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He sold his soul to rock 'n' roll. The check may bounce.

Cast gets to know their roles.
Cast gets to know their roles.

What Our Series Is About:

A former journalist juggles crises and crazies as he works to keep his rock 'n' roll nightclub alive in the modern American South.  Workplace comedy-drama with tones of 30 Rock and Taxi, with an emphasis on live rock concerts.

Hard Place Productions, LLC is producing a pilot episode for a new series called, Rockin' A Hard Place.  The series is inspired by John Jeter's Rockin' A Hard Place:  Flats, Sharps & Other Notes from a Misfit Music Club Owner (Hub City Press, 2013), an intimate look inside the world-famous Handlebar: A Listening Room.  John, as well as the other people connected to Hard Place Productions, live in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ten very colorful characters have been written into the script for our pilot episode.
Ten very colorful characters have been written into the script for our pilot episode.
Cast meeting at the Handlebar for first read through.
Cast meeting at the Handlebar for first read through.

The Synopsis:

When Johnny "Rock" Ross flames out in the newspaper business, he flees journalism to chase his lifelong dream: owning his own music venue, maybe even discovering the next Beatles... But the realities of keeping a small business afloat—especially in the recession-plagued, post-9/11 Bible Belt South—isn't exactly the stuff of rock 'n' roll fantasies. Wrangling a workplace of characters (including a burnt-out Tarot card reader, a debutante-gone-slutty and a sound guy with blown eardrums) is far more than he and his unflappable wife, Maggie, ever bargained for. And yet, when the stage lights finally go up and the Marshall stacks start thundering, they know they're in it ... for better or worse. Join us for a television dramedy series that features good times and hard times, hot licks and hot chicks—and live rock 'n' roll.

Each episode will include live music from the Handlebar.  Big thanks to Hinder for allowing us to video during their recent show at the venue.
Each episode will include live music from the Handlebar. Big thanks to Hinder for allowing us to video during their recent show at the venue.
That's Rock-n-Roll.
That's Rock-n-Roll.

In Brief, Who We Are:

Hard Place Productions is a ragtag bunch with national credentials.   John Jeter has run the place for 19 years. Tim Angevine has been shooting and editing all over the world, John Oliver is a national talent and VO guy, Scott Gould, the writer, is the head of the creative writing department at the South Carolina’s Governors School of the Arts, Nick Shaheen, is a nationally known actor and comedian. Clark Smith has been in business and marketing for over 25 years. (See our Bio Page for more information)

Director, Tim Angevine (middle), addresses the cast.
Director, Tim Angevine (middle), addresses the cast.
The Writers:  Scott Gould, Nick Shaheen, John Jeter
The Writers: Scott Gould, Nick Shaheen, John Jeter

Our Plan:

We plan to shoot -- and shop -- one pilot episode.  Our series resonates with anyone who has ever experienced live music.  This series shows the music business like it's never been seen -- from the bottom of the music industry food chain: a small venue. So this story's for the fans.  Because we're fans, too.

This project is a labor of love for everyone involved.
This project is a labor of love for everyone involved.

Stretch Goals & Plans:

Our plan to use the Handlebar as our set and to shoot on Sundays while the club is closed, will save our project considerable investment.  

Our goal of $10,000 is being raised for very modest payments to our cast and crew.  This money will allow us to reimburse for some time and travel, as well as provide for props and miscellaneous expenses.

Our First Stretch Goal of $10,000-$20,000 will allow us to increase the compensation to our cast and crew.  They all deserve it.  

Our Second Stretch Goal of $20,000-$30,000 will allow us to compensate  KOOLFLIX™ for the shooting and editing of the pilot episode.

Our Third Stretch Goal of $30,000+ will allow us to make our travel requirements to meet with network buyers as we shop our pilot.

Please help us reach our goals and bring this new television series to Greenville, South Carolina.  We want to tell the story of the music industry from the lowest link in the music food chain.  We thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Press:

Greenville News: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20130321/ENT/303220008/

WSPA-TV Your Carolina: http://www.yourcarolina.tv/video/entry/john_jeter_stops_by_to_talk_about_new_television_project

WSPA-TV Scene on 7:          http://video.sceneon7.com/v/72434785/john-jeter.htm?q=jeter

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Our biggest challenge comes in filming and producing a major television pilot in a place that's not what you'd call a hot bed of the film business or even the music business. So we're creating an unusual and distinctive project in a place that doesn't have the resources to make the project any easier.

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