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A travel series documenting the road trip misadventures of a recently single writer as he goes on a new date in every city.
A travel series documenting the road trip misadventures of a recently single writer as he goes on a new date in every city.
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I’m going on a Date Trip – and I’m taking you with me!  A small film crew and I are traveling through twelve cities in four states to explore the attractions along the way… and I’m not just talking about tourist traps.  YouTube episodes will air each week throughout July and August and the blog will feature companion pieces so you can follow our journey every step of the way! 

Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response from backers, Date Trip has official met its minimum project goal, but we still have a ways to go!  The project goal only takes into account the travel costs listed below - it does not include the dates!  So help us make our reach goals so we can go on even crazier, more awesome adventures each episode!!  (Because 12 trip to Starbucks just isn't as interesting as skydiving.)

  • $3,400 - Goretorium (Eli Roth's Las Vegas haunted house)
  • $3,900 - Skydiving
  • $3,950 - Bowling date in SLO
  • $4,000 - Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival
  • $4,200 - Ke$ha concert in Palo Alto

This series (and these dates) can only happen with your help.  Not only will you earn exclusive rewards (like postcards from the road and your very own song), but your contribution will make it possible for me to combine my love of road trips with my passion for film – and maybe even work through a little heartbreak along the way.  Pitch in what you can and let’s get this show on the road… literally!

With your donation, I’ll rent a fully-insured compact car for the duration of the trip.  That way, when things come up (and they always do), the solution will be as simple as a tow and a car swap at the nearest rental place.  When you help us meet our goal, you’re making sure we arrive at all of our destinations safely and on time!  That means more fun for us and more episodes for you.

I will be accompanied by Jazmin Mendoza, who will not only serve as the project's editor, but will also be filling the role of super-fun travel companion!  Long ago, she captured my heart at a pizza buffet and we've been friends ever since.

Me with Date Trip editor Jazmin Mendoza, moments before defending our beach snacks from seagulls!
Me with Date Trip editor Jazmin Mendoza, moments before defending our beach snacks from seagulls!

UPDATE: (5/19) I am pleased to announce that Rose Oser will be joining Date Trip as assistant director and our camera person! Rose and I met in 2011 when she directed "New Year's Kiss," my zombie musical. She has never missed an opportunity to remind me that "we are fucking professionals."  

Rose and I in the middle of a crosswalk.
Rose and I in the middle of a crosswalk.

While the project video I posted is fun, the quality isn't quite up to snuff - I am limited to what I can come up with using just my iPhone and the editing software included on my computer. That's why I need these guys! Imagine what a project with a real camera and crew can do. So check out the rewards to the right and donate what you can. When you donate, you’ll be making sure I have the creative talents and equipment I need to give you a quality episode.

Check out our destinations:

  • June 4th - Reno, NV
  • June 5th - Salt Lake City, UT
  • June 6th - Rachel, NV (and Area 51)
  • June 7th - Las Vegas, NV
  • June 8th - Grand Canyon, AZ
  • June 9th - Lake Havasu, AZ
  • June 10th - Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
  • June 11th - West Hollywood, C
  • June 12th - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • June 13th - Santa Cruz, CA
  • June 14th - Palo Alto, CA (if reach goal is met)
  • June 15th - San Francisco, CA

Anything we can raise beyond the $3,300 will be used to fund the reach goal dates listed above, so please give generously so we can get some exciting stuff on film!

Thank you for believing in me and my project.  I know your money is hard-earned and it means the world to me that you would so generously contribute it - any of it - to making Date Trip possible.  Thank you for caring.  Please donate today!

Risks and challenges

My stepdad once told me, "When you're traveling, you have to remember to use the F-word. Flexibility."

There is no way to anticipate all the trouble that might come up along the way - a blown out tire, engine trouble, a maniacal hitchhiker set on revenge. But by renting a car with insurance, you already know I'm eliminating 80% of the potential problems (okay, that still doesn't solve the maniacal hitchhiker dilemma, but you can't have it all, Sofia Bush).

Any other challenges will be viewed as opportunities for the webseries - opportunities to spice up the episode, heighten the drama, and put on our creative-problem-solving hats. And if I learned anything from watching "Crossroads," it's that a little willingness (and some karaoke skills) will go a long way on the road. I'm flexible. I'm willing. And as sexy as that may sound, it really is the perfect combination for travel.

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    #1 - You get an exclusive mp3 download of the Date Trip theme song, my collaboration with Kaylee Score (as featured in the project video). Also, you'll get a thank you shout-out on the blog!

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    #2 - 26 is my birthday and lucky number, so I had to make this one good! In addition to reward #1, you get a hand-written postcard from one of our stops along the way, signed by the cast and crew! You also get an advanced download of our premiere episode before it's released to YouTube.

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    #3 - You get both rewards #1 and #2 as well as a DVD copy of the complete Date Trip series upon its completion, including DVD-exclusive outtakes and a thank you note!

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    #4 - Not only do you get rewards #1-3, but I will also record a personalized song for you! Some on-the-spot songwriting, hilariously underwhelming electric piano, and possibly an interruption from Mala the cat. Just give me your name and a story or topic you want me to sing about.

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    #5 - ABMF Package - Let's face it. You want everything. A DVD of the webseries, your own personalized song, a postcard, and all of the downloads. If you love Anywhere But My Face or are a Hot Christmess fan, this package is for you! You get a "Best of ABMF" mp3 collection, the never-before-aired Hot Christmess Podcast "Lost Episodes" (Valentine's, birthday, and St. Patrick's Day!), AND you will get to download a bonus compilation of all of the songs written for this Kickstarter campaign!

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    #6 - Instead of just one postcard, you'll get a personalized postcard from each city we visit - written just for you! From the Extraterrestrial Highway to West Hollywood, you'll get an update about the trip from every stop along the way. Plus rewards #1-5

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    #7 -You get rewards #1-6 and your choice of a date, a walk-on role, or a plug of your product or business in an episode. In order to claim your walk-on role or be the blind date in an episode, you must be in one of the cities we are in on the date that we are passing through. If you are a business or a product, I'll deliver your message (650 character limit) and a thank you, plus a link on our blog. The only stipulation: no hate. (Sorry, Chic-fil-A.)

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    #8 - DINNER PACKAGE - In addition to every reward listed above, I will come to your house and make you dinner. And you will also get executive producer credits on this project! But more importantly, I WILL MAKE YOU DINNER. A delicious vegetarian meal with the most ridiculous dessert you can possibly imagine. Marshmallow-filled beignets don't even phase me. To cash in on your Sam-cooked dinner reward, you must be in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, or Orange County and be available when your schedule matches mine.

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