About this project
Desperation forces unconventional surf rock band TENNIS PRO on a wild journey from Seattle, Washington to Tokyo, Japan for what they believe is one last shot at international fame. After seven years as a band, with day jobs and young families at home, they still cling to the belief that they were destined to deliver their music to the nation they believe will celebrate it . Armed with a potential hit single, “Rock over Tokyo,” and a scrappy pioneering spirit, the three band members hit the streets trying to make the magic happen, in spite of cultural barriers, distractions and missteps. They are forced to lean on their individual talents—Sean as a hairstylist, Phil as a cellist, and David as a card shark—to make ends meet. In spite of themselves, their dream is infectious, and soon they have everybody believing they just might make it BIG IN JAPAN.
BIG IN JAPAN was originally pitched to a network in Nov '09. At that time high fives were given and dreams were fanned to flame. But as too good to be true stories often go, the network pulled out of funding the project. Lauded director John Jeffcoat believed in the vision enough to continue working with Tennis Pro for next to nothing (hugs, beer, and vegetarian pizza).
We are shaking our money makers to put this thing together and attempting to hold to our established production schedule. This has us flying to Tokyo in mid October '10. We are appealing to our friends, fans, families, enemies, heroes, and pets to help us on our way. We cannot move forward without plane tickets. Won't you help sponsor a sad, pasty, Seattle rocker? These funds will go directly to purchasing plane tickets for Tennis Pro (3) and production crew (7). Any amount over will go toward a place to sleep while we're over there for two and a half weeks of shooting.
What's in it for you, you may be asking? You mean other than a good warm feeling? Well my friends We've implemented the following incentives, as if you need them.
$25 contribution entitles you to a limited edition Tennis Pro T-Shirt OR CD
$50 contribution entitles you to a limited edition Tennis Pro T-Shirt AND CD
$100 contribution entitles you to a limited edition Tennis Pro T-Shirt and 2CDs (I know that's an extra cd for ONLY $50!!!)
$500 Private Tennis Pro performance at ???? your house, venue, barn, garage, van, etc*
*venue must be within 3 hr. drive of Seattle or travel expenses covered (sorry, we're poor)
$750 contribution entitles you to dinner with John Jeffcoat and an autographed copy of the film "OUTSOURCED."
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