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Auteur appreciator, and self-professed cinephile. In another life I would perhaps embrace my inner actress, but right now, I'm the Platform Manager at IndieReign - and it's awesome.

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We don’t always write posts about movies, but when we do, it’s because they’re epic. ‘Keep On’, the latest short to premiere on IndieReign, is just that.

When you see Keep On, you’d never guess it was made on a budget of just $10.64. You’d never think that it was shot in just four hours and you might not even believe me when I say the whole project was completed within just two weeks. What I see here is a very polished, well-planned and excellently executed short film with impeccable cinematography and a very credible performance from the lead, Jeremiah John Dunlap.

Keep On tells the gripping story of a young man facing the edge of human extinction in a world where the past lies in the hands of the weak, and the present is conquered by the strong.

It’s films like Keep On that make me truly believe a huge budget, expensive props and elaborate CGI explosions are not needed for excellent storytelling. It’s also films like Keep On that remind me why handcrafted, shoe-string budget films made out of pure passion are so much more gratifying, thought-provoking and rewarding than huge Hollywood releases.

Nick Floyd, the director, writer and producer of Keep On says he is super excited about the release of this film, and that all profits from the sales on IndieReign will go to his production company, Digital 8 Productions, towards a feature film. His style as a filmmaker is clear and concise, yet thrilling. In just 10 minutes the audience is taken on an adventure and given just enough information to connect the dots. With a well-written story and the right amount of suspense, I found this a very satisfying watch and came away wanting the perfect amount of ‘more’.

At just $1  for a rental, it seems almost unfair – but well worth the pennies. Without further ado, I present the Keep On trailer below:

 

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Filmmakers, what you can learn from Taylor Swift and Spotify

In November, Spotify listeners were heartbroken with Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her entire catalogue from Spotify, the world’s largest subscription music streaming service.

Swift stated the primary reason for discontinuing distribution through the streaming service was that she feels Spotify does not pay the artists fairly, also referring to Spotify as a “grand experiment”.

Spotify’s payment system doesn’t pay artists per song stream, persey. Spotify has a complex algorithm in which all rights holders for content get a revenue split based on streaming numbers and Spotify retain 30% from each song. You can read more about that on the Spotify website.

“I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt” said Swift, “I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify”.

On the service, the average song generates between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream in royalties.

In response to Swift’s decision, Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, publicly published his defence of the allegations, stating that “top artists like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year”.

This figure is very large, but comes from millions of streams. Actually, billions. Divide 6M by 0.0060 and you get 10,000,000,000 (10 Billion) streams. If all of Taylor’s songs were streamed 10 billion times collectively, then her and all the rights holders would split the revenue generated by the song streams accordingly, and even then Taylor Swift herself would only receive a portion of that figure.

A recent article from Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Swift’s record label Big Machine, stated that the actual payout they have received totals exactly $496,044 from domestic streams, only a portion of what Daniel Ek talked about.

“Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales… People should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that” – Swift.

Here’s how I see it:

Spotify are not exactly the bad guys, like nearly everyone on the planet, they are passionate about music. And the one single thing that hurts the music industry the most is piracy. Like the ingenuitive guys they are, they came up with an idea that music should be free to enjoy for everyone, but artists should still get paid.

And so the ‘Premium’ model was born, the first of it’s kind as Spotify entered the market in 2008. Ad supported music so people can listen for free, artists get paid from the ad share, and if users don’t want ads, they pay for a premium service which also gets split between the service and the rights holders, thus hoping to help minimise piracy, offer free (or paid) music and still pay the artists. It was a win win win dream.

However, like Swift says, it is still a bit of a ‘grand experiment’. Currently, even though spotify has over 50 million active users, the piece of the pie the rights holders receive is not a very large one. Many artists aside from Swift have also made the move to pull their music or abstain from the service, including AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Bob Seger, Tool, Jason Aldean and The Black Keys to name a few.

Ironically, it’s not really the big artists that are hurt the most, it’s the small indie bands that are largely unheard of that will never see any return from the time, effort and money they put on to actually getting their content added to the service through an aggregator. And yes, all content must go through an aggregator. Spotify is not a large discovery engine, nor is it guaranteed to make you a profit, you just might get a little less piracy.

With the majority of audiences now mobile with 24/7 connections to all apps and people, we can now safely say we are very much in the digital age. Audiences are opting for digital consumption over traditional and we’ve seen massive declines in the physical sales of CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-Ray. But as fast as tech devices and people have moved, technology services are scrambling to adapt, the recipe is still being perfected and the music (and film) industries are still being redefined.

In the independent film industry, traditional distribution is out and digital is in. But that doesn’t mean that the system is right just yet.

Media streaming ad supported and subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify were the early adopters, it’s what they thought audiences wanted! Unlimited content for a set price or for free. However these services are hurting artist’s profit margins and are in no way helping to create a sustainable ecosystem for the entertainment media industries.

As far as media-absorbing audiences go there are two truths of the matter, one: There will always be people that are willing to pay for content, and two: there will always be people that will not. It’s separating these audiences and targeting the ones that will pay first that will help artists get the maximum return for their content – and streaming services are not the first answer.

This is where we look at release ‘windowing’, where filmmakers should be releasing their content first on transactional models that use PPV (Pay Per View), DTO (Download To Own), TVOD (Transactional Video On Demand), or EST (Electronic Sell-Through), months before it appears on any subscription-based services.

This way, the loyal fans that have been waiting for films to be released will of course pay to digitally rent or purchase new release movies at a transactional method. Once sales start to plateau and decrease on transactional platforms (which I can promise will evidently happen after the hype dies out), only then should content be released on subscription avenues, as that second audience, the ones who won’t pay much can then access and watch content which will then give a long tail return profit.

Taylor Swift made the decision to pull her catalogue from Spotify before her 1989 album release, which then went on to be the most successful album release in 12 years at over 1.2 million copies sold in the first week. You can bet that this never would have happened had she been on Spotify. Filmmakers, take this example and translate it to the film industry: Don’t aim for a Netflix release first off, sell transactionally and make your release count.

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Swaroop Kanchi skips DVD, Chosing Direct Distribution for Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi

Independent filmmakers are quickly realising that distribution is the time that they sink or swim. Many of which have started opting in for Direct Distribution through digital channels and VOD websites.

Swaroop Kanchi, an acclaimed Indian filmmaker, has been experimenting with direct distribution on IndieReign for his film Bengaloored, and to much success.

Bengaloored, a 2010 romantic drama, had already been released on multiple mediums, including free channels online. However due to fan following and the desire for audiences to directly support independent filmmakers with their dollars, Kanchi received enough attention and revenue over the past year to make the call to move away from physical DVD and Blu-ray production and go straight to where the audience is – online.

Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi, produced by Tapas Films and directed by, written by, and starring Swaroop Kanchi – who also composed the film’s musical score – has just finished screening at theatres all over India, and will now be presented to audiences anywhere and everywhere online. IndieReign viewers will have access to the first Hindi film that has had a theatre release to become exclusively available on the site for direct distribution.

Below is the trailer for Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi, which will be released on IndieReign in the next few days.

Synopsis:

“When you step into the world of Kaalidas, you enter the life of a dreamer. He is a taxi driver, and like the many drivers in the city who cruise the streets ferrying passengers to and fro, Kaalidas lives his mundane life by enjoying the air of an alternate universe of his dreams, where love, wealth and acceptance are within reach, and joy is just around the corner. But what will he do when reality grows more grim and new problems that will rock his world strike? Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi is primarily a story of a lonesome Taxi Driver looking for Love. He dreams of success, fame & money and above all a purpose to live.”

 

 

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The Global Sunrise Project wins IndieReign Project of the Week Competition

Congratulations to Kasha, the Sunrise Storyteller, the most recent victor of the Project of the Week Competition!

Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller, is a documentary about a 15 yr. old girl who travels the world for six months, with the aim of finding out what it means to be a true global citizen.

This inspirational 15 year old girl, is doing something that most of us dream of doing, but there’s one difference between us and her, she’s stepping up and making it happen, with the help of you and me.

In her pitch video, Kasha talks about travelling the world to empower people who are courageously rising over their circumstances, people who despite their obstacles, have decided to do what they can and be a force for positive change in this world.

Kasha is working towards uniting people so they can take action, no matter how small, to overcome adversity, to help new leaders develop and grow, and to ultimately change the world through these connections and stories of hope and resilience.

The Sunrise Storyteller is a film & book of reflections. It is a teenager’s account of inspired human triumph over adversity and the power of creativity, determination and heart-to-heart connection to change the world.  A 15 year old ventures out into the world for six months, over two semesters off of school, with her mom, leaving the security of what’s familiar, to explore terrains she’s never known.  The weaving of her journey with the lives of others is one that aspires to touch and inspire. The film is intended to raise awareness and become a clarion call for those waking up to their own potential for meaningful, empowered leadership and engagement.

Kasha and her team (aka her mom) are currently fundraising on Indiegogo to finish funding their project, and after many setbacks they’re still going strong! They won Project of the Week, will they win your support, too?

If you want to learn more about this project, get involved, or even help Kasha achieve her mission, make her documentary, and write her book, then find Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller on the below channels:

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Project of the Week 45! Will it be Deadly Tracks, Look Again, Foot, or Umbria?

This week we’ve lost a bit of time due to Memorial Day – but never fear! There is always time for a speed week of voting. Deadly Tracks, Look Again, Foot, and Umbria are in this Project of the Week Competition!

Just as a reminder, you can vote once a day, and the winner of this competition will get $100 sweet cash from IndieReign towards their Indiegogo project, how neat is that? Now you’re not only voting with your wallet, but you’re voting with your clicks as well, so make it count.

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Meet the Contestants:

Deadly Tracks

Deadly Tracks follows a group of young filmmakers which are set to make the best, worst horror movie ever… What they discover on an abandoned railway will change their lives. For ever.

See Deadly Tracks on Indiegogo

 

Look Again

Betrayed by people he trusted and on the verge of giving up on life, Look Again follows a man is visited by his guardian angel who gives him a special gift: a pair of glasses that allow him to see people’s true nature. Expecting life to be simple and for things to all go his way, he’s surprised by the reactions of his friends – and even his own reaction to having this unique power.

See Look Again on Indiegogo

 

Foot


Foot explores our shifting relationship to one of the most important and overlooked parts of the human body: our feet.

By guiding us through contemporary research as well as ancient traditions, this film reveals the rich heritage, body awareness, and health benefits that can be reclaimed simply by walking barefoot. “Foot” unveils the reality of our current dysfunctional relationship with feet, and gives voice to the doctors, athletes, shoemakers, and advocates who are pioneering a different way of thinking about foot health. The first step towards a brighter, healthier future is to take off our shoes and walk free.

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Umbria

Umbria, 1965 is the story of an unlived life. Piero, a young man grows up in stasis, conflicted by his desire to remain within the safety of the beautiful landscape in which he has always resided but never belonged, and his profound need to escape.

Adapted from poetry and inspired by experience, “Umbria, 1965″ makes a profound statement on the temporary nature of life and the looming danger of inaction.

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Undercover is a documentary film starring Richard Bert, a Brooklyn man born and bred. Back in the 80′s, Richard was working as an Undercover narcotics officer for the New York Police Department.

His job was to infiltrate the crack infested underground, and find out where the drugs were coming from. But the problem with living your life behind a mask is that sooner or later, someone is going to see behind it, and discover who you really are. But this isn’t just the story about Richard’s escape and survival from deep undercover, it’s also a story about what happened next, it’s a story about one mans’ journey to find his true self, his true spirit and his true purpose.

The end result is a power film. Drugs, LGBT, AIDs, racism, and ultimately hope are all explored, told through the amazing, Richard Bert, perhaps one of the most captivating storytellers of his time, and fondly referred to by some as a ‘griot‘. Through his words we are led through a harrowing narrative  of his experiences in the crime and drug infested city, as we eventually uncover higher aspirations and a new commitment for giving back to the community of Brooklyn.

We talked with Rayne Leafe, the director of Undercover to learn more about how this project came to light. Here’s part 1 of our interview with her:

How did you hear about Richard Bert’s story and what about it made you want to document his journey?

At Stomp It Out Productions we are so fortunate to be working alongside GVN (Global Volunteer Network) and the GVN Foundation, who raise funds for local communities around the world and send volunteers to those communities. Over the years we have heard a lot of amazing stories and met a lot of amazing people. Richard was one of those amazing people who took part in the first ever GVN Kilimanjaro Fundraising Trek with Stomp It Out Productions Executive Producer, Colin Salisbury . It wasn’t until last year though that Colin really heard Richard’s story properly for the first time. He was in New York and put out the call to friends in the area to join him for dinner. It was at this dinner that Richard shared his story to the group, and for 40 minutes you could hear a pin drop. Immediately after that Colin contacted me and told me he had a film! So we Skyped with Richard and once again, for about 40 minutes over Skype, Richard had our complete attention. It’s very rare that you find someone with such incredible story telling skills, who also has such an amazing story to tell. I could see the finished film in my head immediately, so I said let’s go for it!

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You were able to successfully raise more than your crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. What do you attribute this success to, and how much prep work did you have to do on the campaign?

I attribute this completely to our networks. We have a really great network that we can access and thankfully quite a few of them were intrigued by our trailer and were interested in seeing the film. However when it comes down to it, our biggest supporters are always our closest friends and family and without them we would not have hit our target. The Kickstarter process is just like regular fundraising, you never really know what’s going to inspire or motivate people to engage. As for prep work, we didn’t do too much; again a result of our limited work force and time. One of Colin’s favourite and most used phrases is “Figure It Out,” and generally that’s what we’ve done; we’ve jumped in first and then figured it out as we’ve gone along – it’s worked out so far!

Under your production company Stomp It Out Productions, your aim is “to make humanitarian documentaries that inspire action and motivate it’s viewers to become global citizens,” where did this mission statement come from and what does it mean to you?

It means everything to me. Stomp It Out Productions is less about making movies to me and more about inspiring, motivating and creating change. However you do that is up to you: some people start non profits, some people raise funds, some people create art or use their creative skills to bring awareness to a subject. Our mission grew very organically from the work that we already do with the GVN Foundation, finding local solutions to local problems, raising funds and awareness for communities in need and inspiring people to believe that they too can create change. This is the heart of everything that I do at Stomp It Out Productions, and whether I am crafting films myself or helping others to craft their own, it is something which drives my creative purpose at all times.

What’s your next project? Do you have any other films you’re currently working on?

Undercover’ is actually not our first film – it is the first film that we have finished and released, but it wasn’t our first project, which was ‘Stomp It Out’ (hence the name of our production company!). The film follows 15 young gumboot dancers from a slum in South Africa as they travel to China to take part in a workshop tour around International Schools in Shanghai. Filming that was an incredible experience and that group from the Kliptown Youth Program has become like a family to us. ‘Undercover’ popped up right in the middle and we decided to go for it, knowing that it would be a shorter project, but now that ‘Undercover’ is wrapped, I’m back at the editing desk for ‘Stomp It Out.’ We are hoping to have it ready mid year – and we both think it’s going to be really special. If I can capture just a tiny percentage of these kids’ energy and positivity, I’ll have succeeded. You can check out the trailer at the website www.stompitoutmovie.com

We’d love to thank Rayne for her wonderful interview, and brilliant contributions to cinema and storytelling. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more work from her and the GVN crew! If you are as well, you can find them here:

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Undercover has gone on to be screened at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival this year, to a great reception, and has been described as a film that ”breaks all the rules of cinema, but it is a must see” by a reviewer at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.

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Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American

Three years ago, an award winning journalist changed his life forever by bravely outing himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times. Now his story is global, allies are rallying, and the documentary is on tour.

After reading the incredibly emotional article in the New York Times, ‘My Life As An Undocumented Citizen‘ by Jose Antonia Vargas, you can only imagine how excited I am about attending the opening this evening in San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre.

This man who is passionate, intelligent, and driven, comes out to the world with his undocumented status, telling a story that brings forth such empathy from my soul that I can’t help but tear up a little as I’m flung into his journey through his words. Vargas has also marked his directional debut with his story, a feature length documentary, titled: Documented: A film by an Undocumented American.

“In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. ‘Documented’ chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years.”

In reality, people everywhere appear almost ordinary, and no one could ever know the inner turmoil, the struggles they face day to day, their story. That is, until they tell it, and in most cases, these stories are really worth listening to.

Watch the trailer for Documented: A film by an Undocumented American below, and if you can, do catch one of the screenings!

 

Filmmakers on IndieReign, like Vargas, tell stories about immigration, personal struggle, race relations, and inner turmoil. The documentaries below are moving and emotional, evocative and powerful just as independent films should be, and have been uploaded to IndieReign by artists just like Vargas, who want to tell their story.

1) Facing Sudan.

A custodian. A housewife. A paediatrician. A grandmother. Seemingly ordinary individuals, yet they have an amazing story to tell. It is the story of suffering and death. It is the story of refugees. It is the story of terrified villagers running for cover. Yet, at the same time, it is a story of strength, courage and hope. It is the story of Sudan. Over the last 20 years, millions have died in Sudan. A civil war devastated the South and currently a genocide is occurring in the western region of Darfur. Facing Sudan is the story of ordinary individuals, moved into action by the events in Sudan, and it shows that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, even in Sudan.

Watch the trailer right through for this one, this is already a difficult subject, but the imagery that goes with this film makes it so hard to ignore.

 

2) Burn: The Evolution of an American City

Burn is a 2 times Best Documentary Award Winner, made by a pair of Independent Filmmakers, who on a whim set out to learn more about the little known, worst recorded Race Riot in American History, the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma Race Riot. Initially, the riot was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms, or even talked about, until a report on the event was commissioned in 2001.

During the riot, the most wealthiest black community of the United States was burned to the ground (including the hospital) by attackers, and an estimated 10,000 people were left homeless. How did this go on unmentioned in the next generation? Why does no one talk about it? And what now lies in Tulsa? These filmmakers journey to the town to uncover the true story, guided by religious Leaders, an Attorney, a City Councilman, a Community Activist, and an Educator…

 

3) Old Coach

Coach Mac has coached high school football at Green Mountain high school for over two decades, and after years of hard work had finally made it to the head coaching position – but such a huge dedication to his team has cost him his marriage of over 25 years.

This is a film of one dedicated man, who takes his team in the 1998 season to towards a state championship, but at heart-breaking costs. If it was you in this situation, what would you do, and what team would you fight for?

 

4) My Brother Lives in China

Need something that’s going to give you a little pick me up? Here’s what living life as an immigrant on the other side looks, where filmmaker Matthiew Klinck gives us the inside scoop of the personal life of a Canadian living in China.

“My brother David and his Chinese girlfriend have an English school in Guangzhou Canton. They work long days managing teachers and finding students. Every Sunday night, David goes to a studio to record music with a group of Chinese and western friends. Soon a night club owner invests in the music project and the friends are forced to face creative differences…” Oohh, creative differences.

This is a little different than the struggles of undocumented immigrants, but the subject is approached in a light-hearted and humorous manner. This is immigration done the normal way:

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Will it be Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller, Cowspiracy, The Epidemic, or For the Love of Elephants

Welcome to IndieReign’s Project of the Week Competition! This week Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller, Conspiracy, The Epidemic, and For the Love of Elephants are in the mix of the most exciting projects on Indiegogo, so we’re giving you the opportunity to discover some amazing new projects, and get behind something you love.

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Support these projects with your clicks! We will give the campaign with the most votes $100 towards their fundraising on Indiegogo – all for the love and support of indie film! Voting closes on Monday 19th, 3pm PST

The projects:

Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller

A 15 yr. old girl travels the world turning the lens on herself and others to find out what it means to be a true global citizen.

The Sunrise Storyteller is a documentary film & book of reflections of a teenager’s account of inspired global citizenship, the power of creativity, determination and heart-to-heart connection to change the world.  A 15 year old  ventures out into the world with her mom, leaving the security of what she’s known, to explore terrains she’s never known.  The weaving of her journey with the lives of others is one that will hopefully touch and inspire as the film seeks to raise awareness and become a clarion call for those waking up to their own potential for meaningful, empowered leadership and engagement.

Want to know more? Click here to go to the Kasha the Sunrise Storyteller Indiegogo page.

 

Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, is a groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary, following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it…

Well this definitely spiked our curiosity! How about you? Perhaps you’d like to read more on Indiegogo.

 

The Epidemic – will be an epic Zombie film

After a meteor crashes into the Earth’s crust causing extreme devastation, an unexplained plague decimates a town’s population and yet… the dead are not dying. Unstoppable they stalk endlessly for the taste of flesh.

The town’s few survivors seek refuge where they can make a stand to fend off the hungry zombies. However, their luck begins to run out as their comrades begin to turn before their very eyes. In a desperate attempt to end the nightmare, a shocking truth is revealed about this particular brand of zombies.

Brraiinnnsss. Oh man, we’re not gonna lie, we still love Zombie films, especially the indie ones! You should probably check out the Indiegogo page for The Epidemic to find the cure for the plague…

 

For the Love of Elephants

For the Love of Elephants is a feature-length documentary film in the making; an exposé that reveals the dark side of the Indian state of Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivities that exploit captive elephants for profit, and uncovers the abhorrent torture suffered by these supremely gentle and intelligent animals. We will bring awareness to the plight of Kerala’s temple elephants, and alleviate their suffering.

Independent no BS documentaries like this here change the world. We are full believers of that. We are truth hunters, as well as indie film lovers and we just love that there are people out there that continue to use crowdfunding to raise money so they can unearth cruel injustices and make a difference. Yes. Agree? Here’s the link to For the Love of Elephants Indiegogo page.

 

 

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Project of the week winner: Live Life Dearest IndieReign Indiegogo film

Live Life, Dearest! This amazing collaborative project won IndieReign’s 43rd Project of the Week Competition!

Live Life Dearest is a vintage film made by the global collective who donated their memories in order to build a story about pain, loss & nostalgia that seeks to become therapeutic.

Live Life Dearest is a film co-produced by over 1,000 people from around the world, that tells the story of several people who realize that they only exist and live through someone else’s dreams. This fictional compilation, melancholic and nostalgic, uses home videos and films—the vast majority in 8mm— to portray a journey through various stages of life, ranging from the loss of innocence to the death of a loved one; always with a poetic and thoughtful tone, which makes the film become a therapy that seeks to raise awareness in the senses.”

This is a film that deeply questions what it’s like to be “human”, it’s a journey through pain, loss, love, and shattered dreams. It aims to be an exploration of the inner self, offers peace and opens the viewers mind to a breach in conscience which helps experience inner change.

Live Life Dearest is scented with amazing vintage imagery and amazing visuals, it’s an inspiration, and a film like none other I have seen before.

If you feel like you need to be a part of Live Life Dearest, you can find the project on their Indiegogo page!

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Project of the Week 43, will it be The Last Beat, Live Life Dearest, 28 Minute Epic, or Cubicle 21?

The Last Beat, Live Life Dearest, 28 Minute Epic, and Cubicle 21 are in this Project of the Week Competition, and it is my reckoning that this is going to be a great one! You know what to do, the project with the most votes wins! Oh, and sign up to IndieReign to support indie film as well (free), we’d love that.

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The Last Beat

The Last Beat follows the final days of Jay Douglas, famous American rock star, in a turbulent, but exhilarating early 70′s Paris. Inspired by the last days of rock and pop culture icon Jim Morrison, this fictional take is not in any way a traditional biopic, but a lyrical study of a brilliant, complex, and troubled soul. Tragic and comedic, at the film’s core are Jay’s broken, but passionate relationships with the two women in his life – Clemence, a glamorous Countess, and his professed “soul-mate,” Valerie Eason, an earthy red-haired beauty from golden California.

I’m a huge fan of The Doors, and I think Jim Morrison was spectacular, if you’re like me and you want to see The Last Beat break on through to the other side (hehe), vote for this project in the poll above. Also, please watch the pitch video, it tells you exactly why you should support this director, then go to The Last Beat‘s Indiegogo page and watch the first 9 minutes of the movie. It’s very climactic and amazing.

 

Live Life Dearest

Live Life Dearest  is a film co-produced by over 1,000 people from around the world, that tells the story of several people who realize that they only exist and live through someone else’s dreams. This fictional compilation, melancholic and nostalgic, uses home videos and films—the vast majority in 8mm— to portray a journey through various stages of life, ranging from the loss of innocence to the death of a loved one; always with a poetic and thoughtful tone, which makes the film become a therapy that seeks to raise awareness in the senses.

There’s nothing quite like old 8mm home movies, and Juan Diego Escobar has created a way that merges hundreds of people’s memories from around the world in to one amazing journey about what it means to be human. It’s vintage but modern, nostalgic yet therapeutic, sad but happy. It’s been four years in the making, but now it’s finally time to see Live Life Dearest at a festival near you. You know what to do, vote for Live Life Dearest, and support the project on Indiegogo.

 

28 Minute Epic

 28 Minute Epic is a real-life superhero action comedy written by Rocco Petrullo and GianCarlo Fernandez. The feature film will be directed by GianCarlo Fernandez. The movie is about two aimless Jersey boy best friends, who get fired from their cushy pornshop jobs and decide to become superheroes for hire in order to attain financial stability after accidentally saving someone’s life. With help from a “professional” crime fighter, they discover that being a hero isn’t always super.

If you could be a super hero in today’s world, what would you do? Rent yourself out of course! This is a neat, fun idea for a film, and incase you didn’t see, it is feature length! It’s pretty neat that this guy just quit his job at Apple to make movies, we want him to succeed, and we’d love to see 28 Minute Epic on IndieReign. Go on, give ‘em a vote. You know you want to!

 

Cubicle 21

Mark works for a British owned suicide helpline with a call center located in Prague. He is half English, half Czech with a lonely, overbearing English mother who involves herself in every aspect of his life. His few work pals treat him like dirt, his boss is a corporate lackey and the depressed callers he counsels are making him want to call the helpline himself. These factors drive Mark to create an elaborate lie in order to take an extended leave from work, his mother and the rest of the dystopic issues he faces in order to spend all his time searching for the elusive woman in his dreams. Mark is convinced that she is indeed real and that his meetings will allow him to find her in the real world.

Cubicle 21 is a dark comedy about a guy who meets the “girl of his dreams” in his dreams, literally! This story is like Brazil meets Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind. I keep seeing amazing films coming out of the Czech Republic, and this might be one of them if we can help director David West reach his crowdfunding goal. Cubicle 21 needs your help, will you vote for this project?

 

 

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Project of the Week 42: Vote for Songs for Amy, Free CeCe, Shooting Clerks, or Booking My Last Dance

This week we have four amazing Indiegogo projects in the competition, Songs for Amy, Free CeCe Documentary, Shooting Clerks, and Booking My Last Dance are all in the competition, and voting kicks off today! The winning project gets $100 towards their Indiegogo campaign, so vote generously.

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Songs for Amy

Songs for Amy is a darkly comedic love story set against the stunning backdrop of the west of Ireland and New York, that follows the plight of struggling musician Sean O’Malley (Sean Maguire) who tries to redeem his relationship with the love of his life, Amy (Lorna Anderson) after their perfect world is shattered by the presence of hell-raising rock band, The Alabama 3. With his relationship and future happiness hanging in the balance, Sean tries to write the perfect album for Amy with the help and hindrance from his misfit band mates.

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, why not give our Irish friends a wee vote now? This film promises a delightful combination of great music and your typical non-stereotypical love story. Songs For Amy will be available soon for digital distribution, so let’s give them a helping hand to get this show on the road! Check out Songs for Amy now on Indiegogo.

 

Free CeCe Documentary

CeCe’s story is important because it is often repeated and rarely reported. There is a culture of violence experienced by transgender people of color. The film juxtaposes CeCe’s survival with the story of Islan Nettles and other victims of trans-misogynistic attacks. Ultimately the film will confront the need for cultural competency training, public policy, and legislation to recognize the lives of trans people.

When I watch this video I’m confronted with so many feelings; sadness, anger, empathy, and hope. Hope that documentaries like this can help spread the word and end the hurt of so many people that comes from ignorance, hate, prejudice, and racism. If you want to do your part, vote for Free CeCe now, and check out Free CeCe on Indiegogo now.

 

The Kevin Smith Biopic: Shooting Clerks

The Kevin Smith Biopic: Shooting Clerks, is a feature film detailing the struggles a young Kevin Smith encountered while trying to figure out his place in the world. After a short spell at film school he came up with the idea of shooting a feature film in the very convenience store he worked in. Armed with limited resources, ill begotten credit cards, and the dedication of long time friends, Kevin risked everything to bring his unique vision to fruition.

If you enjoyed Clerks, you’re bound to get a kick out of this, a great indie with the support of Kevin Smith himself, Shooting Clerks already has a major step ahead in the game. Get behind this project now, and find out more here on Indiegogo.

Booking My Last Dance

Booking My Last Dance is a short film about a lifetime tragedy writer; a writer who believes in the power of his written words and how they affect his universe. Due to certain events,  a question rises in his mind: Could writing a comedy change the course of someone else’s life?

The teaser above for Booking My Last Dance certainly got my attention, and now I’m just dying to see more. If this team can do comedy as well as they can do thriller or tragedy, then I’m betting this is going to be a very successful project. Of course, the question is if - if you want to see what they can do – support Booking My Last Dance here on Indiegogo, and vote for the project now.

 

 

 

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Limit the film is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo, an indie feature that follows Olivia, where after traveling to New York on vacation, her life intertwines with an array of people who’s stories are told through a series of incidents.

This is a film that puts a modern exciting twist on your classic love or coming of age story. It’s not what you expect. Watch the trailer below before you keep on reading:

Like what you saw? So did I.

“Limit is set in New York City. Olivia, a young, successful woman comes to the city with her boyfriend Brad in the hopes of a vacation. Instead, Brad uses their time in the city for business. Driven by disappointment, boredom and loneliness, Olivia gives into the unpredictable tides of New York City when she meets a woman named Bianca, a ball of fire and a complete game changer.”

This team of passionate individuals have come together to translate these thoughts, messages, and stories into a beautiful film. Limit, they say, is a testament to life, and I just can’t wait to see Olivia break out of her shell and start living.

Limit is versatile. It is not a film for one, but rather for all. We want to bring the message of freedom to your screens and speak to those confined by labels and social expectations and remind our viewers that we must not allow these to confine us, and prevent us from making truly personal connections.”

See the pitch video for Limit below, and if you get a chance, do follow them on the social medias, and explore their Indiegogo page.

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Burn, The Morphable Man, Westbound, Aprille:Desirae

Can’t vote with your wallet? Vote with your mouse! Burn, The Morphable Man, Westbound, and Aprille:Desirae are in this week’s competition, the winner will receive $100 on their Indiegogo campaign!

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Burn

“When Max, a mob soldier, finds out his younger brother Vince killed the wife of the mob boss Max works for; he is given two days to find his brother and get him out of town before a hired hitman comes after them.”

The trailer for Burn is all kinds of awesome, check it out here on Indiegogo!

The Morphable Man

“The Morphable Man is an indie rom-com about a man trying to hide an emotionally triggered condition that makes him transform in to any object, from LEGOs to barbed wire”

Yowza, I do not envy this guy, but The Morphable Man certainly brings a new spin on ‘super’ powers, what a neat indie! Discover more about the mysterious Morphable Man here on Indiegogo!

 

Westbound

“Westbound is about three recent college graduates; David, Nate, and Sarah, who agree to road trip to California in hopes of a new start. The group realizes that it will not only be hard to make it in Los Angeles but hard to make it there as well.”

And a proud IndieReign partner to boot! Hurrah! Check out Westbound on Indiegogo, and support this super indie film!

 

Aprille:Desirae

“Aprille is a sophomore at Vassar College in New York. While back at her hometown during her summer break, she meets and falls in love with a charming, married woman, Desirae, who is disenchanted with her marriage to an affluent yet abusive husband. While Aprille has made up her mind to dropout of college to pursue the relationship further, Desirae has been in a similar situation before and is reluctant to give up a broken yet financially comfortable marriage for the girl who loves her.”

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, and some pretty strong females in this director’s life, Aprille:Desirae promises great female protagonists and inspirational characters. This is the first feature of Zero Films, and it’s success depends on you! Find Aprille:Desirae on Indiegogo here.

 

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IndieReign Project of the Week The Three indie sci-fi

The Three, a new sci-fi/horror about extraterrestrials and one man’s frightening journey to discover balance and what it really means to be human, wins IndieReign’s Project of the Week Competition!


If you’re a fan of science fiction, horror, aliens, and independent film, you’re bound to love The Three! Inspired from films such as The Incredible Shrinking ManInvasion of the Body Snatchers, and They Live.

When Brian LaRue becomes convinced that his father is being visited by extraterrestrials, he takes it upon himself to seek out answers from Jonas Allenbach, a local recluse who claims his son was abducted seventeen years earlier. But as Brian delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding what Jonas refers to as ‘The Three,’ terrifying realizations come to light and Brian must confront the many demons of his past, which just might be exactly what ‘The Three’ want.

‘The Three’ turns the alien abduction genre on its head with this story of one man’s frightening journey to discover what it really means to be human.

This indie is highly anticipated in the sci-fi scene, starring Doug Jones, (Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Adaption) Lew Temple (UnstoppableLawlessThe Devil’s RejectsThe Lone Ranger) and Jim Ojala (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Men: The Last Stand, Firefly, Hellboy II), and not only that, but there’s a great team on board for amazing cinematography and sound scaping. Watch the pitch video below to see what I mean…

The Three recently won IndieReign’s Project of the Week Competition, and after a tough battle, came out on top! Congratulations team! A job well done.

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