From the Hard Coal

From the Hard Coal is a short historical fiction film about a father and son living in the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania in the 1870's.
Patricia Daluisio
Rochester, New York
United States
2 Team Members

About From the Hard Coal

From the Hard Coal is a vision of filmmaker James Nevada, a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Majoring in Film and Animation, James has been working on bringing to life the story of Jack, an immigrant miner, and Francis, his son, since his sophomore year in college.  

Growing up in the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania, James new that he wanted to display the rich history and culture of the area in his senior thesis project.  

Collaborating with other seniors and students at the School of Film and Animation, From the Hard Coal  has taken on a life of it's own.  The size and scope of the project is something that students and staff do not often see. 

James' hope for the film, as well as the other students who are receiving credit, is to capture a piece of history that is important to our nation.  The struggles of Jack and Francis express the struggles of many immigrants during the expansion of the United States 19th century.

What We Need & What You Get

In order to achieve our goals and make the story of Jack and Francis come alive we need your help.  The cost of making a film is not cheap, and with your charitable donation we can do more to make the film come alive.

What your money will go towards:

  • Equipment Rentals
  • Costuming and set design
  • Transportation and food
  • Entries into numerous Film Festivals

With each donation, no matter big or small, you will get a perk as a way of saying thanks for helping make our vision come alive.

The Impact

From the Hard Coal  is a project backed by the Rochester Institute of Technology.  There are several seniors working on James' thesis film in order to achieve their BFA in the film program.  The success of From the Hard Coal will provide each of those students with a reputable "calling card" when seeking jobs in the film industry.

With your help, we will be preserving a piece of our nations past, while giving life to the futures of many students.

If you want to help, but can't contribute, that's ok!

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Thank you for your help! We can't do it without you!

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Select a Perk
  • $2USD
    A Sincere Thank You

    With a donation of $2, you the contributor will receive a sticker with the film's logo on it. You can give yourself a pat-on-the-back for giving to our project.

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  • $5USD
    "Breaker Boy"

    With a contribution of $5, you the contributor will receive a handwritten Thank You card signed by James and various members of the crew. *All physical perks are cumulative

    2 claimed
  • $10USD
    "Mule Boy"

    With a contribution of $10, the contributor will receive a signed copy of the official film poster. *All physical perks are cumulative

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  • $25USD
    "Coal Guard"

    With a contribution of $25, contributors will receive an exclusive, original, director's cut of From the Hard Coal. Think of how much it'll be worth when we're all famous.... *All physical perks are cumulative

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  • $50USD
    "Mine Foreman"

    With a contribution of $50, you the contributor, will receive a one of a kind From the Hard Coal T-shirt. The same design worn by the crew during filming. *All physical perks are cumulative

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  • $250USD
    "Coal Boss"

    With a contribution of $250, you the contributor will receive a special recognition in the credits. Your name will be forever immortalized in the film. Wherever the film goes as far as festivals, the world will know we couldn't have done it without you. *All physical perks are cumulative

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  • $500USD
    Executive Producer

    With a contribution from $500-1000, you the contributor will receive an executive producer credit for the film. You will be updated on the progress of the film as it moves from production to post-production. You will be invited to the screenings in the Spring of 2014 and be updated on the entries into Film Festivals around the country. Your contribution to the film is greatly appreciated. *All physical perks are cumulative

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  • $1,000USD

    With a contribution of $1000 or more to From the Hard Coal, the individual, group or business will receive a sponsorship credit. In addition to the other perks you'll receive, you will have exclusive contact with producers and the director moving into the film festival circuit. With this perk, groups or businesses can have a specific logo added to the film for free advertising. Sponsors have the ability to tailor their perk moving into the future. *All physical perks are cumulative

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