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THE  SHOOTING   Episode 1 ,  The Story of the Kane Brothers . Help us finish the post production of this film by making your pledge. Thanks.

"We thank you for supporting the completion of this movie".

A vintage style family western movie. Remember when a dinner and a show meant seeing your favorite western movie with your family, eating a box of popcorn, and never hearing a bad word in the film. We do too.  

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It is 1887, the old west, the Kane Brothers have always been able to keep the peace in town, but they soon find themselves in a battle that will test all they are, when ....( Read more in the story outline ) 

Welcome   Please take time to read our story, thanks.

Howdy folks, welcome to our Kickstarter campaign for the completion of our movie. We love western films. Let me first thank all of you for your support and interest in our film. In the next few paragraphs you will get to know the producer/director/writer, the story, our goals for the film, and more. Our goal is to complete the movie. The first thing we would like to tell you about the movie is that, it has already been filmed and is ready to complete.  Almost all of the movie making process:  writing, script, pre production, filming, as well as some of the post and first editing of the work print has been accomplished, and now the film is ready for final edit, musical mix, and a few other areas of post production including making a new master with a  sharp, and crisp image and added music, and the film will be complete.  The time frame to complete our film should only take a few months.  We did this as an independent family production. This enabled us to maintain the original vision, and creative direction. We invite all of you to ride along with us, to complete a film we will all enjoy, and be proud of, "together, we will make westerns, and western heroes ride again".     Rick Groat.  Producer.

How Kickstarter works : You can make your pledge, and receive rewards, we have 12 levels of rewards, you may pick one, and when our project meets our goal, it is a success. Part of the support raised will be used to produce and send you rewards, and the rest will be used to complete our film. Let's make this western movie a success, and then, let's make more westerns. 

  (  At the $25.  level you can reserve your advance DVD of the movie )

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Rick Groat as Gabe Kane, ready for the showdown.
Rick Groat as Gabe Kane, ready for the showdown.

About :    Description  of our film. A true vintage western.

The Shooting Episode 1  Story of the Kane Brothers, is a beautiful old time family western movie, shot in the style of films of the 1930's—black and white, with heroes and bad guys, action, shootouts, and a love story.  The film has all the look and flavor of such films as early Lone Ranger, and The Big Trail, with old Hollywood type wardrobe and big hats, and the characters are much like Tom Mix, or early John Wayne. The action is in the same manner, with lots of good old fist fighting scenes and horse chases, and the big shootout scene that arives at the end of the story is everything a western fan could want.  There is a love story within the plot, with warm and heart felt tones, and (spoiler) the hero gets the girl at the end.  This film has rough and tumble action, with a man of few words leading (Gabe Kane), an Andy Devine kind of sidekick comic (Luke Kane), a very mean and nasty villain (Bill Keegon), and a sweet look and feel of the old western classics that gives the viewer a genuine example of old time film making.  The Shooting, Story of the Kanes, is authentically filmed on 16 mm, just like they did it in the 30’s, and it is not only a good film, but a tribute to the old time western movie.

The movie has an old look and feel, and was made to be a simple, artistic, and an authentic old time western film.  The Shooting is a genuine adventure from the days of yesteryear.  ( Additional footage, scenes, music, news, full cast and crew information, video messages from the director,and more will be added to our updates, we want you to know all about the process.)  Read more....

Gabe Kane on his horse Sandy, after the badmen.
Gabe Kane on his horse Sandy, after the badmen.
The original vision of the writer/director :

The idea was to make a western like the ones I grew up watching as a child during the 50’s.  We gazed at the small TV screens, rooting for our heroes, like Garry Cooper and John Wayne, and characters like Hoppy, the Lone Ranger, and Annie Oakley.  The stories had distinct and clear good guys and bad guys, and the good guys fought for what was right, and kids could look up to these characters.  I wanted to make a film that I would be proud of, and with that in mind, and my love for the old west, I wrote the script in the fall of 1983, gathered my family and friends, and I said to myself,  (if William S. Heart could do it, so can I).  We raised the necessary amount for production, and began the film.

Tag Groat as Luke Kane, gets the drop on his man.
Tag Groat as Luke Kane, gets the drop on his man.

Around two months later ( 1984 ), I had finished filming, and was in the process of editing when I was invited to the B-western film festival, and I decided to screen the film in its rough cut form (due to the short time before the event).  I felt it should be seen, and folks might like it.  After the screening, my whole crew and I were invited to the awards event in Hollywood from the Southern California Motion Picture Council, and the film (even in its rough cut stage) won 12 awards. The story of producing our film was featured on television on Entertainment Tonight with Dixie Watley in 1984.

Gabe and Luke Kane shoot it out with the Bar-K gunmen.
Gabe and Luke Kane shoot it out with the Bar-K gunmen.

After I completed most of the film, I found myself needing to focus on family responsibilities, and, we (our family) decided to postpone work on the film until the right time, and now we know this is the right time, as the advances with computers and editing technology, and the fact that the internet has leveled the field, especially with Kickstarter (thanks, Kickstarter), has given independent film makers like myself the opportunity to do films without spending millions. This movie is a great story, and should be viewed, and take its place in the artistic works of fellow film makers.

My Mother Gypsy Bell Groat, as Mrs. Kane, and singer of the theme song "Waiting for the Light," an original song in the film.
My Mother Gypsy Bell Groat, as Mrs. Kane, and singer of the theme song "Waiting for the Light," an original song in the film.

What we will do with the funds:

As you view our movie trailer, you will be seeing the rough workprint footage, and the music is also in workprint form, meaning the image, and sound has not yet been through final editing. Part of our goal is to remaster the film, and sound, and do all the final editing, and sound mixing. for a crisp and sharp image and sound.

We will complete all editing, post production, and sound mixing, transfer film to digital, complete digital edit, generate a completed, crisp & clean image for the master, generate digital masters, including those of the documentary footage, sound mix for added scenes and voice overs, in studio recording for added music, create new promotional art and press, create a DVD cover and back cover art, create new posters for market, generate all reward materials, create a network of promotional sources with several web pages and links, produce the Director's edition with new and added music, maintain a movie webpage, produce first group of DVDs, set up an online independent sales and distribution site for this film, set up a fan site for this film, and market the film.

In addition, we will be doing two more parts of the story, but the sequels 2, and 3, will be different projects, and will be set to proceed at later dates, and will be totally new projects after the completion and marketing of this film.  All of the funds generated for this first project will go directly into this first film.  It is our goal to produce more westerns, and we wanted to share that goal with you.

We will include you on the ride with updates, and news, and new videos of our progress. Keep checking our site, we will post all our ongoing news here. We want you all to be part of our western family, so let us hear from you.

Genre:  Western, black and white, action drama, fiction, made in the style of films of the 1930's, and 40's. Vintage movie.

Story Outline:

It is 1887, the old west, in a small town.  The Kane brothers (Gabe and Luke) are the town sheriffs, who work hard to keep the peace.  Gabe falls in love with a girl (Ann), who goes against her father's orders to stay away from Gabe, and the two plan to marry.  Ann's father (Bill Keegon) is outraged, and has Gabe whipped and beaten, but Gabe and Ann will not let anything stand in their way.  When Keegon's son kills a man during a hold up, Gabe must choose between his duty and his feelings for Ann, and he will not stray from doing his job, even bringing in Ann's brother who is now wanted for murder.  This creates bad blood between the Kanes and Bill Keegon, owner of the Bar-K ranch.  Keegon sends a hired gun to stop Gabe, but his plan does not work, and being a man who always gets what he wants, Keegon brings all his Bar-K men in for the showdown.  Gabe and Luke are now in a fight to keep the peace, law, and order, and a fight that will test all that they are.  The Kane brothers {Gabe and Luke), and their father John walk alone in the street.  The town is still.  Three men step into the old corral to face the wrath of the Bar-K, 21 men who are there for one reason only:  to gun down the Kanes.  They all stand quietly, the wind blows slightly.  For a moment all is silent as the wind stops, and the last sound they might ever hear is the clicking of their guns.

Gabe and Luke Kane, back to back, stand alone to fight the Bar-K gunmen.
Gabe and Luke Kane, back to back, stand alone to fight the Bar-K gunmen.

What this film does not have :

Expensive special effects, CGI explosions, A story that has no moral value, Graphic violence, Explicit sex scenes

What this film does have :

Real western action, A warm and exciting story with classic characters with traditional values, Real and impressive western stunts and action, No bad language, and a Tender love story and interesting plot that you can watch with your whole family

  Awards and Recognition:

Our film won 12 awards from the So. CA. Motion Picture Council in 1984 on its first and only screening, at the B Western Film Festival.  The awarded categories ranged from performances for the leading and supporting cast, to costuming and editing, and the three highest awards:  the Bronze and Silver Awards for production and original musical score, and the Golden Halo for direction, original screenplay, and artistic achievement. Our film has been featured in many news and press articles.

Starring : Rick Groat, Tag Groat, Tom Ratican, Gypsy Groat. Diane Mason.

Original Theme Song written by : Melanie McCoy, and sung by Gypsy Bell Groat.

Musical Score for completed film by : Ethan Groat

Produced By : Tag Groat, Rick Groat.

Directed and written : By Rick Groat

Full cast and crew will be listed in the updates.

A few more photos.

Gabe enters.
Gabe enters.
Entertainment Tonight  1984.
Entertainment Tonight 1984.
Poster Photo .
Poster Photo .
Original poster art.
Original poster art.

THE SHOOTING Episode 1, Story of the Kane Brothers.

A Groat Family Production.  Our motto:  "Ride tall, ride true, and the trail will always be good to you."

For more information, you can use the links provided in this project. Go to our Facebook page to see more on our film.

Thank you all again for joining us on the ride, together we will complete this movie, and have a beautiful film we all will be proud of.  Rick Groat.

(My facebook page)

If you have questions, or want to say howdy, leave a comment.

More links to learn more and conatcts:

Youtube page:http://www.youtube.com/user/buritoman411?feature=mhee

Twitter :https://twitter.com/GroatRick

LinkedIn :http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rick-groat/55/8b8/43b

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