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Mandao Returns - the sequel to the cult indie film, Mandao of the Dead.
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Stretch Goal #1: If we reach $30K... 

By reaching $30k, it means more wiggle room in the budget, we can include more blood and sfx to deliver an enhanced visual flair to the film. We'll also be able to include a budget for distribution and marketing! That means Mandao can astral project onto screens worldwide!

Stretch Goal #2: If we reach $40K...

We get to include a bonus end credit scene and more days of filming. The more days we get for filming the more enhanced our production will be. We will also have more money to afford a kick-astral illustrated poster! 

Stretch Goal #3: If we reach $50k or more...

We will film a stand alone short film involving the main characters of Mandao going on a mini adventure! Everyone gets paid a little better for all their hard work. We can also afford a 15-day shooting schedule (drools).  

"Mandao Returns" is a feature-length supernatural comedy film. It's the sequel to the cult indie favorite,"Mandao of the Dead". 

Mandao of the Dead

Mandao of the Dead is a supernatural comedy about the reclusive Jay Mandao who lives frugally off of his late father's cereal company royalties. He wants nothing more than to live in solitude, but is duped into taking in his adult nephew-in-law, Jackson. 

As Halloween approaches, Jay finds out that he has the ability to astral project.  Jay and Jackson are approached by a ghost who has a small window of time to reverse his death at the hands of Jackson's murderous ex-girlfriend.  

MANDAO RETURNS

Mandao Returns is the next chapter in a trilogy of films. This time, Mandao Returns takes place around Christmas. After abstaining from astral projecting, Jay Mandao's life starts to unravel.  Jay's cousin Andy hatches a plan to steal money from the past after encountering some serious financial issues. To make matters worse, they encounter an evil ghost intent on possessing their bodies to live again. Jay, Jackson, Cousin Andy, and their cab driver Fer must team up to stop the entity. Will they succeed?           

Mandao of the Dead at San Diego Comic Con

See what Critics had to say about Mandao in the press trailer below:

 WE LOVE HORROR AND SCI-FI FILMS! 

Mandao is the perfect blend of horror and sci-fi but also focuses on comedy and character development. 

Writer/Director Scott Dunn created the characters Jay Mandao and his nephew Jackson when he was in high school. Since then, these characters kept creeping back into his writing. Scott was inspired by classics like Back to the Future, Insidious, Poltergeist, and buddy comedies like Bill & Ted. Finally, after 13 years, Scott found a way to utilize these characters and put them in an original story.   

 The potential of Mandao is limitless.  

We liken Jay Mandao and his rag tag group of friends to the Scooby Doo gang. However, they are different in that they help people using astral projection and time travel.  The sequel, Mandao Returns, solidifies this quirky group. We intend on making comic books that will expand on all the perilous adventures Jay Mandao and his team go on.  

We. Are. Obsessed.

In the era of remakes and reboots, we want to give people something new and original. 

We made the first film, Mandao of the Dead, as a proof of concept. We chose Kickstarter to show that we have a growing audience that is willing to invest in us. People who discover Mandao really love it and we want to deliver the next chapter to them. 

We want to expand on this universe and tell a great story to our audience. 

With YOUR help, we can accomplish this.  

We know how to stretch a dollar. 

Mandao Returns is our THIRD microbudget feature film, so we have the experience to complete and distribute a film on a small budget. Our minimum goal of $20,000 gets the film completed. Each dollar goes towards the film itself. We're not paying ourselves. Everyone on our team believes in this project and is willing to work hard to make it happen. 

Here is a chart of the budget breakdown:  

We know you're here to watch Mandao Returns when it's finished. However, we want to offer you some cool items to sweeten the deal! Check out the panel on the right with all our different perk tiers. 

For $100 get your selfie to astral project ANYWHERE in the universe! (See photo below)

We also offer cool things like Blu Rays, illustrated posters, collectible Mandao cereal boxes (cereal not included), E-books, and a handmade Monty the Monster plush doll from the film! 

PERKS

We make our Plush Dolls by hand!

Scott Dunn is a Korean-American filmmaker from Illinois. He got his first break in a three-episode arc in Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It”. He made his first feature film, “Schlep” which won Best Comedy/Dramedy at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and was nominated in five different categories at the FirstGlance Film Festival.

“Mandao of the Dead” is Scott’s second feature film that he wrote, directed, edited, produced, and starred in. Scott will reprise all these roles in "Mandao returns." 

Gina Gomez Dunn is a Mexican-American filmmaker from Maryland. She co-wrote, produced, and acted in her first feature film, “Schlep.” It premiered at the FirstGlance Film Festival in 2017 and was nominated in five different categories. She also produced and acted in “Mandao of the Dead” and will reprise these roles in "mandao returns."

Sean Liang co-starred in the show "BASKETS" on FX with Zach Galifianakis. He recently landed a recurring role on FX's "American Horror Story 1984". Sean plays the role of Cousin Andy in "Mandao of The Dead" and will reprise his role in the upcoming "Mandao Returns." 

Sean Mcbride  learned Film and Video Production from  Fritz Kiersch the director of  "Children of the Corn" and Gray Frederickson the associate producer of "The Godfather" and  "Apocalypse Now" at Oklahoma City College. Sean has acted in productions including, "Schlep" "Mandao of the Dead" and the upcoming "Mandao returns." Sean plays the role of Jackson o'hare in the mandao film series. 

Whether it's $10 or $10,000, your donation is HUGELY appreciated and we thank you in advance for being so generous. If you're not able to donate financially, we can still really use your help.

Thank you! Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS about this film!

Seriously, we can't say thank you enough. 

Post, tweet, email and share this campaign with as many people as you're willing. You never know who might be in the position to bring life to this story. you can use the following social media sites to connect with us and spread the word: FACEBOOK, TWITTER, & INSTAGRAM.

The more social media shares & Likes, the higher the likelihood of increased exposure and attracting more backers. 

Thank you for supporting us and thank you for supporting indie film!

Risks and challenges

It is always difficult to make a full-length feature film with a small budget. However, this is our 3rd film working under time and budget constraints. We plan to build on our story by developing the characters and plot, but always keeping our budget in mind. Through the use of practical effects, camera tricks, and DIY ingenuity to give you the best film.

Once we have a successful campaign, we will immediately start our pre-production process and schedule filming for February 2020. Because we work with a small team, we are able to complete an entire film in 3-6 months and set it out to the world.

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    Digital Download of Mandao Returns

    Digital baby. It's what's for dinner.

    Get an exclusive digital download of Mandao Returns when the film is released!

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    Download of Mandao Returns + Bloopers

    It's no problem. We bloop all the time.

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    Digital Download of Both Films

    Like Jay and Jackson... these movies belong together.

    Digital Download of Mandao of the Dead + Mandao Returns

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    Astral Project Anywhere!

    Hey you. You lookin' to astral project?

    Have your selfie photoshopped into space, history, or other dimensions! You name it and you can astral project anywhere. Also, your name included in the Special Thanks Credits in the film.

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    DVD + Script + Behind the Scenes E Book

    Take a look behind the astral plane with an E-Book detailing the filmmakers' journey to completion.

    Own Mandao Returns on DVD + Digital Download of Script + E-Book of the behind the scenes of Mandao Returns with anecdotes, stories, behind the scenes photos!

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    Photography Session

    You need a picture. It's cool. We'll get you a picture. Just stop yelling.

    Receive a 1-2hr photography session from Chasing Light Studios! Get Headshots/Photography for you, your brand, or business. (Travel and accommodations to LA not included)

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    Own Both Films on DVD!

    Reach out and touch this... Can you do that with a digital? No!

    Own Mandao of the Dead + Mandao Returns on DVD

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    Own Both Films on Blu Ray!

    We're not saying Blu-Ray is better. But it is. Get it.

    Own Mandao of the Dead + Mandao Returns on Blu Ray with Special Features + Bloopers

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    Illustrated Posters from Both Films

    A good conversation maker. Who are these people? What's it about? How come it's hanging on your dining room wall?

    Own the Mandao of the Dead + Mandao Returns illustrated posters signed by the cast

    Size 12x18

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    Plush Doll + Signed Mandao's Cereal Box

    Don't tell Uncle Jay... but we're including limited edition Mandao's Cereal boxes as a perk to sweeten the deal.

    Handmade Monty the Monster Plush Doll + Mandao's cereal box signed by cast!

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    Associate Producer Credit

    You will officially be credited as an associate producer of Mandao Returns
    Your name will appear in IMDB, ending credits, poster and promotional materials!
    All previous perks included!

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    Co-Producer Credit

    You will be an official Co-Producer on Mandao Returns! Your name will appear on IMDB, big placement in the ending credits & all promotional materials. You will be invited to visit the set during shooting for an up-close look at Mandao Returns being made(travel/lodging not included) and have lunch with the directors and cast!

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    Executive Producer

    Congratulations, this is the biggest and most luxurious perk we have. You will officially be an Executive producer of Mandao Returns. Your name will appear in the OPENING TITLES, on IMDB, posters, covers, credit-rolls. You will be involved in the creative process and will be consulted by the directors on several milestones in the production. You are truly a patron of the arts and a visionary!

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    • Come to Set & Have Lunch w/ the Cast and Crew
    • Invite to Cast/Crew Screening Party
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    • Signed Cereal Box
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    Justin Giddings is the owner of The Kickstarter Guy and is the top crowdfunding coach in Los Angeles with a 97% success rate and has helped raise over $4,000,000,000 for independent artists and creators.

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