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An aging con man is forced into a nursing home, where he discovers the difference between growing old and growing up.
An aging con man is forced into a nursing home, where he discovers the difference between growing old and growing up.
54 backers pledged $5,565 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks for helping us cruise past our original goal of $4,000. We are now aiming for $6,000 with only hours left on the clock for you to pledge a donation. TO ENCOURAGE NEW BACKERS WE WILL BE UPGRADING DONATION REWARDS TO THE NEXT LEVEL FROM HERE ON OUT (select the amount you are actually pledging, then we will upgrade your pledge). $10 will get the $25 reward, $25 the $50 and so on and so on. The extra money will be the difference between us barely having enough money to shoot and us having enough money to make our dream version of the film. Thanks again. We're working hard to reward your faith.

Synopsis

Nursing Holmes is a short film by Adam Best starring Gary Chason and Alex Dobrenko. The film is the story of B.C. Holmes, a sixty-something con man who lives fast and refuses to grow up. B.C.'s socially awkward brainiac partner, Stilts Fitzsimmons, breaks him out of the nursing home where he's been serving a suspended sentence. B.C. owes money to an eclectic East Side pimp named Marlin, so the not-so-dynamic duo goes right back to work. B.C.’s completely past his prime as a grifter, and that, paired with his addiction to the night life, is going to get him in trouble before the night is over.

What is Kickstarter?

People can support our film by pledging donations and receive corresponding rewards. After our Kickstarter campaign ends, if the total amount pledged equals our goal of $4,000, the credit cards used to pledge to our project are charged and backers receive rewards. If we don't meet our goal, credit cards aren't charged, no rewards are given and we don't get money. Kickstarter is all or nothing. Projects either make goals and get funded, or don't make it and get nothing. Kickstarter charges a 5% fee and Amazon charges a 3-5% credit card processing fee, but the rest of the funds raised will be used strictly for our production budget. If you have problems with Kickstarter or Amazon -- several of you have reported issues pledging -- please contact us directly so we can help.

The Plan

Nursing Holmes is a stand-alone short, but I’ve also completed the script for the upcoming feature. Our plan:

  • Get this short into film festivals in Texas and across the country
  • Launch a website showcasing the film
  • Use the film as an extended trailer to drum up interest  for the feature version and get that version produced

We’ve already raised some money of our own, but quality films are insanely expensive to produce. The money raised here on Kickstarter is what will put this production over the top and allow it to be special. This film has everything: comedy, drama, action, suspense -- a short animation sequence is even in our plans. Obviously, the more resources we are able to put together, the better the film will turn out.

About the Filmmaker

I’ve been a storyteller my entire life. Doodling cartoons. Scribbling short stories. Directing my fellow grade school thespians in the backyard. Narrating tales during campfires, sleepovers and bus trips. I studied English, Theatre and Film in college. Went to film school, where I was the 35 mm film director for my graduating class. After stint as a spec screenwriter in L.A., I decided to do my own thing. That's when I became a Co-Founder (and eventually CEO) of a sports content start-up called FanSided. In that role, I'm in charge of hundreds of writers/freelance employees and oversee the creative direction of the company. All of this has prepared me well to finally achieve my lifelong dream and become a filmmaker.

P.S. - Feel free to message me if you have any questions about the project.

Nursing Holmes Cast & Crew

Director of Photography Clay Liford

Here is the trailer for Clay's latest feature film, Wuss, which recently won the Young Americans Audience Award at AFI Fest:

Here's links for the rest of the current cast and crew, including actor headshots:

Actor Gary Chason (B.C. Holmes)

Actor Alex Dobrenko (Stilts Fitzsimmons)

Producer Beau Harris

Producer Spencer Greenwood

Producer Brandon Franklin

Editor Micah Vanderlinden

More About the Film

This project had many inspirations and influences. First off, I believe it's never too late to change. That's why I decided to write a story about the world's oldest juvenile delinquent. Additionally, flicks like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Do the Right Thing, Something Wild and The Royal Tenenbaums had such a profound effect on me. Movie simulacra with exaggerated environments and caricature-like characters that somehow provided comedy and revealed truth. Grounded enough to feel real, yet quirky enough to seem surreal. I wanted to make that kind of movie. Other primary influences include the vivid graffiti-inspired artwork of Keith Haring and Basquiat; along with jazzy, old-school hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde and De La Soul. Obviously, Austin's eccentric and kaleidoscopic backdrop played a significant role, too. This film is also infused with the growing pains I experienced during my topsy-turvy journey from boyhood to manhood -- a journey that’s really never truly complete.

How Else Can People Help?

We realize the economy is bad and money is tight. No problem. Here are some other ways to help:

  • Embed the video on Facebook, your blog, Tumblr, etc, explain the project and encourage others to help our cause.
  • Share this link on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
  • Spread the word. People can find us by searching Nursing Holmes either here, Facebook or Google. Make sure to get that L in there.
  • Show folks the video.
  • "Like" the Facebook button at the top of the page (below the video).
  • Win the lottery and give us your ticket.

All help, whether wallet love or elbow grease, is much appreciated. We couldn't do this without you. Thank you. You do more than kickstart -- you kick ass. We can't thank you enough, but we promise you'll enjoy your rewards and love the film.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Similar to B.C.'s con man manifesto -- no take is too small. You'll receive a personalized thank you message from the writer/director (All levels receive this, because anyone who helps this project is truly in our hearts).

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    To our story's silvery scammer, $10 bones could be a double scotch, a couple of slices or something that could get him arrested. For us, 400 of these donations gets us to our goal. We know 400 people, right? Rewards: Private online viewing session of the film. For less than the price of a movie ticket you get to help produce a movie/an early look at the film.

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    Thank you in the credits and the official website. Private online viewing.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Ask B.C. who Ulysses S. Grant is and he'll reply, "the schmuck on the 50." You, however, are no schmuck. With a donation of $50, you're more like a savior. Rewards: A signed DVD of the film. Everything from the $25 pledge amount.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Our favorite con artist has done a lot of shady things for C-notes. We're keeping it real, but also respectable. Rewards: A Nursing Holmes T-shirt. A "first look" at the short film screenplay via a PDF copy of the script before the film's release. Everything from the $50 pledge amount.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    B.C. once sold a man a busted ukulele for 200 beans, ignoring advice from Stilts. Later, the man busted the ukulele over B.C.'s head. 20 of these donations get us to our goal. Rewards: An Extra Role in the film (non-speaking part). Mentor phone call with your choice of writer, director, actor or producer. Everything from the $100 level.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    500 clams equals a lot of PS3 games for agoraphobic mama's boy Stilts. For Nursing Holmes, it equals a sizable chunk of our production. Rewards: Movie poster signed by the cast and crew. Associate Producer credit in the credits and on the website. Invitation to early screening of the film. One-one-one video Q & A call with the director about the movie and, well, movies. Everything from the $200 level.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    At this point in B.C.'s career, 1K is big game for the grizzled grifter. It's also big game for us, baby! You're awesome for even mulling over this donation. Rewards: Executive Producer credit on the film (which will appear on IMDb). Dinner and private viewing party with cast and crew. Everything from the $500 level (except obviously lesser producer and viewing options).

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    The amount B.C. owes Marlin, his eccentric East Side pimp. This donation won't save the flamboyant flimflammer's ass, but it will save the day for our film. I will also seriously consider naming my first-born child in your honor. Rewards: Executive Producer credit on the film (which will appear on IMDb). Dinner and private viewing party with cast and crew. Featured extra role in the film (speaking part). Total-access pass to the set during film production. Everything from the $1K level (except obviously lesser producer and viewing options).

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Funding period

- (35 days)