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A coming of age story about a young Filipino boy who becomes a hero, inspired by the movie Hook.
A coming of age story about a young Filipino boy who becomes a hero, inspired by the movie Hook.
1,476 backers pledged $68,790 to help bring this project to life.

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SYNOPSIS 

This is the story about Rufio, before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan. 

Roofus is a 13-year-old kid who is destined to be more than he is. After his mother is forced to put him into a foster home, he and his rag-tag group of best friends - a Jamaican boy named Julani and a bright-eyed latina force of nature named Ella - find a way for Roofus to escape his ill fate, find his happy thought and fulfill his destiny. 

The story has been reverse engineered from what was set-up in Hook. We answer all the questions you've ever wondered -- How and why is Rufio the leader of the Lost Boys? Where does "bangarang" come from? And of course, how he gets the mohawk. 

WHY SUPPORT THE FILM? WHY NOW?

In a world of endless sequels, prequels, and reboots - we feel Bangarang holds a unique place. , The key for us is that this movie is a social commentary on the current world climate. We are taking a beloved character out of his comfort zone. 

This is an underdog, coming-of-age film in all the best ways. It's the story of a under represented group of heroes - bullied because they're different, and nothing more (such as Roofus, who comes from a immigrant family) - who won't let their villains get in the way of destiny. We think there's a hunger for good storytelling and strong execution, as well as fun original characters. With Bangarang, we plan to do just that. 

This movie is about believing in yourself, and not letting your past define you are. Finding your destiny and forcing it into existence. 

IF WE REACH OUR GOAL

If our production budget is met, and we exceed our target number, we've set up a dream milestone:

At $200,000 or higher WE WILL MAKE A FEATURE FILM. 

That's right. We're confident that for that budget, we could tell this story in feature form and bring you to a version of Neverland you've never seen before.

VISUALS and VIDEOS

Roofus wakes up (Storyboard Panel)
Roofus wakes up (Storyboard Panel)

 

The Team

Our team is comprised of a diverse mix of hungry and seasoned filmmakers.

Dante Basco, executive producer. 

Dante Basco is an American actor, and voice actor. He is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 live-action film Hook. He is also known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long. 

Rawn Ericson III, executive producer. 

Rawn Erickson II is a tech investor, producer, musician, and online personality. Co-founder of Maker Studios, president of The Machine. 

Jonah Feingold, director/writer.

After watching Hook when he was two years old, Jonah vowed to become a film director. Since then he's written and directed series for places like Buzzfeed, CNN, Refinery29, AwesomenessTV and more. 

Jeremy Dylan, writer/producer.

Jeremy Dylan is a film and television writer/producer born and raised in Los Angeles. He's seen HOOK a fourth of the times that Jonah has... so well over 200 times. 

Luke Lenza, producer. 

Luke is an actor/producer and general swashbuckler.  He's worked with Jonah on countless film pieces behind and in front of the camera and has been featured in content for Buzzfeed and Awesomeness TV.  He makes shorts for screen, and wears shorts on his legs.

Ben Mullen, director of photography. 

Ben Mullen is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He has shot a variety of projects from films, to music videos, and documentaries but no matter the project, he brings a discerning eye and a devotion to make every project better. He is a graduate of the USC film school and his work has been featured in many online publications such as Pitchfork and Vice, as well as in film festivals including the AFI film festival, Raindance Film Festival, and Cannes Short Film Festival. 

Natalia Brito, production designer. 

Natalia Brito is a Production Designer graduated from USC film school. She enjoys designing worlds that are suspended in reality. Neverland has always been an inspiration for her visually striking sets, and while she has many skills writing bios is unfortunately not one of them. 

Tim Callobre, composer. 

Tim began his musical career as an accomplished classical guitarist, performing at the White House and Carnegie Hall before he was old enough for his first beer. Tim’s music has been performed by notable ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been recognized with awards such as the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He has scored multiple feature films as well as a variety of television and commercial projects.

CASTING CALL INFORMATION 

Part of the fun of launching this Kickstarter is being able to engage with the Hook and 90s nostalgia fan base. We are holding an opening casting call looking for our lead heroes! Character breakdowns are below. If you or anyone you know fits this description, we'd love for you to submit to our email bangarangthefilm@gmail.com with a headshot and tape of the sides!

Roofus, 13, a young face, scrawny but with potential. A hopeful glimmer in his eye. 

Ella, 13, a latina force of nature. An ass-kicking old soul with a big heart. 

Julani, 13, a big personality and hilarious when he needs to be. Fun and fiercely loyal to his friends. 

SIDES FOR ROOFUS (CLICK)

SIDES FOR ELLA / JULANI (CLICK)

Concept art for Julani, Roofus, and Ella
Concept art for Julani, Roofus, and Ella

 

Important to note that you must live in the Los Angeles area, as we're shooting here. 

HOW IT WORKS

Making movies is expensive. This is a project with child actors, and complex visual devices, so we need a budget. We are asking for $30,000 to deliver you guys the best possible version of this film. 

As a budgetary breakdown, this budget covers...

  • Location Fees
  • Permits
  • Insurance
  • Talent
  • Catering 
  • Camera Equipment
  • Set Decoration
  • Wardrobe and makeup effects
  • Edit and color mix
  • And SCORE (which like Hook, will be a pivotal emotional tool in our story)

 

Risks and challenges

There are unique challenges that will always pop up in production of a film. From changes in cast & crew to locations, production delays are inevitable part of the independent filmmaking process.

If any setbacks do arise, we plan to keep you informed and give you reasonable dates of completion for the film. We so appreciate your trust in us as filmmakers.

This project is not intended for commercial use. Will be distributed for free on Dante's YouTube channel.

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    Lost Boy

    You're a lost boy! You'll get a special thanks as well as exclusive access to the behind the scenes content of the film. You might even learn to fly.

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    You're part of Rufio's elite squad You'll get all the above, as well as a personalized thank you letter from Dante and the filmmaking team.

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