A short film about small towns, government conspiracy, and love.
Logline: A small, peaceful Midwestern town has kept a horrific government secret...until now.
As a result of post-World War 2 paranoia, government intelligence agencies initiated a complex, highly classified scientific effort to develop the ultimate human weapon in the name of defense. Research facilities were established in remote locations across the country and housed the investigative efforts of some of the worlds’ foremost scientists, specializing in biologic, genetic, and psychological manipulation.
Despite official cessation of these behavioral modification studies in the early 1970s and destruction of classified documentation of such experiments, research continued well into present day in one small, seemingly peaceful Midwestern town. Through the years, the town has existed under the shadow of these unethical, underground experimentations and its families have suffered the program’s gruesome “failures”. Yet this secret remained hidden from the outside world…until now.
Our Own is the story of this town and the lives of the people unfortunate enough to be born and to die there…
PLEASE NOTE: Many perks starts as soon as you back our film. Others, that require a finished film will be delivered between May 1, 2014 and December 1, 2014. (Other perks may take longer, depending on film festival acceptance)
Behold the power of social networking!
It all started with a tweet.
The idea for this film started with a tweet and a series of photos. From there, Kim Bergman wrote an incredible script about a small town dealing with the aftermath of a military experiment gone wrong. Or did it?
Getting this film made is about more than making a movie. It's about the power of women in film, and the magnitude of social networking. Anne, Jamie, Kim and Zac would never have met if not for Twitter. The friendships they've made and the bonds are unlike any they ever expected. In June 2012, all were lucky enough to meet at a pitch fest in Burbank, California, and have stayed in touch and grown closer.
And the rest is up to you! Three women and one courageous man will work with an incredible cast and crew to make a mind tingling short film that will leave you wanting more.
All of the creative minds behind Our Own met on Twitter. Two of the producers are the co-founders of ScriptChat on Twitter:
The Director: Kim Bergman
Following pursuit of a career in the medical/pharmaceutical field, Kim’s love for the arts was reawakened by an AFI filmmaking workshop and the founding of Cranky Calico Productions in 2007. As a DIY filmmaker, Kim combined her passions for writing and visual story-telling with her affection for the horror/thriller genre. She cut her filmmaking teeth on the ultra low-budget short horror films Game followed by Ryan, a finalist in the 2008 Frederick 72-hour Film Festival. Kim diverged from the horror genre to produce/direct the short documentary PUKER, the story of her friend and once great skater Tim "Puker" Whistler, who overcame a devastating injury and addiction to rediscover the sport he loved and left 20 years ago. PUKER screened at the 2011 Indie Grits Film Festival, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Maryland International Film Festival, and Utopia Film Festival, and won a silver award at JamFest. Kim continues to write and make films while remaining a practicing pharmacologist. Her themes of choice are rural horror, biothriller, conspiracy and revenge.
Jamie Livingston-Dierks of Twisted Cowgirl Films
Twisted Cowgirl Films was started by screenwriter and USA Today bestselling author, Jamie Livingston. After watching her words come to life while on the set of the filming of her short script, No One Knows, Jamie got hooked. No One Knows won it's category at Bare Bones Film Festival and has been accepted into 15 film festivals so far in 2013. Jamie wants to help other writers see their dreams come true, so she started Twisted Cowgirl Films.
Anne Lower of TLAU Productions:
Anne has written and directed for the stage and screen; her works have won awards in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Denver. She has been a semi-finalist in the PAGE awards, as well as a finalist for the Sundance Film Festival table read.
Anne served as an assistant to screenwriting guru Blake Snyder, and has led seminars and workshops for Women in Film – Los Angeles, Women in Focus, Freshi Film Festival, International Film Festival, UFVA, Austin Film Festival and others. She has served as a finalist judge for the Hollywood VPype project, which also included judges Julie Richardson and Frank Darabont. Anne acted as Organizing Director for V-day for three years, and through this work, she helped establish the Delores Fund, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing them with stop-gap measure funding, in order to remove them from dangerous situations, and/or receive an education.
Anne’s web series, They Live Among Us, debuted last fall, with the next installation currently in post. She and her partner Geoff Reeves’ pilot, Interglobal Trading Fund was executive produced by Cindi Rice (Dungeons and Dragons) and Mark Kern (World of Warcraft) of Red 5 Studios, and is being distributed through Stage 5 tv, with plans to develop a series and gaming franchise. Together, they founded Hammer Down Productions, and have several projects in development.
After having his short film PRELUDE banned from being shown at Modesto Junior College, Zac decided that film school wasn’t for him. Fed up with the injustice, he quit his high paying job, sold his house (all of this against the better judgment of his parents) and moved to Hollywood, where he would pay more to rent a bedroom apartment than a home he could call his own in California’s central valley.
Zac quickly landed on his feet writing and developing comedy bits for his short lived comedy troupe The Public Offender and produced the award-winning horror/western short Ghost Town. With his knack for self promotion and his bizarre sense of humor, his first job (not paying, mind you) was an internship for Suntaur Entertainment to help promote their upcoming film release. Through his passion and dedicated work ethic, he quickly rose through the ranks and is now the VP of Development at the up-and-coming indie production company.
Besides his development work at Suntaur, Zac has helped develop, produce, write and edit several web series, including Mr. Hollywood and Porntourage, has judged several screenwriting competitions (including American Accolades and Scriptapalooza) and has been a guest speaker at many screenwriting events (Sherwood Oaks College, the Horror Writers Association, Killercon).
Why do we need you?
Because making movies is expensive. Scary expensive!Making a film on a remote location like Forest City, Iowa is a logistical and organizational challenge. We have to pay for things like van rentals, gas, hard drives, camera and lighting rentals, as well as one of our largest expenses - lodging and meals for all of our cast and crew.
Potential Cost of this Movie - $25,000
If we were to shoot this movie at full cost, paying all our cast and crew the guild mandated minimums, and paying full cost for film, food, lodging, travel, gear, locations, wardrobe, post-production and music this movie would cost nearly $25,000.
Actual Cost of this Movie - $13,000
But we've managed to receive a significant number of donations of labor, time and equipment. Many of the best and brightest film crew in the Midwest and Los Angeles are donating their time to work on this film. These are people who have made amazing films and web series, and their experience is vast. Business owners are donating their locations, we have discounted lodging, and post-production is being covered by the local film school. We are now left with a budget of about $13,000.
What's Left to Raise - $13,000
And that's where you come in.
- Transportation and lodging for our cast and crew.
- Three meals a day and snacks for four days for fifteen people.
- Lighting and grip rental to light the interior locations. Lenses for the Red Epic.
- Compensation for our actors.
- Post production expenses such as editing, color correction, composer, sound...
- Set facilities rental, electricity and fees.
- Wardrobe for actors and props for art department (there will be blood, lots of blood).
- Makeup and hair.
What if we Raise More than our Goal?
Well, we have stretch goals!! At our stretch goal of $13,500, we can cover
- All of our extra fulfillment fees like fiscal sponsorship fees, credit card fees and costs of mailing all our amazing perks to you.
- Hiring a music composer to write an original score for the film.
- Initial film festival submission fees so this movie can start its journey out into the world!
Every week, we'll post a video update for all to see.
Surprise perks will be randomly tweeted (and posted on facebook) during the campaign for those who help, either through donations and/or for spreading the word, or for the backers who get us over the next hurdle.
The producers and director will keep you posted on events from pre-production to festival entries on our Facebook page
We are excited to have the opportunity to put together a talented cast and crew to make a film that will make our backers proud. Please know that we understand that NONE of this would be happening without you.
Our sincerest thanks for your support and encouragement!
Kim Bergman, Jamie Livingston, Anne Lower, Zac Sanford
When this film is complete, we will be submitting it to many major festivals. With this film, we hope to develop this short into a feature length film. Kim has already started writing the feature length screenplay and we will begin approaching financiers with the short and the script once the film is complete. The film will allow us to graduate to our careers as feature filmmakers.
Zac Sanford and Jamie Livingston are co-founders of Script Chat on Twitter, and will work to get the word out about the power of collaboration within the social networking community. They will be discussing the process of bring this film to festivals all over the world.
Kim Bergman, Anne Lower, and Jamie Livingston are dedicated to helping women reach their potential behind the camera. Women filmmakers are the future of the industry, and all three women want to be there to to make groundbreaking strides.
As part of the festival submissions, Jamie Livingston (of Twisted Cowgirl Films) will work diligently to be sure Our Own is represented at festivals supporting women.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
We understand that contributing financially may not be possible. Please consider:
- Donating a perk that we could offer to one of our supporters - we love adding new things!
- Sharing this campaign on your social media like Facebook and Twitter
- Work for a business or non-profit that might want to be a associated with the film? Tell them how to become a film sponsor.
- You are a reporter, blogger or other type of connector. Write a story, give us a shoutout on your blog, talk us up!
- Live in Iowa? Contact us! We are looking for help in many ways and would love to talk to you.
Check back often - we will be adding throughout our campaign.
Please be sure to check out our package perks which come with an assortment of great items.