LIBERATOR is a short film/presentation pilot starring Lou Ferrigno as a disgraced ex-superhero with one last chance at redemption.
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Hi, folks! Thanks for checking us out here on Kickstarter. LIBERATOR is a 20-minute short film/presentation pilot. We completed principal photography in June. LIBERATOR is about a disgraced, washed-up, ex superhero whose secret black ops past catches up with him -- just as he's trying to put his life back together.
We have assembled a mighty, mighty cast of genre luminaries:
LOU FERRIGNO as Al Migliocetti/The Liberator
PETA WILSON ("La Femme Nikita") as Marla Criswell
MICHAEL DORN ("Star Trek: the Next Generation") as General Augustus Criswell
DON "THE DRAGON" WILSON as Sidewinder
and EDWARD ASNER as President Whitlock.
Wow. Rounding out the cast we have the gorgeous Tara Cardinal as the new government superhero recruit "Gaia" and the incandescent Jessica Jade Andres as the Liberator's estranged teen daughter. And we must also mention the amazing Mr. Darren Auck, former Marvel Comics Art Director, who is creating our prologue sequence.
The truly unique thing about Liberator is that, unlike other superhero flicks out there, it's based very much in the politics of now. This is a real person in the real world. He's a superhero, yes, but he's also a man and a father, dealing with the things that affect us all as humans.It's this personal, emotional element that really sets this character, and this project, apart.
Our goal is to use this short to launch a new franchise, in whatever form that takes -- TV series, feature, web series, you name it. Since every one of our cast has starred in hit TV shows and movies, we feel pretty psyched, and we hope you are, too! As comics and sci-fi fans, we assembled the cast that WE would want to see in a movie. Lou Ferrigno back in action as a superhero one more time? Heck yeah!
We used every last dime we raised to make the movie -- in the can, sweet! But we have zero in the till for post (uh-oh.) Now we need $18K to finish this film at the high level of professionalism it demands and to add the special effects. We have a great team of industry pros working on this thing at pennies on the dollar because they love this project and want to see it happen. We hope you feel the same way!
Please visit liberatormovie.com or https://www.facebook.com/liberatormovie for behind the scenes footage, production diaries, art and more. Plus check out the cool pix, footage and interviews (with more to come, for donors only!) right here on our Kickstarter updates page!
Please join us in the creation of the hero the world needs right now. Thank you!
** Please note: the $25 reward is actually a DVD copy, not a download, of the finished film. Kickstarter will not let us change this because backers have already selected this. The $15 reward is the digital download. Thanks! **
We sure hope so! The script was written by Jim Cirile and Aaron Pope, two multi-produced screenwriters repped by New Wave Entertainment. Jim is the owner of www.coverageink.com, a top-rated* independent screenplay analysis & development company. We used our team of readers to help develop the project over a period of a year. We must be doing something right to land a cast like this on our budget.
This is true, and that is exactly why it was so important that we get an actual superhero--Lou Ferrigno--to play the Liberator. It's also why we surrounded him with genre luminaries, all of whom have starred in successful movies and TV shows.
LIBERATOR takes place in our current world, right now. No Metropolis or Gotham City, no magic, no Norse deities, no aliens. Our heroes utilize both existing and rumored technology. The film is gritty and realistic and does not shy away from exploring controversial political themes either. But the tone is not as dark as "Watchmen."
We're hoping late fall. Then we will investigate festival premieres while also slipping it to our industry contacts.
We know! Stoked!
pledged of $18,000 goal
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Jul 11, 2011 - Aug 10, 2011 (30 days)
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We will post your name online at the official Liberator website (www.liberatormovie.com) as "Special Thanks to".
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Digital download of the Liberator screenplay by Jim Cirile and Aaron Pope, featuring cover art by Jesse D'Angelo (SyFy's "Hollywood Treasure") as well as the closing image of the film, a full-page comic art panel by former Marvel Comics Art Director Darren Auck.
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The above, plus a digital download of the original, hauntingly beautiful orchestral score of the movie, written by composer Timothy Wynn ("Red Faction: Guerrilla")
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All the above plus digital download of the completed film upon release. *** NOTE: $25 prize should be DVD copy, not a download, of the film. Kickstarter will not let us change this because people have already claimed this.***
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All of the above, plus a digital download of the film (when it's released).
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All the above plus a chance to BE IN THE MOVIE! We will randomly select three donors who donated $26 or above, once financing is successful, to appear as Greyclaw Guards in a sequence with Lou Ferrigno. Please see update #7 for full details.
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All of the above, plus a Special Thanks to: in the film's credits and a copy of the DVD upon release signed by star Lou Ferrigno.
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All of the above, plus a high-quality reproduction of an original page of Liberator comic art created for the film by Darren Auck, signed by the artist.
Pledge $250 or more
All of the above, plus a chunk of street -- an actual chunk of the (styrofoam) street segment hurled by Lou Ferrigno in the film -- as well as an 8x10" photo still of Lou hurling the chunk signed by Lou Ferrigno, Director Aaron Pope and Executive Producer Jim Cirile
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All of the above plus a Liberator wall plaque sculpted by Liberator supersuit designer Robert Miller--a full-size reproduction of the heroic chrome eagle worn on the Liberator's chest, ready to hang and autographed by Lou Ferrigno
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All of the above plus Associate Producer credit on the finished film.
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All of the above plus lunch with star Lou Ferrigno, Director Aaron Pope and Executive Producer Jim Cirile. Must be flexible on scheduling in order to accommodate Lou Ferrigno's busy schedule. Must be in Los Angeles, or else provide your own transportation and lodging.
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All of the above plus the Liberator's Gravity Lance -- his screen-used "high-tech flagpole" (complete with tattered American flag) that propels him through the air. Only one exists -- first come, first serve!
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All of the above (except the gravity lance) plus one of three screen-used hero costumes: Volt, Gaia, or Sidewinder. Volt's suit is worn by Jessica Jade Andres; Gaia's by Tara Cardinal, and Sidewinder's by Don "the Dragon" Wilson. Subject to availability!
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All of the above (except the gravity lance and the other hero costumes) plus: the original, screen-worn Liberator armor. Designed by SyFy Channel's "Hollywood Treasure" co-host Jesse D'Angelo and built by Hollywood costume-maker extraordinaire Robert Miller. This iconic suit with the eagle across the chest was constructed of foam with a fabric undersuit and was custom made for Lou Ferrigno and worn by him in the film.