END OF THE INNOCENTS
TRIP TO THE 2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Since making a short film from my feature screenplay, End of the Innocents, the next phase of the project has been on the back burner. Most of my time has gone into my move to NYC and establishing my photography business.
I now have a great opportunity to bring End of the Innocents back to the front burner. This past weekend I received a letter from the Austin Film Festival that the feature script placed in their screenplay competition, along with a handwritten note that said, "Our readers found this script superbly written and constructed. Keep up the good work!"
With this placement came the invitation to attend the prestigious Austin Film Festival (October 23-30) and to participate in the Screenwriter's Conference, which will include special roundtable meetings with various industry folks. The conference is known to attract producers, agents, managers, and development executives, as well as countless working screenwriters and filmmakers. It's been several years since I last attended the festival. Upon returning this year, and with your help, I know I will make positive strides toward making End of the Innocents a feature film.
In order to make the short film, I launched a Kickstarter campaign that was very successful. This is the pitch video I put together:
I am now raising the funds needed to attend AFF in a similar fashion, with pledges in return for the great rewards outlined in the column to your right. I decided to host this campaign on my website so pledgers won't have to wait to receive their rewards. I pledge to ship rewards within one week of your pledge being made. My goal is to raise $2,000. The funds will go towards airfare from NYC to Austin, ground transportation, an AFF Producer Badge and accommodations.
I'm very driven to make this project happen. The same way I was driven to make my first book, Starart. I actually called Joni Mitchell's manager every other week for a whole year trying to get meeting with her. I finally got that meeting and the rest you can see in the video below and then check out the Level 6 reward.
Another passion project of mine, Everybody I Shot Is Dead, is at Level 4. I continue to promote the musicians in this book through exhibits (there was one in NYC this July) and I have a couple of other opportunities coming up, so stay tuned. This is an interview I did Mo Rocca that aired on NBC:
End of the Innocents will be made into a feature length movie. I will make it happen. Starting with your help for the trip to the Austin Film Festival next month, and then wherever I have to take it from there. No doubt.
Thanks again to all the backers that supported the short film campaign, the fabulous crew and the very gifted actors for their participation, preparation and their fantastic performances. This is the trailer for the End of the Innocents short film:
Level 1 - $10 and up
You will receive email updates from me with photos throughout the trip, plus a digital still from the End of the Innocents short film shoot.
Level 2 - $25 and up
You will receive a DVD of the End of the Innocents short film + behind-the-scenes, plus everything from Level 1. Only 16 copies available. (please add $5 for shipping outside the US)
Level 3 - $50 and up
You will receive a signed (by the actors!) DVD of the End of the Innocents short film + behind-the-scenes, plus everything from Level 1. Only 10 copies available. (Please add $5 for shipping outside the US)
Level 4 - $50 and up
You will receive a signed copy of my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead, plus everything from Level 1. (Please add $35 for mailing outside the U.S.)
Level 5 - $50 and up
You will receive a Blu-ray DVD of the End of the Innocents short film, plus everything from Level 1. You really haven’t seen this film until you see it on Blu-ray. Only 7 copies available. (Please add $5 for shipping outside the U.S.)
Level 7 - $1 and up
If you just want to help out without any rewards in return, click the Level 7 Donation button and enter whatever you amount you wish. And I will say a hearty...