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pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 28 2015 5:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

Sugarfields is a gangster revenge epic set between 1991 and 2015. The story revolves around Juan, who witnesses his parents' murder at a very early age and is cast into a difficult world of survival as an orphan, with only his best friend, Javier, to count on. We follow his life up to adulthood, where he finds himself selling narcotics on the same streets that brought such grief in his youth.

The film is about his escape from the life he is accustomed to, in the most difficult way possible.

A number of story lines intersect, including a priest who cannot escape from the clutches of a gangster, a troubled cop fighting corruption and his own demons, a psychotic and brutal Big Boss, and the often devastating personal episodes of childhood indiscretion.

The journey is a spiritual one but far from internal. We have written a 111 page script that has beatings, shootings, explosions, helicopters, crushable houses, robberies, murders, drug running, a crooked police force and even more crooked FBI, big bosses, beautiful people and the awe inspiring background of Puerto Rico.

So often films are made in Puerto Rico with no reflection on reality. Films shot here generally take place in some other location such as Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and so on, but there is such a rich history and wealth of story here on the island that we feel it is timely, and more than that, almost our responsibility to tell at least one of these stories as we see it and represent something close to the truth of Puerto Rico. 

Consider the position, not just geographically, but along social, moral and political pathways. It's unique location and environment, it turbulent past and tumultuous present, and sheer vibrancy and depth of ideas and attitudes and you be aware that there has never been a more important story at a more important time. 

We are currently a three man team. We are a young, eager and talented group of close knit partners and friends. We have each poured our time and finances into this project to secure the things we need to make it, including:

Our production office (which doubles as our house),

Vehicle to move our artists and crew,

All costume and props,

Lighting and sound equipment,

4k camera,

Cinema lens solutions.

All of the above and more have been procured out of our own pockets.

However, we have a number of scenes that will electrify the screen and require a financial push in the right direction. For example, a number of decapitations, a car-bombing and a conclusive and heavily choreographed final battle sequence.

To do justice to this amazing location, these incredible actors and the insightful, exciting and explosive script we have developed we need your help!

Here at Lava House Entertainment we are committed to producing the highest quality of production.

With the connections we have made locally we are confident we can make this well-needed money go further. We are thoroughly focused on production but also very conscious of the distribution and marketing requirements that will arise as the journey goes on.

Think Serpico meets Scarface while sharing a cocktail with Sleepers and asking for a dollar from Silence of the Lambs. And bear in mind we have been Sleepless in San Juan for near on three months...

Risks and challenges

Our issues arise from our ambition. We have a number of scenes that we are in logistic discussions with local procurers and proprietors about; but at the end of the day we are a low budget production that cannot actually pay to secure our locations or our talent. In reality this will be the cause of some delays. Many of our locations have been secured but when one of our scenes involves a car bombing outside a church, another with decapitation and others with high speed car chases and gun play, the complexity begins to get quite high.

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