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A musical comedy movie about a Boy Band that's gotten older but hasn't grown up made locally in Dayton, Ohio by the Levinson Brothers.
A musical comedy movie about a Boy Band that's gotten older but hasn't grown up made locally in Dayton, Ohio by the Levinson Brothers.
289 backers pledged $19,031 to help bring this project to life.

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CASTING UPDATE!

Amazing news!!! We've got our band cast! Steve Agee, Jordan Carlos, Seth Herzog and Dave Hill will be starring as our Boy Banders!

(now onto the original pitch...)

After decades of writing comedy for other people, we’re making our first movie, right here in our hometown of Dayton, Ohio. It’s not about cancer or global warming, it’s not about orphans in the Sudan or anything else that makes an indie film. It’s a silly goofball comedy imagining a boy band who’ve grown up into balding, fat idiots. And we need your help to make it, to make it right, and to make it here in Ohio.

I mean, we also happen to believe that laughter makes the world a better place. Comedy is all we know and love, and this feature is the culmination of our life's work. It's literally our only path to emotional, spiritual and comedical fulfillment.

PROBLEM:

Los Angeles is the mecca of moviemaking, but the cost of living is so high that it prevents real creative experimentation because everyone is just trying to get whatever work they can to pay the bills.

SOLUTION:

Pack up my family, move back to my hometown where you can rent a 3 bedroom house for the price you can rent a parking space in a big city, and spend every extra cent and every extra minute on projects that MEAN something to us. In this case - a comedy about 40 year old boy banders who are still singing about making out, the mall, and making out at the mall.

ABOUT THE PROJECT: 

A brand new musical comedy film about the boy band “❤️Throb” and lead singer Johnny Throbstein, who have spent every day of the past 17 years working on the follow up to their multi-platinum debut album, leaving them older, fatter, balder, and less “boyish” than any boy band has a right to be. They’ve run out of money and today is their last day in the studio to finish the album they hope will return them to their former international glory. 

Written by Stephen Levinson (The Tonight Show) and Joel Moss Levinson (that one speedo video from the internet.) Staring Seth Herzog (The Tonight Show), Jordan Carlos (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and more hilarious people we haven't cast yet. 

With a crew made up of amazing people from across the Miami Valley, and filmed right here in Dayton, we intend to do for Dayton what John Waters did for Baltimore! What The Farrelly Brothers did for Providence, RI! What Mussolini did for... wait, wait, strike that last part. 

WHERE THE FUNDS GO:

The vast majority of the money goes to local Ohioan’s who make their money in film. Lighting, grips, sound people, assistant directors, line producers - like the three people we showed you in that video - sound guy Ben Devine, Producer Kathleen Hartshorn and Coordinator Will Brown:

- all of whom work hard to carve out a living making videos in Ohio and, like us, spend most of their time on commercials for products they aren’t passionate about. Everyone is willing to work for less than they’re worth to make an incredible comedy right here in Ohio, but we can’t ask people to work for NOTHING. Plus catering (you know, so no one starves), equipment rentals, editors, and more. If we hit our reach goals, it allows us to film in unique Dayton only locations - The Art Institute, The Masonic Temple, The Cannery, etc.

Ben, Kathleen and Will are just three of the amazing locals helping to make this movie happen!
Ben, Kathleen and Will are just three of the amazing locals helping to make this movie happen!

IMPACT AND HOW IT HELPS

Have you ever SEEN a good comedy movie? Do you need to be told how it helps? Okay, here’s some things it does and some things it doesn’t do, try to guess which is which: 

  • Makes you feel good 
  • Creates a drought resistant tomato
  • Prevents Nuclear war 
  • Makes people laugh 
  • Gives you something awesome to quote and/or talk about with your friends. 
  • Puts an end to racism 
  • Provides a much needed escape from parenting your children for 2 hours 
  • Is relaxing 
  • Is fun 
  • Improves the local economy*

(correct answers - 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10* only if you support local filmmakers like us.)

TRUTH:

The universe is vast, and probably meaningless. Our existence as humans is doomed to an abject failure at best. In a few billion years, nothing we've done will have mattered. So we've decided to dedicate our lives to one thing - making the time we are here great. That's done through art. Through creation. And for us, through comedy. This is our way of giving something of value to the universe while we are still here. With your help, we can make people laugh. Maybe even make you laugh. And make ourselves laugh. And every time someone, somewhere laughs, it makes a angel cry. 

Don't you want to make angels cry?

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

We don't just need your cash and your fandom, we want you to help us make this movie! That starts with this campaign and spreading the word! Beyond that, we will need extras during the shoot! We will need PROPS DONATED. Just by backing (even at the $1 level) we'll get your email address and know you're wiling to help, and can be in touch to help at every level from pre-production through marketing and carpentry!

THANK YOU:

Whether you're backing or not, we appreciate you giving enough of a damn about independent comedy to read this far. Thank you. And please help us spread the word. 

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Update (9/8/2016):

We are ridiculously excited about raising well over half the money we’re hoping for - and to say thanks (and ask for your help in a push to get us all the way there!) we’ve created this time-lapse animation of the ultimate Voltron Boy Bander. What does it have to do with our movie? Not much! But we like creating things which is why you backed us in the first place! 

So enjoy! Tell someone (or three someone’s) and help us make some Dayton magic!

Check out the media coverage:

We got some love from Film Dayton at the start of the campaign.

Now, we have articles on Dayton.com and in the Dayton City Paper

We were on the news... FOX 45 Dayton and ABC 22 Dayton

WDTN.com gave us a TV spot on Living Dayton

Dayton Local wrote a piece

GemCity Podcast had us on their podcast show

Risks and challenges

RISKS:
1) The movie might not be funny.
2) We might not be good enough filmmakers to pull it off.
3) No one may ever see it because it could get lost in a sea of "content" being created.

OVERCOMINGNESS:
1) We THINK it is.
2) We THINK we are.
3) We're gonna put our hearts and souls naked on film for the world to judge, and hope that we're lucky enough to stand out among cat videos and kids unboxing new lego sets. That's the best we can do.

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    Boy Band Fan

    You want this movie to happen, you want to tell your friends about it, but finances are tight. It's cool. We ❤️ you. Come on board. And get an MP3 Download of one of the songs from the film, "When I page 911... (it means I need you now!)

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    Boy Band Lover

    You can think of at least one Backstreet Boys lyric off the top of your head.

    Our thanks will come in the form of a tweet - WITH A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF AN OUTLET!

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    Boy Band Super Lover

    You can think of at least one Backstreet Boys lyric AND one N' Sync lyric off the top of your head.

    You're pre-buying the movie! You'll get a private link the minute it's done and ready to share AND a Twitter shout out with an outlet picture to show our LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    Boy Band Junkie (local)

    You can name 4 songs by a single boy band. THIS INCLUDES THE JACKSON 5 AND THE BEATLES, DON'T KID YOURSELF.
    A ticket to the Dayton, Ohio premiere of BOY BAND (travel not included) tentatively planned for the Dayton Art Institute and including food and drink from our sponsors. You might actually OD on Daytonness.

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    • Ticket to the Dayton, Ohio Premiere
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    Boy Band Junkie (non-local)

    Whether it's the Rolling Stones, N Sync or Menudo, you feel a deep connection to some boy band. And to us. Thank you! You get a copy of our incredible EXCLUSIVE FIVE PAGE eBook "How To Frost Your Tips."

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    • 5 Page eBook "How To Frost Your Tips."
    • Digital Download of the movie BOY BAND
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    Levinson Liker

    You don't care about Boy Bands, but you really like a Levinson. Maybe you went to school with one. Or had one as a song leader. Maybe you just think our jokes are funny and you want to see what we do with a full length movie.

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    Boy Band Aficionado (local)

    Your Boy Band knowledge runs deep. You know which member of 98 degrees does NOT have a tattoo.
    Joel, who has literally no experience cutting hair, will give you a boy bander haircut and/or facial hair styling and post your new look on the Levinson Brothers social media accounts. (Travel to haircut not included.)

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    • Boy Band Hair Style from Joel + we'll share it on social media.
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    Boy Band Aficionado (non-local)

    You once wrote a song called "Girl I love you Girl" or "Boy, You Know I Love You" when you were in 7th grade. You're the real deal. But you don't live in Ohio.
    Stephen and Joel will allow you to join them for a 5 minute Skype call during which they will intend to write some jokes but will end up discuss travel plans for Seder, raising children, the challenges of marriage or what they ate that day and how it's sitting in their stomachs.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of the movie BOY BAND
    • MP3 of ❤️Throb's 1998 hit, "When I Page 911..."
    • Twitter Shout out featuring artistic picture of an outlet.
    • Join Stephen & Joel for an annoying 5 minute Skype call.
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    Levinson Lover

    Boy Band shmoy band, all you care about is helping Stephen and Joel make our first feature film, in Ohio, with our sense of humor spread over 90 minutes the way you've always wanted to see it.

    We cannot thank you enough. The perks included are simple, but the love is deep.

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    • Digital Download of the movie BOY BAND
    • MP3 of ❤️Throb's 1998 hit, "When I Page 911..."
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    • A picture of Stephen & Joel Levinson thanking you.
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    Boy Band Devotee (Local)

    You saw Boyz II Men with New Kids On The Block in concert at Hara Arena (Rest In Peace).

    VIP Ticket to Dayton screening (travel not included) including food and drink, and you may have your a** handed to you in a private game of boggle with Joel beforehand.

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    • V.I.P. Ticket to Ohio Premiere including Boggle game.
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    Boy Band Dragonmaster

    Strength: 8
    Dexterity: 7
    Intelligence: 10
    You're a dragon master. Of Boy Bands. And you need the world to know. We will bedazzle a jean jacket for you with the HeartThrob logo and send it to you.

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    Boy Band Groupie (local)

    PRIVATE ACCESS to the one-day filming of the musical numbers (date TBD, travel not-included) taking place during the October filming of the movie at a local Dayton theater. HANG OUT WITH THE CREW! SEE THE CAST! WATCH HOW THE SAUSAGE GETS MADE!

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    A signed poster of the film to hang on your wall for all times. Just like when you were in 7th grade.

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    Boy Band Addict

    You have seen NKOTB on tour more than once. Or you just love comedy and Ohio so much you must be a part of this movie happening.

    Joel will travel to your wedding/bar mitzvah/anniversary and perform one (1) song from the album live, then do a mediocre job of MCing the event.

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