Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival By Lisa Fothergill

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About Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

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Who we are

Wild Boy Productions is an Auckland-based film and theatre production company, founded in 2014 by Luke Thornborough and Lisa Fothergill.

In February 2013 we started production on a self-funded short New Zealand Western called ‘Jess’.

The cast and crew worked really hard on this production, which was filmed on location in Hawke’s Bay.

We need your help!

All the hard work of the team behind this film has paid off, as we found out about a week ago that ‘Jess’ has been accepted to play in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.

We need to raise $4,800 to be able to send Luke Thornborough – writer/director of ‘Jess’ and co-founder of Wild Boy Productions – to France.

With a film that was done on a shoe-string budget we are really amazed that it got this far. With your pledge we can get Wild Boy represented internationally and make our dream a reality.

Why you should pledge…

Cannes is described by The New Zealand Film Commission as “The pinnacle of the world’s top-tier film events.”

The Short Film Corner is a section of the festival where up-and-coming filmmakers are able to have their films shown to the world’s leading distributors, critics, and fellow filmmakers.

Also at the festival, there are industry meets, workshops, and conferences, which are designed to share knowledge and prepare producers and directors for the global market.

But, to represent the film at Cannes, we need your help.

By acting as an ambassador for the film at Cannes, LUKE will be able to take this film so much further, and give Wild Boy Productions a fighting chance in the very competitive world of film. Not only does it benefit us as a company, but also it gives us the opportunity to represent everyone who has worked on the film.

It is a rare and fantastic opportunity and one that will really help us grow as a company, so that we can continue to fuel our passion by making beautiful films here in New Zealand.

The recognition that the film has earned so far is down to the hard work and dedication of our cast and crew. To be able to get this seen internationally is a really rewarding experience for us all.

Please pledge, and help us to get Luke to France, and help Wild Boy Productions grow.

About ‘Jess’

In the new and unforgiving land of late Nineteenth Century New Zealand, one girl sets out to find her father. She is forced to fight the elements and those around her as she comes to terms with a harrowing loss. This is a journey that will shake her sense of loyalty and family to its core.

'Jess' is a coming of age story about one girl's journey as she comes to terms with the fallibility of her parents. Shot on location in the stunning Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand 'Jess' boasts an original score from up and coming composer Celeste Oram, which carries an otherwise silent film. This film draws on the beauty and cruelty of nature and family alike and develops a discussion on gender politics and loyalty, while capturing all the action and suspense of the Western Genre.

The team behind ‘Jess'

Huge congratulations and a warm thanks to all those involved in making 'Jess' happen.

Written and Directed by Luke Thornborough

Music Composed by Celeste Oram

Cinematography by Lisa Fothergill

Starring

Amie Bentall as Jess

Matt Norton as Harry

Sarah James as Sarah

Lily Bentall as Young Jess

Crew

Camera Operators - Lisa Fothergill, Matt Kofoed, Chesney MacDonald

Gaffer - Matt Kofoed

Sound Recording and Foley - Chesney Macdonald, Grace Adams

Artistic Director - Julie Clark

Makeup - Laura Mauchline

Props - Julie Clark, Luke Thornborough, Ryan Dulieu

Production Assistant and Horse-Wrangler - Grace Adams, Alexandra McAlwee

Editor - Luke Thornborough

Colourist - Daniel Habedank

Special Effects - Ian Quigley

Sound Design - Simon Weir

Music Design - Jess Haugh

Moral Support, Accommodation, Unit, Runners, Horse-Wrangler - Denise Bentall, Rachael Bentall, Steve Bentall

Poster Photography - Denise Bentall

Special thanks to Michael Nicholas, Ryan and Paul Dulieu, Arielle Sullivan, First Scene Ltd, Blacksand Post, and Howick Historical Village.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WildBoyProductions.co.nz

Twitter: @WildBoy_Prod

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Updates

    Update from France!

    09:07AM Wed 14/05/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Hello pledgers and followers!

     

    I received an update from Luke at 05:35am today (which is 07:35pm yesterday in France):

     

    "Currently eating macaroons and having the best hot choc. :) Almost in Nice"

     

     

    N'awwww good on ya! He's gonna have a blast!

     

    xx

    Lisa

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    That's all, folks!

    06:16PM Thu 08/05/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Our campaign came to an end yesterday, and we did it! We reached our goal thanks to all of you wonderful people, and your amazing generosity. 

    But the adventure only BEGINS here! On Monday, Luke goes to Cannes! 

    Soon we will receive our list of pledgers and can get started on getting your rewards sorted out. 

    Also, we recently launched our video for 'Patriot', a song by My Talented Friends on vimeo and youtube.

    We have more cool interviews from behind the scenes of 'Jess' coming and Luke will be taking LOTS of photos while he's away to share with you. 

     

    Keep updated by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter

     

    Thank you all so much,

    Luke & Lisa 

    xx

     

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    'Patriot' Music Video

    01:14AM Tue 06/05/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    You saw it here first, folks!

    http://youtu.be/nHSjKVZ-RaU

    Here is the official music video for 'Patriot' by My Talented Friends

    This video was made with deleted scenes from 'Jess' and we are very excited to share it with you all :D

     

    xx

    Luke & Lisa

     

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    Music to your ears

    07:43PM Fri 25/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Hey pledgers! 

     

    We have just launched the Facebook page for our musical project, My Talented Friends

    We will be launching one of our music videos this weekend, featuring deleted scenes and footage from 'Jess'! 

    And, because we want all our pledgers and followers to enjoy this little treat first, we're going to post it here before we post it on Facebook or Twitter :D

    You can also have a wee listen (and download) on bandcamp here. 

     

    Much love to you all!!

    xx

    Luke & Lisa

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    We did it!

    05:00PM Wed 23/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Holy Horses, PledgeMe! We've reached our funding goal! LUKE IS GOING TO CANNES!!

    Wahoo!!

     

    To all our pledgers: we can't thank you enough. The campaign is still going, and every cent donated over our goal will go towards future projects Wild Boy films, music videos, and plays. 

     

    We love you!!

     

    xx

    Luke & Lisa 

     

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    50 Pledgers

    07:17PM Mon 21/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    50 generous people have donated to our campaign so far. We are truly humbled by the support of friends, family, and strangers. 

    Thank you all so much! We're almost three quarters of the way to our funding goal :) 

    Keep an eye out for more exciting behind-the-scenes interviews and a little something special coming soon...

     

    xx

    Luke & Lisa 

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    We're halfway!

    01:16PM Sat 19/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Hey pledgers! 

     

    We are halfway on our funding goal! Thanks so much to everyone for your help :) But we do still need to raise the remaining $2,390 in 18 days. 

    We would really appreciate it if you would share this campaign on your Twitters and Facebooks to help get the word out about this campaign. 

    Every voice makes a difference, so please help by sharing!

     

    Warmest of fuzzies, 

    Luke & Lisa

    xx

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    'Jess' in the news!

    11:19AM Sat 19/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    We're on the front page of today's Harbour News

    You can read the full article here. 

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    About 'Jess': Story and Character

    02:22PM Wed 16/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    Hey followers! 

    Here's a wee insight into the story and character of 'Jess'. 

    We've been interviewing cast and crew, and want to share this with you! 

     

    Hope you enjoy, 

    Luke & Lisa 

    xx

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    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

    07:05PM Fri 11/04/14 on Help us take 'Jess' to Cannes Film Festival

    WOW! 

    We are insanely thrilled right now! Some anonymous angel has just pledged $1,000 to our PledgeMe campaign and taken the top prize of the gun from 'Jess'! This means we're already more than 1/5 of the way to meeting our funding goal! Thank you so much to our private pledger! 

     

    If we go over our funding goal we are putting every cent right back into our company for future projects ;)

     

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