A man's dream to restore and race the prized car of his wild youth, a 1968 Mustang hidden away for 35 years.
OUR DOCUMENTARY FILM
In DEMON ON WHEELS, an-80 minute documentary feature film, a Catskills Mountains hamlet rallies behind their local inventor, hometown hero, gearhead god and speed demon, Mike Ondish, as he sacrifices his life's savings, his business and his reputation, to restore and race the prized car of his misspent youth. Ondish - daredevil, bootlegger and car mechanic, hopped up his 1968 Mustang (863 horsepower at the rear wheel) feeding it an elixir of gasoline, naphthalene and home-brewed grain alcohol. He was wanted by police chiefs in two counties for racing through the sleepy Catskills hamlets at 170 mph. He chased death on the back roads, tempting heaven and raising hell. Until one day, overwhelmed by his own demons, he put the car in hiding, and with it, a piece of himself. Some 35 years went by. The boy grew up and never left his hometown. The world around him, the vibrant community of dairy farmers, machinists and metal workers, all but disappeared; more and more family farms were gone and some of the small shops closed up. Now, 63 years old, Mike still lives in his childhood home, making a modest living repairing and restoring antique automobiles. Be it a delayed mid-life crisis, a noble goal, a flight of folly, a crazy dare, nostalgia or just plain love, Mike feels compelled to do this. Mike will overcome incredible odds, enlist the help of hometown friends, test his mettle and pit his outlaw, back road skills and his humble resources against the well-heeled professional drivers. Mike rediscovers his heritage as a Choctaw Indian, and seeks out tribal elders to learn more about his forebears. He in turn, inspires his community, giving everyone a sense of pride, renewal and hopefulness. Filmed on location in the glorious Catskill Mountains and at racetracks across the Northeast.
OUR GOAL The filmmakers are seeking funding to continue production. A successful Kickstarter campaign will help us complete our filming and editing. We hope to lock picture by September 2011 and start submitting our film to festivals shortly afterwards.
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The filmmakers whisper your name to the gearhead gods.
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The gearhead gods smile upon you on the straightaways and you are gratefully acknowledged on the film's web site.
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You receive a personal note of thanks from the filmmakers, and some cool Demon on Wheels button pins for your jacket or backpack. And perhaps the gearhead gods will hop up your ride with 863 horse. Also, you will be acknowledged on the film's web site.
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You receive 2 gallons of bleach so you can smoke up your tires (we're kidding) but you will have our personal thanks, the benevolence of the gearhead gods, the Demon on Wheels button pins and an 8" X 10" photograph of the "Demon" car autographed by Mike Ondish and the filmmakers. Plus, acknowledgment on the film's web site.
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We’ll fix all your speeding tickets (actually, we’re kidding) but you do receive our thanks, the button pins and a special limited edition Demon on Wheels Rally Cap, a hot-looking cap for all you cool kids out there. Plus, acknowledgment on the film's web site.
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Speed demons and racing angels sing your praises. And we send along the Demon button pins, the rally cap and the official Demon on Wheels film crew T-Shirt. Plus, acknowledgment on the film's web site.
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You receive a ¼ mile of thanks, the button pins, the Rally Cap, the T-Shirt, and a DVD of the completed film (anticipated 2012). Also, your name will be listed in the SPECIAL THANKS TO section in the closing credits of the film, as well as acknowledgment on the film's web site.
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You just threw it into 3rd gear. You receive the photo, Rally Cap, T-Shirt, a DVD of the completed film (anticipated 2012), and a “virtual visit” to our set, via web cam, where you can meet Mike and the filmmakers. Also, your name will be listed in the SPECIAL THANKS TO section of the closing credits as well as the film's web site.
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You are worshipped as a gearhead god. Spend a day at the garage with Mike Ondish and the filmmakers and learn the special tricks of a master mechanic and the super-cool-extra-hush-hush secrets about the origins of the demon ride. You + your guest and Mike will work together on the car, have dinner and a photo session with the cast and crew, and spend two nights in a charming Catskill Mountains bed and breakfast. Plus, you'll go home with some cool Demon on Wheels swag and sourvenirs. However, you have to provide your own ride. (Or plane ticket). Your generosity will be acknowledged in the SPECIAL THANKS TO section of the closing credits of the film and also listed on our web site.
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