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Two Movies in One Year!

The Dark Place and Something Like Summer

Kickstarter backed our feature, JUDAS KISS. Now we’re making TWO new films, and we’ll share our new camera with other indie filmmakers.

Goal: $25,000

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Watch the green progress bar below as we get closer to our $25,000 goal.

Click on the video player below to meet the filmmakers and learn about how you can become a part of our Kickstarter project.

HELPING THE INDIE COMMUNITY The generosity and support of so many backers for our film makes us want to extend that support to others. We want the Red Scarlet camera we’re purchasing with Kickstarter funds to help other independent filmmakers, too. We’ll offer use of the camera to other qualified indie productions. Your backing will help many other movies get made!

OUR STORY Two and a half years ago, Kickstarter backers helped us make our first feature film, Judas Kiss, which went on to win many awards — and now it’s available all over the world! That critically acclaimed film about love, second chances and getting it right was a meaningful story, with relatable characters and top-notch production values.

We quickly raised enough development funding to get two new feature film projects into preproduction this year —The Dark Place and Something Like Summer, two very different stories. One is a mystery-thriller and the other an adaptation of a wonderful love story; both will be presented with all of the care and skill we brought to Judas Kiss.

So far, we’ve raised much of the money for The Dark Place and plan on raising money soon for Something Like Summer, but this time out we want to do even better. Now we want to go to the technological cutting-edge for these two films — and beyond.

Little films like ours don’t have to look little.

We pushed Judas Kiss well past the place other, comparably budgeted features go. We’re raising a lot of the money for these two films on our own, but we’re seeking backing on Kickstarter to help us push the technological edge.

Your backing allows us to make these films with a Red Scarlet, a state-of-the-art, 4K camera that will allow us to shoot images on par with big-budget studio pictures — ready for the screens of the future.

The Dark Place is prepping now for principal photography in April near Portland, Oregon. Something Like Summer is scheduled to shoot this fall.

We know producing two feature films in one year is ambitious, but your backing moves the camera from a rental expense to an investment that pays off in producing more movies for years.

In fact, those who back us at certain levels will get free copies of all the films we end up making with this camera.

With your help, we can make our movies look like big blockbusters! Thank you!

RISKS AND CHALLENGES Producing a feature film is a huge and expensive logistical challenge. It’s especially demanding if you’re doing it on a small budget. There are a lot of things that can go wrong — personnel, bad weather, unexpected costs.

And we won’t lie: Trying to produce two full-length films in one year is ambitious; some might say it’s insane. But we have a track record with JUDAS KISS in which we carefully plan our productions and we make the most use of every resource. Marshaling the same resources for both movies holds down the cost for each, and lays a foundation for our future films.

Our best hedge against risk is our experience as resourceful producers. Our best asset is our willingness to take risks.

Click on each pledge level to find out what rewards you get for backing our Kickstarter project.

  • +Pledge $5 THANK YOU
    Every backer will get early access to all our exclusive video blogs and movie updates. Your pledge turns our dreams into your reality. Spread the word! Tell your friends about our movies! Back us now!
  • +Pledge $6 TANGIBLE THANKS
    For only a dollar more, we’ll mail you (anywhere in the world!) an official Judas Kiss postcard, signed by one or both of the film’s creators, director J.T. Tepnapa and writer Carlos Pedraza. Backers at all levels from here on up get this tangible “thank you,” too, for backing our new films. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $10 SPECIAL THANKS
    ONLY TEN DOLLARS gives you a special thanks on our websites, TheDarkPlaceMovie.com, and SomethingLikeSummer.com, as well as our films’ Facebook pages. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $25 HD DOWNLOAD
    You’ll get one special digital download of one of the finished films, either The Dark Place or Something Like Summer – your choice. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $40 THE TWO-FER
    A TWO-FER! Get digital downloads of both The Dark Place and Something Like SummerBack us now!
  • +Pledge $50 COLLECTOR'S ITEM
    We’ll send you an autographed DVD when The Dark Place or Something Like Summer is released, along with your Special Thanks in the closing credits of the film of your choice. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $55 BLAST FROM THE PAST!
    Limited to only 20. Here’s your very last chance to get an exclusive autographed poster from our first film, Judas Kiss! Signed by actors Richard Harmon, Sean Paul Lockhart, Timo Descamps, Julia Morizawa, Samantha Rund, Tim Foutch, writer Carlos Pedraza and director J.T. Tepnapa, signed at Judas Kiss’ world premiere on April 1, 2010. These are the very last autographed posters. This reward level also includes the two digital downloads and autographed DVD. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $100 FOR YOUR WALL
    You’ll receive our special thanks, a DVD or digital download of The Dark Place, and an Official Poster of The Dark Place, autographed by the cast and crew. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $125 MOVIES AND MORE!
    As a very special Thank you. For the next 5 years, we’ll send you digital downloads of every project we make with our new Red camera. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $250 ON THE BIG SCREEN
    You’ll receive special Kickstarter Producer thanks in the closing credits for BOTH The Dark Place and Something Like Summer, along with special thanks on our website, a DVD and digital downloads of the next five years of our movies, and an official Dark Place poster autographed by the cast and crew. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $350 ONE OF A KIND
    Limited to only ONE. Judas Kiss star Richard Harmon (about to star in A&E’s new series BATES MOTEL) went a little wacky after autographing dozens of posters. We saved this ONE POSTER with Richard’s graffiti and snarky comments for a special occasion. And this is it! FRAMED POSTER, in addition to the rewards from the $250 reward level. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $500 THE RED CARPET
    You’ll receive two free VIP tickets to a film festival screening of The Dark Place at a film festival of your choice, plus you still receive special Kickstarter Producer thanks in both films’ closing credits, along with special thanks on our websites, a DVD and digital downloads of our next five years of movies, and an official Dark Place poster autographed by the cast and crew. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $700 FILMMAKER DINNER
    Here’s your chance to hear all the juicy details of making a movie over dinner (must provide own lodging and transportation). You’ll receive two free VIP tickets to a screening of The Dark Place at a film festival of your choice, plus you still receive special Kickstarter thanks in the The Dark Place closing credits, along with special thanks on our website, a DVD and digital downloads of our movies, and an official poster autographed by the cast and crew The Dark PlaceBack us now!
  • +Pledge $1,000 ACTION! CUT! COFFEE!
    Visit the stars of The Dark Place on set! Have you ever wanted to see what happens on a working set? Here’s your chance (must provide own lodging and transportation)! You’ll also receive two free VIP tickets to a screening of The Dark Place at a film festival of your choice, plus you still receive special Kickstarter thanks in the The Dark Place closing credits, along with special thanks on our website, a DVD and digital downloads of our movies, and an official poster autographed by the cast and crew of The Dark PlaceBack us now!
  • +Pledge $2,000 READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP
    Limited to only 5. Turn your visit to the set into a walk-on role! You might be a bar patron, a hospital patient, a student, or fancy Hollywood star. We’ll find you the perfect part (must provide own lodging and transportation). You’ll also receive two free VIP tickets to a screening of The Dark Place or Something Like Summer at a film festival of your choice, plus you still receive special Kickstarter Producer thanks in both films’ closing credits, along with special thanks on our websites, a DVD and digital downloads of the next five years of our movies, and an official poster autographed by the cast and crew of The Dark Place or Something Like Summer. Back us now!
  • +Pledge $2,500 REMEMBER MY NAME
    Limited to only 2. Want to live forever? Can’t make it to the set? This is for you! Name a character! Yes! We have two characters available in The Dark Place for you to put your name on (or one of your choice)! Sure, we reserve the right to refuse a joke or unsuitable name — “Warbile Laughtmugler” comes to mind — but we’ll work with you to get something great of your choice on the screen! Plus, you’ll also receive all the perks from “I’m Ready For My Close Up” (except for the walk-on) so you can see your name on the Big Screen! Back us now!
  • +Pledge $5,000 STAR PACKAGE!
    Limited to only 4. We’ll have all your expenses paid for a fabulous three-day adventure on the set of The Dark Place or Something Like Summer. Yes! You get the walk-on role and closing screen credit. Yes! You get to meet the stars and have dinner with the filmmakers. You’ll get all the Kickstarter rewards plus a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with movie-makers! (Available to North American residents only) Back us now!
  • +Pledge $10,000 PRODUCER'S PACKAGE!
    Limited to only 4. We’ll have all your expenses paid for a fabulous three-day adventure on the set of The Dark Place or Something Like Summer. Yes! You get the walk-on role and closing screen credit. Yes! You get to meet the stars and have dinner with the filmmakers. You’ll get all the Kickstarter rewards plus a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with movie-makers! (Available to North American residents only) Back us now!