NOTE: Although this campaign for pre-production and principle photography has ended, you can still make a tax-deductible donation towards post-production and festival marketing expenses at our page at our non-profit 501c fiscal sponsor, The San Francisco Film Society (http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=1169)
A cerebral palsy-stricken young man, living with his elderly, chronically-ill parents, must pass a motor skills test to escape being sent away to live in a home for disabled adults.
Hi, my name is Bruce B. Gordon. I'm a filmmaker (writer/director/producer). I was inspired by my wife's work as a school psychologist, testing special-needs students in order to help provide them with the free and appropriate education guaranteed by law. I was also inspired by a few post-teenage disabled guys who live in my building, who live independently, go to school and work jobs (with the help of government agency workers who monitor their progress and safety).
Fascinated by their daily chatting about sports, girlfriends and work drama, I wrote the screenplay for "Whole 'Nother Level" after I had the "ah-ha" moment that: "Just because a person has a disability, that doesn't mean he or she doesn't have all the same kinds of desires, hopes and dreams as everyone else."Rallying some other student filmmakers at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, California, we are turning my script into a 10-minute short film as my thesis project.
"Whole 'Nother Level" is being made to raise awareness about disabled people's struggles to live and be treated like everyone else. It's the story of a young man approaching adulthood, whose chance for independent living is in jeopardy because of his disability. This touches all of us, who, at some time in our lives, have something that tries to force us to live a lesser life than we would like to have.
If our campaign doesn't happen, there will be one less ray of light to shine on the needs of people living with disabilities to share the same acceptance and respect as everybody else.
What We Need & What You Get
We need your tax-deductible donations, for a total of $7875. (Give through our fiscal sponsor: the San Francisco Film Society, a 501c nonprofit organization, and you can receive deductions on your taxes for your gifts.)
How These Funds Will Be Used: Location fees, permits, insurance, camera equipment and lens rentals, hard drives, and post production, etc. You'll find a much more detailed description with dollar amounts if you look at the "Budget" page of our Web site at: http://www.wix.com/wholenotherlevel/shortfilm.
is your chance to be a filmmaker yourself!
In exchange for your generous gifts, you can get items and personal experiences with the movie-making process that money alone can't buy. Become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT, PATRON OF THE CINEMA, FILM CONNOISSEUR or MOVIE BUFF! (See the right-hand column for details.)
You might be asking:
"What if you raise less than your $7,875 goal?
Very good question. We will still make the best film possible with the resources that we do raise. Maybe we won't have that great steadicam shot or that jib-arm camera move... but we'll still capture the story. Would be nice to make the most visually stunning film possible, though. Wouldn't you agree?
"What if you make way more than $7,875?
Another very good question. Any funds we receive above and beyond what's necessary to produce and deliver this film successfully will go toward the massive fees involved with fees and expenses associated with national and international film festivals. These can include additional duplication and other post production costs, submission and application fees, publicity, promotion and festival exhibition travel expenses.
"Is there a deadline on the contributions?"
Yes, there is! We have until January 19th, 2012 to raise the money. After that, we'll be committed to making the film we can with whatever money we raise.
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread the word! We need your help to spread this message to people so that we can get this film made!!!
Please use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Profiles, MySpace, blogs, IMDB, your telephones and, especially, word of mouth!
If you could direct people to our listing at the San Francisco Film Society at http://www.sffs.org/donate/ or our own Web site at http://www.wix.com/wholenotherlevel/shortfilm, you'd be doing a wonderful thing!
So please support the project, give what you can and use those "Share With Friends" links below. Spread the word and together we'll make this film more than just a movie... but a cinematic wonder, inspiring a new social movement to support disabled people!