Rez

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Drama Short New York POST-PRODUCTION
Daniel Nightbird is an Ojibwe teen living on the Leech Lake reservation who's taking care of his young sister alone. Down to his last dollar, when he's suddenly evicted it sets in motion a desperate search for a safe place on the Rez, which is harder to come by than even he imagined.
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Travel To Take Our Film to Leech Lake, White Earth, Red Lake and Beyond!
This film was only made possible by the people, and it needs to go back to the people. Help us go!
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Total value raised : $14,245
Wishlist total : $12,000

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You'll get a special thank you on the Rez facebook page.
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You'll get a special thank you on the Rez facebook page and an invite to a screening near you with Q&A.

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You'll get a special thank you on the Rez facebook page, an invite to a screening near you with Q&A, and a DVD copy of the film.

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You'll get a special thank you on the Rez facebook page, an invite to a screening near you and an invite to break bread with us after the screening.  If you're not in an area where we're screening, we'll schedule a time to skype with you and answer your questions, and you'll be sent a DVD copy of the film.  You'll also get a special thank you in the credits.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2013
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You'll get all of the above plus a special limited edition "Rez Nation Army" official tee that we're making to coincide with the release of the film.

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We'll bring the screening to you (within the contiguous 48 states).  We'll come to your area, screen the film at a place of your choosing and answer all your questions about the film and upcoming projects.  You'll also be one of the first to know about the feature film.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2013
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$ 2500 or more

Not only will we bring the screening to you, but we'll bring the two leads along with us!  We'll conduct a one day workshop with you that will include answering your questions about the film, and help you get your project off the ground!  We'll stick around and hear about your ideas, and help you develop an idea into a scene and develop a plan to get shooting fast.  Media is power and we want to help you!

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About the project

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Nearly two years ago I walked into Spike Lee’s office with the idea for the little film that would
become Rez: a film meant to honor a late friend but also shed some light on the plight of the 7th
generation, a group of young men and women who have come of age in the time of the 7th fire. In the
original prophecy, the task of the 7th generation is difficult: they are given the calling of returning to the
trail to find what was left there, returning to their people the spiritual ways that have been lost.
On this journey though, they are promised no help from the elder generation, many of whom it is said
will point in the wrong direction, remain silent out of fear or cease to offer anything because they are
not asked. And so the young people of the 7th generation are left to rediscover the nature of the circle,
and in doing so find a way to trust and develop their innermost judgment.
I can think of no better allegory for the times in which in we live, confusing as they are, and divided as
we seem one man from another.

Rez started as an attempt to answer in my heart why a dear friend, a student at Harvard, was gunned
down by a Sureño a few months before he could finish his education. It was an attempt to answer one
question: “why was he there?” It has since become something much larger, something more universal:
“Where are our young people? Where is the 7th generation?”

The answer that I uncovered while working on this film was very clear.

We are scattered. We are confused. But most of all, we are lonely.

It is hard to do the right thing, and the road of those young people who choose to is a lonely one. This
is something I felt many times as I went about preparing to shoot Rez in what many assured me was the
most difficult, but in my mind only right way to do it: with an all Native cast, on location, and with the
support of the community. It is something I saw in the faces of the young men and women of Leech
Lake struggling to find their way. And it is something we’re seeing on a larger national scale as the 7th
generation stumbles towards adulthood, trying desperately to live up to our billing.

This is what Rez is about, and what, in part, prompted Spike Lee to lend his support. That support
enabled us to do the film the right way, spending three months in the community and casting real people
from the community. Now, as Rez nears completion, we are reaching out again for help finishing the
film. We have a powerful film in the works, one that we hope will touch the hearts and minds of many.
But there are a few technicalities that we still need to take care of: sound design and mixing, color
correction, score and festival submissions. These final steps are small, but they mean a big difference to
the quality of the final product, which I personally demand of myself be of the highest quality. The 7th
generation deserves nothing less.

DOMINIQUE DELEON

Synopsis

Daniel Nightbird is an Anishanaabe teen living on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Though barely old enough to drive, he’s already been thrust into the role of being the primary caretaker for his young sister, Lucy. When the family trailer along with everything in it is lost, it sets in motion a desperate search for a new home, something that on the rez is more difficult to come by than even he imagined. When a local gang offers him what appears to be refuge, Daniel must make a hard decision between survival on the Rez or an uncertain future away from it.

ABOUT THIS TEAM

Founded in 2007, Special Boy Films was born with an uncompromising vision: to contribute
original myths to American cinema that illuminate the human condition. We do this because
we believe that a society is only as good as its stories, and these times deserve better ones. In
all our content we seek to bridge that which is timely with the very ancient craft of storytelling,
and the innate human needs we believe reside in every man, woman and child.
Founded exclusively as a film company, our work has expanded recently to include television,
music videos and branded content, but our mission remains the same: to push forward the
human experience one story at a time.

Production schedule
Monday, May 13, 2013 to Thursday, June 13, 2013
Distribution plan
We plan to do a barnstorming tour with Rez concurrent with local film workshops on reservations around the country combined with film festival screenings. As Rez completes its premiere cycle in festivals, we also plan to release online and via DVD with Seed & Spark!

UPDATES

Hey Everyone-

It's been a busy summer and we wanted to fill you in on exactly what's going on with Rez!

June: Thanks to your generosity we were able to finally finish editing Rez and picture lock it! Many thanks to all of our contributors, Seed and Spark, and our editor Kristan William Sprague for helping us trim a full four minutes out of the film, making it leaner, meaner and more festival ready than ever before. 

roughly the scene when we picture locked.

 

July: We brought aboard the big guns.  Music supervisor Joseph Miller helped us secure the music for the film, helping us weed through thousands of possibilities and negotiating with composers and labels to get us the right music for the job.  Thank you Joseph.  We also brought aboard heavy hitters the Mill and Chrystie Street Sound to do the sound mix and color correction.  We wanted to post an update from them to you, but they're a little shy.  All you need to know for sure is this: The Mill does some of the most amazing visual work in the world, and they don't work with just anybody.

August:  For those of our contributors who requested special screenings, we flew out to Minnesota and Fargo, ND to do special pre-screenings of the unfinished cut.  Using their feedback, we went back and tried to make the cut even better.  We also went to celebrate Curt and Nicole getting married in Leech Lake.  Congrats Curt and Nicole.

BUT WHAT ABOUT NOW?

The Mill's working on finalizing our color corrections, and as soon as we hear back from them, we'll start announcing screening dates!  If you'd like to set up a screening at your school/in your area, please reach out to us at: info@specialboyfilms.com!

Peace and Love,

Team Rez

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Dominique DeLeon 10 months ago

So first and foremost, we have to express gratitude to all of you who've donated so far to make the finishing and release of Rez possible.  ...

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Dominique DeLeon 10 months ago

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Dominique DeLeon 10 months ago

We're less than a week away from finishing the fundraising campaign for Rez, and in honor of each of the talented members of our cast, we'll be...

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Dominique DeLeon 10 months ago

Hello to all of our new supporters! We at Team Rez are so excited to have you onboard and thankful to you for believing in our film! Thanks to...

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Kristin Braswell 10 months ago

We at Team Rez are so thankful and humbled by all of your support for
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Kristin Braswell 10 months ago

We hope everyone had a restful weekend as we remembered and honored our brothers and sisters who've fought and continue to fight for us.  We love...

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Dominique DeLeon 10 months ago

Team Rez is wishing everyone a safe and restful weekend.  And long overdue thanks to the Eastern Medicine Singers, who blessed us with this great...

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Dominique DeLeon 11 months ago

It's been a few days now since we've checked in from Rez HQ, and we wanted to reach out and thank everyone who's contributed over the past few...

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