From the team that made Crumbs (2015) this new sci-fi adventure will knock you off your seats with its cornucopia of weirdness interdimensional travel, astonishing spy plots and kung-fu adventures.
We have used our savings to shoot 10 minutes of the film and now we need your help! "Jesus shows you the way to the highway" is from a financial standpoint a high risk film according to our film industries which are anchored in old national models.
For this reason we have decided that the best way to find the resources necessary to get the film done is to shoot part of the film to show the world what we have in mind.
And here it is!
JESUS IS ABOUT...
It’s 2035 and Tallinn, now a megalopolis, is managed by an ubiquitous computer program called Psychobook. Undercover agents Gagano and his boss Palmer Eldritch are tasked with protecting psychobook from any and all threats.
When a dangerous virus called “Soviet Union” is detected within psychobook, the agents are assigned the mission to destroy it. During the mission, when accidentally inhaling a strange gas-emitting substance, Gagano becomes trapped in Betta Ethiopia, a parallel reality where he is considered the true heir to the throne. As he tackles the challenge of becoming the new Emperor, a battle breaks out in Betta Ethiopia between the Prime Minister, a firm supporter of the state apparatus and Psychobook, and Reverend Roy, a sect leader who promotes the free use of the substance for truth seeking and liberation purposes. When Gagano befriends Roy Mascarone, a Jesus Christ-like figure, he will learn how to use the substance to travel within realities, knowledge that will finally lead Gagano to the ultimate truth.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
There are two main reasons why we need your help.
1. No use of European funds to shoot in Ethiopia: It is not allowed to shoot in Ethiopia using the Spanish, Estonian or other European funds, so we need to shoot the Ethiopian leg of the production with private or crowdfunded money. Our film funds are anchored in their own national realities. They demand for the entire film to be shot in the territory, with national actors. Even if we’re doing a big effort, we can’t cover all the expenses of the shooting by ourselves and that’s why we need your support.
2. No Ethiopian film funds: We want to make an international film, an underground “James Bond” with the shape of the Matrix that takes a satirical point of view on world mafias and global mainstream culture trash. Ethiopia is a fascinating place with incredible actors, landscapes and film professionals and provides great cinematic opportunities. Unfortunately, the film industry is still weak and the possibilities of funding or investment are very rare.
Your help will cover a big part of the Ethiopian shooting which will allow us to set the rest of the production in motion.
Daniel Tadesse Gagano (Addis-Ababa, 1982)
Shortly after being born disabled, Daniel was abandoned by his biological parents. A series of different relatives stepped in to care for his welfare. As a consequence Daniel grew up moving from home to home while dreaming of becoming an actor. Everything changed in 2004 when he got his first big break, he was cast as the leading man in the popular “Ye leb esat” theatre company. He would go on to perform in over 12 plays and eventually 15 films, making Daniel a public figure as well as a local “landmark” in the trendy Piazza district of Addis-Ababa.
Miguel Llansó casted him first for the short “Where is my dog?” (2010) and then for a second short “Chigger Ale” (2013). Miguel would later count him in for the lead role in his debut feature “Crumbs” (2015), a film that transformed Daniel into a cult sensation. “Jesus Shows you the Way to the Highway” is their fourth collaboration together.
JSWH team has been working together for 10 years doing different productions. Meseret Argaw & Daniel Take Workou (Birabiro Films) and Yohannes Feleke are our producers in Ethiopia. Neba Bekele our best supporter and best boy. Israel Seoane is our lifetime friend, director of photography and producer. Quino Piñero our sound engineer, associate producer and collaborator. Manuel Donada our designer. Agu Mateo and Guille Llansó our amazing actors, friends and family. And now, we've started our collaboration with the incredibles Liis Nimik and Kristjan Pütsep (Alasti Kino, Estonia); our new family.
Miguel Llansó (Madrid, 1979) A big fan of experimental-punk-weird music and films, Miguel Llansó studied philosophy and cinema before leaving on his many adventures. He has mainly filmed in Ethiopia, his second home. He created and distributed the short films "Where is my dog?" (with Yohannes Feleke) and "Chigger Ale" (with Israel Seoane). The films premiered at IFFR Rotterdam and Locarno Film Festival.
Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, Hamburg, Milano, BAFICI (Argentina), Brussels, Tampere, Rio de Janeiro, Odense and many other film festivals have shown selections of his works.
Crumbs (2015) is Miguel's feature film debut, which premiered at Rotterdam International Film festival 2015 and screened at Fantasia, Neuchatel, Los Angeles, Durban and more than 100 film festivals and screenings worldwide. Crumbs is represented by the prestigious New Europe Film Sales (Poland) and was released theatrically in the U.S. and Spain. Jesus shows you the way to the highway will be Miguel’s second feature film.
Sergio Uguet de Resayre (Madrid, 1979) Sergio Uguet de Resayre is a filmmaker from Spain who has held positions in multiple areas of the entertainment industry in multiple countries. As of late he has been executive producer on the Ethiopian Sci-Fi post apocalyptic love story Crumbs (Miguel Llansó, 2015) and Kyrsyä - Tuftland (Roope Olenius, 2017). Jesus shows you the way to the highway (Miguel Llansó, 2018) will be his third feature film as producer.
A graduate in Film and screenwriting from Emerson College in Boston, MA, Uguet de Resayre also holds a Master's Degree in TV Production from Tracor in Madrid, Spain. He has written, produced and directed multiple short films and participated in several projects out of Boston and Los Angeles. After his return to Europe he was part of several directing teams in Spanish prime-time drama television shows before joining the ranks of FOX international Channels where he held positions in Spain, Poland, Turkey and Finland in the broadcast field.
OUR AWESOME LOCATIONS
We have the support of the legendary Viru Hotel to use their old KGB room as one of the locations of our film.
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OUR PREVIOUS FILMS
"Crumbs". Post-apocalyptic sci-fi love story in Ethiopia.
"Chigger Ale". Here come the problems. One night, a strange clone of Hitler goes to Fendika - a grassroots tavern in Addis Ababa…
The film will be shot in three different countries: Ethiopia, Spain and Estonia. We have already shoot about 10 minutes of the film in Ethiopia. The targeted goal is to complete the Ethiopian leg of the production.
If we reach 25000€ we could cover the CGI needed to completely wrap the the Ethiopian part of the film.
If we reach 35000€ we could cover half of the Spanish leg of production.
If we reach 50000€ we could cover the entire Ethiopian and Spanish leg of production with CGI included for the Ethiopian leg.
If we reach 100000€ we could complete the production of the film, in other words the Ethiopian, Spanish and Estonian legs of the films.
If we reach 150000€ we could complete the production and all the computer generated images of the film.
If we reach 200000€ we could complete the film.
Risks and challenges
Making independent films is always a wonderful but risky adventure. Specially when you’re shooting a dreamlike film in Africa. We managed to shoot “Crumbs” in the most inaccessible and astonishing locations of Ethiopia by keeping the crew minimal and shooting guerilla style. It proved to be right for that type of film. Along the process we found amazing locations and actors and the flexibility of the method allowed us to bring a spontaneity to the film that made it refreshing. We were prepared for the challenge. And now again we’re ready for almost anything. Notwithstanding, unexpected events may occur during the long process of producing: diseases, accidents or simply strokes of bad luck. Because we plan on shooting the Ethiopian part of the film with the same method as Crumbs, this means that just as we can incorporate things into the film during the process, it exposes us to all kinds of risks that are impossible to foresee and that may jeopardize the production. These can range anywhere from something unpredictable like getting sick all the way to war breaking out, kidnap or worse. All measures have been taken to mitigate risk but there are always unpredictable events that cannot be controlled. Shooting in these conditions is always a challenge, but one that we are prepared and qualified to take. We’ll keep you informed about any event that may delay our production.
Even after we have shot the Ethiopian part of the film, we still need to raise funds to shoot the European part of the film. There is a risk that we might not be able to get the necessary fund to complete the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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