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The 2nd Installment in the Ascendants short film series. In the future, proof of the afterlife for a few creates a corrupt dystopia.
Don Schechter
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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
3 Team Members

Watch the ENTIRE first short after our pitch! If you want to see more, please help us out!

‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ We will donate 25% of all contributions TODAY (12/3) and TOMORROW (12/4) to our Indiegogo campaign to the The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency. Support art AND animals AND your fellow humans! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ascendants-prequel-episode-2?c=activity

INITIAL FUNDING GOAL: $10,000 - Production Begins right away

STRETCH GOAL 1: $14,000 Extended film that includes scenes with Samantha Harper from the first short

STRETCH GOAL 2: $20,000 - Live action Drones, a uniformed military, pay the full cast, and keep the crew warm!

We are launching our campaign for the second installment of the Ascendants prequel. A science fiction film project that puts the conflict between science and religion front and center.

Last year, we completed the script for Ascendants, a 2-hour backdoor pilot aimed at network and cable television and online networks. Ascendants follows a family caught up in a future where proof of the afterlife, for a just a few, creates a corrupt dystopia.

It’s not about the life you lead or your religious beliefs - the only thing that matters is what is in your blood. 

 In 2013 we decided to create a prequel of sorts -- a series of short films that would provide the foundation for the pilot. 

The first short was completed last summer and was produced with the support of over 30 volunteer crew members and a modest kickstarter campaign.


 The short was set 15 years before the pilot when an Ascendant woman loses her mind deciding between leaving to be with her own kind or staying with her Biomass wife and infant child. The short hints at a great struggle… and lays the foundation for a large conspiracy.

 The film debuted at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood this summer as an official selection and finalist at the Hollyshorts film festival. Recently, it was an official selection of the Independent Television and Film Festival and will be shown at the Philip K. Dick Festival in December.

Our second installment will open up the world of Ascendants continuing the story with the resistance’s capture of a key member of the establishment.  Our production capabilities have increased since the first short. We have at our disposal a studio, equipment and the Red Epic – the same camera that was used for movies such as The Hobbit, Star Trek, and the newest Transformers.

But we still need your help. Our campaign is launching to help us cover expenses towards top-notch actors, rental of a warehouse for a set, props and costumes, and special equipment to help us create this future world. We’ve set multiple campaign goals and are truly grateful for any support.

We’d love for you to join us in making this new Ascendants short.

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  • $15USD
    Crew Sandwich

    Receive a public thank you and a nod in the credits. Plus, you're helping feed a cast or crew member on set!

    6 claimed
  • $25USD
    Ascendants Episode 1 Download

    Receive a link to download the first Ascendants film. (The film that plays after the fundraising video will only be up for a short time)

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    Both Films

    Receive a link to watch this 2nd film prior to it's official release as well as Reward #1

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Episode 1 Full

    Receive a Blu-Ray and DVD copy of the First Ascendants Short as well as a link to download it.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $150USD
    Episodes 1 and 2 Full

    Receive a Blu-Ray and DVD copy (and links!) of both the First Ascendants Short and the 2nd Short.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $150USD
    "Hi, I'm Nadia!"

    Nadia will create a custom and "unique" voicemail message for your phone OR a 30 second video on YouTube publicly thanking you...among other things..for your support. Must have a good sense of humor to purchase!

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $200USD
    Music and Films!

    Receive a link to download the original soundtrack from Ascendants as well as musical selections from the feature film, Marranos. Also receive links to download both films. (We will send out the music once the fundriasing campaign has ended)

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    DVD, Bluray, Music

    You'll get a Bluray and DVD of both shorts as well as links to download the films and the sountracks from Ascendants and Marranos.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD

    You will be highlighted in the film's credits under Special Thanks and will receive a Bluray, DVD, links as well as the soundtracks.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Be in the film!

    Live near Boston? Come be an extra! Join the resistance or stand up for the "Institute." Earn this perk to join us on set and on camera. (If you can't make it, we'll name a character after you or try to include you in another fashion)

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  • $3,000USD

    You are a PRODUCER! And will be prominently listed in the credits. You'll also receive all the other rewards and be a HERO TO US ALL! (and you will, of course, receive all the other perks)

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  • $4,000USD

    A Patron and hero! Paypal's limit if you have a verified account is 10,000 otherwise it's 4,000.

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    A Patron and hero! Paypal's limit if you have a verified account is 10,000.

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