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A hysterical short comedy about a 14-year-old boy in 1994 on a quest to make it home with a stash of gay porn before anyone finds out.

YES, WE HAVE HIT OUR GOAL, BUT WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL DONATIONS TO HELP US PAY FOR AN AMAZING LOCATION THAT'S ASKING FOR A $1000 LOCATION FEE. THERE ARE ALSO ALWAYS ADDITIONAL COSTS THAT ARISE ON ANY PRODUCTION, SO ANYTHING EXTRA YOU'RE ABLE TO SPARE WILL GO TOWARDS THAT, AND GET YOU AMAZING REWARDS AS YOU'LL SEE BELOW!!!

“Adam Baran is a sparkling storyteller with the finest taste in New York.” - John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole

“Adam Baran is a wicked new voice in queer filmmaking, as raucous as he is wise. His new film Jackpot is a giddy send up of all the teenage movies we gays never got to see ourselves in. Baran takes the conventions and makes them his bawdy, funny, surprisingly tender own.” - Ira Sachs, Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life, The Delta

"With Jackpot, Adam Baran turns the sticky desires of your teenage self into hilarious, entertaining art." - Howard Gertler, producer, Shortbus, World's Greatest Dad

"Jackpot is a delightful, moving, and hilarious script that NEEDS TO BE MADE!" - Q. Allan Brocka, director, Eating Out, Rick and Steve, Boy Culture

WHAT IS JACKPOT?

Jackpot is a comedic short film about a 14 year old gay boy in 1994 who sets off on a quest to find a stash of gay porn and get it home before anyone finds out. When he runs into bullies, he's forced to rely on the help of one of the coverboys from the porn stash, who appears as a kind of guiding spirit and helps him fight back. It's a whimsical & ultimately sweet comedy about edgy subjects - in the vein of my favorite childhood films - Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Stand By Me, Dazed and Confused, and Sixteen Candles

The film is based on a feature script I wrote that was selected for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab in June 2010. During the lab, I workshopped the script with established writers and directors like Brian Dannelly (Saved!), Barry Sandler (Making Love), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word), and more. Then, during the festival in July, director Q. Allan Brocka (Eating Out, Rick and Steve) directed a staged reading of scenes from the script, and the audience loved it. Everyone said they hoped we could make the movie ASAP.

WHY AM I MAKING A SHORT FILM?

I'm trying to make a terrific short version of Jackpot so I can eventually make Jackpot into a feature. Many who have read the script or saw the staged reading have already shared with me their own stories of finding porn, and fighting back against childhood bullies -- so I know it will connect to people everywhere. If I can make a great film that can play far and wide on the festival circuit and on independent film channels - like my previous shorts Jinx! and Love and Deaf - we'll be able to show investors that there's an audience out there for this hilarious and touching story. 

HOW MUCH AM I TRYING TO RAISE AND WHY?

I'm trying to raise $20,000, which is what I need to make a terrific film and make my vision of Jackpot a reality. There are costs I can't avoid like equipment, production design to make the film really look like 1994, paying cast and crew members, and transporting people to and from set. We're going to film over the course of the first weekend in November (4,5,6), and have locations lined up, and a terrific team working very hard to make it happen, including producers Adam Keleman (Going Back, Long Days), and Ethan Weinstock. Our cinematographer Andres Karu, is an amazing talent whose work has screened at South By Southwest, Telluride, and Tribeca.

Here's a breakdown of our production costs:

$500        Preproduction costs (casting, location scouting)

$1,500     Production design (set design/props/ Wardrobe)
$4,000     Hiring Crew 
$4,000     Equipment rentals  
$1,800     On-set tutor
$1,200     Insurance 
$1,000     Cast
$1,000     Location 
$1,000     Transportation (cube truck & van rentals) 
$1,000     Catering/Craft services 

$3,000    Post- Production (editing, festival submission fees) 

THE REWARDS

CHOOSE ANY OF THESE MICHAEL MAGNAN DESIGNED TOTE BAGS FOR YOUR $25 REWARD:

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE IMAGES FOR YOUR $40 REWARD: 

(NOTE: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGES)

1. Bradley Schurman, "All American Butts", 8x10, digital pigment print on presentation matte, unlimited edition, 

2. Cody Critcheloe, "No Fear", 8x10, digital pigment print on presentation matte, unlimited edition

3. Michael Magnan, "Strictly Ball Room", mock porn DVD case, comes in standard 5.25 x 7.5 jewel case, with EXCLUSIVE mix by Michael Magnan

4. Billy Miller, "Untitled", 8x10, digital pigment print on presentation matte, unlimited edition

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGES

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE IMAGES FOR YOUR $65 REWARD: 

1. Francisco Hurtz, "1+12", 8x10, pigment print on presentation matte, unlimited edition
2. Jacolby Satterwhite, untitled, 8x10, pigment print on presentation matte, unlimited edition


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGES

SPECIAL BONUS: the 1st five people to donate at the $65 level will also receive a bonus DVD: director Travis Mathews' IN THEIR ROOM, Region 2 Pal DVD which collects Mathews' In Their Room documentaries including In Their Room: San Francisco, Berlin, and the short film I Want Your Love.

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE IMAGES FOR YOUR $100 REWARD: 

1. Boris Torres, "Threesome", 8x10 pigment print on presentation matte, edition of 50
2. Walt Cessna, "Christian" 8x10, archival print, edition of 50
3. Zachari Logan, "Daphne" 6x9, pigment print on presentation matte, edition of 50

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGES

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE IMAGES FOR YOUR $150 REWARD: 

1. Jan Wandrag, "Kouros", 8x11 pigment print on archival matte, edition of 25

2. Joseph Akel, "One Up, One Down" 8x10, pigment print on archival matte, edition of 25

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGES


RECIEVE BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING IMAGES FOR YOUR $250 REWARD: 

1. Juan Betancurth, "Weights", 8x11, archival print, edition of 25

2. John Monteith, "Untitled (Matthew Nye), 8x10, digital c-print, edition of 25

RECIEVE THE FOLLOWING IMAGE FOR YOUR $325 REWARD: 

1. Benjamin Fredrickson, "Eric", 8x10, digital c-print on archival paper, edition of 5

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGE

RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING SET OF DRAWINGS FOR YOUR $500 REWARD: 

1. Michael Bilsborough, Fantasy Kit (Six Piece Portfolio), 11x14, set of 6 drawings printed on translucent overlay film, edition of 10


RECIEVE THE FOLLOWING PHOTO FOR YOUR $1000 REWARD: 

1. Bruce LaBruce, untitled, 20x24, digital c-print, edition of 20

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCENSORED IMAGE

WHEN WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL, I WILL CONTACT YOU TO FIND OUT YOUR CHOICE OF PRINT(S) OR TOTES. 

ALL REWARDS EXCEPT THE DVD AND FESTIVAL TICKETS WILL BE PRINTED AND SHIPPED IN DECEMBER 2011/JANUARY 2012. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REWARDS OR THE PROJECT, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT ADAMBARAN1@GMAIL.COM.

SPECIAL THANKS TO JOSHUA T. LIEBERMAN FOR DESIGNING THE JACKPOT UNCENSORED IMAGES WEBSITE 

PS. Thank you again for your support! I will be sending out regular updates about the film to all my backers! Please spread the word!

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    Thank you! You'll receive a postcard featuring one of the works of art in our collection AND a surprise vintage goodie obtained on my travels in my 1990's time machine. Your name will also be listed on our website as one of our backers.

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    Receive all of the above plus your choice of TOTE BAG designed by Michael Magnan with the name of a classic porn magazine on it, the JACKPOT logo, or the Barbara Kruger-inspired "I Produced a Movie on Kickstarter and All I Got Was This Lousy Tote Bag." (See project description for images)

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    Receive everything at the $25 level plus your choice of either BACKDOOR or AUDITIONS: BIG SHOTS, the 2 newest films from Lucas Entertainment (my favorite porn studio!) Only 20 available.

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    Your choice of one of four JACKPOT-inspired prints by Bradley Schurman (BUTT), Cody Critcheloe (SSION), Michael Magnan (BUTT in ASS), and Billy Miller (Straight-To-Hell). You also get your choice of TOTE BAG, plus postcard, and surprise 1990's ephemera. Each piece of artwork will come with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. (See project description for images & details)

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    Receive the $40 dollar level reward (your choice of print, tote bag, postcard, and 1990's ephemera) PLUS a one-month membership to NakedSword.com, the leading streaming gay porn site and the biggest virtual porn stash around with films from hundreds of your favorite porn studios including new films from studios like Raging Stallion and Falcon and vintage classics from Bijou, Mustang, and more! (This is a $40 dollar value, and you can begin it at any time.)

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    Your choice of one of two JACKPOT-inspired 8x10 prints by Brazilian artist Francisco Hurtz or Brooklyn artist Jacolby Satterwhite, PLUS a DVD copy of Jackpot, your choice of tote bag, the postcard, and 1990's ephemera. Each piece of artwork will come with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. (See project description for images & details). SPECIAL BONUS: the 1st five people to donate at this level will also receive a bonus DVD: director Travis Mathews' IN THEIR ROOM, Region 2 Pal DVD which collects Mathews' In Their Room documentaries including In Their Room: San Francisco, Berlin, and the short film I Want Your Love.

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    Your choice of one of three JACKPOT-inspired archival prints by Boris Torres (8x10), Walt Cessna (8x10), or Zachari Logan (9x6). Each piece will be printed in a limited edition of 50, with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist enclosed. PLUS a DVD copy of the film, your choice of tote bag, the postcard, and 1990's ephemera, AND you'll be thanked in the credits of the film. (See project description for images and details)

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    Your choice of one of two JACKPOT-inspired 8 x11 prints by Jan Wandrag or Joseph Akel Each piece will be printed in a limited edition of 25, with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist enclosed. PLUS a DVD copy of the film, your choice of tote bag, the postcard, and 1990's ephemera, AND you'll be thanked in the credits of the film. (See project description for images and details)

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    Receive BOTH JACKPOT-inspired 8x10 prints by Juan Betancurth and John Monteith. Limited edition of 25, with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist enclosed. PLUS a DVD copy of the film, your choice of tote bag, the postcard, and 1990's ephemera, AND you'll be specially thanked in the credits of the film. (See project description for images and details)

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    You get an 8x10 archival print of Benjamin Fredrickson's "Eric" in a limited edition of 5. "Eric" will come with a sticker of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist enclosed. PLUS pick an extra print (of your choice) from the $40 dollar level, a DVD copy of the film, your choice of tote bag, the postcard, and 1990's ephemera, AND you'll be specially thanked in the credits of the film. (See project description for images and details)

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    Get Michael Bilsborough's limited edition Jackpot fantasy kit: a six-piece portfolio that includes a Vetruvian porn stud with four porn-inspired costumes inspired by the Jackpot screenplay, each printed on 11x14-inch translucent overlay film. Edition of 10. PLUS 2 tickets to a local festival screening in your area, 2 tote bags of your choice, a DVD copy of the film, and you'll a special thank you in the credits. (See project description for image & details).

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    You will get listed in the credits as a CO-PRODUCER of Jackpot and get a limited edition print of legendary filmmaker and photographer BRUCE LABRUCE's (Hustler White, Otto or Up With Dead People, The Raspberry Reich) photo. Edition of 20. 20x24. PLUS pick 1 photo from the $40 dollar level and 1 from the $65 dollar level, choose 3 tote bags, get a DVD copy of the film and 2 tickets to a local festival screening in your area. (See project description for image & details).

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    You'll be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the credits, PLUS you'll receive everything above, all the artwork, tote bags, 4 DVDs, 4 tickets to a local festival screening, and dinner with writer/director Adam Baran if you are in New York City.

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