Three strangers take a road-trip into the northwest & redefine their American Dream. Would you drive a 1000 miles for a conversation? Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 20, 2012.
About this project
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SHOW OF SUPPORT. WE CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE OUR COMPLETED FILM WITH YOU!
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"These filmmakers and their team represent my hope for a new energy and questing spirit in American cinema. It’s time we get past today’s partisan political wrangling and 'correctness' which destroys curiosity and breeds conformity. In science, as in art, progress is made only when we move beyond established wisdom. Today we need questioners not answerers and the movie AMERICAN MONGREL is a question asked by a grass roots caravan of actors and filmmakers who traveled 15,000 miles through the American west making a film in search of 'the way things seem to be.' " - ROB NILSSON
Alléne Hébert on being Janice:
Daniel da Silva on being Marcos:
Check out one of our very first teasers:
AMERICAN MONGREL is a unique film that ventures to explore new narrative ground. We invite you to be a part of the creation of this project and continue on the journey with us!
With dust in our hair and pockets turned out, PRODUCTION is finished! The skeleton cast and crew traveled for 2 months, over 15,000 miles, throughout the western United States entirely on our own savings. Now we need a big push to get us down the home stretch. We need you. Take a look at the trailer above, watch it again, and please contribute what you can!
We're asking for your support and collaboration through Kickstarter to help fund POST-PRODUCTION costs. These include:
- Color Correction, HD Masters
- Sound Mix
- Original Score
- Soundtrack Licensing
- Legal fees, Release Licensing
- Film Festival Distribution
- Marketing and Promotion
- Premiere Screenings(before it goes public)
WE NEED YOU...CAN YOU GIVE US A JUMP?
Asking for money is no fun. But we believe in this film and in people - our friends, family, YOU! We all understand the power of helping to make something meaningful. From its inception, AMERICAN MONGREL has been about people and the story each one of us lives every day. Thank you for taking your time and thank you again for your support. We should mention that our projected goal of $45,000 WILL ENSURE the completion of this modern American tale. If the goal is not met, no funds will be collected and you will not be charged. It's ALL OR NOTHING. We'd love to hear from you so please contact us and keep the conversation going by telling your friends and family to join in. Forward.
Is a film about three strangers who take a road trip into the northwest.
Marcos, Johnny, and Janice accidentally come together after a wild night of drinking in the city. Packed into a car and headed "north", they learn about each others secrets and discover the forgotten wonders of the American people and landscape. This is a real adventure of people confronting their past mistakes, rekindling love, and finding acceptance. The experience of the road reveals to each of them the possibility of profound inner change.
What is your American Dream?
We set out not only to see if Marcos, Johnny, and Janice could find their own answers to this question but to ask it of the people we met along the road. As our fictional narrative unfolded we interviewed real Americans who were willing to share with us their own stories and interpretations of the American Dream. From traveling musicians to simple farmers, the people and the stories were as unique and varied as the American landscape itself.
The distinction between the fictional world and the real world was a line we purposely blurred in order to tell an authentic story about modern love and survival in a country always needing redefinition.
In addition to the narrative, we are compiling the interviews into a documentary that will supplement the film.
Featuring an Original Score by
Duncan Arsenault (Pistol Whipped, The Curtain Society)
Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T Jones, Orchestra Morphine)
Dana Colley (Morphine, Twinemen)
Craig Rawding (Delta Generators, Beg Scream & Shout)
Brooks Milgate (Hey Now Morris Fader)
TAKE THE JOURNEY!!
Risks and challenges
A great filmmaker once said that cinema should be a means of exploring the most complex problems of our time, as vital as those which for centuries have been the subject of literature, music, and painting. It is only a question of searching, each time searching afresh the path… perils and risks come as they may. It would be a fruitless affair if we did not accept and grasp these challenges, and find our own keys to them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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