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The storied friendship of Larry & Carl faces its ultimate test when the unlikely warriors are forced to square off in the boxing ring.
The storied friendship of Larry & Carl faces its ultimate test when the unlikely warriors are forced to square off in the boxing ring.
The storied friendship of Larry & Carl faces its ultimate test when the unlikely warriors are forced to square off in the boxing ring.
207 backers pledged $16,395 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello and welcome to the Wedgerino fundraising page. Please watch the above video to learn about the origins of this project. (Or watch it here.)

We have reached our minimum goal; let's keep it going!

Wedgerino is a feature-length comedy. With this Kickstarter campaign, we're aiming to raise the rest of the money needed to go into production. Your help is greatly appreciated! 

Please see the rewards to the right for incentives. And read on to learn more about this film, and how Kickstarter works. 

The Story

Larry and Carl are sensitive guys, best friends and roommates, with cool girlfriends who love them. But they don’t have jobs, and their new landlord is angrily demanding rent. 

All looks bleak until they meet Johnny, a charismatic stranger with a painful past. Johnny comes up with a plan to help the pair out of their financial bind: Larry and Carl must box each other on the undercard of a fight Johnny is helping to promote. 

After bonding over a cup of coffee, Johnny takes Carl under his wing, training him for the big match. As Carl's enthusiasm for boxing grows, Larry becomes increasingly concerned that his best friend has moved on. Left with no choice but to console himself by eating ice cream in the dark, Larry better get ready for the fight of his life.

Creators 

Kenny Zimlinghaus and Aaron Wertheimer have been making short films and songs together since 2007. Here’s some info about their current activities: 

Kenny is an NYC comedian who performs standup all over the country. He can be heard every day as a host on the nationally broadcast “Wake Up” morning show on Sirius XM’s Cosmo Radio. 

Aaron lives in Brooklyn and works on short films and commercials, and as a freelance writer. He is an award-winning writer, receiving a 2011 Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, Society of Professional Journalists, for an article exploring Henry Miller’s relationship to Judaism. He has been profiled on Bloomberg TV and elsewhere for writing entries on Wikipedia.

A Brief Guide to the Kickstarter Campaign

At the end of the Kickstarter, we will go into pre-production, with a plan to begin shooting in Brooklyn in February/March 2013. The shoot will be approximately 15 days. Credit cards will be charged at campaign's end.

Along with the money we’ve already raised, the monetary goal we’ve posted is the minimum amount needed to shoot the film, at a microbudget. Everything we raise will go directly to the creation of the film. Our aim is to raise more than our posted goal.

We thank all our supporters who have already made contributions through previous fundraising efforts. If you’d like to help out further by spreading the word, that would be great.

The crowd at one of our fundraising efforts, Union Pool, Brooklyn.
The crowd at one of our fundraising efforts, Union Pool, Brooklyn.

You can follow along with our progress on this Kickstarter page, on our official website, wedgerino.com, and on our official blog, 'rino, which is updated daily.

Video Credits

Camera: Anthony Mascorro

Editing: Aaron Wertheimer

Music: Diwon, Jess Kiddin, Josh Sternberg, Kenny Zimlinghaus

With: Marc Grey, Jude the Dog, Anthony Mascorro, BA Miale, Joey Siegel, Josh Sternberg, Taylor Strecker, and more!

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is creating a quality film at a very low budget. We've been collaborating for five years, and will be bringing in other long-time collaborators to harness the chemistry that will go a long way toward offsetting budgetary constraints. We will use any and all local filmmaking, location, equipment and catering connections developed while living and working in New York.

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    Thank you! We'll travel back in time to the most tense day of your life and give you a shoulder rub. And you will be thanked on the film's website.

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    Cross "decorate refrigerator" off your to do list because you now have a limited edition Wedgerino magnet. And a Thank You in the film's credits.

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    Everything above + a Limited Edition DVD of the finished film.

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    A PDF of the collected Brooklyn Newsletters (2004-07) that Aaron founded and edited. + Limited Edition DVD of the finished film, magnet and Thank You in the film's credits.

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    Two tickets to see Kenny perform live and share a post-set drink with him, whenever he comes to your town. + Digital download of the finished film and Thank You in the film's credits.

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    Be immortalized: Aaron will write a short profile of you that will be featured on the official Wedgerino blog. + Digital download of the finished film, magnet and a Thank You in the film's credits.

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    Access to a link of a rough cut of the film, while it's being edited. Give us your input! + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    Kenny comments on your Facebook page every day for a week. Or you can pay $100 for this not to happen. + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    A limited edition framed still from the film. + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    Carly Simon's unflattering 1972 song "You're So Vain" may or may not be about Warren Beatty. Well, Kenny will write and record a flattering song that will definitely be about you. The song will be featured on the home page of his website for a week. + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    Choose from a selection of props from the movie, with a framed certificate of authentication signed by cast and crew and stamped with an official seal. + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    Sit in on the production for a day or have a walk-on role in the movie (must provide your own transportation to set). + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    We set up a special screening of the film in your hometown, hosted by Kenny, for you and up to 25 friends, at a mutually agreed upon date. + Limited Edition DVD, magnet and Special Thanks in the credits.

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    You are now an Executive Producer, and as such you can visit the set whenever you like, and your name will be featured prominently in the credits. + Watch an early cut of the film, limited edition framed still from the film, Limited Edition DVD, magnet and your name as Executive Producer in the credits.

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Funding period

- (29 days)