Old Habits

Two women are reunited at the site of the hunting accident that left one of them disabled.

Sophia
Modern Media
$14,025
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Project Description

Late this March, after weeks of worrying whether or not we'd have snow for our four day shoot, and Sophie's solid vow to never write a weather dependent script again, we arrived at our upstate location, post freak blizzard with 20 inches of snow to shoot Old Habits, the short film Sophie wrote about two women, a man in a field, and a shotgun in the house.  Old Habits looks at something Sophie began to think of as "Spiritual Pica". Pica is a disorder characterized by the insatiable need to ingest something that isn't good for you, often with disastrous consequences.  Basically, that uncontrollable urge to do the Bad Thing that feels so good.

So, if you've ever wondered how the heck you've ended back here again, with that person, that cigarette, drink, pint of ice cream, Old Habits is the movie for you.

While wet and cold, the shoot went off with out a hitch (or that many hitches, anyway). We ended up with really exciting footage that's shaping up to have it all, including but not limited to men with matinee idol looks, girls in love, smoking guns, blood, and yes, that hot commodity these days, snow. Get 'em while you can.

Peruse below some candids:

Day One, checkin' the monitor.
Day One, checkin' the monitor.

Lizzie gets bloody
Lizzie gets bloody

A view from the jib
A view from the jib

Snow, snow everywhere, but not a drop... well anyway there's an effing lot of snow.
Snow, snow everywhere, but not a drop... well anyway there's an effing lot of snow.

The Final Slate
The Final Slate

Now that we've got the film shot, we're raising money for post production. This means editing, sound mix, color correction, music licensing, composing and recording, among other things. We here at Old Habits believe we've got something pretty fierce on our hands, and so we're prepared to offer some fierce and fun rewards. There's stuff offered at every level, and any and all contributions are appreciated. We did want to give you a peek at some of the Old Habits swag we're manufacturing 'specially for this campaign, tho.  Here goes:

We're offering t-shirts and sweatshirts suitable for mens and ladies emblazoned with hand drawn images from what is generously referred to as Sophie's "Story Board" (a better word may perhaps be scrawled, but you know tomato, toMAto).

The t-shirt design looks like this:

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or like this, if you're a minimalist:

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The sweatshirt design looks like this:

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We're also offering a hunter's tote that looks like this:

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or this:

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with this monogram on it:

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We are so excited to share this project with you. We truly believe it will be something both powerful and fun. We can't wait to get her laced up and running, and we canNOT do it with out YOUR support! Thank you from the bottom of our little black hearts. xx

Updates

The Project FAQs

Who else is on your team?

Writer, Director, Lead actress, Producer, Snow Conjurer and Chief Executive Worrier- Sophia Ellsberg received her BA from Barnard and her MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory of Theater in San Francisco. She has appeared in numerous film projects in addition to writing several of her own. She is an NYC native who attend LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts where she met..

Alexandra O'Daly, Co-star, Associate Producer, Chief Operating Optimist- Also a proud New Yorker, Alex is an actress, producer, and sometimes director who received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She's appeared in several theatre and film projects, but none quite as bloody (and bloody freezing) as Old Habits.

Rounding out our cast as Richard is Alex Ubokudom, Sophie's classmate and fam from A.C.T. Alex has appeared in off-broadway and regional theater, a variety of feature films and has also worked at Upright Citizens Brigade. He's a brilliant satirist,  you can follow him on various social media platforms @weareboktv. We are lucky to have Peter Buntaine as our DP. Peter has shot Grand Clio and Emmy award-winning projects. He's a director in his own right and his short films have screened at film festivals, galleries, and microcinemas across the country. Our production designer is the award winning Melbourne born and NYC based Lizzie Alexandra Hollins. Emily Iason, the founder of Bora Bora films, is lead producer. Our fabulous crew without whom we would be lost includes our assistant director Rachel James, Thomas Zaccheo our unforgettable sound mixer, our gaffer Milton de la Cruz, 1st AC Bianca Catbagan, key grip Ryan Henry, caterer Erin Duffy, armorer Brandon Levulis, and camera PA Charlie Posrivisuthikool.

Our post production team includes editor Nick Ellsberg and composer Eszther Balint. Nick began his career as an apprentice for Terrence Malick and last year premiered the feature films Live Cargo and Automatic at Sea at festivals national and international, including the TriBeCa Film Festival and SlamDance. Eszther is a singer/songwriter and violinist who latest album is Airless Midnight. She's also an accomplished actress who has appeared in films from Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise to 2017's A Woman, A Part. 

We'd love to give a much deserved shout out to our fiscal sponsor Bowery Arts + Science and Executive Director Nikhil Melnechuk.

Only YOU can help us get the work of these stalwart and talented folks up on the big screen!

When will the film be completed?

Our deadline to complete the film is early September 2017.

What happens then?

We'll submit to tons and tons of festivals and hopefully take the film across the country and maybe the WORLD!

When do I get to see it?

For donations of $35 or more we'll send you a downloadable link once the film is completed. For donations of $500 or more you'll get an exclusive invite to a VIP screening and party. Otherwise we hope you'll see it at festivals next year.

We so very much appreciate your time. Please remember, there is no donation too small... or too large.

02/18/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$50
Amy
12/26/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$35
10/13/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$1,500
Bob
07/31/2017
Old Habits T-Shirt
$125
07/17/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$25
07/08/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$200
06/24/2017
Social Media Shout out
$15
06/22/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$40
06/15/2017
Digital Screener of Old Habits
$35
06/12/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$30
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
86 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social Media Shout out

We will profess our undying love to you on social media for being an Old Habits supporter.

8 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Kicking Old Habits App

Hop on the Mindfulness Movement train and get zen with this Meditation App that will help you kick an old habit's ass. Our grown up friends swear by it.

6 Supporters
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$35
Digital Screener of Old Habits

Love is a drug. Cozy up with someone to watch your exclusive digital download of Old Habits.

14 Supporters
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$50
Old Habits Die Hard 'App-Pack'

'App Pack' to cover all your bases. The Meditation App for when you need some peace AND the Drunk Mode App for when things get a little rowdier. Drunk Mode App: saves you from yourself when you're over served- It locks access to specific contacts you select for a pre-set amount of time (if you want to disable it before time's up, you must solve a slightly complex math equation). And the exclusive digital download of Old Habits for the morning after...

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Old Habits T-Shirt

Along with a downloadable link of the film, you'll receive your choice of a mens' or ladies' t-shirt featuring the most beautifully drawn stick figure story boarding you have ever seen. No, seriously they are amazing. Not biased at all, didn't draw them oursleves at all.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$175
Old Habits Sweatshirt

Along with the downloadable link to the film, you'll get one of these unisex, white sweatshirts featuring another stick figure drawing from Sophie's story board that's also actually very meaningful and original, um... art. Thanks.

1 Supporter
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$250
Hunters Tote

LIMITED EDITION: We are only making 10 of these extra-large. You also get that Vimeo link to the film.

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6 Supporters
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$500
Wine & Cheese Screening Party + Thank you in Credits

We are going to throw the most monster screening party, somewhere very cool and discrete (Sophie lives in Inwood for example) for VIPS only, complete with wine AND cheese. You will also recieve a personal Thank You credits of the film.

0 Supporters
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$1,000
Screening Party + Name in Credits + Hunters Tote

Talk about a winners bundle! In this ultra, ultra VIP package you get an exclusive invite to the screening party, extra wine AND cheese, a Thank You in the credits of the film AND a Hunter's Tote.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,000
Associate Producer Credit, invite to screening and hunter's tote

You will be listed as an Associate Producer in the film and on IMDB. So then when you come with your awesome hunter's tote to the screening party you can tell people that well,as it happens you're actually a producer on this little gem of a film.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Hunter's Tote ON SALE, kiddos!

That's that limited edition monogrammed tote made extra limited because a limited number are on sale for a limited time! GET IT! Y'all will also get that link to the download.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward
86 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Social Media Shout out

We will profess our undying love to you on social media for being an Old Habits supporter.

8 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Kicking Old Habits App

Hop on the Mindfulness Movement train and get zen with this Meditation App that will help you kick an old habit's ass. Our grown up friends swear by it.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Digital Screener of Old Habits

Love is a drug. Cozy up with someone to watch your exclusive digital download of Old Habits.

14 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Old Habits Die Hard 'App-Pack'

'App Pack' to cover all your bases. The Meditation App for when you need some peace AND the Drunk Mode App for when things get a little rowdier. Drunk Mode App: saves you from yourself when you're over served- It locks access to specific contacts you select for a pre-set amount of time (if you want to disable it before time's up, you must solve a slightly complex math equation). And the exclusive digital download of Old Habits for the morning after...

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Old Habits T-Shirt

Along with a downloadable link of the film, you'll receive your choice of a mens' or ladies' t-shirt featuring the most beautifully drawn stick figure story boarding you have ever seen. No, seriously they are amazing. Not biased at all, didn't draw them oursleves at all.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$175
Old Habits Sweatshirt

Along with the downloadable link to the film, you'll get one of these unisex, white sweatshirts featuring another stick figure drawing from Sophie's story board that's also actually very meaningful and original, um... art. Thanks.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$250
Hunters Tote

LIMITED EDITION: We are only making 10 of these extra-large. You also get that Vimeo link to the film.

4 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Wine & Cheese Screening Party + Thank you in Credits

We are going to throw the most monster screening party, somewhere very cool and discrete (Sophie lives in Inwood for example) for VIPS only, complete with wine AND cheese. You will also recieve a personal Thank You credits of the film.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Screening Party + Name in Credits + Hunters Tote

Talk about a winners bundle! In this ultra, ultra VIP package you get an exclusive invite to the screening party, extra wine AND cheese, a Thank You in the credits of the film AND a Hunter's Tote.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,000
Associate Producer Credit, invite to screening and hunter's tote

You will be listed as an Associate Producer in the film and on IMDB. So then when you come with your awesome hunter's tote to the screening party you can tell people that well,as it happens you're actually a producer on this little gem of a film.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Hunter's Tote ON SALE, kiddos!

That's that limited edition monogrammed tote made extra limited because a limited number are on sale for a limited time! GET IT! Y'all will also get that link to the download.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward