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Possessed paper towels attack a pocket of human survivors in this post-apocalyptic thriller/comedy.

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A Short Film written and directed by Joe O’Neil and Joe Black

NOW STARRING actress/model Kari Nautique

Check out Kari Nautique on Twitter and Facebook


Towels of the Damned: Los Muertos takes place after a haunted forest is torn down and processed into paper towels. The resulting possessed paper towels have taken over the world and only a few humans remain. A newcomer accidentally leads the horde of towels to one of the human outposts and the group must fight for their lives.

The story is loosely based on a short film that we made while in high school together in 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. The concept was unique and people loved it. It won some awards but we always knew that the story wasn't finished being told. Everything we have been doing since then professionally and creatively has been preparing us to make this film as our calling card as professional filmmakers. The script is ready to go and many of the key crew members are already in place.

The original Towels of the Damned, 2006

WHY DO WE NEED $20,000?

We need your help to take this important next step in our careers as filmmakers. We have the talent, the drive, and the resources to make this film a success. What we don’t have is the money for the equipment and professional talent required to compete in the big festivals and get noticed by the right people.

$20,000 might seem like a lot of money to spend on a short film. Many of the top short films that we will be competing with at festivals will have had production budgets of $50,000-$100,000 and well beyond. We have made micro-budget feature length films with less money than this so we know how to stretch our dollar and spend money on the right things. Our $20,000 short will look and sound just as good as their more expensive ones.

Please give us a chance to showcase our unique voice as storytellers and become a backer on our project. You can even select from some of the exclusive tiered rewards on the right designed for Kickstarter backers only. If we don’t reach our goal, all of the pledges are cancelled and we don’t get any of the money. That’s why it is important to get everyone in your own networks excited about this project too.

Doable, 2008


Joe O’Neil has co-directed two feature films and directed several award winning short films. Joe was the director of photography on two independent feature films and has edited countless projects from interviews to short films, commercials, and music videos. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as a production designer and art director for television and film.

Joe just finished production designing the new SMBC Theater web series that will be released later this year. Joe was also the art director for the G4 booths at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego and E3 2011 in Los Angeles. Joe is currently art directing E!’s live coverage of the award show red carpets this season including the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammys, and the Oscars.

The Hatchet Sisters, 2009

Joe Black has written over 30 screenplays; directed three feature films; and produced, directed, and edited many commercials, music videos, and short films. He has won many awards for his films including back-to-back wins at the Jacksonville Film Festival in the student category in 2005 and 2006. As a film major attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Joe wrote To Mia which won best student drama at the Fame Awards in 2005. In addition, wrote and directed the original Towels of the Damned in 2006 which later went on to win best short film at the 5 Points Theatre Horrorfest in 2009.

Joe and Joe have collaborated on four micro budget features together. Another in 2006, Doable in 2008, and The Hatchet Sisters and accompanying feature length documentary Spells Splatters and Sweet Sugar in 2009.






Doable trailer

The Hatchet Sisters trailer


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    NEW REWARD LEVEL: Get your name shown in the movie as a towel victim. Plus, get your own VOD link to see how your name was incorporated into the finished movie. Only 50 available!

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    NEW REWARD LEVEL: You just landed a role as an extra in the movie. This is a great reward for locals who want to be part of the production process. If you're not local, the offer still stands, but you'll be responsible for your own expenses and travel to Jacksonville. You'll also get the VOD link to see yourself in the finished movie.

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    LIMITED EDITION REWARD: You get to name one of the anthropomorphic paper towel rolls that will appear in the film. AND get your now famous roll mailed to you after production has ended as an awesome one of a kind souvenir! Includes a "Kickstarter Backer" edition DVD. (International add $20)

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