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O. hannah Films (the boys behind The Battery) want to release their comedy feature film, worldwide, via Creative Commons.
O. hannah Films (the boys behind The Battery) want to release their comedy feature film, worldwide, via Creative Commons.
O. hannah Films (the boys behind The Battery) want to release their comedy feature film, worldwide, via Creative Commons.
759 backers pledged $53,889 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW STRETCH GOAL: If we hit $60,000, we will also release an entirely different version of "Tex Montana Will Survive!" filled with alternate jokes and deleted scenes! We had simply too much comedy to fit into one movie! This will be released via Creative Commons, exactly the same way as the "real" movie, about 2 weeks after the initial movie's release. This will also be included on the DVD/BluRay discs, as the greatest special feature we could possibly include! It's TWO movies released to the entire world in only a matter of weeks.

HELP US CHANGE THE DISTRIBUTION GAME

We made a film. It’s a feature. It’s funny. And it’s finished. Please watch our official trailer below:

Again, "Tex Montana Will Survive!" is finished... And now we want to release it. As soon as this campaign ends. To everyone. Everywhere. All over the world.

All on the same day. All at the same time. For free. Forever and ever and ever, amen.

BUT—We need your help…

ABOUT THE FILM

When his reputation as the most famous and trusted TV survival host in the world is tarnished following allegations that his show is staged, Tex Montana attempts to clear his name by documenting himself surviving in the remote wilderness for thirty days, completely alone.

82 minutes  |  unrated (contains graphic language)

 OUR GOAL

If our campaign is successful, we will erase the slow, staggered process typically necessary to bring a film to a worldwide audience, by releasing Tex Montana digitally (YouTube, Vimeo, download, torrent, etc.) via a creative commons license, in every territory, for free, almost immediately.

That means anyone, anywhere in the world, will be able to do just about anything they want with the movie. Examples include:  

  • Watch it! 
  • Re-watch it! 
  • Stubbornly refuse to watch it! 
  • Share it! 
  • Screen it at a quinceanera! (Or any other milestone celebration!)  
  • Re-edit it into an even better film! 
  • Burn it onto DVDs and BluRays (we’ll even supply printable artwork!) and give them to people who don’t know how to play videos on the interwebs! 

ALL KIDDING ASIDE

This campaign is in part an effort to address the countless messages we received from amazing film fans across the globe, who were understandably frustrated with how long it took for our previous film, The Battery, to be made available in their countries.

It is also a reaction, to a very sobering—and demoralizing—reality we were made painfully aware of by the end of The Battery’s incredible journey:

It is incredibly difficult to make a living as an independent filmmaker.

A dramatic influx of films on the market—coupled with the rise of peer-to-peer sharing through torrent sites—has resulted in a drastic decrease in compensation for filmmakers across the board. Minimum Guarantees (MGs) are small and residuals trickle in over the course of years.

Our hope is that by taking a risk and eschewing the conventional distribution process, the result for both filmmaker and film fan will be mutually beneficial. Contributors will receive an immediate return on their generosity; and by cutting out the middlemen, we will see a higher return on our film in a much shorter time frame.

Because the film will be released without any restrictions, your contributions today will unlock the film for all to enjoy for all of eternity.

As a result of this campaign, we would be afforded something we were never able to achieve throughout the long release of our first film: Stability. Even a small window of which would allow us to step away from our day jobs long enough to get back to doing what we truly love. Making movies.

There’s no way around it, asking for your direct support is uncomfortable and intensely humbling.

The decision to try and release a film on our own is daunting, and frankly quite frightening. But it’s also exciting. We’re anxious to start a new journey, and we hope you’ll consider coming along with us.

It would be a glorious symbiotic relationship!

Like the goofy yet protective clownfish, and the loyal and supportive sea anemone! We won’t let anything eat you, if you let us hide in your weird, stinging, tentacle-tube-type things when the big fish come round to eat us.
When all is said and done, if we make it through the month, you will have a pretty damn funny little film to watch.

You will also have gotten us so much closer than anyone else to finally answering the question we’ve been asked over and over, by so many wonderful people all over the world:

“When are you going to make another movie?”

WHO WE ARE


O. HANNAH FILMS is the three-headed troll responsible for the independent zombie film, The Battery. Made on a micro-budget of six thousand dollars, in fourteen days, with a crew of six; the film went on to play at over fifty festivals, winning more than a dozen jury and audience awards, and was featured on countless best-of horror lists. To date, the movie has been distributed in twenty-plus countries worldwide, and was released on DVD and BluRay in the U.S. by Scream Factory.

For specific press inquiries, please email Tex@ohannahfilms.com

JEREMY GARDNER is a writer, director, actor, unemployed waiter, and answer to the question: “Who is that fat, bearded guy in that hipster zombie movie?” He co-directed and plays the titular idiot in TEX MONTANA WILL SURVIVE! Outside of his own films, he recently appeared in Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s (Resolution) SPRING, and Joe Begos’ (Almost Human) THE MIND’S EYE, and is hard at work waiting for any other amazing filmmakers to call and offer him work. 


CHRISTIAN STELLA is a director, cinematographer, cookbook author and food photographer by trade. By necessity, force—and on occasion—threat of violence, he is also a colorist, editor, sound designer, mixer, producer, and reticent-but-bound-by-the-bonds-of-friendship roommate of Jeremy Gardner. He is the sole reason both THE BATTERY, and TEX MONTANA, look as though they had a hundred times their actual budgets.

ADAM CRONHEIM is an actor, producer, and real estate agent from New York City. Most notably in THE BATTERY, he somehow imbued the thankless role of Mickey with a relatable humanity before being saddled with an even more thankless role off-screen: Taking charge of the constant barrage of paperwork, releases, insurance, legal mumbo-jumbo and business affairs that most first-time filmmakers never think about while living their dream on set. He recently appeared in the post-apocalyptic vampire film, RED SPRING, set for release in 2016.

Risks and challenges

Because the film is already completed, there is no risk to our contributors save the inherent risk accepted by anyone who consumes art or entertainment: The possibility that you might not enjoy it.

There is absolutely no risk that we won’t make the film…

Because we already made it.

The only substantial risk taken in this endeavor is our own.

By electing to bypass the traditional distribution channels, we may well end up with nothing.

Which would really, really, really suck.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

    You not only believe in our cause, you're willing to take up a torch and march with us to the castle walls. That level of dedication deserves memorializing.

    All contributors at this level and higher will have their names added to the Thank You section in the end credits of the film.

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    I want this released AND I want a physical copy! We're going to be making an amazing bluray/DVD combo pack that is exclusive to this Kickstarter (and super nice). You'll never be able to buy it again. At this level you will:

    1. Help release the movie for free to the rest of the world and show your support for indie film.
    2. Get a thank you credit at the end of the film.
    3. Get the exclusive Bluray/DVD combo pack, signed by both directors.

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    I SUPPORT THE CAUSE, BUT I LIKE STUFF

    We get it, so do we. Contributions at this tier (and all higher levels) will include a Signed Kickstarter Exclusive BluRay/DVD Combo Pack AND a replica version of Tex Montana's survival guide THE SURVIVE! HANDBOOK, as featured prominently in the film.

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    I SUPPORT THE CAUSE, BUT I LIKE STUFF

    We get it, so do we. Contributions at this tier (and all higher levels) will include a Signed Kickstarter Exclusive BluRay/DVD Combo Pack (NTSC disc players) AND a replica version of Tex Montana's survival guide THE SURVIVE! HANDBOOK, as featured prominently in the film.

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    At this level, we'll throw in a professionally bound book of The Battery's original screenplay, signed by the writer/director. We'll also add a second copy of the Tex Montana bluray/DVD combo pack to give to a friend. So you will get:

    1. To support the free release to the world.
    2. A thank you in the end credits.
    3. Two signed copies of the Kickstarter exclusive Tex Montana blurary/dvd combo pack.
    4. A signed copy of Tex Montana's survival guide book (replica prop from the film).
    5. A signed copy of The Battery screenplay paperback book.

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    TEX MONTANA'S DRUMS!

    This is the actual, small set of drums that Tex plays the hit song "Baby Bear Bones" on in the film.

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    An original Jeremy Gardner MONSTER DOODLE. Jeremy (director of The Battery) draws monsters. Each is entirely unique. He'll draw you a monster and sign it. We'll frame it. Then we'll send it to you! Plus, you'll get:

    1. To support the free release of the movie to everyone.
    2. Two signed copies of the DVD/bluray combo pack.
    3. The signed replica Survival book.
    4. The signed The Battery screenplay book.
    5. A thank you in the end credits of the movie.

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    Tex Montana's harmonica! Played in 4 scenes from the movie, it's filled with Tex's DNA, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. You'll also receive:

    1. To support the free release of the movie to everyone.
    2. Two signed copies of the DVD/bluray combo pack.
    3. The signed replica Survival book.
    4. The signed The Battery screenplay book.
    5. A thank you in the end credits of the movie.

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    TEX MONTANA'S BIG FAT SURVIVAL SACK!

    Choosing this reward will get you a rucksack full of awesome, one-of-a-kind crap! Survival goodies, the DVD combo, the replica book, movie stuff, and all kinds of weird junk! Each pack is unique, and will contain one super secret (spoiler) prop used in the film.

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    Ben's baseball cap from The Battery. The screen worn hat we had made just for the movie (featuring a P for Pittsfield). Only 3 of these were made, one for each of us guys... this is the one that Jeremy wore on screen. It's even got a (fake) bloodstain on it. Certificate of authenticity provided. You'll also receive:

    1. To support the free release of the movie to everyone.
    2. Two signed copies of the DVD/bluray combo pack.
    3. The signed replica Survival book.
    4. The signed The Battery screenplay book.
    5. A thank you in the end credits of the movie.

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    Ben's catcher's mask. This is the screen-worn catcher's mask from The Battery. Put it on and catch apples in style. Certificate of authenticity provided. You'll also receive:

    1. To support the free release of the movie to everyone.
    2. Two signed copies of the DVD/bluray combo pack.
    3. The signed replica Survival book.
    4. The signed The Battery screenplay book.
    5. A thank you in the end credits of the movie.

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    TEX MONTANA'S JACKET!

    This is the actual leather jacket worn by Tex Montana in nearly every frame of the film. Tex never goes anywhere without his lucky jacket... Unless you want it. A one-of-a-kind prop that doubles as a fashion statement. (Men's Large)

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    Are you an indie filmmaker like us? Christian will color grade and sound mix your short film for you. He's the guy that did that for both The Battery and Tex Montana, and he likes things to look organic and "filmic" no matter what camera it was filmed on. He'll do your sound and color for any film up to 15 minutes. Message us if you have any questions.

    Plus, you'll get 2 copies of the DVD/Bluray combo pack, the Survival book replica, The Battery screenplay book, a thank you in the end credits.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT!

    Have your name prominently featured in the end credits of the film, and your name listed as an executive producer on IMDB.

    (please note, that because this is a found footage movie, there are no opening credits)

    You will also receive 5 signed copies of the DVD/Blu to give to friends.
    1 signed copy of the replica prop book.
    1 signed copy of The Battery screenplay.

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    SUPER CRAZY TATTOO OPTION!
    If you happen to be both wildly generous and completely insane, Jeremy and Christian will happily memorialize your generosity and insanity, by getting a Tex Montana themed tattoo that prominently features your initials. Jeremy is in movies sometimes, so your tattoo may eventually end up in a movie.

    A video of us getting the tattoos will be uploaded to our YouTube page, and will also be included on the DVD/Bluray.

    Plus, you'll get:

    1. To support the free release.
    2. FIVE signed copies of the exclusive bluray/dvd combo pack of the movie. (You've got a lot of friends!)
    3. A signed copy of the Tex Montana Survival Guide prop replica.
    4. A signed copy of The Battery screenplay book.

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