evasive American with a mysterious letter to the destination he
fears most: his own village"

Thank-you for joining us in our adventure! Please share this page with your friends, family, co-workers, or anyone else who may be interested in being connected to the telling of a unique story.

It's a pleasure to welcome your support!

Max is a young Balinese kid torn between his quiet local culture and the buzz of modernity in Bali’s rapidly developing tourist districts. When he uses his family's land as collateral to buy a taxi, they fall out out with him and he leaves the village in disgrace.

Months later, Max is struggling to get by, when a rich American stranger named Ezra arrives at the airport and offers Max a colossal dream fare.  And the catch? Ezra wants Max’s help to deliver a mysterious letter to a “Mr. Made” (a popular name in Bali, pronounced Mad-eh) – to Max’s home village.

Needing the money, but too ashamed to return home, Max hatches a terrible plan that plays on Ezra’s gullibility.  Will Ezra discover Max’s deception? What secrets are contained in the letter?  Will Max return home to his family?  And, most importantly, who is Mr. Made?

Meeting Made in Bali  is inspired by a true story that could only happen in Bali, the magical Island of the Gods.  (See the video for an interview with the original Ezra!)  Drawing on personal experience, as well as the realities faced by many young Balinese men, the story creates an emotional snapshot of one of the most important moments in a young man’s life.
Michael Pohorly, born in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, creates back and forth between Bali, where he is a writer, and on Hollywood films, where he works as a 2nd Assistant Director on main-stream big-budget films.

Mike has worked with and learned from some of the preeminent directors
and cinematographers of the era such as Joe Carnahan, McG, Russell
Carpenter
, and Mauro Fiore.

He's worked on films such as The Grey, The A-Team, and This Means War, and comedies such as White Chicks and Just Friends. He's worked with actors such as Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Aniston, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, John Cusack and Will Smith.

Meeting Made is about the universal importance of family and forgiveness, and we want you to help us spread that message far and wide.

By giving your gift, you will be a crucial link in the independent film-making process and help us bring this story to a film festival near you, a story told with a sense of the lighthearted fun for which Balinese culture is famous. 

Making a world-class independent, yet big-budget-looking, short film in an exotic setting requires the time and talent of many people.  Your gift will support the independent arts, and help produce a film that we hope will be a refreshing, fun, and heartfelt fan-favorite at film festivals.

Steve Barkman, a New York based actor and media professional is one of the Producers of the film along with Richard Halstead, a Bali-based dramatist. Our co-writers with Mike Pohorly include Mike Stasyna and Taras Babiak, a dynamic writing team from Toronto, as well as Richard Halstead.  Our Promo Video and Bali scene footage was shot by Robert Koster and his Bali video company, OpenEye Media, with additional footage coming from Trevor & Kyle Chee-A-Tow. Karsten Schroeer comprised the original music score for the promo video. Ezra Mitchell, born in New York, inspired us with the story of his personal adventure of coming to Indonesia to meet him (the “Mr. Made” in our story) for the first time. Thanks also go to Prami Radcliffe for her help with the project.

Our Title Graphic Photo of myself in a suit between the Balinese gates at Dyna Purna beach was authored by Matthew Stasyna, a graphic artist friend in Toronto. Check out his other great work at  http://www.mattstasyna.com/.

UPDATE! We are pleased to announce that Bali filmmaker Soma Helmi has joined our project and will be the Co-Director of the Film.  Soma grew up in Bali, the US and Australia received international acclaim when her Bali-filmed scenes were featured as a valuable part of the Ridley and Tony Scott Produced film "Life in a Day" Directed by Kevin McDonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1687247/. Soma was credited as one of the co-directors of the film for her efforts. 

“Loved the writing and storytelling. Really good script” – Adam “Tex” Davis, writer of the feature film Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Farris, and Amy Smart.

“Great little film. It’s very sweet” – DBC Pierre, Man Booker Prize winner for the novel Vernon God Little.   http://www.dbcpierre.com/

“I can see this being a real film festival crowd pleaser” – Alex Jansen, former organizer of the Vancouver Film Festival, founder of the Kingston Film Festival, and Publisher of the the Graphic Novel of Kenk.

What will you do with the completed Meeting Made?

We aim to have Meeting Made accepted by and shown at the top International Film Festivals: Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, and Tribeca, all of which are “Oscar Qualifying” festivals. There are also many other superb festivals around the world where we would love to show the film. While there is no guarantee that our film will be accepted, your donation will ensure that we have the best possible chance to make the best possible movie that you will be proud to have been a part of.

What's your Kickstarter goal? Where will the money go?  

Our goal is $12,500.  This will cover 60% of our total Production and Post-Production budget, with the Director contributing the rest. This money will help cover the discounted costs for the equipment we will use, and will pay for the Indonesian technical crew for four days of shooting. 

This is a “fair trade” production and, while the writers, directors, and producers having been working and will continue to work pro-bono, Indonesian professional film technicians will be paid. 

In addition, we will need to secure filming locations and government permits.  The actors participating in the film will also receive some payment for their services. Other post-Production expenses will include editing costs, producing music for the soundtrack and the entry fees and costs associated with film festivals and distribution.

Can we exceed the goal?

Yes we can! We also truly hope we can. The more funds we raise, the closer we will get towards covering our basic shooting costs and the easier it will be for us to both market and distribute the film. It means better music for the film, better equipment and a chance to enter Meeting Made into more film festivals.

Can I increase my pledge once it's been made? 

Absolutely! If you have already donated, and are signed into your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there is a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive to receive! 

When will I receive my rewards?

We will ship all rewards to the donors upon completion of the film.

How much is shipping?

Shipping is included in all minimum pledge amounts!

What happens if the goal isn’t reached in time?

If we don’t reach our goal, Meeting Made in Bali receives absolutely no funding from Kickstarter for production from the Kickstarter donations. It's an all or nothing funding program. The idea behind this is that Kickstarter wants to ensure that the film gets made to the highest quality standard for the budget asked. By raising $12,500 we can guarantee delivery of the short film as promised. Without it, we won’t be able bring Meeting Made in Bali to the public. We thank-you for being connected and associated with the completion of our short film.

How can I contact you?

You can reach us at meetingmade@gmail.com   

Feel free to email with questions, comments, or happy thoughts! Just be aware that we get a lot of emails, so it may take us a few days for us to respond! 

You can also take a look at:

www.facebook.com/meetingmade

Once again, thanks for connecting with our Kickstarter page and joining us in The Film.

JUNE 2ND UPDATE:  VIDEOS AND PICTURES from previous work.

The last two weeks, people have been messaging asking about some of the movies I worked on. For fun, here's a video of Rampage Jackson, the MMA fighter, UFC champion who played B.A Baracus in the A-Team movie and myself wrestling during a break on set during the filming.

This takes place in the Court Room set and was shot by the DVD extras crew. It was Rampage just "joking around" and me getting "thrown around." My excuse for getting tossed around as much as I did was that I didn't want to mess up his wardrobe as we were getting ready to shoot again. Yes that's Bradley Cooper looking on smiling - he could have saved me.  Rampage was such a positive person to have on set, always making jokes and having fun during the long days.

Here's a video I took while we were shooting The Grey in Northern British Columbia. These were the conditions up on the glacier that we were dealing with most days. I briefly lift up my goggles in this and then show the crew trying to stay warm in the background.

On a break during the filming of The A-Team with Liam Neeson, a class act all around and wonderful actor.
On a break during the filming of The A-Team with Liam Neeson, a class act all around and wonderful actor.
Here's the basic crew "uniform" while shooting The Grey in northern British Columbia.
Here's the basic crew "uniform" while shooting The Grey in northern British Columbia.

This is the Trailer for the movie that Soma Helmi, our Co-Director on Meeting Made in Bali, was Co-Director on previously with her Bali footage be featured through-out the film. It's called Life in a Day, the Tony and Ridley Scott Produced film that was shot around the world on one day.

Soma Helmi with Life in A Day editor, Joe Walker, during a Press Junket for the film at Sundance.
Soma Helmi with Life in A Day editor, Joe Walker, during a Press Junket for the film at Sundance.

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