About this project
"Expressway to Your Skull" is a Psychedelic Horror-Thriller Feature Film Project in development seeking funding to bring it to its production phase (where we finally get to shoot the movie!). This is an independent passion project by writer-director Michael Okum and producer Julian Daly. With elements of the occult and survival thriller genres mixed with an intensely psychological and psychedelic story Expressway is like no other “horror-thriller in-the-woods” movie you’ve ever seen.
Expressway To Your Skull is the story of Ed and Amy, a thrill-seeking couple in their 20’s desperately searching for a way to fix their strapped existence. Amy has just turned 23 and lost her job when Ed, her small-time drug-dealer boyfriend, comes to her with a crazy, spur-of-the-moment scheme: After ripping off a higher level drug-dealer “friend” for some serious cash Ed persuades Amy to steal away from the city to the backwoods for a camping trip to cut loose and “expand their minds” while letting things cool down back in the city.
With a stash of drugs, backpacks and half-cocked enthusiasm Ed and Amy hit the road… but as they arrive in the woods their idyllic 3-day trip slowly starts to turn into a nightmare.
Soon the couple cross paths with a so-called “hunter” named Charlie who carries his rifle with him into their camp. At first they are only mildly suspicious of him being a threat. But as their plans for a drug-fueled getaway turn sour they find themselves in a fight for their lives against a psychotic survivalist with a diabolical, mind-expanding scheme of his own.
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This is a unique story with significant twists on the familiar horror-thriller-in-woods genre that has the potential to be a refreshing and superior alternative to the glut of slasher and torture-gore films that crowd the multiplexes and video markets with sub-standard storytelling. We know that discerning genre fans like us, and you, want more from their twisted entertainment and we aim to give it to you. With your help we can make something special that stands a cut above the rest.
To everything we can list here related to the production of this “micro-budget” independent feature film: Equipment Rentals for Camera and Lighting, Production and Set Design, Prop building and rental, Sound recording, Costume purchases, Make-up Effects, Food for the Cast and Crew, Locations, Permits, Insurance… and so on.
Our goal is realistic and reachable with your help! But if we don’t reach the 25,000 mark by the 30 day goal we won’t get a dime. But you won’t let that happen will you?
YES! We can raise more than our designated goal – Kickstarter does not have a limit on the amount you can receive from backers. And if we are fortunate enough to reach beyond our goal those precious funds will go directly toward the further stages of completion of our film. These stages include – marketing costs, festival submission fees, post-production expenses like proper sound mixing and image color correction… and much more.
We have multiple forms of distribution that we are currently exploring - including using Amazon’s Video on Demand and Physical DVD Distribution Services, multiple VOD services, and other various live-streaming outlets we plan to form partnerships with. We are also looking into possible distribution deals with various independent theatres around the Greater Los Angeles area. Keep checking our social media pages and website as we’ll be able to provide direct links and directions to where you can rent, purchase, and view Expressway To Your Skull.
The best way to guarantee yourself a copy of Expressway is to contribute to the campaign and not only receive your free HD Download ($20+) or DVD Copy ($25+), but also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in exclusive behind the scenes content ($50+). Or if you’re feeling up to it contributors of certain amounts ($1000+) will receive tickets to the premiere in Los Angeles to spend the big night with the cast, crew, and other special guests. You never know who might show up!
About Michael Okum - Writer-Director
Michael is an award winning independent filmmaker and visual artist born and raised in New Jersey. At a young age Michael was fascinated by visual media and showed talent as a visual artist. He studied fine art painting, sculpture and mixed media at Tyler School of Art gaining a BFA in Painting in 2002. Then after moving to California to follow his passion for image-making and cinema even further he studied Writing and Directing at Art Center College of Design from 2008 until his recent graduation in April 2010. Michael received his MFA and currently lives and works near Pasadena California. He is currently in development on his first feature film titled “Expressway To Your Skull”.
Michael is the founder and driving force behind Mad Wolf Productions.
About Julian Daly - Producer
Julian Daly has been around film his entire life. Growing up with a successful producer father (John Daly, Hemdale Film Corporation) and a successful actor stepfather (Kiefer Sutherland), he seemed destined to join the family business. Julian began his career in the music industry working with a number of artists in production and marketing, but after his father’s passing in 2008, he refocused his career on the world of film with the hopes of succeeding the legacy his father left. Julian holds a degree in Film and Television production, with credits in Cinematography, Production and Directing.
Julian is currently CEO and founder of DALY FILM PRODUCTIONS. Daly Film Productions brings an innovative and revitalized perspective to the world of film through creativity and dedication. The company focuses primarily on small budget independent films and provides dedicated executives, crew, and technology. As a full multi-faceted production company, Daly Film Productions partners with filmmakers to provide a variety of services that help them conceive, complete and expose their projects.
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