A sketch comedy BFA capstone project from Emerson College about criminal detention.
About the project:
“Holding Cell” is a unique BFA capstone project from Emerson College, and is the first sketch comedy film to come out of the BFA program. Emerson’s comedy scene is unlike that of any other college campus, with seven sketch and improv troupes. The school’s hilarious alumni include Denis Leary, Jay Leno, Henry Winkler, and Steven Wright. Director Jeremy Sender, a member of Jimmy’s Traveling All-Stars comedy troupe, hopes to uphold Emerson’s comedy tradition. The project is currently in development with plans to shoot in June and be released in December. With your support we can follow our timeline and further this project to completion.
UPDATE: The Civil Slingers, an incredible Boston-based band, has officially signed on to score the film! Your donation will help fund all-new original music from the group.
"Holding Cell" is the story of five criminals: Charlotte Goodman, Joe Irving, Sadie Bishop, Gary Williams, and Marvin Potts. Charlotte is an activist who can't distinguish the line between her first amendment rights and harassment. Joe is an 18-year-old frat guy who desperately tries to overcome his fear of beer. Sadie is an animal lover who will go to any means necessary to fulfill her childhood dream of owning a puppy. Gary is a big time bank robber who thinks that simply using a gun is cliché. Marvin is the neighborhood hobo who claims that he robbed a lady after helping her give birth. The film follows the hilarious circumstances of how each of these characters come together one night in a holding cell.
Ellen Dickson was raised on a small ranch in Reno, NV, and is a producer of "Holding Cell." With a love of business and creativity she jumped right into producing and has produced about 20 student films for Emerson College. She worked in Los Angeles, interning at Thunder Road Films and Far Hills Pictures in order to learn more about the development process. She is currently a senior film production major at Emerson with a minor in business
Jeremy Sender is the director and head writer of “Holding Cell.” As a film production major at Emerson College he has worked on over 20 student films, and won an EVVY Award for his work in 2011. He is also a member of Jimmy's Traveling All-Stars comedy troupe, and has written and filmed dozens of comedy sketches. He also thinks that your hair looks nice today.
David Fonseca, born and raised in Miami, FL, studies producing for film & television at Emerson College. He’s had experience producing music videos and shorts for Mupalia Pictures, a Miami-based production company, and is the current booking manager for Wax On Felt, Emerson’s only record label. His hair looks nice today.
Why we need the money:
In order to make this project happen we need your help to raise $8000 for production. The money we raise will fund our:
- Equipment Rentals
- Transportation cost
- Location payments
- Website and marketing
- Additional costs (food, safety precautions, presents for you!)
Although we are students, our school can only fund us so much. Kickstarter is an amazing way to reach out for help. Donating through Kickstarter is simple, and you’ll only get charged if and when we reach our goal. Kickstarter uses Amazon and PayPal in a safe secure way to transfer money and ensure privacy.
We appreciate your help! We’re offering rewards ranging from a digital download of the movie to a “you”-themed party. The amount you donate has a respective reward (listed on the right side of this page), which you can choose to accept or deny. We strongly encourage you to accept! Live a little!
How to Donate:
Just click the green "Back This Project" button on the top right of this page! From there, you will be taken through the Amazon checkout process. If you have any trouble donating, please consult Kickstarter's FAQ page, which can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backing%20a%20project#HowDoIPled
Thank you so much for your help! You can check out our website at www.HoldingCellMovie.wordpress.com. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HoldingCell and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HoldingCellFilm.
The Holding Cell Crew
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Mar 26, 2012 - Apr 25, 2012 (30 days)
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A personalized thank you emailEstimated delivery: Apr 2012
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A digital download of the completed film and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Special thanks in the credits and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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DVD of the completed film and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Signed book of production stills and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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An Associate Producer credit and an exclusive “Holding Cell” T-Shirt, and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Personalized thank you video and a signed prop from the film, and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Executive Producer credit, 2 VIP tickets to premier and lunch with the director and producers (or skype session, location dependent), and previous prizesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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We will name a character after you! And, dependent on your location, you can get cameo in the film. If you can’t make it to filming, then we’ll compose an original song for you. And previous prizes.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The cast and crew will throw a “You”-themed party where you are the guest of honor (location dependent), and previous prizes.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012