Kickstart This: Dany Saadia's Intriguing Time Travel Film 'Just in Life'
by Ben Pearson
August 31, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. If you love time travel movies as much as I do, then the IndieGoGo project Just in Life is probably right up your alley. It's hard to believe that in just a few days we'll be observing the 11th anniversary of September 11th, 2001, and while the event has been tackled on film before, this one offers the sci-fi angle of being able to change what happened that day. Take a closer look below, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check it out!
Mexican filmmaker Dany Saadia is the brainchild behind Just in Life, a time-travel odyssey that follows protagonist Justin Dole as he returns to 1990 as a 20-year-old, keeping all of his memories of what happens between 1990 and today. Dole considers this a gift, but quickly discovers it to be a curse as he realizes his decisions have a massive impact on the timeline he came from. It's unclear exactly what extent 9/11 plays into the film, as it's still relatively shrouded in mystery, but the concept is featured heavily in his pitch.
The video also features a solid parody of the Hollywood studio system, similar to Ethan's recent posting about Orson Welles' rejected film pitch of Citizen Kane. Saadia is surrounded by fake characters who claim the internet is "overrated" and compare it to a Tamagotchi (remember those?). It's all an effort to illustrate the importance of crowd-sourcing passion projects like these in order to get them looking professional, without the interference and oftentimes incompetence of a studio more concerned with hitting audience quadrants than telling a complete story.
I rarely mention incentives because I'd like to think that supporting independent film is enough for people who are reading FS.net, but in case you're in the market for some solid Blu-Rays (or to cross off some early Christmas shopping), Saadia and his team are offering Blu-rays of The Hunger Games, The Skin I Live In, Shame, Woman in Black, and this year's Oscar winner The Artist as rewards for various levels of support. Very cool. Anyway, check out the pitch video and see if Just in Life is something you'd be willing to support:
For more information about Just in Life, or to help fund the project, visit its IndieGoGo page. Director Dany Saadia is hoping to raise a total of $50,000 by Wednesday, September 19th, and with enough support from you and your friends, we just might be able to help him reach his goal in the end.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're always looking for feedback, so feel free to sound off with any thoughts on Just in Life or suggestions for this column in the comments below. Also, my inbox is always open at BenPears85@gmail.com, so please continue to shoot any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way, and there's a good chance that you'll end up seeing them featured here. As always, thanks for supporting these indie projects, because they definitely couldn't exist without without the help of film lovers like you. For our full Kickstart This archive, visit here, and let us know what you think.