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When the air is toxic … you make a SHORT film and you shoot it FAST. *UPDATED* *UNFROZEN*
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    EVERY CONTRIBUTION COUNTS – Thanks! You'll get behind-the-scenes updates, stories, stills, and videos (no spam, we promise!) – we know how it is, we're indie filmmakers, so we're thrilled whether you give a little or a lot, with your name, anonymously, or as a gift.

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    EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS! – You’re making this movie a reality, so you deserve to see it before anyone else – plus THANKS IN THE FILM!! The end credits will include the line "Kickstarted by" with YOUR NAME. (Access to a digital pre-screener via time-sensitive password before it goes online for the rest of the world.) You’ll get all the updates, too.

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    A FLOOD OF FOOTAGE – See the alternate ending! And an alternate beginning!! And more!!! In every film, from first assembly to final cut, lines change and shots are rearranged. Along with the updates, special advance access, and thanks in the credits, you'll receive unprecedented, immersive access to FIVE distinct (and discarded) edits of THE SAND STORM. Films rarely open themselves up to this kind of scrutiny, and for those who care about process it can be fascinating (humbling for the filmmakers, so there will be a time limit for you to watch how we work).

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    COME TO OUR SCREENING – PLUS POSTCARDS FROM A WORLD LOW ON WATER – we're printing postcards so classy you won't know whether to send them or keep them so you'll receive TWO sets of each: 3 film stills plus 2 behind-the-scenes snapshots. Also: thanks in the film, advance online access, updates, and an invitation to attend any or all of three special screenings in (1) New York, (2) Los Angeles, and (3) someplace in China TBD. By the way, when we say special, we mean we'll make an event out of it. We can't cover your travel, but we will save you a place!

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    THE WATER SMUGGLER ACTION FIGURE! – Wait. What!?? Forget all that other stuff! We are producing limited edition 3 3/4" action figures inspired by THE WATER SMUGGLER character, designed and hand-cast by artists Charlie Becker and Bill McMullen (google these guys, seriously), totally in the style of classic 70s/80s Star Wars toys, numbered, in an exclusive run for Kickstarter supporters. (We will post updates with sketches and mockups over time.) Also: *SPECIAL THANKS* IN THE CREDITS (an upgrade from regular thanks), advance online access, reserved seating (!) at a real-world screening, a few postcards, early cuts of the film, all the updates. (Update to this reward: The degree to which any toy we make is closely modeled after or merely inspired by characters and props from the final film may be subject to change, but the quality will remain consistent.)

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    **NEW/WEEK2** MYSTERY FRAME (image is 48 cm x 20 cm ~ 19" x 8") – We will hand pick and print to archival standards a limited run (each) of nine of the most striking frames from the cutting room floor (which might otherwise never see the light of day!) then individually wrap and pack for shipping. You will receive ONE blow-up, selected entirely at random, along with a short note about the shot, from director Jason Wishnow. Whether the still frame is a moment immediately before or after a cut, an alternate take, or perhaps from an entirely different angle or scene, it will be, without a doubt, incomparably beautiful. (Inspired by two classic TED Talks: Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice and JJ Abrams' mystery box.) Along with this very special Kickstarter exclusive, you will receive updates, advance access to see THE SAND STORM, a real-world screening invite, postcards, work-in-progress links, and *SPECIAL THANKS* IN THE CREDITS.

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    THE SHADOWBOX! (*NEW* for unlocking Milestone #1) – In case you were wondering, yes, we gathered the intermingling hairs from the ground once one of the actors sheared the director's and cinematographer's heads, and no, we may not quite understand why you'd want them, but, in recognition of our MOST DANGEROUS BARBER IN THE WORLD on-set hairstyling incident you will receive an ACTUAL LOCK OF HAIR, framed, on display beside a striking production image. In case of emergency you can break glass to wear it round your neck, test paternity, create clones (should eithics and technology finally catch up), or do what you will, that's up to you. An exclusive numbered edition for Kickstarter supporters. You will also receive updates, postcards, advance access, a real-world screening invite, work-in-progress links, and *SPECIAL THANKS* IN THE CREDITS. (Update to this reward: This reward pretty much stays the same.)

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    YOU ARE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. YES, JUST LIKE THAT!! As a BENEFACTOR OF THE ARTS: (1) Your name will be included in the end credits of this film; (2) Your name will be listed (under the title “Associate Producer”) on IMDB. As a MEMBER OF THE TEAM: (1) You will receive one reserved seat at our premiere festival screening (in 2014); (2) You will be informed of all 2014 screenings (empty seats may become available on a first-come basis); (3) You (and your guests!) have access to any special screenings (see above) as well as any premiere parties connected to the film’s release. IN ADDITION: You will receive three 4"x6" photographs, film stills of: (1) the shared frame with your name on it; (2) an image from the film; (3) the movie title. NOTE: This position and these privileges will be shared by up to ten contributors, only. Select members of the crew will also receive this title. (If you'd care for a more exclusive title, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER is also available, but we'd have to talk about it in the car.)

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    ARCHIVAL FILM STILL (approx image size 48 cm x 20 cm ~ 19" x 8") – A limited-edition Kickstarter-exclusive frame of footage can be yours. We will print to archival standards and keep you informed of the image production process. And you will receive updates, postcards, advance access, a real-world screening invite, work-in-progress links, and thanks in the credits. (Update to this reward: In the event that the exact image we originally offered you becomes unavailable, we are instead going to provide you with a choice from one of several new and arguablly equally stunning images depicting different moments from the film which we had previously hand-selected as possible alternate Kickstarter rewards.)

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