My brother is the most complex person I've ever met. He's a hardcore thug one minute, kicking it in the streets with America's most wanted, then ten minutes later, he could shake hands with the President...and totally fit in. He's absolutely brilliant. But he does dumb things. We were raised by the same parents, but came out opposites. He's a walking paradox. An oxymoron. You know, like "jumbo shrimp." He's the inspiration for this film, "Then There Was Joe." And my brother supports this film 100%.
This film is a feature-length comedy dealing with family issues. The only way I know how to deal with conflict is through laughter, because if I don't laugh, I will bawl my eyes out like a small child who spilled his Capri Sun. The relationship between Joe and his younger brother, Ben, is the heart of the movie. They begin the movie as strangers and, through the crazy journey, they finally become brothers. I wrote this movie because my relationship with my brother is next to nonexistent. It's my attempt to understand him, to make sense of our broken relationship, and to help heal other broken families.
Making a feature film has been a dream of mine since I was nine years old, when I first starting writing and starring in my own movies. I have been acting on stage since I was three years old, and later graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts and Dance. Last year, I finished USC film school, and after having made numerous short films, editing and sound mixing various projects professionally, I've finally reached a skill level where I'm confident I can deliver professional results for very little money. I've never been more excited to put all of my knowledge together.
Tell me more, J-Dub. Tell me more.
Sure, no problem. I've met some amazingly talented friends in film school who are committed to helping me get this film made.
And my family is going to help me make it.
The only way this movie will happen is through the generosity of our friends, family, and complete strangers. The odds of success are really slim for independent filmmakers, but by God's grace, I've somehow always been able to beat the odds. I was blessed with parents who have always pushed me to pursue my dreams, no matter what. Big dreams only happen when you have faith in the impossible. My faith has brought me this far, and I have no intention of shrinking the size of my dreams. I believe the world needs this film because it will positively impact the lives of others. I'm all-in with this film. I have no plan B.
Your donations will help us:
- Pay and feed our tiny crew (12 hour work days for 20 + days)
- Hire a professional actor to play Joe
- Equipment Rental
- Post Production (Editing, Sound, Color)
This movie will contain strong language.
Most people who know me will find that shocking. I mainly write PG-rated family films. But this is an R-rated family film. Yes, I know that sounds weird. The theme of family runs strong through every page of the script, but it is not possible to accurately portray my brother without depicting some of his character flaws. All of this subject matter will be dealt with comedically.
Risks and challenges
$33,000 may sound like a lot of money, but for a feature film it is very little. The biggest risks and challenges will stem from constantly striving to put the most value on the screen while spending the money as wisely as possible. This movie will be achieved by working harder than we've ever worked and striving higher than we have ever dreamed. It will test us and it will stretch us. But we have a brilliant team and I'm absolutely confident that we can achieve this. To take potential errors into account, we have planned for three extra days for filming, in the event that the shooting schedule changes due to something unforeseen. In Arkansas it's called "weather."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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