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Queen Mary, a Hollywood club owner, descends into a world of violence, prostitution and murder in order to save her kidnapped son.
Queen Mary, a Hollywood club owner, descends into a world of violence, prostitution and murder in order to save her kidnapped son.
Queen Mary, a Hollywood club owner, descends into a world of violence, prostitution and murder in order to save her kidnapped son.
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We are so happy to announce that - because of your generous support - we have met our funding goal! We've now created a stretch goal for a very specific reason.

Michael Parks, the veteran actor with more than 148 film credits, including THEN CAME BRONSON, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, TUSK, RED STATE, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and KILL BILL VOL. 1 and 2, is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who released seven albums between 1969 and 2011. Quentin Tarantino calls him the “the world’s greatest living actor.”

Michael Parks as Chet Fuller
Michael Parks as Chet Fuller

Our director/writer Orson Oblowitz wrote the character of Chet Fuller specifically for Michael Parks. There's a moment in the film in which Queen Mary asks Chet to play a tune, and our vision is that the scene will feature MICHAEL PARKS'S ORIGINAL MUSIC. The scene serves as an homage to Parks, an actor who is recognized not only for his brilliant and memorable film roles, but for his extraordinary talent as a singer/songwriter.

Unfortunately, Universal Music doesn't exactly feel the same way about our vision, and we are devastated that the fee for the song licensing is out of reach on our micro-budget.

We are creating a stretch goal of $25K in hopes to showcase a Michael Parks song and to celebrate Mr. Parks's legacy as both an actor and musician. We can't do it without your support, so please continue to share this project, and spread the good word.

We shot a kick-ass movie by the skin of our teeth. We managed to cast some of the most talented and respected actors in the industry. We didn't skimp on the sex and violence. We made blood rigs, car chases, and even risked, well... a lot.... to make this thrill ride of a movie. A movie that's for cinephiles and genre fans alike. For an audience that's tired of quiet dramas and would rather go on a ride with a badass strip club owner and the weirdos she meets along the way.

We had to make this movie now, before our beloved Hollywood Blvd. becomes Disney-fied like Times Square. Before they chase away the dirty-costumed characters loitering in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. Before Deja Vu Nightclub, where there's "100's of Beautiful Girls and 3 Ugly Ones," becomes another Coffee Bean. Before the legendary Frolic Room is forced out due to rent hikes and is turned into an Urban Outfitters. This film shows the real Hollywood Blvd., our beloved mile long haven of debauchery and debasement.

Our lead is Queen Mary. On her 60th birthday she receives a visit from Duke, a gangster from her past who shows up to take back the beloved, aging Hollywood nightclub she was given 25 years ago. But Duke is not a guy to be fucked with, and to ensure Mary lives up to her side of the bargain, he kidnaps her son Otto. With the help of a teenage runaway named Grace and an old friend Chet, Mary must navigate the dark underbelly of Los Angeles to save her love, her life, and her club.


ROSEMARY HOCHSCHILD is Queen Mary - a leading voice in the No Wave cinema movement, veteran theater actress, and star of King Blank

ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH is Duke - Do The Right Thing, Chi-Raq, American Gangster, Dope, the much anticipated Birth of a Nation

ANA MULVOY-TEN is Grace - The Girl in the Book, The House of Anubis

MICHAEL PARKS is Chet Fuller - Then Came Bronson, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Red State

ELLA THOMAS is Josie Baker - Ballers, Surrogates, NCIS: Los Angeles 

JON LINDSTROM is The Snitch - True Detective, General Hospital

CHRISTA LANG FULLER is Mama  - White Dog, Alphaville, Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
https://www.criterion.com/explore/40-christa-lang-fuller-s-top-10

Rosemary Hochschild as Queen Mary
Rosemary Hochschild as Queen Mary

 

Roger Guenveur Smith as Duke
Roger Guenveur Smith as Duke

 

 

Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Grace
Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Grace

 

 We wouldn't be asking you, our loyal friends, our family, and the amazing internet audience for a penny if we didn't absolutely need it to finish our little gem of a movie. We sunk our savings into this. We pushed off student loan payments, because, well, screw the man. Credit cards have been maxed out. Cars have been sold. We'd rather make art. But there's many roadblocks when you have a skeleton crew and a few private investors to barely make your budget. And we need your help to pay for post-production, including editorial, sound design and mix, VFX, music licensing, deliverables and film festival submissions.

 

Ella Thomas as Josie
Ella Thomas as Josie

 

Roger Guenveur Smith and Rosemary Hochschild
Roger Guenveur Smith and Rosemary Hochschild

 

Asphyxia Noir
Asphyxia Noir

 

Here's another twist. This isn't just a really badass neo-noir film - this is truly a family affair. This is one of the few films you'll see that features a mother and son duo - our lead Rosemary Hochschild is also our director Orson Oblowitz's Mom. This film is truly a labor of love. Cassavetes is obviously a huge influence on us aesthetically, but also in his belief in truly independent cinema. So like his, Orson's vision for this film included his family, friends, and artistic influences. Countless people featured in the film, as well as on the crew, are family. 

 

The director Orson Oblowitz poses with his Mom and star of the film, Rosemary Hochschild
The director Orson Oblowitz poses with his Mom and star of the film, Rosemary Hochschild

 

NERO FILMS: Orson Oblowitz, Matt Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz http://www.nero-films.com/

Orson Oblowitz- Director/Writer/Producer/Editor/Composer/"Otto" 
In addition to being an award winning photographer, whose work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston and Dubai, Orson has over a decade of experience working in film as a director, cinematographer, editor, actor, and producer. His credits as a DP include the award winning documentaries Sea of Darkness and Heavy Water: The Life and Times of Nathan Fletcher, and the music video for Kill Frenzy's "All Night Long," described as "unexpectedly gorgeous" by The Fader. In addition to his work in film, he has extensive experience in the branded content arena. His clients include Massiv Clothing, Marina and the Diamonds, Motorola, Sol Republic, Hugo Boss, Pizza Hut, and Arnette Sunglasses. Check out his photography and work at http://www.orson-oblowitz.com/

Matthew Berkowitz - Producer/ "Punk Rock Charlie"
A graduate of Pitzer College, Matt has extensive experience in both film and commercial work, producing the feature film Corbin Nash, currently in post, as well as shorts, music videos, and commercials and promos. In addition to producing, he is an award winning filmmaker. His debut feature WILD IN BLUE was sold at Cannes Marketplace in 2014, and is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Jeffrey Katz - Producer
With a background in documentaries and music, Jeff has filmed, edited, and produced 3 award-winning feature documentaries internationally, and his work has been featured on television and in festivals across the country. His clients include Planned Parenthood, Union Rescue Mission, Holland Cycles, and Blue Apple Ranch. For more info: http://www.mrjeffkatz.com/ 

Alec Paul - Producer
A native of San Diego, Alec is a film, commercial, and music video producer. He produced the award-winning film WILD IN BLUE, which was sold at Cannes Marketplace in 2014, was released in 2015, and is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Gracie Wheelan - Producer
A USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate, Gracie has experience producing award winning thesis films and various short films. A USC Ed Woods award winner, she has appeared in numerous web series and student films. Currently employed at a major film studio, she is honored to have been granted the opportunity to work on The Queen of Hollywood Blvd.

Luke Hanlein - Cinematographer
A graduate of Emerson College, Luke has now shot four feature films, as well as dozens of short films, music videos, and commercials, including a piece for Gia Coppola. He worked on the celebrated documentary Author: The JT Leroy Story, which was included in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival. http://www.lukehanlein.com/

CONCRETE IMAGES 

Michael Merryman and Hani Selim - Executive Producers 
Based in Venice Beach California, Concrete Images has been shooting for over 15 years. They've shot every conceivable kind of project all across North America, for such clients as Porsche, Hugo Boss, Booking.com, Audi, and Chex. 

Jon Sklaroff and Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Percy and Grace
Jon Sklaroff and Ana Mulvoy-Ten as Percy and Grace

 

Director Orson Oblowitz with Jon Lindstrom
Director Orson Oblowitz with Jon Lindstrom

 

  

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For updates from Queen Mary's Palace of Libations and Liberations, follow us on TWITTER @QueenoftheBlvd and on INSTAGRAM @QueenOfHollywoodBlvd

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Risks and challenges

We've already laid it all on the line and shot a crazy cool film. But if we can't fund this project, we don't know if we'll be able to finish it. And that's a scary thought. Because Duke may not be the only mobster in our lives at that point. But if we can do this, if we can convince you, right now, to throw us a couple of bucks, we can finish this bad boy and prove to you that it wasn't for nothing.

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    We really appreciate your support, and want to thank you with a totally awesome, custom made, LIMITED EDITION QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD T-SHIRT! PLUS, you'll get all the lower tier rewards as well (a rad poster, a Thank You in the film's end credits, digital link to the film after its commercial digital release, a digital zine, and link to the soundtrack)!

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    Mary's VIPs get the PREMIERE EXPERIENCE

    Receive an invite to the OFFICIAL PREMIERE SCREENING of the film and AFTER PARTY in Los Angeles. Because we wanna party with you, baby. (Travel and accommodations not included). And of course, all the lower tier rewards - our incredible poster, a sweet t-shirt, a Thank You in the film's end credits, digital link to the film after its commercial digital release, a digital zine, and link to the soundtrack. You made this film possible, so let's all celebrate together.

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    Receive a limited edition, framed AND signed photo from Director Orson Oblowitz. He's an award winning photographer whose work has been shown all over the world. PLUS, Queen Mary will record a voicemail greeting of your choice, because you mean that much to us. And of course, all the lower tier rewards - a VIP invite to the premiere and afterparty (travel and accomodations not included), our incredible poster, a sweet t-shirt, a Thank You in the film's end credits, digital link to the film after its commercial digital release, a digital zine, and link to the soundtrack.

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