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My name is Lauren Modery, and I want to ask you to donate to a film I co-wrote with director Geoff Marslett, otherwise known as the filmmaker who spent three years in a windowless room creating his first movie, MARS.
Well, he’s back with a second movie, Loves Her Gun, that not only was created in one third of the time as MARS, but also filmed in wide open spaces including Austin, New York and everywhere in between.
Loves Her Gun, a story of a twenty-something hipster who flees Brooklyn for Austin, was born out of my very late night panic attacks, and though I have never been victim to anything other than several bad haircuts and some questionable fashion choices inspired by Elton John, the safety concerns were a very real (delusional) fear that we decided to elaborate on. Our protagonist, Allie Perkins, leads a very meandering lifestyle in Brooklyn. With no job and a douchey boyfriend, it's no surprise that she hops on the next bus (i.e a Japanese flag-painted RV full of karate rock musicians) down to Austin, Texas after becoming the victim of a brutal attack. Despite her seeming improvement as she settles into the slower-paced lifestyle of Austin and garners the affections of Clark Rodriquez, a recent hipster transplant from Mexico, Allie's anxieties and fears continue to haunt her. She quickly falls into Texas gun culture as a means to feel safe, but begins walking a fine line between reasonable self-preservation and paranoid withdrawal. As she spends more time on the shooting range than she does in her apartment, can she maintain healthy relationships, or will the weapons she uses to protect herself actually cause her problems worse that the ones she was fleeing?
We are so proud and honored to have an amazing cast including Trieste Kelly Dunn (Cold Weather, Canterbury's Law, Bored to Death, Banshee), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil), Ashley Rae Spillers (Saturday Morning Massacre, The Bounceback, Zero Charisma, Slacker 2011), and Melissa Hideko Bisagni (Medicine For Melencholy) in the film. We are equally proud of the talented crew including Amy Bench (director of photography), Robert Kellough (sound designer), Hanan Townshend (composer), Renee Stairs (sound recordist), Javier Bonafont (Production Designer), and Ian Holden (editor).
Now, Indieagogo suggested that we writer about why this campaign is important to us. The short answer is, I don't want Geoff’s house foreclosed on.
Not really. Let him put it in his own words:
Hi, my name is Geoff.
This is my second feature film, and coincidentally the second one I have had to mostly put on my credit cards.
As depressing as that might sound, it also means I keep doing this because I really am passionate and proud of the work I do. Hopefully some of you are reading this because you saw my previous feature film "MARS" and you liked it enough to consider helping me finish "Loves Her Gun". (and if you haven't seen "MARS" you can see it right now on SONY Crackle or Netflix or at least google the trailer on Vimeo or Youtube). "MARS" was a big hit on the indie film circuit in 2010-2011, and we will be releasing it on DVD soon. I have also been lucky that several of my short films ("Monkey vs. Robot", "Bubblecraft", my segment from "Slacker 2011", SXSW Bumpers) have received enthusiastic receptions in festivals and on TV worldwide.
All that sounds like I must be raking in the cash, right? Of course not. Mostly it just makes me feel better about myself while I pay off the remaining debts from them by working extra hard at my day job. However, even with that warm and fuzzy feeling of success, you reach a point where both VISA and MASTERCARD say you just cannot have another cash advance...and that is where you guys come in!
We have spent the last twelve months writing, shooting, scoring, casting, editing, and toiling away on "Loves Her Gun"...and even after working on this for the last year, I still think it is pretty darn good. It is a very different film than "MARS" is. It is darker, it isn't a comedy, and it isn't animated...but it still retains the collection of bold visuals and quirky characters that populate the types of films I like to make.
I hope (and believe) that you will like it, and I want the chance to show it to you very soon. We are almost done! We just need foley (sound FX), color correction (making the colors pretty like a Hollywood movie), a sound mix, and a DCP online (a finished format that can be screened in festivals and theatres). Then it is done! It's a shame we need roughly $5,000-$6,000 more to do this on the cheap.
Making films is what I do for a living AND what I do with nearly every waking hour and extra cent I have. It is a giant part of who I am, and I am very proud and thankful I have had the chance to keep producing work and getting it in front of audiences world wide (even if it isn't always profitable). I have even made a career as a teacher at the University of Texas trying to share what I have learned. Your donations will be the support that makes this film possible...without the help I received in the production phase we wouldn't have gotten the film shot.
What We Need & What You Get
Okay, this movie is cheap by even indie movie standards. We are going to get it done for less than $40,000. That is a fraction of the cost of craft services (food) on a Hollywood production...and the equivalent of a year's salary for people like me.
I can break down the line items if you are really interested, but I am sure you would rather read about what I can give you if you help me finish this movie!
A lot of people have been asking me when/how they can finally buy "MARS" dvds. Well the good news is I have big stack of them in my house right now. They will be for sale soonish, but for now I want to make them a special thank you for people who help me make this new film. Right now, donating to "Loves Her Gun" is the only way to get a "MARS" dvd. How's that for EXCLUSIVE!
And none of you have seen the new film, so you would have no way of knowing this, but my favorite band (full disclosure: I am in the band) THE KARATE KIDS feature prominently in this new film. The Karate Kids also have prosthetic arms and sing songs about their favorite film franchise. Unbeknowst to many, a full length KARATE KIDS CD has been recorded and not yet released...but if you donate to "Loves Her Gun" you can get a copy. How's that for even more EXCLUSIVE!
If you give enough you can even come to the cast and crew screening of the finished film or grab an Executive Producer credit.
Other Ways You Can Help
I hope you can help us with some money. But if you can't, you can still help by passing this on to anyone you think might be interested in donating. Every person you tell about it is one more chance we have of making our goal. Even if they are only donating cause they want a "MARS" dvd.