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Evangeline explores issues of adoption and belonging through the story of a runaway clone.



READ: Christine's article on why she writes sci-fi, at Mamma Mia
CAST UPDATE: Georgia Flood will play EVANGELINE (currently appearing in House Husbands and Wentworth) with Benjamin Hoetjes as TEN. We are very excited!



I am Evangeline is a sci-fi drama with a romantic undertow, set in an alternative present day.


It is about a desperate woman who takes on the hostile city as she searches for the cure to make her fully human. In doing so she is forced to confront issues of identity and kin.


Why we need your pledge
Christine and Jonathan are the main investors in the film, spending a big chunk of money and calling in favours. But we also need your help to secure our 8 locations, pay for sets and contribute towards our equipment bill. We also want to give our cast and crew some money for expenses during the four week shoot (they'll be on deferred wages).


But besides your cash, we want you to feel part of the project and our audience.



Synopsis of the film
What would you do to become human?



Evangeline is a runaway. Manufactured for a rich man’s pleasure, she yearns for more. But she has the clone flaw, a sleeping sickness, her brief life snatched between sleeps. The only cure is cells from the brain of Diana, the woman she is cloned from. But Diana is a powerful adversary.

Evangeline finds an unlikely ally in Ten, a two-faced petty criminal, and they make their way through a lawless city to confront Diana and take the cure she so desperately wants.


Why this story?
I am Evangeline began as an idea in October 2010 when Christine and Jonathan committed to develop a genre project rich in story, character and achievable on a tight budget .


From the writer/director, Christine Rogers: 'I’m adopted, and this has deeply shaped who I am. I feel compelled to use storytelling to explore ideas of identity, genetics and kinship. What does it mean to be unique? Is your genetic heritage what makes you? Can ties of love be stronger than blood? An imagined world of human cloning is the perfect context in which to explore these universal questions.'


Shooting commences 17 June
We are shooting over four weeks in June/July 2013, using the Dickensian locations of Melbourne city to create an unsettling yet visually stunning world. Post-production will be completed in the remainder of 2013. Our cast and crew will be a mix of film professionals and RMIT students and graduates.
We are now in pre-production. We are midway through casting and production design.

In the next couple of months we will finalise our cast and locations. We'll get the props and costumes sorted, and work out what sets we need to build.

We will have the film completed early in 2014 for selected film festivals, then on to a wider release.


Why we will succeed - about our team
We know what it takes to get a feature film up.

Christine (writer/director) and Jonathan (producer) have a great track record. Christine has written/directed eight short films, and written more than 10 feature films. She's been involved in all aspects of film and TV for the last 25 years. Last year they produced over 2 hours of documentary stories and over 40 online videos. And Jonathan is associate producer and production manager for Ian Pringle's new film, which shot in January 2013.
Importantly though we have the commitment of an incredible bunch of people to the film already including Craig Batty (associate producer, script editor), Robin Plunket (Director of Photography), Clifford Hayes (editor), Rosanna Blacket (production designer), Lou Mitchell (casting), Darrin Verhagen (music).


Find out more
Please contact us directly if you've got any questions or suggestions through facebook or by visiting the Evangeline website.






Teaser video - a big thank you

The teaser is possible due to the fantastic contribution of the cast and crew: Kyrie Capri (EVANGELINE), Vanessa Moltzen (SOL), Robin Plunket (DoP), Ruth Richards (sound), William Stanforth (camera assistant), Michael Chmielewski and Clifford Hayes (editors), Jason Lau (stills photography), Darrin Verhagen (music), Libby Barry (catering), Christine Rogers (director) and Jonathan Roper (producer). Also special thanks to Georgia Verapen for giving us free access to her family's bathing box.


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A$10 +Helping hand: If you just want to throw some good karma our way, you will have our eternal gratitude, and a personal message of thanks.
8 Chosen | 142 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2013
A$25 +Buy the movie. You'll receive: - A download of the finished film (cast and crew edition) once it has concluded its run on the festival circuit - Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
42 Chosen | 108 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$45 +Movie and autograph package. You’ll receive: - 'With Thanks' credit online - A download of the finished film (cast and crew edition) once it has concluded its run on the festival circuit - Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery) - Autographed postcard of a marketing still from the film
22 Chosen | 53 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$50 +By popular demand - T-shirt only - for all you fans and clothes horses. T-shirt comes in black or white. Here's the sample design. It's the same t-shirt as in the $75 reward : )
13 Chosen | 37 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$75 +A fashion statement. You'll receive: - A fabulous Evangeline t-shirt, featuring the logo (immediate delivery) - Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery) - 'With Thanks' credit online, together with a download of the finished film (cast and crew edition) once it has concluded its run on the festival circuit - Autographed postcard of a marketing still from the film
17 Chosen | 58 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$125 +Film lover. You'll receive: - Credit on our film and online - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film - special cast and crew edition - Autographed postcard of a marketing still from the film - Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
18 Chosen | 32 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$175 +Virtual crew. You'll receive: - 2 hour visit to set and meal with cast and crew (June or July 2013) - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
0 Chosen | 25 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$250 +Movie extra. You'll receive: - First hand film experience and be an extra on our film set – either on our opening street scenes, or in Little Sparrows, our ‘gentleman’s club’ (June or July 2013) - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
11 Chosen | 14 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$300 +Get real work experience on a feature film! Think about your career and get experience and an invaluable insight into the film industry. Option: production assistant You will be part of the crew on location for a day, producing this unique science-fiction drama. Option: post-production assistant Spend the day with our editor Clifford Hayes in the edit suite, gaining a unique insight into the editing process. Clifford is the editor of several iconic Australian films.
4 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$400 +Clone lover special. You'll recieve: - Framed and signed photo of Evangeline - 2 hour visit to set and meal with cast and crew - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
3 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$550 +Expert script treatment. You'll receive - 2 hour meeting (or Skype/FaceTime) to discuss your feature film script and 1-page synopsis. Return of annotated script included (from June 2013 on). - Signed copy of Craig Batty’s book The Creative Screenwriter - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$1000 +Associate Producer package: - Credit and listing in IMDB - 2 hour visit to set and meal with cast and crew (June/July 2013) - Signed copy of original screenplay - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline t-shirt, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
2 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$3500 +Executive producer package. You'll receive - An executive producer credit and an entry into IMDB - 2 hour visit to set and meal with cast and crew (June/July 2013) - 2 hour visit to editing room to watch editing in progress - Signed copy of original screenplay - 2 face-to-face or SKYPE 1 hour consultations with writer/director or producer - Invite for two to our Melbourne cast and crew screening - DVD of the film, autographed postcard, Evangeline sticker set (immediate delivery)
0 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014