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!
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 Roadkill, Highway 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 Hero, An American in Canada, The Newsroom, Jeff Ltd., Puppets Who Kill, How to Be Indie, Little Mosque, Almost 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
- Equipment Rentals
- Production Design
- Wardrobe/Make Up
- Location Rentals
- Postproduction Materials
- Music Rights
- Sound Design
- Colour Correction
- Promotional Material
- Tape/DVD duplicating
- 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.