Jody Lambert here, I'm the Director / Co-Writer of BRAVE NEW JERSEY. We shot the movie in Tennessee this summer and are finishing up post-production now. "Brave New Jersey" is my narrative film debut. Very excited about this film and this cast and I'm grateful that you're here checking out our Kickstarter campaign.
BRAVE NEW JERSEY is a comedy about one of the most infamous hoaxes in history -- Orson Welles' 1938 "War of The Worlds" radio broadcast, which fooled millions into believing America was being invaded by Martians.
As the citizens of one small New Jersey town are faced with what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. What do you do when you think you have one night to live? What happens the next day when you learn it was all a hoax? It's an end-of-the-world alien invasion movie where the world doesn’t end and the aliens never show up.
We assembled an amazing ensemble of actors led by two-time Emmy- winner TONY HALE (Veep, Arrested Development), HEATHER BURNS (Miss Congeniality, You've Got Mail), ANNA CAMP (Pitch Perfect, True Blood), DAN BAKKEDAHL (CBS's new hit comedy Life In Pieces, The Heat), MEL RODRIGUEZ (Last Man On Earth, HBO's Getting On) and SAM JAEGER (Parenthood).
Co-Starring: GRACE KAUFMAN, MATT OBERG, ERIKA ALEXANDER, LEONARD EARL HOWZE, EVAN JONIGKEIT, NOAH LOMAX, HARP SANDMAN and RAYMOND J. BARRY.
MAKING THE MOVIE
How come no one has ever made a movie about the night of the "War of the Worlds" radio hoax?
It's a question that Mike Dowling (co-writer) and I asked ourselves many times over the years. We felt it was such a wonderful idea for a film -- not the Orson Welles side of the story, but a movie about people who heard the broadcast and believed it.
Who thought they were gonna die.
Because Martians were invading.
I've been lucky to have been involved in some wonderful projects over the years, but I kept coming back to BRAVE NEW JERSEY. I felt it was a story that someone was going to tell eventually. Every Halloween, there'd be a documentary or radio show about the "War of the Worlds" broadcast and the panic that ensued and I thought -- "someone is going to be beat me to it." Finally, Mike and I got the script into great shape and felt we had to move ahead...
The next question was: how do we make it? Everyone said we crazy to think we could make an independent movie set in 1938. But we brought on producers Taylor Williams and Jen Roskind and Taylor knew a few towns in Tennessee that were frozen in time...
Once we realized we could make it, everything moved quickly. We cast the movie and relocated to Tennessee for the summer. The shoot was a wild ride -- fun, intense, three weeks of night shoots. Everything went smoothly other than the constant heat, occasional thunderstorms and mosquitoes that were more like assassins than insects. Our actors came to set ready to rock and our crew worked their butts off.
OUR CREATIVE TEAM
Directed By JODY LAMBERT
Written By JODY LAMBERT & MICHAEL DOWLING
Produced By TAYLOR WILLIAMS and JEN ROSKIND
Executive Producers DENISE CHAMIAN, LUKE DANIELS, BRANDON K. HOGAN, ALLEN PAO
Director of Photography COREY WALTER
Production Designer CHLOE ARBITURE
Edited By MATT DIEZEL
Costume Designer VANESSA PORTER
Casting By DENISE CHAMIAN
Music By DENNIS LAMBERT, KELLY WINRICH, MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ
JODY LAMBERT (Director / Co-Writer) co-wrote and co-produced the 2012 DreamWorks drama "People Like Us" starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer. He recently wrote "Video Radio" for Sony Pictures and co-created the comedy pilot "Going Once" for FOX. He has directed numerous shorts for Funny or Die and directed the award-winning documentary "Of All The Things" (SXSW World Premiere). BRAVE NEW JERSEY is his narrative feature debut.
TAYLOR WILLIAMS (Producer) recently produced the award winning drama "Lamb", which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and will be released theatrically in 2016 by The Orchard. Previously, he produced "Death Valley" picked up by IndieCan and the award-winning documentary "Of All The Things." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four kids.
JEN ROSKIND (Producer) is currently producing "Animals", a new 1/2 hour animated series with the Duplass Brothers for HBO. She was Head of Production at the popular comedy website Cracked and was Head of Production at Demand Media's YouTube premium channels. She produced "Wedlock", a web series starring Mark Duplass, Rob Corddry and Jennifer Lafleur. She produced the films "Best Man Down" starring Justin Long and Hilary Brougher's film "Stephanie Daley" starring Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn.
MICHAEL DOWLING (Co-Writer) was born and bred in the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts. He graduated from NYU where he trained at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. His work has been seen at Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Premiere Stages, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Chester Theatre Company & Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. His short films (adapted from his plays) have been seen at: Boston Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival & Woodstock Film Festival. His short film WAIT HERE is in current rotation on the Independent Film Channel.
DENISE CHAMIAN (Executive Producer / Casting Director) As Casting Director on movies as diverse as "Saving Private Ryan", "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Minority Report", Denise Chamian has cast some of the best known and most loved movies of recent years. Her upcoming movies include Michael Bay's "13 Hours", the next installment of 20th Century Fox's "Maze Runner" franchise and "I Saw The Light" about country music singer Hank Williams, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Risks and challenges
Even though we completed shooting the movie in June 2015, we decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign for two reasons:
First, to cover the remaining cost of getting the movie over the finish line for -- VFX, Music, Post-production costs, Marketing, Publicity.
But also to begin the process of building our audience now, before the movie premieres on the 2016 festival circuit. At this point, we're close to completing the movie, so it's less about overcoming obstacles and more about delivering the movie we set out to make and bringing our audience with us on this journey.
We know we made a funny, quirky, emotional film that's full of heart. We're really proud of it and we're excited for you to see it...
BRAVE NEW JERSEY
LANDING IN 2016
- (30 days)