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A documentary that follows a group of stand-up comics during the month-long Seattle International Stand-up Comedy Competition.
A documentary that follows a group of stand-up comics during the month-long Seattle International Stand-up Comedy Competition.
152 backers pledged $14,005 to help bring this project to life.

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SICC in The Head

Welcome to the 34th annual Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition, the United States' largest touring comedy festival.  We followed 32 comedians, from around the globe, as they came to compete in the Emerald City. Some of the competition's previous participants include: Mitch Hedberg, Joey Diaz, Patton Oswalt, and Sean Kent. 

With top prizes including a record deal, a headlining weekend at Seattle’s Comedy Underground Club, and several thousand dollars in cash, the stakes are high for these comics. Getting first place could also mean getting the recognition necessary for Showtime/HBO specials, TV spots, and film roles.

How will the comedians adjust to the different crowds? A standing ovation in a Seattle club doesn’t guarantee a good response at a bar in a smaller, more conservative town.

Will the judges be as receptive to females, blacks, and latinos? How much will a comedian change their art and who they are to appease a crowd?  Most importantly, who is qualified to judge something as subjective as 'funny'? Is it fair or even possible? More importantly, why would someone ever dedicate their life to making random strangers laugh?

Regardless if they win, lose, or bomb, the careers of these comedians will be impacted by the four grueling weeks of touring and performing in the Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition.

About the Filmmaker

My name is Ruben Rodriguez and I'm originally from Hatillo, Puerto Rico. The word "Hatillo" actually translates into "little stable" (as in a stable of cows). We're known for having a 1:1 ratio between cows and people. That should give you perspective of where I'm from. 

About 5 years ago I decided to move to Seattle to work at a software company. Last year, after getting used to the rain, developing a caffeine addiction, and acquiring a wardrobe consisting of plaid and hipster glasses, I went through a first world problem known as a "quarter-life crisis". This involved switching careers, taking online classes, interning at Red Element Collective, and trying out stand-up comedy

Over the last year I've had the opportunity to work with Sweetheart Deal, Visual Contact, YoYo String CreativeSean Kent, IndieFlix, as well as MMA fighters Miriam Cardoso and Amy "Resurrection" Montenegro. I even have an IMDB credit! I got paid $34.57 to work as a Production Assistant for The Last Light. It was actually just a reimbursement for buying coffee for the crew... I still have that check and I'm strangely proud of it.

I'm ridiculously happy with the end result of the crisis, and I'm super exited to continue to work in the documentary world. Help me get this project made and these comedians' stories told!

Goals and more Goals

  • Our base goal is $13k. This money would cover the costs of editing and finishing the film.
  • Our next goal is $18k. Along with the above, we would also be able to hire a part-time colorist to make sure the film is as visually stunning as possible.
  • Our third tier goal is $24k This would move our colorist to a full-time position. In addition, we would be able to bring on a sound engineer, include additional interviews in the documentary AND a composer.
  • Anything above that would allow us to spend a bit of money promoting the film, submitting to festivals, and getting it out there!

Music Credits:

Caravan Palace - "Dramophone"

Podington Bear - "Rythn"

Rotem Moav - "Triangular"

Risks and challenges

This is my first film, there's no getting around that. Thankfully, I've developed a solid community of mentors, filmmakers, and comics in the Seattle area to help me through this process.

Once we get the film made, we'll be figuring out how to get it out there. Any help you can give we would really appreciate it!

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    Not only will you get our undying thanks, but you will also get to view a video of the filmmaker attempting stand-up for the first time.

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    You’ll get the digital copy of “SICC In the Head,” your name in the credits AND a digital copy of short film about Ron Reid's stand-up comedy class.

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    You’ll get all the aforementioned rewards PLUS we will include a selfie (that you submit to @SICCinTheHead with #SICCselfie) at the end of the film. Nothing Illegal, c’mon now.

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