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An epic road trip with a consummate outsider exploring all the wonderful, horrible, strange and surreal things America has to offer.
A pre-apocalyptic road movie documenting the coast to coast journey across a tumultuous USA.  Hitch a ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic with two consummate outsiders.
A pre-apocalyptic road movie documenting the coast to coast journey across a tumultuous USA.  Hitch a ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic with two consummate outsiders.
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Our new goal will allow us to bring along a professional DP/Cinematographer... 

Help us raise our game! Originally, Sheena & I were going to be tag teaming on the camera operation. With your extra help, we can now bring you an *even more* beautifully shot road trip of epic proportions. (And as one of our backers noted, perhaps now we can even get some motels with indoor plumbing).

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A JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA

A film about a cross-country trip, from California to the New York Islands, mixing staged/fictional scenes with actual factual events and improvised reactions. Shot with the fourth wall unscathed, never ‘revealing’ the artifice of the whole endeavor. An experiment in what Hamid Dabashi calls “factasy” filmmaking, typically employed by Jafar Panahi, but not dissimilar to the technique of Larry David on ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’ or Michael Winterbottom’s work with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

… WITH A MODERN DAY de TOCQUEVILLE

Imagine if ol' Alexis were traveling America today, taking travel notes on a nation perhaps past its prime, rather than on its rise.  Now imagine if he was Dutch, Black, non-aristocratic, and gut-busting funny. That's gonna be Boerleider on this sojourn. A lunatic who got last place at every skateboard contest he ever entered because he always spent 35 seconds of his 45 second run nervously preparing to roll into the ramp, only to then try and convince everyone the drop in was actually a trick- the extended tail drop. The kind of guy who will crack an unexpected one-liner when a dear friend dies, but get away with it because of his undeniable comedic charm, and because he sincerely does just want to lighten the mood. But he's also the type of person who seems to walk around with a bad luck magnet in his pocket. Unfortunate things always seem to happen to Robert, but the beauty of Boerleider is that he always finds a way to laugh it off and keep it moving. And he's been dreaming about traveling across America his entire life – so it's certain to be an adventure of at least one borderline insane person's lifetime. 

The stops along the trip are planned, rough sketches at each location are mapped out, but the reactions to the scenarios are real and the dialogue is all improvised. We’ll also be filming conversations from the inside of the car, over the long stretches of highway, covering topics such as Religion, Sex, Politics, Skateboarding, and what really happened on Boerleider’s failed (and traumatic) first trip to America way back in the 1980s – moments which will offer humor, insight, optimism, and maybe even dread and apprehension. Consequentially, at various junctures over the course the trip, Boerleider will read his journal entries (via VO), sharing his prescient and outlandish insights on the State of the Union. 

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THE ROUTE 

The film begins in sunny California. San Jose International Airport. Where our hero, Boerleider, somewhere in his 40s, but convinced he’s closer to 20, arrives from Amsterdam, ready to embark on a cross country road trip with yours truly. We'll be launching into a cross-country adventure, two best friends in a hand-me-down lemon, donated by my dear old Ma. 

The journey begins in California, where my mother will take Boerleider mushroom hunting amongst the redwoods. As we head off, we'll visit The Mystery Spot (for the supernatural) and Silicon Valley (where our overlords reside) – two places Boerleider has been itching to see. From there, it's Vegas, then the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley

Next up Denver, to visit my rabble-rousing sister who can't wait to bring Boerleider to her local weed dispensary, because she's under the impression that all people from Amsterdam need to blaze at all hours of the day. 

After that, we’ll drive to Nashville to experience some Southern hospitality– corn bread, biscuits, gravy and moonshine. Then up north to Detroit to stay with another old slacker skate buddy who’s now an ER doc straight in the heart of Motown.

Following that, Pennsylvania to spend the night in a colonial-era haunted house. This should be bed-wettingly fun. And see this epic photo of the house below? It was taken by its resident, photographer Sandra Dillon. She also took the picture of Monument Valley above. And, she's offering limited edition prints of these photos as a reward! Beautiful shots of the places where we might end our mortal coil.


If we survive the undead, it's a short drive to Brooklyn, my home, borough, neck of the woods, where we'll immediately sanctify our journey with a quick dip in the needle-strewn waters of the Atlantic and then do what Boerleider has been dreaming about all along— sneaker shopping in Manhattan.

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CAST & CREW 

ROBERT BOERLEIDER / Leading Man, Trusty Narrator

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Robert Boerleider is an actor, comedian, hip pad entrepreneur and political satirist/blogger. He is also internationally renowned as the funniest character from the European skate scene during its golden era of the late 80s/early 90s, an avid sticker collector, and the inventor of the 35-second "stalled" tail drop - his legendary skateboard move.

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MAXIMÓN MONIHAN / Writer, Director, Sidekick

Raised in Seattle's Central District, Maximón Monihan (aka Monihan Monihan aka Ryan Monihan) has been a dishwasher, Ave rat, spare changer, parking meter locksmith, pizza deliverer, professional skateboarder, professional couch surfer, international hitchhiker, failed rapper, online tv film critic (during the dial-up era), and office temp. He now makes films and co-runs the film company Bricolagista! His first feature film is the award winning "La Voz De Los Silenciados (The Voice of the Voiceless)" which will be released theatrically in 2015.

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SHEENA MATHEIKEN / Producer, Wrangler, Instigator

Monihan's partner in crime, Sheena is the other half of Bricolagista!. Despite being certifiably unemployable – by choice and disposition – she's a non-stop busy-body with over a decade of experience as a creative director and designer in the digital world. She also conceived the globally acclaimed Uniform Project – a daily challenge where she wore the same dress for a year – which went viral and raised almost 200k for charity.  So she knows a thing or two about raising cash money online. 

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DON NEWKIRK / Composer, Lake Minnetonka Swim Coach

Newkirk is an internationally acclaimed musician, actor, voice-over artist, and health food guru from NYC. He has written and produced for everyone from The Black Flames to Pootie Tang. Arguably, he has the most famous voice in Hip Hop that never actually rapped - as the legendary "announcer" voice on De La Soul's 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING and Third Bass's THE GAS FACE.   According to his main musical collaborator and life-long friend, Prince Paul, Newkirk used to rock the full Minneapolis kit back in the 80s, high-heeled boots, lace gloves, eyeliner, ruffled shirts, the whole nine, which attracted a bunch of groupies who looked (and dressed) exactly like Vanity 6. 

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REWARDS FOR YOU

//  FANDOR MEMBERSHIP

We're one of 5 FIXShorts projects by Fandor that are featured on Kickstarter. For those who are not familiar with Fandor, it's hands down, the best place to watch quality flicks online. Nobody else even comes close. They really know how to curate. And beyond having the best collection of cinema on the internet, Fandor presents their stuff in an aesthetically pleasing manor that is both intuitive and easy to use. Something those mainstream film streaming sites can't seem to figure out. Fandor streams through TV, desktop, and mobile devices, so you can watch wherever and whenever you want. 

About FIXshorts: 
Fandor has launched a new initiative called FIXshorts to help fund 5 short films from FIX filmmakers. Fandor will help promote and feature the films and guarantee distribution on the service when the films are completed! By donating $10 to all five campaigns you will receive a one year membership to Fandor.com.

Here are the 4 other films that are a part of FIXshorts: 
Lori Felker's Discontinuty
Ben Russell's He Who Eats Children
Maya Erdelyi's Anyuka
David Schendel's Dead Ink Archive

All of 'em look great, so definitely check 'em out and support these worthy films too!

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//  OFFICIAL POSTER OF OUR DEBUT FEATURE FILM

The official poster for our award-winning feature debut, La Voz De Los Silenciados. A magical-neo-realist modern-day silent film about a young deaf teenage girl, based on actual events that transpired in New York City. 

Poster Size: 40"x 27"
Poster Size: 40"x 27"

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//  DVD / BLU RAY OF OUR DEBUT FEATURE FILM:

Our debut film is yet to have its theatrical, online and DVD release, so here is your chance to snatch up a copy of our film before anybody else does!

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//  LTD. EDITION PRINTS OF ROADTRIP STOPS BY SANDRA DILLON

Limited edition photo prints from locations of the film. One, the Haunted House in Pennsylvania and the other, a breathtaking bird's eye view of a lone set of wheels inMonument Valley. Only 8 of each available, so take your pick!

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IN THE PRESS

Thanks to the support of Fandor, we've been getting some great press coverage already! 

"Fandor, the curated subscription streaming service, continues to find new avenues for filmmakers and cinephiles to engage in the digital realm" ~ IndieWire

"Under Fandor’s FIXshorts program, each of the films will have guaranteed distribution on the platform along with outreach effort assistance"~ Variety

"Promoting a hybrid process to help filmmakers use several modern fundraising and marketing tools to complete and distribute their projects" ~ Filmmaker Magazine

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PRAISE FOR OUR DEBUT FILM 

  • "The Voice of the Voiceless is a revelation."
    ~ TWITCH FILM
  • "A black and white masterpiece."
    ~ THE IRISH TIMES
  • "This film is a knockout. It shows my city in a way I had never seen before."
    ~ ABEL FERRERA

  • "A wonderful film, a ‘golpe’ as you say in Spanish. And Janeva is magnificent."
     ~ MAHAMET-SALEH HAROUN
  • "Quite originally suggests Czech surreal filmmaking from decades ago."
    ~ NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

  • "Quiet and Impactful. Both metaphorically and literally."
    ~ BEN SKINNER 
  • "The silent flick that came out of left field (read, the USA) to tug at my heart is a monumental debut for Maximón Monihan. An exceptional visual and aural feat."
    ~ BERLIN FILM JOURNAL
  • "It's like Chaplin Meets Eraserhead."
    ~ GQ 

Risks and challenges

When you embark on any creative venture, you must acknowledge the endless number of things that can and most likely will go wrong. There's always a chance that everything can go up in smoke, or go on a trip to Hades, or find itself up a feces creek without a... whatever proverbial warning you like, it can all happen. But the beauty of this project is that disaster can enhance. We're telling a story here and conflict is the juice that fuels great tales. So rest assured, we're going to make something out of whatever gets in our way, or whatever we can get our hands on. After all, the name of our film company is Bricolagista! And making shine-ola out of s#!t, that's what Bricolage means.

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