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This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is the documentary Surviving Cliffside, which is set to make its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival.  In the film, director Jon Matthews returns to his hometown to chronicle the lives of his family members who live in a run down trailer park known for its drugs and violence.

This Indiegogo project currently has only 5 days left and a goal of $15,000 to raise for distribution expenses, so be sure to click here and show your support.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and read more about the film.


In this moving documentary made possible by a grant awarded by Spike Lee, filmmaker Jon Matthews goes back to his hometown to tell the story of his family members, who are living in a trailer park known for its guns and drugs, as they attempt to put their lives back together in time for their daughter to make a run for Little Miss West Virginia. While exploring explores issues of poverty, drug addiction, and life in rural America, SURVIVING CLIFFSIDE presents an emotional and often inspirational story of a family working together to overcome enormous obstacles.