Thanks to everyone who contributed and spread the word!
You are the reason we have gotten so far!
Although we did not reach our total goal, we are still hugely happy at having obtained over 15,700$. To continue our fundraising efforts we are now accepting contributions directly on our website: www.gointhewilderness.com. You will receive the same perks as during the official campaign. Visit our home page and click the yellow button to contribute via Paypal.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
The GITW Team
ABOUT THE FILM
GO IN THE WILDERNESS is writer/director Elza Kephart's second feature film, based on the little-known myth of Lilith, Adam's rebellious first mate.
Where we’re at: The film has been shot and edited, with only the sound and music left to complete. Our goal is to finish the film by April 2013 in time to apply to the Toronto International Film Festival.
GO IN THE WILDERNESS was 100% independently financed, with generous support from friends, family, savings and credit cards. We need to raise an additional 30,000$ for sound post-production, for which we have teamed up with Genie Award winning sound designer Martin Pinsonnault, and Gemini Award winning composer Robert Marcel Lepage. That’s why we’re here! We are nearly there and with your help we can achieve our goal!
GO IN THE WILDERNESS tells the story of Lilith, Adam’s rebellious first mate, and her mysterious Guardian, as they forge an uneasy alliance on their journey back to Eden. Once in the Garden, they meet Adam and his new mate Eve, and realise that all is not as it seems in Paradise... Shot against the striking backdrop of Quebec’s remote North Coast, GO IN THE WILDERNESS presents a bold new version of the myth of creation.
Curious for more, view the longer trailer here: https://vimeo.com/50565066
GO IN THE WILDERNESS came about when I (writer/director Elza Kephart) read about the myth of Lilith in college and became determined to put this little-known character’s story on film. To find out more: http://www.gointhewilderness.com/about.php
I teamed up once more with Patricia Gomez Zlatar, producer of GRAVEYARD ALIVE – A ZOMBIE NURSE IN LOVE, my first feature. Together, we set out to make our second feature on a shoestring budget and under extremely challenging conditions.
We drove 1200 KM (745 miles) up the St-Lawrence shoreline to get the locations needed to recreate the dawn of time.
There we braved hurricanes, bears, and man-eating marshes, not to mention an army of bugs! We shot 100% outdoors, lit entirely by natural and fire light. Yep, we ladies don’t like to take the easy road…
We have received amazing support: Parks Canada and the SEPAQ (Quebec’s national parks), gave us access to their locations at practically no cost. Concept artist Henry Fong (Pacific Rim, Mirror Mirror, Immortals,) designed the costumes.
We received all kinds of sponsorships from local businesses, ranging from bottled water to editing suites. And last but not least we were lucky enough to have incredibly dedicated cast and crew, who drove 12 hours north with relative strangers, agreed to be housed in trailers, and survived on no sleep! (Every day of the campaign, we will be broadcasting one crew member’s best stories, stay tuned)
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN....
Watch the teaser https://vimeo.com/49507762
JOIN THE ADVENTURE!
Writer/Director/Producer Elza Kephart
Elza Kephart is an award-winning filmmaker. At the tender age of 24, she wrote and directed her first feature, GRAVEYARD ALIVE – A ZOMBIE NURSE IN LOVE. The film screened in over 20 international film festivals and garnered numerous awards, notably the prestigious Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography at the Slamdance Film Festival. Elza is a graduate of Emerson College (Boston) in Visual & Media Arts, and the prestigious Canadian Film Center’s Director’s Lab, and has attended the TIFF Talent Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has received development financing from Telefilm Canada, SODEC and CALQ for numerous scripts. To feed her filmmaking habit she works on Hollywood sequels shot in Montreal. GO IN THE WILDERNESS is her second feature.
http://badseedpictures.ca/ (a wee bit old school but does the trick!)
Connect with Graveyard Alive: http://www.facebook.com/GraveyardAlive
Producer Patricia Gomez Zlatar
After graduating from Concordia University (Montreal) in Biology, Patricia Gomez Zlatar co-wrote and produced the award-winning GRAVEYARD ALIVE. Believing her love of film was a foolish pipe dream, Patricia steadfastly continued down the academic path and graduated with a Master’s in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. After years of working as a scientist in Florida, Patricia’s love of film could no longer be denied; she returned to Montreal and teamed up with Elza to form Bad Seed Pictures, a company dedicated to creating innovative films in the horror and fantasy genre. When bills need to get paid, Patricia masquerades as an accountant, and has worked for such films as MUMMY 3, BEASTLY, RIDDICK 3 and WHITE HOUSE DOWN. GO IN THE WILDERNESS is her second feature.
Sound Designer Martin Pinsonnault
Martin Pinsonnault has over 20 years’ experience, having worked on over 50 films. Over the years his work has received multiple awards including for C.R.A.ZY (Genie Award* - Best Sound Editing). He has worked on such films as Rebelle, Canada's entry to the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, and Denis' Villeneuve's Un 32 Aout sur Terre. Martin also designed the sound for Elza Kephart’s first feature film, GRAVEYARD ALIVE. www.martinpinsonnault.com
*Genie = Canadian Academy Awards
Composer Robert Marcel Lepage
Award-winning Robert Marcel Lepage has been active on the Quebec music scene for over 25 years, and has produced numerous original film soundtracks. Among which Le Magicien de Kaboul by Philippe Baylaucq, Roger Toupin, épicier variété and, Ce qu’il faut pour vivre by Benoit Pilon, La Donation, Contre toute espérance and La Neuvaine by Bernard Emond, Dans les villes and Mariages, by Catherine Martin. This multifaceted musician’s work has been awarded four Geminis.
*Gemini = Canadian Emmy Awards
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HOW INDIEGOGO WORKS
Indiegogo is an internet platform which enables projects to accept online financial contributions. The principle on which crowdfunding rests is that it is possible to raise sizeable amounts of funds through a very large number of people donating small amounts of money.
You decide how much you want to pledge and choose an associated perk. When our campaign ends, IndieGoGo takes a 4% fee off the money we’ve raised. If we don't reach our goal, the fee is 9% (which is why it's very important that we reach our goal). Another 3% goes to IndieGoGo for credit card processing fees. Every other dollar goes straight into finishing this movie!
Your contribution of any size will go towards completing our film. To express our thanks we have put together different packages of perks, including some beautiful stills (visit the Gallery page to view our perks). Want to give more than our max level? Go right ahead! Want to donate but don't want the perks, just indicate this when you give.
We will do our best to ship them off as soon as the campaign ends. However the DVD or digital download will not be available until we secure distribution. We will ship the DVD separately from the other perks, so you get all your goodies before Christmas!
HOW ELSE CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
Spread the word! The success of this campaign depends on getting as many people to notice as possible. Share the Indiegogo page, like the GITW page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and if you have a blog write about the film! This is just as important as a financial contribution.
We will do our best to get your rewards to you in a timely manner. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the delivery time frame for the film until it has found a distributor. However we will mail you all the other rewards as soon as the campaign is over.
Here are some questions I have been getting last week so I thought I would reply here:
Why are we using Indiegogo and not Kickstarter?
#1-We are Canadian. You have to have an American resident as part of your team whose bank account you can use to disburse the funds. If I really wanted to do this I could, but I do not want to cause potential fiscal problems to my friends if the IRS comes a knocking.
#2-I don’t believe that with all the work we are putting in we should not get all the funds people have pledged. Micro-financing should not be a race, or a gimmick, but a new way to finance either parts or whole projects. What counts is getting people to support your project to get you further ahead.
Why is the teaser so short/I am not sure of the story?
We didn’t want to have too long of a teaser, as we are already asking you to ingest a lot of material. We want you to see a glimpse of the film and, through that, support the rest of our vision. You can find out more about the story by going to our website: www.gointhewilderness.com or watching the slightly longer trailer in the gallery.
What happens if you don’t raise all the financing?
We will finish this project no matter what. It might take a little longer, but your money WILL NOT go to waste, or to buying Elza some shiny new pants.
You can contact us directly with the rest of your questions at: email@example.com
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