Confessions to the Moon

By Lauren Ballesteros
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This campaign has ended. It raised $20,045, reaching its minimum goal.
Confessions" is about honoring the pain and resilience of our mothers. Your contribution is going to not only support this film but all the Latinx BIPOC hands involved in our community. It takes a village-you are a part of it.
Confessions to the Moon
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LOGLINE:

A decade-spanning tale of a troubled yet affectionate single mother who must break the silence on the traumatic experiences that have been haunting her lineage when the same patterns begin taking over her and her daughters' life.


SYNOPSIS: 

Confessions to the Moon is the story of Ana, a woman fighting against the traumatic patterns and violent experiences that have lived in her household for generations. Told through different time periods and using poetic narrative as a way to transmit a generational message, it narrates her life as a child, teenager, and as an adult. Exploring the many influential characters and the way they marked a lasting and grim imprint, Ana tries to put break the cycle of silence when her daughters grow up haunted by the same ancestral nightmares before the same self destructive behaviors repeat themselves all over again. Confessions to the Moon is an empowering story of love, forgiveness, and family. 

 

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Our goal is to honor those that shaped this film by telling the best story possible. It is also to honor the community of artists that are joining us on this journey. As co-founders of Matriarchy Films, we are committed to making films for and by Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and womxn  of color. Most of the funding will be going to building a strong creative team, paying our cast and crew what they deserve, and covering the costs of getting it out into the world! 

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If we are able to make our stretch goal, take the film to the next level with premium equipment, add more BIPOC storytellers to our team, studio rentals, green screens, some CGI action, and a top notch editor to capture the mystical qualities of "Confessions." All the things! Oh and probably grab a little extra pan dulce for those late production sessions ;) 

 

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What does an artist do when they are inspired? CREATE without hesitation because there is a compelling force driving us to fill a void; within ourselves and the world. That force is what brought us together, three Latinx women inspired by one another's passion for unapologetic storytelling.

 

Matriarchy Films began in a single conversation after the final performance of a monologue performed by Lauren and written by Patricia, titled "Matriarchy." The gritty and courageously raw storytelling inspired Rosa Navarrete to dust off her camera and create a film version. And we did. It was guerilla style throughout the streets of Boyle Heights, Patricia's stomping grounds and home to our artistic oasis, CASA 0101 Theater. Since then we have produced two short films together, but continue to be active in several theater projects at CASA. 

 

We are mothers, working class, immigrant, queer, and together we are fearless storytellers committed to Latinx and BIPOC storytelling. Patricia brings the fierce fire with mama bear vibes, Rosa is a gentle giant and intuitive genius, and Lauren is our muse and producing conductor. 

 

It has taken each of us years to develop our voices as artists and mujeres, we are grateful for the journey and community of artists and mentors that bring us to this moment! It is only the beginning! 

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Dear contributor,

 

Every little bit counts and we want to thank each you for your believing in us! When you support this campaign, you are supporting our art, our mission, and the community of Latinx and BIPOC artists who will carry this film.

 

The deepest bonds we have created have been through storytelling in community. It is our hope that as a contributor you feel you are a part of this journey. Whether you donated because you know me or one of our team members personally or happen to catch a post and resonate with the story, you are essential to this work. It wouldn't be possible without you.  We have a list of incentives for you so we can share our appreciation in fun and creative ways!

 

Please share this campaign and encourage others to join us in helping Confessions to the Moon come become a reality!

 

From each of us on the Matriarchy Films and "Confessions to the Moon" team, muchisimas gracias! Adelante! 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

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Lauren Ballesteros
Writer. Executive Producer

Lauren Ballesteros is third generation Chicana and mother from El Monte, CA.  She is a poet by nature and storyteller by calling. Her journey began in Boyle Heights at the legendary CASA 0101 founded by Josefina Lopez where she learned the transformative power of speaking your truth and uplifting community. Acting credits include several mainstage productions and theater festivals, as well as producing with Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme all Latina collective of writers, actors, and producers at Casa 0101. 

 

Today she is based in Hawai'i and works as an environmental justice organizer. She is manifesting a bicoastal creative life as co-founder of Matriarchy Films--a womxn led production trio that uplifts Latinx and BIPOC voices in front of and behind the camera. Most importantly, Lauren is a mother raising a multi-racial daughter who is her greatest gift and healing force. She looks forward to the many stories that arise from this blessed journey! 

 

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Rosa Navarrete
Director, Producer

Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete is a Peruvian immigrant, writer, actor, director, and mom. Her experience crossing the border as a child influences her artwork and collaborations in theater and film; giving her the ability to find the heart of the story through empathy, connection, and a sense of adventure. Rosa is a University of California, Berkeley alumni and a 2022 Justice for My Sister BIPOC SciFi Screenwriting Fellow. Recent projects include being a writer/director on "The Train"- an independent series with showrunner Yelyna De Leon (LA Skins Festival 2021) and a co-creator on "A'we Deh Ya" a film by Paloma McGregor (Best Screendance Film Finalist, Denton Black Film Festival 2022), and "ELLAY" - an independent dark comedy series featuring an indigenous lead. You might find Rosa producing or doing community engagement work in the Los Angeles Arts & Entertainment sector. She is an Inner-City Filmmakers grad and serves on the Casa 0101 Theater Board. IG/Twitter: @mizperu | www.rosastory.com 
 

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Patricia Zamorano
Executive Producer, 2nd AD

PATRICIA ZAMORANO (Playwright/ Producer/ Heavy Equipment Operator) is first generation Mexican-American, Queer Chicana, born and raised by a single mother in Boyle Heights. She began writing in 2008 at CASA 0101 founded by Josefina Lopez and now has over half a dozen short plays and monologues combined. She has written, co-directed & produced with Casa 0101 two full-length plays, Locked Up (2014) and You Don't Know Me (2008.)  Her most recent staged productions included Brown & Out LGBTQ short play festival, The Roots & Wings Project, and Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme (2012-2019). In 2014, she wrote Matriarchy, a short monologue which was turned into a short film by filmmaker and friend Rosa Navarrete, starring Lauren Ballesteros & co-directed by Patricia.  Matriarchy Short Film 2017 was accepted into Chicano International Film Festival, Highland Park Film Festival, CineArte Latinx Queer Film and Art Festival, with community screenings throughout LA County. The film was also a part of art exhibitions in Fullerton Museum and at the Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany in 2019. She is honored to be included in the 50 Playwrights Project and is an award recipient from the neighborhood of Boyle Heights for her artistic contributions. 

 

Staying true to her roots in theater, Patricia is also writing a feature length play and is a dramaturg for Arena, A House Musical conceived by Abel Alvarado. Patricia believes in the transformative power of storytelling as medicine for Latinx artists and audiences alike. 

 


 

It's Happening!!
Fri. August 26, 7:49 AM HST

Hola Confessions to the Moon Family! 

 

 

It has been an exciting few months since the campaign ended. Matriarchy Films has been working hard on pre-production, bringing together a wonderfully diverse, dedicated group of talented cast and crew! The process has not been easy as we have all truly grown from this experience producing a professional microbudget film. We are still guerilla filmmakers at heart and our grit makes magic happen on screen. 

 

This weekend we are beginning principal photography! Rosa Navarrete, our extremely talented Director i.e sorceress of images and meaning alongside our detailed “visual psychiatrist” of a DP Alessandro Gentile, are going to blow our minds. I can't wait! 

 

None of this would be possible without each of you believing in us, our message, and the transformative power of storytelling. This film will change lives. I feel it in my heart, pansa (belly), and the energy felt each time the artists, collaborators, and diligent producers come together.

 

Matriarchy Films is also grateful to our families, partners, and friends that have helped provide locations, items, and time to this film. Shoutout to Isaac and Liliana hanging together while their mamas work!

 

This film is a labor of love of from many hearts and hands! Check out just a few of our photos in pre-production below. More to come! Follow us on instagram: @confessionstothemoonfilm and @matriarchyfilms to follow along. 

 

In gratitude and love, 

Lauren, Patricia, and Rosa

Matriarchy Films 

 

 

 

 

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Scripting and NEW Team Member!!
Sun. April 17, 7:39 AM HST

Hello Confessions Fam! 

 

First and foremost, I am sending you my loving gratitude because since the campaign ended I have been doing production work everyday to bring this film to life thanks to you!!  A major part of that has been the diligent work that Rosa and Patricia have done to make the script even better! Words cannot express my gratitude for this compassionate teamwork. My script is my second baby and they are great aunties/tias! lol 

 

But I am so excited to share a wonderful update that we hired a bonafide professional and talented Director of Photography for the film-Alessandro Gentile!! He is the son of hard working immigrants from Argentina and Mexico, raised in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) where he expanded his imagination for storytelling and honed his passionate for filmmaking at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. Alessandro is an award-winning cinematographer working in Los Angeles who enjoys spending time with his family in Burbank on his off-days: hiking, playing tennis, surfing, skating and participating in an occasional game of soccer.

 

The Matriarchy team couldn't be more excited to add a powerhouse DP to our production team. He is another pillar to this work that will bring a diverse creative perspective to elevate the film. I can't wait to be on set and watch him and Rosa do their thing! You can check out his incredible work at https://www.gentileimages.com/featured-work.

 

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*Side note: I love how he's not only an accomplished passionate artist and proud papa, but he is also SGV hometown homie- Temple City to be exact, right next to my hometown in El Monte! :D Urban “small town" kids with big dreams! 

 

Read more on Alessandro's work:

Currently, Gentile works in the commercial world and has provided services to clients ranging from ‘BMW-Motorrad’ ‘Madison Square Garden Co.’, ‘Mazda-Bose’, ‘Acura’, ‘Microsoft’, ‘Hewlett Packard’, ‘Goodwill’, ‘Fender’ to ‘Kaiser Permanente’ and ‘LowRider Magazine’.

Gentile also provides his skills in the narrative cinematic form. 

 

In 2012 Gentile shot the television pilot for the Emmy Winning “Schitt’s Creek,” created by Eugene & Daniel Levy (featuring Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott), the short film, “Botes al Amanecer,” screened at The Canne Film Festival and winner of 3 best short film awards, “Marisol” a multi-award winning short film and an Academy Award qualifier. The “Marisol” script has been inducted into the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. Gentile was acknowledged at the Brazil Int’l Independent Film Festival by receiving a Best Cinematography award for his work on the feature film “Trade” and has garnered two Telly Award’s for innovation in youth education.

Recently, Gentile has completed photography on the award winning feature film, "Trade" available on Amazon Prime and iTunes. Past projects that have hit Netflix in 2018 are “2307: Winter’s Dream”, “The Doll Life-Season 2” and “The Lost City of Cecil B. Demille” found on Amazon Prime.

Gentile has filmed musical artists such as The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), Alicia Keys, Bebe Rexha, Anthony Ramos, Paramore, Akon, Lukas Nelson, Don Was, Joe Bonamasa, and Michael Franti and Spearhead.

 

In 2014 Gentile co-founded the 501(c)3 non-profit organization ‘The Highland Park Independent Film Festival’ (www.hpifilmfest.com). Along with his partners they strive in bringing unique independent cinema to Northeast Los Angeles and educating youth in filmmaking.

 

In 2020 Gentile directed his first short narrative film titled “Lodo”. Starring Laura Patalano (Netflix-”Gentefied”) and Daniel Mora (“Coyote”, “Mayan’s M.C.”). The film is currently being submitted to film festivals and planning to premiere in 2022. Also in development the boxing movie “Cuate” to be filmed in Oxnard, California in 2022.

We Finished Strong!!
Mon. March 14, 9:47 AM HST

Hello Confessions family! 

 

Here we are at the end of our campaign and the beginning of an incredible filmmaking journey!! 

 

Wow--

4 weeks

213 supporters

$20,045 raised

111% of our goal {magic number ;)}

 

 

We are deeply grateful and humbled by the outpouring of love we've received. The best part of this has been (re)connecting with our family and friends! You uplifted and empowered us the whole way through! Thank you for believing in this film, in each of us, and helping to make our dreams a reality! None of this would have been possible without you, you've joined the tribe ;) This is our victory, our film, our message to the world that we are stronger together. 

 

We feel an immense responsibility to make you proud and we will!! Now we get to work for pre-production! You can follow us along on our journey with updates: 

@confessionstothemoonfilm

@matriarchyfilms

 

Much love, 

Lauren, Rosa, Patricia

 

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FINAL COUNTDOWN
Sun. March 13, 10:19 AM HST

Here we gooooo!!! 

 

Less than 24 hours away and feeling like rockstars about to cross the finish line! This has been a wild marathon but each of you make it oh so worth it!! We are feeling the love and excitement that we've received so far, we are SO CLOSE to our goal!! 

 

Thank you all again for being here, believing in us, and encouraging others to support "Confessions to the Moon" film! We are going to finish strong and hopefully tack on a little extra to the money pot to cover the credit card fees. Si se puede! 

 

Much love, 
Lauren

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2 Days Left!!!
Sat. March 12, 7:22 AM HST

Holy moly. The clock is ticking and we are SO CLOSE to reaching our goal. As a current supporter, I hope you already know how grateful we are for your contribution to this campaign. We literally couldn't do it without you! 

 

In these last two days, if you could share this campaign with a friend or two and encourage them to donate, like and comment on our posts, give a little again if possible or whatever it is you can do--it all goes a long way in getting us there! 

 

Thank you all so much for being on this journey! It's almost on and on to the best part, making the film!! 

 

Much love, 

Lauren 

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We did it again!! We made our match!!
Wed. March 9, 7:39 AM HST

Wow, sometimes I am honestly speechless. But that doesn't help say thank you lol Just know they don't express the depth of gratitude I have for all of you--our Confessions to the Moon fam!! 

 

We met our second matching donor challenge this morning!! A little ahead of schedule thanks to a generous donation from a friend of the Matriarchy team's--Patricia Zamorano! But it was also all the people that gave big and small contributions and shared the challenge. Team work is making our dreams come to life. 

 

We are soon to be at 90% of our goal with 5 days left! Let's keep going! 

 

Sending love and gratitude for you all!! Thank you for joining us and making this journey meaningful!

 

Love, 
Lauren

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Back at it with a Matching Donor Challenge!!
Tue. March 8, 5:43 AM HST

Hi everyone!! 

 

Exciting news, we have another generous supporter willing to match contributions dollar for dollar, up to $1,000!! We have until March 9th at 9am(HST)/11am (PST) to unlock these funds! 

 

It's OUR LAST WEEK so please help by spreading the word about this challenge and encourage others to make a contribution in any amount. It truly makes a huge impact!

 

We are currently at $14,620. We are soooo close to that $18,000 it makes my filmmaking heart melt, there is so much loving support in this campaign! Thank you!! 

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Much love, 

Lauren

One Week Left!!!
Mon. March 7, 8:25 AM HST

Happy Monday, Confessions Fam!! 

 

We are so grateful to be in this moment, ONE WEEK LEFT to reach our goal of $18,000!

Our current status is -160 supporters with 80% of our goal reached. Wow!! We wouldn't be here without you, our friends and family that believe in this film!

 

 

It's been a wild journey so far. There were many moments I hesitated to even start it. But going through it with the Matriarchy Films team and the compassionate guidance from Fanny at Avenida has been a true demonstration of "teamwork makes the dream work!!" Most of all, I have appreciated (re)connecting with others that relate to this story and the healing it will bring. I truly feel this is our story, our moment, and our success!


So let's get it!! Let's make the most of this last week. You've already helped so much but if you could share this campaign and why you support it, WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL!! 

 

Thank you all in advance, you will here from me again soon with another special announcement to finish out strong ;)  

 

Much love and gratitude, 
Lauren 

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One Week Left!!!
Mon. March 7, 8:25 AM HST

Happy Monday, Confessions Fam!! 

 

We are so grateful to be in this moment, ONE WEEK LEFT to reach our goal of $18,000!

Our current status is -160 supporters with 80% of our goal reached. Wow!! We wouldn't be here without you, our friends and family that believe in this film!

 

 

It's been a wild journey so far. There were many moments I hesitated to even start it. But going through it with the Matriarchy Films team and the compassionate guidance from Fanny at Avenida has been a true demonstration of "teamwork makes the dream work!!" Most of all, I have appreciated (re)connecting with others that relate to this story and the healing it will bring. I truly feel this is our story, our moment, and our success!


So let's get it!! Let's make the most of this last week. You've already helped so much but if you could share this campaign and why you support it, WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL!! 

 

Thank you all in advance, you will here from me again soon with another special announcement to finish out strong ;)  

 

Much love and gratitude, 
Lauren 

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EMAIL CORRECTION!
Sat. February 26, 6:48 AM HST

Yesterday's special announcement had a special problem lol My pesky fingers forget to a letter to our email account you need to RSVP. Your girl got a little too excited anyhow?

 

Please use matriarchyfilms@gmail.com with code word "Magic Macaroon" in the subject line to RSVP for March 5th @ 6pm screening! Los Angeles cation details will be sent after. 

 

There are only 20 spaces available for current supporters. If you want to bring a friend or family member, the next 15 new supporters (no matter the amount) will get to attend too! This is still a fundraising campaign after all ;) 

 

We will have hot cocoa, popcorn, a fireside, and hugs for you! (if that's cool with you lol)

 

Thank youuuuuuu!! 

 

Love, 
Lauren

 

Special invitation!
Fri. February 25, 7:22 PM HST

Hello again, Confessions fam! 

 

We are having a very special event on Saturday March 5th at 6pm we want to invite you to! Drumroll, please?.

 

Matriarchy Films is having it's first ever screening of our three of short films--Matriarchy and Puta- both written by Patricia Zamorano and Token written by Lauren Ballesteros! 

 

This is going to be an in-person event in Los Angeles, outdoors with mindfulness (i.e masks and distancing where we can). But the catch is that we have limited space since it will be in a dear friend's backyard. Don't worry, there will be hot cocoa and popcorn to help but dress warm!  The first 20 supporters to RSVP with code word "magic macaroon" to matriarchfilms@gmail.com will be on the guest list! 

 

Aaaaand the next 15 new supporters between today and Sunday at midnight will automatically get a ticket, no matter the size of the contribution!

 

Thank you ALL again for all that you are doing to build the foundation for Matriarchy Films and make "Confessions to the Moon" come to life! 

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Love,

Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FB Live Celebration TODAY at 6pm ;)
Fri. February 25, 12:31 PM HST

Hello Confessions to the Moon Fam!! 

 

Join us later this evening for a special toast to chasing our dreams and living our best life ;) Oh! And a verrrrrry special announcement. It's a happy hour partay! 

 

Love, 

Lauren

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Grateful!!
Wed. February 23, 10:13 AM HST
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Well fam, we did it again!! 

 

We met our second challenge to get 100 supporters! 

 

Now we are officially at 111 supporters AND have reached our minimum required to receive all the funds donated so far!! Now we have 18 days to get to our goal of $18,000!! This money means so much to us because it not only helps us create a beautiful film and hire a bunch of talented Latinx and BIPOC artists, but it means you believing in us--our mission, "Confessions" message, and US!! 

 

There have been some really generous donations and helpful hands that are making this all happen. We don't take that for granted and know wouldn't be here without every single one of you! 

 

Cheers to another 18 days of hustling! 

 

Love, 
Lauren, 

 

P.S Liliana has a message too ;) 

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Backer Rally Today
Mon. February 21, 8:23 AM HST

Hello everyone! 

 

Today we are doing another challenge, this time we are trying to get to 100 supporters! We're currently at 77!!  Help us by reaching out to others about the campaign. Every little bit makes a MAJOR impact on getting closer to our goal! 

 

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Thank you so much!! 

 

Love, 
Lauren and Liliana 

We Met Our Matching Donor Challenge!
Fri. February 18, 11:49 AM HST
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Thank you to everyone who's been donating and sharing this campaign! You are helping to make our dreams come true!! 

 

Love, 
Lauren

We have a match!!
Wed. February 16, 8:41 AM HST

We have a matching $1,000 donor challenge!!! 

 

Every contribution that comes in for the next 24 hours will be matched dollar for dollar until we raise an additional $700!. Please help spread the word for others to make a contribution in any amount to help us unlock these additional funds. We have until Thursday 8amHST/10 am PST! 

 

Thank you for being a part of our journey! 

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Aaaand we're off!!
Mon. February 14, 5:36 PM HST

The Matriarchy team had a powerful launch to our campaign on Saturday! Family and community showed up big for the crowdfund of "Confessions to the Moon." It was an outpouring of genuine love, connection, and fond memories shared. It was incredible to share space with artists we have worked with over the years. Some who we've been in their plays, they have acted in our past films or let us film at their house! It demonstrated that art is about community, it is a reflection of our deepest desires to bring light and truth into our world.

 

This film is Lauren's second baby. Her daughter was at the launch too, what a cutie! But "Confessions" has probably been around longer since it's been in the works over six years. But now the film is "out" and people believe in the message. It feels incredible. ??? 

 

We have been hustling to prepare for this day, unsure of what lies ahead. But now we're speechless we raised over $3,500 on our first day! ????  It feels so good to be in this moment and we feel honored that so many people believe in us!! We can't wait to continue sharing our project! 

 

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Incentives
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Thank you! ($15+)
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Every bit counts and we appreciate you believing in us!
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Confessing our L.O.V.E ($25+)
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Special shoutout on our Confessions IG page with a personalized acronym of your name! Because who didn't love doing those in school?
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You're a star! ($50+)
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Digital Confessions Movie Poster with you in it! Put it on your wall, make a mug, or show your aunty. Either way, thank you!
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Vibe with us ($75+)
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Get a sneak peak into the world of Confessions to the Moon with a curated playlist of songs that inspire the film and filmmakers!
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Birth Chart Reading ($100+)
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Astrology is the astronomy of our ancestors. Get a personalized reading!
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Behind the Scenes ($100+)
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Get private link to our journey from beginning to end. Photos, short videos, and special cast messages!
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Sneak Preview ($150+)
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Get a private link to rough cut of the film!
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Confessions cast and crew message! ($250+)
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Get a special message from the builders and magic makers of the film! +other incentives.
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Personal Tarot Reading from Moon Chola! ($275+)
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Get a one hour virtual session with the effervescent Blanca Espinoza aka Moon Chola! It is a transformative experience for any luck one that gets it!
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Special Guest on set! ($350+)
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Join us on set! Get a little visit to where the magic happens. (Travel not included, will follow Covid-safe protocols.).
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Special Thank You in the Credits! ($500+)
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We have a special message for you in our credits and you will get all other incentives under $250.
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V.I.Ps Celebrate with us! ($1000+)
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Special thank you in the film, VIP to the private screening event, and rest of incentives $250 below! *Travel not included.
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Executive Producer ($2000+)
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Executive Producer Credit on IMDB. Plus all of the other incentives!
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