A twisted, noir-drenched cab ride through the dark streets and back alleys of L.A. Lust, greed, murder - some things never change.
We're making history people. The old world is joining up with the new. We are proud to announce a partnership with Humphrey Bogart. His estate is coming on board, fully backing the project and offering to match your donations, Please consider being part of this. It is very cool!
Here is the link to the announcement!
The way independent films are financed, created and released is changing.
It's a revolution.
"This Last Lonely Place" was conceived with you in mind.
We want you to be part of it. We need you to be part of it.
Be part of the process.
Join the revolution.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a website where you can support and nurture great creative projects. Here you can contribute money, in exchange for amazing rewards, and help finance our film. It turns the old way upside down. It used to be that once we finished a film, you'd show support by going out a see the movie or buying the DVD. At Kickstarter, you simply support us in advance. When the movie is finished, we bring it directly to you.
We've come up with some amazing rewards (which you can read to the right) but more importantly, with your contribution you get to participate and collaborate with Mudflap Films' amazing team to produce and finance this film. Everyone who gives $15 or more will get a supporter credit on the film.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: We need to reach our stated goal of $75,000 in the allotted time, or we get nothing. So every dollar helps!
"This Last Lonely Place" is a noir-drenched thriller that is set largely in a dark taxi ride around the great colorful city of Los Angeles. (synopsis below.) Compelling characters, with twists and double crosses. Yes, there will be blood. There will be sex. Inspired by what they called B-movies back in the golden age of Hollywood, the film will be shot on a ultra-low budget, with a small, incredibly talented crew and a short schedule. Inspired by the past, but looking forward towards the future.
But the future is now. You are the future.
What's the film about?
"This Last Lonely Place"
Veteran Sam Taylor has returned from the war nearly deaf. He lives in a rundown downtown hotel and drives a yellow cab. One dark night in Beverly Hills, investment banker Frank Devore, slides into the taxi's back seat. Throwing $500 cash over the seat, Frank says "turn off the meter and just drive." Needing the money, Sam does as he's told. Nervous, and fueled by too much whiskey, Frank complains about his wife and confesses to a shady investment scheme. He's on the run, headed for a private jet. They pick up his beautiful and scheming mistress - the high-end escort Faye Gardner. She has a gun. An unspeakable crime has been committed. Something has gone horribly wrong, and Sam is now at their mercy. As this long and bloody evening progresses - through the lonely streets and back alleys of Los Angeles - the dark layers of deceit come to light. This night might never end.
Want to know more? Want read the script?
We're so confident that we have a great story to tell, that we've decided to make the script available for anyone to read. Now, of course, there will be spoilers, so if you'd prefer to experience the twists in the tale, you can just wait for the film itself. But we want to be open about this, so if you'd like to read the script first before you decide whether you'd like to donate, please feel to download it. We're happy for you to read, discuss and post your honest opinions, but please be respectful. Also, it will be Rated R.
Download the screenplay for "This Last Lonely Place" HERE.
Now, we have amazing people already involved on the film.
Support this film and you'll be directly supporting an amazing team of artists making it. The level of talent is almost unheard of on a Kickstarter project.
Writer/Producer/Director: Steve Anderson: Peabody Award winner and Chief Honcho at Mudflap Films. Steve wrote and directed Jon Favreau, Daryl Hannah, Sean Bean and Kelsey Grammer in "The Big Empty." A few years later, he produced and directed the insightful, and hilarious, documentary "Fuck." The film included the last filmed interview with Hunter S. Thompson, and holds the dubiously cool honor of featuring more f-words than any film ever produced.
Director of Photography - Chris Manley of "Mad Men." - Unfortunately, due to family issues, Chris has had to withdraw from actively shooting our film. He will however, stay on board and consult, so we look forward to his input and friendship. We're currently interviewing some amazing DP candidates.
Production Designer - Aaron Osborne: An Emmy Award winner. Currently working on Adam Sandler's newest film shooting in Boston, Aaron was also the PD of the seminal neo-noir "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" starring Robert Downey Jr.
Casting Directors - Rebecca Mangieri and Wendy Weidman: Emmy Award winners. Currently casting the new ABC network series "Last Resort," Wendy and Rebecca recently cast HBO's "Luck" with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. and have cast dozens of feature films and network shows. They are two of the best in the business.
Now, how is this going to happen?
"This Last Lonely Place" will be completely self-financed - using Mudflap's own money (Steve's selling his car!) and your Kickstarter contribution. There will be no traditional investors to pay back. We'll use non-traditional distribution techniques - putting the film directly into the audience's hands. We won't need to pay any traditional distribution fees. Perhaps a short festival run, then directly available to be downloaded or streaming using iTunes, Netflix and other great resources. We'll market the film using the ever expanding world of social media - Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and get the word out faster and farther than any newspaper ad could. We'll keep you updated all along the way and be transparent about it.
$75,000 is an incredibly low budget for any feature film. But it's still a lot of money to you and Mudflap Films. The only way this can be done right is to plan for it from the very start. Steve had the inspiration for a compelling genre story that could be created, from page one of the script, to be done at a very low budget, but still be an incredibly entertaining, visceral and visual film. Every dollar in the Kickstarter campaign we raise will go directly to the budget of making and delivering this movie. Your dollars will end up on screen.
Honestly, the times are a changin' for filmmakers. This time for the better. Crowd-sourcing sites like Kickstarter and always expanding social media platforms are revolutionizing the independent film world. New game-changing ways of financing, producing and distribution put the control back in the artist's hands. Creative artists can now harness the tremendous power of the internet, the tremendous power of you, and bring their creative works directly to the audience.
There have been some recent successes on Kickstarter. Read about The Canyons, Fat Kid Rules the World, or the amazing story of The Pebble Watch . Great (and financially successful!) films by filmmaker/actor Ed Burns (Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds) and The Polish Brothers (For Lovers Only) have led the way, and proven this plan can work.
From the bottom of our filmmaker hearts we thank you for your interest and support. One of the most inspiring things about this process is that we'll be able to maintain a direct connection with the people that most appreciate our work. There often seems to be a disconnect between the people that make movies, and the people that watch them. Kickstarter changes that and we're thrilled that you can join us and participate in pushing this new completely new paradigm for making films.
We'll be back soon with some exciting updates!
Follow our Twitter feed at @lastlonelyplace
Follow Steve at @__SteveAnderson at Twitter.
Any questions or press requests: email@example.com
Check out Kami Lerner's Artwork HERE.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Let's get busy!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Want to be listed and thanked publicly on our website? One easy dollar! Every little bit helps! Will be listed in alphabetical order of appearance.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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We'll send you a HQ Digital Download of "This Last Lonely Place" poster. It will pull together any room!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Wow! HD Digital Download of the completed feature film. You'll get it one week before it's official online release.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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Oh you betcha!. You'll get the HD Digital Download of the film, the HQ Digital download of the poster AND be listed in credits at the end of the film. See your name in lights!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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THE "REAL DEAL" PACKAGE. Impress your friends. You'll get the HD Digital Download of the film and ALL the amazing downloadable or streaming extras. Behind-the-scenes doc, deleted scenes, bloopers, spit takes, filmmaker's commentary, poster, what we have. You'll also be listed in the end credits.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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KICKSTARTER FRIENDS SPECIAL! Scratch our back, we'll scratch yours. You'll get all the cool stuff in the "Real Deal "Package AND we'll help promote YOUR Kickstarter campaign. At least once a week, and likely much more, during your campaign's run we'll use our extensive social media super powers to get out info about your projects. We'll list your project website on our site. We're all in this together!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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The "Real Deal DVD" Package: Be part of the team. You'll get a Special Collector's Edition DVD of "This Last Lonely Place," that includes all the extras. This will be a version we only make for the Kickstarter backers and be an original design. You'll also get the "Real Deal" download package above PLUS a photo from our location and production update e-mailed to you every day during shooting and occasionally during the edit. You'll feel like you're right there with us! Join the team and see you name in the credits!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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THE "BACK TO BAKER" SPECIAL! Steve Anderson will sign "The Big Empty" DVD for you. He will include a fresh band-aid. "Real Deal" package and listed in the credits too! LIMITED.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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5 backers Limited (70 of 75 left)
F*CKIN' POSTERS! Steve has some pretty f*ckin' awesome posters from the "F*ck" documentary left. 25 full-sized and "safe-for-work" variety that they used in theaters (and features awesome original Bill Plympton art) and 50 smaller ultra-collectible ones we used for film festivals. Hang "F*ck" on your wall! Look at the poster while you watch your name roll by on the credits watching the "Real Deal" Package. LIMITED.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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LIMITED EDITION: Signed, collectible edition of the full-sized "This Last Lonely Place" poster. We're going to save trees and only print a limited number of these. You'll get one, signed by everyone! Also, the "Real Deal" package and credit on the film.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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THE "REAL DEAL" BLU-RAY PACKAGE: Step it up! Be part of the high quality team. You'll get a Special Collector's Edition Blu-Ray DVD of "This Last Lonely Place," that includes all the extras. A Blu-Ray version we only make for the Kickstarter backers and be an original design. You'll also get the "Real Deal" package above PLUS a photo from our location and production update e-mailed to you every day during shooting and occasionally during the edit. You'll feel like you're right there with us! Get a credit on the film. Join team Blu-Ray!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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NAME YOUR OWN CREDIT ON THE FILM! In 20 letters or less. You'll be listed in final credits! Ever wanted to be a "Gaffer?" or a "Best Boy?" Now's your chance. Get creative! Anything you want. Immortalize your name in cinematic history! Freeze frame it when you watch your "Real Deal" package!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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IT'S ALL ON THE PAGE! Signed cover-page of the script, by Steve Anderson and all the actors. Also, an exclusive link to the film's PDF shooting script if you'd like to print it out. Again, we're trying to save trees! The "Real Deal" Package too and credit on the film.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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YES, I WILL READ YOUR F*CKING SCRIPT! It's nearly impossible to get someone in the business to read your script in Hollywood. Josh Olson won't. But Steve Anderson will do it! He'll have a 20+ minute phone call giving you his thoughts, notes and advice. Read in order received and he'll start right away and get to it as soon as it's f*cking possible!. When it's available, you'll ge the "Real Deal" Package as well and credit on the film.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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HOW ABOUT THE COOLEST PROP EVER? One of the characters, Luna, gives Sam her Zen Enso necklace and he hangs it in the cab. We're going to switch them out and you can wear a piece of jewelry, specially designed by artist Kami Lerner, featured in the film! (link to her art below!) Also, yes Zen Master, the "Real Deal" download and credit on the film.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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OR IS THIS THE COOLEST PROP? Sam drives with a Hula Girl on the dashboard of the cab. We're going to switch them out as well and make them available to you! Own a piece of indie film and hula girl history! She can dance while your credit rolls by while you're watching the "Real Deal" download!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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NAME YOUR OWN REWARD! The $999 Special. Is there something you'd like? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we make it happen, it's yours! Are you an artist, want some art in the film? Maybe a song you've written? Anything at all. Can't guarantee we can do everything but we'll try! And yes, the "Real Deal" package.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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THE RED CARPET SPECIAL: Two seats to a Special "Kickstarter Premiere" in Los Angeles. (Transportation and lodging not included) You'll also be invited to the sweet afterparty and get VIP access! Also you'll get the "Real Deal" Package and see your name roll by on the screen.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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DRINKS ON STEVE! Have coffee or a drink with filmmaker Steve Anderson, on his dime. If you live in (or can get too) Los Angeles, then Steve will be happy to sit down, sip a tasty beverage, and hear about your project or career, and offer real world advice and encouragement. Also, you'll enjoy the "Real Deal" package and credit on the film.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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WHAT? A RIDE TO THE AIRPORT? If you live in L.A. then you know how hard it is to get someone to give you a ride to the airport! Well, Steve Anderson will do it! If you live within 30 miles of LAX and need a ride (or be picked up after your flight) then this reward is for you! If he can do it in the cab, he will! During the ride, ask him anything you want. ("Real Deal" and credit included!)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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MEET A REAL MAD MAN! Amazing. Have a coffee or drink on us with Director of Photography Chris Manley. Chris has been the sole DP on "Mad Men" for the past four years and surely has some stories to tell! Great reward for Mad Men fans, or DP's who want to learn a few tricks of the trade! LIMITED. You'll get a "Real Package" and credit too!Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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DAY ON THE SET! You can spend one day filming with us. In fact, we'll probably put you to work and you'll end up with a production credit on the film! Find out how the movie gets made, maybe be an extra, eat lunch with the crew and cast and get your picture taken with the actors. LIMITED. Also, the "Real Deal" package.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE! Break into Hollywood with your own "Associate Producer" credit on the film. In the main credits and on IMDB. You'll be listed in order we get the donations. We'll reserve seats for you, and introduce you, at the Kickstarter Premiere. (travel and lodging not included) You'll receive constant updates on all phases of production and the "Real Deal" Package.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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DO YOU HAVE A GREAT SHORT FILM? Remember the good ol' days when they played great stuff before the feature in theaters? We'll play your short film (up to 7 minutes long) prior to "This Last Lonely Place" at our Exclusive Kickstarter LA Premiere. You can do a Q&A. (travel, lodging not included) We'll also make your short part of our "Real Deal" package and be credited in the end credits of our film.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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EVEN MORE CREDIT! Break into Hollywood with your own "Co Producer" credit on the film. In the main credits and on IMDB. You'll be listed in order we get the donations. We'll reserve seats for you, and introduce you, at the Kickstarter Premiere. (travel and lodging not included)Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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A HITCHCOCK MOMENT! A walk-on speaking part in the film. Be one of the cab's fares! We'll guarantee it makes the cut. A great early Christmas gift!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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FIRST CREDITS ON THE FILM! Act fast! We are very happy to offer three very special "Presents" credits on the film. Listed in order we get the donations. You, your family or company will stand out, first, presenting the film to the rest of the world! In the main credits, you'll receive the "Your Name Here" Presents A Mudflap Films Production of "This Last Last Lonely Place." We'll make sure you get everything else as well. DVD's, posters, tickets to the Kickstarter Premiere. How often do you get the chance to present something?Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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BE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Yes, listed in the main credits and IMDB. We'll list them in order we get the donations. You'll be updated on all the important decisions we make and we'll seek your opinion. You'll constantly be updated during all phases of production and also be sent an early cut of the film to provide notes and opinions. Be a real part of the process. We'll reserve seats for you, and introduce you, at the Kickstarter Premiere and invited to all the film's special events. (travel and lodging not included). You'll get all the bells and whistles - Blu-Ray, poster, basically anything we have. Support indie films! Be a filmmaker!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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TAXI! TAXI! A Special Edition Taxicab Tour of all the locations in the film. Bring a friend and we’ll drive around and follow the route the cab takes in the film. While we're driving we'll watch the entire movie and director Steve Anderson will provide a live commentary track. Far more cool than those Star Tour bus trips! You'll also get all the bells and whistles, basically everything we have on hand to give. Bring a big bag!Estimated delivery: Sep 2013