First of all, what about the film?
Romeo and Juliet, but with the KKK and Indians. Natural combination.
Jim is a goodhearted college-bound teenager, who also happens to be a junior Klansman. He’s not interested in the Klan or their beliefs, but he’s afraid to stand up to Nathan - his loving, racist father. However, one day, while Jim and Nathan are visiting the local liquor store, they discover it to be under the new management of an Indian family (not Native Americans, actual Indians). Nathan is furious, but Jim finds himself entranced when he catches sight of Mehgna, the Indian daughter. Harps and sitars play.
With much sneaking and “white” lies (get it?), Jim hides his Klan membership from Mehgna and they begin a love affair – at the same time, Jim keeps his love a secret from his father. Everything is just as peachy as hidden love can be, until Nathan spearheads the KKK plan to remove the Indians from town. When Jim tries to warn Mehgna, he discovers that she is arranged to married back in India! Plus Mehgna finds out Jim is in the KKK! Also, Nathan discovers Jim’s secret love! Oh good heavens, Jim is screwed.
Jim is torn between his love, who lied to him, and his father’s beliefs, which are just so ass-backwards. It all climaxes at the climax: as the KKK converge at the liquor store, Jim marches with them. Moment of truth – will Jim burn down the store? Will he stand up for himself and for love? Will everyone in the audience be offended in some way? All of these questions will be answered… in the movie!
Secondly, why make this film?
The heart and soul of the film is the idea that every single person has their own prejudices and that all we really need is to just love one another – a great message, no doubt, and one that I personally am very passionate about. However, what sets the movie apart is my approach to this message, which is comedic and satirical. When talking about something so heavy, the approach often feels preachy. Whereas my story is short, simple, and humorous – which people can enjoy without feeling patronized.
And really… who deserves to get made fun of more than blind racists? (Not literally blind, mind you. Just mentally blind.)
Thirdly, what about me?
My name is Anthony. For more about me, ready my bio, but as it pertains to the project: I’ve worked on many productions, doing many different jobs. As such, I know all the aspects of filmmaking… which allows me to be efficient and fast. I’ve also written/directed/produced several short films of my own, which I’m very proud of. I always have a very clear vision of how my films should look and sound, but I’m also always open to suggestions from anyone who has an idea of how to make the movie better. Long story short: I know what it takes to make a great movie.
Finally, what about you?
How can you help? By giving me money, silly! But seriously, any contribution you can make will be immensely appreciated and will have an actual effect and, honestly, you can feel good that you’re a part of something that’s both genuinely funny and with a good purpose.
Our goal amount is, of course, not a random amount. And without getting into an elaborate budget breakdown, let me give you a quick rundown so you know what you’re money is going towards.
Location fees and permits – This is the biggest chunk. There are many scenes take place in and around a liquor store, there is a KKK seminar scene inside a convention hall, there are many scenes in an open town, etc. Locations ain’t cheap in Los Angeles.
Props and wardrobe – This is a close second to locations, not just because of the obvious (white, hooded robes), but because there are many, many visual jokes that will need to be special made. That also includes general set decoration/design.
Equipment Rental – Most of the equipment (including the HD Red Camera we’ll be shooting with) will actually be provided by my school, which keeps the budget down. However, there are some addition things we’ll need (such as car rigs, addition dolly equipment) to make this film look as good as possible.
All the business – This includes all the non-sexy things, like food, van rental, transportation, craft services, etc. It’s all the stuff needed to make the film happen and keep the cast and crew happy (the cast and crew are all working for free, which again helps keep costs down – so I try to feed them well).
The point is, this movie SHOULD cost a lot more, but I know how to make it happen for a lot less and look like it cost a lot more. Ultimately, we have a pretty smart and funny little film here. I can get it on the screen, but not without you. I believe in this film and, after everything you’ve read, I hope you believe in it too. Making people laugh and think at the same time is really difficult, but I KNOW this film will do just that. Any way that you can help make this film a reality will be truly useful, forever appreciated, and I know that the finished film is something we can all be proud of.
Let’s make it happen! Thank you so much!
- (88 days)