06-01-12: Anna Sophia Berglund has joined our cast in the role of Alice. We are very excited to have her on board!
05-31-12: The Paper Crown Gallery in Chicago is making paintings based on cockroaches that will be auctioned off on June 9th. We are thrilled to cooperate with such an established art gallery!
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cockroaches is a unique and original feature film not shying away
from gritty imagery. But it all starts with you! If you like this film
and the rewards we offer, we invite you to be part of the creation of
this project. Lets make an amazing film together!
Kickstarter is an artist-friendly all or nothing funding platform. We funded the promotional trailer for cockroaches with our own savings, and if we succeed on Kickstarter the feature film will be shot from scratch.
This is not the finished film, just a promotional trailer of the world we want to create (please watch in 1080 for best quality)
International audience, men ages 17-60 and women ages 17-40
Tommy Lister in the cockroaches promotional film as "Carl the Florist"
When the Pope is kidnapped from his home in Vatican City and brought overseas, a feeding frenzy of criminals want in on the biggest ransom opportunity of all time. Everyone from small-time robbers to greedy bordello owners, shady black market traffickers, trailer park savages, flower shop arms dealers, seasoned scam artists, and a wimpy family father, plot, swindle and collide with each other to get what they want. All in the name of greed. And in a world where people are being drugged to have their organs taken, buried alive, hung in a freezer, and fed to hyenas, they'll need the survival skills of a cockroach.
(Copyright WGA and Library of Congress)
Robert Miano and Amanda MacLachlan in the cockroaches promotional film
Every backer who pledges $40 or more will get their DVD or BLU-RAY (depending on pledge) signed by an actress or actor of their own choice!
The first 100 backers to donate $65 or more will get: a free additional DVD or BLU-RAY copy (the perfect gift) and access to our password protected stream service (live from set for at least two days). This bonus reward is only available to our first 100 backers that donate $65 or more.
cockroaches BLU-RAY or DVD and behind the scenes streaming service. Please note that the final covers will look different than the designs shown on this page. See FAQ #21 for more information.
Ryan de Quintal and Robin Zamora in the cockroaches promotional film
Creating a successful film is not easy. There are a lot of elements that need to come together in order to shape a commercial vessel that has the legs to go all the way. The team behind this film has been working tirelessly for years to create something unique and fresh. It's not just about making a film, it's about making a film that people haven't seen before. Since the first draft of the script back in 2008 another ten drafts have been completed, a massive team with a fantastic commitment has been gathered, and a promotional film has been created. Thanks to the strength of the script alone we have managed to receive a tremendous amount of support from actors in the film industry of Los Angeles. But that's just the beginning of any film, especially independent films. When many films go into production, the interests of investors, distributors, and creators clash which creates a very common pitfall that many films have fallen into. They lose their soul and often become boring. As artists, we value the creative control of our own project. Kickstarter is an extremely artist-friendly platform that allows for just that. This is where you come in! Since we are making this film for you, we want you to be part of it, and we value every single input. This allows the public to help us shape something that they themselves will love for ages.
Finding money to make a film is not easy. To add to that, this film is a very complex one to shoot. We have a whole arsenal of characters, numerous locations that need to represent not only Los Angeles but also Europe, and we are shooting with the most advanced digital cinema-systems. But the journey doesn't stop there. Post-production is an extremely important stage of any production and the film has to go through top-notch editing, color correction, soundtrack scoring, and sound-design before it can be released. We value every step of the process deeply and we want every single frame of this film to be perfect. We are therefore asking for a lot, but we will also be allowed to give a lot in return, and that's what it's all about!
Our goal is to create a feature film that not only will be loved by the public for a long time to come, but also has the potential for theatrical release. To do so, we will need to 1) reach our goal here at kickstarter, 2) approach additional well-known actors to allow for better chances of theatrical distribution, and 3) move right into production! The creative preparation for cockroaches is finished after years of hard work, and we won't stop until we have made one of the best films of 2012!
Robin Zamora, Ryan de Quintal, Robert Miano, Zach McGowan and David Ury in the cockroaches promotional film.
cockroaches is the project of my life. I have been working almost every day for many years to perfect this story and it means the world to me that this film is made properly. My passion in life is to make films that people like and want to be part of, I am definitely not in the game for fame or money. That's also why you won't see my name all over the place. I want the film to speak for itself.
Many of you artists out there probably know what I'm talking about when I say this film is my hope and essentially a big part of my life. Kickstarter is a godsend platform that allows artists and fans to connect, not only to help make each others' projects come to life, but also to establish relationships for the future. I truly hope that this campaign not only allows us to make cockroaches but also make new friends. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have, I'd love to hear from you!
- Christoffer Aldell
Robert Miano in the cockroaches promotional film as "Francis"
(from the promotional film)
Tommy Lister as "Carl the Florist"
(The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element, Jackie Brown)
Luke Massy as "Petri"
(Thor, Green Street Hooligans 2, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle)
Robert Miano as "Francis"
(Donnie Brasco, Fast & Furious, Mysteria)
Maria Olsen as "Susan"
(Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Paranormal Activity 3, The Lords of Salem)
Zach McGowan as "Johnny Slim"
(Shameless, Terminator Salvation)
Ryan de Quintal as "David"
(Medium, Superbad, A Separate Life)
Robin Zamora as "Taranto"
(The Symphony, Betty I Am)
David Ury as "Edward"
(Shoot'em Up, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Breaking Bad)
Please note: Our cast in the feature will expand beyond this and may be slightly altered based on availability during principal photography.
Zach McGowan in the cockroaches promotional film as "Johnny Slim"
The soundtrack of a film plays a big part in creating the overall feel, and cockroaches is no exception. The music in our trailer is performed by Maylene & the Sons of Disaster. Maylene is one of our all-time favorite bands and if you like the sound of the south you should definitely get your hands on their albums. Their music will be heavily featured in the cockroaches feature film as well. We would like to thank Dallas Taylor for believing in our film, as well as Roseann at Warner Music Group.
Raising the first funds for any film is the hardest part, which is why we're embracing your involvement in our project. Obviously, the first backers of any film are the most important ones. If we are able to reach our goal here on kickstarter, we will not only be secured to shoot cockroaches, but we will also try to double those funds by reaching out to some of the investors that have already shown interest in doing "matching-funds" for the project.
If we are able to exceed our goal here on kickstarter, those funds will go towards getting additional name talent attached to the film as well as allowing for additional shoot-days, and shooting at more expensive locations, which will allow for a better chance of theatrical distribution.
Please note: this is a conservative projection. Be aware that these dates could change, which could also affect the delivery dates for some of our rewards.
The story and concept of cockroaches involves so many characters and depth that it's our goal to create a trilogy. The three main characters in this film, referred to as the cockroaches, will provide a unique and fresh perspective for each of the three films as each one will have a different roach (David, Johnny Slim, & Taranto) in the lead role. The purpose of this is to stay away from the mistakes of many sequels and trilogies in which they re-create the first film. We want every movie we make to be unique and innovative, and we hope to begin our roach-journey with you.
If you can't afford to donate but still want to back this project, there are other ways to help us out. Just spreading the word by liking or sharing us on Facebook, Tweeting about us, or telling your friends to check out our kickstarter page is such a huge help. The best thing for our project right now is to get that kind of exposure, and it would mean the world to us! Thank you so much from all of us at Roachtown!
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