THE STORY: Legendary cult film hero Mark Torgl, who starred as the original "Melvin the Mopboy" in the cult movie "The Toxic Avenger," emerges after almost 25 years of absence as the superstar of this well known Troma classic!
This hair-raising comedy chiller and mock-toxic documentary that you are about to finance, called "TOXIC TUTU," unravels the mystery of why Mark has been in hiding, and reveals the secret life he has been living since 1984.
The documentary uncovers a little known truth about the unpredictable long-term effects that "The Toxic Avenger" had on the unsuspecting star and others who worked on the classic original film.
THE IDEA: After more than 25 years, Mark Torgl’s journey into his first ever Monster Convention and autograph signing tour develops into more than meets the eye.
Independent filmmaker Joe Nardelli, Mark's best friend, offers to tag along with a camera to document Mark’s reemergence. But what starts off as an innocent documentary for a friend, turns into a series of very strange occurrences that tie directly to events that took place on the original production long since forgotten.
Nardelli’s mock-toxic doc takes the viewer into the surreal world of Monster Conventions, where we witness Mark swarmed by fans who love him that he didn’t even know existed - and we learn, some have sordid motives.
Each convention posed unexpected detours and challenges. Strange random incidents began to occur all around Mark and Joe. Some of Mark's most devout fans couldn't get a big enough piece of their hero's "Magical Tutu." Others seemed desperate to have a private word with him.
During the ongoing shooting schedule Nardelli found enough time to take a closer look at the footage where he found even more mysterious details that began to emerge.
In "TOXIC TUTU," Nardelli pieces together fragments of a story about this bizarre and unusual world in which he discovers a separate background plot that will put his friend Mark at great risk.
Then Nardelli learns that there is something even more menacing that his best friend Mark hasn't shared. It's not about the tutu, and it's not about the bullying Mark and his fans experience.
In the end, Mark has to make a decision to go public knowing that not only will his monster convention tour end, but that the information he is about to share could cause world wide pandemonium!
The cast of characters include Mark’s real fans discovered at many conventions, and others who have strayed back into his life from a past that Mark thought had been long since forgotten. A past he now hopes to set straight.
In addition to our hero and star Mark Torgl, other characters include the dastardly, but lovely Convention Queen Mikki Stith, "Survivor" reality show superstar Jonny FairPlay, and a host of obsessive fans and celebrities.
And we are proud to have none other than Troma Entertainment President, Lloyd Kaufman, who plays a role larger than his own life in the mock-toxic doc.
BUT the most important cast member is YOU!
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN "TOXIC TUTU"
Everywhere we go our fans are intrigued by the story of "TOXIC TUTU!"
And with your support we will be able to complete our movie and avert a potential world-wide catastrophe. Your contribution may be the dollar that brings our world into harmony again!
The $99,000 we are seeking to complete "TOXIC TUTU" is the exact minimum we need to deliver our movie. AND in the spirit of Troma Entertainment we WILL ATTEMPT TO NOT SPEND ONE PENNY MORE THAN WE ARE ASKING FOR! If we do raise more than our goal, every penny will be put into making "Toxic Tutu" that much better.
THAT IS OUR PLEDGE TO YOU!
"TOXIC TUTU" is an entirely original story and our cast is almost exclusively Toxic Avenger fans. WHAT other producers are offering a role in their movie in exchange for your pledge? None!
So, starting at $1,000 you can make a short statement with an on-camera appearance in our film.
Our budget covers every single above and below the line cost including convention appearances, script development, cast, location fees, equipment rentals, vehicle rentals, travel and transportation, media and supplies, food for our low paid crews, production and post production including editing, sound design and mixing AND duplication. There are internet, social media marketing and distribution costs too! Contributors can get their very own autographed special edition DVD for a $50.00 pledge.
And finally, to thank you we will host a private premier in New York and Los Angeles for contributors, cast, press, industry professionals, family and friends.
We are offering exclusive first-edition posters, T-Shirts, photos, mugs and action figures, as well as other toxic merchandise as rewards!
In fact, if you join us at the conventions you will be able to pick up many items from Mark himself in person!
The generosity of fans like you is what makes independent film possible!
We recognize that Toxic Avenger Fans are the greatest and most supportive fans in the world! Mark says, make a pledge and he will love you long time!
Risks and challenges
After we finish "Toxic Tutu" we will be applying to film festivals across the globe as a step toward a broad marketing campaign and a world-wide distribution agreement. There's no telling how long this could take, but the process will impact certain Kickstarter rewards and when they can be delivered like DVD copies. It may also delay our NYC and Los Angeles screening events.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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