A woman’s ghost may hold the key to her father’s redemption.
WYATT was once a musician in Athens’ legendary music scene but reckless choices have left him an outcast, drifting through the rural outskirts as a salvage collector.
After his estranged daughter MIRANDA tragically dies, Wyatt comes to believe her ghost is haunting him with a request. Desperate to redeem himself in her eyes, Wyatt sets out on a mission of vengeance that will (hopefully) let her rest in peace.
Spoiler alert: nothing goes as planned.
Rag & Bone was fueled by the ragged, restless spirit of American New Wave films like Five Easy Pieces, Nashville, Medium Cool and McCabe & Mrs Miller and more recent films in that vein like Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus and Blue Ruin. As in those films, we want audiences to feel like they’ve lived among our fascinating, if flawed characters and experienced their rough and tumble world firsthand.
To provide an idea of the look of the film and characters, here's a very rough trailer, prior to any score, sound design, color correction, or those crucial final scenes. (featuring music of Willow Avalon and Jim White)
THE SPOTLIGHT SWINGS TO YOU
. . .a heroic supporter with exceptional taste, joining the cause in time to slingshot Rag & Bone to completion.
The good news is we’re already 85% of the way there!
Our talented cast and crew have fearlessly weathered downpours, frigid mornings and late nights, navigated a treacherous river and herded skeptical llamas in order to capture hours of beautiful footage and compelling performances.
But the film hangs in limbo unless we raise the funds to shoot a few remaining scenes and hire a talented post-production team to splice it all together and add the finishing touches.
WHAT’S THE RUSH?
To borrow a phrase, Winter Is Coming.
In order to match footage already shot, we have to film a few pivotal outdoor scenes within the next month while it’s turning from fall to winter in Athens.
If we don’t reach our funding goal in the next few weeks, we’ll have to wait another year to finish production. How’s that for a ticking clock?
WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO
A few pivotal scenes still need to be filmed, including a climatic final confrontation, along with a number of smaller “pickups” such as establishing shots and inserts that tie the storylines together. Funds here will go towards continuing to pay and feed the actors and crew, along with necessary equipment rentals and production insurance.
The post phase brings some substantial and unavoidable hard costs including editing, sound design and original score. As much as our editor and composer love our movie, we feel like we should pay them at least a fraction of what their talents are worth.
Also, this isn't a CGI-heavy film, but we do need hire out a couple special effects shots to make one particularly haunting scene work.
Kickstarter is an incredible platform for creatives and they require a small percentage in order to make projects like ours a reality. Additionally, Amazon requires 3% for processing payments.
The Stretch Goals
Our stretch goal of 27K would allow us to pay for a more substantial post process that includes additional sound sweetening, music licensing and discrete color sessions with a professional colorist. While not essential to the narrative, these steps are invaluable in raising the overall quality of the film substantially and help increase the chances of distribution and film festival acceptance.
Our even stretchier goal of +36K would allow us to cover costs associated with distribution and promotion. This includes the marketing materials to get the word out to a wider audience and festival submission fees. It also would go toward other "deliverables" distributors require such as errors & omissions insurance and closed-captioning.
WHAT MAKES RAG & BONE UNIQUE?
The actors are undoubtedly the “lightning in a bottle” aspect of this film.
From seasoned (and exceptionally talented) pros like Josh Mikel to first timers, each actor brought authenticity and vibrance to the story. Eddie Craddock, playing Wyatt, is such a confident, instinctive and grounded actor, it’s nearly impossible to believe this is his first leading role in a feature film.
We were also fortunate to have many Athens-based musicians, artists, local personalities, and "average folk” appear in the film, lending their talents and an unmistakable realness to the story. These include legendary musicians Jim White, Sienna Chandler (Monsoon), Willow Avalon, Linqua Franqa, LeeAnn Peppers and Donna Hopkins. Visual artists include painter/Athens royalty Vernon Thornsberry and folk art legend Chris Hubbard (CHUB) who both play substantial roles in the film.
We began with a full-length script but I wanted the story to blend with the energy of its environment and continue to evolve as we filmed. I jumpstarted this process by filming mini-documentaries of various locals in town, developing a comfort level with them and reacquainting myself with the area. From here, I invited a number of them to play fictional versions of themselves and threaded the primary actors and storyline through their worlds.
I encouraged the “real people” to stray from the script and act as they would in their daily life. Based on their actions and dialogue, we revised subsequent scenes to match what transpired. This brought an organic quality to the scenes and also challenged the trained actors to think on their feet as the scenes unfolded (which they’ve handled incredibly well).
We're excited to offer some really cool and unique rewards. In the Rag & Bone spirit, many have a rustic, DIY touch. For instance, the sweaters featuring the R&B logo patch will all be hand-picked from my favorite vintage shops.
On the higher end, we’re stoked to offer truly special pieces of art created by well-known Athens artists who are also featured in the film.
And don’t sleep on Reward #3 the VHS wallets!
Is comprised of Georgia born and bred filmmakers, beginning with Producer Debrah McNary and her brother and director Evan McNary. Cinematographer Josh Fritts has been a long-time collaborator behind the camera, having worked on Evan's first short film over a decade ago.
Having lived in Athens for over a decade, first as a student and later as a professional, Debrah brought her invaluable insight into the landscape and relationships with the local personalities, artists and business owners that not only made a film of this breadth possible, it heavily informed the actions and dialogue of the movie.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT by Evan McNary
“Your first film should be made with your own blood.” Jean-Pierre Melville
Taking Melville’s quote to heart, I invested all of my resources, credit lines and goodwill into making Rag & Bone. And that’s how it should be. I’m not entitled to outside help from the industry or anyone else. And this is just one of countless deserving Kickstarter projects. But it’s my goal to tell a story so unique and entertaining that you support this film not out of sympathy but because you genuinely want to see it become a reality. Early on, I’ve experienced a fair share of that Rag & Bone life. From spreading stucco to landscaping to loading docks to long-distance trucking, I know the rhythms, personalities and hard knocks of Wyatt’s present world. On the filmmaking side, I’ve hammered away on screenplays for over a decade while directing commercials and digital content to pay the bills.
After one too many Hollywood producers advised that my offbeat, character-driven scripts just weren’t commercial enough, I finally realized that I needed to start making the films I believed in, with the limited resources available. While this meant a more challenging production, the upside is that we didn’t have to water down the characters, cheapen the plot or make any other concessions usually required by studios.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Many of us on the team have been hustling for years to get original, challenging films made through the Hollywood system but Rag & Bone is our first opportunity to accomplish this goal in a substantial way.
With your help, we’ll make a film you’re not only proud to support but also enjoy the heck out of watching.
Risks and challenges
While nothing's a certainty, Rag & Bone is 85% of the way thru production, making the odds pretty good that we'll finish with your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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