"The Frogmarch" is a film with a higher purpose.
For far too long, drugs have been one of the most destructive forces in our society. Drug addiction continues to be a catastrophic health problem throughout the world. It has taken millions of lives, ruined the wellbeing of many more and continues to be one of the most profitable industries.
Our film is a candid portrayal of how drug addiction affects the friends and loved ones of substance abusers. The story focuses on the deceptive and desperate lengths to which drug addicts will go to defend and maintain their addictions. It is about the endless fabrications, the maze of lies and deceit. Mirages of hope and abysses of confusion. The frustration of loving a person while despising their addiction, and how that addiction can eclipse an entire life and personality.
We believe that a story can only be worthy of the telling when it expresses genuine truths, resonates with our own personal experiences and understands the complexities--both bitter and inspiring--of the world we live in.
We know that our film is not going to solve the widespread epidemic of drug addiction. It is our only wish that the film can provide some consolation, if only just briefly, for the many people who care for someone battling drug addiction. As some of those people, we know that nothing can truly ease the madness and heartbreak of witnessing drug addiction first hand. Although, sometimes it helps to know that we are not alone, to know that there are others like us and we share the weight of our burden with them.
What is the story?
"The Frogmarch" is a feature film about a group of childhood friends who reunite for the weekend at a remote lake house. As the film opens, one of the characters has just been released from prison after serving a 5-year sentence and his closest friends gather to welcome him home.
Or that is what we are lead to believe.
The real purpose of the weekend is to perform a drug intervention: One of the characters was invited to the house under false pretenses only to be confronted about his drug addiction. What unfolds is an intimate drama in the tradition of The Breakfast Club, 12 Angry Men and The Big Chill. "The Frogmarch" is a deeply personal story about the heartbreaking loyalties that hold our relationships together and the maddening bonds that tear our lives apart.
Having carefully planned the weekend, the group is confined to the property as they help their friend through the horrors of withdrawal. And as the addict becomes more desperate and resentful of them, he exposes everyone's secrets, lies and imperfections. Stranded there, they have no choice except to face each other and take responsibility for the mistakes of their youth.
The film maintains a delicate balance between hope and misery, courage and despair. It seamlessly blends genres and offers something for every audience member to enjoy; From start to finish, it is a cyclone of plot twists, whip-crack dialogue, unexpected humor, outbursts of anger, endearing moments of friendship, sudden tragedies, simple sentiments, heartbreaking confessions and inspiring acts of mercy.
Our Funding Goal & Why This Project Is Important
Yes, it aims to serve a higher purpose and portray the horrors of drug addiction with realism and objectivity, but it also tells a compelling story about friendship, trust, regret and redemption.
It is an earnest and heartfelt piece of cinema done on a small scale.
One of the reasons we chose to make this film--other than its integrity as a story--was because it would be a cost-effective film that we could produce on a very small budget. The budget is a realistic one, though it is still more than we ourselves can afford. We are not well-known Hollywood players with an endless supply of money. Far from it. We are a group of young and inspired filmmakers who are very good at what we do and finally have the perfect opportunity to create something great. Something important. Something remarkable. Something that will change lives; the lives of people who will watch this film, relate to its characters and be moved by the story it tells. For so long we have been waiting for a chance such as this. Many of us left college to find a world and an industry that would not give us a chance to contribute, to excel, to succeed. We have restlessly waited for the right moment to come along and allow us the circumstance to do what we love, do it right and do it for the whole world to see.
This is that moment.
This is our time.
What is the money being used for?
It is being used to make the film. None of that money goes into our pockets. All of the funds we raise on Kickstarter are solely for the purpose of paying for the production. Your contribution will help us cover the cost of travel expenses, equipment rentals, film permits, set dressings, wardrobe, props, production supplies (tape, lens cleaner, external drives to store sound/video, etc...), food, lodging, post-production (sound mix, print, etc.) and much more. Also, there is the cast and crew who have been working hard on this film for free (while turning down gigs that pay) and we would like to give them some compensation for their commitment and first-rate contributions to the film. What happens if we exceed our goal? Well, in the spirit of full disclosure, the funding goal is only a portion of the film's total cost. If we surpass our goal than it would make things much easier. Independent filmmaking is not cheap. We have been doing all we can (tightening our belts, so to speak) so that we can afford to make the film. The more funding we acquire means increased production value, better equipment, less limitations, more support and thus a higher quality film.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are countless other ways to contribute to the production: from sharing the link to this page with your friends, to praying for us or just offering kind words of encouragement. All of those are tremendous gestures that would be met with sincere appreciation. Beyond moral support and spreading the word about the film, you could make an "In-Kind Donation". Basically, you could give us goods and/or supplies that we could use and thus not have to pay for. An "In-Kind Donation" could be in the form of food, or film/video equipment, or clothes that we could use for costumes, or objects that we could use as props. If you are interested in making an "In-Kind Donation" please contact us for a list of items we might need.
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