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Loss is its own place where character struggles to sustain you. A story of the landscape of loss and the worlds inside us.
Jonathan Lawrence
Winnipeg, Manitoba
1 Team Member

When the World was Flat is the first feature film from actor / writer/ director - Jonathan Lawrence. It was shot in Winnipeg Manitoba during the summer and early fall of 2012


Travis, Elliott, Jake and Troy have been friends since they were children. They coexist in a spectrum of idealism and realism and with a mix of absent and negligent parental figures, the boys thrive on one another's loyalty and boldness. Realist Travis, and dreamer Elliott, become the focus of the story. Polarized by one another in an attempt to broaden their world from what is right in front of them. Their relationship is boundless and intimate; allowing sensitivity to fuel the fight for one another. But after an unexpected accident threatens that loyalty, they are left submerged in a web of loss that extends beyond their own, and into the lives of those around them.

Our story so far

Post production has officially commenced! Filming is complete and we're now on track to start the ever tedious (but enjoyable) editing process. We are looking to finish the project by early 2013, provided we're able to meet our goal. That's where you guys come in.

The $5,000 will go towards post production costs, paying off equipment rentals, as well as film festival entrance fees. Post production costs will include sound mixing, editing and the purchasing of any music.

The film was shot on a very limited budget, and though we stretched every penny, all of that money has gone to paying for gas, locations, props and of course - food. We have not paid any of the actors, however, depending on how things go with this campaign, we would love to be able to compensate them for all the time and talent they have given to the project.

We shot the film using a canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D. Luckily our director of photography - Jordan Popowich, had his own equipment and is also going to be editing the film as well. We have reserved some of the funds to pay him seeing as how he has contributed such a large portion of his time and for the use of his equipment.

This money would be extremely beneficial to us and will help in moving our project forward. If we can't reach our goal, well... Let's pretend that won't happen.

What do you get?

Well that's a good question. We've set aside a few incentives but really we would like to know what you would want from us. Bartering is what helped build our great nation of Canada (sort of) and so let us know what we can offer you in exchange for scratching our proverbial backs. We're extremely grateful for any and all donations but just send us a message if you have any questions or requests with regards to our film, or the people behind it. 

Although we are asking for money...

We feel extremely lucky to have been able to capture what we have on such limited funds. The support of all our friends and family over the past few months has been amazing and has allowed us to fully realize what a fantastic community of artists we have here in Winnipeg.  This project was truly a labour of love and we could not have come this far had it not been for the passion and commitment of everyone involved.

Other ways to support

We understand that money can be tight, so even if you are not in the position to donate, please at least check us out on Facebook and spread the word.


You can also send us an e-mail at: flatworldfilm@gmail.com

We love hearing questions, feedback and any info that we can use to help improve this project and help it spread far and wide. We don't have a big presence online right now, so if you know any bloggers, tweeters, or anyone that might be interested in this film then please pass the link along.

Our Beloved Cast and Crew

Below is a list of all the people involved with the project, whom we'd just like to thank once again for all their support, energy and time. Everyone helped out in more than one way and we're forever grateful. We owe you all the world!

Arthur Mackinnon  -  Jonathan Lawrence  -  Aaron Pridham  -  Nyk Bielak  - Susanne Leslie   -  Jordan Popowich  -  Roxanne Liivamagi   -  Kirsten Klueckmann  -   James Moore   -  Dave Brown   -  Reed Makayev   -  Holly Lajambe   -  Teresa Nelson   -   Stephanie Sy  -   Colin Peterson   -   Michael J Klassen  -  Kevin Robson  -  Tom Stroud   -   Margaret Eve Mackinnon  -  David Greisman  -  Linda Lawrence-Lamirande  -  Cheryl Gensiorek  -  Erin Wootton  -  Amy Wood  -  Michael J Duggan  -  Victoria Hill  -  Carly Caughlin  -  Johanna Poortenaar

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This campaign ended on January 2, 2013
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  • $5USD
    A little means alot

    We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Every penny truly counts.

    1 out of 100 claimed
  • $10USD
    Ten whole dollars!

    We will personally thank you on our Facebook page for being so lovely. Your name will be put in the special contributors section during the end credits of the film.

    9 out of 100 claimed
  • $20USD
    Our sincerest gratitude

    Your name will be put in the special contributors section during the end credits of the film. You will receive a special signed copy of the poster with the signatures of the 4 lead male roles.

    13 out of 50 claimed
  • $50USD
    50 shades of great?

    Lame title, but an awesome contribution. Thank you so, so much. For this you will receive: A copy of the DVD once the film has been completed. A special signed copy of the poster with the signatures of the 4 lead male roles. We will thank you in the special contributors section during the end credits of the film.

    7 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    Very generous

    Honorable mention on our Facebook page. Perhaps using all caps. 2 copies of the DVD once the film has been completed. One signed by Jonathan Lawrence. A special signed copy of the poster with the signatures of the 4 lead male roles. We will thank you in the special contributors section during the end credits of the film.

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $200USD
    Twice as generous

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. For this wonderful donation you shall receive: A digital copy of the film on a usb stick. An (invitation only) to the premiere of the film. Unfortunately we cannot provide transportation unless you live within city limits. All of the other incentives listed thus far will be yours. *Name your price. Give us an incentive you'd be interested in, but that is still reasonable.

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD
    A Jar of Pennies

    Unbelievable. We love you, we thank you and welcome you to the team. For this contribution you will receive: A jar filled with pennies. Sounds lame you say? They were props used in the actual film. When you see it, it will all make sense. All of the other incentives listed will be yours if you so wish. *Name your price. Give us an incentive you'd be interested in, but that is still reasonable.

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  • $1,000USD
    Well that should pay for lunch

    If you happen to live in Winnipeg Manitoba, you will get a special lunch date with both the director and cinematographer of the film, to any restaurant of your choice. We could not be more grateful and would like to sit down and talk to the person that has been able to help us out in such a tremendous way. *Name your price. Give us an incentive you'd be interested in, but that is still reasonable.

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  • $2,000USD
    A cut above the rest

    We don't even know where to begin. So help us out. List a creative (but reasonable) way you would like to be compensated for this EXCEEDINGLY generous donation. Of course, you will receive all of the other things as well, assuming that you want them.

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