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BE APART OF OUR MISSION AND VISION

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Fundraiser: Lights, Camera, Contribution!

BE APART OF OUR MISSION AND VISION

BE APART OF OUR MISSION AND VISION

BE APART OF OUR MISSION AND VISION

This web series addresses domestic violence and mental health and aspires. to create a powerful and enlightening narrative. Ultimately, this series seeks not only to entertain but also to educate, inspire, and drive positive transformation in society.

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MISSION

To use The Atonement series to raise awareness about domestic violence and mental health issues, providing viewers with a deeper understanding of these topics and encouraging dialogue around them.

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VISION

Our vision is to provide thought-provoking content throughout the duration of the project. We plan to collaborate with relevant organizations to promote resources and support for those affected by domestic violence and its mental health implications.

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GOALS

Our ambition is to redefine the thriller genre through meticulous attention to artistic detail. Each episode will be crafted to evoke a sense of suspense, intrigue, and emotional engagement.

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ABOUT THE CREATOR

VANESSA D. ANTHONY

Writer & Producer

Vanessa Anthony is a constant and passionate voice in the independent television arena with more than 20 years of national and international experience. She is a proud graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a B.F.A. in Digital Multimedia. Vanessa is also a member of the Women in Film and Video Association.

 

Her inspiration to become a TV producer began while interning at CNN in Atlanta. In this position, Vanessa shadowed executive producers learning tons of skills that enriched her creativity and discipline. Soon after, she landed a position as Logging Coordinator in the Television Programming division with Turner Network Television. Alongside this role, she worked as a Production Assistant on the set of Turner Classic Movies.

 

In 2007, Vanessa landed the opportunity of a lifetime as a voice talent with NHK English Radio, a leading Japanese radio and TV station. In Tokyo, she launched Movie Mad Entertainment, a production company through which she produced short films and a TV series showcasing artists residing in Japan. Her international experience also includes a stint as a production coordinator for Star Alliance’s, “A Meeting of Minds” with NBC Universal Europe.

In 2016 she relocated to the United States, landing in Washington D.C. where she continued to work in production. Her short film "Mr. Big Shot" won Best Film and Best Sound for the "Make a Movie in a Month" competition. The film was also selected to screen at the Wheaton Film Festival. In 2018, she was the associate producer for a children’s program called “Lil’ Bruce Gamer,” which showcases the latest video games for game enthusiasts. Outside of Movie Mad Entertainment, she produces a travel series, "Hidden Gems" which is currently streaming on DCE Network. Her projects have screened at the New York Independent Film Festival, the Pumelo International Film Festival, the Urban Media Makers Film Festival, and the Tokyo Design Festa.

 

The Atonement is a developing TV series, which is an extension of her short film “Death of a Drunk”. This series magnifies the intricacies of battered woman syndrome, domestic violence, and mental health. Vanessa aims to bring an overarching awareness about domestic violence while supporting victims and families as they navigate safety planning.

OVERVIEW OF
"The Atonement"

The Atonement is an adaptation of the 2008 short film, ”Death of a Drunk” written and created by Vanessa D. Anthony. In this six-episode series, Detective Robert Grant is assigned to investigate a peculiar murder case in the town, leading him to uncover an intricate web of secrets and lies.

The captivating series follows Detective Robert Grant, a seasoned detective from Washington D.C. as he seeks redemption and atonement for his past trauma and guilt. He takes on the case of Martha Bradley's murder and the subsequent disappearance of her killer, hoping to find personal solace by bringing justice to the victim's family.

With its compelling ensemble cast of characters and haunting backdrop of rural Georgia, The Atonement is a story that stays with you long after its truth is revealed.

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Our Team

We are the key personnel in this project. Through our dedication, drive, and unwavering faith, we have made significant progress in the development of "The Atonement" series. We are eagerly anticipating the completion and distribution of the series. 

CAMPAIGN GOALS

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1

PRODUCTION

 $68, 226

  • Production Crew

  • Cast

2

POST-PRODUCTION

$6,750

  • Editor

  • Audio Mixer

  • Color Correction

3

DISTRIBUTION

 $17, 000

  • Streaming Online

  • Festivals

  • Theatrical Screenings

TOTAL

 = $91,976

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$5,500 Raised!

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN WAS GREEN LIGHT!

Rewards for our Supporters

We offer various donation tiers with corresponding rewards. 

All donations will contribute towards the costs of production, editing, equipment, and distribution.

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All donations are Tax-Deductible through our Fiscal Sponsorship with From the Heart Productions, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

Unique Experiences:

ALL SUPPORTERS WILL RECEIVE

  • Invitations to virtual Q&A sessions with the creators or cast members.

  • Signed merchandise or scripts from the series.

MONTHLY TIMELINE 2024

05

BUILDING THE PRE-PRODUCTION CREW

KEY ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN SELECTED ALONG WITH A CONSULTANT AND MENTOR.

06

ASSEMBLING PRODUCTION CREW

INTERVIEWS ARE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM WITH CANDIDATES ARE CAREFULLY SELECTED FROM A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS.

07

LOCATION SCOUTING
 

SCOUTING OF NEW LOCATIONS ARE SCHEDULED THIS MONTH. LOCATIONS INCLUDE: GREENVILLE, GA, THOMASTON, GA., ATLANTA, GA AND WASHINGTON, DC.

08

CASTING BEGINS
 

CASTING DIRECTOR SELECTS LEAD AND SUPPORTING ROLES FOR EPISODE ONE. 

09

CASTING & FUNDING RESEARCH CONTINUES

EXTENSION OF CASTING WILL BE NEEDED FOR EXTRAS/BACKGROUND EXTRAS. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT WILL REMAIN CONSISTENT.

10

CONTRACT AND LEGAL 

CONTRACTS WITH TALENT WILL BE CONFIRMED AND FINALIZED. ANY LEGAL CONCERNS WILL BE CONSULTED BY AN ATTORNEY.

11

INSURANCE CONFIRMED
 

PRODUCTION INSURANCE SHOULD BE FINALIZED.

12

PROPS & WARDROBE, AND SET DRESSER 
 

PREPARATION BEGINS FOR EACH SCENE.

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OUR NETWORK OF IMPACT

Our pillars of impact are centered on connecting with the community, fundraising, and spreading awareness about domestic violence and its mental health challenges.

COMMUNITY

To ensure our project authentically reflects the struggles of domestic violence, we'll be actively collaborating with local support organizations. This includes nonprofits, police departments' task forces, and shelters. We believe in empowering survivors; we will be offering opportunities for them to be involved in the project development process, even providing a work stipend as a form of support. Furthermore, to ensure a sensitive and supportive environment, trauma-informed care specialists will be brought on board to guide our interactions with survivors.

 

FUND RAISING

To enrich the production and support our local community, we'll actively seek partnerships with businesses. This collaboration could take several forms: acquiring wardrobe and production props through local businesses, integrating tasteful product placements, and exploring co-branding opportunities. We'll also pursue funding through grants, crowdfunding campaigns, sponsorships, and advertising partnerships. Additionally, some businesses may be eligible for tax benefits by supporting our project. These partnerships will not only strengthen our production value but also foster a sense of community engagement.

AWARENESS

To shed light on critical issues, we'll be sharing valuable insights on mental health, domestic violence, and battered women's syndrome throughout the project. We'll leverage project PR, such as podcast interviews, to raise awareness and spark important conversations about these topics.

ACTION IN THE INTERSECTION

  • Events & Workshops

  • Panel Discussions

  • Trauma-informed Trainings

The Atonement web series adopts a Public Benefit Approach to every phase of the project. We embrace collaborative efforts to support awareness and create meaningful impact.

THE STORY

The series follows Detective Robert Grant, a seasoned 'Big City' detective who, after years of struggling with past trauma and guilt, takes on one of the most complex cases of his career. The murder of a local woman, Martha Bradley, and the killer's disappearance bring Detective Grant to a small town where he hopes to find redemption for his past mistakes. As he delves deeper into the victim's life, he interviews Emily Thornton, a battered woman with a dark secret. Through his conversations with Emily and his investigation of the murder, Detective Grant uncovers a story of abuse, desperation, and the lengths a person may go to protect themselves and those they love.

 

As Detective Grant continues his investigation, he is forced to confront his own past failures and struggles to reconcile his desire for atonement with the challenge of solving the case. However, as Detective Grant's worthy detective work invites a gruesome turn of events, he questions his sanity in a small town where he can trust no one. Despite the obstacles and dangers, he encounters, Detective Grant remains determined to bring the killer to justice and finally find the redemption he has been seeking.

 

The series will be shot in a suspenseful and atmospheric style, building the tension and fear that Detective Grant experiences as he navigates the dangerous and unpredictable world of the small town. The title 'The Atonement' reflects Detective Grant's journey of seeking redemption for his past failures and trauma by solving the murder case."

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