Porch Stories

PORCH STORIES is a film about love, indecision & life on porches, with a stellar cast including Toronto’s best musicians and other unexpected stars.
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Sarah Goodman
Film
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
3 Team Members

Maddie is engaged and closing on a house when a man from her past walks by, throwing her planned out life into question. From nearby porches, neighbours young and old witness Maddie’s quandary unfold and are in turn moved to act radically in pursuit of their own happiness. Maddie’s actions inspire her next door neighbours - an elderly Portuguese couple and a musical brother/sister duo - to follow their hearts’ desire, even if it means going against convention.

This project utilizes some of the shining stars of the arts community in Toronto, showcasing their talents in unconventional ways while also highlighting the city of Toronto and the stories that surround us.  

 

My name is Sarah Goodman and I’m an award-winning film director in Toronto (ARMY OF ONE, WHEN WE WERE BOYS, HIDDEN DRIVEWAY) and I’m the director of PORCH STORIES.

The Toronto film community is increasingly embracing a movement often referred to as 'humblecore' marked by directors working in scaled-down productions with non-actors and friends, and producing some of the more exciting films coming out of our city.  This influences my approach to casting by seeking out non-actors who are performers of other stripes or just interesting local personalities who seem born to play these roles.  

What everyone involved in this film has in common is a sense of pride in Toronto, a love for our arts community, and (of course) porches.

Cast

José Miguel Contreras is a musician, songwriter and music producer who started Toronto indie-band By Divine Right in 1989.  His collaborations with singer Lily Frost have been featured in 90210, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Grey’s Anatomy and more. By Divine Right’s album Mutant Message was nominated for a 2010 Polaris Prize and a Juno Award.

Laura Barrett has toured across North America opening    for the likes of The Hidden Cameras, Beirut and Final Fantasy, and successfully charmed audiences with her intriguing live performances. Laura's music made her one of Exclaim! Magazine's Artists to Watch in 2008, and her debut EP, Earth Sciences, was a finalist for SOCAN's inaugural ECHO Songwriting Prize.

 

+ more actors TBA

Production Team

Sarah Goodman (Director, Writer, Producer) won the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival Award for Best Canadian Feature for ARMY OF ONE, and was also nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Director. Goodmanʼs documentary feature, WHEN WE WERE BOYS was nominated for a Donald Brittain Award for Best Political/Social Documentary at the 2011 Gemini Awards, and her short drama HIDDEN DRIVEWAY premiered at TIFF in 2011. Goodman also writes and directs documentary TV for Discovery, History Television, BBC, and the W Network.

Sarah Galea-Davis (Producer) has produced documentaries for CBC television, including WHO’S SORRY NOW? which is nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award. As a writer and director her credits include the short films MY ONE AND ONLY, BERLIN and CAN YOU WAVE BYE-BYE, which was nominated for a Genie for Best Short Film, and won the Bravo!Fact Best Canadian Short Film award at the World Wide Short Film Festival.

 

Avi Federgreen (Executive Producer) is the founder of Federgreen Entertainment Inc./Avi Ronn Productions Inc.  Federgreen’s current projects as Executive Producer include the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature titled DEAD BEFORE DAWN; the Vancouver based feature film RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE and MOON POINT. In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT.

 

Kailee Clayton (Production Designer) 

Maya Bankovic (Director of Photography)

Brian Liu (Line Producer, Camera Assist, all around everything guy)

 

We know you love the arts community in Toronto as much as we do. You are probably aware that Arts funding in Toronto and across Canada is under siege, making innovative projects like this difficult to finance and retain control over.

We’ve pulled in some funds through private investments, but need to raise this amount to cover the rest of production. We have pending grant applications to the arts councils and Harold Greenburg as well, but these sources alone will not take us over the top to be able to make this film. We hope to draw on the spirit of community that runs through PORCH STORIES to help make this movie a reality. With your help we can build on the growing movement of excellent maverick micro-budget films in Toronto.

In order to create PORCH STORIES, we need to raise $7500.  This money will be used for:

- Renting camera, sound and lighting equipment 
 
- Feeding our cast and crew 
 
- Paying an honorarium for our cast and crew 
 
- Renting production vehicles
 
- Buying/renting props, set-dec and costumes
 
- Media Storage

Did you see the incredible perks we are offering?  We want to thank you for your support with offers that include an exclusive trend-setting "Ossington" or "Lansdowne" T-shirt featuring vintage TTC subway design art, to an original song created by leads Laura Barrett and Jose Miguel Contreras, a hand-crafted box set of PORCH STORIES (when the film is finished) all the way up to a completely unique psychogeographic walking tour with renowned author Shawn Micallef, a Little Portugal Porch Party or a one-on-one consultation about your film project. 

It is completely understandable that everybody might not be able to help financially, but any help goes a long way – even if it’s just a dollar or two. 

You can also help us by spreading the word!  Use the Indiegogo tools up above (just under our awesome video) to share with your social networks.  Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, Twitter and Tumblr for more updates. 

Thank you so much for your support!  We really, truly can’t do this without you!

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  • $20CAD
    Passerby

    New original song (digital download) featured in the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, plus thank you in the closing credits.

    36 claimed

  • $35CAD
    The Ossington

    Do you love the buzz of Ossington but hate the proliferation of new condos? An ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION of the Ossington strip (pre-condos) by Sarah Goodman + New original song (digital download) created for the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, plus thank you in the closing credits.

    15 claimed

  • $40CAD
    Nothin' but Porch Stories

    This perk gives you all Porch Stories all the time. You'll get a digital download of a new original song featured in the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, a digital download of Porch Stories the film (when it's all finished) plus a thank you in the closing credits.

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  • $50CAD
    The Lansdowne

    Sure we wish our TTC was faster and bigger, but we love our retro stations anyway, right? Declare your love for Toronto with a UNIQUE, LOCALLY MADE T-SHIRT featuring OSSINGTON or LANSDOWNE TTC STATION design art. You also get a digital download of PORCH STORIES THE FILM + NEW ORIGINAL SONG (digital download) created for the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett + thank you in the closing credits.

    36 claimed

  • $75CAD
    The Lansdowne Plus

    LIMITED EDITION DVD of PORCH STORIES in 3D printed original box with one of three cover art illustrations + UNIQUE OSSINGTON or LANSDOWNE STATION T-SHIRT + NEW ORIGINAL SONG (digital download) created for the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, + ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION of the Ossington strip + thank you in the closing credits.

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  • $100CAD
    The Dufferin Grove

    UNIQUE CANVAS BAG featuring OSSINGTON or LANSDOWNE TTC STATION design art, perfect for shopping at the local Dufferin Grove farmer’s market + LIMITED EDITION DVD of PORCH STORIES in 3D printed original box with one of three cover art illustrations + NEW ORIGINAL SONG (digital download) created for the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, + ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION of the Ossington strip + thank you in the closing credits.

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  • $150CAD
    Neighbourhood Watch

    BOX SET of Sarah Goodman’s collected films on DVD (Including When We Were Boys, Army of One and Hidden Driveway) + everything in the Ossington, as well as your choice of incredibly awesome TTC-inspired T-shirt (see "The Lansdowne) or swanky canvas bag (see "The Dufferin Grove").

    4 claimed

  • $250CAD
    Porch Party

    Porch hang out in Toronto with the Porch Stories creative team, on the location where the film is shot. 3 course dinner featuring local food included. + Unique CANVAS BAG or T-SHIRT (listed above) + LIMITED EDITION DVD of PORCH STORIES in 3D printed original box + NEW ORIGINAL SONG (digital download) created for the film by By Divine Right lead man José Miguel Contreras and musician extraordinaire Laura Barrett, + ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION of the Ossington strip + thank you in the closing credits.

    1 out of 10 claimed

  • $350CAD
    Four Star Tour

    Uncover the secrets of the neighbourhood in an experience like no other. Lauded author, city flaneur and award-winning Spacing Magazine Senior Editor Shawn Micallef takes a select few on one of his renowned PSYCHO-GEOGRAPHIC WALKING TOURS, tailored for the neighborhood of the film. Limited spots for this unique experience. Plus, everything in the Ossington, as well as your choice of T-shirt (see "The Lansdowne) or canvas bag (see "The Dufferin Grove")

    1 out of 5 claimed

  • $500CAD
    Consult with Sarah Goodman

    This one is straightforward and substantial: a chance for a ONE-ON-ONE PROJECT CONSULTATION with Sarah Goodman (can be documentary or fiction, in-person or over Skype) + everything in the Ossington, as well as your choice of T-shirt (see "The Lansdowne) or canvas bag (see "The Dufferin Grove")

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  • $1,000CAD
    The Generous Landlord

    For the supporter who wants it all: includes a ONE-ON-ONE PROJECT CONSULTATION with Sarah Goodman (can be documentary or fiction, in-person or over Skype) a WALK BY PART in PORCH STORIES + 2 Tickets to Toronto premiere + FRAMED PRINTED STILL from PORCH STORIES + a PORCH HANG OUT in scenic Little Portugal with 3 course dinner included + everything in the Ossington, as well as your choice of T-shirt (see "The Lansdowne) or canvas bag (see "The Dufferin Grove")

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