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It Happened Over Lunch

This is your opportunity to support a feature documentary about America's most iconic eatery, The Four Seasons Restaurant

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Generations of business leaders, dignitaries, celebrities, artists, politicians, lauded chefs and long-time employees, together with formidable hosts and owners ensured that the Four Seasons Restaurant will always be an idea BIGGER than the sum of its parts... this documentary will be a record of this history and the story of these people and this idea.

December 12, 2016

Dear friends of the Four Seasons:

For 57 years, the Four Seasons has been an international legend, an only-in-Manhattan oasis, and a magical, serendipitous discovery for anyone who has ever walked in unaware of what an architectural and culinary gem it was and will be again.

This documentary, capturing the last few months at 52nd Street and delving into our colorful 57-year history, is very special to us. We are thrilled that the filmmakers decided to tell our story and that many cornerstone moments of the Four Seasons were captured on video.

We are so happy that the New-York Historical Society agreed to become the Fiscal Sponsor, making it possible for anyone to support the production with a tax-deductible contribution. The Four Seasons has meant so much, to so many, for so long. We look forward to seeing this exciting glimpse into our history together, with all our wonderful patrons and friends as we prepare to welcome you into our new home at 280 Park Avenue.

Sincerely,

Julian Niccolini & Alex von Bidder
Partners and Managing Directors

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By contributing, Contributor grants to Production Company the right to use the name set forth in the “Comments” box on the contribution form in connection with the appropriate credit. “Blank” boxes will be recognized in the Picture and on the Picture’s website as “Anonymous”.

 

PRODUCTION COMPANY: T4S Documentary LLC
STATUS: Currently in production
DIRECTOR: James Spione
PRODUCERS: Michael D Ellenbogen, Managing Member (Jack of Hearts Productions); Ilan Arboleda & Tom Donahue (Creative Chaos vmg)
EMAIL:  T4Sdocumentary@ithappenedoverlunch.com
PHONE:  (917) 842-2669

We invite you to visit our website for a complete introduction to the documentary and to view our 4-minute preview sizzle:

WEBSITE:  www.ithappenedoverlunch.com

SYNOPSIS
IT HAPPENED OVER LUNCH is a reflection upon the luminous 57-year period in the life of a world-class restaurant that opened in a one-of-a-kind architectural space at the heart of midtown Manhattan in 1959 and forever changed America’s cuisine and dining experience. It is also the story of the many outstanding people who made it what it is today!

On Saturday, July 16th 2016, the last meal was served in the iconic Seagram Building; 10 days later the contents from ash-trays ($12,500) to bronze plaques ($96,000) disappeared during an astounding, nostalgia fueled, $4.1 million auction. On July 31st 2016, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder locked the doors for the last time at 99 E. 52nd Street, setting their sights on 280 Park Avenue and the next exciting chapter of The Four Seasons.

For some, this documentary will be a walk down memory lane; for many others, it will be an introduction to a venerable New York institution.

PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION BUDGETS
The current budget for the Picture is one million ($975,000) dollars.  Production Company reserves the right to modify the budget in its sole discretion. Following the successful raising of the production budget, Production Company may also decide to extend the campaign, raising an additional $850,000 to finance a national distribution plan that would put the documentary in cinemas across the country.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP
Production Company has entered into a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement with the New-York Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization granted 501(c)(3) tax status by the Internal Revenue Service (“Sponsor”).  Sponsor shall receive the funds from contributors for the Picture and release such funds immediately upon receipt to Production Company for the production of the Picture. As such, all contributions are 100% tax deductible and Contributors may also receive recognition outlined on the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS page, based on their level of contribution.

 

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS OVER $75,000 WILL RECEIVE:
CREDIT recognition AT THE HEAD of the picture as follows:

$250,000 or more...

  • BUSINESS: “Co-Production” CREDIT or LOGO, Exclusive on a SINGLE CARD
  • INDIVIDUAL(S): “Executive Producer” CREDIT, Exclusive on a SINGLE CARD

$150,000 and up to $250,000...

  • BUSINESS: “In Association with…” CREDIT or LOGO on a SINGLE CARD with not more than 2 Credits
  • INDIVIDUAL(S): “Co-Executive Producer” CREDIT on a SINGLE CARD; with not more than 2 Credits

$75,000 and up to $150,000...

  • BUSINESS: “In Collaboration with…” CREDIT on a SINGLE CARD with not more than 3 Credits
  • INDIVIDUAL(S): “Associate Producer” CREDIT on a SINGLE CARD with not more than 3 Credits

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS $15,000 AND UP TO $75,000 WILL RECEIVE:
CREDIT recognition at the IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PICTURE as follows:

$50,000 and up to $75,000... “Star Funding”

  • CREDIT on a SINGLE CARD with not more than 2 other Credits

$35,000 and up to $50,000... “Co-Star Funding I”

  • CREDIT in a SINGLE COLUMN TEXT format, at the START of the CREDIT CRAWL, AFTER “STAR FUNDING”

$15,000 and up to $35,000... “Co-Star Funding II”

  • CREDIT in a DOUBLE COLUMN TEXT format, in the CREDIT CRAWL, AFTER “CO-STAR FUNDING I”

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS $300 AND UP TO $15,000 WILL RECEIVE:
CREDIT in a DOUBLE COLUMN TEXT format at the END OF THE PICTURE, after the PRODUCTION CREDITS

  • All CREDITS will be alphabetical in each of the following HEADLINED categories as follows:
    • $7,500 and up to $15,000... “Supporting Cast Funding I”
    • $3,500 and up to $7,500... “Supporting Cast Funding II”
    • $1,500 and up to $3,500... “Additional Cast Contributors I”
    • $300 and up to $1,500... “Additional Cast Contributors II”

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS of $50 and up to $300
“Special Thanks” CREDIT will be provided on www.ithappenedoverlunch.com

CREDIT
By contributing, Contributor grants to Production Company the right to use the name set forth in the “Comments” box on the contribution form in connection with the appropriate credit. “Blank” boxes will be recognized in the Picture and on the Picture’s website as “Anonymous”.

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