Taj Mahal is a comedy that explores the notion that everyone wants to be a rock star or, in this case, a rap star.
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Taj Mahal (synopsis):
Taj Mahal is a comedy that explores the notion that everyone wants to be a rock star or, in this case, a rap star. In an attempt to clean up his image, Gangster Rapper - Taj Mahal - agrees to a publicity stunt that goes horribly wrong. His number one fan, Sean, a mild mannered young man, wins a contest to meet his idol - “Taj Mahal”. During the meeting, the two men switch bodies and have to figure out a way to get back to their real lives.
Producer’s cast wish list:
Mike Epps - Preacher (Next Friday, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, The Hang Over, Lottery Ticket, Jumping The Broom) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0258402/
Terry Crews - Sean's Boss (White Chicks, Everybody Hates Chris TV series, Norbit, Training Day, Friday after Next, The Longest Yard, Lottery Ticket) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0187719/
Charlie Murphy – Number one fan’s father (Chappelles Show, Lottery Ticket, King's Ransom, Jungle Fever, The Boondocks, CB4,) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614151/
Kevin Hart - Wacko Blacko (Soul Plane, Scary Movie 3, Little Fockers, 40 Year Old Virgin, Fool's Gold, Death At A Funeral) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0366389/
Damon Wayans Jr. – Taj Mahal (The Other Guys, Dance Movie, My Wife and Kids TV series, Happy Ending TV series) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915458/
Michael B. Jordan – Sean the number one fan (The Wire HBO series, Friday Night Lights TV series, All My Children day time soap, Parenthood TV series) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0430107/
Who has committed:
Terri Vaughn - The number ones Fan's Mother (Steve Harvey Show, Meet the Browns): We are extremely excited to have this beautiful, talented actress on board. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0891254/
Jamie Hector – Taj’s Manager (The Wire HBO series, Max Payne, Night Catches Us, Heros TV series) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0373100/
Chubb Rock - (Classic Hip Hop, Are We There Yet? TV series, "DA STUY") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chubb_Rock
Dana Dane: Producer/Actor
Rob Stapelton: Producer/Comedian
Joseph C. Grant Jr.: Director/Producer
Jevon Davis: Writer
Over the last five years Joseph C. Grant (Ghetto Eyez Publishing) and Dana Dane (Def Beat Entertainment) have developed several independent low to no-budget projects together and separately (Da Stuy, Passive Aggressive, Dana Says – Tana Says) slowly creating a name for our selves in the film industry. The feature film, Taj Mahal, is our opportunity to take our craft and business to the next level. With Kickstarters support, we hope to follow in the footsteps of filmmakers such as Tyler Perry, the team of Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner and Spike Lee, all of whom have been able to become self-sufficient and create a business model to produce their own films and, in turn, help employ rising young talent and veterans in the film industry (e.g., writers, actors, make-up artists, producers, caterers, gaffers, camera operators, editors, etc.).
How Kickstarter works: Pledge any amount of your choice corresponding to a reward. At the end of our 60 day Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $80,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge are charged and we receive the funds to make our hilarious feature film a reality. If we do not meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. It is our hope to exceed the $80,000 goal and use the extra funds for production equipment, location crew, cast and other miscellaneous necessities. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee, a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee and a moderate percentage to fulfill our rewards obligations, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of the film.
Additional incentive: (YOU will not be forgotten): When you support our project you will be added to our mailing lists, Def Beat Entertainment and Ghetto Eyez Publishing, and receive updates, special offers, invites and other exclusive rewards as we continue to grow our companies.
How we will use your pledge:
Your donations will help pay for the multitude of personnel, items and services required to make a feature film:
• Production crew
• Travel and lodging
• Kraft services
• Props, wardrobe, costumes
• Equipment rental
• Post production
· We are presently in pre-production
· Taj Mahal is slated to go into production in late spring of 2012
All of the cast and crew will be working for less then scale on this project, while many others will be donating their time and talents. Although we may not be able to pay everyone, as most of us are trying to establish ourselves in this business, we must at least provide crew and cast meals during their time on set. Again we aspire to create other employment opportunities in the future. Please help us bring our objective to fruition. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
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