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The Devil's Dosh a non-profit short film and the brainchild of American writer/director Zach Guerra. Dosh is a dark, gritty, and provocative portrait of the harsh times of a post-World War II East London brothel called The Orleans, and one of it's inhabitants, a young boy named Marcus.
Zach, a lover of all things 'English cinema', is a steadfast champion of the working-class. He's interested in telling stories about people who live life on the fringes of society, where it's a daily struggle for survival and the stakes are much higher at a far earlier age. Nowhere is this more evident than The Orleans.
MONEY, WHAT MONEY?
We need your help. As you can imagine, this is all very expensive, and we've only just started. A single plane ticket costs on average $500-800, a gallon of gas in the UK is $12, and the dollar to pound Sterling foreign exchange rate is... humbling.
Zach, who's also a married father of two, has exhausted his bank accounts and taken out an incredible amount of school loan money, and even opened a few credit cards, in order to finish this project. Still, it's not enough. As well, because he's not a UK citizen, the film isn't eligible to receive short film UK Lottery funds.
With your help we plan Phase II, which is to rent a sound stage, build and dress the interior of the brothel, keep shooting on film, buy materials for the SFX and VFX, and feed our army of personnel dedicating their free time. We plan to do all of this in the summer, and we sincerely hope that you'll help.
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Many English directors have traveled to the US to establish successful careers doing American films, but rarely does it happen the other way around. Zach's not originally from East London, or England for that matter, but his desires to make the types of films he enjoys lead him to try his hand at this, his favorite genre of cinema.
Early on in the process he recognized the importance of maintaining a high degree of authenticity to the language, production design, and characters as possible, something he was unwilling to compromise on. Unfortunately for Zach's budget, he felt the old film adage, a tree is a tree, film it in Griffith Park, didn't apply here.
Out of respect to the film, the story, and the many English filmmakers who've inspired Zach over the years to tell this story, he pulled the trigger and over the span of a year, traveled to the UK over a half-dozen times schlepping around wherever he could find a couch, researched the nuance of the language, gathered locations, worked with concept artists, meet amazing crew, and actors in order to prepare for production.
Finally, with 'Team Dosh' assembled, they began production on the first portion of the film this past May, which we're very happy to announce, was shot on 35mm, with anamorphic lenses, and the production was a wild success. Everyone is happy, but we're more excited about the second part of the shoot, Phase II.
Dosh is filled with amazing industry professionals, all of who care for the story and its characters as if it was their own. They've donated their free time away from the multi-million dollar pictures to help complete a rather epic short film, with the hopes that it'll grow into something truly amazing. So far, that's exactly what's happened.
Yes, this is a non-profit venture. We would love to get a return on the investment, but there is no investment plan, since there is a very small market for short films. Is there an opportunity to see a return on the investment? Yes, but only in rare circumstances. Any return are negated by the overwhelming costs already taken upon the filmmaker and his volunteers. Every penny earned will go back into promotion of the film, be it at festivals, or used for traveling expenses to promote the film at various venues.
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