Our producers, often clad in Bavarian garb, have a combined total of 194+ Oktoberfest festival days and 576+ chicken dances. That’s nuts, right?! Well not if your job is to help fest-goers have a good ol’ time. And that’s how we all met and became friends – working at Alpine Village Oktoberfest – one ginormous tent filled with good times, good company and lots of zany stories. Needless to say, this is not your average work environment! We’ve been inspired by the countless characters we’ve met, the joy they exude, and the sheer laughter by all. Writing this story allows us to share that heartfelt Gemütlichkeit (and the silly antics) we are privileged to experience every year. But the story is not ours alone. With so many Oktoberfests all over the world, we’ve invited the community of festers to help us shape the story. From voting for their favorite actor to play the lead role to submitting a photo for the movie – there are many ways Oktoberfest fans are helping shape our story.
Oktoberfest Movie is a feature length comedy about a group of colorful employees who share a love for their workplace the Alpine Village. When the Village gets in trouble, they must pull together all of their strengths to put on the greatest Oktoberfest the world has ever seen! The newest member of the team is Freddie Fest, who has just inherited Alpine Village from his estranged uncle. As an outsider, he must not only learn about the company he has come to own, but also about his German heritage, the meaning of Gemütlichkeit, and a little about himself. The movie takes place in Southern California and is about the unique experience of Oktoberfest at Alpine Village, which is enjoyed and celebrated by tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds every year. As a celebration of that diversity, Oktoberfest Movie is not only made by movie producers who are fans of Oktoberfest, but it is also reaching out to fans all over the world to create a truly unique way of filmmaking. It is a movie by Oktoberfest fans, for Oktoberfest fans! And in the spirit of a truly independent film, we are putting our previous experience and expertise to work by self-distributing the project and taking it straight to the fans without a distributor as the middleman. This allows us to keep the budget low, the content pure, and gets the film to the people that help make it (that's you!) as quickly as possible while providing special access, perks, and experiences to get fans involved and contributing to the project in meaningful ways. The film will be available to our Kickstarter backers first in the late summer of 2016 before it is released to the public for the 2016 Oktoberfest season.
Very soon in fact! We’ll be shooting crowd shots at Alpine Village Oktoberfest starting September 12th and again on September 19th. Then we film scenes in the tent and around the Village with the main cast in late October. The script is all ready and we’ve got most of our cast recruited. This campaign will allow us to secure the rest of the people and resources needed for production.
Just choose a perk! Be the first to see the movie when it's finished, get Oktoberfest tickets, special beer steins, bottle openers, t-shirts, posters, party your face off with our cast and crew... even BE IN THE MOVIE!!! Full details on each Fest-tacular perk on the right!
PAUL J. PORTER Writer – Producer – Director
Porter is the owner of Rogue Taurus Productions, which he runs with his wife, actress Hayley Derryberry. Born in Iola, Kansas, Porter served 13 years as an active duty US Marine with two combat tours in Iraq and is currently a member of the California Air National Guard. He has a BA and MFA in Producing and Filmmaking. Porter freelances as a producer/director and posts weekly about independent filmmaking on the Rogue Filmmaker Blog. His German family heritage extends back through his Father’s side and the Bambergers that immigrated from Germany to the U.S. in the late 1800’s. Porter regularly works for the Alpine Village as their official event photographer/videographer and even plays lead guitar in the band during the annual Oktoberfest.
HAYLEY DERRYBERRY Writer – Producer – Actress
Hayley grew up in Tennessee and began acting on stage at six years old. Hayley and her husband Paul Porter moved to Los Angeles in 2011. With their production company Rogue Taurus, they produced their first full-length feature film “Rabid Love” which was released in March 2014. After getting her feet wet with writing on that project, Hayley branched out and began blogging with Ms. In The Biz a collection of articles written by women working in entertainment. Hayley’s love for German culture has existed since childhood when her aunt who lives in Liechtenstein would send German chocolates and gifts every Christmas. In high school, Hayley spent a year abroad in Germany as an exchange student. She felt right at home when she began working at Alpine Village Oktoberfest in 2013. Her writing and love of German culture came together in August 2014 when she began blogging full time for Alpine Village and working as a part of their marketing team putting on various events throughout the year.
BRENDA CASTELO RADTKE Producer – Strategist
Brenda began her career as a web producer for Media Revolution (now Trigger LA) managing production for several consumer and entertainment brands. With her background in digital, Brenda then led planning initiatives involving many aspects of brand, marketing, content and media. As managing partner of her company MEE3, she continues to architect strategic programs for her clients. To satiate her creative side, Brenda has worked for Alpine Village Oktoberfest since 2011, overseeing the “O-Girls,” kids’ crafts on Family Day, and even recently painted a 2,500 sq. ft. mural for the big tent. Brenda’s artistic contributions are inspired by her loving German in-laws and her visit to Munich Oktoberfest.
LEAH CEVOLI Co-Producer
Leah Cevoli is a film producer, actress and voice-over artist. A recognized female leader in the independent film community. As a producer she is known for her ability to pull people, places, and communities together, connecting the neccessary dots. She has an uncanny ability to guide filmmakers to crowdfunding success stories, and has been instrumental in raising over 2 million dollars in the past 2yrs via crowdfunding platforms. As an actress she is most notably known for her character work on Robot Chicken and HBO's Deadwood. She is also a staff writer for Ms. In The Biz, a regular speaker at comic conventions, panels, and workshops and the founder of All Shapes and Sizes Welcome.
VIC HARRIS Director of Photography
Vic Harris, a native of Cocoa Beach, served 8 years in the US Army Airborne with assignments at 82nd Airborne, 1st of 1st SFG and finally SOCOM, before attending interior design school (as one does) and then pursuing a career in entertainment. He worked on staff for multiple shows at HGTV as a design coordinator and carpenter, as well as acting on a number of daytime and primetime television shows, where he developed an interest behind the camera. His Director of Photography and Director portfolio include Fox Sports, cable channel (VAMN), and several industrial shows as well as festival appearances, including Beverly Hills Shorts Fest. He was recently quoted as saying, “I much prefer being behind the lens where the floggings are less frequent and I’m much closer to the craft service table.”
Risks and challenges
We have all the major pieces in place to successfully bring this project to the screen and our producers have been professional independent filmmakers working on all kinds of projects from music videos to feature films. Our first feature film, 'Rabid Love', was shot on a micro-budget and received worldwide distribution, appearing on all digital and VOD outlets such as iTunes, Netflix, Time Warner, Cox, Hulu, Vudu, X-Box, Amazon, and more. But rather than utilize traditional distribution again, we will distribute the Oktoberfest Movie directly to fans of the film via platforms like VHX.tv that cut out the middleman and keep our project truly independent!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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