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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 13 2017
$36,075
pledged of $125,000pledged of $125,000 goal
189
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 13 2017

About

Hey there,

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have made a pledge in helping to make BACK FORK a reality. 

I have some great news. I'm canceling the Kickstarter campaign because I'm finalizing financing for the film from a private investor. This movie is going to get made. I can't release any details at the moment, but more to come very shortly...

This has been an amazing and crazy ride. The support and well wishes from you, as well as the personal stories of those touched by addiction have confirmed the relevance of this film and have been overwhelming. I look forward to bringing this to life.

You can follow BACK FORK on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news.

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Thank you all again. This is going to be a ride.

Go easy.

Josh


"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth" - Pablo Picasso

 

Josh Stewart, Writer, Director, Producer, WAYLON
Josh Stewart, Writer, Director, Producer, WAYLON

My name is Josh Stewart, and I'm asking you to help me bring to life a film that I've written, will direct, produce and act in.

"He got oxycuted."

My home state of West Virginia has been suffering from the prescription opioid epidemic for years. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected in some way, either directly or indirectly. This disease hasn’t passed over anyone, it has not discriminated. Journalists and documentarians have been bringing this plague to the forefront of our conversation for quite some time. 

Art has been used since the beginning of time to tell a story, to exemplify beauty, to document, to promote social change. It is time for me to make my contribution to furthering the conversation of this plague that continues to haunt us, through film.

AJ Cook, NIDA
AJ Cook, NIDA

THE STORY

BACK FORK is the story of an everyman, WAYLON, struggling to hold his life and family together after a heartbreaking tragedy. He and his wife, NIDA, barely recognize themselves, let alone each other. Their inability to continue on and heal, leaves them hopeless. 

With the growing burden of the unanswered questions of why, and a heavy dose of self-blame, it’s only a matter of time before Waylon turns to the magic of the pills to make the problems disappear. He finds a kindred spirit in his sister, RAYLENE, as he sleep walks through life with addiction. 

It's only a matter of time until Waylon finds himself at a crossroads. He learns that he's been asking the wrong question all along. The question isn't "Why?" It's: "Where do I go from here?" He's then able to see that we’re all wounded animals. Sometimes we die, but sometimes we live. 

CASTING

NIDA, Waylon's wife, will be played by, AJ Cook. I think the Criminal Minds family will be happy. I'm so blessed to have this talented and amazing soul on board.

WHY ME?

I know many of you are wondering how I can pull this off? I made an independent feature on a shoestring budget that I wrote, directed, produced and acted in that was acquired by eONE Entertainment called, THE HUNTED. I know I can succeed again.

Still from THE HUNTED
Still from THE HUNTED

Additionally, I've acted in nearly 90 episodes of television and 23 films. I've worked with a talented group of writers, producers, directors including: Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Wally Pfister, and many others.

Each project has been treated like a film school class with a different professor. The lessons learned are invaluable.

I know the inevitable question is coming...You're a working actor, why don't you just pay for this yourself? The truth is, if I could, I would.

I have been blessed to work as an actor since 2003. I've not been a regular on a hit T.V. show that ran for years and I'm not a "movie star". In the industry, I'm the equivalent of a working man. 

Financing an Independent feature can be unbelievably SLOW. The reception of the script has been amazing, but the challenge is always finding the right company that is able to devote the required amount of time and resources to complete the project for very little, to ZERO pay. We all have to eat. That's why independent features are a labor of love. This is my labor of love.

This is why I need YOU.

LOCATION

There is only one option for me with location; West Virginia. 

photo by Thomas Fletcher
photo by Thomas Fletcher

 

photo by Thomas Fletcher
photo by Thomas Fletcher

 

  

PHOTOGRAPHY

My Director of Photography is, Ellie Ann Fenton. With an MFA from the American Film Institute, Ellie brings a longing to her images that will flood you with nostalgia. 

Ellie Ann Fenton
Ellie Ann Fenton

PRODUCTION

Lending Producing and physical production support will be Bob and Jeff Tinnell. I had the pleasure of working with them on, THE HUNTED. Number 2 with them was no question.

THE TIME IS NOW.

This film could not be more timely and more relevant. 

The story that I’m telling is fiction, I’ve made it all up. But, these universal truths are real. This struggle is real. Addiction is VERY real and what’s happening with prescription opioids is truly an epidemic. 

I was born and raised in, West Virginia. I know this land, I know the people and I know their stories. They are my home. I see this picture so clearly because I’ve lived with the truths in this film for years. Some of them my whole life. 

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Please help me make this movie, let's help people realize this truth!  

Please back my project and share it with your world! 

Thank You!

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Risks and challenges

In any film making endeavor, big or small, the most consistent challenge that I have found across the board, is getting your days completed within the allotted schedule. Staying on schedule means you're staying on budget.
All of the prep in pre-production works toward this goal. Knowing what the story is and knowing what is needed to get it told effectively, efficiently and truthfully.
Working out every possible concern and challenge in the script and schedule to minimize the fires that can start on any given day is essential. All of this starts with the people. Having a team of people that are problem solvers. I know from the top down, I have the right people in place.
The biggest lesson I've learned from 15 years of working in film and television is, shoot what's on the page. Shoot what is needed to effectively tell the story and that's it. Nothing else. If your script is your blueprint to build from, follow the plans step by step. Prepare for those steps and the risk diminishes. Plan, then plan, then plan some more.
I've worked under tight schedules as an actor numerous times. More importantly, I've made a film in this manner before. Lots of things went right, and lots of things proved to be great challenges. Those challenges, however, became the biggest learning lessons of all.

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    Come to West Virginia and spend a day on set with us as we film. You'll have a front row seat to the show. You will have to provide your own travel and accommodations to set in WV. We're scheduled to shoot the first 3 weeks of April, but always subject to change. Must be 18 or accompanied by a parent.
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