NEWNEW is an original, 15-minute science fiction film. It tells the story of Hugh and Candace, an elderly couple who choose to be cryonically preserved (stored at sub-zero temperature) at the time of their deaths. They awaken, centuries later, to find their minds and memories intact and their health - and youth - restored. What unfolds is a drama, spiked with humor, as the two come to grips with the joys and challenges of a second life in the distant future.
Principal photography for NEW took place in July and August of 2013. Our production was financed almost entirely by crowd-funded donations. (Thank you! If you like, check out our original crowd-funding page)
NOWWe’re very excited to report that NEW will have its world premiere in London, at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival (April 24-May 4)
That’s great news, but it’s also just weeks away. As the clock ticks down, we’re still putting important finishing touches on the film:
• finishing visual effects
• sourcing music
• professional color grading
• final sound mix
This is our second and final round of crowd-funding, and it comes at crucial moment in the life of a film now two years in the making. Everything hinges on what happens in the next few weeks. But we're nearly there! You can help push our ambitious project across the finish line.
What you get
We're offering lots of choices in the kind of rewards you can get for donating to the project, including signed scripts, disks or downloads of the finished film, even seats at a special private screening of the film.
(If you were a supporter in our previous campaign, thanks for coming back to see us! If you choose to contribute again, we'll do the math and make sure you get all the perks coming to you, for the combined total of all your donations.)
If you can't make a donation right now, there are still ways you can help us out.
- Make some noise about our campaign - tell the indie film & sci-fi fans in your life about us, whether by word of mouth, email, or the social media of your choice!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools. Help us reach the vast Indiegogo community out there, looking for the next cool project to support.
Who we are
NEW's writer and director is John Harden. John's work has aired on national television and screened at festivals around the world. It's even won some awards. You can learn more and see some of his other films here.
NEW was produced by Little Room Media (John and his wife Sheila) in association with Don R. Lewis, who also helped cast the film. Don writes for FilmThreat.com, and was co-producer of THE VIOLENT KIND, a sci-fi/horror film that premiered at Sundance in 2010. He’s also one of the filmmakers behind the popular documentary WORST IN SHOW.
L-R: Jared Abrahamson, Joslyn Jensen, and Jennifer Lafleur
Our film stars Jared Abrahamson in the lead role of HUGH. Jared hails from northern Manitoba, Canada. He moved west to Vancouver to try his hand at acting, and landed his first professional role as the lead in the Hallmark movie “Finding a Family.”
Joslyn Jensen plays CANDACE, Hugh’s wife, who accompanies her husband on his cryonic one-way trip to the future. Joslyn is an actor and musician from Brooklyn, NY. She received many accolades for her performance in the 2011 indie feature film WITHOUT, including a special jury prize from the Florida Film Festival.
Jennifer Lafleur is a familiar face to fans of filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass, as she's appeared in many of their films including THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON. In our film NEW, she’ll take on the part of NOELLE, the historian and case worker tasked with easing Hugh and Candace into their new lives in the 23rd century.
Thanks for having a look at our campaign! Please tell your friends!
All the best,
John, Sheila, Don & Team NEW
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FAQs...for enquiring minds. (Added 4-7-14)
Q: Cryonics is science fiction, right?
A: Nope, it’s a real thing. Hundreds of bodies - or patients, if you prefer - are currently preserved in liquid nitrogen at about minus 200 degrees F, in various facilities around the globe. Cryonicists believe that in the future, medical advances may enable physicians to repair bodies & brains and restore these patients to life. Google it! Or, visit the American Cryonics Society. They’re nice folks, who were quite excited to hear about our film, and I’ll bet they’d be happy to sign you up!
Q: What do you need this money for? Didn’t you already raise a bunch?
A: Yes we did, in the spring of 2013. If you like, have a look at our original campaign page. People rallied to the cause and made it a success! But - in a story familiar to anyone who’s ever made a film - we went over budget. There were surprises during the shoot, and expenses we didn’t anticipate. Much of our our post-production budget was spent on the actual production. Other expenses were charged to credit cards. And so, here we are:
A small portion of the money we raise covers equipment (hard drives) needed for post-production. Smaller cuts cover fees Indiegogo and credit card companies charge on your donation, and the cost of producing and shipping rewards like DVDs to you, our supporters.
The bulk of our finishing funds will pay for finishing services that will polish NEW to a pro-level shine: visual effects, a professional sound mix, and color grading.
Note there are zero dollars allocated for travel to film festivals. This is not the “buy John plane tickets to London” campaign! Unfortunately, John currently has no plans to attend the film’s premiere. Quite literally, it’s not in the budget.
Q: Why are you making this film?
A: We want to tell this story! The very notion of cryonic preservation opens a window into people’s beliefs about mortality and identity, their attitudes about their current lives, and their plans to live another. These are people who are actively making plans to beat death! NEW tells the compelling story of a wish granted… and how that scenario might play out. Furthermore, a screenplay for a feature-length version of NEW is in the works. If our short film serves as a proof-of-concept that helps get the feature script read, and produced, great. If not, we think NEW the short film will stand alone as an achievement we all can be proud of.
Q. What will you do with the film when it’s finished?
A: NEW is already being submitted to film festivals now as a work-in-progress. After a festival run, we expect some kind of distribution will happen, and eventually it will be online so everyone can see and enjoy it.
Got more questions? Let's hear 'em! Post them in the comments section.