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A gritty coming of age feature film about a young man with Down syndrome, as he embarks on a crazy adventure to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Kire Paputts
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New Referral Perk!!!


Yup, we are offering a special perk to the person who refers the most contributors to our campaign by August 15th. What do you get? You will get the most valuable prop from the film, the copy of Meatball Loves Raindrop that is used in the film. I wish I had a book to show you, but it's being created as I write this. Although this book is a great perk all by itself, this one will be autographed by the cast and crew, chewed up and covered in dried blood...fake blood. I can't tell you why. I've already said too much. As badly as I want to keep it for myself, I'm more than happy to give it too YOU!

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How does this referral perk work? Well, I will tell you. First of all, for a contributor to count as a referrer, YOU must promote The Rainbow Kid campaign with IndieGoGo's campaign share tools while logged into your account. This is important because otherwise, your unique ID won't be attached to any resulting contributions or visits. When you are logged into your IndieGoGo account and use the campaign's share tools to send a tweet, for example, the link in the tweet includes YOUR unique ID. Then, when someone clicks on the link to contribute, YOU are recognized as helping bring in the amount contributed by that person. Are you still with me? Again, whoever raises the most funds for our campaign through referrals wins. Remember, you have to be logged into YOUR IndieGoGo account and use the IndieGoGo share tools for their analytics to track YOUR referrals.

          When was the last time you saw an actor with special needs star in a film? The Rainbow Kid is our effort to help change that. This 100-minute narrative drama is unlike anything you've ever seen. The Rainbow Kid will also showcase an actor with Down syndrome outside the convention and stereotypical depictions of people with special needs that exist. I hope that once you see what we’re up too, you’ll be on board to get this unique film made. 

          The Rainbow Kid is a gritty coming of age story that follows Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, on the journey of his life. Obsessed with everything rainbows, whether it’s their beauty, their symbolism, or the myths that surround them, his interest acts as an escape from his real life, which is a mess:  he’s bullied at school, the girl he likes doesn’t notice him, and his mother is terminally ill. Worse, he discovers that he and his mom are on the verge of being evicted. Eugene decides to take matters into his own hands. He’ll find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Eugene will save the day!

An optimistic Eugene sets out on a crazy adventure and encounters a host of larger than life characters: an alcoholic dowser, a cross dressing punk rocker, and a special needs girl with a disturbing home life. As he struggles to adapt and understand the worrisome situations he finds himself in, a strange thing happens: He begins to experience rainbow mythologies first hand, but the line between reality and mythology soon blur together. Eugene's odyssey becomes more and more dangerous, but he forges a head, taking the challenges head on. The Rainbow Kid is a story of growth, coming of age, and most of all, hope.


         We want to create awareness surrounding the lack of films and TV that use actors with special needs. Eugene’s storyline, our hero, is one that any teenager could experience and any young actor could play. Poverty, illness, and family struggles are issues that can affect anyone at any age. In this case our hero just happens to have Down syndrome.

When mainstream films showcase actors with special needs they tend to present the content through a sympathetic lens or handle it with kid gloves, but we’re not interested in that. Our belief is that if we continue to play into that status quo or perpetuate the stigmas and stereotypes that already exist, then we are accomplishing very little. We want to break down barriers, go against stereotypes, and make audiences see the special needs community in a different light.

This is a mature film. You’re going to see a character with special needs pushed to their limits, physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you want to help break down barriers you have to tell a story that no one has seen before. Sometimes that means pushing the envelop in regards to content. By showing people with special needs persevering in situations that would be tough for “normal” people, we’re helping break down those barriers and expectations around what a person with special needs should say, how they should act, or what they can and can’t accomplish.

          The Rainbow Kid started as an award winning short film called Rainbow Connection in 2012. Four years ago I started volunteering with Drama Way, an organization that offers creative classes to people with special needs. Through Drama Way I've been fortunate enough to work with individuals from all walks of life, and have been able to mine my experience to bring a level authenticity and integrity to the script. 

          For a project that hasn’t even shot anything we have been very fortunate in obtaining some great press. Both City Tv News and Global News in Toronto did segments on the film, Dylan Harman and myself were on the Ted Woloshyn radio show on News Talk 1010, and we had some nice write ups both in print and on blogs.  


Dylan Harman (Eugene). Dylan Harman is a Toronto actor with Down syndrome. Working since the age of 5, his credits include the highly successful Judith Thompson play Rare, films The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, For Dorian, Rainbow Connection, and guest star on the TV show Remedy. The Rainbow Kid is Dylan’s first lead role in a feature film.

Nicholas Campbell (Bill). A Canadian actor and filmmaker, Nick has won three Gemini Awards for acting. The movies Naked Lunch, Prozac Nation and the TV series Da Vinci's Inquest are some examples of his acting work.


Patrick McKenna (Keith). A Canadian comedian and actor. Winner of two Gemini Awards, McKenna's main acting role was that of Harold Green in the popular tv comedy The Red Green Show. He also played Marty Stephens on Traders, and he starred in the Trudeau miniseries.


Julian Richings (Steven). An English-born Canadian actor who’s work spans across film, television and theatre. Some of his works include Hardcore Logo, Cube, Wrong Turn and Supernatural (television series).  

Kire Paputts (Writer/Director):

Kire Paputts is an award winning producer/director who has experience in an array of film/video industry roles. Kire's shorts and feature length films have played around the world at such prestigious film festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, and The Raindance International Film Festival. The Rainbow Kid is his first narrative feature film.

Colin Brunton (Producer):

Emerging from the punk music scene as a documentarian in the late 70′s, Colin went on to build one of the most prolific careers in Canadian indie film and television. He won a Genie for best live action short The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada, and his feature producing credits include the legendary films RoadkillHighway 61 and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. As the original Executive Director of the Feature Film Project at the CFC, he executive produced some of the most successful projects to come out of that program including Rude and Cube. He went on to conquer the television world with several series under his belt, including: Schitt's Creek, Spun Out, Our HeroAn American in CanadaThe NewsroomJeff Ltd., Puppets Who KillHow to Be IndieLittle MosqueAlmost Heroes, and Connor Undercover

          Larger film studios are scared to financially back a film of this nature because it doesn’t fit into the status quo of what a film starring an actor with special needs should be. They would want us to make a lot of changes to the script, which would essentially ruin the integrity of the film. That’s why we need you, the audience, so we can tell this story the way it needs to be told and maintain the film’s artistic merit and integrity.

On top of our IndieGoGo campaign we will be exploring other financial avenues such as donated services, private investors and advance distribution. 

          Your donation will go towards production and post-production costs…

- Paying Actors/Crew

- Rehearsals

- Equipment Rentals

- Production Design

- Props

- Wardrobe/Make Up

- Meals

- Transportation

- Location Rentals

- Postproduction Materials

- Music Rights

- Editing

- Sound Design

- Colour Correction

- Promotional Material

- Tape/DVD duplicating

- Publicity

- Admission Fees for Film Festivals 

This is the first feature film from Made By Other People, a Toronto film collective who have been working together since they graduated from film school. Made up of industry professionals, we are passionate about making this project happen. We also have a great support system made up of various special needs organizations and communities who are committed to help promote the film.


          Our IndieGoGo goal is $30,000. We’ve already raised $35,000 through Ontario and Toronto Art Councils. However, our grants expire next year so we have to shoot the film this Fall. The pressure in on and there's no exceptions. I know what you’re thinking, $65,000 isn’t a lot of money to make a film. And you’re right, it’s not, that’s why I’m contributing some of my personal savings to the film. 

Our biggest hurdle is the scope of this film for the money we have to work with. This is not a film that takes place entirely in an apartment with two actors. We have multiple locations and a large cast. We will constantly be on the move, which means higher transportation costs and securing locations that are closer to the city. Another challenge is the amount of shoot days. Most indie films of this size would aim for a 15 day shoot. However, Dylan gets tired more easily and struggles with the crazy 12 + hours shoot days of a regular production. This means we have to schedule shorter 8 hour days. What this all comes down too is proper planning and scheduling, which we've already started. Many of the locations have been written around ones we have access too and Dylan will be starting an intense rehearsal schedule starting in July. 

I'm a person who finishes everything he starts. Up to this point many of my films have been self financed. I work on a specific project because it speaks to me, because I believe in the topic, themes or cause. This film, more than any of my others, has the real potential to make a difference and that is something I take to heart. I also have the experience to carry out a project like this. I've produced and directed 3 low budget short films and 2 feature length documentaries.

If we are successful in obtaining our goal we will be setting a stretch goal. This will allow a little more flexibility, whether it’s scheduling another shoot day or renting better film equipment. If we’re unsuccessful in obtaining our full goal, I will be putting more of my own personal savings into the film. What I’m getting at is that this film is happening either way, which is exciting right? Be apart of the excitement!


          I want to thank you for taking the time to check out our IndieGoGo page for The Rainbow Kid. If you haven’t checked out our campaign video please take a few minutes to do so. 

The Rainbow kid has been my passion project since 2010. Be apart of it. It’s going be awesome. The Rainbow Kid continues to be life-altering experience that has not only led me down an unique path, but has opened my eyes to the amazing talent in the special needs community. Let’s make this project a reality. If you can make a financial donate great! If you can donate services please contact us. We’re looking for all the help we can get and appreciate the support. Here’s a list of services that we could benefit from…

- Film Equipment

- Post Production services (Colour Correction, Editing, Sound Design/Mix, Visual Effects Artist, Compositor)

- Craft Service and Catering

- Locations for Filming

Please follow us on twitter andFacebook and help spread the word about this project to your friends. The more people know about The Rainbow Kid, the better chance we have at reaching our goal. We’ll be updating this campaign regularly with exciting news, videos, and promotional material so stay tuned. 

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  • $10CAD
    An official Rainbow Kid

    Welcome aboard! As an official member of The Rainbow Kid film you will receive a personalized digital movie poster with your name on it, stating that you supported this great project. Use it as wallpaper or your Facebook profile pic. You'll also receive daily updates on the production of the film with behind the scenes news, videos, and photos. Also, don't forget good Karma and lifelong gratitude.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $30CAD
    Digital download of the film

    You'll receive a digital download of The Rainbow Kid. (Will be sent out after the film finishes it's festival run). Within a day of donating we will give you a Thank You shout out on The Rainbow Kid official website and Facebook page. You'll also receive everything mentioned above.

    59 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $30CAD
    Song Perk

    Dylan Harman (star of the film) will write and record a personal song just for YOU. It doesn't get much more awesome than this. You can also get a personalized digital movie poster with your name on it, stating that you supported this great project. You'll also receive weekly updates on the production of the film with behind the scenes news, videos, and photos. Also, don't forget good Karma and lifelong gratitude.

    7 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $50CAD
    I'd rather have a DVD

    Own a physical copy of The Rainbow Kid on DVD. Want to see what the film looked like on paper? Well now you can. We're going to give you a PDF of the shooting script autographed by cast and crew (after production wraps). You'll also receive everything mentioned above. *Please add $5 for international shipping

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015

    Art Work From The Film

    We will be giving away rainbow drawings from the set of the film. These are one of a kind drawings featured in Eugene's bedroom scenes. Here's your chance to own a piece of the magic. You'll also get everything mentioned above except a DVD. *Please add $5 for international shipping

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $70CAD
    T-Shirt time

    With this perk you can get a limited edition Rainbow Kid t-shirt. Wear it on first dates, to family functions, and job interviews. It's a great conversation starter. You'll also receive everything mentioned above except a rainbow drawing. *Please add $5 for international shipping.

    18 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $100CAD
    Blu Ray/DVD combo pack

    See The Rainbow Kid in high def with a limited edition blu ray/DVD combo pack signed by the cast and crew. Want to learn how we made the film? Included is a separate behind the scenes documentary on the creation of the film from pre-production to competition. You'll also receive everything mentioned above, except a t-shirt and rainbow drawing. Please add $5 for international shipping

    20 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $200CAD
    Come To DramaWay

    Come to a DramaWay class (hosted by Dylan and myself), where you'll get the chance to meet other actors from the film, experience the magic, and partake in workshopping scenes from our annual play. * Must live in the Toronto area You'll also receive everything mentioned above except a Thank You credit and a t-shirt and rainbow drawing. *Please add $5 for international shipping

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $500CAD
    See The Film First

    Be one of the first to see the film, even before it's festival run. You'll be invited to the cast and crew screening. You'll receive a personal thank video from director Kire Paputts and star Dylan Harman. Share it on your Facebook and twitter or just keep it to yourself. You'll also receive everything mentioned above except a t-shirt. *Please add $5 for international shipping

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $500CAD
    Julian Richings Thank You

    Rather have Julian Richings send you a personal Thank You video? Well now you can. Choose this perk and have the luxury of listening to Mr. Richings say your name over and over. You'll also receive everything mentioned above except a t-shirt and rainbow drawing. *Please add $5 for international shipping

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Associate Producer

    Be an associate producer of The Rainbow Kid. Your name will appear in the film, on IMDB and on the film's official website. As a producer you and a guest will be invited to the Toronto cast and crew screening and after party where you'll be the first to see the finished film and hang out with the cast and crew. *Must pay your own way if not from Toronto. You'll also receive everything mentioned above.

    2 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $1,000CAD
    Come to set

    See how indie films are made first hand. You will be invited to set for a day where you can watch the creative process at work and have lunch with the cast and crew. * We are scheduling to shoot in September 2014. You'll also see everything mentioned above except an associate producer credit.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Dinner with Mr. Richings

    You'll be invited to a private dinner with director Kire Paputts and actor Julian Richings. We pick the restaurant, you pick the conversation. It'll be a great time. You'll also receive everything mentioned above except an associate producer credit and a trip to set.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Dinner with Mr. Harman

    You'll be invited to a private dinner with director Kire Paputts and star Dylan Harman. We pick the restaurant, you pick the conversation. It'll be a great time. You'll also receive everything mentioned above except an associate producer credit and a trip to set.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $5,000CAD
    Learn the ropes

    Be apart of the movie experience and shadow the production! You'll learn the ropes of making a low budget film and we'll feed you everyday. We might even put you to work…if you want. Must live in the greater Toronto area. Whatever you don't learn on set you'll learn through producer Colin Brunton's Guerrilla Filming: 101 course. We'll also ask for your feedback on a rough cut of the film. You'll receive everything mentioned above except an associate producer credit and a private dinner.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $5,000CAD
    Executive Producer

    Be an executive producer on The Rainbow Kid and have your own credit on the silver screen! You'll receive everything mentioned above except an associate producer credit, shadowing us on set, Colin Brunton's Guerrilla Filmmaking course, and a private dinner.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
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