We are proud to announce we have confirmed to play the role of "Sammy D," DR. ISRAEL, the legendary producer of such acts as Bill Laswell, Mad Professor, Dr No, Sepultura, Rancid, Sublime, Lee Perry, Bernie Worrell, DJ Krush, and beyond. He has received accolades from Rolling Stone, Vibe, LA Times, and Village Voice, among others…
- $35 - Three-month Supply Lorraine Khalil Face and Body Scrubs! (add-on perk)*
- $125 - One-hour Private Skype Consultation on production and creative process!
- $450 - Non-Speaking Role featuring you in the film!
CAAM Fellowship 2015 - FINALIST
StoryPros International Screenplay Contest 2014 -QUARTERFINALIST
Select quotes from 2014 Bluecat, Cinequest, Emerging Screenwriters, Beverly Hills and 2013 PAGE competitions (not in order):
"It's very surreal and original. The pacing is constantly going and rushing forward with hardly any moment to rest, even if it's not intense. My mind went wild as I tried to hear the tunes in my head."
"The script has a very clear message about artists and commerce. The band represents freedom. But the consumers out there will eat anything. This has the potential to be a very original take on the zombie movie."
"Your script contains many well-written individual scenes. I especially like your depiction of New York City. You do a fine job capturing the manic energy one finds at a punk or hardcore show."
"There is a definite rapport between your characters that feels natural, evident in the flow of dialogue."
"The script’s premise has a particular focus on K-Pop music and its popularity. It embraces unabashed pop and fun in a very unique way, so there is quite a bit of fun and comedy that can be made from this type of irreverence."
Stay jammin' for a Kurdt Cobain fan tribute video shot during a pilgrimage to Washington State on the 21st anniversary of his untimely death.
WHAT IS THE MOVIE ABOUT?
This film originated and remains the story of half-siblings trying to join forces to create music, while being torn by loyalty to their parents, who they hate anyway. It was inspired by the division of North and South Korea. Ricco, a 1.5 generation grunge-loving American, also sandwiched between gen-X and millennials, faces off against his half-sister Jo Bin, a millennial from South Korea, who was brutally kicked out of her K-pop group.
Jo Bin moves to Brooklyn to pursue independent music, playing her high school instrument, the upright bass. But knowing nothing of the culture, she secretly seeks out Ricco, learning that he has a band, with Sammy D, a veteran reggae guitarist and Ja-El, drummer and Ricco's friend. When she infiltrates her way into the band, they finally achieve buzz with the heebsters of Brooklyn.
The band's diverse make-up and edge catches the attention of Dominoes, a cunning cougar producer, with sinister designs to use them to play reggae music on the Web. With the whole world infected by altered foods, it only takes a trigger, sometimes a certain sound, to catalyze the apocalypse!
JAM WITH US!
Jam in the production of this fantasy band movie in order to earn digital and interactive rewards! Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If this movie doesn't come alive to begin with, it won't have a chance to become a zombie. Oh and don't worry, as Kickstarter doesn't allow genetically modified rewards! (This is actually true).
(Stay jammin' for our upcoming post-production and marketing campaign with one-of-a-kind analog and interactive rewards!)
WHY THIS STORY NOW?
In the last 20 years, altered foods have taken over. It is easy to lump them all as bad, but there are probably good and bad altered foods. However, we will never know what is what, because the burden of proof has shifted to uninformed citizens, and therefore, we have perhaps opened a Pandora's Box of consequences, including: disease, mental illnesses, emotional instability, unsustainable politics, short-term greed, guilty cowardice, etc. Why not reboot the zombie genre to be caused by altered foods?
K-pop is threatening to takeover American music. Gangnam Style is the number one video on YouTube, becoming an international phenomenon, parodying the pretentious pettiness of the rich. Whereas an artist like Psy would have no chance at dominating Michael Jackson or even Prince, the decline of American pop since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994 has created an opportunity for K-pop to compete internationally and become top dog. K-pop's rise is uniquely attributed to its strategic use of the Worldwide Web.
Grunge is the ultimate anti-corporate sound, rooted in punk, which in turn took cues from reggae, the ultimate rebel music. Kurt Cobain intentionally took punk and made it "pop" to become the biggest band they could be. He took the raw fury of punk and blended catchy riffs with Beatles-esque vocal melodies. It seems to have worked too well for him, because he became his own monster. Still, he desperately tried not to sell out, going back and forth in a vicious paradox. From humble beginnings in Aberdeen, to his rise in Olympia, to his fall in Seattle, Kurt presented us with raging comedic antics, a lot of pain, but a pain familiar to many.
The first grunge music video from the demo soundtrack (the band's first jam):
Reggae is itself an international mashup, borrowing from Caribbean music, American jazz and R&B. Bob Marley intentionally took the roots form of reggae and made it "pop" to reach a broader international audience. Whereas grunge was purposefully antagonistic, almost as a surrealist act, Bob Marley created a sound to unite, appropriate for all people and all ages. A racial outcast in his society, Bob took his pain and created raw melodies which were healing and soothing. Reggae in America never took off as fully as did grunge.
The first reggae track in the film (occurring at the midpoint):
The "Zombie" concept has become an abundant societal metaphor. Arising from the experience of forced servitude in French colonial Haiti, blended with elements of West African spiritual traditions, it originally referred to depriving someone of their soul to control their flesh. Essentially, in soul dualism terms (e.g., in Rastafarianism, the "I and I"), it meant disconnecting a person from God, so they could not enter the afterlife. The first zombie movie, White Zombie (1932), was set on a Haitian plantation. By 1968, The Night of the Living Dead gave birth to the modern flesh-eating zombie. Maybe these zombies ate flesh in a vain attempt to regain a soul.
Most zombie theories these days operate within the sci-fi genre, trying to sell a scientific explanation. For the most part, these do not succeed and seem ridiculous. The power of the zombie concept lies in the reality and relevance for modern times. Once we get bored of the entertainment value of zombie viruses, or "fast" zombies like in World War Z, those such films die a quick death and are not revived. We should go back to roots of the "zombie" concept, which came from the spiritual, fantastic realm. People in real life today lose their souls for a variety of reasons, and are easily controlled by those with power.
[Urban Dictionary: "Zombie - e.g., a person who accepts the status quo because of fear and/or lack of conviction; generally, any formerly human creature that is no longer acting with freewill; slang for marijuana, pot, refer, or herb in Australia; a synonym to the "n" word used usually by white people in a "ghetto" area."]
All that said, given the world was truly ending, could it be desirable to be a zombie resurrected?
WHAT'S THE MASTER PLAN?
In the film industry to date, movies are typically financed by pre-selling territories to distributors through international sales agents, based on the strength of the concept and commercial potential of the above-the-line talent, i.e., many many gatekeepers who are purely profit-seekers in disguise, making it difficult to making anything risky, while featuring fresh talent. This is rapidly changing with technology and the digital Web. The question of what will be the next big thing is when, not if.
The means of production have come down exponentially and the Web offers incredibly scalable and affordable applications for self-distribution and marketing. Today, smart producers can package grassroots entertainment projects to cater value towards loyal niche audiences, risking less money, while turning a higher profit. The producers of this film have been actively developing and marketing this project for the past year, simultaneously honing its target marketing.
The sky is the limit, as this crowdfunding campaign effectively operates as a ticket presale, direct to our target audience (bypassing the usual international sales agents & distributors), fostering more intimate jamming.
WHO WILL WATCH THIS MOVIE?
Our main target groups:
1. Music fans will be asked, which is better? Grunge, K-pop, Reggae... or all mixed up?
2. Natural Food fans will be asked to consider entertainment rather than documentary to bring awareness to their market.
3. Zombie fans will be asked to consider a world of living zombies, weak to the will of the powerful. These zombies are controlled through their diets, as their food is altered in many ways. We still have scenes to please the traditionalists.
We will be improving our marketing efforts as we go, as this is a process, not unlike the creative process. We would like to involve as many fans in the process, which will in turn inform the directions in which we go, to expand our maximum reach.
HOW MUCH HAS BEEN INVESTED ALREADY?
We have considerable skin in the game. We have already invested significant capital into development, producing/recording/releasing the demo soundtrack, travel, meetings, photo shoots, graphic design, website development, social media campaigning, over the past year. We have been studying and researching our self-distribution strategy over several years, tracking advances in production equipment and marketing & distribution tools via the Web.
We own the rights to the script and the original music compositions, a huge cost savings, right off the bat. We will edit, color correct, and do our own post-production sound. Our writer, producer(s), director are not receiving any pay up front for those services. Their compensation is all dependent on the success of the film.
Our production company owns all its equipment: camera, lighting, sound & post-production facilities. We will shoot mainly on Blackmagic Cinema Cameras for a streamlined workflow to editing & color correction, reducing cost and issues. We have additional equipment for slow-motion, low-light, 4K, and infrared. "Blackmagic" seems apropos given our zombie content!
We are also working with the NYS Film Office, in order to obtain a Tax Credit recover 30% or more of our below-the-line expenses, reducing our financial risk.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION DO?
We will be raising funds to cover (in order of importance):
- feed and pay the principal cast & crew a living wage
- location costs & set construction
- hair & make-up, wardrobe, set dressing & props
- staging special effects & stunts
- a visual effects supervisor & compositor
- travel & transportation
- legal, insurance, accounting, kickstarter and other admin costs
- additional camera, lighting, grip, sound equipment & expendables
- additional post-production support
- additional marketing budget (FB ads, Twitter, graphic design, trailers)
- film festival fees, marketing & travel costs
Our goal of $27,750 ($25,000 after KS fees) will allow us to hire mostly volunteer-level staff and mainly cover our location expenses and hair & make-up, with minimal effects, art and equipment budget.
WHO IS BEHIND THIS MOVIE?
Dae_Hoon - Writer, Producer, Composer
Dae_Hoon is a New York native, graduating Tisch M.F.A. with the Bernie Brillstein Scholarship. Dae_Hoon’s directing and cinematography has won awards and screened internationally, including IT STRIKES TWICE (Busan). He attended Pomona College, B.A. Economics and Georgetown Law, J.D. He also runs the KAFFNY film festival since 2006.
Jairo E. Gonzalez - Producer
Jairo produced the feature, HANGMAN’S GAME, funded by the Colombia Film Commission and distributed by The House of Film. Jairo produced documentaries for the Colombian government, USAID, PNUD, the UN and affiliates, as well as award-winning shorts including SEA CHILD (Signes de Nuit, TIFF, Fantasia).
Tareq Almulaifi - Co-Producer
Tareq worked as marketing executive for Catch 22 Films in Louisiana and Global Investment House in Kuwait. Tareq currently drums and/or sings in three local bands, including Lilly Wolf. Tareq also sells a line of natural facial scrubs Lorraine Khalil with partner Ashton Berglund. Tareq graduated University of Louisiana, B.S. Marketing.
Richard Mark Jordan - Casting Director
Richard has casted a variety of projects since 2008, including films selected to Sundance and Slamdance. Richard started as an actor in NY with over 40 credits, while co-founding the country blues band Jumbo Brown. Currently, Richard also works as new talent development director at the branded content company MOFILM.
Erika Lee - Talent for promo materials (movement & dance)
Jeong Park - Still Photography
Lexan Rosser - Make-up
Steven Wu - Album Art Design
Damon Dorsey - RAD Studio recording (Bushwick)
Sheeppsyche - John Chang (lead guitar), Jorge Mesa (bass), Kevin Zubek (drums)
Additional Photography, Design, A/V recording/editing - Dae_Hoon
Risks and challenges
After we are funded, we will be challenged to confirm matching funds from investors, or make some adjustments to accommodate the budget. If we raise our stretch goal, we will make less compromises.
Then we will face the usual filmmaking open seas: actors schedules changing, locations changing their minds, meeting the schedule, creative process struggles, balancing egos, artistic discovery, etc.
We have had a DP accidentally destroy a $100K camera during the middle of Thanksgiving holiday, almost all our equipment stolen in broad daylight in Los Angeles on a long-form documentary shoot, a wife go into labor right when production began on a film in Colombia, etc. We are experienced to know that obstacles are part of filmmaking, and failing to appreciate that, means you may lose out on the most unforeseen opportunities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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