A comedic student short film about two foster brothers yearning to establish their reputations in the world of underground rap.
One of the top-tier film classes offered at the University of South Carolina goes by the name of Narrative Production, a top-level course whose entire semester is centered around the production of a short film. After pitching to a room of 30 peers and teachers, Andrew's screenplay was selected as one of the few films that would be produced over the course of the semester, with Andrew as the director. The last two months have been spent in tireless pre-production consisting of numerous screenplay revisions, location scouting, audio and video design, casting, and general planning.
After the two months of pre-production, Andrew and his crew are proud to have settled on a final script and couldn't be more excited about the wonderful actors they've selected to play their two main leads. As nearly every aspect of pre-production comes to a close and more details of the project have fallen into place, it's become more and more clear that having some additional spending money will be all the difference between a successful project and a fantastic short film that stands on its own.
For more information on the story and the people that have worked tirelessly to create it, make sure to read on. We would already like to extend all of our gratitude and appreciation to all of those generous enough to donate and thoughtful enough to consider. Thank you so much for making our film possible!
As one of the main co-stars on the blockbuster HBO comedy "Eastbound and Down," Bo has spent the last few years working with comedy superstars like Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green. Bo has a long and successful history of acting and couldn't be more fit for the role of Craig.
We've had the great fortune of working with Tout, one of the Southeast's leading talent agencies, who helped us recuit Michael to play the role of Jamal. Michael has an extensive background working in theater and has also had roles in television, including appearances in "Army Wives."
The story is centered around two foster brothers desperately trying to establish their reputations in the world of underground rap. Our main character, Craig, is an absent-minded, heavyset high schooler enthralled by the hip-hop lifestyle and underground rap career of his foster brother Jamal. Yearning to win the respect of his brotherly idol, Craig follows Jamal into the rap game, trying to establish himself as a rapper who can stand on his own two feet.
Craig craves the acceptance of the rappers and regulars of the freestyle competitions and recklessly attempts to fit in amongst the social group. Eager to gain a "gangster" reputation, Craig makes all the wrong moves to garner respect while his brother Jamal, the ever voice-of-reason, constantly fights to keep him grounded. Through many successes and failures, the strength of their brotherhood is tested . . . but more importantly, lots of comedy ensues.
THE WRITER, PRODUCER, AND DIRECTOR: ANDREW STAMM
Since beginning at the university in the fall of 2009, Andrew has succeeded in establishing himself as a promising writer and producer of comedy. In 2011, his short film was awarded the title of "Best Comedy" at Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student film competition, an award he won again in 2012 with his newest comedy short film. Because of the recognition garnered from the award, in the spring of 2011 Andrew was positioned as the writer, creator, and director of his very own sketch comedy show televised across a campus of nearly 30,000. His success on campus has caught the attention of off-campus production groups and film directors whom he is currently employed and enrolled with as a writer and general intern.
From March 11-19, Andrew and a crew of 6-8 others will shoot the film locally around Columbia, SC. Any money donated will be used for props, promotion, and equipment to facilitate the shooting of the film. With a mid-March shooting date, the film is estimated to be completed by the end of April and a final product publicly released at the beginning of May.
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