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A short film about one surgeon who gives up his life in the O.R. to pursue his dreams of becoming actual, liquidy root beer. Read more

New York, NY Shorts
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This project was successfully funded on August 5, 2011.

A short film about one surgeon who gives up his life in the O.R. to pursue his dreams of becoming actual, liquidy root beer.

New York, NY Shorts
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*$5 Reward Clarification*

Hey everybody! Just wanted to clarify that donating at least $5 will give you access to a private link to view the film once it is completed. This will be the only way to see it unless you choose the $25 HD download of the film. So think of it as a $5 internet movie ticket! 

*Thanks For The Support*

Even though we reached our $5,000 goal, we could still use as many donations as possible. We have to cover a lot of costs that take away from money that could go into the actual production, like printing t shirts, authoring DVD's, film permits, etc. We want as much money as possible to go into the actual production of I Am Root Beer so we can make the best movie we possibly can! Thank you all for your tremendous support and being an integral part in getting this film off the ground!

What the heck is this movie about?

“I Am Root Beer” is a short film from writer/directors Casey Donahue and Matthew Ballen. It is a refreshingly original tale of an up-and-coming surgeon who gives up his life in the operating room to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming actual, liquidy root beer. It is a story about pursuing your dreams, no matter how ludicrous and seemingly unattainable they are. We are trying to raise enough money to begin production on this new and original story.  

(A storyboard for the short film "I Am Root Beer")

This is our most ambitious project to date with multiple visual effects, animation sequences, and larger scale equipment so we can really take this film into a whole new league compared to our past projects!

Who the heck are you guys?

Casey is a writer, director, and comedian living in New York City. He has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and his work has been featured on Collegehumor.com, Funnyordie.com, and Vimeo.com. Casey was honored at the 2010 Webby Awards for the short "AutoTuning" which he wrote and directed for Vimeo.com. Casey is also a rapper who is known to be the “Greatest Rapper In The Financial District of New York City, Probably”

Matthew is a writer, director, producer and screenplay consultant residing in Brooklyn, New York.  His work has appeared on the homepages of sites like FunnyOrDie.comIFC.comNerve.com and Vimeo.com, and his site www.scriptlaunch.com is where you can go to make your screenplays better.  Matthew's favorite activities, aside from working with Casey, are pizza, bellyrubs and murder, not necessarily in that order!

Casey and Matthew, along with their partners Andrea Allen, and John Rosenblatt, make up Handsome Experts, a rag tag group of filmmakers that aim to make fun, exciting videos and films (Just like the film “I Am Root Beer”, the very film you are learning about right now!) Below is an example of one of our past projects!

What the heck is Kickstarter?

We are using Kickstarter to get exactly that, a kick-start on the production budget. All proceeds earned from Kicksarter will go directly into the film. Kickstarter is a great way to publicly raise funds from the people who are most interested in seeing a project get off the ground (That’s you!) Basically, you donate however much you can donate to our project, and if and ONLY if we can raise 100% of our goal will we be able to get the funds. If we DO NOT reach our goal of $5,000 we receive NO funding. You will ONLY be charged when our project reaches our $5,000 goal. And if you want to donate to our film and we have already exceeded our $5,000 goal, you can still donate, and you will make our film that much better!

What the heck happens if I donate to your film?

We have a bunch of really awesome incentives for you to check out. If we reach our goal, you can get awesome artwork, invites to screenings, behind the scenes access, and you can even get the chance to make an awesome video with Matthew, Casey, and “I Am Root Beer” Director of Photography John Rosenblatt, the same cinematographer of many of the SNL Digital Shorts!!! And if you choose to just donate some funds to the film and do not want any of the incentives, that’s ok! There is a button you can click if you do not want the reward.

Artwork you can own by artist Ian Laser!

Artwork you can own by artist Pat Falco!

What the heck is there left to say?

Thanks for checking out our project! Remember, we receive no funds from Kickstarter unless we reach our $5,000 goal, so we're counting on your help and support to launch our production! You become a part of our production by donating, and if you want to see this crazy, hilarious short film happen, help spread the word!

For more info, feel free to contact us at hq@handsomeexperts.com and we will fill you in on anything you might want to know!

**BRANDING DISCLAIMER**

Please note that we are not sponsored by any root beer company at this time.  The images of Boylan's root beer above are in no way intended to suggest any endorsement or sponsorship from either Boylan Bottling Co. or Casey Donahue & Matthew Ballen, except that Boylan's root beer, like all root beers, is completely delicious!

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    42 backers

    Receive a "thank-you" on the website + exclusive access to all of the project updates, including our video blog.

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    22 backers

    Receive digital download of original soundtrack + 1 invite to the "I Am Root Beer" premier screening + "thank you" on the website + project updates/video blog.

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    35 backers

    Receive digital download of the film “I Am Root Beer” + Receive digital download of original soundtrack + 1 invite to the "I Am Root Beer" premier screening + "thank you" on the website + project updates/video blog.

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    14 backers

    All of the above + Receive a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and fun special features!

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    31 backers

    All of the above + an original "Everything was root beer and nothing hurt" T-shirt by artist Pat Falco. + an invite to a special private wrap party/dance party/root beer tasting with Cast & Crew!

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    9 backers

    All of the above + an "I Am Root Beer" movie poster by artist Ian Laser + "Associate Producer" credit in the film and on the website + a personal "Thank You" video made just for you!

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    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    All of the above + an original signed and numbered limited edition premium print of "Everything was root beer and nothing hurt" by artist Pat Falco (only 25 copies being made!)

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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    All of the above + Casey and Matthew will write and produce an original rap song about anything you'd like! (Hint: makes a great present for people you love!)

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    All of the above + a very special and fun minor acting role in the film (details under wraps for now) + 4 VIP invites to premier + "Producer" credit in the film and on the website.

  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above + Casey and Matthew will work with you to make a no-budget 1-2 minute comedy video on any subject of your choice (video includes writing, editing and 1 day shoot with John Rosenblatt, a DP and Producer of SNL's Digital Shorts!!!) + "Senior Producer" credit in the film and on the website. Hint: A comedy video about your romantic shortcomings is a great gift for your special someone! *Please note, travel and other expenses for this reward are not included.

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