WE MADE OUR GOAL!! THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH~ NOW WHAT? HOW ABOUT A STRETCH GOAL of 20G's? WE CAN DO IT!
In our final hours, let's try to make enough so we can:
- FLY OUR TALENT OUT TO LA & PUT THEM UP
- FEED OUR CAST & CREW MORE THAN CHEEZE ITS
- GET BETTER SOUND & LIGHTING
- MAKE OUR SET & ACTORS LOOK FABULOUS
THE GOOD MEDICINE TEAM THANKS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY & SUPPORT!
WHAT IS GOOD MEDICINE: THE WEB SERIES?
Everyone knows where to get weed in LA. But where can you get the best weed, the biggest laughs and the family you wish you had? In a run-down Craftsman house in Hollywood, California, the 'Dharma Collective.' It may not be the cleanest or classiest medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, but it is the funniest.
Dharma Collective is owned by fearless Zen leader OM, a mellow guy with a secret lonely streak; it's staffed by kickass roller-derby chick TINA KUSH, wannabe playa RAJ, single struggling actress SAM and hipster music producer ATARI. GOOD MEDICINE follows their wild adventures as they get high- and hopefully find their higher purpose. Our ragtag group is hilarious and endlessly entertaining, but they're also well-drawn characters with a lot of heart. We believe it's possible to balance ridiculously funny comedy with great character-based storytelling, and that's what we're doing with GOOD MEDICINE. This isn't a frat-house show, and we’re not only for kids who like to toke. Think of us as a workplace comedy with weed!
Plus....we have some super-funny cameos and guest stars, among them some famous people. I mean, who doesn’t love weed in Hollywood?
Here are some awesome celebrity- type folks who lend their support to Good Medicine! You may even see a few of them on the series!
Check 'em out:
100% of your donations will go toward production, including equipment rental, lights, sound, set, crew costs and post production, including editing, music and sound mixing. *We promise none of it will go toward “medicating” our cast or crew. (Plus, crew usually brings their own.)
We also got called "HIGHBROW BRILLIANT by NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S "APPROVAL MATRIX" for the week of 12/11/12!
THE STORY BEHIND GOOD MEDICINE
Back in 2005, Shari flew to LA to test for a sitcom; she didn't get it, so she had to get a job! When she wasn't selling flowers, cocktail waitressing or writing for the LA Weekly, she wound up working in a Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary. It was one of the most hilarious experiences of her life, and she swore to herself if she ever made it out of there, she’d write about it. Fast-forward six years and she did just that, sharing the idea with writer-actor-director friends Jessica and Erik. Jessica suggested they co-write a web series, and Erik jumped on board to direct. And so the seeds were planted and GOOD MEDICINE began to grow…
GOOD MEDICINE THE WEB SERIES is gonna be amazingly entertaining, with an incredible cast and some seriously talented people on board. Join the party and become part of the GOOD MEDICINE family!
THE PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN :
SHARI ALBERT- Writer/ Producer/Actor:
Best known for her work in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film "THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN" Shari has also acted in countless indie films (including “THE GROOMSMEN,” “A LITTLE HELP” ) as well as big time studio features. On television her credits include ROYAL PAINS, UGLY BETTY, KING OF QUEENS, LAW & ORDER and many more, as well as extensive voiceover work for TV series, commercials and animation. On stage she starred in the musical "HELLO DOLLY" in Paris, France as well as performed on stages in NYC and LA. After having written for the LA Weekly and The Huffington Post as well as a plethora of other publications, Shari finally bought Final Draft in 2010. She then wrote the pilot for "Good Medicine"- which you will now get to enjoy in its first incarnation as a web series!
JESSICA BLANK- Writer/Producer/Actor:
Most recently seen regularly as the lead's loudmouthed big sister on the CBS series MADE IN JERSEY, Jessica has also appeared on TV in BORED TO DEATH, LAW AND ORDER: CI, RESCUE ME, THE BRONX IS BURNING, GUIDING LIGHT, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, among others; film includes THE NAMESAKE and several Sundance indies. Jessica and writing partner/husband Erik Jensen co-wrote the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning play THE EXONERATED which ran for two years Off-Broadway and in London, and, toured nationally; it was made into an award-winning movie for Court TV adapted by Erik and Jessica and starring Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Together they also wrote Off-Broadway hit (and NY Times Critics' Pick) AFTERMATH, are at work on a play based on the writings of legendary rock critic Lester Bangs, and have television projects in development with 20th Century TV, Fox TV Studios, Avenue Pictures and Radical Media. Jessica's first novel, ALMOST HOME, was published by Hyperion in 2007 and optioned for feature film with Jessica and Erik attached to adapt. Her second novel, KARMA FOR BEGINNERS (Hyperion, 2009), is in development with Fox TV Studios with Jessica and Erik adapting.
ERIK JENSEN- Writer/Director:
Erik has appeared on over 30 TV shows, including 30 ROCK, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, CSI, NCIS:LA, THE GOOD WIFE, LIE TO ME, GRAVITY, LOVE MONKEY, ALIAS, LEVERAGE, and many more; he played Yankee legend Thurman Munson in THE BRONX IS BURNING, and starred in 2012 NBC pilot THE FRONTIER and 2009 Fox pilot VIRTUALITY (directed by Peter Berg and created by Ron Moore). Film acting credits include BLACK KNIGHT, THE LOVE LETTER, and several indies. In addition to his writing work with Jessica Blank, Erik's sci-fi graphic novel THE RECONCILERS was published in 2010 to wide acclaim (including a rave from AIN'T IT COOL NEWS!) and was optioned for feature film, with Erik attached to co-adapt and executive produce.
MICHAEL HUSS- Director of Photography:
Michael Huss has been a cinematographer for over 20 years. He has worked all over the United States as well as in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Over the years, Michael’s work has included television, low budget features, hundreds of commercials, music videos and a number of special projects. He is a member of IATSE Local 600 as a Director of Photography shooting 16mm, 35mm and 65mm film, as well as all digital video formats. His work has received the recognition of his peers by virtue of awards for work he has done in both film and video. He has won a Clio award, as well as prizes in the Houston International Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Marco Island Film Festival, and Cinerail, among others.
BRENT KATZ- Producing Creative Team:
A professional actor since he was three months old appearing in movies such as “Amityville 2: The Possession,” “Deathmask,” and “Last Exit To Brooklyn.” Brent is also a stand-up comedian and has performed all over the country. As a writer he's been on staff for the VH1 cable network television show “All Access” written the short film, “Hot Under The Collar” for Spike TV’s “60 Second Cinema” and the comedy web series, “What Now?” for Ogilvy Entertainment. Brent has written, produced and directed many of his own more serious projects including the award winning short film, “The Final Resolution", and wrote the screenplay he adapted from the French film, “A Pure Formality,” for Gianni Nunnarri, the acclaimed producer of such films as “300” and “Immortals”.
We will keep you updated with Tweets, Facebook posts and emails (not too many, we promise!) We truly hope you take advantage of this incredible opportunity to help grow GOOD MEDICINE and share some serious perma-grin with a lot of people.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUFF PUFF PASS!
If you can't give right now, please PASS IT ON!! TWEET with us: @GOODMEDICINETV, hash tag us #GoodMedicineTv, Give us shout outs on your Facebook and LIKE our page.
***KS VIDEO CREDITS: Director- Erik Jensen; DP- Mike Huss; Editor and Sound- Brent Katz; Animator- Mike Liu; Composer- Robert ToTeras; Actors- George Gaffney, Erin Gann, Jason Kravitz and Tom Shillue. Special thanks to Lance Rizzo.
Risks and challenges
All creative projects are risky- that's the fun! But honestly, we feel the risks are minimal with GOOD MEDICINE: THE WEB SERIES. Medical marijuana is front and center news all over the country, public attitudes are changing, and people want to get a peek into a movement that was once considered a 'sub-culture.' There's a big audience out there for this subject matter- especially when it's treated with intelligence and good old-fashioned character-based storytelling. Though some of us on the team are trying on new creative hats (or a new combination of hats!) we've all made plenty of projects before and know how to run a great set, get the job done, and make sure everyone has a fabulous time doing it. We plan on shooting interiors in NYC and exteriors in LA to make the most of LA's natural landscapes and look and to give an authentic vibe to our main location, THE DHARMA COLLECTIVE. We'll need to be able to travel our talent and core creative team between cities, and that isn't cheap. We have the organizational skills and attention to detail to pull off all the logistics with ease, but we need the funds to do it right. We have a crackerjack team with tons of experience and knowledge, but we need to access the best equipment possible and skilled technicians to operate it- which also takes dough. Honestly, we believe that once we have our full budget in place, we have the skill set--and the experience--to run a fantastic set, predict and provide for all the millions of little details involved in production, make a great series, and get it out there....we just need the green stuff. No pun intended.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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