About this project
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter campaign.
After viewing the trailer, many have been asking if our film is finished. The answer is NO. We managed to fund the trailer ourselves... picking select scenes that we felt would best exemplify the movie - which has not been shot! :) Hence our presence here on Kickstarter. Said that.....
It’s with great excitement that we tell you about our feature length film “High & Outside: A Baseball Noir,” director Evald Johnson's second feature, which stars legendary actor GEOFFREY LEWIS, seminal punk rocker DAVID YOW (The Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid), adult performer SCARLETT FAY (in her first crossover roll), and the incredibly talented PHIL DONLON. High & Outside is the story of one man’s dream to play professional baseball and the desperate measures he takes to keep that dream alive. It will be fast paced, dark and gritty.
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We’re using Kickstarter to raise funds to continue shooting and ultimately finish this feature film. To date, we’ve managed to finance the very beginnings of principle photography ourselves. We've been running lean and mean - doing all the lighting, shooting, and editing ourselves. Our generous cast and crew have been working for nothing more than the passion and potential they see in this script (penned by Dan O'Dair), and we've become a family drawn together by the mutual love of this indie film. Your donation will not only see us through production, but more importantly, will allow us to create the wild ride of a film that "High & Outside" is intended to be.
Thank you for checking out the teaser we've assembled (which features a song generously lent to us by the extremely talented Sarah Gayle Meech - sarahgaylemeech.com/). AND thank you so much for your support! You can check out our other works at www.standard17.com Here, we will also be keeping a running blog with updates and behind the scenes footage available to donors.
Phil (Phil Donlon) is a man obsessed with the game of baseball: the sounds of it, the smells of it, the feel of the bat on the ball, and the men who have made the game great. It’s been in his blood since the day he was born to Len Harding (Geoffry Lewis), legend in the game. Baseball is his life. At least it used to be.
At 33, Phil is still trying to make it to the big leagues and escape the shadow of his famous and domineering father. But his marriage is falling apart, he’s broke, and he’s just been released by the last team he thought could give him a shot at the bigs. Everyone is telling Phil that his time on the field is over: his agent Benny tells him that, his best friend Johnny tells him that, even his father tells him that.
But Phil’s not ready to quit yet, so when Benny tells him of a development camp that just might get him noticed by some major league scouts, Phil jumps at the chance. The only problem is the camp will cost Phil three thousand dollars, and that’s three thousand dollars Phil doesn’t have. When Len refuses to give his son the money, Phil goes on a desperate quest to raise the cash by whatever means necessary. Navigating his way through the dive bars, pawn shops, and strip clubs of the San Fernando Valley, he’s out to prove he’s his own man and keep his dream alive. But when the darkness takes hold, it won’t willingly let go, and Phil must fight an army of his own demons just to make it out alive.
OUR WONDERFUL CAST:
Geoffrey Lewis – “LEN HARDING”
Legendary character actor Geoffrey Lewis grew up in Rhode Island, but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than participate in larger school productions.
Lewis scored his first minor movie role in The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972) as a somewhat jovial but deadly cowhand. He then cropped up as gangster Harry Pierpont in Dillinger (1973) before beginning a long association with Clint Eastwood, starting off with High Plains Drifter (1973), then as kind-hearted thief Eddie Goody in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), as Clint's buddy Orville Boggs in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980), then as a henpecked husband in Bronco Billy (1980), as Ricky Z in Pink Cadillac (1989), and in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).
Equally busy on the small screen, he has guest-starred in dozens of episodes of high profile TV series. Additionally, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the series "Flo" (1980).
Lewis is also a member of the rather unique musical/storytelling "Celestial Navigations," along with award-winning composer songwriter Geoff Levin. Their performances have received terrific reviews from some of Hollywood's top actors and noted musicians, including Chick Corea.
Eddie Jemison - "SAL"
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eddie Jemison is an actor best known for his roles in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and the HBO series Hung. He was raised in Metairie, also in Louisiana, and attended Archbishop Rummel High School and eventually Louisiana State University, where he graduated. Jemison played the role of the nervous techie Livingston Dell in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, up to Ocean’s Thirteen. His other credits include the 1996 comedy Schizopolis, The Relic, Junk, and Pizza Wars. In 2009, he landed the role of the lead’s wife’s new husband on the HBO comedy Hung. The veteran of the Chicago theater scene has had a lot of experience in television, including guest spots on NCIS, CIS, The Closer, Six Feet Under, and Early Edition.
David Yow – “DAVID”
Many people who know of David Yow think of him as the lead singer of seminal ‘80s punk band, Scratch Acid. Even more know him as the notoriously unhinged madman lyricist for Chicago noise-rockers, the Jesus Lizard. What most people do not know about Yow is that his acting prowess is in the same league as his onstage wanton charisma. He has shown that he can embrace a variety of different roles, and attack them with whatever amount of ferocity is needed.
As a sicko, he’s a natural. As a dorky stiff, he’s delightfully convincing. As a murderer, he’s nothing short of terrifying . . . and yet, Yow is described by friends as the funniest guy they’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. (He eagerly awaits his first truly comedic role!)
In the last several years, Yow has been repeatedly sought out by directors to appear in their films. Recent co-star credits include “Fully Loaded”, directed by Shira Piven & executive produced by Adam McKay; “Al’s Beef” starring Dean Stockwell and Jordan Ladd; and a couple with his ol'pal John Hawkes, "Faded Love" and "Too Late". The requests keep coming and this is an exciting time for David. The best is yet to come. Enter “High and Outside”.
Scarlett Fay – "ANGIE"
Scarlett Fay is an LA Native, and has been an adult performer for 5years, gaining media attention from TMZ, E!News and The LA Daily News for her parody role as Lindsay Lohan. Fay is a familiar face on PlayboyTV as a model & co-host for BadAss (seasons 1&2), Beach House & NAHV. Scarlett says, “as an adult performer my next step has always been to cross over into mainstream film and television.” And adds, “I am so honored that I have been given this chance with High & Outside.”
Phil Donlon – “PHIL HARDING”
Phil is an actor/director/writer. Born and raised in Chicago, Donlon attended the Theater Conservatory of Roosevelt University for acting and directing. He founded and served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Gilead Theater Company, critically hearlded by the Chicago Tribune for its "hard-hitting raw theatrics". Phil has worked on some of the most important stages in the city of Chicago including The Organic Theater Company, Lookingglass, and Wisdom Bridge. Other notable companies include The Blank Theater (LA). Most recently Phil completed the Los Angeles run of Sam Shepard's FOOL FOR LOVE, which Daily Variety wrote "the youthful Phil Donlon offers a compelling perf...eloquently highlights...". On film Phil's credits include "Unbroken" starring opposite Rachel Bilson and directed by Brad Furman. Henry Jaglom's "Queen of the Lot" starring Noah Wyle. TV credits include "Justified", "Friends" and "CSI". Donlon wrote, directed and starred in "Wrestled" which was an official selection at Sundance 2003 and ran on The Independent Film Channel for 3 years. Most recently Phil penned "Lords of The Levee" for television with Nick Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino) and Joseph Sikora.
ABOUT OUR CREW :
Collectively we are known as Standard 17. We have produced, directed, written and edited feature films, national ad campaigns, music videos, documentaries, EPK’s, and thousands of hours of Reality TV. We are working professionals with industry day jobs, families, and are currently donating what we can to this project when we can. We have seen Sundance, Slamdance and numerous other established festivals with other projects, and feel that THIS film will surpass those.
Evald Johnson – Director/Producer
Although he was born in Wisconsin, Evald Johnson grew up on the road. As the son of a Major League baseball player, his home was wherever Baseball took his father. By the time he had graduated from high school he had attended ten different schools. His summers were spent following his father from game to game… often sleeping in the luggage racks of buses. The one constant in his life was his love of movies. And it was that passion which lead him to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. Evald started editing professionally in 2003, and has continued to do so over the years. He’s been the editor of a variety of television programs for major networks and cable channels. Johnson has also edited numerous commercial spots for companies such as Hugo Boss, Nine West, Rachel Roy, and LEI. It was this extensive work in Television as an editor that birthed the desire to make his first feature film. And so began the long process of writing, producing and directing "Stan”, a feature that would go on to win numerous awards. It will be released on DVD in early 2013. Currently, Evald is working around the clock to get his second feature film "HIGH & OUTSIDE - a baseball noir" off the ground.
John Cook – Producer
John is recognized as a multi-talented filmmaker, earning acceptance at numerous festival events, most notably SLAMDANCE – for his comically morose series of shorts titled "Stigma Dating". Cook would later hone his production and post-production skills while producing, directing and editing music videos and DVD content for artists including Lou Reed, Henry Rollins, and the Psychedelic Furs. He would later settle into post-production life by becoming the Senior Editor on the "The New Tom Green Show", and most recently as a Reality TV producer/editor on shows such as “Joan Know’s Best" (Joan River's reality show), and “House Hunters”. Cook met Johnson while working out of the same production house in Los Angeles. Their fast friendship ultimately led to him joining Johnson's independent Standard17 brand.
Dan O’Dair – Writer
Dan O'Dair is the author of numerous feature screenplays and short scripts, as well as the collection of short stories All Those Little Hurts and the poetry collections A Cure for Rust and Still Life from a Moving Desert Town. He received an Individual Artist's grant from the Ohio Arts Council for his work in short fiction, and was a finalist in the Kent State University's Wick Poetry Series chapbook competition. Currently Dan lives and works in Los Angeles as a story producer and writer for reality TV shows. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The Ohio State University.
Mark Shady – Producer
Mark Shady has been involved in the Los Angeles independent film scene since 2000. His first feature film, DARK WOODS, starring James Russo (Public Enemies) was released in 2010 in the United States and worldwide in 2011 under the title FORBIDDEN ATTRACTION. Mark is thrilled to be a part Standard 17 Productions and of the HIGH & OUTSIDE team.
Ellen Philips – Producer
Back in college, Ellen double-majored in Radio/TV/Film and Education with the dream of producing quality educational programming. She then took a graphic-design job at Chicago’s esteemed PBS station, WTTW, and later became a freelance designer at many of Chicago’s network tv affiliates… all the while producing music videos for major and independent-label bands. After years of accidentally making a living in graphic design, Ellen moved to Los Angeles to pursue her original dream. She has spent the last decade producing and story-editing programming for HGTV, Food Network and the like. Ellen is delighted to be on board with Standard 17, and to bring her talents to such an excellent scripted project.
Caprice Conley - Co-Producer
Caprice Conley is a Producer and Filmmaker with a passion for the art of storytelling. Specializing in independent features and festival winning films.
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