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An aging musician is haunted by dark dreams, a feral cat, and a mysterious box with an appetite.

Our Goal:

We here at Mix Minus are looking forward to a successful fundraising campaign, so that we can begin production in the fall of 2013. That's this year! With your help we can make that happen. So let's talk film.

Squeezebox:

Squeezebox is fictional film that takes place on San Antonio's west side. I wrote the film earlier this year, and it came from a collection of memories I had from my childhood. Many of the characters and events are inspired by my grandparents, family friends, and an over active imagination. I could go on about that, but it would take up all this space, and I need to tell you about the film.

So here you go, a synopsis:

    In the world of South Texas Conjunto music, Manuel Casillas is a legend: He's done things on the button accordion that have never been done before, or in some cases since. Though he disappeared from the music scene for nearly two decades, the humble 65-year-old has reemerged with a new passion for music and life. Determined to embark on a new phase of his career, he plans on performing in his first show in over 15 years. That is until his comeback is put to a halt by a collection of vivid dreams, a group of feral cats, and a mysterious box with an appetite. Manuel's whole world changes after purchasing this box.

Squeezebox is a San Antonio story infused with a dose of magical realism.

The Funding 


Every contribution will go toward the funding and completion of the film. There are many talented individuals putting in countless hours to make this film the best it can be. We'd like to pay them for their hard work. 

The Cast and Crew

In order to get those visual effects, which are a big part of the budget, we brought on Jarrod Davis. Jarrod won a prime time Emmy for his visual effects work on the Show FIREFLY. His past credits also include BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA, SPIDERMAN 2, 24, CSI, SERENITY, etc. You can find his IMDB page here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1449643/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Writer/Director-Sam Lerma

Sam is an award winning filmmaker in San Antonio, Texas. He’s been working in the TV/Film industry for the past 13 years. Lerma has worked for two San Antonio news stations, KABB/FOX29, and KSAT-12, the local ABC affiliate, as a video editor, news photographer, and video journalist. He is now the Director of Production and teaches at the Film School of San Antonio, a magnet school at Harlandale High School. Sam’s last three films, TRASH DAY, LILIA, and FLUTTER have gone on to screen at several major film festivals, including: SXSW, The Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, The New York International Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, Cinefestival, and The Dallas Videofest. The films have brought home the Best Director award at the Long Island Latino Film Festival, the Jury prize at the SAL Film Festival, the Chris Caddel Flatland Filmmaker Award at the Flatland Film Festival, the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival, and the Best San Antonio Filmmaker Award at the 2012 San Antonio Film Festival.

Director Sam Lerma
Director Sam Lerma


Producer-Ralph Lopez

Ralph is an award-winning producer with films screening and winning awards around the world. He co-produced a short film entitled KATRINA’S SON, which was eligible for a 2012 Academy Award nomination. His first feature film, WOLF, produced alongside longtime friend and filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith was well received as an Official Selection at the 2012 SXSW with great critically acclaim to follow and win countless awards thereafter. Ralph continues to work hard, collaborate and produce quality work with other San Antonio filmmakers. Currently in pre-production for two shorts and in development for his next feature HEAVEN.

Producer Ralph Lopez
Producer Ralph Lopez

Cinematographer-Steve Acevedo

Steve Acevedo was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Soon after graduating with an MFA in Cinematography from Florida State University, he began directing and DPing commercials. He has served as Director of Photography on the feature films, SATELLITE OF LOVE and COWBOY SMOKE as well as the feature documentaries, SOJA: LIVE IN HAWAII and CHASING THE SUN (post-production). In 2008, Steve was selected for the Disney/ABC-DGA Directing Fellowship, where he shadowed directors on shows such as GREY’S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, BROTHERS & SISTERS, GREEK, etc. He directed the award-winning short film, EL COCODRILO last year. Steve recently shadowed 3 episodes of USA's BURN NOTICE as part of the 2012 NBCU Directing Fellowship.

Cinematographer Steve Acevedo
Cinematographer Steve Acevedo

Lead Actor- Pedro Castañeda. Prior to acting Pedro attended medical school, obtained a pilot license, and taught himself to build and install wireless networks.  He got his first acting role on Chris Eska’s feature AUGUST EVENING. He went on to be nominated for Best Male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards, and Breakout Performance at the Gotham Independent Film awards for this role. He took home the Outstanding Performance award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. Pete currently lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.  

Actor Pedro Castañeda
Actor Pedro Castañeda

Pedro is currently taking accordion lessons with legendary conjunto artist Bene Medina for his role. Thanks to Bene Medina and Conjunto Heritage Taller for their continued support in making the music as authentic as it can be.

Bene Medina/Conjunto Heritage Taller
Bene Medina/Conjunto Heritage Taller

We have many more artists working and collaborating to make the film the best it can be, but all this takes a lot money. This is why it’s important we get your funding support. The quality of the filmmaking in telling this tale requires great production value.

Past Work

We've used crowd-source funding in the past and it’s been very successful. It’s allowed our films to travel to other parts of the country in many film festivals. This is how these films are seen and how San Antonio films get noticed. We are a thriving community that needs the public’s support. Just two years ago we successfully funded our film "Lilia" using Kickstarter, you can see that film below.

We are asking that you pledge what you can, spread the word, and look for us on facebook and twitter. We look forward to meeting our funding goals, a great production, and sharing the film with all of you. Thanks for visiting our page, and have a great day!

Below you can see how different pieces of the film are coming together.

Kim Rumfelt-Creating a ceramic sculpture of one the cats for the film. This will be part of a special reward for a donor.
Kim Rumfelt-Creating a ceramic sculpture of one the cats for the film. This will be part of a special reward for a donor.
Making T-Shirts with Crooked Arm Printing
Making T-Shirts with Crooked Arm Printing
One of our rewards
One of our rewards
Another reward
Another reward
Rats
Rats
Alternate Poster by Rene Cruz
Alternate Poster by Rene Cruz

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In the case of a set back along the way, be it lack of funding or unforeseen obstacles, we fully intend to proceed with the production. It is our mission to bring this film to life, and only meet challenges with perseverance. The show must go on.

-Sam

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    We're grateful for your contribution and will put you on our update list and keep you posted on our films progress. We will also send you a personalized thank you post card decorated with Squeezebox Cover art.

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    We will send you a personalized thank you post card decorated with Squeezebox Cover art, as well as some cool film buttons, or you can choose to have limited edition Squeezebox Candle instead.

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    We will give you a free ticket to the world premiere screening of Squeezebox, complete with a thank you postcard, as well as a nice limited edition Squeezebox button.

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    1 Limited edition Squeezebox T-shirt, the poster, the VIP after party invite, the IMDB credit, the DVD, the postcard, and we can't forget the button.

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    You get to visit the set on one of our production days and watch the film get made. 1 Limited edition Squeezebox T-shirt, the poster, the VIP after party invite, the IMDB credit, the DVD, the postcard, and we can't forget the button.

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    You get a part in this film, or our next film. The part can be a speaking role or an extra role. You also get all of the above rewards.

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