Created by rock n' roller turned filmmaker, P.J. Wolff, Sinners Holiday is a feature film celebration of B-movie bad girls, motor-psycho outlaws, switchblades, kinky cops, and rock n’ roll. Sound cool? Good - then we’re talkin’ to the right people and we need your help to make it a reality. The script? Done. The budget? Done. Key production team in place? Check. The only thing missing is the cash to get the production up and the cameras rolling. http://www.freaksugar.com/sinners-holiday-kickstarter-interview/
Turning San Diego into "SIN" Diego at Comic-Con 2014!
Check out The Lords of Altamont as they play the theme from the Sinners Holiday trailer The Split live at the Ink n' Iron fest on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA - the tune is sure to be featured on the Sinners soundtrack! The Lords' singer, Jake, even plays one of the bikers in the Sinners trailer!
Downtown Vegas - 1966; the joint is swingin’, but for strip teasers Melody and Satana it’s just another night in the life. Another night of gravel faced drunks howling and leering, conventioneers and salesmen groping and pawing, and a boss worse than all of ‘em. A night like all the rest… only tonight’s the night the target shoots back. With a devilishly daring plan, Melody and Satana clean out the club in a fiery blaze, accidentally pulling naive newcomer, Sindy, into the fray. The three hit the highway and head for better days. Gettin’ took for $160 grand doesn’t sit too well with lecherously eccentric boss-man, Rock Bottom, who sends the club’s unofficial security force, The Lords Motorcycle Gang, to get it back. Meanwhile, the girls’ car breaks down in the middle of the desert, just 66 miles from their new lives south of the border. Pursued by the law and the lawless, and now trapped in a small desert town run by a predatory Sheriff, their chances are getting mighty slim. Their only hope… a kindly mechanic, Zezo, who offers to help, putting his young son and wheelchair bound father at risk in the process. It all comes down to a violent, late night showdown with The Lords – will our fleeing femmes make it out alive?
This project was spawned from my love of the great go-go gal/outlaw biker films of the 50's, 60's and early 70's, films such as the Russ Meyer classics Motor-Psycho and it's female flip-side, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill - the latter of which trash movie impresario John Waters calls his favorite film of all time.
Given the fact that the film stars three female leads and that it doesn't fit neatly into any of the typical Hollywood genres, I knew it would be a tough sell in Hollywood, so I called up a bunch of my rock n’ roll chums, somehow conned them all into trekking out to the so-cal desert with me for the weekend and shot the sample trailer you can check out above.
The gang included John Doe from the seminal LA punk band X, the 6 foot-three fire breathing Goddess, Corey Parks. formerly of the Grammy nominated Nashville Pussy, her bud Natasha Lyonne, now best known for her role as Nicky Nichols on the crazy successful show Orange is the New Black, Brian "Big Hands" O’ Connor from Eagles of Death Metal, Notorious punk rocker and pro skater Duane Peters and a host of other great friends and rock n roll lifers. I was humbled to say the least.
Armed with this killer trailer filled with bad-ass chicks, outlaw bikers, lascivious bad guys and an inordinate number of switchblade knives, I thought getting financing would now be a no-brainer… turns out I was the only no-brainer. Everyone I went to in Hollywood essentially said the same thing “I love it! Looks super cool. I’d love to see this movie, BUT I don’t know if there’s an audience for it”. It is my staunch belief that there is an audience for this film, a sizeable audience that’s starving for something genuinely cool in a world more and more filled with un-cool. That belief is what’s brought me here to kickstarter. Now it’s up to you to help me prove the Hollywood power brokers wrong. We can do this and it will kick ass!
Yes, to most of us $333k is a LOT of moola and I'm well aware that it is a very ambitious amount to go for here on kickstarter, however, for what is essentially a period film filled with motorcycles, muscle cars and a principal cast of a dozen characters, it is but a mere drop in the bucket. Our producer, Robert Sexton, and I have dutifully whittled down the budget to the absolute bare-bones minimum that the film can realistically be done for. I didn't want to partially fund the film here and then still be reliant on other financiers to complete it, nor did I feel comfortable asking all of you for your money on another crowdfunding site that would've enabled me to keep your money whether or not we hit our goal - I felt that was kinda bullshit. All that said, the only way we are going to be able to shoot this film for the target amount is with the participation of our AMAZING key production team - my close friends, Sexton, 2014 Sundance award winning cinematographer, Christopher Blauvelt and major league production manager/1st AD, Sally Sue Beisel-Lander, who has worked with the likes of J.J. Abrams and David Fincher. http://cinemadiablo.com/sh/team/ - as well as our collective circle of talented friends, industry chums and favor call-ins.
Rather than rely on a ton of CG/greenscreen environments like a lot of films of this ilk would these days, our intent is to go old school with Sinners Holiday utilizing front and rear projection techniques and as many practical/in camera effects as possible. This will not only help us cut location expenses, post production costs etc, but will lend the film a genuine vintage aesthetic and help create a uniquely surreal atmosphere.
The soundtrack (currently in the works with Acetate Records http://acetate.com/) will feature a handful of 50's and 60's garage/rockabilly tunes from the original artists as well as killer current acts with a similar garage rock vibe. At this early stage, we haven't licensed specific tracks yet, but the jams you hear in the teaser and various other clips throughout the campaign will give ya the basic idea. The underscore will be chock full of bad-ass bongos, bitchin' baselines and sleazy saxophones galore.
If you recognized the voice in the intro video clip, that's my pal, Burr Middleton - who, among MANY other cool things was the voice of the original Dirty Harry trailers. When he says "It's a matter of life and death" he's referring to the life or death of this project. It has been a long time coming and over the years has become somewhat of a white whale to me. I'm so heavily invested creatively, financially and emotionally, that I simply had no choice but to make one last stand before moving on. This is do or die time - Sinners Holiday is happening now, with your help or it's getting buried forever, so it's time to ask yourself one question "Do I feel generous? Well, do ya... punk?"
You can check out my previous project, 9 Minutes, which was a staff pick on vimeo and featured on io9.com and shortoftheweek.com at http://vimeo.com/98898769
Risks and challenges
As mentioned earlier, the main risk/challenge with this production is going to be getting it shot for the amount we're going for here on kickstarter. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't ambitious. Obviously, our dream would be to blow our goal out of the water and double or even triple it - as many worthy KS projects have done in the past - rest assured however, our producer Robert Sexton and I both have long track records of doing the impossible and completing insanely ambitious projects on time and on budget. With the help of Chris and Sally Sue, the risk is even further minimized.
The awards like t-shirts and posters for helping us make this possible will be sent out by a professional fulfillment company. Many elements of the rewards will be fulfilled well before the completion of the film.
THE FINE PRINT
• For those of you visiting our set, we will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend the cast and crew screening party or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
Welcome to the Sinners Army! All you slick kittens and dirty dogs droppin' a sixer will nab a hi-rez digital download of the killer Sinners Holiday kickstarter key art to use as wallpaper or print out a poster at home, access to the online production diary, a digital download of the script (co-inciding with release of the film) and a song of your choice from the soundtrack!
Alright rockers and rollers, now we're gettin' down to business. By adding a one in front of that six you get yourself a Sinners Holiday sticker and postcard pack specially designed for kickstarter contributors only, PLUS a digital download of the complete soundtrack album on Acetate Records! (as well as previous level awards)
Showtime baby! For twenty-five smackers you get a digital download of the complete feature film, Sinners Holiday, in lusturous 1080p with kickstarter backer exclusive extra features not availible to the public! (coinciding with film's release) (includes all previous awards)
Twenty-six bucks will keep you dialed and styled with a bad-ass Sinners Holiday T-shirt! Our yet to be designed design will instantly make you the coolest kid on the block... no matter what your age! (includes $6 & $16 level awards)
Thirty-six bones scores your choice - an old school DVD, or a fancy pants, new fangled Blu-Ray of Sinners Holiday! Complete with extras, behind the scenes footage and director's commentary. (includes $6 & $16 level awards)
Now THIS prize will liven up that empty wall of yours, proving without a doubt that YOU have way better taste than your friends - unless of course they get one too - a limited edition screen print, Sinners Holiday poster hand drawn by concert poster & skateboard artist Dave Leamon signed by both the artist and the film's director! (includes $6, $16 & $26 level awards)
Sinners Holiday EVERYTHING combo! Your choice of DVD or Blu Ray + limited edition poster AND T-shirt! Plus YOUR NAME will appear on our personal thank you list on the website! (includes $6 & $16 Level awards)
You now get a credit on the film itself! You will be credited as a "backer" of the film in the end credits! AND be a part of an advance screening of the film in Los Angeles! (must provide own transportation and lodging) PLUS get a hard copy of the script signed by the writer/director, PJ Wolff AND a copy of the storyboard book signed by the artist. (Includes all previous awards!)
Goin' Hollywood! Hang with the cast and crew at a special private screening party in Los Angeles! (must provide own transportation and lodging) PLUS celebrated voice actor BURR MIDDLETON, the voice of the original Dirty Harry trailers will record a personal message, up to 30 seconds, of your choice (within bounds of reasonable taste - which is pretty wide with this gang) to use as your voice mail greeting or???? PLUS get a copy of the script signed by the entire principal cast! (includes all previous award levels)
Be a credited extra in the film! (must provide own transportation and lodging in Los Angeles) As a mega super cool bonus you'll also earn your Sinners Holiday colors - a black denim motorcycle vest with "Sinners Holiday MC, Las Vegas NV" embroidered patches on the back and "Sinners Army" lapel patch on the front! This will REALLY scare your friends and neighbors! (includes all previous awards)
Congrats! You're an Associate Producer! Get credit on the film, visit the set (must provide own transportation to Los Angeles), take selfies with the cast and crew, attend the private screening party PLUS get a screen printed director's chair back with the movie logo and YOUR NAME! (Chair not included)
You're now a Co-Producer! Your name will be on all of the film's promotional materials! You can join us whenever you damn well please - on set, at screening parties etc (must provide own transportation to Los Angeles)
Corporate Sponsor level. Your company's logo will be prominently featured in the film's end credits and as much of the film's promotional materials as we have control over. (Potential product placement can also be discussed so long as it's appropriate to the film, however, this cannot be committed to here)