"MUTE" Short Film BY Vets FOR Vets!

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Raised by 2 people in 17 months
                   CALL TO ACTION 2018:  "MUTE"
                         A Short Film BY Vets FOR Vets

GOAL:  $25,000
DEADLINE:  August, 2018

The Crestline Creative Arts Foundation, a small independent 501©(3) non-profit registered with the IRS since 2004, based in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California which is primarily operated by two Disabled Veterans who served with honor.  

 US Army Vietnam Veteran, Reggie Bannister (Actor/Producer Phantasm I-V , Bloody Bloody Bible Camp ) and US Army Grenada Veteran, Gigi Porter-Bannister (Producer/ Director/ Actor/ SFX, Bloody Bloody BIble Camp , Phantasm IV-V ), have sought to use their extensive 43+ year (each) celebrity and skills in the motion picture and entertainment industry to help other Veterans make the necessary transition to civilian life, recognize the ability to utilize their military discipline and skill sets to a non-military capacity and to provide valuable vocational job training for those who have need.  In doing so, suspending the real world paradigm operating on “Movie Time” for projects – even briefly - allows the Veteran a moment to reset, rethink, adjust, and a chance to just breathe… thereby benefitting and relieving symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and improving other mental and physical impairments. 

CCAF has developed a program entitled “Call To Action” where we recruit many professional friends and colleagues who are professional cast and crew of the movie industry (often Veterans themselves) and pair them with other Veterans in order to produce, shoot and edit a non-commercial script in a short period of time - usually over a long weekend or series of weekends – and ending with a screening festival and recognition ceremony for the Veteran and participants.  The end result is a Veteran, who feels recharged, reinvigorated, and inspired with new vocational skills translatable to civilian employment and hands-on tangible outcome to show for their effort as well as a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.  The Crestline Creative Arts Foundation (CCAF), then takes the non-commercial artistic short film produced BY Veterans, FOR Veterans to Film Festivals around the world representing the efforts of “Call To Action” in hopes of inspiring other Veterans to tell their stories and enjoin in future projects.

The latest “Call To Action” project is a short script, which is licensed from world a renowned THRILLER author and is to be headed up by director Paul Ward of Ireland (One For The Road), reunited with producer  Gigi Porter-Bannister, Reggie Bannister  and our talented and experienced Director of Photography Michael Bates (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp) will be joining us, among others.

                                                                    "MUTE" THE STORY:
Set in Post war 1945, “MUTE” is the story of a Veteran (Monette – TBD.) who is a lapsed Catholic and book salesman.  Monette confesses to a Priest (Reggie Bannister ) about his travels where he picked up a hitchhiker (Stanley Douchette - TBD) along his way who was horribly disfigured from the war and who represents to be a deaf mute.  Monette tells the Priest, he vented with Douchette his troubles at home with his two-timing, gambling, drinking, party girl of a wife (Barbara Monette) who is fooling around with her beau, Robert Yandowsky, on his dime and who may have conspired to  embezzle from the local school board thus depriving all the local kiddies of school funds.  Monette seeks absolution by the Priest when he realizes - to his horror - that he may have been complicit in the bloody double murder of his wife and her lover by Douchette – and may or may NOT be so repentant about his role the outcome.

SHOOTING SCHEDULE:        Continued to August 2018 to allow for further funding opportunities and schedule conflicts.  We hope to begin construction of Props for the "Confessional" in March 2018.  Currently searching for costumes, props and CARS for the Post War era (1944-1946) in the Inland Empire area.   

FUNDS DISTRIBUTION:    Equipment, locations, crew, cast, logistics, car rentals, prop rental & construction, costume rentals, lighting, expendables, post production. 

Your  consideration for participation in this project will have lasting impact on so many Veterans lives and be so greatly appreciated.
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In November of 2017, Crestline Creative Arts Foundation was thrilled to participate in the Facebook "Day of Giving" fundraising event! Because of Phans around the world, and matching funds from Facebook, we were able to raise $448.60 (after FB fees of $16.48)!!! Thank you SO much for all those who so graciously donated and supported the CCAF "Mute" project!

As a result we will be able to move forward to begin building the largest prop, the "confessional!" We plan to do this in Crestline around March 2018 using a local Veteran Cabinetmaker and other Veterans, local Youths and film students.

We are now searching locations for a Cathedral for two-three days (set up, film, and breakdown) for a singular but important scene! Also searching for wardrobe (especially ladies undergarments), props as well as cars and trucks from the Post War Era! (1944-1946). Currently we are only offering credit and meals but that's why we're fund raising!

We are well on our way thanks to the skills, donation of equipment use and time of many cast and crew, and locations! As a reminder, any donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation.

Many thanks to the Alpenhorn News for the lovely article front page and above the fold!
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Reggie Bannister and I are forward to meeting with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9624 at 1:30pm today (Sunday 7/16/2017) to discuss our short film "MUTE" BY Veterans FOR Veterans!

VFW 9624
21841 Crest Forest Dr,
Cedarpines Park, CA 92322

Any donations will be used towards the production expenses and are completely tax deductible!

Crestline Creative Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts corporation. 20-1443263
"MUTE" Short film By Vets For Vets!
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SO excited! We will be meeting next weekend with the local VFW Post #9624 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) for members to participate AND who own vintage vehicles for picture cars! ( http://www.vfwpost9624.org/home.html)

We have also enlisted the services of a prior ally who previously worked as wardrobe on the film "Carnies" with 1940's wardrobe! Important vintage wardrobe (and undies ala Bettie Page!) have been located online. As well as an all important Priest Cossack which our director thinks he can locate in his home Ireland.

We will be speaking to a Veteran who is a cabinet maker for props, and we are working with a Veteran who is a grant writer!

A scouting trip is planned to a local chapel for a location but we have a quote for the Historic San Mortiz Lodge in Crestline for a primary film location.

We're cookin' with gas! BUT we need YOUR help!
It takes cashola to pay the permits, insurance, rent equipment, pay location fees and such! We need YOUR help! We can provide SCREEN CREDIT, AUTOGRAPHED photos and videos from Reggie Bannister and Gigi Bannister (to be announced) and more! YOU will be a part of the "CALL TO ACTION: MUTE" project for YOUR tax deductible donation!

AND you'll be helping OUR VETERANS help OTHER VETERANS! We lose 20 Veterans EVERY DAY to suicide due to PTSD and other mental health issues.

CAN YOU HELP VETERANS HELP VETERANS give them valuable job skills, provide healthy work environment and make them feel good about JOINING their accomplishment of a fine film on the big screen along side YOUR NAME?

Please donate what you can when you can.. time is of the essence! Thank you for your support and your service!
CALL TO ACTION: "MUTE" Veterans short
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$35 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 17 months
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Crestline Creative Arts Foundation
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Crestline, CA
EIN: 201443263
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