This film captures a moment in the history of enigmatic Los Angeles - a city pulsing with an art and music scene that is currently one of the hottest, most fertile, and experimental in the world. The Amateur leads you into underground LA exploring what it is to live the life of an artist - a life that isn't always seen in the glare of Hollywood.
We hand selected a few tracks from the film for your listening pleasure, please enjoy the tunes...
JOEY BALDWIN - "Contradicktion"
MOVING UNITS "Girl Like U"
From Writer/Director Carlton Sugarman (To Sonnets), Cinematographer Jared Varava (Tumbleweed!), and Producers Lauren Schneider (four lx) and Tara Jane (BrambleArch Pictures) comes a film that pays homage to the millions of artists who have dedicated their lives to their craft yet never attained conventional success - a story that so many of us know all too well - from Van Gogh to possibly you...
ARCHER BLACK "Onward and Down"
That brings us to you - we need your help to finish the film! We have successfully completed principal photography. Done and done. And this was an incredible shoot - we were granted access to film in some of the most exclusive venues in LA, and the caliber of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, blew us away. Now we need your help to get through post-production - editing, sound design, producing the soundtrack, coloring the film, as well as film festival submissions and PR. Help us bring this special film to life!
LA LA LA BIRDTIME "The Roof"
We are truly grateful for the extraordinary artists who each gave a piece of their heart to this film including Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses, Dave Krusen of Pearl Jam, Bill Wadhams of iconic Animotion, folk-rock darling Lissie, dance-punk legends Moving Units, Brad Dujmovic, La La La Birdtime, The Cuss, Charlie Wadhams, Archer Black, Malik 'the FreQ" Moore, Frank DiVanna, Tripp Rezac, print maker/designer Sebastian Boher, comic book creator Michael Jasorka, photographers Tony Byrd and Kevin Ito and Amy Rivera, all supplementing our brilliant cast that includes Joey Baldwin, Jere Burns (Justified, Bates Motel), Jeannetta Arnette (Pineapple Express, Boys Don't Cry), Nick Gomez (Looper, Walking Dead), Nathan Phillips (Chernobyl Diaries, Snakes on a Plane), two-time Sports Illustrated cover model Melissa Haro, Nathan Frizzell, Marci Miller, Aida Lembo, RoMahdi, Grace Savage, Evan Boymel, Alice Boher, Jeremy O. Harris, Lee Doud, Blaise Embry, Alexander Leeb, Bobby Reed, Stacey Danger, John Ruby, Christine Krumme, Meredith Barnett, Summer Winkey, April Moreau, and Spanish Ingénue Carlotta Bosch making her US debut.
THE CUSS "Year One"
The Amateur was a truly magical shoot, everyone left feeling like they had been part of something very special. Our dream team crew was made up of top-notch professionals willing to work for the love of the project - we will be eternally grateful to our exceptional crew.
CHARLIE WADHAMS "Upside Down"
We have created an incredible film so far and we can't wait to share it with you. So get involved, take advantage of our awesome incentives and let us hear from you! Thank you thank you thank you for your interest and support - we will exceed your expectations - just wait...
One Color Limited-Edition Original Sebastian Boher Prints - Sebastian was Born in Santiago, Chile, where he studied fine arts with a specialty in Printmaking. He then studied Lithography at the Taller Experimental de Grafica de la Habana in Cuba and then received an MFA in experimental animation at The California Institute of the Arts. His work is rad, we are so thankful for his generosity in creating these pieces especially for you! These prints are on Archival, acid-free Rives bfk paper with water-based permaset inks. Check out more of his work at www.miwak.com. We have 3 of each of these 30"x22" prints for you to choose from:
Or we have 3 of each of these 22"x15" prints for you to choose from:
Limited-Edition Kevin Ito Prints - Kevin is a sought after photographer who is always on the hunt for the next breathtaking photograph. We are so thankful for his work in our film and we are psyched to get to share it with you - check out more of his work at helloito.com. We have 7 of each of these prints for you to choose from:
The amazing original Animotion T-Shirt that will be signed by lead singers Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane:
Risks and challenges
Often independent films get through production only to flounder and fail to reach their audience. With an incredible adept distribution strategy utilizing the most cutting edge DIY Distribution resources, such as EggUp, Distrify, Dynamo Player and VHX, THE AMATEUR will make it out into the world we know will be waiting excitedly to receive it. The incredible thing about DIY Distribution is it allows us to get the film directly to our fans with no long wait or middle man - it is truly the future of independent film. We are so excited to be able to invite you to participate in this venture with us, you can rest assured you are backing a project destined for success, between our incredible connections at major film festivals including Sundance and SXSW, and an already active social media campaign, we know our film will be one that will find it's niche and hold a special place in the hearts of the generation of artists thriving all over the world - a generation you are part of. Join us! We are truly grateful for you and look forward to celebrating our success with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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