That's a Cut? The Legend of Don Calfa Documentary
A candid documentary on one of Hollywood's most recognisable character actors, Don Calfa. Star of The Return of the Living Dead....
From 'The Return of the Living Dead' to 'Weekend at Bernie's' character actor Don Calfa is one of the most recognisable faces on TV and the big screens of the 1970's, 80's and 90's. With a wealth of experiences and stories Don is a true LEGEND in the film industry. 'That's a Cut?' is a tribute to the man himself featuring candid interviews with Don about his long and glorious career, supported by his friends and co-stars. This new digital download documentary is a must for fans of Don's work and for aficionados who want to know what its really like to be one of Hollywood's greatest (and underrated) supporting character actors.
Don is probably best remembered for his role as "Ernie Kaltenbrunner" in the 1985 comedy horror The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Don's career spans over 40 years in both film and TV. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ozone Park Queens, and later Westchester, Long Island, Don Calfa was originally interested in a career in the fine arts. He got the acting bug after seeing films such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Vertigo (1958). After dropping out of high school to study at Irwin Piscotor's "The Dramatic Workshop", (he finished his degree in night school), Calfa spent two years in summer stock which enabled him to join Actors Equity and eventually get his SAG card.
Don has starred alongside some of cinema's greats including Warren Beatty in Bugsy (1991), Michael Douglas in The Star Chamber (1983), Jack Nicholson in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), and many more.
Among Don's most memorable roles were as "Mr. Pitts" on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), "Ralph Wilum" in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989) (aka "Chopper Chicks in Zombietown"), "Paulie" in Weekend at Bernie's (1989), "Scarface" in Foul Play (1978). His stage work includes extensive off-off-Broadway work, and he appeared on Broadway in "Lenny".
GARY SMART (PRODUCER)
Co-author of ‘The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead’, Co-writer of ‘More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead’ and Writer/Producer of the new documentary ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’, Gary Smart has been a close personal friend of Don Calfa for many years. Smart’s enthusiasm for documentaries and his love for all things horror have ensured that every project that he has worked on has been as detailed as possible.
BEVERLY RANDOLPH (PRODUCER)
Starring as Tina in Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 cult classic ‘The Return of the Living Dead’ Beverly Randolph has been a fan favourite on the convention circuit for the past decade. Still close friends with Don Calfa after nearly 30 years, Beverly recently produced the fantastic retrospective documentary ‘More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead’.
CHRISTOPHER GRIFFITHS (DIRECTOR)
A fan of film and horror from an early age and having already made a name for himself with his work as Associate Producer and editor on ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’, this project will mark Chris’ directorial feature debut. Chris is no stranger to directing though, having directed a number of the special bonus features on ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’.
ADAM EVANS (LINE PRODUCER)
As a director of the production and screening company ‘Cult Screenings UK Ltd’ Adam Evans has worked extensively behind the scenes of the new documentary ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’ as Line Producer. Adam’s expertise and knowledge of film production ensure that each project runs smoothly and is produced in the best way it can be for fans and film aficionados alike.
Featuring DON CALFA himself and interviews with the likes of Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Brian peck, John Philbin, Allan Trautman and many others. Including art work by legendary poster artist Graham Humphreys (including an exclusively designed poster as part of the rewards here – see examples below of Humphrey’s amazing art) and featuring cartoons by Craig Thomson.
Risks and challenges
Projects like this rely on the fans; this project is a labour of love and a love letter to the tremendous work and legacy of cult actor Don Calfa. Without your support this project may not be completed.
Pledges must take into consideration the logistics of producing a documentary, our aim is release by November 2015. We need to consider the final distributor as they may wish to amend the release date of the DVD. If this were the case YOU would be informed straight away and kept up-to-date on the projects production.
The plan is to interview Don in February 2015 for his part of the documentary – Don is in incredibly great health for a 75 year old.... BUT we must take his health into consideration and plan for all eventualities.
The biggest reason for production delays is quite simply that the entire crew have day jobs and other projects, however we have factored that into our delivery estimates.
Please note that international deliveries may take longer due to customs and postage regulations.
We have a dedicated team behind this project and are supported by endless members of the cast and crew. Currently rewards and delivery are expected for November 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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