NOW ON IMDb: ‘TAKE THE REINS’ (pre-production)
TAKE THE REINS
Reopens Crowdfunding Doors
Due to a number of failed credit card charges on Kickstarter, ’Take the Reins’ did not technically meet its film budget goal of $15,500
At the close of the Kickstarter campaign on December 31st, the campaign was successfully funded, reaching a donation total of $16,670. As a result, it cleared the danger of Kickstarter’s “All or Nothing” rule.
However, Kickstarter only processes the payments at the completion of the campaign and if a backer’s credit card is declined, they have 7 days from the project’s deadline to update their payment method. If the payment is not collected within 7 days, the donation will be dropped from the project completely.
Of the $16,670 pledged donations, the successfully processed payments, at the end of the 7 day period, totaled $9,203
Despite this minor setback, it is still an incredible result and I’m so inexplicably grateful to all my backers for their generous support. It means everything to me, to have this opportunity.
I aim to give everything I’ve got to this project, in hopes to make ’Take the Reins’ the best it possibly can be. Which is why I’ve decided to reopen the crowdfunding doors, in an attempt to raise the film’s budget goal of $15,500 in total.
I have kicked off this Indiegogo campaign in an endeavor to raise the remaining $6,300 which will bridge the gap to successfully funding the film budget in total.
Please help ’Take the Reins’ go all the way with Indiegogo!
MEET THE FILMMAKER
RIZ STORY with TogethermenT Films, as Cinematographer and Production Company for TAKE THE REINS.
Riz Story is President and Founder of TogethermenT Films in Hollywood, California. Story was called "a true Renaissance man" by Billboard Magazine in reference to his wide array of talents, including musician, composer, record producer, writer, filmmaker, and the list goes on. To read Riz’s full biography and view his credits, visit www.imdb.me/rizstory
And check out the trailer for Riz Story’s upcoming film, ‘A Winter Rose' - with great performances by Kimberly Whalen, Billy Zane, Paul Sorvino, Robert Miano, Theresa Russell and Taryn Manning. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN3DCfrslzM
New Reward Tier
TAKE THE REINS T-SHIRT
THE OFFICIAL TAKE THE REINS T-SHIRT
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designed exclusively for the campaign.
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On Christmas Day 2010, Simone Back, a depressed charity worker killed herself as Facebook users mocked a suicide note she left as her final status update, that read: "Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one." Facebook "friends" of Simone Back responded with cruel messages. One user replied calling her a liar who “overdoses all the time” while another said it was “her choice.”
More than half of Facebook users (and one out of every 13 people on Earth is a Facebook user) log on every day. Nearly half 18-to-34-year-olds check Facebook minutes after waking up, and 28% do so before getting out of bed. Facebook never takes a break. We never take a break. Simone Back died as her "friends" were mocking and laughing at her Facebook status. Some of whom lived within walking distance of her house.
It makes you wonder if these people would be so bold as to repeat their words to the faces of Simone's parents. I highly doubt it. It’s so easy to bravely voice one’s opinion while hiding behind the shield of a computer screen. When did human beings decide to stop caring about each other? What kind of world are we creating for our future generations? When are we going to wake up and realize that we are all human beings, we are all here together, and we are all imperfect?
Social media promised us connection. Yet, how many of us feel alone, despite being surrounded by “friends”? This shocking true story will hold up a mirror to today’s society. With this film, I want more than anything to inspire more truth, connection and vulnerability in our world.
Tomorrow never comes. So, go on and take the reins.
If not now, when?
The allure and power of Facebook is the way it enables us to be social while sparing us all the embarrassing realities of society— the unanticipated revelations we make at parties, the uncomfortable pauses, and the spilled drinks etc. Instead, we have the ease and efficiency of a seemingly well-oiled, social machine.
But at what cost?
This film will address the desolate human disconnection that we self-generate with the fear of not being "perfect" or "normal" in society. When it's actually the imperfections that make us human... and vulnerable... and beautiful.
A Facebook or Twitter connection is not the same as a bond. But loneliness is something that social media is not doing to us. We are doing it to ourselves. At the end of the day, we make the decisions about how we use the machines in our lives, and not the other way around. Every time we shop at the local grocery store, we are faced with a choice — we can buy our groceries from a machine or we can buy our groceries from a human being? Which do you choose?
Now is the time to choose love and defy fear.
Take the reins.
Writer, Producer, Lead Actress