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Estranged siblings Marcus & Michelle Brinks reunite after their parents' death. A comedy about tragedy from director Josh Crockett.
Estranged siblings Marcus & Michelle Brinks reunite after their parents' death. A comedy about tragedy from director Josh Crockett.
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WE are SO CLOSE!! Thank you for visiting this page in the last days of our campaign! We are insanely overwhelmed with gratitude for all our supporters and we are starting to see movie lights at the end of the Kickstarter tunnel!

We have to make this goal to receive any of the pledges so, if you can help us get there (and to mix train metaphors), HOP ONBOARD! 

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Our page is featured by Sundance Institute Artists, New Orleans Film Society and is a Kickstarter Staff Pick!

Hello from Josh and Kristin! We are a filmmaking team (director Josh Crockett and actor Kristin Slaysman) fundraising for our first feature film, Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks.

About us: We are real-life partners coming up on our ten year anniversary and we've been collaborating artistically for almost as long. 

Anyone who works with their partner knows that it's not always easy (let's grab drinks and we'll tell you about it!) but, for us, it's the most rewarding and exciting collaboration. It is our dream to shoot a feature film this year with our beloved filmmaking family. Josh has been developing the script for over a year with co-writer Jonathan Pappas. Now it's ready, the core team is in place, and we are asking YOU to help us make our dream come true!

Why Kickstarter?

We've been making independent short films together for almost a decade under the name Explosive Bolts. Until now, the work has been self-funded, but to make a feature film we need a lot more people and a lot more resources. That's where Kickstarter comes in. $50,000 is the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM we need to make our dreams a reality.

And here's where you come in! If a lot of our friends (& strangers & co-workers & fans & family & neighbors & person on Facebook I met once and we don't remember each other but you happen to love movies... ) donate a little bit through Kickstarter, we can:

**feed people! **make our set safe and happy! **hire amazing actors and crew! **rent great equipment so our movie looks great! **edit and color and sound mix the movie! **pay people for their work (albeit less than they deserve)!

The way Kickstarter works, it's all or nothing so if we don't reach our goal, we don't keep any of the pledged donations!

WE NEED YOU. We are wildly appreciative that you are on this page and you are considering supporting our film. 

AND we've created some very fun perks to thank you for your donation! --->

Here are the coconut monkeys we will be screen printing!!

illustration by artist/filmmaker Onur Tukel!
illustration by artist/filmmaker Onur Tukel!

What's the story?

It's about a brother and sister, Marcus and Michelle Brinks, estranged siblings who are reunited after the death of their parents, two globe-trotting aid workers who they barely knew. In the days following the wake, the siblings can’t help but turn their current lives and relationships into chaos as they’re forced to reckon with their shared past. And it's a comedy! A comedy about tragedy.

The movie is about pain, laughter, loss, sex, ego...it’s about the search for real family and the strong pull of roots.

The Team behind Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks

Director/co-writer Josh Crockett

Josh Crockett is an LA director and editor. He has written & directed over a dozen short films including Dinner with Holly, which is currently being developed as a television sitcom. He is an ACE Award-nominated editor currently working on the TBS comedy Wrecked. He edited the feature film, The Master Cleanse starring Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Houston and Oliver Platt, directed by Bobby Miller, which premiered at SXSW this year. Josh is currently producing a narrative feature that takes place in the L.A. rock & roll scene called The Icarus Line Must Die.

Co-writer Jonathan Pappas

Jonathan Pappas is a filmmaker, fiction writer, and teacher. He wrote and directed the 2015 short film Francisville, and wrote the film Dogsbody, directed by Josh Crockett. He is co-founder of the RatCatcher Reading Series in Philadelphia. As a charter member of the writing collective 17th Street Writers, he is co-editor of the upcoming fiction anthology Above Water. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Community College of Philadelphia and is a frequent collaborator with Explosive Bolts.

Producer Ted Speaker

Ted Speaker was an associate producer on Lynn Shelton’s 2009 Sundance and Cannes darling, Humpday. He co-produced Dusty Bias’ 2011 film, Prairie Love, which premiered at Sundance and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta and Oxford film festivals as well as an Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. He produced Alison Bagnall’s (Buffalo ‘66) feature, Funny Bunny, which premiered at SXSW in 2015 and won awards for Best Actor and Best Editing at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Ted recently produced Dusty Bias’ second feature, The Great & The Small, which won awards for Best American Indie and Audience Choice at the 2016 Sonoma Film Festival.

Actress/producer Kristin Slaysman

Kristin Slaysman is a Los Angeles based performer and producer. Feature film work includes: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Josephine Decker), Promised Land (Gus Van Sant), Little Sister (Zach Clark). With the theater collective Le Comité des Fêtes, she adapted Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid for Quantum Theatre and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. TV: Masters of Sex, American Horror Story and the upcoming Amazon pilot, The Last Tycoon.

Along with producer Adam Tate, composer Donald Ian Black and actor Sam Buchanan, among others!

Our team’s previous movies have played at acclaimed film festivals including Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, SXSW, AFI, Tribeca, LAFF, Maryland Film Festival and Sarasota to name just a few.

Thank you!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! It means so much that you are on this page learning about us and our movie. And we would be so grateful for any donation you can spare.

And don't forget, another way you can help is to spread the word! Sharing this campaign through email or Facebook or Twitter or instagramtumblrsnapchatvinefuturestuff helps us so much.

Risks and challenges

Microbudget filmmaking is never easy, but our movie was written to be made on a small scale with a slim budget. We feel confident in the talent and resourcefulness of our team to see this project through and to create a really special movie.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at dr.brinksfilm@gmail.com and we'll get right back to you!

Thank you and we love you!

Josh and Kristin

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