Follow Dante as he closes one of Atlanta's most magical landmark restaurants, Dante's Down the Hatch. For 43 years, it was the only fondue restaurant where you could dine inside an old pirate ship with live jazz while live crocodiles swam in a moat beneath your feet. Thousands of people chose to bring this place into their lives and make it a tradition with birthday celebrations, marriage proposals and many anniversaries. See why it lasted so long and how it touched so many lives.
To get a bit more insight as to why this film was made you can check out these interviews discussing the history of the project and how one of Dante's waiters became a director.
Atlanta's NPR Station WABE http://news.wabe.org/post/dantes-down-hatch-remembering-atlantas-treasured-pirate-ship -
Movie Geeks United https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQ8QTDYKPQ
Atlanta Journal Constitution http://www.myajc.com/news/entertainment/movies/novice-filmmaker-charts-fests-hot-ticket-with-dant/nkYLR/
13"x19" print of Dante on the stern of the ship, signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier.
13"x19" print of light painting interior of the restaurant, signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier.
The original Dante's Down the Hatch oil fondue pot, stand with fondue forks or our classic cheese fondue pot.
Dante had printed a commemorative daiquiri glass for each year from the very beginning. (We have only a few of these left that were printed for the last year we were open) He'd be seen at tables giving speeches to customers personally gifting these glasses to them to remember their meal and special occasion. We also printed some "crocodile glasses" with happy birthday and happy anniversary for so many of these yearly traditions.
This old weathered sign is 2ft x 3ft and was used for years to post out in front of the restaurant on holidays and snow days. It has been coated and framed to protect the aging. Poetically this antique sums up the whole objective of this film and marks a message that all good things come to an end. This will come with the digital download of the film and soundtrack.
Risks and challenges
The film is finished but as you might imagine the whole process costs a lot of money to make, market, and distribute. This will help pay for the DCP, all the rewards, and a portion of what went into making this. Finalizing it for distribution and getting some marketing behind it is what will get Dante's story told to the masses. The first stage of marketing will be this campaign, thats why it's so important to share this Kickstarter to let people know that this project exists. Remember this is a way to get the movie to you the viewer, the wait has been a long road for many. What Dante has done with his restaurant formula is not your typical situation in this industry. The goal of this film is to share with people how successful a business can be when you truly care about the individuals running it. This is the inside scoop from a unique establishment that did it right for 43 years. We believe that Dante still has a lot of inspiration to share and his crew has a lot to tell about how it effected their lives. Stay connected to Dante's on Facebook
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