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A short film about a brief & intimate meeting between a young woman and an HIV+ man. Read more

Philadelphia, PA Shorts
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A short film about a brief & intimate meeting between a young woman and an HIV+ man.

Philadelphia, PA Shorts
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UPDATE 3-10-2012:

Our new goal is to try and reach $5,500-$6,000 before the end of the campaign on Monday at midnight. These extra funds will allow us to recoup what we will lose when Kickstarter & Amazon take out their fees. So please continue to spread the word and encourage folks to support our project one last time this weekend if possible.

ABOUT THE FILM

Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest. What she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while sharing a cigarette with a stranger, Jimmy during the 10 minutes that she awaits her test results. This film explores tough issues that persons living with HIV/AIDS may encounter such as the loss of intimacy with loved ones while also encouraging awareness around HIV/AIDs testing and the way we treat persons living with the disease.

WHAT WE NEED TO FINISH THE FILM

We completed principal photography on Bumming Cigarettes late October 2011 and we are now trying to raise $5,000+ through Kickstarter to complete the film, host a premiere screening in Philadelphia, PA, and get the film on the film festival track for the rest of the year.

Here's a breakdown of what we need to finish this film:

Color Correction * Fine Edit * Final Sound Design & Audio Mix * Voice Over Recording * Mastering of our HD CAM film master exhibition copy PAL/NTSC for film festival submissions * Film Festival Submission Fees * Printing of Promotional Materials (Posters, Flyers, press kits, etc.)

***If we do not reach our goal of $5,000 during this campaign or we do not get any funds to use towards completion of the film. Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING fundraising model.

Connect with Bumming Cigarettes Online:

TUMBLR:  http://bummingcigarettesfilm.tumblr.com/

FACEBOOK PAGE: Bumming Cigarettes-A Short Film

TWITTER: @bummingcigsfilm

CAST:

Alia Hatch (Vee)

Alia Hatch is an actor, vocalist, theater technician, and model whose performance credits include Decapitalization Circus (Bread and Puppet), Black Nativity (New Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia, PA), The Parrot, Jar the Floor (Smith College, Northampton, MA), The Laramie Project (Community College of Philadelphia), In a Sense, Nonsense (Shubin Theatre, Philadelphia, PA), and numerous other productions, readings and workshops.

Alia’s technical credits include sound board operation for The Bluest Eye, Journey of a Gun (New Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia, PA), Rise Up!: An International Human Rights Day Event (Nzinga Arts Collective, Philadelphia, PA), and numerous other shows and productions. Alia is currently a Production and Design Intern at The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia, PA) and a Theater major with a Design/Technology concentration at Temple University.

www.aliahatch.com | www.facebook.com/AliaHatch | aliahatch.tumblr.com | @aliahatch

James Tolbert (JIMMY)

James Tolbert, is a native Philadelphian. He received his B.A. from Wagner College in Speech and Theatre. James has worked continuously throughout the U.S. and abroad. Past Credits: Starlight Express as Poppa (Bochum, Germany--Ja, Ich spreche deutch), Five Guys Named Moe as Nomax (Melbourne, Australia), Hair, the Musical (European Tour) Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death as The Postal Clerk (Off-B'way 2006 Revival). Recent Credits: Waiting for the Boss (SmokeyScout Productions) The Philadelphia Urban Theatre Festival (2nd Year), Queen of All Weapons (Papermill Theatre), Tango Macbeth as Duncan. Currently in Production for the upcoming JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE as Seth Holly (Plays and Players, opening Jan 2012). James is also a Peer Educator and HIV/AIDS Advocate for Philadelphia Fight and is a member of BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network). He has lived 21 years with HIV and is incredibly grateful for this life and all within it. "Each one, Teach ten."

https://www.facebook.com/JCTIII | @blackfury66

Supporting Cast: Vincent Du, Zerandrian Morris, Kaamilah Milton, Gary Kramer, Peaches Jones, Katrina Clark, Johnny

TEAM:

Executive Producer/Director/Writer:  tiona.m.

Cinematographer: Sienna Pinderhughes

Original Music & Composition: Rucyl Mills {photo credit. Tania Cuevas-Martinez}

Sound Recording: Richard Hamilton

Line Producer: Gala P. Goodwin

A FEW REWARD ITEMS:

Bumming Cigarettes 16 x 20 Film Poster

Bumming Cigarettes 11x17 Film Poster

Limited Edition 8x10 Still from the film

Limited Edition 11x14 Film Lobby Card

black./womyn. Individual Edition DVD

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    8 backers

    Digital Still Photo + Email updates + We'll send you a Thank you card + put YOUR NAME and a link to YOUR WEBSITE/Twitter in a special section on www.bummingcigarettes.com + Film Postcard featuring a selected image from the film

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    Digital Still Photo + Email updates + We'll send you a Thank you card + put YOUR NAME and a link to YOUR WEBSITE/Twitter in a special section on our website + Film Postcard featuring a selected image from the film + “Know Your Status” Film Button + a personal thank you message from the Director + access to an exclusive link where you can stream the completed film on June 12, 2012 National HIV Testing Day

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    Digital Still Photo + Email updates + We'll send you a Thank you card + put YOUR NAME and a link to YOUR WEBSITE/Twitter in a special section on our website + Film Postcard featuring a selected image from the film + “Know Your Status” Film Button +a personal thank you message from the Director+ access to an exclusive link where you can stream the completed film on June 12, 2012 National HIV Testing Day + a DVD of the finished film when it's available on Dec 1, 2012 World AIDS Day. + YOUR NAME in film credits in Thank You section + (1) Signed Limited Edition 8x10 Still from the film

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    Digital Still Photo + Email updates + We'll send you a Thank you card + put YOUR NAME and a link to YOUR WEBSITE/Twitter in a special section on our website + Film Postcard featuring a selected image from the film + “Know Your Status” Film Button + a personal thank you message from the Director+ access to an exclusive link where you can stream the completed film on June 12, 2012- National HIV Testing Day + a DVD of the finished film when it's available on Dec 1, 2012 - World AIDS Day + YOUR NAME in film credits in Thank You section + (1) Signed Limited Edition 8x10 Still from the film+ an 11 x 17 Poster signed by Director/Writer tiona.m. + a limited Edition Bumming Cigarettes 'Know Your Status" Film T-Shirt

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    EVERYTHING AT $100 LEVEL+ (1) signed DVD of director tiona.m.’s previous film black./womyn. {Audience Award for Best Documentary (Feature) at the 2008 Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival} + (1) Complete limited edition presskit {includes (1) Signed Script, (5) 8x10 Film Stills, (1) 11x14 Lobby Card of film, (3) 4x6 Mini Posters} + (1) VIP tickets to the premiere screening of the film in Philadelphia {travel & accommodations not included} and Personal acknowledgment at premiere screening

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    EVERYTHING AT $250 LEVEL + Listing in film credits as Associate Producer

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    EVERYTHING AT $500 LEVEL+ Listing as an Executive Producer with your own name card at the end of the film + Name on packaging of DVD + Personal Skype conversation with Director on all things related to the film +Private dinner with Director in Philadelphia, PA {travel & accommodations not included}

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