INTERNATIONAL FALLS is a dark comedy that explores how two people use comedy to cope with life...or at least try.
One of the essential questions in the story is how we find the will to keep going even when it gets hard and it feels like we've run out of options. I can't help but see this as an apt metaphor for the work we do as film artists. That thing, that passion, that desire, that gut impulse that compels comedians - like the two in our story - to step onto a stage, grab a mic and put themselves on the front line of battle, THAT's what we're doing to make this film. And after years of work, it's finally starting to pay off.
We are so thrilled to announce that David Koechner and Rachael Harris have joined our team to play the two leading roles.
You'll recognize Rachael from films like THE HANGOVER, A MIGHTY WIND, and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and TV shows like THE DAILY SHOW, LUCIFER, MODERN FAMILY, and NEW GIRL. You'll most likely know David as "Champ" from ANCHORMAN and ANCHORMAN 2, or other iconic characters from TALLADEGA NIGHTS, or TV shows like THE OFFICE, SUPERIOR DONUTS, or the NAKED TRUCKERS AND T-BONES SHOW on Comedy Central. Compared to the work they normally do we are offering them peanuts for a salary. But THAT's how much they love and believe in the script. Which, by the way, a full story synopsis, director's statement, and back story about what inspired Thomas to write the script are available on our website:
And in case you don't want to click away from this page here are a few excerpts and concept images to get you excited:
Dee is a middle-aged wife and mother stuck in a boring job and a broken marriage in what feels like the frozen edge of the world: International Falls, Minnesota. A self-proclaimed comedy nerd with a secret dream of getting on stage, her only escape comes in the form of no-name touring comics performing weekly in the hotel bar where she works as a front desk clerk. This particular weekend brings Tim, a burned out headliner who is all too aware of his status as a low-level nobody telling the same hack jokes to small town slobbering drunks year after year. He’s come to International Falls with no intention of leaving.
When Dee invites herself to Tim’s room after his first night’s show, her walls begin to crumble as she’s forced to face the realities of a life that she’s become so adept at ignoring: a job she hates in a town she despises, a husband who’s been cheating for years, and a dream she’s never had the guts to pursue. Their one night stand stretches into the next day as each comfortably acknowledge that they’re using the other for momentary comfort. Tim confesses that he’s going through a divorce, has lost custody of his son and is miserable in his chosen profession. He tells Dee that that night’s show will be his last as a comedian, that he’s “sort of retiring,” which turns out to be a sadly ominous prediction.
The line between comedy and tragedy is blurred as Dee is forced to ask the inevitable, unavoidable question that all must face: Now what?
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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The independent film industry is changing a lot. Industry blockbusters with huge budgets now premiere at festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Toronto, etc. making it that much harder for little guys like us to stand a chance. That's why we've been so committed to getting recognizable talent. Because we don't just want to make a movie for the sake of making art (trust us, we've been on that noble venture a lot). We want people to actually see it. But hiring busy actors means working with busy schedules, and that's why we have to break our shoot into two chunks: one filming exteriors on location in Minnesota at the end of March, and a second filming interiors in a more convenient location at the end of April. This doubles a lot of our travel fees, the spin up time on pre-production with equipment rental, number of nights in hotels, etc. Your contribution will help us with these unexpected costs.
Let's make a movie, y'all.
TOTAL BUDGET: $208,000
Principle Photography Exterior Filming: March 21-30
Principle Photography Interior Filming: April 21-30
NOTE: WE ARE STILL SEEKING INVESTORS FOR THE SECOND PART OF OUR SHOOT. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about our full business plan, budget, and how to get involved.
An OUTSKIRT MEDIA production
- Screenplay by Thomas Ward
- Directed by Amber McGinnis
- Produced by Nicholas Dunlevy and Amber McGinnis
- Director of Photography: Andrew Aiello
- Casting Director: Matthew Lessall
FULL BIOS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE!
Risks and challenges
No project at this level comes without its risks and challenges. Shooting on location in Minnesota in the winter is especially challenging which is why we are working with as much local crew as possible- both to cut travel costs, to support the Minnesota economy, and to work with experienced Minnesota-based crew that understand the particular challenges of working in snowy conditions.
Our timeline is ambitious, and we will continue to fundraise and solicit investors and producing partners while in production to raise money for our post-production process. Obviously in an ideal world, all money for this stage of the process would be raised before we start filming, but we recognize the importance of "striking while the iron is hot," even if it takes a bit of a leap of faith.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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