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What would you do if you ended up at a swingers party with two dead bodies and $20,000 in drug money?
What would you do if you ended up at a swingers party with two dead bodies and $20,000 in drug money?
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SWINGERS ANONYMOUS

Swingers Anonymous is a film about greed, lust and enlightenment. And murder.

It’s the deep midwinter of the Great Recession. Bill hasn’t sold a house in over a year. He and Suzie, his live-in girlfriend, are on the outs. The only thing going for Bill, he’s still getting plenty of other pussy. But being broke is a drag.

As our story opens, Bill attends a session of his swingers group. A backyard barbecue sponsored by the club’s newest member, Pauline, at her house. After the orgy, things turn noir.

Everyone has left except Bill, Pauline and Drew Baker. Bill and Pauline discover Drew is carrying a cache of dough. Twenty thousand dollars worth, in hundred-dollar bills. Without warning Pauline kicks Drew in the head, breaking his neck. Next moment Pauline slips on a melting ice-cube on the kitchen floor and crashes against a glass and wood cabinet door. A spike of wood breaks off and impales her chest. Fatally. Two dead in less than five minutes.

A convicted felon, Bill can’t go to the police. They’d never believe him. He has no choice but to take the twenty grand and get rid of the bodies.

Things go south from there as Bill struggles to establish a new equilibrium, a new direction for his life built around the found money. In the end Bill’s quest leads to enlightenment. Or not.

THE FILM

Swingers Anonymous is a no-holds bar film based on the story. We will be using strong imagery, strong language, inner monologue, and there will be quick cuts between what he sees, or what he imagines. We are keeping the film to it's pulp noir roots and having fun telling this story. Check out our book trailer below to see an example of pulpy film in action!

THE PLAN

We will be filming January 5th-13th in Key West, FL. Our goal is to get this film into some of the world's best film festivals! SUNDANCE, TRIBECA, TORONTO, CANNES. And hopefully to secure a distribution deal for commercial distribution. We are looking at places like the Independent Film Channel and the Sundance channel which acquire between 22-40 minutes long. We estimate this film will be around 25 minutes long.

THE TEAM

WRITER/PRODUCER  -  JONATHAN WOODS

 I’m Jonathan Woods, writer of neo-pulpy crime stories. I spend time in Key West, Florida and Dallas, Texas. When I’m not writing, I travel, most recently to Mexico and the Far East, or hang out in dens of iniquity absorbing the local color, sometimes accompanied by a Shih Tzu named Miss Pinky.

My first book Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem (New Pulp Press 2010) won a Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Short Story Collection and was a featured book at the 2010 Texas Book Festival.

  • Spinetinger Magazine said: “Woods is the David Lynch of short crime fiction.”
  • Booklist called Bad Juju: “A dance of life and death that soars and plummets like Fred Astaire on methamphetamine.
  • Violence, sex and gonzo plot twists fuel Woods’ diverting collection of stories, most set in sun-and-blood-drenched borderlands,” wrote Publishers Weekly.
  • Hallucinatory, hilarious, imaginative noir,” raved New York Magazine

My crime novel A Death in Mexico (New Pulp Press 2012) was named “One of the five top debut crime novels of 2012…a wonderfully lurid mystery featuring the engaging hero Inspector Hector Diaz, a rumpled Mexican cop full of vices and all the virtues that count.”

  • “Lowbrow and brilliant noir,” said New York Magazine
  • Brutal as the kick of raw mescal…powerful,” wrote Publishers Weekly
  • Best-selling crime story writer Michael Connelly raved: “Jonathan Woods has arrived.  A Death in Mexico is a great and telling ride south of the border into madness and mayhem.  I loved it.”
  • “An outrageous and unruly mescal-soaked murder mystery,” wrote the Los Angeles Review of Books.  “A Death in Mexico isn’t a puzzle to be solved so much as an opiate to be ingested.”
My newest story “Swingers Anonymous” appears in the crime story anthology Dallas Noir published (Nov. 5, 2013) by the Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books.Dallas Noir is the newest addition to Akashic’s “cities noir” short crime fiction anthology series that runs to more than fifty volumes.
In April 2014, New Pulp Press will publish my second collection of noir crime stories, Phone Call from Hell & Other Tales of the Damned.
 

DIRECTOR - QUINCY PERKINS

Award-winning Director and Kickstarter successful funder Quincy Perkins has shot all over the world. Working on Curious Case of Benjamin Button in Ireland and Mexico, to Master and Commander in Ecuador, to Once in Ireland. He was nominated for a New Generation Cinematographers Award through ASC and his last documentary “Underwater” won Best Florida Documentary. His short films have been seen on HBO, IFC, Travel Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has worked for National Geographic Magazine and Television and is fluent in Spanish. His short Driving Lessons was selected as the one of the 40 most important films ever made in Florida by the Wolfsonian Museum. He is currently working a feature-length documentary about young life-saving children in Peru for HBO. He also is working on a brand new TV pilot in Lima, Peru with Jason Day (star of Sundance winning Mancora).

He owns and operates a video production company called White Orchid Studios where they produce close to 40 wedding films per year, editing and shooting around the clock. White Orchid Studios will have it's national TV premiere on Destination America on Nov. 6th at 10pm.

JONATHAN and QUINCY have worked together previously to produce a short trailer for his book entitled: A DEATH IN MEXICO. Watch it below. They also produced a short film entitled ASSBACKWARDS that will premiere at the Key West International Film Festival on Nov. 17th!

THE CAST

Tom Frank is one of the most exciting and versatile actors around today. He has been seen in Dexter on HBO, Born to Race, and is currently the lead in an amazing online TV series called The Wino Crossing. He has studied at some of the most prestigious acting schools and also has a solo career as a musician, and has recently released his first studio EP, called Leviathan.. 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3383115/

As our casts grows we will be posting headshots here on Kickstarter!

WHY ARE WE RAISING FUNDS HERE?

"I really love this story. Like the best noir, it holds up a mirror to the real world around us. With this film, we are bringing the crime section of your local newspaper to the screen!"

                                                             -Jonathan Woods

The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough money to go to Miami, FL from Key West and shoot this short film over a week's time with a professional film crew.

The costs include everything from equipment rental of cameras, film crew, actors, casting, art department, props, transportation, and food.  Not surprisingly these numbers quickly add up.  This is why we need your help. We are making a different type of film and we feel that with the support of a this Kickstarter family that we can make something that everyone can enjoy and be part of!

Risks and challenges

Our risks and challenges: We are shooting a very tight schedule so there is no room for error. We are trying to keep costs down so that we can focus on getting a good edit of the film, good sound, and getting good press together for the film festival circuit.

This kickstarter is part of a work in progress and we feel confident that we will work hard to follow through, even when faced with challenges that is inherent in filmmaking.

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