"Last Call" is the story of Chuck and Bruce, two old friends that have known each other their entire lives.
When Chuck gets some bad news from his doctor, Bruce takes him out for one last spin around town, reliving their glory days. But when their fun comes to an end, they must put petty thrills aside and learn to say goodbye.
This movie is inspired by my hometown of Warren, OH, and the friendship between my father and his best friend, Gregg Lutz.
Warren is a great place. The people that call it home are tough and hardworking, but also kind and fun-loving. They know the value of a day's work, and also the importance of sharing a laugh with a friend. The city has also been through its share of hard times lately, but is bouncing back in ways that make me proud to call it home.
After living the past few years outside of Ohio, I began feeling homesick for the people and community I had grown up with in Warren. I knew that I wanted to make my next film in my hometown, but I didn't know what story I wanted to tell.
On Sunday February 27, 2011, I was on set directing my first year project at UCLA's film school. Shortly after wrap, I received a call from my mother and father, and they explained to me that Gregg had passed away.
The news wasn't a shock. In fact, it was something I knew would happen soon. Gregg was in poor health. He struggled with heart disease for as long as I could remember. But still, hearing that he was gone was a hard pill to swallow.
Gregg wasn't family, but he might as well have been. As a kid, I always liked when he was around because he spoke to me as if I wasn't a kid at all. He told me my first dirty joke. He bought me my first beer. Without getting too specific, he taught me those kinds of life lessons that your parents simply can't (or maybe shouldn't). Most importantly, he, along with my father, taught me about friendship.
I decided that my next project would be dedicated to that friendship, and would focus on what the two of them might have gone through during Gregg's final days.
For the sake of clarity, I must explain that nothing in Last Call is a reenactment from Gregg's or my father's life. Rather, these two men inspire the characters of Bruce and Chuck. Honestly, most of the dialogue and nomenclature in the film come from my own friendships I've formed growing up in the community and and around Warren.
What forms from this cross-generational amalgamation are a couple of characters that are truly fascinating to watch, and coincidentally, a story about where I come from.
Risks and challenges
As with any creative endeavor, there are challenges that will inevitably need to be addressed. Most commonly, these challenges are issues such as meeting deadlines, working with different artists in multiple states across different timezones, and getting the rewards materials designed, printed and shipped in a timely fashion.
Although the future is unclear to every filmmaker, as of now, I am on schedule to meet all of my deadlines. All promotional materials are designed and ready to be printed. Appointments have been made with the sound designer and color artist, and I've been in constant communication with the music composer. We are all on track to get this project off and running in the film festival circuit. The last piece of the puzzle is getting these things paid for! So please, if you like what you see, and you believe in this project as I do, help us reach our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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