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Jesse L. Martin Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund 1860s-Set Fable, ‘The Letter Carrier’

Jesse L. Martin Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund 1860s-Set Fable, 'The Letter Carrier'

Jesse L. Martin has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a film he wrote the script for, and will co-direct, along with Rick Cosnett.

Titled “The Letter Carrier,” inspired by a scary story Martin’s grandmother used to tell him when he was a child, the film, set in 1860, centers on a mother who hides her family from slavery in the Blue Ridge Mountains – a mountain range located in the eastern United States, stretching from Georgia, in the south, to Pennsylvania, in the north. The children have grown up with a tale of a man known as The Letter Carrier. As the legend goes, he roams the mountains looking for children to sell as slaves.

Martin describes the project as “a raw, mysterious, and interpretive fable,” incorporating a cappella song, using original folk music, spirituals and a score using only natural sounds.

The end product will be a short film; so this is not a feature film project. Although many features start out as shorts first. 

Martin not only wrote the screenplay, he also will write original songs for the film, which he’ll co-direct with Rick Cosnett, his co-star in CW’s “The Flash.”

Also involved behind the camera, with the composing and arrangement of music, is another “Flash” co-star, Carlos Valdes.

The film is being produced by Patrick Sabongui, Cosnett, and Martin.

The project’s Kickstarter campaign goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of this month, with around $4,500 raised thus far. So just under 10%. 

Watch the video pitch that follows, featuring Martin, Cosnett and Valdes, and if you’re sold, click here (or within the widget below) to make a contribution:

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