Low Shoulders is a short film about young love, violence, and escapism that takes place on the California road.
Low Shoulders is a narrative of young love, violence, and escapism, and a journey south along the California highway. In many ways, it’s a genre film: the story of a young couple on the lam.
But it’s also a story about story – about the stories we tell ourselves to help make sense of the world, and about how buying into a story can sometimes have unintended consequences.
They were just two teenagers at a suburban high school — Annie was a couple grades higher than Billy, Billy was dating Annie's sister — but they were different from the others. At least, they thought they were. Billy saw something in the glint of Annie's eye, and she in turn noticed something in him. So she stole him. Faster than you could say “get your guns out” they were in love and “the only possible people for each other.”
A brazen impulse leads Billy and Annie south along the California highway on a killing spree that brings them closer and closer together, as if together they had no vestige of a beginning, no promise of an end.
But what would happen when they ran out of California?
The idea for Low Shoulders began when Evan wrote the short play "Witness to a Murder," which was staged in a festival in San Francisco in early 2010. Evan drew inspiration from the music of Andrew Bird, the choreography of a dancer friend, and the iconic Raymond Pettibon graphic seen on the cover on the Sonic Youth album Goo: "I stole my sister's boyfriend...Within a week, we killed my parents and hit the road."
The staged version of the story was a success. After seeing the play, I (Elijah) approached Evan about turning the piece into a short film. Together, we adapted it into a script, and began to put the film into process.
Casting and assembling a crew soon followed, and, thanks to Piano Fight, a Bay Area based theater production company, we were able to get the initial funds and equipment needed to start filming. With a talented cast and crew drawn from the local film and theater communities, we've had some fantastic successes in further developing the vision of Low Shoulders.
To this point, we've filmed about half the scenes in the film.
Why We Need Money
We've started production on Low Shoulders and have made significant progress. But we've reached a point where we need some help from the community. We have a few specific things that we need the money for:
- A heavy-duty camera car mount
- The rental and purchasing of props, including a '68 Chevy Camaro
- Food, gas, and lodging for an essential on-location weekend road trip and shoot in Visalia, CA
- Actor stipends
- Location securement
- Post-production costs: ADR, sound design, mastering, DVD production, and marketing materials
Financially-speaking, we know exactly what we need to make this happen. Your small donations will add up, and will help us make a fantastic film that will get played in festivals nation- (and hopefully world-) wide. Thanks a million for your support.
To learn more, visit lowshoulders.wordpress.com.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $5,000 goal
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Apr 3, 2011 - May 3, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A thank you on our website and an invitation to our screening in San Francisco.
Pledge $10 or more
The above + Billy or Annie (our protagonists) will send you a personal postcard from somewhere along the California highway. Have you ever received a postcard from a movie character?!
Pledge $15 or more
All of the above + our talented staff of writers will write a personalized acrostic poem in your honor, published on our blog for your viewing pleasure. This will likely make you somewhat famous.
Pledge $30 or more
All of the above + an original, authorized Low Shoulders DVD! (Super useful, since it will be a little while until we're streaming it on Netflix.)
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above + a beautiful Low Shoulders t-shirt, designed by our resident stylist and designer Anne Jones. Check it out at: http://lowshoulders.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/lowshoulderstshirt1.jpg
Pledge $100 or more
All of the above + a printed and bound copy of the Low Shoulders script. Own a piece of Low Shoulders history!
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All of the above + VIP Reserved Seats at the film screening in San Francisco. (We're trying to hold it at a drive-in movie theater!)
Pledge $500 or more
All of the above + a limited-edition California roadmap-based piece of artwork by a Bay Area visual artist. (We're having different local artists interpret the classic California road-map. In case we're still being unclear, these are going to be so, so cool. Trust us.)
Pledge $1,000 or more
All of the above + an executive producer credit AND a cameo in the film (if you so desire). You can either play a dead body OR send us a photo of yourself and we will SHOOT you (figuratively and literally!) (Because we're talking about using a gun and a camera at the same time!)
Pledge $2,000 or more
All of the above + you just basically funded 50% or so of our film. We're throwing you a party. It's going to be epic. We'll even make it themed.