A44 is a Dramatic Thriller created by Chris Cooney and written by Chris Cooney and award-winning screenwriter and bestselling author, Brooklyn Hudson.
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HOW WE GOT HERE
I was 6-years-old when I first watched E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial and the film changed my life forever. I became captivated by the big screen, and later, the genre of horror. My father played a huge part in my passion by making films with me, my siblings, and our friends, shooting on his super-8 camera. At age 16, when all my friends were buying cars, I saved my money and purchased a camcorder.
It’s been my lifelong dream to direct a feature film and beyond my wildest dreams to cast this film with the very actors* who inspired me and had the biggest impact on my early life and passion for film.
I have taken the road less travelled, starting a popular YouTube channel, creating an award-winning cookbook (which includes the graphic novel based on an earlier incarnation of our current A44 script). Things haven't always been easy, but I've stuck with what I love and believe.
Now I have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make my film with a professional crew, award-winning filmmakers, and an iconic cast*. My story, A44, is coming to life as an entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking film, worthy of the big screen. A44 will make you think about the choices you make every day, and the impact they have on others.
*We'll be announcing the actors & actresses very soon in the updates! (Their agents want to know our funding is solid before the contracts are finalized.)
A44 - SYNOPSIS
A college student is driven to find the source of a mysterious illness that appears to be originating from the meat and dairy supply, and renders the community, mindless killers.
24-year-old Harley Landon lives in a small town where everybody knows each other. When a stomach bug mysteriously strikes, violence ensues, and the town of Amherst begin to turn on one another, mutating into rabid killers.
Harley, a life-long vegan, appears unaffected by the plague and takes to the road in search of a cure, with his new friend Vanessa and his loyal companion, Indy, the German Shepherd,
After meeting Jerry, a savvy biochemist, he is led to Dr. Hamilton, who has developed THE prototype antidote. The only problem is funding has been terminated, hindering the research of the virus.
With those close to him perishing, Harley will do anything to stop the spread of the disease and survive. In a harrowing fight, he is forced to decide between saving his own life and saving the life of his best-friend, Indy.
Now, Harley will never be the same.
A44 - THE CREW
CHRIS COONEY- Creator, Co-Director, Co-writer, Producer
Chris was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and is the creator and host of the popular YouTube show, The Vegan Zombie. He is also the co-author of the award winning cookbook, Cook & Survive! Along with his sidekick, Indy the German Shepherd, he puts his spin on his love for film, horror, and his vegan lifestyle to teach and inspire others to live a healthy compassionate life.
BROOKLYN HUDSON- Co-Director, Co-Writer, Producer, Casting Director
Brooklyn Hudson is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and best-selling author. Her short film, The Good Samaritan has received multiple laurels from film festivals, along with her feature screenplay, Sucre (filming 2019), and On Call, a short screenplay, which has been optioned.
Born and raised in NYC, Brooklyn began her career as a child actor, performing in musicals. Subsequently, she has worn many hats in the entertainment industry, including: radio talk show host, writer, script supervisor, and Hollywood animal trainer, to name a few.
On her own by age 15, she frequented Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip, where she mingled with many of the world’s greatest rock n’ roll bands of the 1980s. It was then she filmed her first music video on an old camcorder and has been bitten by the directing bug ever since.
Later, Brooklyn wrote and directed live replica-rock shows for Las Vegas and touring companies, including The Springsteen Experience, a Jersey Boys’ style stage show reenacting the rise of Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band. Her novel series, Wishbone, is a best-selling thriller, rising twice to #1 (2012/13) on Amazon, both in the U.S. and U.K.
Brooklyn is currently writing and directing music videos in Los Angeles. She is slated to direct three feature films 2018 and 2019.
AMANDA RAYMOND - Producer
Amanda is originally from Syracuse, NY, and graduated from Syracuse University. She also studied abroad at University College London. She was producer for Studio Publicity and Behind the Scenes at The Walt Disney Company for their feature film division (including Marvel, Pixar, & Lucasfilm features) and also worked in production at Disney Television Animation, (Lilo and Stitch the Series, Emperor’s New School, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) Nickelodeon Animation Studios (Stripperella, Fatherhood), The Jim Henson Company (Sid the Science Kid), and Blumhouse Productions (Boy Next Door, The Darkness).
Her first novel, Son of Sherlock was published in November 2017, and she's a writer/ director/producer of her own material, including a short film that she wrote and produced that was just accepted into the Indie Fest Film Festival, and an animation/live action hybrid feature film that has Simon Wells attached to direct.
She recently co-produced EPK content for The Good Liar for WB starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, and is currently co-producing EPK content for Pet Sematary for Paramount Pictures, starring Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz in Montreal.
RICK GREENWOOD- Director Of Photography, Producer
Rick is a writer/director who earned his MFA degree in Filmmaking from The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles CA in December 2010. Rick was born and raised in upstate New York and came from a hard working background which not only breeds a great work ethic and determination in him and his work but the appreciation and value in all he sought after and obtains.
To expand his skills and experience over the years, Rick has done a large number of shorts, commercials, music videos, specs, and reality. Aptly producing his own content as well as for other producers and writers, gaining him well over 50 Festival appearances and more than 15 awards. In 2015, he was honored to make the Top 200 in HBO's Project Green Light competition.
Rick is also a successful freelance cinematographer, producer, and writer. As a cinematographer, he has shot a number of features, documentaries, commercials, short films, music videos and online content. 2015, he was commissioned by Dual Vision Productions to pen the feature script, Fast Lane. Two of his other feature scripts, Origin and Lost the Night have had the honor of being previously optioned.
His short film Hinnon Valley was distributed worldwide by Shorts International and was featured on DirecTV and Amazon. His latest film Adam & Miriam (formerly Shot Sparrow) was honored with a premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
KATY LOPES -Line Producer, Unit Production Manager
Katy was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where she got her Bachelors Degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting where she started her career as a producer of hit Brazilian Television Shows like Panico na TV, TV Bandeirantes, TV Record, and more. She moved to Los Angeles where she earned her certificate degree in producing for film and television from the New York Film Academy. Since then, she has produced ten short films such as Misfits Prick and Inner Self.
GEORGE SCHMINKY- Special Effects & Makeup Artist
George is our “jack of all trades”, with vast experience as a Special Makeup Effects Artist, set designer, Creature designer and lab technician for Film, theater and TV. He studied at the School of Plastic Arts in PR, earning a BA in Fine Arts . Schminky possess mad skills creating highly detailed makeup effects designs for commercials and independent film clients. His latest work can be seen at Syfy’s Z nation and Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein in theaters next year. George also currently appears on Syfy's FaceOff - Season 6, making it all the way to the season finale, one of the top 3 finalists.
JUSTIN P. MOORE - Kickstarter Manager
Justin managed our first Kickstarter campaign to produce The Vegan Zombie - Cook & Survive! (2014) in both English and German, and organized our 2014 Germany tour with 10 events in 7 cities, including cooking shows, dinner parties, and book signings. He has managed and advised over 20 successful Kickstarter campaigns focusing on food and travel.
Justin is the author of the The Lotus and the Artichoke cookbook series, featuring vegan recipes, photography, artwork, and stories inspired by his travels to over 50 countries. In addition to authoring, illustrating, and designing his own cookbooks, Justin contributes recipes and food photography to many websites, magazines, and others' cookbooks.
His newest cookbook, inspired by his travels and cooking adventures at homes and in restaurants in cities, towns, and villages, The Lotus and the Artichoke - ETHIOPIA is also on Kickstarter in August/Sept 2018.
How can you help us?
- SUPPORT our Kickstarter campaign with a pledge
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- Visit TheVeganZombie.com - Watch our videos, try our recipes.
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Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter. We know many of the obstacles and challenges! The greatest difficulties with crowdfunding campaigns have to do with fulfilment of the rewards and meeting proposed delivery dates. We've purposely made as many of the rewards for this project totally digital (PDF script, e-book, watching film & extras online, etc.) so we can focus time and resources on our most important goal and the best reward: Getting this movie filmed and ready for you to watch! This will help keep us on set and studio and not running back and forth from the post office.
Making a movie is a super big ordeal! We've got a solid team and a strong support group to help us with important details and mechanics: legal aspects, financing, and managing all the many people involved in making our movie a reality.
Honesty and transparency are super important to us. We promise to keep you updated and informed, and will keep in touch as much as possible so you can watch the process of bringing my dreams to the big screen.
Thanks and Enjoy the ride!
Chris Cooney & The A44 Crew
- (30 days)