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A short film in which a man’s walk home becomes perilous when he decides to walk down ‘the witches’ path’ and happens upon two drunk girls who need his help.
Lauren Rayner
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New York, New York
United States
4 Team Members

UPDATE AS OF 10/24/13: 

We DID IT -- or should we say, YOU did it! We cannot thank you all enough for your generous spirits that have helped us surpass our $5,000 goal with 7 days to go in the campaign. We are overwhelmed by your support and cannot wait to enter the next phase of production!

Speaking of production, now that the initial goal has been reached, we're not stopping there! With production and post just around the corner now, our creative team is bubbling a cauldron of ideas including a big dream of our director's, which would be to have a line in the budget to create special effects shadows that move during post-production. These techniques are expensive and require special skill. Will the film still happen with the $5,000 we've raised together? YES! But if we continue to get the word out and reach a STRETCH GOAL of $7,500 then we will be able to take the production values of this short to a new level.

Please share the love & this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-minions

Again, thank you for walking with us down the witches path...



LOG LINE  //  A man’s walk home becomes perilous when he decides to walk down ‘the witches’ path’ and happens upon two drunk girls who need his help.

INSPIRATION  //  THE MINIONS is based on a true incident.  The story is about being thrust into a desperate situation that requires mutual trust between strangers.  Given the volatility of the circumstances and the uneasy state of mind of the characters, a lot can go wrong.  And does.

WHY TELL THIS STORY NOW?  //  Living in New York, many of have had the experience of talking to someone and slowly realizing that they are ‘not quite right’. THE MINIONS allows us to explore this in the context of a very scary story. William’s reactions move from reasonable to questionable to frightening as the girls’ need for his help grows. In our film, we explore just how well thought out and reasonable insanity can be.


After carefully considering our production budget (and many cuts later!), we still need funding to complete the project. We seek your generous support to help with the following:

  • Publicity and expanding outreach to the community
  • Covering the rental of technical equipment and insurance costs
  • Location and transportation expenses
  • Materials to realize ambitious set dressing, wardrobe and lighting techniques
  • Administrative costs (permitting fees, etc)
  • Covering our editor and supervising editor fee stipends
  • Funds to realize an ambitious original score and sound design
  • Subsidizing costs of hefty film festival submission fees 


We need one FINAL PUSH to make this project happen. Our current goal is to raise $5,000 by the time we start principal photography in Spring 2014. This is a vitally important story, told in a truly unique and innovative fashion, and we are confident that this project will get some great exposure in the festival circuit. But in order to do so, we need to be able to get the film in the can. Please contribute whatever you can! Any amount at all, big or small, will help us on this journey.

SIDE NOTE: Our producer, Lauren Rayner Productions, is fiscally sponsored by the non-profit Fractured Atlas, so your contribution to the project will be TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!


Just because you may not be able to contribute at this time doesn’t mean you lose your chance to help make this project happen!

  • Please help us get the word out and make some noise about this campaign!
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools to make it super easy to share on social media.
  • Tell people how much you want to see this film be completed and pass this onto your fancy friends with deep pockets!


BEHIND THE SCENES: Cinematographer Brian Dilg & Director Jeremiah Kipp shooting scenes for our trailer in DUMBO (Brooklyn, NY)


Writer / Producer: Joseph Fiorillo
Director: Jeremiah Kipp
Producer: Lauren Rayner
Director of Photography: Brian Dilg
Trailer Editor: Miguel Parga

"William" - Lukas Hassel
"Sarah" - Cristina Doikas
"Abigail" - Lauren Fox


 LUKAS HASSEL - "William"  //  Born and raised in Denmark, Lukas Hassel left family and friends behind at 19 to study to become an actor in The Samuel Beckett Theatre School at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Some seven years later, ambitions, opportunity and a desire to truly experience New York City, drove him across the Atlantic Ocean in 1996. In film, Lukas was in BORSTAL BOY, in the Sundance winning short MAN ABOUT TOWN, and IN MONTAUK directed by Kim Cummings for which his performance garnered a nomination for “Best Male Lead” in the Washington DC Film Festival. He is the beloved figure of Mr. Milk, the spokesperson for milk in Scandinavia (“Mr. Melk”, check it out on youtube... seriously, it’s fun). Recently, he co-starred in THE DAYS GOD SLEPT which had its World Premiere in the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival. As a screenwriter, Lukas’ action script, FURY, was a semifinalist in the PAGE Awards. His light comedy script, GIRLS ON THE RUN, won ‘Best Screenplay’ in the Carolina Film Festival, and became a finalist at Cinestory 2009. GALAPAGOS, won Lukas the “Best Screenplay Award” at Willifest NY 2011.  Lukas’ latest feature script, his first drama, LE MÉCANO, won the CineStory Fellowship 2012, placed top 30 in Nicholl’s Screenwriting Competition, and became a top 10 finalist in Big Break Final Draft Competition. Lukas’ latest project, a sci fi short film, INTO THE DARK, is near completion and will soon venture into the film festival circuit.       lukashassel.com // www.imdb.com/name/nm1225439


 JEREMIAH KIPP  //  Directing credits include THE SADIST starring Tom Savini, THE POD starring Larry Fessenden, CONTACT (commissioned by Sinister Six annual screening series), THE DAYS GOD SLEPT (Coney Island Film Festival), CRESTFALLEN, THE CHRISTMAS PARTY (Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand), BAGGAGE produced by and starring Rob Dimension, EASY PREY (commissioned by NYC's annual VisionFest), DROOL (commissioned by Mandragoras Art Space), SNAPSHOT and THE APARTMENT (commissioned by Canon to premiere their XL2 at DV Expo 2004). Producing credits include the feature films SATAN HATES YOU (created by Glass Eye Pix, starring Angus Scrimm, Michael Berryman and Reggie Bannister), GOD'S LAND, LET'S PLAY, IN MONTAUK, THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE starring Amy Seimetz and THE BED-THING (directed by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Matt Zoller Seitz). Assistant director credits include I SELL THE DEAD starring Dominic Monaghan, SOMEWHERE TONIGHT starring John Turturro, ONE NIGHT starring Melissa Leo, and the Sundance Award-winning MAN (dir: Myna Joseph).     kippfilms.com // www.imdb.com/name/nm0456031


 JOSEPH FIORILLO  //  Joe has written several plays including GHOSTS IN THE PARLOR, PICKING UP GIRLS IN HELL and most recently SQUAT THRUSTS OF THE HEART. He ran the writers’ “Last Stop” reading series and is currently working on a series of essays on theatre, language and moral philosophy. His first produced short film, THE DAYS GOD SLEPT, had its World Premiere at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival. This is his second collaboration with Jeremiah Kipp and producer Lauren Rayner.

More information available at www.laurenrayner.com/theminions


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    Black Cat... MEOW!

    Our many many thanks and a personal invitation to the screening in NYC! (fully tax-deductible)

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    Eye of Newt

    All of the above PLUS a digital screener of the film before we send it out to festivals! (fully tax-deductible)

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    All of the above PLUS your name in the 'Supporters' section of the credits and on our website + a personalized shout out on facebook. Oh, that's right, we'll get personal! (fully tax-deductible)

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    In the Witches' Coven

    All of the above PLUS our uniquely designed 11x17 Minions poster signed by cast members Lukas Hassel (In Montauk, Man About Town) + Lauren Fox (Darren Aronofsky's Pi). (amount over $13 is tax-deductible)

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    Lost On A Winding Path...

    All of the above PLUS your name in the SPECIAL THANKS section of the credits and on our IMDb page. We couldn't tell this story without you! (amount over $13 is tax-deductible)

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  • $75USD

    All of the above PLUS go through the weekend afternoon ritual of watching a horror film with deranged writer Joe Fiorillo and Scream Queen Melissa Weisberg-Verticchio (yes, that’s her real name, not a stage name). Enjoy a horror film from our collections of your choosing and then a coffee and corn muffin with the two serial viewers of horror and fright – just in time for Human Centipede 3 or perhaps something with ‘Paranormal’ in the title. (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    All of the above PLUS a personalized writing session with our screenwriter Joe Fiorillo OR a producing consultation with Lauren Rayner; more info about services available at www.laurenrayner.com/consulting -- you're helping us so we want to help you! (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

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  • $125USD
    Smashing Pumpkins

    All of the above PLUS a piping hot homemade pumpkin pie baked by our Producer Lauren Rayner delivered directly to your door this fall. You name the time and we'll smash the pumpkins! (**NYC metro-area only**). (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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    Familiar Spirit

    All of the above PLUS a whimsical tarot card reading with the all-knowing Genoveva Rossi. Find out what's lurking in your future! Read more at www.facebook.com/TarotbyGenoveva (amount over $50 is tax-deductible)

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    Daemon Lover

    All of the above PLUS a chance to visit the set during our shoot and shadow director Jeremiah Kipp for the day! Learn what goes on behind the scenes first hand and become a part of our filmmaking community and enjoy a lunch of your choice on set. (amount over $50 is tax-deductible)

    5 claimed
  • $350USD
    Drunk on Witch's Brew!

    All of the above PLUS have Lukas Hassel and Jeremiah Kipp lead you on a HAUNTED PUB CRAWL or Joe Fiorillo and Jeremiah Kipp lead you on a SPOOKY WALKING TOUR in Manhattan this fall. Get inside of the story with "William" to find where he and Abigail first met... (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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  • $500USD
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    All of the above PLUS you will be listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the closing credits with your name on publicity materials and listed on our IMDb page. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    Supreme Deity

    All of the above PLUS you will be listed as a CO-PRODUCER in the opening credits with your name on publicity materials and a listing on our IMDb page. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    All of the above PLUS you will be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the opening credits with your name on publicity materials above the title and a listing on our IMDb page. (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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