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Invest in Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time (MOVIE)

A romantic, international road-movie, filmed over the course of 15 years

Highlights

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Filmed the same actors over the course of 15 years in the USA, Japan, and Taiwan.
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The final piece of the movie is going to be filmed in Thailand in the fall of 2021.
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This independent feature film's budget is $350,000 and we've raised the first $125,000.
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Our Producer has a track record of critically acclaimed and financially profitable films.
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Supported by the talent lab that helped Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and other successful filmmakers.

Our Team


THE FILM

Dee and Graham are an American expat couple who struggle to grow together as they get older but also can't imagine life apart. As they move from country to country throughout their 20s and 30s, their friends, jobs, and homes all change but the one constant thing in their lives is each other. After a new career option for Dee puts the couple at odds, Graham's attempt to rekindle their spark leads to an event that threatens to jeopardize the future they had imagined together.

Based on personal experiences, this film, 15 years in the making, aims to provide an authentic view of a relationship's often-overlooked middle part. It explores the opportunities of choosing a life of adventure and experiences over societal expectations and the challenges of evolving together in a world with seemingly infinite options.

THE TEAM

LIZ CARDENAS is an Indie Spirit Award Nominated producer whose films have screened at film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca; and were distributed by A24, Netflix, Focus Features, Lionsgate, Redbox, and more.

Liz has a track record for producing commercially successful and critically acclaimed films. For instance, the $100,000 movie A Ghost Story grossed nearly $2 million at the box office worldwide. Liz's experiences as a former Vice President of International Sales at a distribution company and as a producer of 10+ movies have equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the film industry and an extensive network of potential future collaborators.

BEN HICKS received his B.A. in film/video at Columbia College Chicago, where he wrote and directed two award-winning short films and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. In 2017, he was one of ten debut filmmakers accepted into the IFP Narrative Lab. 

“The (IFP) Narrative Labs [...} shine a spotlight on bold storytellers whose work [...] is bound by their shared passion for pushing against the boundaries of independent filmmaking.”
                                                              -IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente

The IFP Narrative Lab spots promising first-time filmmakers and vouches for the quality of its alumni’s work. It has supported the early films of directors who have become major talents in the industry, such as Chloe Zhao (Nomadland with Frances McDormand), Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie), and David Lowery (Old Man & The Gun with Robert Redford).

CAST & CREW - Our talented, international cast & crew reflect the world of our story and the world we live in. To date, our cast & crew comprises 50% women and 58% POC. The diverse perspectives from our cast & crew contributed significantly to the quality of the film and the overall filmmaking experience.

TIMELINE

FESTIVAL POTENTIAL

IFP Narrative Lab alumni have significantly increased odds of being accepted into one of the major film festivals. Several major film festival programmers are tracking our project and awaiting to hear from us once our film is completed.

MARKET POTENTIAL

Distribution companies attend major festivals every year to seek out potential independent films they can acquire. The distributors that we are interested in working with, such as A24, Neon, Oscilloscope, etc., have a reputation of championing original and visually versed films from emerging filmmakers.

The prize of acquisition is based on the film's festival response and the film's expected success considering critics and audiences. Depending on the distribution channels, revenue streams may be generated via theaters, VOD, Pay-TV, and online subscription platforms.

We believe that our film will attract distributors and audiences alike, given the following qualities:

  • ACCESSIBILITY: Our aim is for Kids Go Free to become a film that walks the line between mainstream and arthouse cinema. The intriguing storyline, relatable characters, humor, effortless pacing, and beautiful scenery ensure the movie’s entertainment qualities. Examples of accessible independent films include The “Before”-trilogy by Richard Linklater, Lost in Translation by Sophia Coppola, Blue Valentine by Derek Cianfrance, and many more. 
  • HOOK: Filming the same couple for 15 years in four different countries will arouse curiosity in both media and moviegoers alike, potentially amplifying the size of the audience. For instance, the German film Victoria obtained prominence as a one-take movie and was highly successful at the box office (grossed $6.7 million).
  • BUILT-IN AUDIENCE: Genre films, e.g., Romance, Action, Horror, have a considerable built-in audience. Our film will especially resonate with the 20-30-year olds who prefer authentic relationship stories over formula-driven, simplistic romances.
  • INTERNATIONALISM: Having local cast & crew from our filming locations in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand (including award winning producer Shin Yamaguchi) may generate press and interest from people in their respective countries.

    INVESTING IN OUR FILM

    The total budget for our film is $350,000.

    We are looking to raise $225,000 to shoot the final and most extensive section of our movie in Thailand. These costs will also cover post-production (editing, composing, sound design, sound mixing, color correction), festival submission fees, and publicist fees.

    WeFunder Investors will be paid first in the waterfall. The writer/director and a few other Catalyst Investors have already invested the first $125,000 are willing to be paid after WeFunder Investors.

    ORDER OF INVESTOR PAYMENT

    FIRST, WeFunder Investors are paid 100% of all proceeds on a pro-rata basis until they have recouped 120% of their investment.

    SECOND, Catalyst Investors are paid 100% of all proceeds on a pro-rata basis until they have recouped 120% of their investment.

    THIRD, additional proceeds are considered "Net Profits". Net Profits are split 50/50 between the Investors (WeFunder & Catalyst) and The Producers (the filmmaking team) on a pro-rata basis for as long as the film generates revenue.

    WHEN DO INVESTORS GET PAID?

    Typically, the initial MG payout can be expected 3-10 months after a distribution deal has been closed. Afterwards, payments will be made quarterly. We aim to obtain a distribution deal 1-2 months after the festival premiere (expected for Winter/Spring 2023).

      Payment from distributors typically works like this:

      • At acquisition, distribution companies may offer an up-front payment called a Minimum Guarantee (MG). The MG depends on the expected demand of the movie. Based on movies with similar attributes (unique, visionary films without known actors) and a comparable budget, an MG may range between 20-70% of the film’s total budget. After a 15-25% commission for the sales agent, WeFunder Investors receive payouts from the MG.
      • After acquiring the film’s distribution rights, distributors invest in publicity, advertising, and screening materials to market the film. After these vendors (theaters, Pay-TV, etc.) take their cut, all screening-related revenue goes to the distributors until they have recouped 100% of their investment and acquisition costs.
      • Remaining proceeds via screenings are passed to the investors & producers for the life of the film.

      WANT TO SEE MORE?

      If you'd like to see a copy of our budget, a teaser trailer from the footage we've shot, or a script, feel free to contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

      COVID-19 PANDEMIC

      Our hearts go out to the people of Thailand. We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will do everything to ensure the health and safety of our team. Due to the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, we may shoot in a different country or push our shoot dates back if the situation in Thailand does not improve by the fall of 2021 (last resort option).

      SUPPORT THE FILM IN OTHER WAYS

      Have a lens package or airline miles? Hotel points or a sound design suite? We're always on the lookout for exciting opportunities to help get our film made. If you have an idea and would like to help out, please contact us, and we'll get back to you asap.

      Contact:

      ben.kidsgofree@gmail.com

      Overview