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When Charlie cooks a last meal for a prisoner on death row, his ideas about justice are called into question.

STRETCH GOAL! - $20,000

We've reached our goal and have a new stretch goal! This will allow us to shoot for an extra day in the prison and get some more equipment. The extra time will be used to get more takes with the actors! The equipment budget will help us pay for things like heavy-duty dollies and steadicam operators!

UPDATE: We've finished casting all of our main roles! Omar Benson Miller (Miracle at St. Anna, CSI: Miami) will play the death row prisoner and Eric Allan Kramer (Good Luck Charlie, Robin Hood Men In Tights) will play the sheriff. More info below in the "CAST" section!

Eric Kramer (left) and Omar Miller (right)
Eric Kramer (left) and Omar Miller (right)

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UPDATE: Our Location

SYNOPSIS

Meat and Potatoes is about Charlie (Kevin Chamberlin), a chef in a small town, who convinces a sheriff (Eric Allan Kramer) to allow him cook the last meal for a condemned death row inmate, Lawrence (Omar Benson Miller). But when Charlie meets Lawrence, his ideas about justice are called into question.  Charlie finds that giving the pleasure of one's last meal on earth is much more complicated than it seems. 

CAST

KEVIN CHAMBERLIN has graciously accepted the lead role of Charlie, the chef who cooks the prisoner's last meal. You'll know him from his various Broadway roles which earned him three Tony Award nominations as well as his roles in Die Hard With A Vengeance and on the Disney Channel show "Jessie."

Kevin Chamberlin in Various Roles
Kevin Chamberlin in Various Roles

OMAR BENSON MILLER has accepted the role of Lawrence, a prisoner on death row. You're probably most familiar with Omar's work in The Miracle at St. Anna, 8 Mile, and on "CSI: Miami." Omar's kind eyes and innocent smile will bring life to Lawrence. We are so lucky to have him on board.

Omar Benson Miller's Various Roles
Omar Benson Miller's Various Roles

ERIC ALLAN KRAMER will be playing the role of Bill, the sheriff. You'll know him from his role as Little John Robin Hood Men in Tights and currently on the Disney Channel show "Good Luck Charlie." He's going to bring the sheriff's role to life.

Eric Allan Kramer
Eric Allan Kramer

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are trying to raise a PORTION of our funding on Kickstarter to be able to start filming. Why do we need so much?

LOCATIONS are our biggest cost. Meat and Potatoes is a film about a prisoner on death row, which means that we plan to film in a prison! This is prohibitively expensive. Film permits, security guards with high hourly rates, renting water trucks to get approval from the fire department to film, and carrying an insurance policy with $1,000,000 of coverage are just a few of the expenses surrounding locations.

We want to use Lincoln Heights Jail for Interiors
We want to use Lincoln Heights Jail for Interiors
We want to use Mira Loma Detention Center for exteriors
We want to use Mira Loma Detention Center for exteriors

EQUIPMENT. We plan to shoot on the RED camera with cinema lenses. We own a lot of our own film equipment but will need to rent the camera and lenses. We will also be renting a lighting and grip package. As you may be able to tell based on our previous work you can find on our websites, we know good visuals start with great lighting. All of this equipment will be used to capture the best performances and tell the story as effectively and dramatically as possible.

CREW. Luckily, Michael and Andria have been part of dozens of film sets over the last few years. Andria, a skilled cinematographer, has shot a plethora of short films over the years. Michael has spent time telling his own stories at the Wall Street Journal as a video producer. The rest of the crew will be filled with industry professionals who have agreed to donate their time, mostly because we have done favors for them and because we can't afford their pricey day rates!

BUDGET. We need $14,708 from Kickstarter to begin filming. Most of this will go to locations and camera. The rest of the funding for the project will be financed by a few generous outside investors and from Michael and Andria's own pockets. We are betting a good portion of our savings on this because we believe that this will succeed!

Watch The Trailer For Our Last Film, Harmless.

Here's our DVD package for Harmless. You can expect Meat & Potatoes DVDs to be even better!
Here's our DVD package for Harmless. You can expect Meat & Potatoes DVDs to be even better!

WHO WE ARE

KEVIN CHAMBERLIN plays the lead and a producer on this film. Kevin currently stars as “Bertram” on Disney Channel’s hit tv series,  Jessie.

On Broadway, he originated the role of Horton the Elephant in Seussical, receiving a Tony® Award Nomination, Grammy® Award Nomination as well as a Drama Desk Nomination. In 2000, Kevin starred opposite Claudia Shear in Dirty Blonde and received a Tony® Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Play. In 2010, he starred opposite Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in The Addams Family as Uncle Fester and received his third Tony® nomination, as well as winning The Audience Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical from Broadway.com. Other Broadway credits include The Ritz at Studio 54 / Roundabout Theater Company, Chicago, opposite Rita Wilson and Usher, Triumph of Love, My Favorite Year, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and City Center’s Encores productions of One Touch of Venus, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, and starring opposite Kristin Chenoweth in Stairway to Paradise.

Film credits include DieHard With A Vengeance, Taking Woodstock, Road to Perdition, Christmas with the Kranks, In and Out, Suspect Zero, Trick and Lucky Number Slevin.

Kevin has guest starred on numerous TV shows, including “Frasier”, “Heroes”, “CSI:NY”, “According to Jim”, “nip/tuck”, and “Law and Order:SVU”.

MICHAEL KOFSKY & ANDRIA CHAMBERLIN

Michael Kofsky (Producer & Director) and Andria Chamberlin (Producer & Cinematographer) both graduated from Boston University's film program in 2009 where they worked together on "Donor," a film about a heart transplant recipient who begins to take on the life of his organ donor. "Donor" was one of eight thesis films the school produces each year as part of it's most advanced undergraduate film course. From there, they went on to complete "Harmless" in 2012, a film about a man who wakes up from a car accident with amnesia. This is their third film as a director-cinematographer pair, and the first that they are co-producing together.

MICHAEL has been producing video for the Wall Street Journal since 2006 and has produced and directed many of his own video pieces from stories about being successful in the music industry to the search for alien planets.

ANDRIA is an independent cinematographer who spends her life on film sets. She is currently working on a variety of projects including short films, music videos, and documentaries.

Some of their work can be seen on their websites below. They are all based in the Greater Los Angeles area.

KevinChamberlin.com Michael.Kofsky.net AndriaChamberlin.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This film will be made, come hell or high water! We know how much the locations we want cost, and once we raise the money we can secure them. Working and managing a large crew, and working with high-end equipment can be difficult tasks, but we're up to the challenge to make this one of the best films we've ever made.

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