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A psychological thriller that paints an authentic portrait of New Orleans as seen through the hazed eyes of a bicycle delivery boy.

The Shotgun Waltz, an independent feature film

The Shotgun Waltz is an independent psychological thriller that will be shot and produced in New Orleans by New Orleans filmmakers. It is a dark portrait of our city, seen through the hazed eyes of bicycle delivery boy Travis as he searches for his missing sister Sadie over the course of one revelatory night. Gliding through the lush grandeur as well as the seedy underbelly of New Orleans, Travis speeds through the night streets as characters from all walks of life emerge from mansions and blight, grand avenues and broken streets. Armed with hidden agendas, allies and foes ply him with drugs and alcohol as they draw Travis into an intricate web that eventually leads him to the heart of Sadie's mysterious disappearance. Soon, his longing for his missing sister conjures traces of her all over town, distorting his vision and creating a hallucinatory perspective that represents his increasingly burdened heart.

Living and Shooting in Louisiana

Louisiana filmmakers have proven in the last few years that the state offers more than just tax incentives for big budget Hollywood features. Louisiana has become a staging ground for fresh, groundbreaking films and filmmakers who regard its regional cultures, landscapes, music, and characters as integral elements in their storytelling. The Shotgun Waltz is critically bound to this city: as much as the story chronicles a critical night in a young man's life, it is rooted in the cultural, musical and emotional landscape that can only be found in New Orleans. Without New Orleans, there is no Shotgun Waltz. As residents, we often marvel at the "ordinary" extraordinariness of this "town that care forgot." As local filmmakers, we intend to bring this experience to the screen for all to experience.

A Film Family

Ji Un Choi, winner of the Louisiana Filmmaker's Grant and the prestigious NIMS award, began writing The Shotgun Waltz in 2004. Since then, especially with Hurricane Katrina, both the city and the script have undergone significant changes.  Development of the film began in earnest in early 2012. The Shotgun Waltz is a third-time collaboration and the first feature for a NOLA film family that formed to produce two short films: "holding his rabbits" and the award-winning "Madchen" (Best Cinematography NOFF 2012).  "Madchen" was shot on 35-mm film and set in the gloaming. We knew that it was an ambitious film, but that is what the story required of us. We never backed down because it was intended to be our last short film. Finally, the time for The Shotgun Waltz arrived.

Members of the Shotgun Waltz team: Amanda, Ji, Elena, Adam, Lexxi
Members of the Shotgun Waltz team: Amanda, Ji, Elena, Adam, Lexxi

Filmmakers Bios 

Musical Collaborations

Through luck, old and new friends, and not a cent with which to fill our cups, The Shotgun Waltz has a strong development team and has already begun developing artistic collaborations. The production has attached internationally renowned New Orleans musicians and local favorites --including Dr. Michael White, Donald Harrison, Ingrid Lucia, Washboard Lissa and Vockah Redu -- all of whom will be featured in the film and within the one-of-a-kind soundtrack of the city. Dixieland, or rather New Orleans jazz, mixing with sissy bounce, mixing with old-timey blues, mixing with funk and brass and Mardi Gras Indian beats characterizes the Big Easy we are accustomed to as we walk down St. Claude to Frenchmen Street. Our production takes this musical gumbo one step further by incorporating our city's brilliant musicians to be recorded, both for the film and soundtrack, live, on set, using the recording technique pioneered by Robert Bigelow on the HBO TV series Treme. The Shotgun Waltz will be the first feature film to incorporate Robert’s innovative live recording technique.

Musicians Bios

The Funds

It is through the passion, dedication and resourcefulness of our team that The Shotgun Waltz has arrived at this critical point. Within the last month, we have launched The Shotgun Waltz website and teaser, as well as formed our LLC. More than a year has been spent researching and developing a business structure. We have built our $~1 million budget, financing structure, and production plan as well as developed our marketing and distribution strategies. Investors and talent have been identified, and initial contact has begun. 

In short, we have accomplished what derails most filmmakers and entrepreneurs alike--we have solidified our business plan and built an incredible team to complete this film. At this juncture, raising seed money will make or break us, and this is why this Kickstarter is so important. Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will help us to officially transition from development into a full-blown production. Without these funds, we will be unable to cover the initial legal fees that will allow us to draft contracts with investors, sponsors, actors and musicians-- contracts that are crucial for us to successfully raise our $1 million budget. Without these funds, we will be unable to set up a formal production office and bring production members on full-time for the film. Without these funds, we will lose the momentum, drive, and interest we have been building. Now is the time for us to produce The Shotgun Waltz. Now is the time for you to support us.  

Lexxi, Milo, JP, and Roland hard at work at a production meeting.
Lexxi, Milo, JP, and Roland hard at work at a production meeting.

How to Help

You may back our project directly by making a contribution and/or telling everyone you know about The Shotgun Waltz. Please share our campaign’s link with them, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join our email list. Stay involved with us as we progress, but mostly, believe that we will make this film happen, because we need your support to get it done. For anyone new to Kickstarter, please note: If we don’t reach our goal, we get NOTHING. Every dollar counts. So please support us and help us spread the word about our campaign and our film.

www.theshotgunwaltz.com 

If you are interested in donating more than $5,000, learning about our investor package, or becoming more involved with the production in other ways, please contact us at ji@theshotgunwaltz.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We guarantee that The Shotgun Waltz will be made; our team has long since moved beyond the point of no return. However, the fact remains, production and schedule depends upon funding. The Shotgun Waltz team has repeatedly proven its ability to produce films of exceptional grace and beauty in visuals and storytelling that have wildly exceeded the bounds of their limited budgets and schedules. As innovative, enterprising New Orleanian filmmakers, we are determined to tell an authentic New Orleans story while utilizing the exceptional raw talents and extraordinary vision of its artists and musicians. We will not rest until The Shotgun Waltz hits screens, stereos and digital libraries across the globe.

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