A motion picture -- "Someone is killing the boys of the streets of Hollywood and a father discovers his son may have been a victim."
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These people are part of the team making "A Father and Son":
Actor Sean Flynn, teen heartthrob from the popular Nickelodeon TV series "Zoey 101" and the Lionsgate movie "Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood," has joined the cast of our powerful indie motion picture “A Father and Son.”
Filmmaker Michael R. Barnard said, “I am excited to be working with Sean as we build this powerful movie,” and Casting Director Nancy Scanlon added, "Sean is a great young actor!"
He has every right to be. Flynn's grandfather was the legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.
Angel Christian Roman
The cast for “A Father and Son” includes the exciting and talented Angel Christian Roman, star of Oxygen's current TV series “Too Young to Marry” and a forthcoming TV series on The Food Network. He has worked with Martin Scorsese in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and starred in “Brooklyn Gangster: The Story of Jose Lucas.”
Casting for “A Father and Son” is under prominent Hollywood Casting Director Nancy Scanlon of Scanlon Barrett Casting agency.
Hal 'Corky' Kessler
Financing for the motion picture “A Father and Son” will be handled by our attorney, Hal 'Corky' Kessler. Corky is nationally recognized as an expert in setting up valuable tax benefits for equity investors, providing investors with provisions that can probably assure 50% of their investment in “A Father and Son.”
Matt 'Dr. Fink' Fink
The important soundtrack for the motion picture “A Father and Son,” set during the vibrant, musically rich era of 1990s Los Angeles, will be the responsibility of the amazing and talented Matt 'Dr. Fink' Fink. Matt was with Prince and was part of the movie “Purple Rain,” which won the Oscar for Best Music.
Michael R. Barnard
Filmmaker Michael R. Barnard wrote the screenplay for “A Father and Son,” which has been through the entire Hollywood development process of outside professional editing, producer and studio evaluations, table readings, focus groups, and re-writes. It is ready for production as a feature film (in fact, production began in late 2007 but the Great Recession caused it to shut down). Barnard has produced and directed television and film projects of many kinds -- the latest was the family indie feature film "COLLIER & CO.--HOT PURSUIT!" starring John Schneider ("Dukes of Hazzard," "Smallville") -- and will be producing and directing the motion picture “A Father and Son.”
THIS IS THE MOVIE:
Barnard’s screenplay “A Father and Son” first appears to be a tawdry tale of street hustlers and a serial killer attacking boy prostitutes. It is actually the powerful story of a man fighting to fix mistakes he has made. Those mistakes have had a profound impact on the people he loves.
The movie is a true-to-life tale, a factual look at life on Hollywood streets in the 1990s and the boys who ended up there, struggling to survive.
The story possesses hints of “American Beauty,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Billy Elliot,” and the brand new “Dallas Buyers Club,” yet has its own unique and wonderful personality and message. The movie is important and valuable and tells a story that must be told.
“A Father and Son” tells a realistic tale about thrown-away people and about those who make the mistake of throwing them away.
The movie's setting is unusual and little-known to most people: the street life on the dark side of Hollywood where boys who have been thrown out of their homes gather in a struggle to survive.
There was a time in America when our biggest worry was Y2K instead of terrorists, when impeachment was threatened over a peccadillo rather than policies, when people found sex the old-fashioned way: on street corners instead of online.
This is a story from those days. 1998.
John Kelly is a truck-driving good ol’ boy who has muddled through life without giving a second thought to his knee-jerk reactions to problems that affect him. One problem: his girlfriend left because he was not thrilled that she became pregnant. Another problem was a couple years ago when his teenage son David announced he was gay.
John’s knee-jerk reaction was to do what he knew any self-respecting good ol’ boy had to do: abandon the boy. When his son runs away from home, John lets him go and never looks back. John’s wife had died a couple years earlier, so after his son left, John escaped the Los Angeles suburb of Downey for the small city of Fresno.
But it’s an escape he cannot maintain.
"A Father and Son" takes us into the gritty world of the dark side of Hollywood, the world of poverty, abandoned people, crime, barred windows, razor wire, and the struggle to survive. It puts a human face to the boys who resort to hustling, lurking in dark shadows, living among debris; some for sheer survival, some because of low self-esteem and emotional problems.
John discovers someone is killing the boys of the streets of Hollywood and his son may have been a victim. Everything he did wrong now crashes in on him. He must find his son, entering the abyss of street life in Hollywood, not even knowing if the boy is dead or alive.
This ain't Tinseltown.
The story ultimately shows the triumph of a man’s power to change, to fix what he has broken.
YOU are needed to fund this movie.
Without your support right now, the movie cannot go into production.
$25,000 from you, the Kickstarter community, will create the expensive legal paperwork necessary (called a "Private Placement Memorandum" and subject to the regulations of the federal government agency: the SEC) to raise the balance of the production budget from equity investors.We will work to pre-sell the movie, especially at the AFM in Los Angeles in November. We will hire crew and talent, and engage the locations and equipment.
The script breakdown and schedule and first-pass budget are ready. We are prepared to cast more professional actors. We have important high-quality people on the team, with many more just waiting for YOU to give the greenlight.
We need YOU to step up to help make "A Father and Son."
This will be a movie you will be proud of, a movie that people will talk about and be moved by.
It is a story that is complex and realistic, so it is not a micro-budget movie. Yet, even your one dollar vote will help. It will show others that this is the kind of movie that needs to be made.
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You are needed to help greenlight the indie motion picture A FATHER AND SON. Because the true-to-life story is very complex, this is not a micro-budget make-it-with-buddies movie and cannot be made cheaply.
We will use the $25,000 from our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for several important purposes, including searching for and making deals with the very best actors, crew, locations and distribution.
Probably most important will be the expensive "Private Placement Memorandum" that is required by law before approaching "Accredited Investors" (simple definition is "millionaires") to explain the movie and to ask them to invest in the full production budget. Attorney Kessler is an expert at creating attractive investments for investors in indie motion pictures.
It is possible that even with the proven support shown by this crowdfunding campaign, we might not be able to convince accredited investors to invest in A FATHER AND SON.
If that happens, the money will have been spent to get to that point, but the movie will not be made.
No. This is a serious indie film. We expect it to receive an R rating. No minors will be employed. The actors will likely be SAG-AFTRA, which vigorously protects actors. Even in a case if there were no Guild, we would still vigorously protect our actors.
"Won't your film wind up as an unrealistic, preaching-to-the-choir exploitation flick? Fathers who throw away their sons and then realize that to be a mistake simply don't exist."
A FATHER AND SON is very realistic. People do change. We have empirical evidence about that in our current society as we watch attitudes change about marriage equality. Aside from the empirical evidence (which also has been shown for racial equality and women's rights), I have personal experience in the environment covered.
The story of A FATHER AND SON is very realistic and honest. People change the prejudices that they had blindly accepted because of the social circles they chose to be identified by. Once they are outside their isolated and prejudiced social circles, their blindness falls and they see others as part of the human race. This basic truth about humanity was the underlying reason for integration during the Civil Rights Era.
"Is this movie a knockoff of the one playing at the Toronto Interntional Film Festival that's getting so much buzz? DALLAS BUYERS CLUB?"
No, but thank you. A FATHER AND SON was written more than a decade ago. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB has gotten rave reviews, and there are some thematic similarities to A FATHER AND SON: both are about issues of gay life versus homophobia, both have a lead character who is blindly homophobic until something drastic happens, both are recent "period pieces," both are set in communities hostile to gays...or any other minority.
Also, I had hoped to approach Matthew McConaughey -- he was on my 'short list' of actors for the lead role in A FATHER AND SON. Obviously, now that he's getting Oscar buzz from DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, I have no hope of getting him for A FATHER AND SON.
"Average heterosexuals like myself find homosexual sexual activities among the category of the most repulsive scenes to see on cinema screens. How will A FATHER AND SON handle this issue?"
The story of A FATHER AND SON is primarily the journey of the father as he strives to correct his mistake. The setting of the boys on the streets is not explicit.
The movie BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was more explicit, about the same subject, and became a huge success even among audiences that the studios and "Hollywood" expected would shun it for those same reasons.
No. The screenplay was not merely "dropped over the transom" and returned with a "no thank you" letter. It was requested by producers at Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount and others, where it was fully evaluated for many days.
There are many reasons for projects to not go forward at studios. For instance, a producer who loved the screenplay was suddenly drawn into a huge pot of oil money that demanded blockbusters from him. Our small movie was bounced out because he could only develop $100 million movies after that.
A producer didn't want me as the director, but couldn't find any other director to take the project. Every now and then, there are stories for which there might be only one person with the vision to champion and finish them.
A studio changed its funding strategy, and even though executives fought for A FATHER AND SON in an attempt to produce it, the studio rejected it. They were to only acquire finished projects.
Things like that happen. The screenplay was fully accepted and people were trying to get it made. Now it's up to me.
Crowdfunding is a wonderful thing. It has helped many projects move ahead. However, half of all crowdfunding projects fail.
That includes, for instance, just this week: "New York City Opera Will File For Bankruptcy After Failed Last-Ditch Kickstarter Campaign" http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-city-opera-files-for-bankruptcy-2013-10
The public is not necessarily the best judge of movie projects when at the creative stage. For instance, if one judged the online public support a few years ago for the then upcoming movie, "Snakes On a Plane," it should have been a blockbuster. It wasn't.
When the first Batman movie was announced, the outcry over casting Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne was loud and furious ... and wrong.
That movie about that boat that sank -- that's what people said, they groused, "We already know the boat sank! Why try to make a big movie about it?" -- was assuredly going to lose $100 million. That is, until it was made and released and became one of the biggest movies in history.
A FATHER AND SON is a difficult movie for audiences to get their heads around as a concept. Is it a "gay" movie? Is it a "thriller"? Is it a family story? Is there sex in it? Is there GAY sex in it?!?
We tried to get a hook into the public with the crowdfunding campaign. People who have read the script understand it and love it. However, we weren't successful in getting the public to adore it. That doesn't mean the public will reject it once it's a movie and they can see it for themselves. I stand by the movie. It will touch people when it's made and released.
So, no. No giving up, thank you very much.
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