The Closer We Get

A bittersweet doc following the extraordinary story of an ordinary Scottish family- facing up to home truths & coming to terms with how stroke has changed them.
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Karen Guthrie
Film
Largs / Coniston / London
United Kingdom
3 Team Members

Welcome to the FINAL FEW HOURS of our campaign to fundraise £15,000 for this exceptional film!

After you've watched our campaign video, have a read of what's below.
We hope you can support us. And do come back here for campaign updates.

THE CLOSER WE GET

"How many of us put off breaking family taboos till it's too late?
What are we afraid of?

I decided to go under the skin of my family story after my Mum Ann's devastating stroke brought me back home to her after a long time away.
I wasn't the only one who returned: My prodigal father Ian - separated from Ann for years  - also turned up (everyone was amazed, but it's not our family way to say so, of course….) and little by little, we both became part of Mum's caring routine. 
Suddenly, and for the first time ever, we all had a lot of time to hang out and talk about what had happened to their marriage and to our family, because of the secret Ian had tried -  and failed -  to keep from us.  
Always the family portraitist, I didn't waste any time in getting my camera out. I could feel something astonishing was happening, and I wanted to capture it on film.

And this was when things started to transform between us."

Karen Guthrie (Director)


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THE STORY SO FAR

Karen first dared to dream this film up during a 2007 'blue skies' workshop brought to London by The Britdoc Foundation and run by New York organisation Creative Capital.  
With a project like this you can't hang around postponing things until all the money is in place, so shooting started in late 2011 (well, in a way it started some time in the 1970's with the family Polaroids…) and the most part was done in 2012 by Nina Pope (pictured below shooting with Karen's brother Mark) and director Karen, with a few days in 2013 too.

So far we've been awarded research & development funds from Creative EnglandRoyal College of Art, and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) as well as using much our own funds too. We've also got a grant from Arts Council England to help cover production and some post-production. The project was selected for intensive development at the European Sources2 Workshops.

Selected for the 2012 Edinburgh Pitch - the project had its nerve-wracking first public 'outing' - but being Karen's old art school it couldn't have been a better place to launch and the pitch was brilliantly received. We returned in summer 2013 to screen a scene at SDI's 'Docs in Progress', again to a very warm reception. 

Editing with the talented Alice Powell (pictured) has continued in 2013, we have also done additional shooting with cinematographer Kate Reid and we hope to start work with sound designer Doug Hayward soon.


HOW WE'LL USE YOUR DONATIONS

Film-making is not cheap! We have already shot almost all the film without any funds, and started editing on the teensiest of budgets. But now with your help the film can reach its full potential, looking and sounding as brilliant as possible.  Here's what we will spend your generous donations on:

  • Composer & Original Soundtrack
  • Film website & marketing including many film extras and a Stroke Awareness Zone
  • Colour Correction (Grade) & Fine Cut Editing
  • Audio Mix
  • Music Licensing & Legal Costs

If we are fortunate enough to exceed our fundraising goal (and we are going hell-for-leather to!), the funds will go towards Production Costs that were deferred - in other words, clearing some big IOU's such as travel & equipment costs and fees to professionals who have worked for free so far.
If - God forbid - we fall a little short of our funding goal we may not be able to finish the film in time for next year's festivals, and we will need to scale down (or even pass) on things like the soundtrack and grading time. We promise to make the absolute best use of your funds that we can to finish the film but are obliged to explain that crowd funding is "best efforts, no guarantees". 

IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO DONATE

You can still support our campaign by talking about the film and sharing this Indiegogo page with friends and colleagues - word-of-mouth, Twitter, Facebook, even good old fashioned phone calls and letters are all good and help spread the word.
We really appreciate it all. Really!

NOW FOR THE PERKS

We hope you like what we have to thank you with - director Karen and her co-producer Nina have been artists for years and have some lovely stuff to share! There are signed DVDs, free online films, prints, in-person Q & As, live 'tutorials' and much more - Home baking from Ann's own recipe collection and even a holiday in a gorgeous writing retreat in the woods.
Don't forget you can pledge anonymously if you prefer.
We will add more Perks during the campaign, so don't be a stranger now!

If you would prefer to donate without a perk, you can do so by clicking 'CONTRIBUTE NOW'.




THANKS SO FAR

To the following people who have already given their personal encouragement and support to Karen and this project:
Film-makers Marc Isaacs, Amy Hardie, Scott P. Harris and Nic Shearer; Britdoc's Maxyne Franklin, tutor Gualberto Ferrari & participants of Sources2, Flore Cosquer and Noe Mendelle & the Interdoc workshop, Edinburgh Pitch and Docs in Progress participants of the Scottish Documentary Institute, the Guthrie family, the Tujo family, the Quinn family, Judith Duffield, the staff of Clyde Carers, Margo Murphy, Toni Geoghegan, Adanech Admassu & team, Adam Sutherland & Grizedale Arts, Sophy Rickett, Anna Best, Kathrin Bohm & DJ Simpson and Hydar Dewachi.

STAY IN TOUCH

TWITTER  - @TheCloserWeGet

FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/TheCloserWeGet

SOMEWHERE MAILING LIST - www.somewhere.org.uk/mailinglist/

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    A Wee Thankyou

    A Thank You on Facebook, Twitter and a sign-up to our Updates Newsletter letting you know all about how the film’s doing.

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    A Big Thankyou

    A Thank You permanently inscribed on our website/s as well as on our social media networks, and a sign-up to our Updates Newsletter

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    Watch Jaywick Escapes

    Donate just £15 and be one of the first to download - to - own our latest release Jaywick Escapes, which will be available to you on Distrify TWO WEEKS ahead of its official release!

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    Private Viewing

    All the official Thank You’s above plus access to an exclusive online stream of the finished film after its festival premiere and before it’s available anywhere else.

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    The New & The Old

    All the official Thank You’s above, an exclusive signed limited edition DVD of the finished film, plus the gift of streaming rentals of two of Somewhere’s previous films: ‘Bata-ville We are Not Afraid of the Future’ and ‘Jaywick Escapes’

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    DIY Video Biography DVD

    Lots of people have told us they wished they'd filmed their older relatives before it was too late. ℅ our friends at VideoHeritage (John Podpadec & Paul Baker, who worked on many Somewhere films) we have copies of this instructional DVD which teaches you how to do just that. Plus you get all the social media and permanent website Thank You's from us.

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    Jaywick Escapes & Can House

    Be one of the first to download our latest release Jaywick Escapes, available to you on Distrify TWO WEEKS ahead of its official release! PLUS a download of Maxy Bianco's wonderful debut doc Can House, exec'ed by Somewhere. Plus you get all the social media and permanent website Thank You's from us.

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    The Closer We Sound

    3 signed limited edition CD's by Scots musician Malcolm Middleton (formerly of indie duo Arab Strap) who's working with Somewhere on film music for The Closer We Get. From his back catalogue: Human Don't Be Angry, Live At the Bush Hall & A Quarter Past Sh**e. Malcolm's music has been described as 'a postcard from the depths of human emotion, sparse and fragile'. You'll also get all the Thank You's on social media and a permanent thanks on the film's website.

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    The New & The Old 2

    All the official Thank You’s above, an exclusive signed limited edition DVD of the finished film, plus the gift of Downloads-to-Own of two of Somewhere’s previous films: ‘Bata-ville We are Not Afraid of the Future’ and ‘Jaywick Escapes’

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    The Director's Cut/s

    Another seasonal delicious Perk! Director Karen makes home-made Seville orange marmalade every year, just like her Mum Ann did. You will receive a lovely big jar of Karen's 2014 Director's Cut Marmalade in the mail, or why not gift this yummy Perk to a friend? You will also receive all the official Thank You’s above plus access to an exclusive online stream of the finished film after its festival premiere and before it’s available anywhere else.

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    The Very Important People

    For this donation, we invite you to make a heartfelt dedication to a special friend or relative who has suffered a stroke. On our film website we’re creating an area of stroke support resources where we’ll also make a place to name your special person and add a line about them from you. You’ll also appear on our Thanks page, and receive access to an exclusive online stream of the finished film after its festival premiere and before it’s available anywhere else.

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    The New & The Old 3

    All the official Thank You’s above, an exclusive signed limited edition DVD of the finished film, plus the gift of signed DVDs of ALL of Somewhere’s previous films: ‘Bata-ville We are Not Afraid of the Future’, ‘Living with the Tudors’ and ‘Jaywick Escapes’ and a handwritten thankyou note from Karen.

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    A Month of Heirloom Cakes

    A delicious Perk! All the Thank You's online and on our website AND: Director Karen's sister Alison - a fabulous home baker - will bake just for you from their mum Ann's recipe box. You will receive a cake or tray bake a week at your address - or why not gift this Perk - for one month. The cost of this Perk even includes Post & Packing to anywhere in Europe!! (Offer applies to Europe and UK only!)

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    Some Time with Somewhere

    For this donation we will give you a 2 hour in-person or Skype advice session, looking at your artwork, film footage or roughcut, reading your treatment, script, funding application or budget and giving you our honest and realistic feedback on where to go and what to do next. Of course you’ll also get all the official Thankyou’s listed above plus access to an exclusive online stream of the finished The Closer We Get, after its festival premiere and before it’s available anywhere else.

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    Somewhere’s Best Poster Art

    For this very generous donation we’ll give you all the official Thankyou’s above, an exclusive signed limited ed. DVD of the film, the gift of signed DVDs of Somewhere’s previous films ‘Bata-ville We are Not Afraid of the Future’ and ‘Jaywick Escapes’; a handwritten thankyou note from Karen, big signed full colour film posters for The Closer We Get and Jaywick Escapes ; a huge Bata-ville Travel Agency limited ed. hand made silk screen print (by Nina Pope) to adorn your wall.

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    Watch & Talk

    A Very Special Screening of the film for your group, organisation or friends. You’ll get a poster and press kit; director Karen will attend in person; answer all your questions and talk about any or all of the issues raised by the film. If you’d like it, we will feature you on the Screenings section of our website. NB. This perk is transferable to any group you think would benefit. Limited to mainland Europe, accommodation and travel costs for Director covered by Backer.

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    Roll Credits... It's you!

    For this very generous donation you get an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film, getting to see your name on the silver screen, web site, film posters and on IMDB (or of course, remain anonymous if you prefer). You’ll also receive a beautiful signed film poster print, 3 signed DVDs of the film, access to an online streaming version of the film plus a pair of VIP tickets to the first screening nearest to you.

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    Your Name in Lights

    You get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the film, getting to see your name on the silver screen, web site, film posters and on IMDB (or of course, remain anonymous if you prefer). We’ll also invite you to watch the finished film pre-festivals, pre-premiere before anyone else has seen it, at a UK screening or if not via a private online stream. You’ll also receive a signed film poster print, 5 signed DVDs of the film to share and a pair of VIP tickets to the first screening nearest to you.

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    Name in Lights & VIP Minibreak

    You get all the above EXECUTIVE PRODUCER perks PLUS a luxury short break (weekend or midweek) in a RIBA award-winning woodland hideaway, the Lake District Love Shack, described in the Guardian as ‘One of the best cabins in the world’. This is the very place where much of the film was written. You’ll also receive a beautiful big signed film poster, 5 signed DVDs of the film and VIP tickets to our Festival premiere. (Travel costs to be covered by Backer, Perk to be claimed by end of 2016)

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