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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 18 2014

About

Thank you to all our amazing supporters! We will re-launch next week with a flexible funding campaign, and let you know all the details so you can continue contributing to The Highway Is for Gamblers. Please watch this space, and look for us in your inbox! Thank you all again, and see you soon.

-The Highway Is for Gamblers Production Team

THE CAST

We are so proud to announce the casting of Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter, After the Dark), Nikki Reed (Twilight,  In Your Eyes), Gustaf Skarsgård (VikingsThe Way Back), and Joe Jonas.

BONNIE WRIGHT | "HEIDI"

 Bonnie Wright discusses The Highway Is for Gamblers:

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Bonnie is best known for her role as Ginny Weasley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (she was cast when she was 9). She went onto star in all 10 of the Harry Potter films, during which time she also managed to fit in a starring role in the BBC’s Agatha Christie’s A Life in Pictures.

2013 saw Bonnie starred in After the Dark, Before I Sleep and The Sea.

NIKKI REED | "JANE"

Nikki Reed, who co-starred in the international blockbuster Twilight films, got her start by co-writing and starring in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen. She recently appeared in Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes and wrapped The Sunday Horse. Nikki also made her debut behind the camera with the Think Normal segment for ESPN’s 9 For IX series.

GUSTAF SKARSGÅRD | "LYLE"

Gustaf Skarsgård is an internationally acclaimed film, television, and theater actor. Gustaf stars as 'Floki' in the hit television series Vikings.

Gustaf's most recent films include the independent thriller Autumn Blood, Peter Weir's The Way Back, and the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated adventure drama Kon-tiki

 JOE JONAS | "TAYLOR"

Joe Jonas is an international talent in the music, television and film arenas.    

In late 2011, Joe released his solo album, Fastlife, which debuted in the Top 15. Co-written with Chris Brown and producer Brian Kennedy, his video for his single “See No More” racked up over 13 million views on YouTube while the video for his second single, “Just In Love” debuted at #2 on the iTunes video charts. 

Joe's talents extend beyond his musical success to the small screen, with acclaimed guest star roles on TV Land’s “Hot In Cleveland” and CW’s “90210”. He’s excited to make his mark in the independent film world.

THE STORY

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"Heidi and Jane are best friends living in a sprawling desert community. After a series of relationship problems mars their friendship, Jane goes missing at a rodeo. Heidi begins a search across the desert for her friend, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road, crossing paths along the way with a series of unusual men in her hope for an honest connection in a dishonest world. Heidi is constantly searching for people who don't want to be found. She is open and trusting, and in the universe the film is set, these things karmically add up and play against her." 

Alex discusses her new film...

This is a story of two best friends who live in the desert, but who dream of so much more.

Like my previous film Lotus Eaters, this story explores people struggling to understand who they are and where they are going. But this time, their desire to break free leads them down an even more dangerous path filled with secrets, violence, and the elusive hope of a better future always just beyond their grasp...

CONTRIBUTE

I made my last film in the summer of 2010, and have spent the time since trying to make another one. Since that time, crowd funding has transformed the way people are making independent films. It's a really exciting time. There is no other way to get this movie made, so if you have an interest in seeing this film with the wonderful cast and crew attached, please contribute.

 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

ALEXANDRA MCGUINNESS | WRITER\DIRECTOR

Alexandra McGuinness was born in Dublin in 1984.

She graduated from the London Film School in 2010 with an MA in Filmmaking. Her debut feature film, Lotus Eaters, was shot in London and Ireland and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She currently lives in Los Angeles.

PHILIP GRAY | PRODUCER

After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2007, Philip now resides in Los Angeles. He has produced and acted in multiple short films, web series and commercials. His latest short film, String Theory, recently premiered at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as an official selection of the Hollyshorts Film Festival.

MARK LEE | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mark is a New York City-based filmmaker with a background in theater (as a playwright, dramaturge, and director) and literature (with focus on modern European literature and literary translation theory).

The Highway Is for Gamblers marks the sixth collaboration with Writer/Director Alexandra McGuinness, and the fourth as producer.

JAMIE MARTZ | ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Jamie was born in Chicago in 1978.

After graduating from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television in 2001, he began his career as a professional actor on such TV shows as 24, Cold Case, and Without a Trace, to name a few, as well as films such as Jarhead, Cloverfield, and Eagle Eye. Recently taking his love for filmmaking behind the camera, Jamie formed his own production company, Interdependent Pictures, in early 2014.

GARETH MUNDEN | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Gareth talks about his inspiration for the look of the film:

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Born and raised in the East End of London, Gareth Munden's childhood love for photography led to extremely successful, award-winning careers as both a still photographer and a cinematographer. Gareth has had his work shown at a number of prestigious film festivals, including Cannes, Venice Film Festival, The London Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival. 

He currently lives in London with his partner, as well as his cat Margo.

BIRGER CLAUSEN | COMPOSER

Birger graduated from the UK's National Film and Television School in 2006 with an MA in Composing for Film & Television. Since then he has worked on a number of British and German feature films, including Alexandra McGuinness' Lotus Eaters and Jan Krueger's Looking for Simon. His music for the feature film The Last Thakur was awarded Best Film Score at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York. 

Risks and challenges

Putting a movie together is a complicated marriage of art and business. What you see on the movie screen in front of you is actually the culmination of months and months of preparation and hard work. The risks and challenges of making a movie are simple - Stay true to the artistic voice of the script, but always within the confines of your budget. Your generous contributions towards this film, coupled with my passionate and experienced production team, will make my job of bringing the script and story to life that much easier.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

These are only a few of the many costs of a film:
- Cast
- Crew
- Set Design
- Camera
- Food / Lodging
- Lighting
- Wardrobe
- Hair / Makeup
- Art Department
- Locations
- Transportation
- Music

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