THE NIGHT OF JOE is a short comedy in the form of a viral video, where the characters have shot and edited the film you're watching.
FILM OR VIRAL VIDEO?
Conceptually, THE NIGHT OF JOE is a short film that’s meant to appear as though it’s a user-uploaded online video. Where traditional storytelling requires rigorous thought, internet content can thrive based on a single, unpredictable event, be it real or fabricated. The basic idea behind TNOJ is that there’s a juncture where these two forms meet, creating a unique experience that pulls the best qualities of both.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Travis and Sean hate their friend Joe’s girlfriend, Alexis, so they put a plan into motion that will end the relationship once and for all. To ensure its long-term success, however, Travis decides that the event must be recorded, edited, and posted online (which is what we’re watching on screen). With Sean manning the camera, Travis mingles through the party, setting up a domino effect that involves double-crosses, strategically withheld information, and several twists along the way. In the end, by Travis’s design, Alexis irrevocably destroys her relationship with Joe.
What makes TNOJ particularly intriguing, however, is that it unfolds non-sequentially. Basically, due to some missteps taken in the execution and filming of the plan, Travis has edited the event out of order, jumping back and forth from periods before, during, and after the event. This is done so for clarity's sake, but as a result, it reveals information in a manner that makes the video more entertaining to watch. So, in the end, Travis' online video has inadvertently transcended into somewhat of a film with an exciting, heist-type narrative.
WHERE'S MY DOUGH GONNA GO?
At this point we've raised enough money to shoot THE NIGHT OF JOE, but without your help the project will literally come to a standstill. To fund the post-production process (editing, sound design, etc.) we need the financial backing of anyone and everyone who would like to see this film come to fruition. Hopefully you're anyone and everyone.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
THE NIGHT OF JOE is a production from The Lifelong Weekend, an L.A.-based trio comprised of filmmakers Joe Harkenrider, t.j. peters, and Josh Golden. Together they produce online comedy sketches and develop scripts for television and film. Our mantra: We are motivated slackers in pursuit of the lifelong weekend.
THE NIGHT OF JOE has a fantastic cast, comprised of some of the best up-an-coming comedians in L.A. Look them up and see what we mean.
Travis - Jeff Sloniker; Sean - Elisha Yaffe; Joe - TBD; Alexis - TBD; Mandy - Michelle Miracle
Our end goal with the THE NIGHT OF JOE is to make a run in the film festival circuit, with specific emphasis on the west coast. Since we live in Los Angeles, we want to be able to attend as many of the festivals we're accepted to as possible. However, we will no doubt be submitting our project nationwide, specifically to major festivals such as SXSW, Slamdance, and the Chicago International Film Festival. If you want to see THE NIGHT OF JOE in your home town, tell us where to enter!
We're passionate about THE NIGHT OF JOE because it gives us an original platform to make people laugh. So if you're the type of person who wants see something different, please contribute what you can and become part of this comedy experiment.
For more information on THE NIGHT OF JOE and our production company, The Lifelong Weekend, visit www.lifelongweekend.com
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $2,000 goal
seconds to go
Nov 15, 2010 - Dec 30, 2010 (45 days)
Pledge $10 or more
“Special Thanks” credit at the end of the film that includes a username of your choosing (this is supposed to be an online video, after all), plus a million more thank yous that we unfortunately may not be able to deliver in person.
Pledge $25 or more
The above PLUS a DVD of the film (upon completion) and a personalized, handwritten “The Night of Joe” postcard from the filmmakers—it might be a joke, an insult, or a “Do You Like Me? Circle One” note. Who knows?
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The above PLUS an original 11x17 "The Night of Joe" poster (1 of 100, numbered).
Pledge $100 or more
The above PLUS an original 11x17 “The Night of Joe” poster SIGNED from the cast & crew. Also, you’ll receive an original prop beer bottle from the film (1 of 36) of our own design--Diesel Brew, “The Gasoline of Beers”. Sorry, it won’t have beer in it.
Pledge $500 or more
The above plus an Executive Producer credit, making you a godsend with the holiest of on-screen credits. But let’s face it, if you donate this much, you already know that. Thank you, wealthy and generous individual.
Pledge $2,000 or more
Look at you! You just got us to our goal! Including everything above, you will also receive a credit before the title that reads "YOUR NAME Presents". You and Steven Spielberg are about the only two people with that kind of power.