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THANK YOU to everyone who helped us EXPAND the FILM!
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Zeppelins. Rockets. Steam-powered robots. It’s 1876, and Cade Ballard is STILL trying to get to Mars…

Huge thanks to everyone who helped us reach — and surpass — our original Kickstarter goal. Cowboys & Engines IS done. Filming was completed in early June, but we're hoping to shoot a few new scenes, and that's where this Kickstarter comes in!

Cowboys & Engines is an ambitious steampunk adventure that follows Cade Ballard (Richard Hatch), the war-weary former ambassador from the nation of Texas as he meets Guinivere Wheeler (Libby Letlow), a woman who proves to be as dangerous as she is charming. When they encounter Professor Nicholas Timéon (Walter Koenig), and learn that his temporal engine, a machine with incredible destructive power, has been stolen by would-be conqueror Dr. Clay (Malcolm McDowell), Cade and Guinivere set off to save San Francisco from total destruction.

If you've finished the film, what's all this "Update" business about? 

It's true we wrapped filming on the short as originally planned a few months ago, and post-production — color correction, sound design and visual effects — is being completed now, and everything looks awesome.

However, as the project has gained publicity, we've been approached to pitch Cowboys & Engines to several major mainstream outlets as both a feature film and a series. Towards that end, we've got three additional scenes we want to shoot to add some character development to the existing short.

We hope to finance those scenes with this Kickstarter. Each scene will cost about $15,000. If we meet our goal, we'll shoot one. If we hit our stretch goals of $30,000 or $45,000, we'll shoot the others.

I supported your original Kickstarter. Am I required to support this one? Does this affect my rewards?

We know those are the big questions, and the answers are "No," and "No." You can ignore this Kickstarter project completely, and all of the rewards you have coming from our first campaign will still ship to you as soon as the film is completed.

We aren't asking anyone who contributed to the original campaign for additional money. We're only asking you to help us spread the word about this new venture. However, if you do want to help us make the film even bigger and better, we've included several rewards that are designed as "add-ons" for backers with original project packages.

We've added a few new rewards for this Kickstarter, as well as some of the favorites from the first campaign. As mentioned above, we've also included several rewards for original backers to add on to their original packages without duplicating items or costs.

These are some of the great items available: 

• THE COMIC-BOOK ONE-SHEET — Popular comic book artist Satine Phoenix will be creating an original piece depicting the main characters in a “comic book” rendering. The hardcopies of this poster will only be available here. 

• MAP OF THE GREATER AMERICAS — The North America of Cowboys & Engines is home to five nations, three of which have been at war for nearly two decades. This gorgeous poster depicts the Greater Americas of our alternate 1876, and shows each character’s journey during the course of the film. 

• THE WORLD THAT NEVER WAS: THE ALTERNATE HISTORY OF COWBOYS & ENGINES — We've written a short history of this world, detailing the alternate timeline and how events changed to create our era of anachronism. This softcover edition is a Kickstarter-only printing. 

• PRESS KIT — Our complete pressbook with photos, productions notes, headshots, cast & crew bios and more. We’re printing these for promotional purposes, and to hand out at screenings and festivals. The only place you can get them directly is Kickstarter.

• ORIGINAL PROPS & WARDROBE — From goggles to guns to Guinivere’s heat blaster, we’ll be making a limited number of original props, set decorations and wardrobe pieces available to our Kickstarter supporters. These will be available on a first-come, first served basis, so the sooner you jump in, the more choices you have. 

CAST & CREW JACKET — Originally available only as an upgrade to existing backers, these awesome, embroidered cast & crew jackets will only ever be available on Kickstarter.

We were very lucky to assemble and amazing cast of genre film legends to work on Cowboys & Engines. Watching these incredibly skilled actors work was one of the great joys of making the film. 

Richard Hatch — (Cade Ballard) Although he starred in the show as Lieutenant Apollo for only one season, Richard Hatch became the ambassador of cult sci-fi series Battlestar: Galactica. After years of trying to resurrect interest in the idea, through novels and a self-produced short film, Hatch was rewarded with a recurring part as Tom Zarek, President Rosslyn's counterpart on the show’s incredibly popular Sci-Fi Channel reboot.  

Libby Letlow — (Guinivere Turner) Libby began her professional acting career as series regular Patsy on the television series Masked Rider. Since then, she’s filled different roles in a variety of film and stage projects, including producing the indie film Maro, appearing in the independent thriller iKllr, and working as the lead puppeteer in DOMA Theatre Company’s insanely popular Los Angeles run of Avenue Q.

Walter Koenig — (Professor Nicholas Timéon) Actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, acting professor, and comic book creator; Walter Koenig’s career has spanned nearly five decades, touching every corner of the entertainment industry. While he is best known and loved for his role as Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek series and the first seven films, he was also a fan favorite in his appearances on Babylon 5 as Psi Cop Alfred Bester.

Malcolm McDowell — (Dr. Clay) You know him as Alex in A Clockwork Orange, H.G. Wells in Time After Time, and Soran in Star Trek: Generations. A true film icon, Malcolm McDowell has done it all, from Tank Girl to Blue Thunder, Robot Chicken  to The Mentalist. As Dr. Clay in Cowboys & Engines, he's chilling, insane, and riveting.

With Cowboys & Engines, we really captured lightning in a bottle. The production team worked incredibly well together. The cast was better than we could have hoped for. The final result looks amazing, and the teaser trailer posted above is just the tiniest taste of the awesome yet to come.

Listed below are some of the people who made it happen, and who will come together to shoot our new scenes.


For a complete list of the cast & crew, check our IMDB page HERE.

For more info about the film, the production, and the reward packages, check out the Cowboys & Engines Website.

Risks and challenges

We have a finished film in the can, so our risks with this Kickstarter are very minimal. If we get our funding, we'll shoot the additional scenes; if not, then we'll take the outstanding movie we've made, and make the best pitch we can with that.

Our biggest challenge is to recapture the same magic. Our shoot was really incredible, and we want to try to achieve that same level of quality. Everyone involved is hugely invested in this project, so our hopes for lightning striking twice are very high.

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    THE DEENAGER: For James Deen Fans! Get the Digital Version of the film, along with a signed James Deen poster of your choice from JamesDeenStore.com, and a James Deen Panda sticker.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE: Includes the HD download, plus a PDF of the script, a high-res download of the one-sheet movie poster and a PDF of the complete press kit.

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    SPECIAL EDITION DVD: This limited edition DVD has all three cuts of the film, scenes not included in the regular edition, and extensive extras including a Making Of and audio commentary. ONLY AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER. [Includes all $40 rewards.]

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    SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY: The HD version of the Limited Edition. ONLY AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER. [Includes all $40 rewards.]

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    BUILD YOUR OWN: PERFECT for backers of the original Kickstarter — Choose any three of the following - Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray • printed, signed One-Sheet Film Poster • hardcopy of the Film Script • printed Press Kit • printed Map of the Greater Americas • signed, printed Cowboys & Engines Comic Book Poster • the World that Never Was softcover book • the Soundtrack CD • the Kickstarter-exclusive Cowboys & Engines T-Shirt. [Just shoot us an email specifying which three you want]

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    NEW GEEK PACKAGE: Get the printed Map of the Greater Americas, the printed Cowboys & Engines Comic Book Poster by Satine Phoenix, and the World that Never Was softcover book. [Includes the Special Edition Blu-Ray package.]

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    ULTIMATE SWAG PACKAGE: Get EVERYTHING from the NEw GEEK package, plus the printed One-Sheet Movie Poster, a hardcopy of the Film Script, and a complete, printed press kit, all SIGNED. ALSO GET a Kickstarter-exclusive Cowboys & Engines T-Shirt and a CD of the original score by composer Vitaliy Zavadskyy. [Includes your choice of Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray.]

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    THE CREW JACKET: Get the AWESOME, embroidered "Cowboys & Engines" Cast & Crew Jacket. These are made to order, and will NEVER be available outside of Kickstarter. [Includes your choice of Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray.]

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    ORIGINAL PROP: We’re setting aside most of the more interesting props & wardrobe pieces for our Kickstarter donors to take home. Amazing pieces like custom-made goggles, rayguns, wardrobe pieces and more. Choice of prop will be given in the order donations are received, so don’t wait! [Includes all $45 rewards.] ...Go to CowboysAndEnginesTheMovie.com and click the REWARDS link for pictures of the available goodies!

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    THE DIRECTOR'S SHOOTING SCRIPT!: Get everything from the Ultimate Swag package, PLUS Writer/Director Bryn Pryor's ACTUAL, annotated, dog-eared, tea-stained shooting script, SIGNED by the entire cast & crew!

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    PROPMASTER PACKAGE: Get everything from the ULTIMATE SWAG PACKAGE and an ORIGINAL SCREEN-USED PROP for your collection! [Includes your choice of Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray.]

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    NAME THAT ROCKET: Exclusive naming rights to the Mars Colony rocket featured prominently in the launch scene at the end of the trailer. Right now it's called the "El Dorado," but we can do better! It’s a gorgeous machine, and it needs a great name! [Includes the Ultimate Swag package.]

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    A DATE WITH RICHARD HATCH: Spending an evening at dinner with one of the most charming and charismatic stars you're ever likely to meet. This might be your only opportunity to hang out with Captain Apollo and Tom Zarek all at the same time! [Includes all $275 rewards. Does NOT include transportation or lodging. 18+ ONLY.]

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    A DATE WITH JAMES DEEN: He’s not just our producer; our very own “boy next door gone bad” has a veritable legion of fans. If you’re one of them, this is your chance to meet him if you can get to L.A. or Las Vegas. Dinner with the star of Bret Easton Ellis & Paul Schrader’s film The Canyons (and a few other movies as well…) [Includes all $275 rewards. Does NOT include transportation or lodging. 18+ ONLY.]

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    ATTEND THE PREMIERE: The film will premiere at a movie theater in Hollywood, with a reception before and a party after. The entire cast & crew will be there, and so can you. We will fly you and a guest to Los Angeles, pay for your hotel, and provide a car and driver. Meet the people behind the creation of the film, see the sights, and go home with the Ultimate Swag Package in hand to brag to your friends! [Includes all $275 rewards and hotel accommodation. Airfare included only from within the continental US.]

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    BOWLING NIGHT: Richard Hatch loves to get a group together to bowl, so we thought we'd steal his idea. Bring a guest and come spend the evening bowling with as many of the cast and crew as we can collect in one place, Including Richard, James, Walter... and maybe Malcolm if he's in town. [Includes the Propmaster Package. Does NOT include transportation or lodging. 18+ ONLY.]

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    GAUNTLETS & GOODIES: Get a replica of your choice of either the left or right arm gauntlets worn by Derrick Pierce as Iron Mike in his big fight scene with Richard Hatch! [Includes the Ultimate Swag Package.]

    Created by propmaster and Steampunk artist Ian Finch-Field, these unique bracers got pretty beat up during the swordfight at the end of the film. Your replicas will be perfect!

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    PRIVATE SCREENING: Love steampunk? Make it a party! We'll rent a theater, bring the cast and crew, and show the movie and have a Q&A afterwards. You brings as many friends as you like and we'll make a night of it! [Available in Los Angeles ONLY. Includes the Propmaster Package. Does NOT include transportation or lodging. 18+ ONLY.]

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