Dear Potential Backer,
THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is a lot of things to me, but most of all it is my love letter to Boston music.
I have been lucky enough to swim in this deep talent pool of Boston music for almost a decade now. Before that, I was pursuing the art of screenwriting since the late 90’s. In a lot of ways, THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL has been the project my entire creative life has been leading up to. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making this… with your help, of course.
THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL is the story of Boston musicians at various levels of success wrestling with what it means to “make it” and how their rock and roll lives conflict with the real “adult” lives they (often reluctantly) have to live. Our aim is to tell a funny, touching story about real people who happen to spend every waking moment being in love with making music. Think of it as Woody Allen meets ONCE (if you’re one of those Hollywood types that need to think of all movies as “something meets something”.)
A brief synopsis of the story: Simon Saint is a big fish in the small pond of the local rock scene who takes talented upstart Astrid Eliot under his wing. As their musical bond grows, Simon faces the ensuing tension his non-musician girlfriend Samantha while Astrid's past is thrown in her face in the form of her nationally successful ex-boyfriend Keith who returns to give her a glimpse of the big time. As they plan the biggest show of the year, Simon and Astrid are forced to face what they're willing to sacrifice to make their musical dreams reality.
Oh, and of course there will be music.Lots and lots of music. THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL will be chock full of musicians - acting, performing, on the soundtrack... maybe catering? Our goal is to tell our story against the backdrop of the world of Boston rock and all of its colorful, amazing talents. The live musical performances are integral to the characters’ lives – in a way, the music will be the star of this movie.
Behind the camera, director Mark Phinney will reunite his talented, professional crew that brought the movie FAT (currently in post-production and looking great) to life last year. We are lucky to live in a great community of creative people eager to pitch in and make dreams a reality. Local businesses are generously allowing us to use them as locations. A lot of the movie takes place at rock shows, so we’ll be counting on the community to be our extras, audience members, etc. In other words, we want you to be a part of this movie just like you’re a part of the rock scene upon which it is based. We will be using all local actors, musicians, and crew. This is a talented city and we're planning on using it.
In addition to your time, we need money. Obviously, it takes more than $7000 to make a feature film.It is the absolute minimum we need to make this thing happen. We are going to do everything we can to keep costs down, but expenses are going to come up - feeding the cast and crew, paying for wardrobe, props, and makeup, reimbursing for lost business and wages, a life-sized model of Stonehenge, etc. Kickstarter isn’t a gimmick or a luxury for us. In order to make this movie a reality, we need to raise $7000 at a minimum. Without your help, the movie simply isn’t going to happen.
As incentive, we have some cool rewards for donating, from the cool to the ridiculous. Every little bit helps and we appreciate anything you can donate. Sorry about all the bugging we are/will continue to do but this movie is a project of passion, so we annoy you out of love. But rest assured – I do not take it for granted that you took the time to read this plea or would consider giving even a little pledge to our movie.
Love and rock,
Risks and challenges
They say making a movie is like taking the family out west on the Oregon trail: you leave with all of these grand ideas of a better life, but in the end you're lucky just to make it there alive.
Making a low budget independent film is chock full of challenges, from time constraints to weather to unforeseen technical difficulties to juggling cast and crew schedules to various other disasters waiting to happen. The only thing that gets a cast and crew through is tireless dedication to the process. Making a movie is an act of pure will.
I am determined to make this movie. If you've ever worked with me before on musical or film projects, you know - there just isn't any quit in my bones. I have been waiting my whole life to make this movie and there is nothing that is going to stop me. Ask around - when I decide to do something, it gets done by hook or by crook.
Luckily, the scope of this film is small enough that it should be very manageable. I wrote something that is visually modest and assembled a crew that will hopefully run like a well-oiled machine. Most importantly, I cut out the CGI scene with the dragon fighting the gorilla, so that should save some time and money (I'll save it for the sequel). Also, Ryan Gosling refuses to take my calls. I thought the restraining order was a bit much, but you know Hollywood types.
I believe in this project and the community that it represents. I may be naive and hippy dippy, but even though I wrote it I think of THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL as "our" movie.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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