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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 26 2015
$16,138
pledged of $175,000pledged of $175,000 goal
210
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 26 2015

About

A new scripted feature film celebrating Paradise Garage’s DJ Larry Levan and owner Michael Brody, who brought legions of clubgoers together from around the world in the name of music, dance, and diversity.

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MINI-GOALS REWARDS:  

200 Backers: We'll release special Larry Levan soundclips.

500 Backers: We'll release a new, limited edition mystery reward.  

1,000 Backers: All backers will receive a replica Paradise Garage membership card once the goal is met.

2,000 Backers: We'll release an exclusive musical track.

3,000 Backers: We'll send all backers a Paradise Garage Victory Package, complete with everything you need to celebrate our goal being met!

Read our feature in Rolling Stone: http://rol.st/1E64iWP

Open from 1977 to 1987, the Paradise Garage, located at 84 King Street in New York’s SoHo district, was THE preeminent underground nightclub in the world.  

Grace Jones, Madonna, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan are just a few of the many artists that all came to the Garage and graced the stage. The Garage served as the launching pad for hundreds, if not thousands, of records that emanated from the turntables of Larry Levan, a man who has often been described as the greatest DJ who ever lived.

In the beginning, the Garage started out small with a series of Construction Parties held in a back lounge meant to preview what was to come while raising the money needed to help finish the club. The first Garage members were given small wrenches to gain admittance to the sawdust-covered makeshift dance floor. This members-only policy would remain in place until the closing weekend in 1987.

In keeping with the spirit of the Paradise Garage and its first Construction Parties, Writer/Director/Producer Jonathan Ullman and Producer Jay Malla Maldonado, with the support of GMHC, are asking for YOUR HELP to tell the story of how a group of passionate and creative people brought their vision of paradise to life. 

This scripted feature film will take audiences on a journey from Michael’s early struggles with the club to its marathon closing weekend. It will follow Larry’s rise to prominence as a world renowned DJ, his unique ability to create hit records – which were always the heartbeat of the Garage – and it will candidly detail the tragic circumstances that led to the closing of the club.

Why Kickstarter? 

Since the original Paradise Garage was built on the premise of a group of like-minded people pooling their efforts to create something extraordinary together, we thought it was only fitting that the film spring to life in much the same way as the Garage did, with an online, members-only Construction Party. 

Your pledges will play just as big of a part in getting the Paradise Garage movie made. What do you get for supporting? Not only do you get to brag about being a part of a movie that preserves the legacy of an important piece of musical history, but we have lots of cool perks to thank you for being a supporter of the film from the beginning.

 LIMITED EDITION BACKER ONLY T-SHIRTS

In making this film, Jonathan and Jay are committed to preserving the legacy of Larry and the Garage that only gets stronger with the passage of time. In May 2013, over 22,000 people came out to celebrate the life and career of Larry Levan in front of the Garage’s old home on King Street in hopes to pass a petition to have the street renamed Larry Levan Way. 

Young and old, black and white, gay and straight, they were drawn by the same love of music and dance, the same joy, freedom and happiness that made the Paradise Garage so special and unique. Our director Jonathan Ullman perfectly captured all the emotions and spirit of the day in an insightful short film. 

Where will the money go? 

While this is an independent film, we will still need to raise a considerable amount of money to do it right. There are certain things that cannot be faked, and telling the story of the Garage is one of them. This film has been in the making for several years, many drafts of the screenplay have been written, and now is the time to take the necessary steps to move towards production. 

Your support will help cover the film’s costs for further development, legal work, music clearances, scheduling, budgeting, operational expenses and other pre-production costs, and most importantly to begin the casting process. Our goal is to have the full financing in place to be able to begin principal photography within the year. 

What if we pass our goal? 

The money that we are asking for will go a long way towards getting the film made, but ultimately we will need much more to finance the whole production. Once we hit our goal every dollar that we raise beyond that will go right towards the production of the film. The more money we’re able to raise here, the less money we will have to seek from outside investors and the closer we’ll be to getting on set. 

Please note that no monies pledged are going to charity, all of your pledges go towards pre-production and development of the film. We’d like to especially thank GMHC for their permission to use the official Paradise Garage logo in our Kickstarter campaign and on the perks!!

Join our Paradise Garage construction crew for updates, social shout outs and more: http://www.84kingstmovie.com

About the filmmakers:

Jonathan Ullman made his feature film directorial debut with ‘Trouble In The Heights,’ an independent film set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York where he resides. A native of the Chicago suburbs with a background rooted in the agencies and studios of Hollywood, Jon received a B.A. in Theater from the University of Southern California. He is also a past recipient of a Creative Grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), and a participant in NoMAA’s inaugural Mentorship Program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jay Antonio Malla Maldonado is a producer, executive, entrepreneur. He is co-founder of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council. He is owner and principal of Malla Entertainment Group (MEG), a content development, production, and talent management company through which he served as a strategic business advisor to Filmmates Entertainment. MEG has strategic partners and investments in the fields of motion pictures, television, music, new media, transportation and branded entertainment.

Risks and challenges

If we raise our minimum funding goal, we do not anticipate ANY significant challenges or risks in completing the project.

As with all Kickstarter projects, there is always a risk of delay in delivering some of the rewards, but we've been careful to give ourselves MORE time than we think we'll need – so we hope we'll have some, or all, of the rewards out SOONER than listed.

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    SET IT OFF: Our exclusive Paradise Garage button + EXCLUSIVE UPDATES throughout the production and Kickstarter campaign + All of the Above.

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    PADLOCK: You will receive a Paradise Garage Construction Wrench key chain, just like the ones issued to the first members of the Garage for the early Construction Parties + All of the Above.

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    MUSIC IS THE ANSWER: Exclusive Digital Download of the Motion Picture Soundtrack with Paradise Garage hits from the movie + A general thank you in the credits for all Kickstarter supporters and your name listed on the website + All of the Above (button and wrench ships to US and Canada only).

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    LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: EXCLUSIVE PARADISE GARAGE T-SHIRT + All of the Above. International shipping available for an extra $20.

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    DON’T MAKE ME WAIT: DIGITAL STREAMING SCREENING OF THE FILM + A pdf of the final shoot script signed by the film's cast + All of the Above. You’re invited to a viewing party like no other! An online screening of the film with Q&A session after the movie to take place shortly before the release of the Film. International shipping available for an extra $20.

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    MAKE IT LAST FOREVER: HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OR A DVD VERSION OF THE MOVIE + All of the Above. You will receive the DVD and digital download version after the theatrical release, on or about the same time as it is available in stores. The DVD version (only available in US & Canada) will include special bonus material. International shipping available for an extra $20.

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    THE MAGNIFICENT DANCE: TWO VIP TICKETS TO THE ANNUAL PARADISE GARAGE LABOR DAY WEEKEND REUNION PARTY in NYC this year + All of the Above. This is first time the event creators will offer VIP admission. You’ll be on David and Joey’s guest list, bypass the line and have access to the VIP area, then be treated to a special experience once inside. Travel expenses not included.

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    LET’S GO DANCIN’: ONE TICKET TO THE PARADISE GARAGE WRAP PARTY IN NYC + All non-limited rewards. This is your chance to meet with the cast and crew, including the film's cast, producers, and the writer/director. Travel expenses not included.

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    I GOT MY MIND MADE UP: BACKGROUND EXTRA + All non-limited rewards. You’ll be featured as a background player in the film at the filmmakers’ discretion. You might be waiting in line to get in, walking down the street, hailing a cab or even in the DJ booth with the film’s Larry Levan! You’ll hang out with the crew and experience a behind-the-scenes taste of being on set! Travel expenses not included. Filming takes place in NYC.

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    HOT SHOT: A SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE SCREENING WITH RECEPTION IN NYC AND Q&A + All non-limited rewards. You will be invited to a special screening and reception of the movie before the digital streaming. Be one of the first to see the film before anyone else! Travel expenses not included.

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    LOVE SENSATION: A SURPRISE PACK OF PROPS FROM THE FILM + All non-limited rewards. You will receive a cool pack of props straight from the film set. You could get the headphones Larry uses in the booth, posters and signs used in the movie, or even a piece of clothing from the costume department.

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    WEEKEND: A custom made, limited edition Kickstarter exclusive small scale replica (approx. two - three feet diameter) of the Paradise Garage neon sign + All non-limited rewards.

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    YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL): A SPEAKING ROLE IN THE FILM + One ticket to the Wrap Party in NYC: You’ll wear a Garage-era costume, have your make-up and hair done and be featured as a speaking actor in the film. You’ll also spend the day on the set, meet the cast and crew and get to keep a piece of your wardrobe + All non-limited rewards. Travel expenses not included.

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    PULL UP TO THE BUMPER: TWO TICKETS TO THE RED CARPET THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF THE FILM IN NYC + All non-limited rewards + Special thanks in the credits. You’ll walk the red carpet and get VIP treatment + one night accommodations for our out-of-town guests, plus black car service to the Premiere and two tickets to the After-Party. Additional travel expenses not included.

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    THE BOSS: ON-SET EXPERIENCE + All non-limited rewards: You’ll arrive on set in NYC via black car service, have your own assistant for the day, watch the director and the crew work, have your own director’s chair with your name on it (you’ll get to take it home), hang with the cast and crew, take photos, have lunch and maybe even make some new showbiz friends. Additional travel expenses not included.

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    THE BOSS TIMES TWO: ON-SET EXPERIENCE FOR YOU AND A FRIEND + All non-limited rewards: You’ll both arrive on set in NYC via car service, have your own assistant for the day, watch the director and the crew work, have your own director’s chairs with your names on them (you’ll get to take it home), hang with the cast and crew, take photos, have lunch and maybe even make some new showbiz friends. Additional travel expenses not included.

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    AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH: A 5 FOOT TALL WORKING PROP REPLICA OF THE PARADISE GARAGE NEON SIGN THAT WILL BE USED IN THE FILM + All non-limited rewards + a certificate of authenticity and a photo of the main cast with the sign, autographed by the film's cast.

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    HEARTBEAT: You'll be listed as a Production Executive in the credits and on IMDB. We’ll rent out a screening room near you and hold a special catered screening for you and up to 100 guests. You and your guests will receive signed posters from the film. Travel expenses not included. Available in US only.

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