Detective Samantha Fargo will accomplish her mission by any means necessary. The catch: she has to babysit a reality film crew.
Update 4/13/13: We just finished a synopsis video. Check it out:
UPDATE 4/3/13: We just got a distributor and now we need your support more than ever! Read about it in the updates section.
SAMANTHA FARGO, the MOVIE
This is our only shot at making this film!
It's time to bring back the African-American female lead to urban independent films.
Have you ever wondered what happened to those great urban films of the 70's? Wouldn't it be great if someone decided to bring back the cool urban action flick? Well, we are part of that revival, and we need you to join us!
This campaign for the production budget will finance our equipment, venues, insurance, cast and crew (in that order) for the production phase of a feature length movie, entitled SAMANTHA FARGO.
SAMANTHA is a woman in a man's environment, eager for the chance to show that she is a good cop. But she is not the only one with something to prove. All the footage of our movie comes from the camera of the PRODUCER. Just out of college, the Producer films Samantha's every move, but her obsession with reality TV soon turns maniacal.
And Samantha's mission is complicated by an apathetic young DA, an unreliable snitch, an obsessive-compulsive partner, a distrustful boss, and a very dangerous and elusive drug lord.
This movie is made in the same way as urban independent movies in the seventies -- with little money, a lot of talent, an urban story and an urban beat. Oh yeah!!! Let's bring back the urban thriller!
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For a synopsis, please visit us at www.samanthafargomovie.com
TO OUR ACTORS' FAMILY MEMBERS: SUPPORT OUR CRAZY DREAM!
Dear, Mom, Dad, Cousin, Uncle, Aunt, Ex-Spouse, Friend-Who-I-Haven't-Called-Back, etc.:
You remember I was telling you about that crazy dream I had about being a film actor? And you know all that money I owe you for acting classes and hair dyeing? And you know how I always facebook you to remember to watch me on TV when I appear for 5 seconds as a background actor on Law and Order SVU?
Well guess what? I got my big break! I have a major part in a movie called SAMANTHA FARGO!
But there is one slight catch. We're too broke to make the film! So if you have stuck with me this far, let me get right to the point. We need you to show some love (spelt with four $$$$'s) on the right hand column of this page, and give as much as you can so we can make this movie already! Life is short. And believe it or not, I'll be such a star after this that I'll pay you back in my next movie. Or at least I'll get a paying gig, demonstrating video conferencing software in New Jersey.
The biggest perk is, you'll be able to tell your golfing buddies that your kid is in the movies!
- BILL BEYDOUN
- STACIE CAPONE
- DARYLN COCHRANE
- SIRAJ HUDA
- ROBEL LUAN
- MARC NEWMAN
- JAMAAL STONE
- MATTHEW STREETER
- GLEN S. WADE II
- MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
- ROSE YAPCHING
- DELANO THOMPSON
- ELIOT WIDAEN
- ROSE YAPCHING
- MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
Steven De Castro, Director and Screenwriter
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Every member of our team is aware that this is a low budget film, and have agreed to work long hours even though we have already promised them that the remuneration will be low to none. Based on the strength of the script alone, these actors and crew have signed onboard.
We have already discussed that if we run out of money to get paid, we will still continue the work without pay. If you know New York actors, you understand their commitment to their craft.
But some things cost money and are unavoidable, such as insurance, and any loss of irreplaceable equipment. That presents a risk, and our backers as well as all our cast and crew will shoulder that risk together!
The other thing is, because of the realities of the incredible demands of a feature film shoot, cast and crew are subject to change.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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You get to apply for doing the hip hop soundtrack for our film. This is actually just something we need. Urban films are famous for pushing new musical artists. Hip Hop artists: send us your CD and let's talk about you providing the score for our film!Estimated delivery:
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Provide your house, apartment, yard, or business for shooting and if we use it, you can get appropriate credit in the film and the eternal appreciation of all of us. We especially need (1) a restaurant, (2) a disco, or (3) a wide open office area.Estimated delivery:
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Hey thank you very much! And what's more, we will send you a special thank you email saying thank you for supporting independent film!Estimated delivery:
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We will email you the script for SAMANTHA FARGO in pdf form. We are on our fifth draft and we think it's pretty good, if we say so ourselves. (And you are awesome for helping us make this film).Estimated delivery:
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You get the digital script, and you will receive a limited edition SAMANTHA FARGO T-Shirt. We are currently designing it and will post an image on this page.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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You get the digital script, the T-shirt, and you will receive a digital access to the finished movie SAMANTHA FARGO within a few days of the premiere. We wouldn't have made it without your help!Estimated delivery:
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Receive all of the above, and then receive an ADVANCE DVD of the finished movie SAMANTHA FARGO. Sure to be a collector's item which will someday fetch a high price just like those Planet of the Apes lunch boxes.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Receive all of the above, plus an ADVANCE DVD with a bonus documentary about the making of SAMANTHA FARGO, with exclusive interviews, on-set footage and more.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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We're not done yet! Receive the digital script, the T-shirt, the DVD with bonus documentary, AND a limited edition SAMANTHA FARGO movie poster autographed by me!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Included in this pledge is a DVD and a LINKedIn HEADSHOT SESSION at K Light Studio in NYC for web-resolution professional profile photos!Estimated delivery:
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For your generous pledge, you will receive CREDIT in the film as a FRIEND OF SAMANTHA FARGO, plus all of the above. Thank you for being part of our film!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Here you receive the CREDIT, all of the above, and a ticket to the premiere screening in New York. Friends of Samantha Fargo, you rock!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Here you receive all of the above, plus the poster autographed by me, Daryln Cochrane, and the entire cast. You'll have something on the wall that is our THANK YOU for supporting independent filmmaking at its finest!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE COUPLES PLEDGE. You get all of the above, but you get 2 t-shirts and 2 tickets to the premiere so the two of you can show your support for SAMANTHA FARGO (along with 2 credits in the movie).Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Each of the perks above, plus a cast member will give you up to 20-second video shoutout and thank you for supporting this project!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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We have an active photography studio. Here, you get each of the perks above, AND you are invited to come on the set and observe us while we are shooting SAMANTHA FARGO. (We'll probably need you to be a background anyway.)Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Each of the perks above, AND I will shoot a still photo portrait of your whole family for 2 hours in K Light Studio. Samples at http://klightstudio.com Thanks for supporting us!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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You are an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of SAMANTHA FARGO feature film and will receive credit as such in the film! Thank you for your generous pledge. Not only do you get credit, but you will be invited to a screening of the assembly cut of the film while it is in post-production. Also you receive each of the perks above, except that you get 2 t-shirts and 4 tickets to the premiere screening. We really really appreciate it.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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All of the above with 2 t-shirts, and 4 tickets, and I will meet with you and one friend, over dinner at CITY HALL restaurant in New York City on us!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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