Rex just wants to reclaim his favorite bar from his ex. He didn’t count on a violent comedian & his vicious sidekick taking it hostage.
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What is "Worst Night To Grow A Pair"!?
"Worst Night to Grow a Pair" is a love story... between a man and his bar. After months of searching for a replacement for the ultimate dive bar 'The Jungle Room', Rex decides to reclaim his favorite watering hole only to find his ex-girlfriend- Becks, and her bachelorette party of slizzards raising hell. If that isn't enough to derail Rex's plans, ousted comedian- Rambis, arrives to unveil his newest material. What the 'Jungle Room' patrons don't realize is that Rambis is not only unfunny, but violently unstable and determined to perform his set at any cost aided by his savage, nut-bag manager- Mandrell. When a hostage situation overtakes the bar it is up to Rex to protect his one true love, 'The Jungle Room'.
Who are we?
Ty Huffer and Matthew Burtner (aka Big Vis) have been making films together since 2004. Ty began at the tender age of 19 with his first short, "Boogie Man", a Hi-8 homage to talentless break-dancers. Already friends, the first major collaboration between Huffer and Burtner was on Matt's no-budget feature film, "Off Camera". The pair have since collaborated on over a dozen additional shorts and the award-winning, no-budget feature, "Bite Size", an 82 minute dark comedy about a man tormented by a talking shark living in his hot tub. Their music video "Looks of LA" won both the audience and jury awards at the 2010 Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Their most recent short, "Ego Boost" won the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival Three-Minute Masterpiece contest. They are ready to take their brand of storytelling to the next level. The level with a budget.
Will Chase has been making films happen in Seattle for years now. He is all about taking a Directors vision and making it a reality. In the last four years, Will has produced or production managed over 14 projects, including Feature Films, Shorts, Commercials, Industrial Educational Videos, and Music Videos. This will be his first film as consulting producer, and he is ready to "jib it up" with Frankenhuffer Productions. Will's other current project is MemeBlastMedia.com Check it. Then check and like their FB page.
What are those past videos we've done?
"Ego Boost" won the grand prize at the 2011 SIFF 3 Minute Masterpiece competition.
"Looks of L.A." won the audience and jury awards at the 2010 STIFF music video challenge.
Do you really need $15,000.00?
Yes. $15,000.00 is a LOT of money but it's the bare minimum for getting this production off the ground. We've dipped into our no-budget bag of tricks to get the budget as low as it is. There's just some things we can't cut corners on:
- We will be shooting on location at an unbelievably ideal bar but we have to rent it.
- While we have generous friends willing to lend and some of our own, a production of this size will require some equipment rentals. You know little things like lights, a camera with professional lenses, c-stands, flags, sandbags, etc.
- We'll have a large cast and a full crew that will be working long days. They're going to get hungry.
- Speaking of the cast and crew, we'll be working with professionals and professionals get paid for their work. Look at that, we're creating jobs!
- Set insurance... Better safe than sorry.
- This is a dark, violent movie. We need the blood to look real and special effects ain't cheap.
Thank you so much for supporting our Kickstarter! We greatly appreciate all the help you can give us; whether it's money or spreading the word, it all adds up! Cheers!
Our good buddies and at Houdini’s Tree are going to continue to do our sound design and our original soundtrack. We couldn’t be happier! Honestly, these guys deliver gold by the barrel!
Check them out:
Coen Brothers, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Robert Rodriguez and anything with Kurt “The Flirt” Russell in it.
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You get all of the above, a thanks on our Facebook page, and a Morris Day to Jerome “low two” high five from the Producers! (Don't know what that is? Watch Morris Day and the Time in "Purple Rain") Plus that warm feeling you get when you know you helped out independent film.Estimated delivery:
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You kind, beautiful person! You get all of the above plus a digital HD download of the finished movie. HD blood, guts and giggles! You get a copy of what you helped make and you'll be able to put it on your mobile devices, PS3, Xbox or whatever your heart desires! I know I like me some dark comedy while waiting for the bus! Plus, you can take heart knowing you are on the front lines, fightin’ the good fight for Independent Cinema!Estimated delivery:
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You get thanks on Twitter and Facebook, an HD digital copy of the movie you're helping create, AND you get a high quality digital download of Frankenhuffer’s very first feature film, “Bite Size”. It’s the one about a guy tormented by a talking shark, living in his hot tub! Yes!Estimated delivery:
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You are down with the underground! You get all of the above as well as an invite for you and a friend to the cast and crew premiere! You're sure to hear some great stories of the fun and struggles that we will most definitely have while making the film. Plus you'll have the chance for some one on one time with the Producers to collect on your "low two" in person. All this while watching the movie you helped get made. But wait, there's more! You also get a digital HD download of PUCKER season 1! PUCKER is an outrageous sketch comedy webseries co-written, co-produced and co-directed by Ty Huffer! Check out www.puckerjibs.com to preview the gold.Estimated delivery:
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Absolutely everything above, plus you’re gonna look oh-so-fine in a brand new “The Jungle Room” T-shirt. This T-shirt features the logo from the film’s biggest character, the remarkable bar “The Jungle Room”! These T-shirts are high quality, eye catching and you can only get them here. Please be prepared to answer the question “Why is there a smug gorilla with a top hat and monocle on your T-shirt?”Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus an official “Worst Night to Grow a Pair” signed poster and a personalized message from Rambis posted on your Facebook and on our Twitter feed! Rambis is an incredibly unfunny and violently unstable comedian and is the antagonist of our film. The video message might be a thank you or a song or even a joke from his insane set that has gotten him kicked out of every club in town. You can make a request but WE DO NOT CONTROL RAMBIS! It may be the best video you will ever have posted on your facebook not of kittens.Estimated delivery:
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"Grass Roots Producer"! We can tell you're serious about filmmaking and want you on the FrankenHuffer team! Not only do you get everything above but you'll also get a special thanks in the credits of the film and the choice of a limited edition “Classic” Frankenhuffer T-shirt instead of the awesome "The Jungle Room" shirt! We're sorry, we know it's a tough call. We haven’t had this style for quite a while and the plan is to retire them after this run. These T-shirts look damn good on everyone and you can only get them here! When people ask where you got your old school Frankenhuffer T-shirt, please be prepared to break people’s hearts as you inform them that the only place to get the shirt was on through this “Worst Night to Grow a Pair” kickstarter campaign. Or better yet, tell them about it now...Estimated delivery:
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"Fashionista Producer". Yeah, yeah, we know how impossible it is to choose. At this level, you get everything in the "Grass Roots Producer" Reward except you get BOTH shirts! You'll get a thanks on Twitter and Facebook; HD digital copies of "Worst Night to Grow a Pair" and "Pucker Season 1"; a high quality digital copy of "Bite Size"; an invite to the cast and crew premiere; signed poster; Rambis message; plus you get one each of the "Classic" Frankenhuffer and "The Jungle Room" shirts. Or get two of the same one, it's up to you. Your biggest problem is going to be what to wear the other five days in the week.Estimated delivery:
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"Out of Control Producer". Get everything in the "Fashionista Producer" Reward plus your photo will be on display on the “86’ed” wall aka the wall of shame! You create your own back story on how you were kicked out forever from the diviest dive bar Indie cinema has to offer! The 86’ed wall has a prominent shot in our film!Estimated delivery:
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"Karaoke Producer" Get everything at the "Out of Control Producer" level plus get an invite to a karaoke party with cast and crew at a bar that doesn't know about your rowdy ways. You'll get to swap stories with other "Out of Control Producers" about how you got kicked out of "The Jungle Room" while showing off your sweet, new T-shirts and belting out your favorite songs. (+21 party will be in Seattle, WA, travel and lodging not provided. Date TBD)Estimated delivery:
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"Team Taco Producer". We love you! We adore you! You get everything at the "Karaoke Producer" level, plus you get an invite to a homemade taco dinner party hosted by the Producers, Dalton and some of the cast! Tacos are the main staple and specialty of “The Jungle Room” and the main fuel of the Producers! You will wash down those tacos with ridiculously strong margaritas (The director’s very own recipe) while watching the special edition Blu-ray of the absolute greatest feature film ever made taking place in a bar…Roadhouse! Yeah I thought you’d be bigger too. (+21 party will be in Seattle, WA, travel and lodging not provided. Date TBD)Estimated delivery:
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"Immortal Producer". Everything "Team Taco Producers" receive except, instead of being on the 86'd wall, you will have a framed photo of yourself on display in a memorial/shrine. You will have a shot in the film as barfly that was taken from us too soon!Estimated delivery:
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"Featured Producer". You are a Saint! With your classy Sainthood you get everything at the "Team Taco Producer" level, plus a role as a featured extra! The film takes place in a bar with extras interacting with our characters! Who knows you may end up as “Man at table” which sounds like nothing big but in the end it will be one of the most memorable parts of the film. If you are lucky there’s always the chance of being “Sticky Pete”, the beloved lifer of The Jungle Room! (Production will be in Seattle, WA. Travel and lodging is not provided.)Estimated delivery:
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"Associate Producer". Everything a "Featured Producer" gets plus a credit in the film as an Associate Producer! You get the satisfaction of helping out an independent production in a big way and potentially your debut on IMDB.com! (Production will be in Seattle, WA. Travel and lodging is not provided.)Estimated delivery:
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"Executive Producer". Everything an "Associate Producer" gets but you'll be credited as the "Executive Producer" that you are! Plus, you get a dive bar tour of Seattle! The producers have hand picked the dingiest, most entertaining, most authentic, non-hipster-having dive bars our fair city has to offer. Join us to see how the other half lives and where the producers meet up to get their creative juices flowing. On this tour, back up will be provided if you “get into it” with regular patrons that “don’t like the look of ya”. You will be exposed to the beautiful world of real juke boxes, unreasonably strong drinks and colorful language. You will never feel so alive and drunk! Is the producers’ love and knowledge of Seattle dive bars sad or impressive, you be the judge! (Production will be in Seattle, WA. Travel and lodging is not provided.)Estimated delivery:
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