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The Carrie Pilby Movie Kickstarter Only 7 Days left!


Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.

We are adapting critically-acclaimed novel Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner into a script from which we will make a wonderful, thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting film.

Carrie Pilby’s eponymous main character is a 19-year old genius who graduated from Harvard early and has no idea how to fit in, date or talk to people. She believes the majority of her hometown, New York City, to be sex-obsessed, immoral hypocrites. Despite her father’s “Big Lie” about meeting like individuals at college, she felt the same way about her college peers, and an affair with her college professor only left her more isolated and alone. Her therapist gives her a five-point plan to test her very black-and-white beliefs. Ultimately, Carrie faces the universal coming-of-age (at any age) question: Which tradeoffs, if any, are acceptable in order to “fit in”?

Carrie Pilby was among the first novels published by Harlequin Enterprises’s Red Dress Ink imprint in 2003, an imprint created primarily to take advantage of the then-burgeoning “chick lit” phenomenon that included humorous books about young women like Bridget Jones’ Diary. In its first incarnation, Carrie Pilby was noted in various newspaper articles as one of the smarter and more unique novels in the genre. It proved successful, selling more than 50,000 copies. After the chick-lit market became saturated, Harlequin stopped publishing novels under the Red Dress Ink imprint, but in 2010 Carrie Pilby was chosen as one of the first books to be re-released under their new Harlequin Teen line. The novel was also published in France on June 1, 2010 as one of the first four titles released under the Harlequin French imprint Darkiss, with subsequent adaptations proving successful in Italy, Mexico, England, Australia and Indonesia.


Super Zero- a film that celebrates the average, the eccentric, and the powerless. #Kickstarter

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


A geeky, shy and terminally ill teen rises from utter insignificance to become a Zombie Assassin and mankind’s last hope for survival.

The film follows 19-year-old engineering prodigy Josh Hershberg, an overweight, introverted and terminally ill gamer kid who has given up hope that he matters to the world. As Josh contemplates what future, if any, is worth looking forward to, a zombie apocalypse breaks out and quickly ravages the planet.

Josh suffers from a rare form of brain cancer. For some reason, this tricks the zombies into sensing he’s already dead and they simply ignore him. As the world crumbles around him, Josh takes advantage of his condition. He utilizes his engineering expertise to craft ridiculously powerful weapons to obliterate the undead and save the rest of humanity.

Think of Josh as a cross between Leonardo da Vinci and 'Lardass' from Stand By Me.Think of Josh as a cross between Leonardo da Vinci and ‘Lardass’ from Stand By Me.

Unlike most films, Josh isn’t asked to change who he is. He’s the same shy, geek-culture lover he’s always been. He’s just like so many of us; a good person who tries hard, but has never been given the platform to succeed. But, since the world is flipped upside down, he now possesses ‘God Mode’ and is the most powerful human being on the planet!

THE APOCALYPSE: As a result of unprecedented events, the world’s water supply is vanishing. Luckily, the Mars rover has discovered a massive untapped reservoir under the Red Planet’s surface.

A sample of that liquid is on its way back home to be studied when the rocket carrying the payload crashes while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Society quickly learns this water is not our salvation, but instead carries a horrific microbe that infects the population.

The Big Meet- A #Film #Noir #Indiegogo- #crowdfunding #crowdsourcing #Independent #indie #creatorowned


The Big Meet: A Short Film

A film noir about a hard drinking screenwriter, a blonde, a brunette, and an ex-marine who all collide on one ill-fated night in Los Angeles.





“The weight of life is too heavy, that’s all. It’s always there but sometimes you ignore it because you’re used to carrying it.”

– Blake Bottoms, THE BIG MEET

THE BIG MEET is a tribute to stylish movies made popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s film noir crime genres. We are excited to share our entertaining vision with a wide audience.

So if you like your movies like your coffee, you came to the right place.

What’s the Story About?

A Los Angeles screenwriter with a drinking problem meets a mysterious stranger in a bar one night. The stranger instantly mistakes the writer for a long lost friend, generously paying for all their drinks on an all night binge. When he takes the writer home to meet his two beautiful young lady companions he refers to as “wives”, they seduce the writer into committing a hideous crime.

How did it come to this?

It all cracked open one night in Los Angeles, writer Lance Dean startled awake from a disturbing dream. A very very weird dream. So he drew a square from a stale pack of Marlboro Reds and poured three fingers of bourbon into a glass. Then he loaded the typewriter and squeezed the words off like rounds. Bang. Bang. Bang.

Buy Me a Drink Nate, I Promise I’ll Take You Home was the result. The story was published in Caffeine magazine, Los Angeles’ largest alternate literature magazine in the 1990s. Where a diverse cross generation of writers appeared including: Allen Ginsberg, Dave Alvin, and Charles Bukowski.Buy Me a Drink Nate was later published again in the magazine’s anthology Scream When You Burn released by Incommunicado Press in 2000.

Christian Elder shambled into a hole in the wall and met Dean at the end of a bar one afternoon. They burned cigarettes and talked about films and Tom Waits songs. And they drank, of course. This was the origin of the short film based on Dean’s story and later adapted into THE BIG MEET.

Inspired by Humphrey Bogart classics “In a Lonely Place” and “The Big Sleep”, THE BIG MEET is a dark and funny story – A film noir about a hard drinking screenwriter, a blonde, a brunette, and an ex-marine who all collide on one ill-fated night in Los Angeles.

Jessica Mathews (Producer), Christian Elder (Writer/Director), and Lane Carlson (Executive Producer) gathered the resources and assembled a dedicated team of professionals, taking the THE BIG MEET into production in November 2012. They filmed the movie in various locations throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Who We Are


Lane Carlson

Executive Producer/Lead Actor “Blake Bottoms”

Christian Elder


Jessica Mathews

Producer/Supporting Actor “Morgan”

Lance Dean


Hilary J. Wagner

Associate Producer

Mike Genovese (ER, Point Break)

Lead Actor “Nate Cavanaugh”

John Cothran Jr. (Boys in the Hood, Black Snake Moan)

Supporting Actor “Joey”

Rachel Middleton

Supporting Actor “Remy”

Matthew Skala (“Fashionista Daddy” Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest 2013)

Director of Photography

David Abbott

Key Make-Up Artist

Mark Bailey, Actor, Associate Producer

Robert R. Ryel, Actor

Christophe Ivins, Actor, Steadicam Operator

Laura Julian, Actor


Tatiana Kucharova (Miss World 2006), Actor

Why We Need Your Help

We need to handle our Post-Production costs and take THE BIG MEET “on the road” to Film Festivals (Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, South by Southwest, etc). Unfortunately our resources were exhausted delivering a high quality production, so now we require your financial support to get us there. You will receive some great film noir themed PERKS by helping us out.

We need to raise $15,000. The dollars you contribute will be used for the following:

  • Editing, Color Correction, Titles, and Graphics
  • Audio Mixing, Engineering, ADR, and Sound Foley
  • Music, Music Composing, Musicians, Rentals: Studio Rehearsal, and Recording Facilities
  • Film Festival Submission Fees, Publicity
  • HD-Cam and Blu-Ray Conversion, Rentals, Projection Room, Dolby (Sound), Master (for transfers)
  • SAG-AFTRA Payment
  • Movie Poster Reproductions
  • Duplications
  • Movie Screenings
  • + Pending Deferred Production Costs

If we exceed our goal, the better quality film we will be able to offer.

What Else You Can Do

Of all the Crowdfunding Internet sites in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine ….

Our Fim Noir Crowdfunding Campaign will ultimately be a success through word of mouth. Tell your friends and co-workers and do some social networking about this fun film. Use the buttons below and share us on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet or embed our campaign on your website or blog. And contact us at THE BIG MEET Website if you want to conduct an interview with one of our filmmakers to include on your blog.

Your promotional support is important. The more people that know about us the better!


You can win a chance to have star LANE CARLSON fly to your city and host a private screening of THE BIG MEET in you home!

3 BIG chances to “Buy Blake a Drink”

  1. Pledge as a contributor to the“Breathless” Perk and automatically win!

  2. Come to our Los Angeles Fundraiser Party/Mixer (Due to be Announced) and Pledge at our “Buy Blake a Drink” Auction.

  3. Pledge at any one of the following Perks – “The Third Man”, “The Maltese Falcon”, “The Lady from Shanghai”, “Strangers on a Train”, “In a Lonely Place”, “Out of the Past”, “The Big Sleep”, or “Double Indemnity” – And automatically be entered into a LOTTERY to select the 3rd Winner of the “BUY BLAKE A DRINK” prize!

This means you can Pledge only $50 and have a chance to win a 5K Perk – LANE CARLSON screening THE BIG MEET at your home!

*Update 1-18-2013


Lane Carlson

Actor / Model / Philanthropist. Lane Carlson began his career as successful model for such brands as Abercrombie and Fitch, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren as well as numerous National commercials for Old Navy, Toyota, and Head and Shoulders. Lane is a Co-founder of a Non Profit organization based in New York, serving as Executive Director for 6 years, tying the world of Entertainment and Philanthropy. He also received the “Fashion Delivers Award” in 2010 for his positive influence on communities and environment. Most recently Lane made his acting premiere in the film “Another Stateside”, also serving as Associate Producer. He is the Executive Producer and star of THE BIG MEET. Lane is currently producing a Pilot for a web series in Czech Republic.

Jessica Mathews

Jessica Mathews is an Award Winning Producer and Co-Owner of Springfield Films. She has written, produced, and directed plays, television pilots, trailers, music videos, and commercials. Recent commercials have included spots for the Lakers and Toyota. Jessica completed the features “Vanished” (Producer), Director Larry Clark’s Award Winning “Marfa Girl” (UPM), the Award Winning “Holding Back” (Producer and UPM) and the feature “Triangle” (Producer and Line Producer). In addition, she recently completed six more Award Winning shorts: “Notes on Lying”, “Guitar Party Nightmare”, “Man vs. Survival”,”In Silence”, “The Proposition”, and “I Am Neda”. Other work includes “Funny Guitar”, “Art in the Afternoon”, “Autism and Cake” with Ed Asner, “Pull Down the Moon”, “Music to My Ears” (Top 25 in the L.A. 24-Hour Film Festival), and “Off They Go”. She has served on pitch panels and on the boards of various film festivals. Currently, she is working on the show “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell” for the Food Network. www.springfieldfilms.com

Christian Elder

Christian Elder is a screenplay Finalist for Tribeca Film Festival’s TAA Connects in 2006. Born in New York, New York, and raised in Los Angeles, California, he was trained as a visual artist at the Rhode Island School of Design and Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy. A development intern for Adventuress Productions, he was later employed at Writers Boot Camp and studied with their writing program. Presently, he is the co-owner of Lee Garde Films and Creative Executive with Ceremonies LLC. A storyboard artist and former illustrator for Spike Lee’s advertising campaigns, he is a quarterfinalist for AMPAS’ 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for “The Priest & The Mercenary“. www.leegardefilms.com

Lance Dean

Lance Dean is a novelist and a screenwriter. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been employed as a musician, audio engineer, and music producer. He has worked with many rock and roll groups including the multi-platinum heavy metal band Megadeth. He is a quarterfinalist for AMPAS’ 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for “The Priest & The Mercenary“.

Hilary J. Wagner

Hilary J. Wagner is an actress turned producer. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she began her career in acting. She started with independent films, short films, and web series which eventually led to becoming a producer and production coordinator after discovering her love for being behind the scenes. Her love of film and production brought her to Los Angeles in 2012 where she immediately began getting involved in various productions including THE BIG MEET. She started her own production company, Cold Feet Entertainment, in the summer of 2012 and continues to work as a producer as well as pursue an acting career.