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About this project

We're making a movie! CHARLIE LIVES: THE FAMILY'S RETURN is a planned full length horror movie to be shot in HD over twelve consecutive days in early February 2014 in the Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert, 50-100 miles north of Los Angeles, CA.

Our goal and budget is $80,000, but we have set our Kickstarter campaign goal at $50,000 to be realistic in funding our movie and also to have the best chance to make our movie. 

Produced by Jeffrey Alan Jones and John Licali, written, and to be directed by Jeff, CHARLIE LIVES is the story of four teenagers who visit the supposedly abandoned ranch in the Mojave Desert where Charlie Manson was arrested in 1969. They are soon abducted by the still remaining and very active "Manson Family" now being run by Manson's son, also named Charlie. Specifically, it's the story of GABBY, the lone female survivor of the family's terror. Through a series of dreams she realizes perhaps she was drawn to the ranch for reasons other than mere curiosity. In the end, she realizes she was a Manson family baby, taken away at birth and has been called back to be the family's new "Mother". In the end she escapes, taking Charlie's grandson with her, which sets up the sequel. 

John and I have already been hard at work. . . We have the script breakdown and production board done and the script is out to actors.

Production Board (Schedule)
Production Board (Schedule)

We are pleased to have ERIC SHEA from the Poseidon Adventure and other shows attached to play Charlie Manson's son, who is now running the desert clan. And EILEEN DIETZ, the iconic actor herself from the "Exorcist" and so many other movies, is attached as well. We also have KRIS KEYES attached to play Charlie's (Eric Shea's character) son, "CJ" in  the movie. Kris is a true artist, coming on right now and hopefully will carry the sequel.

Let us be clear. . .

It is an anti-Manson movie. The first one, we believe, to take place present day. It doesn't bring any attention to Manson's heinous history, or recreate it, or glorify his terrible story. "Charlie Manson" actually doesn't even appear or get mentioned. Charlie's "son" is now running the family. They are evil and the movie's Antagonist. 

A portion of any profits will be donated to the Sharon TATE FOUNDATION.

It's become a bit cliche, but the Kickstarter campaign for CHARLIE LIVES is TRULY about a dream. . . A dream 35 years in the making. My name is Jeffrey Alan Jones. I'm 52 years old and since seeing "Star Wars" at age 17 in a small theatre in Wilmington, Ohio I have always dreamed of putting a story on the big screen. But I have never been able to. . . Until now.

I feel as if my entire life has led me here. . . To this moment. . . This campaign. You see, wanting to be a screenwriter/producer since leaving college, I have always kept my Hollywood creative production dreams alive while I toiled daily in the professional post-production world of digital imaging, becoming a veteran studio "colorist". 

Now, with rapid advances in low cost digital production and post-production technology, coupled with the expanding talented pool of actors and creatives available. . .It's as if there has never been a better time to do this. The possibility of bringing my two dream worlds together in a new career, telling a visual story and making it look absolutely amazing, is finally within my reach.

I wrote the screenplay for Charlie Lives, with the idea of John and I making it ourselves in mind. Hence the desert location, and minimal VFX and cast. But we know we can't do it alone. . .

We love you all and hope you'll help us in this endeavour. . . So many thanks just for reading this far! Thank you so much.

First and foremost, we are doing it with your help.

Secondly, we are doing it smartly (we hope). By knowing our fan base, our intended audience (18 - 34 yr old horror fans), we are able to align our budget accordingly.

Making this movie, at this time, requires a micro-budget. Everyone involved in the making of this movie will be working for less than their normal rates. The credit and the work provided and promised on the next one is why they do it. There is no money in the budget for the script or any deferred payments to anyone.

While shooting gorilla style, the production will still incur location expenses (notably the largest area in our condensed budget). Location expenses below include, permits and fees as well as crew hotel rooms and meals. 

Additionally, relying on the generosity of Hollywood friends and contacts we can retain some services at reduced rates, such as the crane/jib John can access at owners cost. 

Using 2 high end digital HD camera's (Sony PMW-EX3 and EX1) the production will be able to shoot fast, allowing for our planned 12 days.

Beyond these pre and production phase savings, we are doing this for $80,000 by saving enormously on our POST PRODUCTION costs.

Post Production Room
Post Production Room

Being a professional "colorist", I know how, and already have the equipment to finish the movie right in my house. From editing on Final Cut Pro to color correcting on the Da Vinci Resolve, we have almost no post production expenses except audio/sound finishing.

ERIC SHEA (Poseidon Adventure)                                                                           "Charlie"

Eric Shea
Eric Shea

EILEEN DIETZ (Exorcist, Helter Skelter)                                                                                     "Family Member" and "Lady in Chair"

Eileen Dietz
Eileen Dietz

KRIS KEYES   (Sensory Perception)                                                                                    "CJ"

Kris Keyes
Kris Keyes

NAOMI NEKTARE                                                                                                                 "Auggie"

Naomi Nektare
Naomi Nektare

JEFFREY ALAN JONES                                                                             Writer/Director/Executive Producer

Jeffrey Alan Jones
Jeffrey Alan Jones

JOHN LICALI                                                                                                                    Producer

John Licali
John Licali

 Below is a condensed budget. . .

For larger pledges, see the rewards on the sidebar!

Risks and challenges

RISK #1
The first risk is simply making an independent movie. The state of the movie business isn't exactly great right now as license fees have dwindled to "next to nothing" due to the glut of cheaply produced material. The challenge is to make a movie for $80K that looks like $80 million. And we know how to do it.

RISK #2
A second risk is being sued by some Manson relative. Charlie Manson cannot sue, as he is not allowed to profit from his name in any way. This movie never says it is actually Charlie "Manson" we are talking about. We have dedicated a portion of the budget for legal fees & advice to help address any potential liability issues.

Risk #3
Production delays could arise, due to schedules, weather, or permits taking time. To mitigate this, we are not locked into a February 2014 shoot date. This date allows us enough time for potential delays to still be able to make our planned July 2014 release date.

Risk #4
Losing talent or any collaborators throughout the process is also a potential risk. We hope this doesn't happen, but contracts and a short (10-12 day) production period should make this a very small risk.

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