NEW - sci-fi short film

What would you do with a second chance? Our sci-fi drama NEW tells the story of a couple facing the joys and challenges of a second life in the distant future.
John Harden
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Santa Rosa, California
United States
3 Team Members


NEW 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)


We’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.)


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Did we say "thank you" yet? Thank you!

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, 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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...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?
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?
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.

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raised by 66 people in 2 months
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$6,800 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 17, 2014
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  • $15USD
    See it!

    A digital download of the finished film

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $18USD
    London calling!

    A very special limited edition perk: for just $18 (about £11 British) donors receive ONE TICKET TO THE WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF NEW at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival on May 4, 2014! (Screening is at the BFI in London, UK. Travel to festival not included.) Donate at this level (or higher) and you also get a digital download of the film as well! Thanks to the fine folks at Sci-Fi-London for making this reward available!

    1 out of 20 claimed
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  • $25USD
    See it and read it!

    PDF files of the film script and short story adaptation (plus the digital download of the film)

    3 claimed
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  • $50USD
    Your name in lights (metaphor)

    Your name included in a "Special Thanks" on-screen credit in the film (plus all of the above perks)

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  • $75USD
    John's name on paper (literal)

    A printed copy of the script, signed by the writer/director (plus all of the above perks)

    0 claimed
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  • $100USD
    Get physical

    A DVD or Blu-ray disk of the film (plus all of the above perks)

    13 claimed
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  • $250USD
    Hella stuff

    Autographed DVDs of 2 of John’s previous short films (plus all of the above perks)

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  • $500USD
    We totally want to hang out

    ONE ticket to a special private screening & after party w/cast & crew (in SF Bay Area, transportation and lodging not included) (plus all of the above perks)

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  • $1,000USD
    ...with both of you, that is

    TWO tickets to a special private screening & after party w/cast & crew (in SF Bay Area, transportation and lodging not included) (plus all of the above perks)

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    Hey, bigshot!

    An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER screen credit on the film (plus all the above perks)

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