The American Summer

by James Knapp

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The American Summer

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The story of a garage band that never got out of the garage.

The American Summer is a project I began almost 2 years ago. It is a movie about a high school punk rock band trying to make it big and get out of their hometown in the isolated High Desert of Southern California. I wrote the screenplay with the hope that one day I could make it into a film about music, garage bands, and the friendships from them. Now I am trying to turn that hope into reality.

This is where Kickstarter comes in. Although this film does not require a huge budget, we still need to raise money to make sure we can make it the best we can. By donating to our campaign, you will be helping to make a movie about an amazing punk rock experience come to life. The American Summer is the story of the kids next door who started a garage band, and if you've ever wanted to see a movie like that on the big screen (as I know I always have) then this is your chance. Not only to see it, but become a part of it.

THE STORY

The American Summer is the story of Milo, the bass player of a punk rock band in high school. He and his bandmates are just about to graduate and want to make it big by getting signed and touring for the rest of their lives. The only problem is they live in the High Desert of Southern California, cut off from the world and the music industry, which makes their struggle to become famous even tougher. When Milo's parents begin to pressure him into going to college, he realizes he must face a difficult decision, stay loyal to the band, or sell out and go to college.

THE REWARDS

The rewards for donating to help finance The American Summer is one of the coolest parts. In addition to our unending gratitude, there is all sorts of band merch you will receive, such as custom The American Summer guitar picks and t-shirts, as well as The American Summer album, featuring original songs written for the movie by Rudy Heath and the Madison WI based pop punk band Headlines. You can check out their awesome music below:

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Our biggest risk is taking that leap and committing to making this movie come to life. It will be a long time consuming journey, but the end reward will be a great punk rock film the we made ourselves, and that includes all of you who donate and support our film. We will all have a movie to be proud of, an accomplishment to show our friends and families, and a story to share.

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