Well, we had always hoped, but never assumed, that we would get here!
What could we do with another $1K? (or 2?)
These are our stretch goals:
1) Rent the Sony FS700 for one of our shoot days. Ben Proulx has requested this camera for it's high-speed capabilities-- no spoilers, of course, but this would allow us to achieve certain "stylistic punches," greatly increasing the cool-factor of the show!
2) Submit, submit, submit-- the New York Television Festival is one of the big ones, but we'd like to screen our work in as many festival venues as will have us. Pretty much every festival worth entering charges a submission fee!
3) Tissues (to wipe away the tears of joy!)
Real, contemporary HIV? Nowhere on TV! Unsure/Positive is a series that explores issues affecting HIV-positive people as they live on, and stay positive. (Pun. Intended.)
Based on the actual really real life experience of its creator, Christian Daniel Kiley, Unsure/Positive aims to fill a gap in the existing media landscape-- when was the last time you saw a series (TV, web or otherwise) that features an HIV-positive protagonist?
Unsure/Positive is a Dramedy. Dramedy? AKA tragicomedy, comedic drama... humor and drama combined! Like life!
In an age of mobile devices, hookup culture, antiretroviral treatments, and the ongoing stigma that resonates with our own societal fears, Unsure/Positive offers a healthy dose of realness. Our main goal is to entertain. Fair warning: we may entertain you *while* raising awareness about contemporary life with HIV.
You haven't seen anything like this (because we're still busy making it happen!)
Our kick butt cast and baller crew are itching to get started-- so much so that we already shot the first scene of the script so you can see what you're backing. Watch our sneak preview:
HIV is no longer a death sentence. But the other complications of living with the disease often get overlooked. The social stigma of an HIV-positive diagnosis is, on its own, a serious ongoing issue for "poz" persons, plus the already harrowing dating scene, the complexities of health care, and the dizzying variety of brunch options. Unsure/Positive will explorethe daily realities-- stark and mundane-- of grappling with this complicated disease.
With Your Help We Can:
- Pay our professional director of photography, Ben Proulx (this is the guy in charge of the camera!)
- Feed our cast and crew for (at least) 8 days (nom-nom!)
- Pay our awesome, hardworking crewpeoples
- Cover the cost of liability insurance
- Secure a U-Haul for equipment pick-up and return
- Buy cases of water for our set (You don’t know muggy till you’ve been in Boston in August!)
- Buy a hard-drive on which to save all our footage
- Buy a second hard-drive. (Just in case!)
- Work with a professional sound mixer during post production
- Work with a professional colorist during post production
- And more! We're an experienced team with the know-how to bring this project to fruition on a lean budget, and on time.
Your support means everything to this project. Thanks in advance for supporting independent media and sharing meaningful, real-life stories we don’t see every day. If you care about hearing (and sharing) this story, kick us $25 or whatever you can afford!
Risks and challenges
Unsure/Positive faces the challenge of combating the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS-- many people are reluctant to fund the project only because of the negativity associated with these acronyms.
We feel this is an ongoing challenge-- but you can bet we're here to fight the good fight.
While stylistically our project is a "single camera" show, much of Unsure/Positive will be shot with two cameras. This means extra crew and personnel to manage the production. Translation: it's not cheap! (But the good stuff rarely is.)
We are very much a grassroots production and support from you, our community, will help make this project a success. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you for your continued support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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