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Kickstarter Pick of the Moment: The Heart Machine

February 22, 2014  |  10:11am
Kickstarter Pick of the Moment: <i>The Heart Machine</i>

From time to time, your friends at Paste scour Kickstarter to find projects worthy of your support and love. Support independent art today by becoming a backer, and spread the word, why dontcha?

Today’s favorite comes from one of Paste’s favorite emerging actors, Kate Lyn Sheil. You’ve heard us rave about her performances in Paste favorites like Sophia Takal’s Green and Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine, and she’s more recently turned heads with an arresting supporting role in Netflix’s House of Cards.

Her new film is the first from writer/director Zachary Wigon, and co-stars John Gallagher Jr., most recently seen in HBO’s The Newsroom and in another Paste favorite, Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (he also won a Tony for Spring Awakening). Here’s how the producers describe the film and the goals of the campaign:

“Cody and Virginia start talking while he’s in Brooklyn and she’s in Berlin. It’s a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together—except they’ve never really met. But Cody’s questions about Virginia’s life in Berlin become an obsession, leading him to doubt that she’s there at all. Combing NYC for clues about her whereabouts, an increasingly driven Cody begins overstepping boundaries of privacy in his desperate quest for answers. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital mediation complicates modern love,The Heart Machine explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.

The film was made for a low budget with a talented cast and crew who came together because of their shared passion for the story. We hope to bring that same sense of passion to the finishing process and to our festival premiere. We’d love for you to be a part of that.

Your donation will not only help us finish the film – finalizing the music, sound mix, and color grade – but it’ll also enable us to premiere the film at SXSW as one of eight films in competition! Please help The Heart Machine get to SXSW!”

Rewards abound, especially for the art-inclined. For only a $450 pledge, the DP of the film will shoot a portrait of you. For only amounts between $200 and $700, you can own original art from friends of the production. For $1000, you and a friend can attend the New York premiere and afterparty of the film. And for a mere $10,000, you can be the envy of all your friends as an Associate Producer of the film.

Support the project here in the next twenty-four hours.

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