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A recent college graduate fakes her own death to avoid paying back her student loans.
A recent college graduate fakes her own death to avoid paying back her student loans.
A recent college graduate fakes her own death to avoid paying back her student loans.
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My goal has always been to direct my first feature before I turn twenty-five, so I needed a story.

The 80 page screenplay for Silver Platter
The 80 page screenplay for Silver Platter

In October of 2015 I received an email saying I need to start paying back my student loans. I couldn't believe how high my monthly payment was, and I kept thinking of ideas of how to get out of paying it. Finally I thought of faking my own death. It was such a funny and profound moment as I realized how great of an idea that would be for a movie! I reached out to my Grandpa, who helped me develop the characters and added an interesting perspective on a lot of the comedic situations that happen throughout the film.

Grandpa came up with a LOT of the humor!
Grandpa came up with a LOT of the humor!

A few months later I had an insanely ridiculous, completely over-the-top comedy that perfectly captured that incredibly awkward transition between college and adulthood.

 The video above shows my Grandpa and I talking about how we came up with the ideas and humor in Silver Platter, how student loans affect recent graduates, homelessness, and why Silver Platter is an important movie that needs to be made.

Lennie Maly played by Jackie van Vügt
Lennie Maly played by Jackie van Vügt

The story focuses on Lennie Maly, who recently finished her Sociology degree. Six months after graduation she is living on her own and working at a sandwich shop when she receives notice that her first student loan payment is due. With no other alternatives, she fakes her own death as a way to get out of paying for her college education.

Spencer King as Anthony Fuller
Spencer King as Anthony Fuller

Homeless and living in the streets, Lennie teams up with Anthony Fuller, a philosophy student who finds himself in a similar situation. Together, the two young adults try to find their way in the world while avoiding the evil Student Loan Officers, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the money Lennie owes them.

Making movies is not cheap, but the way I plan on making this one will cut costs SIGNIFICANTLY, mostly from me doing a lot of the heavy lifting. We will need a budget of around $25,000 to pull it off effectively, which I plan on raising with this kickstarter campaign, and through private investors. I hate talking about money and I especially hate asking for money which is why everything I have made up to this point has come out of my own pocket, but this project is too big for me to do by myself, but with the help of my community willing and able to donate together we can become part of something truly special.

The rewards for Silver Platter are great! A $50 donation gets you a collection of six short films produced by Tim Lieber Films and collaborators!

$75 gets you an exclusive copy of Much to Learn, a 22 minute long comedy about two roommates who unknowingly date the same girl.

A $100 donation gets you all the short films, Much to learn (including bonus features and blooper reel) and the 24 minute Point After!

Risks and challenges

The first big challenge was getting my team together, but I've spent the last seven months putting together a team that has the business, technical, and creative prowess to make this movie great! It has been incredible watching all these different people come together to make this project a reality, as it contains universal appeal. Everyone has struggled or been forced to make transitions in their lives, and this movie addresses many important issues facing young adults these days.

It's amazing what people will give when they believe in a project or a filmmaker. I've been able to secure a great deal of resources for this project for free including equipment, post production (I'm doing most of it myself), locations, and food (my parents are great cooks!).

My last challenge is financial. I've already raised an additional $6,000 through private investors, and plan on raising another $9,000. I want to raise enough money so I can pay my principal cast and crew for their hard work. I hate asking people to work for free, and everyone on my crew is a working professional with college degrees and their own student loans to worry about, so I want to be able to pay them a decent day rate for their time and talents.

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    Receive a digital collection of short films produced by the filmmakers behind Silver Platter.

    Projects include: The Shadows, Black Box, Escape, Killer Instinct, New Kills on the Block, and the award winning Eddie's Place.

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    Receive an exclusive copy of my unreleased twenty-two minute short film, Much to Learn, including a blooper reel and behind the scenes look! Your name will also be listed in the end credits of Silver Platter under "Special Thanks". Also included is the twenty-four minute short film, Point After, all the shorts listed in the previous reward, and the photo and poster.
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