About this project
We want to thank all our fabulous supporters for their generous support! Now that we've raised our goal, finishing our film will become a reality! If you're visiting this page after our Kickstarter deadline has passed and are interested in getting involved, we encourage you to visit our web site and sign up on our mailing list.
We can still honor many of the rewards you see on this page and we'd love to have you join us on what will surely be an exciting journey!
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Take This Journey With Us
We're making a new feature film and we'd like you to join us! "DriverX" is a drama about Ridesharing (and so much more), currently in post production, and we're raising money to finish it. We like to call it a "Coming of (middle) Age Story." It's the 5th collaboration between writer/director Henry Barrial and producer Mark Stolaroff, and stars Patrick Fabian ("Better Call Saul") as Leonard. Come share this ride with us!
Leonard, a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo.
It’s been two years since the demise of his record store—a beloved Van Nuys institution devoted to rare imports and cult offerings from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s—and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while his wife Dawn works during the day. With both the kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but record companies aren’t looking for a 50 year old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-80’s hip hop.
With their savings now gone, Dawn needs Leonard to get it in gear and with available options at just about empty, Leonard decides to become part of the Gig Economy. In a process that takes less than 5 minutes, Leonard signs up to drive for DriverX, the popular rideshare company known for colored X's and sexy ads. In an instant, Leonard is now employed and driving at night.
It’s a bit of a rough ride for Leonard in the beginning. All this new tech takes some getting used to and right off the bat Leonard must cope with a brand new breed of beast—Millennials—with their strange, new language and unfamiliar customs.
More urgently, as his marriage starts to fray at home due to the financial strain, he negotiates some twisty turns in the car, as attractive, inebriated young women test his fidelity.
With a keen ear for how young adults speak and act and a deep understanding of the challenges facing many middle-aged Americans today in an economy disrupted by new technologies, "DriverX" follows Leonard on a voyage through LA’s late night, Tinder-fueled party scene, where you never know who’s going to get into your car next.
"DriverX" covers a number of topical issues -- the 1099 economy, the differences between Generation X and Millennials, becoming obsolete in a world now run by the generation behind you, and changing gender roles.
But ultimately, "DriverX" is a film for and about our time, which captures the essence of what it means to be a middle-class American today, in rapidly changing times.
Writer/director Henry Barrial and Producer Mark Stolaroff have been working together for 15 years, making award-winning micro-budget feature films.
For the better part of 2014, Barrial and Stolaroff were developing a high-budget horror film that never came to pass. Running low on funds, Barrial, a married father with two young boys, was forced to take immediate remedial action--he joined the Sharing Economy and started driving for Uber, the successful ridesharing company that has been taking the world by storm.
Shortly thereafter, Stolaroff got a late night call from Barrial in early 2015: forget the horror film--there’s an amazing story right here about a middle-aged married man who has to drive for Uber to support his family. And unlike the high budget horror film, this one can be made on the cheap like all our other films. Each night Barrial would call Stolaroff from his Prius with crazy stories about who he had in his car that night and what they said or did. Often Barrial would have to pull over right after dropping off a rider and jot down the things that person said--you just couldn’t make this stuff up!
While certainly the names and details have been changed to protect the “innocent,” the script for DriverX is filled with authentic dialogue and situations inspired by real life. DriverX captures with brutal authenticity what it’s like to be a part of this growing phenomenon, all the struggle, craziness and humor that comes with the “job” that’s not really a real job, (as Leonard’s wife Dawn points out in the film).
Henry Barrial (Writer/Director). Henry is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up in Miami, FL. His first feature,"Some Body," premiered in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Lot 47 Films. His next feature, "True Love," was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab project and played numerous festivals. His next film "Pig," (successfully funded through Kickstarter) played in over 35 international film festivals, winning 10 awards. It was released by Kino Lorber. "The House That Jack Built" came next, also finding funds on Kickstarter and ultimately winning 8 awards (including 3 Best Director awards for Henry), before getting a theatrical release in Dec. 2015. "DriverX" is Henry's 5th feature.
Mark Stolaroff (Producer). Mark is a producer and instructor. He has produced all of Henry's feature films and several others, including the award-winning documentary "Keep The River On Your Right" and the 2001 Sundance hit "Manic," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, and Don Cheadle. He was formerly an executive at Next Wave Films, a company of the Independent Film Channel that gave finishing funds to exceptional low-budget features. Next Wave's claim to fame was discovering directors Christopher Nolan and Joe Carnahan. Mark is also the founder of No Budget Film School, a unique series of classes designed for the micro-budget filmmaker.
Patrick Fabian ("Leonard"). Patrick is a 25 year veteran actor who has worked with everyone from Angela Landsbury to Xena. He is currently starring as slick lawyer Howard Hamlin on AMC's hit show "Better Call Saul." He is perhaps best known to film fans for his lead role as preacher Cotton Marcus in the Eli Roth produced "The Last Exorcism." And after all the shows and all the movies over the years, he is still fondly remembered as Prof. Lasky on "Saved By The Bell."
Alex Cutler (Executive Producer). Alex was the Co-Producer of "Pig" and is now a principal at Casadelic Pictures. Alex was a producer on the cult horror hit "The Taking of Deborah Logan" and a new western called "Outlaws and Angels," starring Luke Wilson, Chad Michael Murray and Francesca Eastwood, which recently premiered in Sundance.
Daniel Lynn (Cinematographer). Dan is a talented DP who hails from Canada. He received his MFA from the American Film Institute and has shot a number of award-winning shorts and music videos, and several features.
Eric Strand (Editor). Eric is a veteran editor who edited both "Pig" and "The House That Jack Built." He is probably best known for editing the indie hit "Donnie Darko" and the Jackie Chan/Jet Li adventure "The Forbidden Kingdom."
Lili Haydn (Composer). Lili composed the music for "The House That Jack Built." Besides being an accomplished film composer and recording artist, she is a world-renowned violinist who has played with everyone from Sting and Robert Plant to the LA Philharmonic. George Clinton calls her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin."
And a whole bunch of other incredibly talented cast and crew members that you can view HERE.
There are two big ways you can support this project:
DONATE! We only have a limited amount of time to raise our funding goal, and with Kickstarter, it's ALL OR NOTHING, so if we don't raise the whole amount, we don't get anything. That means if you'd like to help, please consider donating. Whatever you can afford and no amount is too small.
SPREAD THE WORD! Please let your friends know about the project--Crowdfunding works best when there's a crowd! So, if you're an Uber or Lyft driver, let your fellow Drivers know about the film, or your riders. If you're a fan of "Better Call Saul," let other fans know. One of the best ways to help this project succeed is by spreading the word on Social Media, so please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And then please share our campaign on these platforms. Or email your friends about the film. We can't thank you enough!
Funds collected from Kickstarter will be used to complete the film. Specifically:
- Editing the film
- Creating the musical score
- Licensing music
- Sound design, sound editing and mixing the sound
- Final polishing of the picture elements: color correction, titles
- On-line editing and mastering
Stretch Goals: If we can raise more than our goal of $35,000, we can definitely put that additional money to good use. Here's how:
- Make all of the above better - we have a bare-bones budget for the above items; enough to get the job done. But with additional funds, we can beef up our sound design, have more time for color correction, and license more and better music
- Visual effects - we need to create the DriverX app that you see on the phones in the film, and then composite that onto the phones. We were hoping to find a student to do this, but extra money can help pay for a professional motion graphics designer and f/x artist
- Film promotion and sales - it's hard to have a successful indie film these days without doing your own marketing and promotion. Extra funds will help us create marketing materials and maybe even hire a professional strategist and publicist
- Social Media marketing - You can't find and market to your niche audiences without great social media. Extra funds will allow us to hire someone to push our social to the next level
- Kickstarter Fees and fulfillment - Kickstarter takes 10% in fees and it costs money to fulfill physical product. Extra funds will ensure that there's more money going into the film and not just to fulfill rewards.
One of the developments we're most excited about is working with legendary musician Daniel Ash, founder of the seminal 80's bands Bauhaus, Love And Rockets and Tones On Tail. He wants to not only license some of his great music to us, but he would also like to go into the studio and record some original music for the movie! Your donations will make that all possible!
We're offering all kinds of great stuff in return for your support. The more you give, the better you get! Of course, we appreciate donations of any size. Here are just some of the items available; you can see all the rewards over to the right:
- Your name in the credits
- A DVD or digital stream of the film
- DVDs of all of Henry Barrial's past films
- "Pig" Goodies (DVD, T-shirt, Poster, DVD commentary & more!)
- "Better Call Saul" Super Fan Packages, including a one-of-a-kind BCS pilot script signed by the main cast and creators!
- An "Uber" ride around LA with your driver, Patrick Fabian
- Free attendance to No Budget Film School's weekend class
Risks and challenges
While independent filmmaking is always a challenge, we've been there many times before and have met those challenges with success. This is our 5th feature film together as a Producer/Director team, and our third Kickstarter campaign, (our first two campaigns were successful). Mark Stolaroff is a noted expert in micro-budget filmmaking and has been teaching the practice for over 10 years. And we're working with seasoned professionals, most of whom we've worked with before. The film is already shot, so the risks are limited to just editing and finishing the film, which we are confident we can complete with your generous support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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