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A short animated film about a grandmother's immigration to America and what her grandson does with her fulfilled American Dream
A short animated film about a grandmother's immigration to America and what her grandson does with her fulfilled American Dream
105 backers pledged $11,808 to help bring this project to life.

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BUT IT'S NOT OVER YET! 

Holy smokes! Thanks to everybody, we made well over our goal in just 2 days and over both of our stretch goals in just 14! Thanks to everyone that's shown love and support, we're ready to take this movie to the moon. 

Folks can still contribute to our campaign on top of our stretch goals. Many of the rewards will only be around for a limited time, so keep spreading the word and showing love to snag some cool memorabilia while it lasts. Every dollar gets us closer to a finished film.

The more money we raise, the bigger and better this film can be!

That means:

  • Fair wage for extra animators to speed up production
  • Hiring the voice talent we've always dreamed of
  • More music licensing and original score
  • Professional equipment rentals for our live-action portions (yes, there are secret live-action portions)
  • MORE FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS
  • More time and money for research, informing the film in a way we never thought possible
  • TOUR EXPENSES! We can hit the road and tour with the movie once it's finished to help spread the word, even visiting you in your neighborhood

Thank you all again for believing in us. We love you.

Love,
Spencer and Malcolm
Hotdog Sandwich

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EAT WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY, SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE TIRED

Not always the easiest advice to follow, especially if you're Malcolm's Grandma Lola.

Meet Lola. Lola grew up in poverty in the Philippines in the 1930s and had to resort to eating newspaper so she wouldn’t starve. She claims it made her strong and smart. In the 1970s, Lola took a leap of faith and immigrated to America in search of a better life, hopeful that one day her children and her children’s children would be able to eat whatever they want. Her dream came true, but what’s the most recent result of her efforts?

MALCOLM

Her favorite grandson Malcolm, a hot and bothered barrel of monkeys of a bastard raised on McDonalds, prescription drugs, and television. A true product of the American dream. He barely eats and never sleeps!  

SO WHAT? 

Hotdog Sandwich (Malcolm Rizzuto and Spencer Garrison) are making a cartoon about all of this and they need your help! Lola's real-life immigration story is a wild and inspiring one filled with nuance and insight into fame and fortune. When contrasted with Malcolm's story it showcases an evolving idea of what the American Dream means once the dream has already been achieved by a previous generation. Pinpointing the malaise of a generation in contrast with the sheer will of another, Eat When You're Hungry is a poignant and important story for our times that we're incredibly excited to share.

SOME MORE ABOUT THE REAL-LIFE LOLA 

Nollee 'Lola' Pagaduan was born in the Philippines in 1936 and raised a city girl in Manila. She met Malcolm's grandpa Lolo, a farm boy, when she was 20. He was pudgy and awful at school, the opposite of Lola who skipped grades and graduated college at 16, determined to follow her father's advice of making it to America.

Lola's graduation photo addressed to Lolo
Lola's graduation photo addressed to Lolo

Lolo and Lola made three kids together, but with each baby, providing for their family became harder. Then in 1971, Lola finally decided to make the jump to America. 

(Left to right) Lolo, Malcolm's Mom Mary Grace, and Lola
(Left to right) Lolo, Malcolm's Mom Mary Grace, and Lola

Lola moved to the U.S. all on her own with the intent of bringing her family along with her after she got settled. She started off selling puka shell necklaces on the streets of Bedford Hills, NY.  Lolo was able to join her after two years of separation and then finally, after six years, all of their children were able to immigrate as well while Lola was working as a social worker.

Lola considers herself an artist and is always decked out in sunglasses and massive amounts of jewelry
Lola considers herself an artist and is always decked out in sunglasses and massive amounts of jewelry

Once the whole family was settled and after years of selling puka shell necklaces on the street, Lola opened a jewelry store. It was called Nolle's. She later added on a restaurant to the store and then topped the whole thing off by adding a gift shop. Three businesses all in one store, located under a train station. She sold the business once all of her children graduated college. Lola later sold pugs and eventually started an employment agency that hires house cleaners for people like Michael Douglas, who she once got Malcolm a meeting with under the pretense that Mal wanted to be an actor (he doesn't, but that's okay).  

Michael Douglas is a prominent character in the film
Michael Douglas is a prominent character in the film

Now, at the tender age of 82, Lola is entering the real estate business. She sells properties in her home city of Manila.   

Lolo and Lola now (riding the subway for the first time in 2018)
Lolo and Lola now (riding the subway for the first time in 2018)

LET'S GET SERIOUS FOR A MOMENT  

As you can see in our Kickstarter video, this movie is first and foremost a comedy, but it's a comedy tackling some serious themes. Everybody comes from, at some point, an immigration story. Given the national discussion going on in America about immigration, we need these stories now more than ever. Lola has an impressive tale, but there are hundreds of thousands more immigration stories out there, some unfinished, that deserve to happen and be heard.

Lola in the Philippines
Lola in the Philippines

We’re happy to share that we will donate 25% of anything made over our Kickstarter goal (out of our own pockets due to Kickstarter's rules and regulations) to RAICES, a wonderful organization who you all probably know by now is helping reunite families separated at the border, and also to ACLU who fights daily for our civil rights. We encourage you to do your part regardless of whether you plan to donate to our film or not. As Lola says “Be nice to everybody and you will be a successful actor." 

SO WHAT'S THE $$$ GOING TOWARD?

The movie has been written and we're ready to start production. Hotdog Sandwich has almost always worked as a two-person, self-sufficient team and a lot of our own money has already gone into this project, but for a movie of this scale we need to call in the reinforcements (that's you guys!). Your money will go towards:

  • Travel - We're going to use Lola's actual voice for the movie, but she's all the way across the country! We're going to travel out to New York with our microphones and record her voice plus gather research/photos/documents from her that will help enrich the story.
  • Facilities - General office expenses and equipment rentals! This will help get us the gear we need and keep everything moving while we're deep into production.  
  • Extra Animators - This movie is going to be a hefty project with a lot of moving parts. We'll definitely need some help from our amazing creative friends to help speed up the process.
  • Original Score/Music Licensing -  We want to capture the essence and contrasts of the Philippines and America through the music as much as we do through the story. Having an original score is super important to us for this movie and we have a composer on board that we're INSANELY EXCITED ABOUT. This will help take our film to the next level. 
  • Festival Submissions - Film festivals can be expensive! If we want this movie to be seen, we gotta send it to places and those submission fees add up fast. 

The $6500 mark is the minimum amount needed to make this movie, but the more we can get over our goal, the bigger and better we'll be able to make the film!  

Also, did we mention your hard-earned doubloons will gain you access to all the amazing rewards listed here on the page? Have you seen this stuff?! There are some great things in there that we can't wait to send out. 

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Us holding our Oscars
Us holding our Oscars

Malcolm Rizzuto grew up in Golden's Bridge, New York. Spencer Garrison grew up in Noblesville, Indiana. They met during orientation in the Transmedia program at Syracuse University in 2012 and have been making videos together ever since. They currently live and work in Los Angeles under their own animation company Hotdog Sandwich.  

SO HAVE WE EVER MADE ANYTHING GOOD?

Eat When You're Hungry is actually the followup to Malcolm's 2015 film Fat Pants, which screened internationally at over a dozen film festivals, got a nice write up on A.V. Club and landed itself a Vimeo Staff Pick. 

Since then, Hotdog Sandwich has been hard at work making cartoons for places like VICE, Warner Bros, MTV, Funny Or Die, and Super Deluxe among others. They've been written about on various blogs/publications. You can view anything and everything over at www.ahotdogsandwich.com .  

ALRIGHT, LET'S WRAP THIS UP 

Thank you for watching our videos, for reading this whole long spiel, and for even considering helping us out on this project. An investment in this project is not only an investment in a piece of entertainment, it's an investment in solidifying the story of Lola's life and also in us as artists... and that means the world to us. 

Remember: Eat when you're hungry, sleep when you're tired. 

Take care,
Malcolm & Spencer 
Hotdog Sandwich

Risks and challenges

We aren't gonna lie: ANIMATION IS HARD! It's time-consuming as all get out, but we've been doing this long enough to know how much time and effort is gonna go into this thing and we couldn't be more excited. That being said, a piece of work like this is ever-evolving. The curse and blessing of animation is that we can change whatever we want whenever we want! If something comes to our minds that we feel the story needs, we have the flexibility to add it, which may mean more time in production. The only hurdle we can foresee is just wanting to add more to the story, but hey, that means a better movie for you guys! Regardless, the movie will be finished and in all of your inboxes before the end of the year.

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