Our film tells the heart-warming tale of a young woman who strives to reconnect with her father when their family’s shuttered movie palace is slated for demolition. Navigating between her father’s nostalgic delusions and a cynical social reality, Lily fights to save the beloved theatre, and stand up for the things she loves.
The film is about lonely individuals fighting for humanity in the face of mad, blind, greed and corruption. The stakes are high: whether the modern world has become enslaved by systems we created – politics, capitalism, technology – or whether individuals have the power to fight for the things they love. The story asks the question: Can idealists exist in our world?
A feeling we want to evoke is that of being an anachronism, the heartbreaking nostalgia for something that may no longer exist in this world, the feeling of being at odds with the people of this time, alienated from the current zeitgeist. The structure of the story itself is inspired by the films of Frank Capra, the kind of classic narrative that has almost disappeared from modern cinema, where viewers feel their hearts in their throats, they care so much for the characters.
Throughout the film is a constant motif of the duality of the old versus the new, nostalgia versus technology. Yet it is intrinsic to the story that in the end technology leads to the preservation of the theatre. The story is not proclaiming the superiority of the past. It is urging the importance for each generation, each individual, to fight for the things that matter, the things that define us as human. We must not be cowed by comfort and apathy, controlled by our technology. We must consciously decide our path.
Your donations are instrumental to making this film a reality.
To bring our project to life, we have to raise $65,000 by December 31st, 2016.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated.
Make check payable to "American Film Institute"
Note "The Liberty #1710" in the check memo
Thesis #1705, And We Fell
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Help comes in many forms. We will gratefully accept any in-kind donations to our film - and you will make the credits! In-kind donations may be tax deductible for their full retail value. Please contact us and let us know how you can help.
We'll gladly accept any of following:
- Filming Locations (Movie Palaces, Houses, Modern Offices)
- Equipment (Camera, Grip, Lighting)
- Art Department & Construction Supplies
- Film Stock, Processing, and Transferring
- Color Correction
- Sound Mixing
- Music Composing
- Craft Services/Catering
Many companies will match donations made by their employees to non-profit charitable institutions. This can DOUBLE your donation. Your Human Resources Department will be able to inform you if your employer offers this benefit. If so, please select the “My company will match my gift” on the AFI Web Donation Portal. Please contact us for additional help.
The American Film Institute is a government recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and holds tax exempt status. Donations made toward “THE LIBERTY” may be tax deductible under Section 170 of the U.S. Tax Code. A letter of acknowledgement from AFI will be sent for all contributions.
Donations of certain levels will receive a special credit at the end of the film:
Executive Producer - $5,000 - $10,000
Sponsor- $1,000 - $4,999
Partner- $500 - $999
Benefactor - $100 - $499
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