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‘God Bless The Child’ Needs Help Getting to SXSW

'God Bless The Child' Needs Help Getting to SXSW

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God Bless The Child

Tweetable Logline: Five siblings, left on their own, spend a summer’s day full of fantasy and chaos. Only the eldest knows their mother may never return.

Elevator Pitch: Brilliant acting in a narrative that feels like a documentary. Ground-breaking day of the life study of five possibly abandoned kids, shot over four summer months. The second feature by the acclaimed team of Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck is moving and true. Shot on a shoestring (and a Blackmagic pocket camera) and with critical funding support from the San Francisco Film Society. We need to get to SXSW for our world premiere and to cover all the costs doing that entails: flights, hotels, publicity and marketing–plus keep getting to more festivals and releasing the film theatrically.

Production Team:
Directors: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck (“Forty Years From Yesterday,” “The Diggers,” “Ella and the Astronaut,” “Charlie and the Rabbit”)
Writers: Robert Machoian and Rebecca Graham
DP: Robert Machoian
Editor: Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Producers: Robert John Thomas (“Forty Years From Yesterday”), Laura Heberton (“Funny Bunny,” “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” “Bluebird,” “I Used to Be Darker”)

About the Film: Robert Machoian: “Over the past thirty years my Dad has from time to time told me stories about his growing up. One of the recurring themes deals with his mother’s mental illness, depression. The stories tell of a mother packing her bags because her children wouldn’t eat their green beans or corn, weren’t willing to clean their rooms, or do their chores. The children plead and cry, begging her not to leave and promises are made that all the vegetables would be eaten, beds would be made, and chores finished quickly. This film is based on those stories.”

Current Status: Fundraising for our world premiere expenses (flights, hotels, publicity etc), more fest travel and finishing costs beyond that–deliverables, theatrical costs.

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