About this project
Just $40 or more will get you a Holdouts t-shirt, a sneak peek of the pilot episode and the soundtrack, and shout out on our channel. Help us make this series a reality!
JOIN US IN A CRUCIAL TIME BECAUSE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE EVAPORATING FAST!
The need to tell our story is immediate. Hey, thanks for checking out our web-series project called THE HOLDOUTS. We need to tell this story now and tell it in our quirky, powerful and comedic way. Our precious landmarks in our neighborhoods are being knocked down by the second. Even worse, the people who make up those communities are getting pushed out and priced out and leaving by the day. So we’ve decided to put our vision into the web-series form to get the message out and create some buzz around it. We managed to attract some impressive talent along the way, and we plan to reach millions around the world. Won’t you join us?
This trendy topic needs some comedic love. Have you heard of NPR's powerhouse radio show "THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD?" Have you read the informative and passionate blog by the talented Jeremiah Moss called "VANISHING NEW YORK"? We hope to join their ranks and put a creative face on a serious topic with our new series THE HOLDOUTS –adding comedy and bringing gentrification into our story to reach a large-scale viewing audience.
What’s the story? A wrecking ball is about to come down hard on one of the last tenement buildings on a Hell’s Kitchen block in NYC. Kevin Shanahan’s rent-controlled apartment is the last one left in a vacant building ready to be leveled for condos. Each episode centers on Kevin and his battles with everyone else. When Kevin’s landlord offers him a 500K buyout, all his friends and family pressure him to take the money and start a new life elsewhere. But Kevin loves his home and likes to be the lone soldier in his war to save New York City and enlists the help of his roommate, a NYC transplant who loves Starbucks, to join him in his stand against the “enemy.”
We need your help. We have our pilot episode written, a teaser trailer done (check it out above), 2 more episode scripts ready for production and now we need your help in securing funds so we can go to production on at least 3 episodes in New York City this summer to kick things off, finish post production by end of summer and distribute all 3 episodes by late August/early September - getting millions of eyes around the world on the content and building a pretty big following who will be hungry for more episodes and stories!
Let’s take the stand together. Getting pushed out of your home or moving out of a city you love is serious business and we know this series is a people’s movement. We’re going to you for help and to be a part of this because we’ve worked so hard up to this point that we want to make this the most powerful piece of storytelling out there on the subject and we can’t do it alone. We need your support to finish successfully.
Timing is everything. We want to get this out there right away and there is no place better to do that than Kickstarter. Because of the great work we did on the pitch trailer and on the writer's development thus far, we have put together a professional team ready to go and willing to work to get this done on time and on budget. Major shout to our multi-talented editor, Fred Shanahan, who just finished a new series on NETFLIX called COOKED! And to our lead actor Kevin Corrigan who is currently starring in a new SHOWTIME series DICE! Now it’s time for THE HOLDOUTS.
We also believe you deserve to know exactly how your money is being spent, which is why we have provided you with the budget below for a 3 episode shoot. Each episode will be an average of 5-7 min. in length.
SHOOT #1 – New York City Crew $9,000
SHOOT #2 – Pennsylvania/Upstate NY
POST PRODUCTION FEES
Editor Fee = $5,000
Assistant Editor = $1,000
Graphics and Animation = $3,000
Drive Purchase= $1,000
Band/Composer = $ 2,000
Sound edit and mix = $2,000
Color Correct/Finish = $2,000
TOTAL POST: $16,000
MARKETING/PR STRATEGY/DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT = $3,000
GRAND TOTAL: $ 35,000
IF MORE MONEY IS RAISED, WE'LL DO MORE EPISODES!
Meet the core team of “The Holdouts”
Savin Rock Entertainment (Creative Production Agency) Savin Rock is a New York based video production agency packed with elite writers and directors dedicated to creating original content for film and television. Savin Rock also produces and creates engaging videos and commercials for companies and non-profit organizations to tell impactful stories. For Savin Rock, it starts with character and story and continues with exploring the most compelling ways to communicate your idea and vision. www.savinrockentertainment.com
Stephen Girasuolo (co-creator/director/writer) Stephen directed and produced over 15 short films and commercials in 2015. His first short narrative film “CAFÉ CACAHUETE” was the official selection at the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival in 2009 and his debut play “ORANGE ALERT” played Off-Broadway and received NY1’s theater pick of the week in 2011. He has written and developed several original works for television and film and formed his own video production agency: Savin Rock Entertainment. “THE HOLDOUTS” marks his series debut as co-creator and producer. www.stephengirasuolo.com
Dan Menke (co-creator/writer) Dan Menke is a New York based comedian, writer and performer. He has written for COMEDY CENTRAL and DRUMHEAD magazine. He currently writes, produces and stars in THE ARTY NEED SHOW, a monthly live talk show at The Slipper Room in New York City. The Arty Need show was called “Best in New York” by NYCTV’s Dave Evans, and has toured nationally, and in 2009 was slated for Comedy Central’s MOTHERLODE.
Kevin Corrigan (Principal Actor) Kevin is currently starring in the series DICE on Showtime. Kevin has also been featured in over 100 films including GOODFELLAS and THE DEPARTED, and most recently received critical acclaim for his performance in the film RESULTS. Kevin is just an amazing artist and performer - we are grateful to have him behind our project.
Jayce Bartok (Principal Actor) Jayce is an incredibly talented actor who has been featured in several films including in THE STATION AGENT, SUBURBIA and SWING KIDS. He has recently received many accolades as a director and producer for his feature film FALL TO RISE, now distributed on AMAZON.
Celebrity Talent: We are honing in on some major NYC talent to make a few appearances and cameos. We are planning to approach the following passionate and talented New Yorkers and more: DAPHNE RUBIN VEGA, MARIO CANTONE, CINDY LAUPER, TRACY MORGAN, COLIN QUINN and PATTI SMITH, to name a few.
Jack Shanahan (Director of Photography) Sometimes a website says it all, and Jack’s work is stunningly impressive. Jack has been behind this project from Day 1 and we are so proud to have him on our team. www.jackshanahan.com
Frederick Shanahan (Editor) Frederick has worked on several award-winning documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated feature, The City Dark, which aired on PBS as part of the POV series in 2012, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was part of the IFC Sundance Selects in 2014 also recently worked on the NETFLIX original documentary series COOKED, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. www.frederickshanahan.com
Robert Cappadona (Music Supervisor) Robert has been running Elliott Smith’s former recording facility, New Monkey Studio for the past 11 years with a focus on the intersection of analog and digital recording. He supervised the film LOVE & SEX (an official selection for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival) and got his start in music as a Producer on the Big Mattress Show on what has been described as the greatest rock ’n’ roll radio station in American history, WBCN Boston.
Risks and challenges
We understand that there’s the possibility this show could get lost among the thousands of other online videos out there. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can so that it doesn’t disappear. We want this show to be accessible to a large audience because we think it’s not only entertaining, but more importantly has a strong message. The challenge is finding the right platform for the show, so that it gets the widest reach. We would ideally like to find digital network distribution and also continue with our grassroots outreach to keep the word out there.
The other, more obvious challenge, is raising enough funds to finish the show. If the quality of our trailer is any testament to what we are able to do with no money, then imagine what we can do with a little bit! With this money we plan to hire a really awesome editor to work full time so that we can start releasing weekly episodes and finish shooting the show. We really think the time is now to put this show out into the world, so please help us make that happen!
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