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A martial arts comedy.
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A martial arts comedy.
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The Story

A realization hit me the other day, and it was this: I really want to make a martial arts action-comedy.

Most of my movies are inspired by jokes. Usually though, once they're fully developed, they're more melancholic than a comedy, which is fine, but this time I want to make a movie that is 100% jokes. I love jokes.

The script is about a guy named Max Turbo, who just wants to learn some self-defense after being challenged to a fight by a bully. Instead, Max stumbles his way into joining a secret crime-fighting martial arts school, and discovers that he is the key to taking down a powerful drug lord in the city.

Miami Connection (1987)
Miami Connection (1987)

The best part is I worked on the script with my friends Reuben Glaser*, Luke Porst, and Robert Hoxie. Their contributions helped to make it even better, and funnier. It's funny as hell now, and it's got a surprising amount of heart. It's a god damn good script.

Co-writer, & professional humorist, Reuben Glaser
Co-writer, & professional humorist, Reuben Glaser

 *Fun Fact: Reuben is responsible for the 2012 election season internet sensation, Little Face Mitt.

Co-writer, & professional filmmaker, Luke Porst
Co-writer, & professional filmmaker, Luke Porst
Co-writer, & professional screenwriter, Robert Hoxie.
Co-writer, & professional screenwriter, Robert Hoxie.

The Cast & Crew

Left to right: Robert Hoxie (co-writer/DP), Gus Péwé (co-writer/director/actor), Sophia Rogers (actress), Sawandi Johnson (actor), Yamma Danfa (actress), Trevor Cochran (actor)
Left to right: Robert Hoxie (co-writer/DP), Gus Péwé (co-writer/director/actor), Sophia Rogers (actress), Sawandi Johnson (actor), Yamma Danfa (actress), Trevor Cochran (actor)

Gus Péwé, will play Max Turbo.
Sawandi Johnson, the star of Same Ghost Every Night, will play Max's Dad.
Yamma Danfa, another star of Same Ghost Every Night, will play a tough-as-nails babe named Valerie.
Kyle Stacks, a star in The Big West & The Three Vivid Dreams, will play a guy named Kyle.
Gary Mullins, my friend from high school, and the subject of this documentary, will play the character Gary.
Trevor Cochran, who played the the antagonist is The Big Westis set to play another villain, this time - the evil drug lord, Cain.
Sophia Rogers, a star in Same Ghost Every Night and The Big West, will play a villainess named Hildy.
Mick Tader, my dad's friend from college, and all-around funny guy, will play The Sensei, the leader of the secret martial arts school.
Gary Minix, will play The Mayor of the city.
Also set to appear are Kazu Nagahama, Royd Buchele, Khari Saffo, Nick Azzaro, The Kevin Jennings SideshowLuke MacGilvrayCassie Little, Merlin Bell, Brian Austin, Luke Porst, Reuben Glaser, Robert Hoxie, Jaren Johnson, and the voice of Mida Chu.

The Way of the Dragon (1972)
The Way of the Dragon (1972)

The finished movie will have a great soundtrack including original music from artists like neat beatsZLAsarob, Joey AichAlexander Huryk, & Tj Cole.

We'll also be working with professional fight choreographer John Lennox of Art of Combat, so that the fights that need to look good, will look really good.

Why Do I Need Your Money?

Ideally, I'd be totally loaded and able to pay for everything myself, but that's not the case. We need money for production design materials, meals, gas, props, and some special effects. There's a part where a whole guy catches fire. Which reminds me, we also need to buy insurance.

The budget basically breaks down like this:
$2000 for props that we don't own, and have to buy.
$2000 for food and travel expenses for our cast and crew. Everyone is volunteering, but they have to eat, and also be on set.
$500 for filmmaker's insurance. So we can be safe.
$500 for festival submission fees once the movie is all done. It would be nice if people actually saw it.

That's it.
And really, that's actually not enough to make the movie. That's the dang bare minimum. That doesn't include producing and shipping out all of the backer rewards. Which is also expensive. And also there's a boom mic that I'd like to get for better audio. And more stuff. When and if we get the $5,000 I'll tell you all about exactly what I'd do with more.

(Also, Kickstarter & Amazon take their rightful 5% to 10% cut on the total money we raise. So the more money, the better.)
Thank you. Bless you.

Gus and Keaton Get in a Fight (2011)
Gus and Keaton Get in a Fight (2011)

The Rewards

There are a big number of cool rewards being offered for donations to the film, including a secret link to the final cut of the movie, a DVD of all my previous films, a copy of this new movie on VHS, on-screen credits and appearances, custom-tailored jokes and illustrations, mixtapes, posters, unique fictional credits in the end credits, tweets on twitter saying how nice you are, & more!

Gus Péwé Short Film Collection DVD
Gus Péwé Short Film Collection DVD

Mull it over, okay?
Thanks.
I hope you donate.
-Gus

The Big Boss (1971)
The Big Boss (1971)

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is inherently all about running into problems and overcoming them. Problems are expected, but they will be overcome.

Filmmaking is tough, but you've gotta do it.

I promise to deliver images that have never before been created, and a story that comes from our collective dreams & wild nightmares.

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