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TACOMA: WHAT GIVES?

It's a city that exists somewhere. Or is it?

Tacoma: City of Destiny will be a feature-length fake documentary about Tacoma: its bizarre citizens, its odd customs, its strange history, and more. There may be sewer monsters! There may be giant flying fish attacking the city! There may be space aliens! Also, the film looks at whether or not Tacoma (or anything, really) even exists.

Like my previous feature film You, Your Brain, & You, Tacoma will be presented as a series of short, funny chapters. It's a structure I borrowed from Peter Greenaway's first feature film The Falls, and it really, really works! Basically, my filmmaking style is somewhat Pythonesque, with a good deal of experimental stuff thrown in--very different from anyone else working right now. Big fun!

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR

I need the money for two things. 

First, I need a new MacBook--the one I currently use is about to give up the ghost. I made a feature film and a short film on it, plus I wrote a book and made countless web videos. It won't survive another feature film; the USB ports are already going.

Second, I want to travel to LA to film people I know--many of these people are semi-famous in the entertainment industry! I can't name names yet, as I haven't approached anyone yet. But my previous feature You, Your Brain, & You included Kevin Murphy from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Kevin Allison from The State, and many New York City comedians. I want to increase the star-power for Tacoma: City of Destiny!

AND BUT SO

My award-winning debut feature film You, Your Brain, & You has just finished its festival run and will soon be available for streaming in the US. My just-completed short film 600 Space Aliens is now starting its festival run. Both were successfully funded here on Kickstarter. I know how to make a funny, entertaining film and I know the festival process.

ADDED: 9/1/16

If you want to get a better sense of my filmmaking style, watch this clip from my award-winning feature film You, Your Brain, & You (with MST3K's Kevin Murphy!):

And there'll be more like this in the new film. Yay!

UPDATE: 9/4/16

I've added an update about where I currently am with the film, where I see it going, and how I work. Check it out!

I hope you will support Tacoma: City of Destiny! Thank you so much.

Risks and challenges

Every project faces challenges. I'm planning on putting a few thousand dollars of my own money into the film. I've made a feature for under $10,000 before and I intend to do it again.

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    Tacoma Visitor

    THANKS! You will be thanked on the Tacoma: City of Destiny website, because you are awesome.

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    Tacoma Resident

    SEE THE FILM ONLINE! You will get to see the film as soon as it's done--either via digital download or online on a password-protected site.

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    Tacoma Super-Resident

    SEE THE FILM PLUS GET SWAG! You will get to see the film as soon as it's done--either via digital download or online on a password-protected site. AND you'll get special Tacoma: City of Destiny stickers and pins in the mail!

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    Tacoma City Council Member

    DVD! You'll get the limited edition DVD screener of the film that goes out to film festivals! PLUS: you get to see the film online AND you get the pin and button swag. WOW!

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    Tacoma Mayor

    APPEAR IN THE FILM! Send me footage or some photos and I will use them in the film. This also gets you into the film's credits AND an IMDb page--impress your friends! PLUS: the DVD, digital viewing, and the swag.

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    Tacoma Grip

    BE THE GRIP! Get listed as the GRIP in the film's credits, and on IMDb. Plus the DVD, an appearance in the film, the swag and online screener.

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    Tacoma Associate Producer

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