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After winning the lotto jackpot, a working class guy who's not for sale runs for President.

The Saga of Larry Tunner is a progressive political dramedy about a down on his luck working class guy who runs for president.  Obviously, we're in comedic territory already, because everyone knows you can't run for office without a billion dollar war-chest and some, shall we say, engaged corporate support....

Set in the very working class city of Detroit, this film follows the classic hero tale, with a few exceptions:

Instead of discovering a flaming sword our warrior discovers a huge check, and rather than questing against a great dragon that has plundered the countryside, our champion and his merry band struggle against an unchecked corporate power that has corrupted our daily existence.
 
Homeless drunkard has-been Larry Tunner has had a rough couple of years since the plant closed, but his luck is about to change! Along with some of his trusty friends, including an unemployed professor, a liquor store clerk, and a bag lady, Larry is about to turn the American political establishment upside down.

After hitting the jackpot and realizing that he really can do anything, Larry decides to run for President, giving voice to the real concerns of America’s ninety-nine percent. Unpolished, charismatic, and full of heart, Larry is on a mission to save America, or die trying.

Inspirations

Do you support the ideals expressed by the greater Occupy Movement?  Have you struggled to explain to your Grandmother, who gets most of her news from Rush on A.M. radio, what Occupy is really about?  Does your seemingly exceedingly intelligent co-worker not understand what the deal is with all those hippies standing in the cold holding signs?

Wouldn't it be great if there was some fable or commonly know story you could point to that would break it down a little more?   What we produce this winter, while it's too cold for many of us to stand outside of banks or to camp in parks, will be the ammunition we use to win this national debate when the spring thaw hits.

I've always held true to the adage "Be the change you want to see", and as a social worker, I'm never going to have the bling required to mount a viable presidential campaign.  So, I thought a story about a guy who had that opportunity might be the next best thing!

What would it look like if a guy who represented the 99%, for real, who wasn't for sale, had a chance to enter the national debate?  The greater Occupy movement has done an outstanding job of articulating the issues of fiscal inequality and social justice, but because the movement lacks a leader, it also lacks someone who can proudly stand up for it.  The intention of The Saga of Larry Tunner is to create a political Paul Bunyon, a straw man leader who can jump into the breech and strongly articulate the values of the greater Occupy movement.

How is this movie going to be seen?

The Saga of Larry Tunner will primarily be released through a digital download platform, such as iTunes. This format of distribution is exceedingly cost efficient, broadly accepted, and allows the producers to ensure that the film is available to anyone with an internet connection. This method of distribution is consistent with my aim of influencing the national political debate, and I plan to set the price of The Saga of Larry Tunner at the iTunes minimum so as to ensure the project is as accessible as is possible.

Additionally, The Saga of Larry Tunner will be submitted to numerous film
festivals for supplementary exposure, as well as licensed for free or low-cost use to qualified Occupy events.

Where does the Kickstarter money go?

Not a single penny goes to Andrew Tomlinson. I’ll be using my new furlough time from my union social work job to work on Larry Tunner. Also, because I wrote the script, the writing is free!

However, making movies is expensive: food, gas, errors and omissions insurance, location fee’s, permits, score, iTunes submission fee, advertising on the web, post production, color correction….. 

So as not to facilitate foreclosure on anyone, I’m also making sure the lead actors and Jeff (Cinematographer/ Editor) receive a token payment. I don’t have to say that it’s been really tough in America for about as long as I can remember, and I can assure everyone that the professionals who have agreed to work on this project are doing it at the bare-bones passion project rate.

Like the fictional Larry Tunner, everyone is leaving it on the road to make this happen!

I should also note that the Kickstarter pledge drive comprises a little over half of our entire budget. We’ve already taped out ourselves, our families, our friends, acquaintances we happen to chance across on the street…. So any pledge really helps make this project happen!!!

Who are you people again?

Andrew Tomlinson - Writer, Director, and Creator of The Saga of Larry Tunner.

Long interested in the mechanics of society and the behavior of the individual, Andrew earned a degree in Psychology a focus on Macro Sociology and Group Psychology, and continues to study the implementation of Macro Social Practice and social justice principals as he completes his Masters in Social Work at Eastern Michigan University.  The Saga of Larry Tunner reflects Andrew’s love of America, politics, progressive ideology, and the belief that it is never too late to stand up for what you believe in.

As an illumination of human behavior in a world of depleted opportunity and lopsided resources, The Saga of Larry Tunner compels audiences to examine complex social issues such as political leadership, the social contract, resource allocation, and the human condition. Andrew is a frequent  collaborator with Prometheus Motion Pictures and helped to found the company in 2004.

Jeffrey T. Morgan - Director of Photography, Editor and Producer. Owner – Prometheus Motion Pictures

As a production company owner and award-winning International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) member and writer, Jeff maintains offices in Detroit and Traverse City, and his teams have worked on numerous feature films, documentaries, commercials, and corporate videos.

To see his reel visit www.PrometheusMotionPictures.com

Earning his BFA in Digital Cinema and Electronic Imaging, then living in Los Angeles and working his way up in the Motion Picture and Advertisement fields of production, Jeff has combined sensitive with sensible in 12 years of industry collaboration, including: numerous mental health agencies, CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel, and the US Army.

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