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Two desperate lovers worn out by health problems go on the crime spree of their lives.
172 backers pledged $11,065 to help bring this project to life.

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THE LOVELY REJECTS is a crime love story about a young couple who met in chemotherapy. They can't afford their prescriptions and treatments so they decide to steal from medical facilities and pharmacies. They set themselves up as the Robin Hoods of pharmaceuticals, providing meds to those who can't afford it, and to those who simply want it recreationally.

For the first time, they have figured out how to navigate a world that they have not been able to make sense of until now. Money, sex, drugs, thrills. They are finally in control.

Until their adventures grow more dangerous and violent. They grow desperate for more money. Deception and secrets begin to threaten their relationship.

The people in this film are characterized by their nostalgia for freedom filled youth. And the discovery of tender connections. Like their first kiss.

They are angry, and they are desperate, and they fight for what they want.

They make mistakes, and they have regrets.

They are in love for the first time, a beautiful and complicated experience.

Principal photography is wrapped. The film is picture locked. So why does it still need your help? WHERE will the money go?

  • post-production sound: $2500
  • color correction: $3000
  • credits + titles: $1500
  • film festival submissions: $1500
  • publicity + marketing: $1000

"...but wait, that's $9500!" 

True! Our goal in reality is to raise $9500, but we are setting the Kickstarter goal at $8500 to raise at least the minimum required to finish this film... and finish it right. Donate, share the campaign with friends, and help us hit both our Kickstarter and ideal goals!

WHAT does it mean to be a Reject?

THE LOVELY REJECTS is a feature length film addressing youth, the power of love, and the consequences of dealing with healthcare in the United States. 

Rejects always have something left to learn; they lust after life's offerings unabashedly; they demand their right to be alive.


Rejects experience marginalization. They get told "no." Sometimes they do everything right without being granted the right of way.

Rejects are loveliest when they carry on and persist anyway. Rejects are loveliest when they open their arms to love even when circumstance threatens to rob them of it.

We are calling all Lovers. We are embracing all Rejects. This film is about you, too.

And we need your help! Help complete this film and become a part of its family: Donate $100 and hang out with us! $75 and sport an official film shirt emblazoned with "I Am a Reject." Even $5 (one day's Starbucks) will get you your own "I Am A Reject" button.

Help with just $5 and get your own "I Am A Reject" button!
Help with just $5 and get your own "I Am A Reject" button!

WHO are "The Lovely Rejects"?


AN INNOVATIVE & AWARD-WINNING CREW

Writer/Director | JUDY PHU || Director of Photography | JEANNE TYSON 

Producer | FRANCES E. CHANG || Assistant Director | PATRICK BROOKS

Editor | ALEX DEMILLE || Composer | KELLEN YAMANAKA

A COMPELLING & VIRTUOSIC CAST

Cat | LAUREN NEAL
Cat | LAUREN NEAL
Joey | KYLE LEATHERBERRY
Joey | KYLE LEATHERBERRY
Antoine | NATHANIEL ANDERSON
Antoine | NATHANIEL ANDERSON
Roger | EVAN MCKENZIE
Roger | EVAN MCKENZIE

Risks and challenges

Love is risky. Living is risky. Making a film about the fight for both is risky. But where money and time are absent or unreliable... we want to fill that space with people and the connections between them. We can't thank you enough for your support.

We WILL complete this film. Simple as that. It's just a few short weeks, ADR sessions, and color corrections away. What you can help us do is finish it in a way that does lovers and rejects and young people disenfranchised by the United States' flawed healthcare system justice.

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