Work Horses is a feature film based on the journey of a college athlete who finds the courage to stand up. Based on real events.
Work Horses is a feature film based on the journey of a college athlete who finds the courage to stand up. Based on real events. Read more
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My name is Abram Booty (that’s me below in my younger years) and I am a high school football coach and the writer of Work Horses.
Before I tell you about what the movie is I think it is important for you to understand why I wrote it...
I grew up in a small southern town in Louisiana where football is woven into the deepest fabrics of the culture. My earliest memories involve LSU tailgates and backyard football with my brothers that inevitably ended with a bloody nose and one of us in tears. Needless to say my brothers and I dreamed about one day taking the field and donning the uniform we so idolized growing up. Incredibly, we were all blessed to achieve some version of that dream.
My brother Josh was an all SEC quarterback at LSU.
John David was an All-American and Rose Bowl Champion at USC (we still think he is a traitor for heading west, but we are working through the whole forgiveness thing).
And I too, had my share of moments in the spotlight as a starting WR for the Tigers.
As far as college football goes, you will be hard pressed to find a family that has more experience with what goes on behind the scenes.
Being a kid provides you a blissful ignorance that I often wish I could return to.
I tell you this because it's important to understand how much I love football; and even how much I love college football. I am not an angry, bitter athlete with an axe to grind. What I am is a teammate, friend, and brother who has witnessed and heard too many stories to ignore. The glitz and the glamour that we witnessed as children growing up has been mixed into a complex web that now includes stories of poverty, injuries, exploitation, and greed.
The trigger for me was 8 years ago at the 2007 Rose Bowl. My brother John David was playing quarterback and he and his friend Dwayne Jarrett put on a show leading the Trojans to a 32-18 win over the Michigan Wolverines. Dwayne Jarrett had 11 catches for 205 yards and 2 TD’s and was named the MVP of the game.
After a huge prolonged celebration on the field, John David, me, and the rest of our family loaded in the car and headed off for a celebratory dinner. As we were driving away from the stadium we noticed a young man walking on the side of the road, back pack on and hoodie up. As we slowed to a stop we realized it was Dwayne. I shouted from the car “Dwayne what are you doing?” He responded that he was walking to McDonald’s to grab some dinner. With only a few bucks in his pocket and a hungry stomach after the game, the juxtaposition was shocking: Here was a kid, less than a mile from where he had just hoisted the AT&T Rose Bowl MVP trophy in front of millions of people, now alone and trying to find a cheap meal. Meanwhile, the gluttony of TV cameras, sponsor events, and post game parties raged on in his shadow.
That was all it took for me to decide I needed to do something to effect change. The very next day I put pen to paper.
What flowed out was a culmination of years of stories--kids from single family homes, sons of farmers, friends with long term injuries, players who felt the heartbreak of losing a coach they trusted in the middle of their career, teammates suspended for taking “improper benefits” in the form of food or clothing. I had seen it all. As I sat and wrote, I combined my real experiences into the characters I developed. Each one intended to address a core issue of the NCAA system. 9 weeks later I had my first version of “Work Horses”.
After countless revisions and feedback from current and former players, we have an awesome script. Additionally, we have the support of a world class producer in George Folsey Jr. George has produced some of Hollywood’s most recognizable films: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Clue, Greedy, The Three Amigos, Into the Night, Grumpier Old Men and Coming to America.
With George’s network, our movie has generated sizable interest from the Hollywood community; but I am adamant that this film be funded by the people it intends to help, the fans who love the game and advocates who support the cause. This is the athlete’s story. It is written by an athlete for athletes. Any movement of substance begins with the people most affected.
In addition to interest from the Hollywood community, we have also been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the athletes themselves. As you can see from our video, some of the biggest names in football have been eager to offer us their support; and many have already signed up to make cameos in the film!
The final step now is you...
Without the support of thousands of collegiate athletes, football fans, and the general public, this issue will remain stuck in world of sports talk radio debate. But with your donation we can create a meaningful piece of social commentary that in the words of Ray Lewis brings this issue where it belongs, “To The Front Of The Line!"
Thank you for taking a stand alongside so many of us.
It means the world to me.
- Abram Booty
What We Will Do With The Money
Our initial goal of $250k will be used to bring this project to life, $500k will help to pay the cast, and $1 million for post production and impactful marketing program for the film.
We are very excited to have an amazing set of donor rewards to share with all of you and we will be revealing even more surprises along the way. Here are a few of our favorite donor rewards.
If everything goes according to plan our production schedule will follow as below. We know there are a ton of variables when making a movie so these are all subject to change but we are working hard every day to lock in all the moving parts to meet these deadlines. We will keep everyone updated throughout the campaign with any developments or changes to the schedule.
March 2016 - Production Slated To Start
May 2016 - Production Wraps
July 2016 Post Production, Delivery
August 2016 - Marketing/Distribution
Risks and challenges
The Work Horses movie project faces similar risks to other movies that are being funded on Kickstarter. We have production insurance, contingency plans, and a team of people with extensive experience in the film industry to make sure we are ready for any and every challenge that comes our way. It's true that distribution is a challenge for movies without deep pockets, but we believe that once the movie is made we will get help from the larger studios who have already been interested in purchasing the script from us. We turned that down because we want to make sure we control this message! Because of that, we need your help!
Reward fulfillment will be handled by a third-party logistics provider who ships millions of units of product every year all over the world. They are awesome and while we are aware that reward fulfillment is a challenge for many campaigns, but we are confident that it won't be for us thanks to our team of pros who specialize in fulfillment services.
Rest assured that we will be sending regular updates about our progress to anyone who supports us, so you'll be fully informed as soon as we have any relevant updates regarding your rewards!
Other important info our lawyer friends want you to know:
1. Kickstarter campaign and rewards fulfillment limited to USA and Canada.
2. All travel and lodging to events and set visits is not included in rewards.
3. You need to be 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend any events like premieres, Game Day experience, or set visits).
4. You may have to fill out a little extra paperwork for certain rewards.
5. The distribution schedule is not finalized, but if you supported through getting the digital version of Work Horses, you'll get it within a couple days of the theatrical premiere.
- (40 days)