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A cop's strained faith is tested after confronting a wanted suspect on his way home.
sam jaeger
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Pasadena, California
United States
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"Plain Clothes" is the story of a 35-year-old cop trying to make sense of the brutality he sees at work and the struggle not to bring it home.  After promising his wife to see a therapist, the officer shares his isolation and loss of faith after being immersed in the work of murderers and savage felons.  But it's not until his drive home when Cole's faith is truly tested.

Stopping off after work to pick up candles for his son's birthday party, Cole recognizes a suspect from one of his murder cases.  After tailing the suspect to a park along the river, Cole is forced into a vicious standoff that takes him close to death, but even closer to the life he may leave behind.

Inspired by accounts from real police officers, "Plain Clothes" is an unflinching look at the emotional toll paid by the men and women in blue.  

From Director Sam Jaeger

I wrote "Plain Clothes" last year while coming out of a pretty dark point in my life.  Despite having a wonderful family with a beautiful new son, I was full of doubt and frustration about my purpose (you could call this a mid-life crisis, sans the toupee and Ferrari).  My shame at having these feelings only magnified the isolation.  

In "Plain Clothes," our main character is dealing with many of these same emotions.  He's slowly losing hold of his marriage and the beliefs that once led him to "protect and serve."  The film really only found its ending, and ultimately its thesis, once I was able to make sense of the purpose for my life.    

This movie, much like "Take Me Home" before it, is not a small movie.  It has tremendous scope and vital themes running through it.  In essence, it's a big movie on a small budget.  And its evolvement, its success, begins with you. 

If you have anything you can contribute, I would be immensely grateful.  I can't wait to share this project and its process with you.

Many thanks,

Sam J.

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  • $20USD

    An official production still from "Plain Clothes," signed by the writer/director, Sam Jaeger.

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    An original Cast and Crew T-shirt designed by Sam Jaeger.

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    An original Cast and Crew T-shirt, plus an autographed DVD of the film

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    Your name in the credits under "Thank Yous," along with an original Cast and Crew T-shirt or DVD of the film

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  • $200USD

    Associate Producer credit, plus the official Cast and Crew T-Shirt and DVD of the film, signed by director Sam Jaeger

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    Sam Jaeger (aka Joel of the TV show "Parenthood") will call and leave the following as your outgoing message: "Hi, you've reached Joel, Julia and (your name), please leave a message." In addition, you'll also receive the Cast and Crew T-Shirt and a signed copy of the official DVD.

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    Lunch with Sam Jaeger at Universal Studios. Sam will escort you and a guest through the Universal Backlot in Universal City, CA, giving you an insider look at how "Parenthood" comes together. You'll also receive an Associate Producer credit in the film, as well as the Cast and Crew T-Shirt and signed DVD of the film! Note: There is a limit of only three contributors at this level.

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