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A simple road trip through the American West gets a little complicated - Shot in CinemaScope!
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The Elevator Pitch:

After growing up on separate sides of the United States, brothers Eddie and Owen are reunited by the death of their father. The boys decide to use their inheritance to venture out on a road trip through the American West to reconnect and relive time they never had. They soon find out though that they may have inherited more than just their father's money... 

This script has been described as "everything you loved about Dumb and Dumber, without all the jokes".

- Do we really even need to say more?

In All Seriousness...

Jordan and I have gathered an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, artists, and musicians, to bring this great story to life. But we have taken this project as far as we can on our own resources. We need your help and support to bring "I'm A Patriot" to the big screen.

Why We Need Your Support...

There are two large expenses associated with this film, the first is the cost of the high end production equipment we need to shoot this film the way we want to shoot it i.e. in CinemaScope, more on that later. The second is the hard working men and women that are putting their time and effort into making "I'm A Patriot" a reality. To make this film our cast and crew will have to take time away from their jobs and away from their families to work long hours. And we need to pay them for it. Here's a rough breakdown of where your support will go.

Check out this stylish graphical breakdown of what your contributions will help us pay for!
Check out this stylish graphical breakdown of what your contributions will help us pay for!

As you can no doubt see from this wonderfully stylized chart, about 80% of the budget will go toward equipment needed to shoot the film, people to make it happen and food to keep them working. The other 20% will be used for odds and ends, such as set dressings, to make the world of "I'm A Patriot" immersive and believable. Boring stuff like insurance and back end costs like securing music rights and festival submissions are also included.

What's Up With This CinemaScope Thing...?

We are working really hard to make "I'm A Patriot" stand apart from the multitudes of other independent films that are being made all the time. The most innovative way we are doing that is by looking to post WWII era technology for help! In the 40's and 50's televisions began to invade the homes of most Americans. As a result theater ticket sales plummeted and the Hollywood studios scrambled to devise a solution. 20th Century Fox's idea was a process they called CinemaScope. Without delving too much into it, CinemaScope was an early anamorphic process of shooting that involved compressing the width of the image to get a wider view. This compression leads to a distortion in the dimensions of the image.

Image as shot. Notice dimensional distortion.
Image as shot. Notice dimensional distortion.

To adjust for the distortion CinemaScope films were re-stretched upon projection.

Upon projection the image is stretched to compensate
Upon projection the image is stretched to compensate

The CinemaScope process was a revolution in the way films were made and the images it produced were praised as a new and more immersive theater experience. This process has changed a bit now that we shoot on digital cameras, but what hasn't changed is the stunning images that CinemaScope is known for. Shooting this way will help "I'm A Patriot" stand apart from the deluge of independent films out there, but much more importantly the ultra-widescreen look is critical to the story. And besides, the cardinal rule of filming in Montana is "Go outside...and shoot it wide".

Players Gonna Play...

Our greatest asset in making this film is our cast of incredibly talented actors and actresses that will be bringing "Patriot" to life. Our cast is led by Chris and Michael Magee. Being brother themselves, the Magee's bring a lifetime of experience to the roles of Eddie and Owen. Accomplished writers and producers, many of you may recognize the Magee brothers from their work in Missoula with The Moonrisers theater group.

Michael Magee
Michael Magee
Christopher Magee
Christopher Magee

There are no small parts though and our supporting cast bring a wealth of talent to "I'm A Patriot". Here are a few of the other talented actors who have signed on to The Patriot Team.

Ann Peacock
Ann Peacock
Jeff Medley
Jeff Medley

Whats The Score?

Music is a crucial part of any film and we have enlisted the talents of John Brownell to create an original score for "I'm A Patriot".

That's John singing. He changes lives with alternative rock songs, imagine what he'll do with a film score!
That's John singing. He changes lives with alternative rock songs, imagine what he'll do with a film score!

Some of you may remember John from his work with the Oblio Joes or with Secret Powers; both fantastic Montana bands. John created the song playing in the teaser at the top of the page and we can't wait to get him working on the score for the actual film. As a treat and a thank you for considering our project, here is the raw track from the teaser that John created. Enjoy! And if you want it for yourself, go here and download away!

 A Note On Rewards...

Unfortunately we can't afford to include travel or lodging expenses in any of the reward levels. However, if you're a big enough fan to fly to Missoula for any of the events in the reward tiers we will happily come get you from the airport!

We have not included shipping in rewards that include tickets to the invite-only screenings of the finished film. Every time we have to ship a package to you guys we have less money to put into the film. Even though we love UPS, we would rather get that money up on the screen! So when you attend the invite-only showing at The Roxy Theater or at Koemans Manor you will be given a personalized gift bag with all of the rewards entitled to you! If you select a reward that includes tickets to one of those showings but can't make it to the show contact us at koemans@thecartel.tv and we will make arrangements to get you your goods when they become available.

If You Guys Have Any Questions Or Want To Know More...

Email me, Blake Koemans, at koemans@thecartel.tv anytime and I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you for visiting our page, and let's get this thing made!

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges that go along with filmmaking. We are trying creative and innovative processes to make this film. And we are trying to do it on a very small budget, so the challenges are numerous but the greatest risk is in not supporting independent and alternative art forms. If alternative voices can't be heard our culture loses something very valuable. So please support this and other independent films any way you can! Thanks!!!

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    Thanks for helping make this film possible! You'll get immediate access to our production video blog, your name will appear in the credits for the film as an Initial Patriot, and you'll get an I'm A Patriot sticker!

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    The plain and simple! For $15 dollars we will give you access to a digital download of the film upon release. Easy as that.

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    The shirt off our back! Not really, but if you gotta have one of those I'm A Patriot T-Shirts everyones been talking about, now is the time!

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    Come see the show! For only $25 you will get your name in the credits, immediate access to the production video blog, and you'll receive 2 tickets to a special invite-only showing of "I'm A Patriot" at the historic Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana.

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    Come see the show! For those who can't travel to Missoula, for only $25 you will get your name in the credits and access to the production video blog, and you'll receive a digital download of the final cut of the film upon release!

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    Nifty Fifty! For the one time fee of only $50 you will get your name in the credits, 2 tickets to the 2015 invite-only showing of "I'm A Patriot" at Missoula's Roxy Theater, plus access to all of our digital content which will include digital downloads of: The final cut of the film, any bonus features associated with the film (behind the scenes, commentary tracks, etc), John Brownell's score for "I'm A Patriot", and our production video blog that will keep you up to date on the goings on of The Patriot Team!

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    Welcome to the Century Club! For your $100 donation you and a guest will be invited to the showing at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, and you'll also get access to our digital content, a 17"x27" print of the official poster for "I'm A Patriot", and the timelessly stylish "I'm A Patriot" T-Shirt.

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    For those of you who can't make the trip to Missoula, you'll get everything in the $150 level (except the invite to the show at The Roxy Theater in Missoula) at the discounted price of $100.

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    The Patriot Pack! This is our everything pack, everything that a movie buff would want. For $150 you will get: a credit in the film, the t-shirt, access to the digital stuff, and a special edition DVD or Blu-Ray (your choice) of "I'm A Patriot" so you have something to fill up that spot on your dvd shelf, and we will throw in FOUR TICKETS to the invite-only showing in Missoula!

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    VIP Party! For your gift of $250 to "I'm A Patriot" you will get The Patriot Pack except, instead of 4 tickets the the showing at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, you and a guest will be invited to the ultra-exclusive, VIP, private showing of "I'm A Patriot"...

    The VIP Private Party: You will be in the first group of people outside of the film makers to see "I'm A Patriot" and better than that you will see it in style, backyard barbecue style that is. The Patriot Team will have the pleasure of your company at the beautiful Koemans Estate in scenic Arlee, Montana where we will have a full barbecue dinner featuring Art Koemans' AWARD WINNING barbecued chicken and ribs, local libations, good music, and great company. The evening will conclude with dessert and a front yard showing of "I'm A Patriot" under the stars on a beautiful Montana summer night.

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    A Private Evening With The Patriot Team! Are you looking for the movie experience of a lifetime? Well we got you covered. For $250 you'll get the Patriot Pack, and as an added bonus you and the whole Patriot Team will spend the evening watching your favorite movies! We've found that this is most fun with movies from the early to mid 90's, but whatever you wanna watch, we're in. The Patriot Team will cater the event with all the snacks and drinks a film buff could want and Blake will live tweet the event on I'm A Patriot's twitter account so the memories will be forever immortalized on the internet, and all the Patriot fans will get to see the fun your having! Your house or ours, you pick the place, we'll bring the party! (so long as the place is within 50 miles of Missoula)

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    Wanna be in a movie? For $500 dollars you'll get the Patriot Pack, you'll get 2 tickets to the VIP invite-only screening in Arlee, you'll get a signed one-of-a-kind framed print of a still image from the film, and best of all, you will be a featured extra in "I'm A Patriot" with a guarantee that you will be in the final cut of the film.

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    Teach a Man (or Woman) to Fish! At the $500 level you'll get the Patriot Pack, you'll get 4 tickets to the VIP showing, you'll get a framed and numbered print, and you'll get the adventure of a lifetime....

    I'm A Patriot Assistant Director James Wicks has spent the last 25 years scouting and scouring every stream, tributary, hole, and backwater of the three rivers of the greater Missoula area. For the low price of only $1,000 James' encyclopedic knowledge of Western Montana angling can be yours. You'll spend a beautiful Montana summer day being shuttled between the Blackfoot, the Clarkfork, and the Bitterroot rivers by The Patriot Team. At your various destinations James will outfit and guide you through the best kept secrets of the Missoula Valley. You'll be supplied with the best flies, shown the best spots, and entrusted with the best techniques for landing that most elusive of trophies... the really big trout! As if that weren't enough, all day long The Patriot Team will make sure that you stay fed and hydrated with the finest local beverages! As an added bonus, I'm A Patriot cinematographer Blake Koemans will tag along to capture the fun, taking pictures and video all day long so you can always have the memories to cherish!

    Here's the catch...get it?

    We're not putting a limit on the number of friends/family you can bring along on this trip, but let's be reasonable.

    These are valuable fishing secrets you will be entrusted with, and with great power comes great responsibility, no sharing these secrets, catch and release only.

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    The whole kit and cabodle! We get it, at this level you just want to see us succeed, and honestly we really don't have any idea what we could offer to you that could match your generosity so, as is the case with all of the other reward levels, we offer you our most sincere thanks for supporting The Patriot Team, and supporting alternative filmmaking. Take your pick of anything/everything from any of the levels below and in addition to that we will credit you as an Executive Producer. With that title we would like to invite you to attend all creative meetings during pre-production to be a part of shaping "I'm A Patriot" into a great film, be on set with us to oversee production of "I'm A Patriot" and travel to festivals with The Patriot Team in the event that we are accepted.

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