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UPDATE: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL. Adeleaide Screenwriter is an Australian film blog run by Henry Sheppard. He asks terrific questions, which resulted in perhaps my favorite interview ever. Check it out. There are other terrific interviews on the site, as well.

UPDATE: MORE PRESS! Paul wrote a guest blog for Filmmakingstuff.com! about how he made his first film. Check it out here!

UPDATE: We love press! Paul was recently asked to write an article for Mentorless.com about his Top Ten Tactics for Microbudget Success, and here it is!

http://www.mentorless.com/2014/11/11/paul-schattels-ten-tactics-microbudget-success/

UPDATE: More press! American Breakdown is featured in Asheville, NC's influential blog, Ashvegas.

http://www.ashvegas.com/asheville-filmmaker-asks-public-for-30000-to-fund-new-movie-american-breakdown

UPDATE: American Breakdown is now a Kickstarter Staff Pick! Thank you, Lords of Kickstarterland! We sing your praises!

UPDATE: Our first press! American Breakdown in Film Courage:

http://filmcourage.com/content/american-breakdown-a-film-about-country-bands-diminished-expectations-one-raging-identity-cr

American Breakdown is about Elliot, a brilliant but frustrated musician who's facing a crisis -- he's broke, his girlfriend is leaving him, and his band and his career are going nowhere. Now they're stranded in a bleak small town while their van gets repaired.

In the midst of this, Elliot meets a few of the townsfolk, some of whom are going through their own crises -- Burton, an oddly charming and literate member of the Aryan Nation; Mona, a daffy but heartsick housewife; her husband Rourke, an ambitious local politician; and Gabriel, their illegal-status Mexican gardener who may or may not have a few secrets of his own.

In this nowhere town, mysteries are uncovered, identities shift with the clouds, and emotional skirmishes are lost and brutally won. Everyone is at war, and no one gets out unscathed.

Old Fort, North Carolina
Old Fort, North Carolina

WHAT WE NEED

We need your help -- the bare minimum to get this movie made. Films are a glorious amalgam of many art forms -- writing, acting, photography, music, etc -- and all of them cost money. Since we're making the movie in and around our chosen hometown of Asheville, NC, we can pull favors, get friend deals and utilize the local talent in making a great film at a very cheap price. But this amount is the absolute minimum we need to carry on.

WHO'S ASKING?

We're a pretty tight collective of veteran Western North Carolina filmmakers with a roster of terrific films behind us. We've worked in indie film for decades. Our work has been critically acclaimed and internationally distributed. We've had photos in Rolling Stone; we worked on David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls, Ron Rash's The World Made Straight and Stephen King's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. We've also made the films that train your TSA agents (okay, don't hold that one against us). The point is, we're pros, but we do what we do out of passion -- we love it. 

The American Breakdown Playas:

Frank Mosley, Rebecca Morris, Mondy Carter and Henry Rojas
Frank Mosley, Rebecca Morris, Mondy Carter and Henry Rojas

Indie film dignitary Frank Mosley will play Elliot, while the busiest lady in showbiz, Rebecca Morris, will portray Mona. Mondy Carter will showcase his talents as Rourke, and in his screen debut, Henry Rojas stars as Gabriel.

THE CREW

Paul Schattel - Writer/Director. Paul has made three previous feature films -- Sinkhole, Alison, and the just finished Quiet River. Sinkhole was shot on 35mm for just $50K, won a slew of awards, and was distributed internationally by Shoreline Entertainment on its Watermark label. Alison also won a bunch of awards and can be found on iTunes. Quiet River is just starting its festival run. Paul owns Harrow Beauty Motion Pictures, and has directed many music videos, short films, commercials and documentaries.

Steve Agnew - Director of Photography. Steve and Paul go way back, when he shot Paul's first film, Sinkhole. Steve owns Rock Creek Productions, a company that has done everything from music videos, short films, feature films and even a whole bunch of government ready projects for the TSA and the Border Patrol. Steve is also an amazingly talented director in his own right. That's why Paul calls him The Boss.

Shane Meador - Production Designer. Shane is North Carolina's secret weapon. One of those folks who can do anything, he excels at production design -- making the image onscreen that much more effective. In his career he's worked with everyone from David Gordon Green to Sam Raimi and Stephen King.

PAUL'S PREVIOUS FILMS

Sinkhole

Alison

Quiet River

THE SCRIPT

In the writing of American Breakdown, I wanted to tell a simple story that came straight from the heart -- no wrenching the plot or characters this way and that to make a polemic point. It all came from a very pure place. The result falls somewhere between the Coen Brothers' regional surreality, and a kind of rural Woody Allen. It's talky, and funny and has a fresh intelligence all its own.

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

Aside from the aforementioned Coens and Woody Allen, for this film we looked at Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, and Scorsese's After Hours. Kelly Reichardt's films are always a touchstone, as are the usual suspects like Douglas Sirk, Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges

OUR BUDGET

Cast and Crew: $9300
Location Expenses: $2850
Unit Expenses: $2550
Wardrobe & Makeup: $2100
Art Design: $2400
Camera & Lighting: $6000
Equipment Rental: $2500
Travel: $1250
Hotels: $2400
Editing: $2600
Color Correction: $2100
Sound Editing & Design: $2400
Contingency: $1500

PUTTING THE FUNDS TO USE

We own most of our equipment and already have insurance, so we can afford to shoot for a little less money than most projects and make a beautiful, smart and from the heart dramedy that truly reaches people. 

EXCITING REWARDS

Look for other very cool rewards coming throughout the "American Breakdown" Kickstarter campaign. Coming up are a MOOG THEREMIN, A VINTAGE 1964 HAMMOND ORGAN (Yes, that Hammond organ) and a FENDER PRECISION BASS. Check back for updates! 

Thanks so much for your support in the past, and thank you for your support of American Breakdown. Without you, it wouldn't happen.

Risks and challenges

Risks? What risks? We ain't afraid of no stinking risks.

The primary obstacle is scheduling all of these fabulously talented (and fabulously busy) folks to come together and create fire. But where there's a will, there's a way. And my middle name is WIlliam, so darn it -- we'll find a way!

The rest is putting the project together and getting it out in a timely basis. Doable, and certainly not easy, but perfectly within our skill set. Hopefully no hurricanes will come through, but since we'll be shooting in winter, that doesn't look too worrisome.

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    NEW REWARD: A Vintage Prada Handbag! A gorgeous, boho chic vintage bag from Miu Miu (Miucella Prada’s private line), in thick, pebbled brown cow leather with olive/army green suede trim. Lining is a matching green fabric, and the hardware is antiqued brass. This is a perfect evening handbag for the gal (or guy) who doesn’t carry evening handbags. Big enough to carry a couple of tacos and a flask (plus keys, phone, lip balm), but small enough to look divine sitting in your lap at the premier of American Breakdown. 5” x 10” base, and about 6” tall. Kisslock closure, the strap adjusts and is wearable over your shoulder. Smells like lovely vintage leather. You know you want it. Or you know your lady would feel special with a vintage designer bag and think you’re so cool for supporting indy films. Just carrying a Prada bag tells people you know who Fellini is. See the pics on the main page!

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    NEW REWARD: A beautiful 50 year-old, 1964 HAMMOND ORGAN. For real. I am only the 2nd owner of this thing, after the Asheville Masonic Temple, where they would use it for their (somewhat secretive) ceremonies. This is a used, antique instrument, so it needs a little TLC here and there, but works perfectly -- a musician's dream. It's heavy as crap, though, so no shipping on this baby -- though I will help you move it.

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    NEW REWARD: An amazing Moog Etherwave Theremin! The only musical instrument ever that you do not need to touch in order to play it. I was given this beautiful instrument by Ms. Michelle Moog-Koussa herself after I did some work for the Moog Foundation. She was nice enough to gift this to me, and I've been playing it ever since. It is a used instrument, of course, so even though it's in amazing shape, there are some signs of use. I'll ship it anywhere if you'll pay for it! A classic.

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