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A thrilling short film production and special Halloween viewing experience.
56 backers pledged $9,103 to help bring this project to life.

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Monsters of Suburbia  is the exciting short film production based on a real event that happened to me one night while walking home at the age of 15, the night I came across the monsters. The movie will be broadcast via digital platform in late October 2019, available to contributors of at least $25 to the production cost. 

The thrilling story follows three teens, Alex, Scotty, and Chico, and the repercussions of decisions made on Halloween 1987.  Differing from recent nostalgic teen-centered period thrillers, Monsters of Suburbia will recall the harder edged Gen-X social commentary movies, such as 1979’s Over the Edge and 1987’s Rivers Edge, where if a kid was riding a Schwinn bicycle, it was probably stolen.  The concrete suburbia in Monsters of Suburbia is made up of apartment complexes, strip malls, parking lots, and warehouses; a landscape that balances the tension between carefree and paranoia, where a youthful freedom is tinged with the danger that it can be taken away in a moment, and where the monsters are real.  

Over the last thirty years, I have regaled the scary tale, and each time it elicited the same visceral response from my audience, and I knew some day it would make a suspenseful thriller with its visual, sound, and production design potential.  But I wanted to wait until the right time to make this film, and that time is now.  I produced five other short films, and received my MA in cinema studies, with a focus in Audience Reception Theory.  Monsters of Suburbia incorporates the fruits of my labor and education and applies mechanisms that have been so effective in the thrillers that I love. 

I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with some of the key personnel that I have worked with on my last few short films, and this is a great opportunity for up-and-coming talent to strut their stuff in this taut three-act street opera.  Together we can make Monsters of Suburbia a festival contender, a fun-filled viewing experience this coming Halloween, and the fulfillment of a dream of mine to be able to tell this cautionary tale as a narrative film. 

Parental guidance is suggested for some younger viewers, and all audiences should be aware that viewing this film could lead to some disturbing nightmares!

Thank you for considering my project!

Risks and challenges

In case you haven't heard, making movies is a risky endeavor, and I have had to deal with losing a location the night before a shoot as well as losing an actor to a medical emergency the day of a shoot. But in both of those cases, and many more, it was an opportunity for me as a producer to find a solution, and both times I was able to use those unforeseen circumstances to improve the film.

Consider that if the entire budget is not raised in 30 days, your contribution will not be taken. But alas, even with the budget fulfilled, things can still go wrong on the production which could affect the shoot and or the delivery of the movie in the timely manner hoped for.

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    Monster Backer

    A "Thank You!" on themonstersaredue.com

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    Halloween Treat

    Get a post card featuring one of the cool original Monsters of Suburbia artist designs with a break-down of how your money is being spent on the production!

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    Halloween Trick

    Get access to the Special Event showings in October!

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    The Neighborhood Watch

    Access to the Special Event screenings of Monsters of Suburbia which will be broadcast via a digital platform the week of Halloween 2019. I will give an introduction along with prize give-aways. Plus a unique, personalized MOS post card of how your money is being spent!

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    Monsters 1987 Retro Pack

    Access to the Special Event screenings, a custom post card, plus receive a cool retro poster and T-shirt featuring designs by talented artists.

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    The Suburban Survival Kit

    Access to the Special Event screenings, a custom post card, a poster signed by the up-and-coming lead actors, T-shirt, collector lobby card, plus a "Suburban Survival Kit" with cool retro "tools" (pocket light, on-the-go first aid, weather poncho, etc.) that will help you navigate the suburban jungle. Plus a "Thank You" in the movie credits!

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    Associate Producer

    Get all of the above, plus a seat for you and a guest at producers dinner anywhere Monsters plays on big the screen as either a festival entrant or other city premier across the U.S. And most importantly, an Associate Producer credit, with your name in the film!

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    Executive Producer

    All of the above and an Executive Producer credit in the film!

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