A Man in La Mancha (feature film)
A Man in La Mancha (feature film)
A life-weary man, disenchanted by the loss of civility in the world, becomes a motorcycle-riding knight-errant in La Mancha.
A life-weary man, disenchanted by the loss of civility in the world, becomes a motorcycle-riding knight-errant in La Mancha. Read more
A life-tired and timid accountant is shaken from his complacency when his son is killed while serving in Iraq. In the emotional aftermath the father discovers his son was planning a motorcycle trip when he returned from the war; to retrace the route of his hero, Don Quixote. In an unexpected and uncharacteristic turn, the grief-stricken father decides to take the trip himself.
The trek into La Mancha on his deceased son's motorcycle becomes a deeply cathartic experience for the grieving father. As he falls under the spell of the novel he gradually takes on the persona of the delusional Don Quixote; growing a goatee and speaking in old English, christening his son's motorcycle "Rocinante" (after Quixote's horse), going as far as to “tilt” at a modern wind turbine. Bravely defying the harsh realities facing a dreamer in an indifferent world, he discovers joy and whimsy in choosing to see life as it should be, not as it is.
“A Man in La Mancha” takes its inspiration from “Don Quixote,” the 1605 novel that introduced one of the most endearing literary characters of all time. The second most read book next to the Bible, Don Quixote is about a man so disillusioned by the loss of civility in the world that he appoints himself a knight-errant and, accompanied by his squire, Sancho Panza (astride his donkey) the misfit duo venture out on a misguided quest for “some greater good.”
Our film creatively modernizes this classic by placing it in the present day, with a grief-stricken, yet charming protagonist seeking noble deeds in an apathetic world. A modern-day knight-errant astride a motorcycle, accompanied by his moped-riding squire, the misfit duo embark on a sojourn across La Mancha in search of chivalrous acts.
To craft a quality, unique, and deeply moving film that will become a presence at the highest level of cinema via film festivals, international distribution, and theatrical release. It will be "The little film that could"; a modestly-budgeted film that will find a wide audience by virtue of its compelling and relevant story.
La Mancha, Spain. “A Man in La Mancha” was conceived and written specifically to take advantage of La Mancha's castle ruins, windmills, small hamlets, olive groves and vast plains to give the film a timeless, ethereal look and feel. By utilizing existing locations and invoking Spain’s dramatically blushing skies we are able to achieve a tremendous cinematic scope with minimal costs.
"A Man in La Mancha" represents the quintessential essence of an independent film; a small movie with big ideals, produced with uncompromising artistic vision. The project brings together (and re-unites) a small group of highly talented craftspeople devoted to creating a magical motion picture with far-reaching, international appeal.
A Word from Writer/Director, Jeff Buchanan
I (Jeff Buchanan) personally chose Kickstarter as the path to realizing this film because it is a platform that allows creators the ability to realize their vision without being compromised by outside influences. We, as a team, are determined to craft a film that far outweighs its modest production dollars. We want to stand as an example as to what is possible in cinema when a small band of devoted craftspeople come together on a great story.
This film project is the culmination of a lifetime spent making films, writing, and riding motorcycles. An admirer of Cervantes' novel, the project was born a few years back when I retraced the route of Don Quixote by motorcycle in honor of my father (also a Quixote fan). Out of that experience came the idea for a film. And from that evolved the script, a story which explores a wide range of human emotion, from the tragedy of loss to the joys of becoming untethered from life's restraints. Like no other project I have ever been involved with, this film has become my life's passion. My hope, my desire, is to rally support to allow me/us to make this very special, timely, and magical film. A film for the dreamer in all of us.
If what you’ve read has intrigued you, and you would like to see this film, I personally invite you to be a part of realizing it by getting involved. By contributing you become an invaluable part of the production, with your dollars going directly to making this film a reality. And upon its release, as you watch it unfold on-screen, you can share in the knowledge that you were part of it.
This project is for those who enjoy a thought-provoking story and who are intrigued by the filmmaking process, which is why in place of offering gifts I invite you into the inner workings of the film's production.
Donors will receive a copy of the screenplay and (depending on donor level) will have exclusive access to weekly updates and posts, with photos and commentary, allowing you to track the film's progress, including:
* Location scouting
* Selecting the crew
* Principal Photography
* Editing and Post-Production (where you can watch as the film evolves from rough assembly, to rough cut, to final edit, through sound design, music scoring, and final mixing).
The process will ultimately lead to a finished film which you can see in a theater or on DVD, experiencing firsthand how the project you initially read and personally backed was taken from screenplay to feature film.
If you are excited to see this film get made, please help me make others aware of the project by posting to social media and telling your friends, in order to ensure we reach our goal.
An Innovative World Premiere Event
To reward our loyal patrons we want to invite all contributors to take part in a special World Premiere experiment; a real-time stream of the movie so that all the supporters can view the movie simultaneously, from all over the world, at the same time. This event marks a unique opportunity for thousands to share in a rare cinematic experience.
A Special Word to Fellow Motorcyclists
As a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast (and journalist), I would like to extend a special welcome to fellow motorcyclists. This dramatic, narrative film employs a BMW GS as a central character, becoming the symbolic steed that allows the protagonist to experience the adventure and freedom that has been absent from most of his adult life. Appointing himself a knight-errant, he christens his GS “Rocinante,” after Don Quixote’s horse, giving the GS a deeply thematic purpose in the film.
Know that behind the camera is an avid, passionate motorcyclist that is presenting a motorcycle as an integral character as opposed to a prop, a cliché, or an excuse for a chase. This film provides a platform to showcase motorcycles in a vitally positive and inspiring light.
Writer/Director/Producer — Jeff Buchanan
I bring an extensive production background to "A Man in La Mancha," having earned credits as an editor, producer, writer, and director. I am a two-time recipient of the Telly Award (cable TV's highest advertising honor) for directing national commercials. Two of the four feature films I've produced have screened at Sundance and the prestigious Deauville Film Festival.
Director of Cinematography — Chris Chomyn (A.S.C.)
Chris and I share a long history in the film industry, having collaborated on a number of film projects. He possesses a powerful artistry of aesthetics and a thorough understanding of the cinematic language, combining these traits with an uncanny depth of technical know-how.
Associate Producer — Amber Watson
Amber was a vital influence behind the planning, logistics and execution of "The Plunge of Icarus," a surreal science-fiction Cinenovel® which I wrote and directed. Her calm demeanor and ease of troubleshooting brings a magic to any production she is involved with. She has already concluded an initial location scout for the film in La Mancha.
Production Design — Jasser Membreno
Cal Arts graduate and co-founder with me of the innovative Cinenovel®, Jasser and I have a unique relationship in terms of shared visual/storytelling. His unique sense of color and balance within a frame is a rare gift. He brings his talents to all the graphic design and physical art direction elements of "A Man in La Mancha."
Assistant Camera & Editor — Kai Dickson
Kai represents a new generation of filmmaker. Currently studying cinema he has amassed an impressive resume and brings a interesting mix of talents to the production.
Alfonse Palaima — Creative/I.T.
With a bachelors degree in fine art from Millersville University and a career as a motorcycle journalist/photographer, Alfonse Palaima has been working with Jeff Buchanan for more than a decade. Founder of Motion Activated Agency, Alfonse has been hosting websites, producing books, and has photographed everything from motorcycles to F16s.
Find the Reward that Best Suits You...
and let's make "A Man in La Mancha."
Risks and challenges
Motion pictures are artistic endeavors with the potential to influence and change lives. They are also mammoth undertakings that require professionalism and know-how to ensure that the vision gets to the screen.
"The play's the thing!" — William Shakespeare
At the core of any successful film production is a well-crafted screenplay. "A Man in La Mancha" has been carefully and thoughtfully developed, written in the land where it will be filmed: La Mancha, Spain. It has matured into a fully fleshed out story that embraces the cinematic form—a powerful point of departure in realizing the feature film.
The Crew/The Creators/The Team
The craft of filmmaking is an interesting marriage of creativity and production. It requires a team of people with artistic vision, practical know-how and passion to take the story on the page and transform it into tangible elements, augmenting with their respective tools of the trade to ultimately render a motion picture.
Thus, we are assembling an impressive group of highly skilled professionals to bring their talent to bear on "A Man in La Mancha." Within these skilled hands and minds and hearts is the experience and passion to create and capture the essence of the story in the cinematic language. It is this same expertise that can confidently overcome the inevitable challenges of production.
These critical production elements are testament to the professionalism and passion that will ensure the film achieves its full potential and ultimately finds success in the marketplace and wins recognition at international film festivals.
Our aim—provided we reach our funding goal—is to be in pre-production in Spain by February of 2018, with principal photography commencing in May and running through June. The editing process is slated to run from July to December, with a finished film potentially ready (pending unforeseen circumstances) by Christmas 2018.
Based on the subject matter and screenplay the project has already received initial interest from a highly reputable, independent distributor with representation in 131 countries.
"A Man in La Mancha", given its motorcycle theme and my reputation as a moto-journalist, has the distinction of attracting the support of the motorcycle industry and enthusiasts alike.
The film is viewed by the Spanish Tourism Board as an important cultural endeavor that embraces their national treasure, Don Quixote, while also showcasing the region of La Mancha. Their support extends past logistical help, extending to help create awareness for the film.
Recent meetings in Spain with the La Mancha Film Office and the Film Commissioner has secured an important ally to ensure a smooth-running production. This support also paves the way for inclusion in premiere Spanish film festivals in Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastian.
BMW Motorrad (Munich) has expressed initial interest in supporting the film with regard to the principal motorcycle by supplying us with a hero/picture GS and back-up machines.
All of the elements mentioned above are powerful assets to help create a film that speaks to the dreamer in all of us.
Thank you for your support.
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