INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ZACH VOSS
ABOUT THE FILM
It's 4AM. New daddy Lucas Blackwell is sleep-deprived and ravenous. The fridge is empty. Except for two neat rows of bottled breast milk. Curious, he sneaks a sip and !BAM! he's hooked.
Lucas partners with one of his upscale messenger clients -- a gay, gourmet obsessed marketing guru named Lance, who is convinced that it's the perfect product for his circle of upscale foodies.
So what does a slacker with no marketable skills other than dodging city traffic at high speeds, no contacts other than his lactating girlfriend and a bunch of flaky bike messenger pals do?
What else? Launch a start-up selling the next big thing. It’s natural, it’s 100% organic, and it takes advantage of the ‘Eat Local’ movement in a whole new way.
The only hitch? The grand solution soon becomes the grand problem as Lucas struggles to juggle family, foodies, and love.
MOTHERS MILK is an irreverent DIY movie about the pursuit of an irreverent DIY business.
WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO
As we noted in the video, we launched this Kickstarter to support the development phase of the project. Your contribution will go to the following:
- Test shoots
When you contribute, your payment will be sent to our non-profit sponsor, Eastern Oregon Film Festival. This wonderful arts & culture organization is helping us get the project off the ground. All of the money raised in this campaign will go directly to the film.
Getting a feature film off the ground is like jump-starting a VW bus. It's a lot easier when your friends get behind you. THANK YOU!!!
My time breastfeeding was a short affair. After a couple months, my mother’s concern over my weight loss and her sore body led to me a bottle-fed infancy. While the idea of being raised exclusively on natural breast milk sounds best, I can’t judge. My mom did the best she could, and I am grateful.
In a culture full of trends, a society full of expectations, an unmarried young couple with a baby tries their best to make it work. But this simple goal is not easily achieved as friends, family and finances complicate their journey. The film is set at the center of this serious situation, taking special care to reveal the awkward, absurd and hilarious moments along the way. Occupying this space are characters with deep, genuine opinions, yet layered with pretentious speculation. They might border the extreme, yet always in the likeness of ourselves.
What’s the best way to live our lives? Who are we to judge the choices of others? In our immense world, there is no shortage of situations to ask these questions. So let’s go back to the beginning, if only for a taste, in MOTHERS MILK.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Zach Voss has won numerous awards and accolades for his short films. His most recent film, MANDRAKE ESTATE, premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2013. After winning the Gold Rockies Award for his 2013 ROAD TO TREEFORT series, Zach continued to expand his skill set by making his first foray into stop-motion animation. His 2014 SKYSHIP series, which captures the quirky spirit of the enormously popular Treefort Music Festival, reflects Zach’s whimsical directorial style.
Zach is an avid member of the Boise bicycle community. Every August, Zach steps out from behind the camera and into the spotlight when New Belgium’s widely attended Tour de Fat rolls into town. One of the crowning events of the festival is the Slow Ride contest, where the objective is to be the last person across the finish line. Keeping a bike barely moving without falling requires some very skilled bike riding, a great deal of perseverance, and a cool head under pressure. It’s no small feat to win once, but Zach is the only rider in the country to have won this event three times.
The qualities that have led Zach to film accolades (and three Slow Ride titles) are the same ones that make him a great visionary—he brings grit, talent, and a brilliant dash of personality to his work. And he’s got an entire community ready to follow him. Whether that journey is on a bike or through the lens of his camera, it’ll be one hell of a ride.
Benjamin Morgan’s first feature film, QUALITY OF LIFE, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won a prestigious Jury Award. The film played festivals around the world, winning more awards along the way. It was released theatrically in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other major markets, and received home video distribution via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. It is currently available on Netflix and Showtime. Morgan teaches screenwriting at Eastern Oregon University, and jointly programs two burgeoning film festivals, Eastern Oregon Film Festival and Treefort Film Fest.
Kev Robertson grew up in Aberdeen in the frozen North of Scotland. He began his career as a commercial photographer before joining the BBC in London as a documentary cameraman. Kev was the DP and a key collaborator on QUALITY OF LIFE, where he and writer/producer, Benjamin Morgan pioneered the “Graffiti Model” for indie filmmaking. Kev went on to shoot numerous indie features, including the critically acclaimed FLIGHT 93, which received an Emmy nomination and an audience of over 25 million people.
From studio-backed features to insightful documentaries, Peggy Rajski has been producing award-winning movies for over twenty years, including THE GRIFTERS, directed by Stephen Frears, LITTLE MAN TATE, directed by and starring Jodie Foster, and several films with writer-director John Sayles, including the powerful historical dramas MATEWAN and EIGHT MEN OUT. Her films have garnered over 40 major nominations including wins at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards.
Rajski received an Oscar for directing and co-producing TREVOR, winner of the 1994 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Currently being developed as a musical for the stage, TREVOR was the launching pad for The Trevor Project, a pioneering nonprofit organization she founded whose humanitarian work has a life-saving record of success.
THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT, BUT...ADULTS DRINKING BREAST MILK? COME ON.
We're not making this s#%t up people. See for yourself.
Weird? Sure. Gross? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely
It's easy to judge. Or even laugh (we hope). But there's some genuine logic behind this argument. Lucas may be on to something...
ABOUT THE REWARDS
Most of our rewards are pretty self-explanatory. But here's a little more info about a couple of them.
The Boise Bicycle Project is a kickass non-profit organization in Boise. By providing education and access to tools and affordable bikes, they strive to make Boise a more bike friendly city. Whether you purchase this reward or not, you should find a way to connect with them. They rule.
Putting the Pieces Together: The Graffiti Model for Indie Filmmaking (Soft Skull Press) is Benjamin Morgan's book about the making of his award-winning feature film, QUALITY OF LIFE. The book delves into how to make a DIY movie, utilizing QoL as a case study.
“Packed with heart and information-instant-message interviews between core members of the production team, a meaty DIY film primer, production stills, photos of San Francisco graffiti, and the original screenplay...leagues ahead of your typical screenplay release.” -- Library Journal Review
MANDRAKE ESTATE is Zach Voss' most recent comedy short. The film premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in March 2013.
Any reward with a MOTHERS MILK DVD included is dated "Dec 2015". However, other rewards (i.e. stream, premiere tix, etc.) may be available sooner.
Risks and challenges
What if Director, Zach Voss gets locked into an endless slow bike race? What if Writer/Producer, Benjamin Morgan unveils the secrets of centripetal force and can’t stop spinning on his head? Yeah, we’re worried too.
The truth is, feature filmmaking is a very risky endeavor. There are an estimated 5,000+ independent feature films made every single year, and less than 5% of these movies end up in traditional distribution. Countless other film projects are never even completed. We fully recognize what we’re up against, and are offsetting risks with stringent organization, contingency plans, and a production team with decades of experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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