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THE STORY

REVENGE IS NOT ALWAYS SWEET

High Cotton is a thriller about two criminals, one a true southerner, the other a transplant from Manchester, England. The cautionary tale follows the former cellmates from county jail to running drugs and ultimately into a tangled web of revenge and the search for redemption.

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"There's always something left to lose."
"There's always something left to lose."

We shot High Cotton in 23 days in 7 southern towns. We have an honest, brutal and surprising film in the can and now we need your support to help us complete it.

Your support will help finance key aspects of post production including sound design, color-correction, music composition by Christian Wood and key art to be used in posters and promotional materials. We will also use supporter funds for copyright, title search and other legal costs along with errors & omissions insurance. Tough lessons from our first foray into independent film distribution.

Your funding will help us screen strategically in two key cities for a limited run. A theatrical release will help generate reviews form respected critics, and help us push the film out to a much wider audience. You will also help us submit the film to major film festivals as well as to market and distribute the film to audiences in the south and nationally.

We learned a lot of hard lessons our first time out. A division of one of the major distributors released it. We are blessed to have had it picked up, but ultimately we wanted to have more involvement in the marketing, advertising and key art creation. With High Cotton we want to maintain some control over how this film is brought to market and that's why we're running this campaign.

In addition to Kickstarter - we are partnering with an experienced sales agent to help us navigate the marketing and distribution process, domestically and internationally. We have a bunch of friends that have experience distributing films the way we want to do it.

Director Ken Horstmann, actors Jody Thompson & Mark Ashworth
Director Ken Horstmann, actors Jody Thompson & Mark Ashworth
Mark Ashworth
Mark Ashworth

 Learn more about the film @ HighCottonMovie.com

"I'm just looking for a better life, mate."
"I'm just looking for a better life, mate."

We have an incredible cast including Mark Ashworth (Lawless), Jody Thompson (The Bay), Randy McDowell (Justified), Elizabeth Davidovich (Hunger Games), Russell Comegys (Solace), Solomon Olds (Family Force 5), Ben Amick (Cartoon Network writer,director), as well as powerful performances from genuine southerners in their first film roles.

Shot entirely on location in Georgia.
Shot entirely on location in Georgia.
Jody Thompson
Jody Thompson
"We're not running."
"We're not running."

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WHO WE ARE

Spyplane Films began 8 years ago making commercials and projects for television. Ken Horstmann has been directing in the film and television industry for 20 years, this is his second feature.

Learn more about our first film here:

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DP Jacob Fry, actor Jody Thompson (Les)
DP Jacob Fry, actor Jody Thompson (Les)
"What if this is our hell?"
"What if this is our hell?"

WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT OUR FILM

  • We’ve already shot the film. Which means the riskiest part is over! So your support will be going towards finishing and distributing an already high-quality film. The longest process in post is editing, and it's done!
  • A Unique Voice. By supporting High Cotton, you’ll be helping to support a strong and unique southern voice in cinema. Our goal was to tell the truth as much as possible while also exploring spirituality from a different perspective in an environment Flannery O'Connor famously called the Christ-Haunted American South.
  • We self-funded this entire project up to this point. We’re not asking you to put money into something that we haven’t already personally and financially backed ourselves.
  • Experienced Creatives! This is the second feature for our writer/director and the two lead actors are highly experienced on some of the biggest movie sets. Mark Ashworth & Jody Thompson have been in front of the camera and on stage their entire lives. They were also very involved in the writing process of this film. It's a very personal project for them also! 
  • You can be part of the launch of our Premiere! We shot the entire film outdoors. Our intention with High Cotton has always been for people to see our film in a unique setting - under the stars so that you can feel a part of the action on screen. Call it a Red Clay Premiere. When we release our film we will have a series of screenings in outdoor venues across the south.
Mark Ashworth (Bulldog)
Mark Ashworth (Bulldog)
"Guess I'd want revenge too."
"Guess I'd want revenge too."

A FILM TO RAISE AWARENESS

700,000 prisoners will be released back into our communities this year. 

This film grew out of community involvement at our county jail. We lead a program for men in lockup once a week. The programs aim is to help men establish a strong definition of manhood that leads them to make better decisions. The stories the prisoners tell us each week are nothing if not dramatic. While the film is completely original, some of the inmates stories make up the setting, situations, back-story and plot for the film.

One of the southern actors in our film told us High Cotton sounded like his life story. Before we had finished shooting, he was back in prison. We completed the film without him & for him, and for many like him.

By supporting this film you will also help us raise awareness of the high rates of recidivism and what can be done to help in our over-crowded jails.

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WANT TO HELP, BUT CAN'T DONATE?

There are several ways you could still support High Cotton:

  • Share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, via email, or any other network you have access to! And use #highcottonmovie
  • Know someone who's into southern gothic and might be interested in the film? Please send them a link to the campaign! 
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The Limited Edition 'High Cotton' T-Shirt
The Limited Edition 'High Cotton' T-Shirt
 
HANK the TRUCK - She's tough and could be all yours!
HANK the TRUCK - She's tough and could be all yours!
Bulldog's Zippo
Bulldog's Zippo
The goods
The goods
Holy Bible
Holy Bible
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Igloo Playmate

Risks and challenges

Making a low-budget independent film is a tough business. We’ve already braved heat waves, heavy rain and remote locations to get this film shot. The biggest challenge we face now is to get this film through post-production and out to audiences both regionally and abroad.

In order for us to pitch the film to potential partners, we really need your help now in this critical phase.

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    FILM FRAME
    Receive a UNIQUE frame from the film. Make it your desktop, post to social media, print it out or just tell your Mom about it. Each frame is unique and color-corrected.

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    LIMITED EDITION 'HIGH COTTON' T-SHIRT. Picture below.

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    It's a signed DVD of UPSIDE. The coming of age Lacrosse drama that got us off and running.

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    SMALL POSTER
    Receive a limited edition high gloss 11" x 17" poster of High Cotton. Signed by both Mark Ashworth & Jody Thompson.

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    Your choice of a signed, limited edition HIGH COTTON BLU-RAY (or DVD) with extras or an exclusive High Cotton picnic cooler. Picture below.

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    FILM PROP 1
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    All about the Beaumonts! Receive the prop backpack of money used in the film and the story behind it. That's $200,000 in prop movie money - and it's all yours! Picture below.

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    Receive the New Testament Bible used by Bulldog & Les in the film, and learn where we found it. It's a little beat up, but it's a good read. Picture below.

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    TRUCK
    Receive the pickup truck featured in the film. That's right, her name's Hank. 1970 Chevy C20 with the Bulldog hood ornament from the film. It runs great and the title's clean. Treat her right and she'll be good to ya'! Pictures below.

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    Receive an Executive Producer credit in the film, which will also be featured on key art including poster and DVD/Blu-Ray & on our website, IMDB and social media.

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    ALL IN
    Everything offered above. We know it's crazy! First come first served. If the props remain when this reward is taken, they're yours.

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