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TALES FROM A GHETTO KLOWN features an unprecedented view of John Leguizamo the actor/writer, as he mounts his latest one-man show.
TALES FROM A GHETTO KLOWN features an unprecedented view of John Leguizamo the actor/writer, as he mounts his latest one-man show.
186 backers pledged $25,779 to help bring this project to life.

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The What:

John Leguizamo let us follow him around during the process of creating GHETTO KLOWN, his uber-successful fifth one-man show. What came to life was an intense portrayal of a talented artist writing his magnum opus. From Off-Broadway to Broadway, from English to Spanish, from New York to LA, Colombia, and everywhere in between, this is a story of how you make a Ghetto Klown.

Ben DeJesus directs this intimate look at an urban superstar turned Broadway baby. The film chronicles the three year long endeavor including the writing process, the ups and downs of producing, the pitfalls and the stress involved in turning an idea, and then later a cultural re-awakening, into a reality. 

The Who:

John Leguizamo and his faithful director Fisher Stevens take us on the triumphant journey. Along the way, we meet supporters and friends including Rosie Perez, Ralph Fiennes, Liev Schrieber, Justine Leguizamo, Ruben Blades, producer Arnold Engelman, John’s childhood friends, the legendary acting coach, Wynn Handman, and more. 

Behind the Camera:

Founded by director Ben DeJesus, Diamante Pictures is a production and branded entertainment company that is based in New York City and Miami Beach. Diamante Pictures has produced over 75 hours of programming for broadcast, 100+ commercials, 100+ webisodes, 35 music videos, and 25 DVD titles.

Fisher Stevens, Produceris an actor, director, and Oscar-winning producer. His most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film THE COVE and 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film CRAZY LOVE.  He also directed the award-winning Broadway show GHETTO KLOWN starring John Leguizamo.

The Goal:

We aim to complete the film in the next few months with the highest quality standards possible. The film will premiere this summer on Public Television, but we need your support to make it happen.

This documentary is more than just a behind-the-scenes look at a play; it’s a touching, hilarious, and uplifting experience that will leave many people inspired and changed.

With this head start, we could bring the film the international attention that it deserves.

What the Donations would do:

  • ·      Additional Post-Production
  • ·      Opening Title Sequence
  • ·      Original Music Score
  • ·      Production & Post-Production of DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • ·      Post-Production of DVD Audio Commentary
  • ·      DVD Design & Authoring
  • ·      Rights & Clearances of key archival footage
  • ·      Rights & Clearances of John’s past projects
  • ·      Sound Design
  • ·      Audio Mixing
  • ·      Color Correction
  • ·      On-Line Editing & Mastering
  • ·      Closed Captioning & Subtitling
  • ·      Graphic Design
  • ·      Shipping and Merchandise Costs for Rewards
  • ·      Kickstarter Fees

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our project for your generous support. If you pledge now, we assure you that this film will see the light sooner than should be humanly possible. Please help make this happen. We will deliver your rewards, including: merchandise, twitter shout-outs, producer credits, and more ASAP! Thank you! Thank you!

ABOUT JOHN LEGUIZAMO

Multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo’s notable career defies categorization. Possessing boundless energy and creativity, Leguizamo’s work spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature and beyond.  Presently, Leguizamo delights younger fans as the voice of Sid the Sloth in ICE AGE 1, 2, and 3.

As writer and performer, Leguizamo created the Off-Broadway sensation MAMBO MOUTH, in which he portrayed seven different characters. His second one-man show, SPIC-O-RAMA, enjoyed extended sold-out runs in Chicago and New York. His third solo show, FREAK, completed a successful run on Broadway in 1998. A special presentation of FREAK, directed by Spike Lee, aired on HBO (Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety, Music or Comedy Special). In Fall 2001, Leguizamo returned to Broadway with SEXAHOLIX…A LOVE STORY, directed by Peter Askin (Outer Critic Circle Award nomination and Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance). SEXAHOLIXaired as an HBO Special in 2002.

He has been seen in countless films including Love In the Time of Cholera opposite Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt, The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg, Righteous Kill opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Carlito’s Way, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Land of the Dead, The Groomsmen, Spawn, Dr. Doolittle, and Casualties of War.

The journey of GHETTO KLOWN isn't over! Come see the show LIVE! Click here for more info.

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