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Across Movie LLC

An exciting opportunity to invest in a feature film that could not only bring a great return, but also deeply inspire many hearts and minds with this true story.

Closed on 08/15/19
Maximum target reached

min$10k

max$107k

funding goal 

Reg CF

exemption used 

$158,000

pre money valuation 

$100.00

min investment 

$107,200

amount raised 

36

investors 

Security Type
Revenue Participation
• 100% of the adjusted gross profit gets returned to you first.
• Once you've received 120% of your principal investment, then your return adjusts to a prorated share of 50% of net profits.
Bonus

For investors, at the following levels, Across Movie LLC is offering the following gifts.

*Perks are cumulative (include everything that comes with lesser investments.)

$500 - an on-screen credit

$1000 - A DVD of the movie and a live online Q&A with the production team and cast (if they are available.)

$1500 - A director or cast-member autographed mini-poster - suitable for framing - to commemorate your first film team experience

$2500 - One ticket to the premiere (location TBA.) You'll have to cover your own travel.

$5000 - Additional ticket to the premiere and a site license and advance Blu-Ray to screen the movie at your church or group function.

$10,000 - Two more tickets to the premiere and a visit to the set during filming to meet cast and crew, with the possibility of being an extra in the movie.

Pitch

Who are we

We are launching the movie production of an historical drama about the life of America's first black priest, Father Tolton, who is now being considered for sainthood in the Vatican.  Veteran filmmakers have already joined forces to create a multi-laureled short film as a proof of concept.  Now, we are relying on grassroots support to tell his entire story with a full 2-hour feature film.

The Trailer for our short film -->

        

Problem

In the current studio-based Hollywood system, franchises. re-makes and comic book superheroes are king. 

 

        

 

Meaningful and important stories struggle to make it to the big screen.  Independent filmmakers often have little recourse to get the investors they need to finance quality movies - especially if their stories involve minority and Christian themes.

Solution

 

 

This investment is a unique opportunity for movie-lovers to influence what actually arrives at the local theater and streaming service.  They can invest in a film that reflects their Christian values and tells an amazing true story.

Across is the tale of Augustine Tolton, his escape from slavery in the war-torn South, his relentless battles with bigotry in and out of the church, and his journey to Rome - where his faith found its freedom as the first African-American priest.  The script is written by an award-winning veteran of the industry who has taught Screenwriting at Nashville Film Institute after a decade of work in Los Angeles.  The producer team has already produced a beautiful short film about Tolton’s attempt to escape slavery, and worked on dozens of other films.

The movie is geared toward audiences of all types, but also draws in two very specific and reliable box office demographic groups - blacks and Christians.  Thus, investors can have great hope of not only contributing to the production of a very special film, but also of receiving a return on their investment.

 

The real-life Father Tolton -->

 

Achievement & Traction

Across is the collaboration of team of veteran performers and filmmakers based in Nashville.  Their short film about Tolton's childhood has already screened at a number of festivals and industry events, including the San Francisco International Black Film Festival and FilmCom.  The project to turn the short film into the full feature film is gaining traction quickly in 2019, as it is being represented by Five Key Collective at the Cannes Film Market and other events.

 

    

 

The young actor who plays Gus as a child - Georgia's Jaylon Gordon - has already been seen in supporting roles next to Oprah Winfrey and Clint Eastwood.  Director Christopher Foley helmed the Civil War indy, Dioscuri, and has tapped into the best talent in the southeast through his work at Country Music Television, Nashville Film Institute, and Tennessee State University.  Executive Producer Jon Graham is CEO of PeachFlicks, a distribution portal for the new capitol of film production, Georgia.

 

 

The Catholic News Service has already caught on to the story of our film, picking up two local Tennessee stories for national syndication.  One article talks about the production of the short film and the other about Bishop Joseph Perry's reaction to it at a recent screening.

Market

Hugely successful movies like War Room and Blind Side show that the public's interest in faith-based and minority stories are box office gold.  Two recent Best-Picture Oscar winners, Green Book and 12 Years a Slave, show that this genre is loved by critics and audiences both.

 

 

While Evangelical audiences are seeing a quantum expansion of films geared toward them, the Catholic market is dramatically under-served.  Mel Gibson's mega blockbuster The Passion of the Christ was one of the very few faith-based flicks that was actively marketed toward Catholics.   Catholics - like Evangelicals - make up 25% of the American population, and they have a much larger percentage of the population GLOBALLY.

 

             

 

A story like Across will resonate with a large demographic.  Anyone interested in American history, inspirational films, African American themes and all Christian groups - with that special bullseye on global Catholicism - will find Tolton's story magnetic.

And with lucrative streaming services like Netflix and Amazon always looking for content, Across has so many options to make investors' dollars back in addition to theatrical revenues.

Competition

Across will be competing with many other movies when it is released.  But, this particular story has advantages that few films can match for profitablity.  FIRST, it will not take a huge budget to make a quality film with this story.  Since the plan is to shoot for between $2 and $7 million, even a modest success at the box office will make a profit. 

 

SECOND, this film has such a wide market as described above.

 

THIRD, audiences respond to quality, and word-of-mouth (and word-of-social-media) is everything.  The Tomato-meter and other metrics have created a new boon for well-made films.  Across was penned by an award-winning screenwriter who has taught that craft at Nashville Film Institute and Tennessee State University.  The proof-of-concept film has already been honored by several festivals.

 

 

Business Model

The business model for a finacially successful feature film has many variations, but it follows the same basic phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and finally - distribution, where the movie begins bring a return to the investors.

 

In Phase 1 - Development - the screenplay is researched and finalized, a proof-of-concept short film is made, a visual pitch deck is created, and key members of the production team are brought on board.  Interest is generated in the project through film festivals and industry gatherings.

 

When those things are done - which they are in the case of Across - we raise the approximately $100,000 so we can attach recognizable actors to the the project.   THIS IS WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS NOW.  Once we have a real-life movie star or two on board, it becomes much easier to raise the remaining production budget - which will be between $2 and $7 million, depending on our co-producers and attached movie stars.

Take a look at the remaining steps to profitablity in the diagram below.

 

Team

 

 

Use of Funds

The battle plan to get our story filmed and in front of audiences is a tried and true one for those in the indy film industry.    That is spelled out above in the Business Model section.

 

For this particular, initial raise of $107,000, we will be working - and spending- on development.

 

PHASE 1 OF DEVELOPMENT (already complete)

During this stage, the script is researched and finalized, a proof-of-concept short film is produced, a website and social media are set-up, and a "pitch deck" is created.   The pitch deck (or look book) is a pictorial PDF to showcase the story and the style of the proposed film to potential collaborators.  ALL OF THAT IS DONE!

 

PHASE 2 OF DEVELOPMENT (the purpose of this fund)

The second part of development continues with the attachment of talent - usually recognizable actors - to the film.  Generally, actors can be brought on board a project by signing a pay-or-play deal.  10% of their proposed fee for appearing in the film is put into escrow.  If the film is not shot by a certain date, the actor keeps that money.  If it is shot, that money goes toward their full payment.  Name-actors are a huge part of making a project credible and profitable.   Below are some casting ideas for Across.

 

 

The biggest portion of our $107,000 development fund will be spent to secure acting talent.  WHY?  Because once bankable actors are attached, it is far easier to raise the rest of the money.

 

Other expenses for this development phase include marketing, advertising, networking events, office and legal expenses, as well as preparation of budget and shooting plans for the film.

 

Updates

Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley2 months ago

We are excited to see our fund rise ABOVE the $107,000 maximum in commitments. Some of the investors that have committed have not yet transferred their funds. So, we can actually take a few more investors. Whoever confirms (and sends the funds) before the actual maximum is reached will actually receive the security. Thank you so much for taking part in this important film project. We are going to make a movie we can all be proud of!

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Mark Jones
Mark Jones - Investor2 months ago
If a K-1 is issued, then that means that the investors and the producers are in some kind of partnership. My guess is that this will be a limited partnership (with the producers being the general partners making decisions and the investors being limited partners). As limited partners, the investors can not lose more money than they initially invested. Am I correct?

My understanding is that, with partnerships, an investor can be taxed on income even if that income has not been distributed to the investor. In other words, an investor can have income "on paper", that income will not actually be given to the investor, and that investor will still be taxed on the income. Is that scenario a possibility with your offering?

Also, will I have to pay state income taxes to every state in which the partnership does business? 

I ask these questions here because your Form C does not mention anything about K-1 forms, partnerships, etc.
Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley - Issuer    
That's right, you cannot lose more than you put in. Distributions will be made quickly when there is income. You would only pay taxes in your own state. (I also passed your questions along to the team at TruCrowd, and will let you know if they have anything further to add in the next few days.). Thank you, Mark!

2 months ago
Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley - Issuer    
Clarification from TruCrowd:

There will be no K1 because the investors are not buying any equity in the company: the security offered is Revenue Participation. That is the investors will get a portion of the revenues of the film.

 

Also, the investors  are not limited partners.     

 

You are right with partnership (what you describe is called “phantom income”) however this is not the case because the investors are not partners.

 

You will have to pay tax at the federal level and your residency state. From your perspective, this should be considered as any other income.


2 months ago
Mark Jones
Mark Jones - Investor2 months ago
Thank you very much for the prompt response to my last post. I have a few more questions.

You say on your Facebook page that you have 30 shares left for additional investors. Are these shares units in an LLC? Will the people who invest via this offering, become members of an LLC? If this film is successful and investors get their money back and profits, will these investors receive Schedule K-1 forms? Or will these investors receive 1099 forms instead?
Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley - Issuer    
Shares are $100 each and our max raise is $107,000. You do not become members of an LLC, but you will own a portion of the profits. There are no voting rights, etc. If and when the film makes a profit, you will be issued a K-1 for the years you take home money. If you want to look at all the details, simply dive into the regulation paperwork that we posted below. Click on Form C under Other Disclosures to get into those...

2 months ago
Mark Jones
Mark Jones - Investor2 months ago
Not too long ago, one of your producers, Jon Graham, was raising money for a different religious movie, "Kind Katie", on a different investment website. Mr. Graham raised over $80000 for that movie. What ever happened to that movie? Is that movie going to be made? If not, then what happened to that $80000?

And, if "Kind Katie" has been abandoned, then how do we know that "Across" will not suffer the same result?

Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley - Issuer    
Great question, Mark! The key phrase here, I think, is "not too long ago." Movies take time and money to get off the ground. Kind Katie is definitely still in motion. There was a pause this year when the script was re-vamped. Now, Jon is in the process of showcasing that, pairing it with a new presentation deck, and bringing it to larger investors and studios. The key thing is that - with the development money he raised, he has been able to get his legal work done and get all the materials prepared for the top-dollar collaborators. I personally talk with or email Jon almost every day - and can assure you he is working so hard for that movie. He's praying too for the success of both of these films. Kind Katie is DEFINITELY not abandoned. If you want to reach out to me, Chris, personally, please fill out the contact form here. https://www.acrossmovie.com/contact We can email or chat!

2 months ago
Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley - Issuer    
Jon has no personal access to this web portal per SEC regulations - but he asked me to pass this on:

"Mark - I stand behind everything that Chris has said here. The Kind Katie production team has been having conversations with potential production budget level investors, distributors, and each other over casting decisions and so forth weekly. We had a lot of work to do that quite frankly isn’t newsworthy (revamping the script, getting the family’s approval, adjusting the budget accordingly) and we’ve taken the posture of waiting until there is great news to report rather than sending a weekly announcement that we’re still working ... but WE ARE. We can’t schedule when those good news announcements can materialize - but there is a lot starting to come together. While those things have been coming together, I’ve been delighted to also help Chris with his campaign. It’s tricky waters when you’ve never done it and I’m paying it forward. Keep Kind Katie in your prayers too please.”

2 months ago

Documents

Other Disclosures

Read the Form C filed with the SEC for other important disclosures, like financial statements, Directors, Officers, shareholders with more than 20% of voting rights, and more.
Use of Proceeds
The Company may make Use of Proceeds. Such Use of Proceeds, which may be in material amounts in excess of $10,000, may include by way of example and not limitation: Vendor payments and salary made to management, business associates, relatives, related parties and/or affiliates thereof; expenses labeled "Administration Expenses" that are not strictly for administrative purposes; expenses labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; and expenses that are for the purposes of intercompany debt or back payments.

Without limiting the above, the Company may elect to vary from the proposed use of funds as circumstances or assessments of circumstances following the closing change.
Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This offering contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. We caution investors that any forward-looking statements presented in this offering, or which management may make orally or in writing from time to time, are based on the Company’s beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Company. When used, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “result” and similar expressions, which do not relate solely to historical matters, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are not guarantees of future performance, which may be affected by known and unknown risks, trends, uncertainties and factors that are beyond the Company’s control. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected. While forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith belief when made, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company expressly disclaims any responsibility to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this offering may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to revise or publically release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
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