MONSTERS IN THA TOWN?!?
Ollie Henderson is living his best life in a changing Oakland, when until his Mother is attacked by a monster and vanishes on his 16th birthday.
Depressed and confused, Ollie wanders the streets, his mind full of questions. What will happen to his family? Will his grieving father be okay? And was it really a monster? In Lake Merritt? Is that even possible?
Ollie’s wanderings lead him to investigate the lake and its mythical monster, and he quickly learns that the creature has been feeding on the city’s homeless.
Desperate to discover the truth about his mother’s disappearance and save others in Oakland from a similar fate, Ollie sets out to find the monster. He’s joined by his crew of friends:
- Hiero: The Persian Mad scientist trying to build the mother of all laser cannons.
- App: The Mexican vlogger using her coding ability to lift her family out of homelessness.
- HAM: The Metallica loving, chariot building, Pinoy whose family harbors a secret about the Lake Merritt monster.
The four friends embark on an urban adventure through Oakland to hunt down the monster using scientific expertise, their own cultural knowledge and their deep friendship. They are on a mission to solve what happened to Ollie's mom, and to save the City they love.
TOWN BIDNESS: WHY MAKE THIS MOVIE?
Benjamin Mulholland created the film to capture the essence of a changing Oakland from a city of color to a bastion of wealth. He has worked at the intersection of people and politics for over twenty years, working mostly in public television. In 2018, he was appointed a residency with the SFFilm where he researched monsters and legends from various cultures and married them to the myths of his hometown.
True to his own personal experiences, the film is a right of passage story for urban youth centered around the leap from boyhood to manhood. The story is as much a tale about the Town as it about Ben’s own personal story.
Similar to Ollie, the film’s protagonist, Ben’s mother disappeared when he was a pre-teen. This coupled with a disjointed relationship with his own father in his youth inspired the story.
The film explores the beauty and the problems of Oakland. It is a tale of two cities, but also a tale of the resilience of Oakland's citizens and a right of passage film for Oakland's youth. It’s not just kids in the suburbs that get to enjoy the adventures of Stranger Things or be a Goonie. It’s time for the kids of Oakland to have their moment, too.
THE SHORT OF IT IS...
Several film production companies and studios are interested in a feature-length version of the film, but the hurdle we need for a proof of concept short film that will show our characters, our vision and our ability to pull it all together.
The short film will be a prequel to the feature film. It will show Ollie beginning his search for the monster in an adventure filled with dreams, legends, and mysterious creatures. The short will naturally serve as the primary vehicle for getting the feature film financed and made.
So we've come to you, the kickstarter community, to help us make that happen.
WHO'S MAKING THIS THING?
We've assembled a stellar group of filmmakers and auteurs to make this short film. Our award-winning team have developed dozens of feature films and include skilled monster makers and a Tribeca Film Festival Winner.
Risks and challenges
With our Creative and Visual FX team on board we are confident that production will start on time in late summer with a finish date around September or October. Visual FX films can be challenging, but this filmmaking team is highly experienced in completing Visual FX films. Most of us are from or have lived in Oakland and we want to create something that is authentic but also shows a different side of Oakland and it's youth.
We hope to begin shipping rewards as early as June 2019. Some rewards like the actual short film itself and the premiere will be delivered in the Fall.
We don't anticipate any major challenges, but Murphy can always rear it's ugly head, so we'll be sure to communicate any issues or delays with you right away.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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