Delano Davis Productions is creating a promo reel for their feature length film entitled "The Porterhouse". "The Porterhouse" is about a conflict in a steakhouse restaurant in the middle of a massive Anti-Bush Protest in New York City circa 2004.
On August 29, 2004, close to 500,000 protesters marched in New York City ahead of the Republican National Convention, in protest of President Bush’s policies. Total arrests closed in on 2,000, the largest number of arrests associated with a convention in U.S. history.
During the protest, I was bartending at a high-end restaurant in Manhattan, watching the streams of protesters float by the windows, wondering how it all came to be, and how I became so separate from it all. I was struck by the images I saw, and the stories I heard, moments of high passion, and utter indifference; a woman with a “fuck Bush” shirt being spat on, a group of students marching down Fifth Avenue in a conga line playing instruments, a young man recounting how his friend was being held at a filthy bus depot near Chelsea Piers, epithets and threats hurled at the police.
I decided to stop being so indifferent, and write it all down. I searched for an entertaining story that could encompass the passion of 2004. The ideas came slowly. Eventually, I found a simple, personal story about fathers and sons, about betrayal and forgiveness, and most essentially, about our desire to connect with our deepest, highest self, and extend this self to others in their time of need.
In "The Porterhouse", a small group of outcasts, a washed up waiter, an Iranian busboy, and a young protester, find themselves in a fight for their lives as the manager of the restaurant locks the doors, and demands the whereabouts of a missing $10,000. The characters must learn to bond together, hold an ideal, and fight for it, or succumb to the ambivalence that threatens the nation as a whole.
My production team and I have made great progress on the film, including securing fiscal sponsorship, raising close to $1,500, doing a series of readings, and securing a director, but we could still use your help. The need now is for funding for a short promo reel. The reel will simply be a scene from the feature length film. It will help us demonstrate to our fan base what the film will feel like in it's final form. We are starting with a very modest goal of $300 to help pay for lenses and equipment for the shoot.
There are many perks, including copies of the feature film when it is completed, CD's, and even a steak dinner with me at Les Halles Restaurant in New York City!
If you were touched by the year 2004, or if you felt, like I did, the need to respond to the passion of the time, I hope you will consider contributing to my project, and following our progress. Together, we can make "The Porterhouse" a reality.
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