Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The story of Jelloman, the eccentric jelloshot legend of Philadelphia told by his friends, his foes and the artist himself.
319 backers pledged $21,172 to help bring this project to life.

About

Jelloman, if u will - a film about the Philly legend project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English
    • Español (España)
    • 日本語

$21,172

319

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.

Paul making jello shots at a music festival in the wild.
Paul making jello shots at a music festival in the wild.

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.

Paul with his Cage The Elephant jelloshot mural in Venice, CA.
Paul with his Cage The Elephant jelloshot mural in Venice, CA.

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.

Paul's brother, Kurt Vile
Paul's brother, 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.

The "Jello van" or as Paul says, "The JV"
The "Jello van" or as Paul says, "The JV"

The Filmmakers 

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...

Paul aka Jelloman aka Jel-Vile in his backyard.
Paul aka Jelloman aka Jel-Vile in his backyard.
Steve Powers adding Jelloman to his mural of Philly legends in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Steve Powers adding Jelloman to his mural of Philly legends in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank you + mailing list

    We'll give you a shout out in praise across our social media platforms and keep you up-to-speed on all news regarding the film's production and premiere.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Name in credits

    You will be personally thanked in the film's end credits.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    63 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    5x7 photo

    5x7 printed still from the film that will be numbered and signed.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Official film poster

    Jelloman will be handmaking a limited edition custom screen printed poster for the film. It will be numbered and signed.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 27 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    JELLOMAN, IF U WILL download & outtakes

    Once the film has premiered, we'll send you a digital download to the film so you can watch JELLOMAN, IF U WILL at home whenever you want.

    We'll also send you a reel of amazing and hilarious outtakes from the film.

    Includes:
    • Your name in credits
    • Film mailing list
    • Social media shout out
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    35 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Official film tee-shirt

    Jelloman will be making a custom handmade screen printed tee-shirt for the film.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 31 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Official JELLOMAN FILM pin

    A limited edition pin will be made for THE JELLOMAN FILM.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    The Jelloman Film zine

    A limited edition Jelloman zine of photos, snippets of the Jelloman manifesto and stories from throughout the making of the documentary. Photographers featured CJ Harvey, Daniel Topete, director Colin Kerrigan, Rocco Avallone and more.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Invitation to private screening + party

    Thank you! For your contribution, you will receive ONE ticket to our private screening and party for the Jelloman film, to be held sometime fall 2018 in the Philadelphia area.

    Yes, of course there will be jello.

    There will be TBA special music performances as well. You won't want to miss it.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 36 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Bully signed vinyl

    Bully is sending us a signed vinyl copy of "Losing."

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    • Social media shout out
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The Districts signed vinyl

    The Districts signed copy of vinyl

    Includes:
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    • Film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Ticket to screening / party + poster

    Thank you! You will receive ONE ticket to our private screening and party for the Jelloman film, to be held sometime fall 2018 in the Philadelphia area, as well as a ONE official film poster.

    Of course there will be jello at the screening. Lots of it.

    There will be TBA special music performances as well. You won't want to miss it.

    Includes:
    • Your name in credits
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Twin Peaks signed vinyl

    Twin Peaks is sending us a signed copy of "Sweet '17 Singles Series" for one of you.

    Includes:
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    Ticket to screening / party + tee shirt

    Thank you! You will receive ONE ticket to our private screening and party for the Jelloman film, to be held sometime fall 2018 in the Philadelphia area, as well as a ONE official tee shirt.

    Of course there will be jello at the screening. Lots of it.

    There will be TBA special music performances as well. You won't want to miss it.

    Includes:
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Two tickets to private screening + party

    Were you thinking of taking a hot date to the private screening + party of THE JELLOMAN FILM? You're in luck.

    You will receive two tickets to our private screening and party for the Jelloman film, to be held sometime fall 2018 in the Philadelphia area.

    Yes, of course there will be jello.

    There will be TBA special music performances as well.

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Kurt Vile signed vinyl

    Kurt Vile signed copy of vinyl

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Framed photograph from Colin Kerrigan

    Choose any photograph by director Colin Kerrigan to be printed, signed and framed. Print size 11x17.

    Includes:
    • Your name in credits
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    Tickets to ANY Union Transfer show

    R5 Productions is a staple in the Philadelphia music scene and has brought thousands of musicians to our city. They have been so kind to donate a pair of tickets to ANY Union Transfer show even if it is sold out. Yup, that rules.

    You'll also get an individual ticket to our private screening + party.

    *Must be redeemed within a year of July 2018*

    Includes:
    • Invitation to private screening + party
    • Film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    Ticket to screening + tee shirt + poster

    Thank you! You will receive ONE ticket to our private screening and party for the Jelloman film, to be held sometime fall 2018 in the Philadelphia area, as well as a ONE official film poster and ONE official tee shirt.

    Of course there will be jello at the screening. Lots of it.

    There will be TBA special music performances as well. You won't want to miss it.

    Includes:
    • Your name in credits
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    The War on Drugs signed merch pack

    The War on Drug's Adam Granduciel donated a merch pack which will include his Grammy winning record 2xLP "A Deeper Understanding," a vinyl slip and a tote bag and the whole band will be signing them as as well!

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Angel Olsen signed vinyl

    Angel Olsen was kind enough to send us a signed copy of "Phases."

    Includes:
    • Film mailing list
    • Social media shout out
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  22. Select this reward

    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    Your own custom Jello shot mural

    Jelloman will make you a jello mural like he has done for your favorite musicians and bands. Limited to those who live in the PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD area.

    Includes:
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    • Invitation to private screening + party
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  23. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Jello class with Jelloman

    You'll learn how to make mass quantity of jello shots from the Jelloman himself. The class will be held in the Philadelphia area so you must live in the area or be willing to travel.

    Includes:
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  24. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Private Jello Party

    Jelloman and the director of the film will throw you a private Jello party at your house. Must be in the Philly or NYC area.

    It'll be the best party you'll have all year.

    Includes:
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • Invitation to private screening + party
    • Your name in credits
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  25. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Associate Producer

    You will be listed as an Associate Producer of the film. Also, you will get a private screening of the film before it's release, Plus a massive thank you!

    Includes:
    • Your name in credits
    • Custom poster
    • Custom tote bag
    • Custom tee shirt
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • 2 VIP tickets to private screening + party
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  26. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Executive producer

    You will be listed as an Executive Producer of the film. Also, you will get a private screening of the film before it's release, Plus a massive thank you!

    The director of the film and Jelloman will also treat you to an amazing dinner. Must be in Philadelphia, LA or NYC.

    Includes:
    • Thank you on social media and film mailing list
    • Your name in credits
    • Custom tee shirt
    • Custom tote bag
    • Custom poster
    • 5x7 photograph from the film
    • 4 VIP tickets to private screening + party
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)