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PRESENT, an independent feature film looking to shoot in Asheville and Mt. Airy, NC this October, is currently seeking fundraising through Kickstarter, the online crowd sourcing website. The film is written and to be directed by Joe Chang and produced by the Asheville-based¬†Papercookie Picture Company.¬†The film is looking to raise $3,950 through Kickstarter and only has until October 14th to do so. In exchange for “backing” the film, contributors can choose from many different gifts at different levels, including Handmade Postcards from the Cast, a copy of the finished film on DVD, or a download of the Original Score among other things.

Synopsis of the film:
Daniel Crane (Nesey Gallons) is a semi-famous performance artist traveling and touring around the country, entertaining small enthralled audiences in the living rooms of houses with his awkward and sometimes alienating acts. On Halloween weekend, he finds himself with a few days off in Asheville, NC, staying with his kid sister, Dorothy (Faith Callaway) who works as a waitress at an old mom and pop Diner.

When a couple leaves a book at the Diner, Dorothy and Daniel decide to revisit the small town where they grew up. Along with Dorothy’s roommate Cassie (Mariana Templin), they set out on a trip to Mount Airy, NC, discovering the things they once remembered are vanishing, and realizing things they’ve kept inside themselves since childhood never go away.

This will be Joe Chang’s second directorial feature. His first feature, the Asheville-made Neutral, is an award winning surrealist comedy that John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) praised as “beautifully written and bursting with sweet sympathy for its whimsical characters”. He also directed (and plays guitar with) local band Kovacs & the Polar Bear’s “Skeleton Crew” video, which won the Top Prize and Audience Award at the 2011 Music Video Asheville Festival.

Present will mark the feature film acting debuts of Faith Callaway, the adorable girl from the Skeleton Crew video, and Nesey Gallons, a musician and collaborator with the highly influential and cult Elephant 6 Music Collective.

The Papercookie Picture Company is a collection of former North Carolina School of the Arts Film School kids, who dropped out and have made a few features, including Grownups, Neutral, and Passenger Pigeons. These films have won awards and played in festivals throughout the world including South By Southwest, BAMcinemaFEST, Indie Grits, and the American Film Festival in Poland.

For more information on the film, please visit:

KICKSTARTER LINK:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787461611/present-a-feature-film

OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE:
www.ithappenedonehalloween.com

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