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What On Earth Is It That I Just Watched?
When the frantic girls came pounding on our door, breathless and in shock, screaming about UFOs, we were instantly convinced that they had experienced something extraordinary by the sheer conviction of their belief in what had happened. We were also somewhat disappointed to have missed it!
Moments later, all doubts disappeared forever. The three mysterious visitors now returned, this time 300 feet higher in the air. We all watched in awe as they silently glided above us with intelligent movement.
In the end, a total of eight people (5 adults and 3 kids!) were witness to this extraordinary event in my little neighbourhood.
That story and what happened after is the subject of ROSELAND.
Emily Wass's drawing of the UFOs over a house.
We Need Help To Finish This Film!
In essence, we have already captured the heart of this story.
With filmmaker David Rendall editing, we were able to produce the short, evocative trailer you see above.
Now we need more funds to finish shooting and editing the rest of this film, so that we can get it out into the world!
And unlike Fixed-Funding style Campaigns, Roseland will receive all Campaign contributions - even if we DON'T meet our Funding GOAL!
Molly Mitchison's drawing of one of the UFOs.
There Are A Lot Of UFO Documentaries. How Will This One Be Different?
This is not a typical UFO sighting. The extraordinary synchronicity of nine separate witnesses is only the tip of the iceberg. We also have IPhone footage of the second return sighting.
This will not be a typical UFO documentary. Despite the compelling evidence, the center of inquiry will not revolve around the burden of proof. The witnesses know what happened and aren't waiting for anyone to prove it to them. More extraordinary than the evidence is the effect the sightings have had on all of our lives.
So at its most sincere, Roseland aims to be a meditation on belief and doubt, growing up and growing old - with this extraordinary event and its repurcussions serving as catalyst. Ideally, we will avoid touching the question of proof. The film at its best, will transcend the need to even answer this question.
Christina Crow's drawing of three UFOs.
What Your Money Will Do.
Films cost money to make. Our film is going to cost an awful lot less than it should.
Why? First of all, because we have no choice. We have no money. We are not studio-backed or even parent-backed. :) We need to make something out of nothing.
Second, because we care about the project. This literally fell into my lap out of the sky and I am driven to complete it at any cost. Fortunately, I've been lucky enough to receive the goodwill of talented industry people like Ian Anderson and Rachelle Audet - who under normal circumstances command high pay in the studio-driven side of the film industry. And that goodwill keeps coming in!
Third, because clearly, the Pleiadians are helping us.:)
Here's a breakdown of how your donations are going to help!
EQUIPMENT: 2 cameras, tripods, lenses, lights, cables, gels, sound mixing kit, remote mics, boom mic, poles, batteries, tape, etc. The list goes on. This stuff is expensive to rent and even more expensive to buy. We're renting.
FOOD: This may sound trivial, but the earthbound need to eat. Every day. Several times.
TRANSPORT & TRAVEL: A lot of our shooting takes place on Roseland Avenue, but we will also be visiting other interesting locations like The Perimeter Institute in Waterloo; Moonbeam, Ontario near North Bay; and possibly Upstate New York. Gas and Passenger Vans are not cheap.
LABOR: Crew people will be donating a lot of time and deferring their pay, but I sincerely feel that people need to be paid something - if possible. None of us are independently wealthy. While I won't be paying myself, of course, I would like to be able to pay Ian and Rachelle and our PAs and Editor as much as we possibly can. Wouldn't you?
POST-PRODUCTION COSTS: Post production houses can sometimes be pretty awesome at cutting deals, but they also have costs. To edit, sound edit and finish this film is a big expense.
MUSIC & ART: You guessed it. Composers and musicians also deserve to make a living, don't they? And without a good graphic designer, we won't have an awesome poster or postcard to attract people to this soon-to-be amazing film!
INSURANCE: Guess what happens if you break a camera and you have no insurance.
REWARD PERKS: Awesome perks have to be budgeted for too, so you can all get great stuff!
Emily Wass's drawing of a UFO in front of a house.
What Makes Us Think We Can Pull This Off?
Between the three of us, we've made one or two movies already. This gives us the unique advantage of knowing where we're going before we get there.
Also, on the strength of the trailer and existing footage, we've secured a distribution deal with Avi Federgreen at IndieCan. Avi is tirelessly dedicated to his projects and has a proven track record producing and distributing films. You can check out his stellar credits below.
The plan is to kick things off with screenings at a couple of domestic and international film festivals. After that, we'll see about potential theatrical release and eventually, DVD and television exposure.
But right now all we need to think about is finishing this film!
The Team Bios Below:
Simon Reynolds - Director
In 2008, Simon Reynolds teamed up with Ingrid Veninger to co-create the feature film ONLY. ONLY premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and since gone on to screen at and win awards at festivals all over the world, including Rome, Sydney, Hamburg, Romania, Los Angeles, Sarasota, Alaska and Park City, Utah. ONLY was most recently seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in March, 2010, where it was selected to screen as part of the annual Canadian Front retrospective of noteworthy cinema. Simon is currently in development on the sci-fi thriller DUAL with Oberon Films. Simon is developing documentary and narrative features around a controversial UFO sighting in Hamilton, Ontario. http://www.onlythemovie.com
Avi Federgreen - Producer
Avi Federgreen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, including the opening night film at TIFF 2010, Score: A Hockey Musical, George Ryga’s HUNGRY HILLS, One Week, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil, and the documentary As Slow as Possible. Federgreen’s current releases include I’m Yours with New Real Films. Federgreen is currently in post-production on the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature titled Dead Before Dawn, directed by April Mullen. Federgreen is also in post-production on his next feature film with acclaimed director Mike McGowan entitled Still. In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT. The company will service not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those indies making films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors. http://www.federgreenentertainment.com
Ian Anderson - Director Of Photography
Ian started his career as a camera assistant in Toronto on films such as Cinderella Man, The Time Travellers Wife and The Incredible Hulk after graduating from Sheridan College’s Media Arts program in 2000. Since 2005, Ian has worked as a cinematographer on numerous dramatic and commercial productions. With a focus on dramatic work, Ian has lensed a variety of projects, including Dennis Heaton’s 2010 Gemini Award nominated web series My Pal Satan and Genie Award nominee Director Jim Donovan’s short, She Said Lenny. In 2008, Ian shot the critically acclaimed feature Only, which premiered at TIFF ’08 and was co-directed by Simon Reynolds and Ingrid Veninger. In 2009, he followed that up by shooting the feature Modra for Ingrid Veninger on location in Slovakia. Modra had its world premier at TIFF ’10 and has since been selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten Features of 2010. Ian has most recently completed principal photography on “The Conspiracy Theory”, a feature produced by Lee Kim and Directed by Chris Macbride.
Emily Wass's drawing of UFO and detail of three UFOs.
Will My Contribution Really Make A Difference? Don't All The Contributions Get Returned If You Don't Meet Your Funding Goal?
Not in this Campaign. Unlike Fixed-Funding style Campaigns, Roseland will receive all Campaign contributions - even if we DON'T meet our Funding GOAL!
So your Contribution will make a HUGE difference and this film will get made!
Won't it be great to see your name up on that screen? Won't it be great to see this film when it's done - knowing that you were one of the people that made it happen?
So YES. Every contribution - as low as $5 - is going to make a big difference to us in the long run!
I'm Like You. I Have No Cash. What Else Can I Do?
First of all, we love you. Thanks. And yes, there's LOTS you can do to help. Get the word out and make some noise about what we're doing. That would be awesome.
IndieGoGo has a ton of amazing tools to help you share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter and all kinds of other platforms. Just below the video link up top you'll find all the share buttons you need! Please use 'em to get the word out!
And of course, come and see the finished film!
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