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This is meant to be a fun movie with broad appeal. The story is about a high school senior who, graduating and unsure how he will ever afford college, decides to go to prison where a great many inmates get free education in order to "better themselves." It has many scenes in the American Prison System, to be sure, but it's vision of that system is about as tough as The Fonz. (This is a family comedy, NOT an Oz picture.)

Logline:
Compared to Government loans, Hard Time is a small price to pay.
Tagline:
High school is easy, college is Hard Time.  

Academic Malfeasance
is the story of Max Hunter. Max is graduating from high school and doesn't have a clue about how he is going to pay for college. His solution? Go to jail and have the state pay for it, if he can get (and stay) arrested. We follow Max from his first attempts at traditional college funding to his discovery of the Prisoner Education Program, his feeble efforts at actual crime, and his incarceration. All the while, Max's ex-girlfriend has taken it upon herself to stop him at any cost in deference to all the "real" hard-working college students. Even so, if he can keep her from busting him out, Max may have hit upon the most brilliant solution to college financing his school counselor has heard in 15 years.

Academic Malfeasance: College Funding With One Simple Felony - A comedy about NOT going to college, and getting your degree anyway.

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Panther Pictures, LLC - Our Company, Our Team:

Panther Pictures, LLC has been a making movies since 2006, when we first incorporated under the banner of "Roseland Pictures," before reorganizing in 2010.  Our proprietor, Eric Player, has been a filmmaker since 1995, when he first attended film school.  Panther Pictures on Twitter Panther Pictures on Facebook

Eric Player - Writer/Producer/Director Eric Player is a graduate of the Brigham Young University and Chapman University film schools. He has produced, written, or been a part of over three dozen short and feature films, including his first major job writing on The Singles Ward (2002); his movies have been seen in theaters all across the United States and Europe, most recently at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, the 2010 Film Expo Asia, and the LDS Film Festival in 2013.  Eric Player on IMDb

Mun Kang - Producer Mun Kang has worked at The Walt Disney Company, Fox Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Relativity Media, as well as personally for Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeild. Mun is also a film professor at the Art Institute of California, University of La Verne, and Relativity School. Mun is slated to create 5 more feature films, 2 animation series, and a television series for 2016-2017 release dates.  Mun Kang on IMDb.

Kana Rose - Producer Kanarose is a graduate of the prestigious Chapman University, with a Masters in Fine Arts, Film & Television Producing and Management, and the 2007 Recipient of Meredith MacRae Memorial Scholarship: Women in Film Foundation. For the past eight years, she has been a valued member of the team at CaptionMax, specializing in live closed captioning coverage of major broadcast sporting events for ESPN, CBS, FOX and national programings such as Ellen Degeneres, American Idol, The Biggest Loser, MTV awards, etc. Kanarose is the writer and director of “The Given,” a scholarship recipient and featured short film at the Bangkok 2010 Film Expo Asia. She is also a successful Southern California businesswoman, having opened, run, and sold for a profit a popular ethnic restaurant (Kala Eatery) during that same time period in which she was pursuing her film goals.  Kana Rose on IMDb.

Ted Hann - Casting Director Ted Hann has 30 years experience.  He currently works with Universal TV Casting. Ted Hann on IMDb.

Drew Galbraith - Director of Photography Drew Galbraith is a cameraman with over twenty years of experience.  He recently worked on the set of the ABC TV Series Castle as a Generator Operator, and will be Second Unit Director of the new feature film, Bella, as well as head of the Camera Department on Academic Malfeasance. Drew Galbraith on IMDb.

Melissa Garza - Assistant Director Melissa Garza is an expert in the visual effects industry, with projects such as Tron Legacy and Avatar to her credit. Another graduate of Chapman University, she was a pioneer in methods in Stereoscopic 3D filmmaking as part of her Graduate Thesis. She continues to work on various commercials, PSA's, and films.  Melissa Garza on IMDb.


Academic Malfeasance - A Summary:

Academic Malfeasance: College Funding With One Simple Felony is a comedy about the state of both education in America, and Prisons. Because the world needs more Prison Education Comedies. Come to think of it, this might be the first one. It's about one high school graduate's idea to use the prison system to get his college education, even if he's never stolen a pencil. This is a feature that our director wrote, and at first tried to get made in the traditional way--agents, contests, etc.

 It impresses agents. It places in contests, and it gets producers and actors (even big ones) saying "Wow! Good idea!" But somehow, with all that, nobody has ever "pulled the trigger" on it. And who needs that? If you help, you will bring, an original, funny, idea to the screen. Hollywood isn't exactly exploding with original, funny, ideas. 

The whole script is written.  To show you how serious we are, here are the first ten pages for you to read:

Academic Malfeasance by Eric C. Player
(c) 2015 Panther Pictures, LLC

Writers Guild of America, west Script Registration #1773053
Copyright Office Registration #PAu002884435

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What We Need & What You Get:


Everything we raise is going into the film. There is no mysterious "overhead" here. (There isn't even really a "film" here. It's all digital.) Of course, there were expenses associated with bringing the "Promotional Trailer" (seen above) to life, and with promoting the film now, and we'd like to pay off all those film-associated pre-production debts, but the bulk of the money is going straight toward future investment in this project.


We are professionals; most of the people participating on the project, many of them Industry Veterans, are participating for the Love of the Story. The last Avengers Movie needed $250 million. We are just asking you. Mr. and Mrs. Internet, for $135,000. (Of course, more is always better!) This money is intended to launch, not necessarily finish, the film.

We expect that it will cost more than $135,000 to do it right, but this will give us the money to show we are serious to the caliber of actors and investors we need to make "Academic Malfeasance" a reality. In fact, if you support us and we make enough through these channels, we may not need to use "traditional" investment at all.

Anyone who invests in this film will be considered a part of it. And anyone who makes a serious contribution will be taken seriously. That means, we will not just take your money and then make you stay behind the velvet rope. We will do whatever we can to make you feel a part of the project, using today's social networks (Shout outs for EVERY DONATION over Twenty Dollars!!) and even provide limited access to what we are doing with development--within reason and our need to, you know, work.


The Impact:  

This is a story that really resonates right now. Both tuition and the cost of going to school in America are only going up. Every day, parents and students get more frustrated wondering if there is anything they can do. This is a story about saying, ENOUGH! 


We believe in the power of mass entertainment, even in today's highly fractured world and culture. A story like this will give just a little joy and stress relief to the people facing the complicated choices in education right now. Something worth sharing.

Risks and challenges

There are risks to everything, just know that your money will not be wasted. We have made films with less--thousands less--and our director (Eric Player, you met him above!) knows how to stretch resources. We also know how to make $1 look like $10 on screen, and $10 like $100. But, in the end, it IS still a movie. Only one in five ever make their money back--and those are the studio pictures. The independent odds are even longer. Know this, that if you fund us, you are doing it for the love of the story, the same reason we're putting this film together.

Other Ways You Can Help:

Some people just can't contribute more than the $1 (ahem, $100) level, but that doesn't mean they can't help: Get the word out and make some noise about the campaign! Share this page. Tell everybody! Tell high school grads and college professors! Tell parents, and ex-cons! And then, buy a ticket opening night!

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