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Brian KirkBy Brian Kirk
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www.samandmefilm.com

Sam & Me is a feature length dark comedy that personifies the U.S. government through "Uncle Sam" Armstrong and his nephew Kevin, a hapless, devoted patriot who discovers the ugly truth about the uncle he's idealized since childhood.

The female lead (Lauren) is played by award-winning actress Madylin Sweeten.  You probably remember her as Ally on Everybody Loves Raymond and from her performance in American Splendor (2003), as well as her work at Second City in L.A.  We are very humbled and excited to have Madylin on board!

Madylin Sweeten
Madylin Sweeten

The actor who plays Uncle Sam, Craig Henne, was in Cape Fear and Miami Vice.   

Craig Henne
Craig Henne

The project originated as a sitcom pilot about "Uncle Sam" moving in with his nephew, whose hospitality he abuses.  More brainstorming led writer/director Brian Kirk down the path of a darker feature length film.  

Brian Kirk
Brian Kirk

The film has a subtle political message, yet it's written well enough to appeal to ideological detractors.  Because demand for pro-conservative & pro-faith entertainment far exceeds the supply of well scripted, well done films in this genre, we believe this project can be a huge success in the large niche market of right leaning & libertarian Americans.  

Where the funds will go

Equipment Rental: $500

Travel & Accommodations: $800

Craft Services: $200

Additional funds raised will go toward the rental of specialty lenses, audio gear, and babysitting.  

Q&A with director Brian Kirk

Q: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR SAM & ME? 

A: Craig Henne is a friend of mine with great acting chops who actually looks like Uncle Sam from the old posters. We've collaborated a lot in the past. I was thinking, wouldn't it be fun if there was a sitcom about some good-intentioned larger than life merry Uncle Sam-like thug who kind of takes over his nephew's life? The more we brainstormed scenarios, the more serious the issues got with the NSA, ObamaCare, etc., the longer it got, and it certainly has more of a dark comedy tone than a sitcom feel. 

Q: THIS IS YOUR FIRST FEATURE FILM. WHAT CONVINCED YOU THAT YOU COULD MAKE IT? 

A: The sketch comedy I've produced, the TV pilot, the corporate videos I've directed, the documentaries and political ads I've produced all gave me the blind confidence I needed to believe I could execute a feature film. Technically, I'm not ready. But technically I wasn't ready to get married or be a dad, either. If you wait until you're ready to do something, you'll never do it. 

Q: WHY THIS PROJECT? 

A: The expression unction of the spirit comes to mind. Sometime, I get ideas that I just HAVE to do, as if I have no choice. It's like something outside myself. I get this with comedy sketches. The last time it happened in comedy was a fake infomercial for Ray Romano narrating an audio bible. Sam & Me is like that, but on a much larger scale with more discipline and more focus. But largely it's the same creative expectation. I'm going to do this because it has to be done. Whether it's a commercial success or not isn't up to me. In fact, my mom hated my Ray Romano bible sketch. But I didn't make it for her. I made it because of an unction. 

Q: SO IF IT FAILS, BLAME GOD? 

A: Exactly. 

Q: WHO ARE SOME DIRECTORS YOU LIKE? 

A: Everything we're doing on this project is based on the Ed Burns model of bare bones, calling in favors, etc. Every time I get caught up in the technicalities, I watch Nice Guy Johnny to remind myself that a good script and the right actors are 95% of the battle. Does anyone really notice or care that there's some camera shake when Johnny and his uncle leave the Hamptons? 

Q: I NOTICED, AND IT DRIVES ME CRAZY. 

A: Ooops, sorry. My 10 month old just pooped. Gotta run. 

Risks and challenges

Florida weather is always a challenge (we are shooting during hurricane season). Possible scheduling challenges and illness (Craig Henne is 65) are also a factor in an endeavor like this.

Since the director also wrote the script, minor changes can be made on the fly, if need be.

Since we are on a budget, production issues could hold us up if we aren't able to "nail it" while shooting.

Permits and insurance have been a challenge that we are working diligently to overcome, but could still present hurdles for us.

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