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Sometimes, nostalgia can lead you down the wrong road. A man learns a powerful lesson about living in the past.
Sometimes, nostalgia can lead you down the wrong road. A man learns a powerful lesson about living in the past.
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Looking for the Jackalope
A Narrative Feature Film

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CAST (So far):

  • Michael Leydon Campbell - Lead
  • Mary Testa - Supporting
  • Pamela Shaw - Featured

CREW (So far):

  • Director/Writer: Karl Shefelman (see bio and links at bottom right)
  • Producer/Cinematographer: Edwin Adlam Herod
  • Casting Director: Anne Teutschel
  • Assistant Director: Stephanetta Bingley
From the Director and Producer

So here goes...with eyes squeezed shut we are sliding this pitch across the table to you, hoping you won't slap us for asking for money. Instead, we hope you will make a contribution, large or small, to help this feature film get made. To whet your appetite we shot the above teaser and pitch video with some friends just to give you a little taste of the film. When we make the actual feature film we will have to pay a few people, we'll certainly have to feed everybody, pay for whatever locations we can't steal, rent whatever equipment we can't borrow or don't already own, and yes, we will have to travel a little.

What is our plan?

We are using Kickstarter to raise money for the film, which will be shot in New York, on the road in New Jersey, and on a college campus in Ohio. As stated in the pitch video, our philosophy is to start shooting and break the inertia many filmmakers find themselves in...sitting around with a script waiting for someone to finance the whole project. For your donations we are offering rewards listed on the right side of this page, including regular updates on the progress of the film throughout all phases until completion and release at film festivals and beyond.


What is this film about?
If you've ever yearned for the more carefree, magical adventures of your past, then this film is for you. However, nostalgia can be dangerous. When we try to relive our past, be it an adventure or relationship, things often go wrong. Never the less, some of us need a cathartic experience to remind ourselves to live in the present and make the most of life around us.

Looking for the Jackalope is about Jordan, a has-been New York writer, who receives an unexpected phone call from his old college girlfriend, Jennifer, inviting him to their reunion. Unfortunately, Jordan misses his plane. Consumed with the memory of a romantic hitchhiking adventure with Jennifer, Jordan embarks on what becomes a harrowing, desperate hitchhiking trek back to his alma mater. When he finally arrives on campus Jordan tries to rekindle his relationship with Jennifer. Instead, he finds himself face to face with his own worst demon.

Sometimes, nostalgia can take you down the wrong road.

For a longer synopsis, please visit www.jackalopethefilm.com.

What is the significance of the Jackalope?A Jackalope is a mythical animal in North American folklore (a so-called "fearsome critter") reported to exhibit mischievous behavior including imitating the human voice and giving misinformation or bad advice. It lends itself to being a perfect metaphor as the demon Jordan must confront during the cathartic moment when he realizes he must let go of a past memory that has taken on mythical proportions, much like a Jackalope.

About the Director

In addition to having made two award-winning short films, Karl has been in the film industry for many years. He has worked one-on-one as a storyboard artist and conceptual illustrator with such renowned directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott. Working with these esteemed directors has given Karl great insight into the visualization of films, from script to screen. Preparation is key when making a low-budget film. When you know exactly what you are doing ahead of time you will get more production value for your money. This film will be heavily storyboarded in order to ensure the efficient and effective use of funds.

To view Karl's previous film work please visit www.redroadfilms.net
You can also visit the official website for Looking for the Jackalope at www.jackalopethefilm.com

Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter campaign page for Looking for the Jackalope. We hope you will become a part of this exciting cinematic journey.



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    One storyboard print from the film by award winning filmmaker Karl Shefelman. Karl has done storyboards for Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott, among many others. A great for gift this holiday season!

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Funding period

- (42 days)