Jelloman, if u will
A film about Jelloman, the eccentric jello shot legend of Philadelphia, told by his friends, his foes, and the artist himself.
Who is Jelloman?
Paul Vile, aka Jelloman, is a legend amongst Philly locals, fans of The Best Show, and music industry insiders. Known for his presence at music festivals, where he slings jello shots and handmade tee shirts, Paul is also a fixture in the Philadelphia music scene and beyond, delivering jello shot murals to his favorite musicians.
By trade he is a stone mason who can build a custom driveway or inlay brick or stone walls for you better than anyone else in the business.
He also happens to be the younger brother of Philly's constant hitmaker, Kurt Vile.
About the Film
In 2016, I picked up a photo assignment for VICE following Jelloman around a music festival in Florida. I photographed him as he carried out his jello antics throughout the festival grounds, where after only half an hour I saw him make over $300 selling his shots and shirts.
I knew there was more to the story than just jello.
A few months later I decided to start following Paul around with my video camera to really capture who he really is, why he does what he does, and what it’s like to be in the Jello mindset, if you will.
Why tell Jelloman's story?
To put it simply, he's a fascinating human being. To put it less simply, Paul’s got a lot going on and is incredibly magnetic. He speaks his own language (which he calls “mumble,” complete with catchphrases), he’s friends with some well-known entertainers, and he embodies the American hustle in his day-to-day drive to make more jello, money, and friends.
We’d be happy to invite you into the back of the “Jello Van” to tell you more.
I'm Colin Kerrigan, the producer, director, and photographer behind the documentary, Jelloman, if u will.
A little bit about myself... I'm a freelance photographer and filmmaker from Philadelphia. In 2012, I co-founded the film collective Out of Town Films, which focuses on producing short performance films with musicians in Philly and around the world. I worked as a photo editor / photojournalist at Philadelphia's largest news website philly.com for three years after college before going full-time freelance. My work has appeared on VICE, Red Bull, RBMA, Urban Outfitters, Noisey, Pitchfork, philly.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, more.
Also on board the Jello crew is Eddie Shore, a film director and editor from Brooklyn, NY, who is the editor behind Jelloman, if u will. His short documentary, Cold Storage, won Best New England Short at the 2017 Provincetown International Film Festival. He also recently traveled to Cuba with Werner Herzog and a group of international filmmakers for a 10-day workshop. He also edits documentaries and branded content for VICE, GQ, Nickelodeon, and more.
Out of Town Films is a film collective based in Philadelphia who have filmed with musicians all around the world.
What do I need funding for?
This film started out as an experiment of sorts in my free time, spending a few days here and there with Paul and bringing my Sony FS7 along for the ride. As weekends turned into weeks and then months and now over a year of spending time with Jelloman, it’s now a full fledged documentary and I need a hand or two to see it through.
75% of the film is shot, however to get across the finish line we need some resources to both finish production, as well as push through the substantial costs inherent in documentary post-production.
In addition to paying a few talented film professionals to help move things along in terms of editing, color correction, and sound mixing, we need nuts and bolts type things like hard drives, music rights, DCPs, entertainment lawyer and various publicity tools as well as film festival submissions.
A few more photos...
Risks and challenges
I've been fortunate enough to make it this far producing the film on my own, however I’ve hit the point where I can’t do it on my own any longer. I’ve lined up an amazing team of collaborators in order to deliver the Jelloman documentary we all deserve and to put it through the film festival circuit, but in order to do that we’ve got to finish assembling our Jello movie mural, if you will.
The greatest risk here is pretty simple: not being able to tell Paul’s story. I’ve got a ton of really intimate, funny, and exciting footage to share, and would really like to deliver it to you all in the best package possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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