"Bring Me The Head Of Lance Henriksen" - Life in the golden ageism of Hollywood
In Hollywood, your dreams can come true.... Until you hit your 60s. And then you damn well better be Lance Henriksen! A drama on the comedy of life.
"(God's Ears) brilliantly written and directed by Michael Worth, touches deftly upon issues of women, self-esteem, and the isolating conditions of people in two completely different but equally hidden worlds." - Methodfest 2008.
Writer/director Worth's follow up to his film festival winner drama "God's Ears" is a comedy "mockumentary" in the tradition of the TV series "Unscripted" and the feature film "Best In Show", titled "Bring Me The Head Of Lance Henriksen". The film follows an ensemble group of creative (and not so creative) artists in the straight to video film industry, focusing on one man in particular, Tim Thomerson (played by Tim Thomerson) who is facing the fact that ageism is alive and well in Hollywood as he discovers every morsel of a part in his age range going to character actor, Lance Henriksen. Tim will confront the not-so-pretty pretty people in Hollywood as he works his way to a face to face with the man booking every available role for those 65 and above. Done in a truthful yet comedic way, "Henriksen" will take the viewer through the low budget underside of Hollywood using some of its most notable faces as themselves....
The film will be shot in a unique improvisational way as the scenes will be scripted but the dialogue will not (save for some key words and objectives) to lend to the spontaneous nature of a real documentary. It will incorporate a talented group of familiar faces (including Thomerson, Henriksen, Adrienne Barbeau, John Saxon, etc.) as they take on the monolith of Hollywood and its many sacred cows.
Using a very experienced crew of technicians and cast, the film will be shot in and out of Hollywood over the course of 12 days using two RED cameras to capture the impromptu performances. These cameras were recently used by Worth on a World War II film starring Eric Stoltz to great success and will be applied here as well. This team of filmmakers and performers have a strong and familiar working process that has continued to evolve over the years together.
The financing goals for the project from Kickstarter will be oriented mainly towards the technical side such as equipment rentals and part of post production while the cast and crew work for donuts and a t-shirt (Please don't tell them yet). Your pledges will go towards these practical aspects of filmmaking and turn this unique project into a reality. The working background of our crew in film will bring many years of experience behind and in front of the camera to lend quality and professionalism to the shoot. The film is not a comedy farce, but rather the truth of the low budget film business turned up to "11".
To view some of Grizzly Peak Films' recent work, you can look up "God's Ears" and "Dual" which were done with more money than this project is looking to shoot for (our budget here suits the subject matter), but they were still produced under extremely low budget conditions with a quality output (We have also co-produced several straight to syfy channel feature films for quite larger budgets but the dynamics always change once you get over a certain budget). All of our films, be they dramas, thrillers or comedies, revolve around some universal truth in which through an entertaining medium we try and tackle. In "Bring Me The Head...." we will examine the dwellers of the underside of Hollywood and how the "B" in B-movie stands for....... (well, you'll find out in the film).
God's Ears trailer:
Our budget goal of $20,000 is a bare bones minimum that will cover rentals, permits, tape stock and hopefully a few lunches. We hope to surpass the amount here and ultimately will attempt to wrangle a few more deals down the line in post so even if we are at the max, PLEASE keep the pledges coming in!
This "experiment" of sorts to do a documentary-like expose' of the little viewed independent world of Hollywood is a long time dream for us and our intentional "bare bones" conditions seem to make it an appropriate partner with this web site. We are making our first appearance here on Kickstarter and are excited to see if it does exactly that and "kickstarts" some great working relationships between all of you and us during this unique and entertaining shoot.
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