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You don’t need a reason to party, but your wife not loving you anymore is a pretty good one. ---- A feature-length melanchomedy.

What is this project?!

Party Time Party Time is a feature-length movie written and directed by Marty Schousboe and Morgan Lord currently being filmed in Chicago, IL. It has a cast of over 50 comedic actors, most of whom perform at the iO Theatre, The Annoyance Theatre, and The Second City.

Where will my generous contributions go?

  • Props
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  • Set dressing
  • Food for the cast and crew
  • Sound mixing
  • Color correction
  • Music
  • Festival entry fees
The party in motion. Or not really.
The party in motion. Or not really.

What's the movie about?!

Happiness. Sadness. Everything you feel at a really good party. WHICH IT IS! The movie follows tons of different characters throughout one night. Each story is funny or heartbreaking or strangely fulfilling in an I'm-digesting-this-hot-dog-better-than-I-thought-I-would sort of way. 

Yeah. The movie's sad.
Yeah. The movie's sad.

When are you going to shoot it?!

We actually started the production in the middle of February, and we're nearly done shooting, but unfortunately without additional support we can't get this movie through post-production and out into the world. 

This welded art is available in the rewards on the right. It was created by actress Susie Gutowski while on set.
This welded art is available in the rewards on the right. It was created by actress Susie Gutowski while on set.
This was painted by the directors and co-producer of the movie.  It was used as set dressing in the movie and can be yours in the rewards.
This was painted by the directors and co-producer of the movie. It was used as set dressing in the movie and can be yours in the rewards.

What's next?!

The movie will wrap up in the next few weeks, and then we've got the long road ahead of editing, sound mixing, color-correcting, submitting to festivals, and sharing the movie.  If this campaign is successful, all of this will be possible. 

Local handmade screen prints in frames by FoundRe! These two pieces were used as set dressing in the movie and are available in the rewards.
Local handmade screen prints in frames by FoundRe! These two pieces were used as set dressing in the movie and are available in the rewards.

Directors' Statements:

Marty says: This movie has been boiling up inside of Morgan and me. Having been performing improv in Chicago for the last four years, we are surrounded by some incredibly talented comedic actors. Performers who time after time, show after show, continuously demolish us.  Along with creating a style, tone, and story that we wanted to tell, we really wanted an opportunity to showcase as many of them as possible. There are certain comedic movies that stick with you forever. Airplane! Wet Hot American Summer. Animal House. All of these movies have big casts and tell multiple storylines. We're doing that here, but we're also trying to make you feel miserable. You're welcome.

Morgan says: When Marty and I started writing together we quickly realized we were in love with absurdity and genuinely sad moments. So when we wrote Party Time Party Time, an absurd comedy, we found that we enjoyed the sad storylines just as much as the purposely humorous ones.  We knew that stepping into this feature would be a great experiment and a huge risk and we’re so proud of what this movie is becoming. We have an amazing cast of hilarious actors and talented crew to thank. I'm so excited for people to catch themselves laughing at how heartbreaking and funny this movie is. 

Who's in this movie?!

Some incredible Chicago performers (in no particular order):

Danny Groh, Susie Gutowski, Clayton Margeson, Morgan Lord, Carmen Christopher, Shane Simmons, Gary Richardson, Walt Delaney, Nick Mestad, Liam Winters, Andrew Tisher, Michael Malarkey, Brian McGovern, Alex Honnet, Steph Cook, Maria Randazzo, Lily Sullivan, Vince Portacci, John Reynolds, Zephian Michaels, Lynnae Duley, Joe Vargo, Annie Donley, Joey Dundale, Meaghan Strickland, Micah Sterenberg, Irene Marquette, Devin Bockrath, Mel Forrest, Ellen Haeg, Jo Scott, Erin Sprague, Emma Pope, Marty Schousboe, Drew Kearse, Michael Brunlieb, Stephanie Jones, Andrew Graves, Jared Jeffries, Lee Barats, Asher Perlman, Drennen Quinn, Jeff Rukes, Peyton Brown, Colleen Doyle, Raun Meyn, Jose Molina, Bente Engelstoft, Catherine Bullard, Jen Cumberworth, Greg Worsley, Sadie Rogers, Rob Anderson, Sarah Ashley, Erin Goldsmith, Susan Myburgh, and David Blum

Crew:

Marty Schousboe - Writer/Director

Morgan Lord - Writer/Director

Shane Simmons - Producer

Liam Winters - Co-Producer

Eon Mora - Director of Photography

Dowell Gandy - Production Sound Mixer

Jesse McAlpin - Additional Sound

Maggie Winters - Key Production Assistant

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We set out to prove to ourselves that we could make an entire feature film that we are proud of for no money at all. Over time we realized that unfortunately we do need actual cash to make the movie we want to make. Why do we need money? You can have actors and crew members donate their time and provide their own wardrobe; you can write your first script to be entirely within your means while still challenging yourself to go big; you can borrow equipment; you can have your mom cook dinner for the entire cast and crew weekend after weekend; you can shoot at accessible locations, but in the end there are still elements that require cold, hard cash:

Props
Set dressing
Food for the cast and crew
Post-production sound mixing
Color correction
Original music
Festival entry fees (They add up quickly!)

There is no way around it. With the help of this Kickstarter, this project can be possible. Without it, the road is long and possibly a cliff.

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