Thanks for coming back to our new blogs series dedicated to answering your questions, brining you insights and getting you as excited as we are about the Kickstarter project to fund “Key West: The Conch Republic.”

Today we interview the character of Natalie, a five-year old girl who will be a major character in our film.

Q. Hi Natalie. Tell us a little bit about your character in the movie.

Natalie: The movie starts with my family in our station wagon driving to some place in Florida. It’s been a long drive and I’ve been stuck in the back of the car with my brother, Paul, and sister, Gabriella, for waaay too long. I have my favorite blankie and that has made things better, but I’m still ready to get out of the car. Right now.

Wow! Those long trips can be tough. Where are you headed?

Natalie: My dad’s a pastor and he had been invited by another pastor to come down here … hold on a minute while I ask … “Dad, where are we going?” “Key West, princess,” he replies. Yes, we’re going down to Key West. It’s a long way.”

We hear that you have a special friend in this movie. Tell us about him.

Natalie: **eyes shining** Oh yes. Once I get to Key West, I make a very special friend. He’s a white pelican, but he’s not a Florida pelican (they are gray.) He’s an African pelican. People think he was blown over in a storm. He’s beautiful and his wings are like angels. The nice people in Key West are feeding him but have not named him. I get to do that, and I call him “Angel.” He’s fun and likes to get into trouble. He follows me around everywhere, like a best friend.

Angel and Natalie become best friends in Key West: The Conch Republic
Angel and Natalie become best friends in Key West: The Conch Republic

If you could tell readers anything about this movie, what would it be?

I’d tell you that your kids would love it. It has something for everyone. It shows how Jesus loves everyone — little kids, pelicans, my parents, your parents — just everyone. I’m only five but I know that. It’s not scary at all, but some parts are pretty exciting! It’s funny, too. Oh, and there’s a love story (yuck, but you may like it – I’m too young for that stuff.)

And please, please give something and tell your family and friends about it. I’d raid my piggy bank if I could, but I’m only a character in a movie. Please help bring Angel and me, and I guess by brother and sister, too, to life!

Thanks, Natalie. We hope to see you on screen later this year.


The Kickstarter project runs through June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm Eastern Time. If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit to learn more.


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