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A Zombie Puppet Musical. An independent feature film looking for distribution funds. Read more

Omaha, NE Narrative Film
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A Zombie Puppet Musical. An independent feature film looking for distribution funds.

Omaha, NE Narrative Film
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About this project

"Misfit Heights" is a completed feature length film currently looking for distribution.  The funds from this kickstarter campaign will go to distributing, releasing, and marketing the film.  We are looking to create DVD's and release the film digitally on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon VOD. Our goal of $5,000 will let us accomplish this.

Everyone who pledges to our campaign will be listed after the credits and stinger of the film.  Have your name listed on the digital download and DVD when it is released!

Check out below for more stretch goals.  We will be showing Misfit Heights at the 2013 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo and have submitted the film to GenCon and San Diego International Comic-Con.  We would like to attend these festivals to promote our film, even if it is not accepted into their film festivals. The money will be used for travel and lodging, as well as promotional materials such as posters and handbills.

SYNOPSIS

This is the tale of Misfit Heights, an apartment building peopled by puppet tenants and their human superintendent, Bob. When Bob decides to go on vacation, Dr. Zoltar, the local mad scientist and ne'er-­do-­well, uses the opportunity to unleash one of his diabolical plans to take over the world! The plan to raise an army of the dead goes awry and soon the denizens of Misfit Heights are neck-­deep in flesh-­craving zombies! Joey, a bike messenger and all around good kid, is left in charge while Bob is gone and finally gets a date with his crush, Lisa, who really likes him back. The only problem is zombies are tearing the building apart from the foundation up, ruining their whole evening! Meanwhile, Tommy, the back-­alley hobo, reluctantly decides he can't let Dr. Zoltar get away with these shenanigans and enters the fray. From the roof of Dr. Zoltar's maniacal laboratory to the underground dance party of the Tailgators, Misfit Heights is in for one killer night!

CREDITS

A lot of time and effort went into the making of Misfit Heights. We would like to share with you some of the cast and crew that made this film possible.

We got Sean Plott, AKA Day[9] to you StarCraft folk. 

Cristina Vee from all the video games and anime that matter (League of Legends, Skullgirls, K-On!).

Stephen Weese, fellow filmmaker (Broken Spirits)!

Our musical numbers were written and composed by Daniel Bullock from "The Scarring Party".

Original score by Jamison Stokdyk

and many more! Check out the complete list of cast and crew on our IMDB page.

TEASER TRAILER

LONG TRAILER

ADD ON REWARDS

T-shirts are now available to add on to your pledge! The cost of the shirt is based on your current pledge.

If you pledged $1-20, you can add on a shirt for $15. Additional shirts after the first will cost $10 each.

If you pledged $25 or more, you can add on a T-shirt for $10 each.

And if you have pledged $125 or more, we will give you a T-shirt for free! You can add additional shirts for $10 each.

Shirts will be mailed with your other rewards.

Men's T-shirt
Men's T-shirt
Women's T-shirt
Women's T-shirt

DISTRIBBER.COM

We've been researching several options to distribute our film digitally, and Distribber.com seems to be the best option at the moment.  As the campaign progresses, we will continue to research our options.  Unlike other digital distribution companies that take a percent of the profits, Distribber charges an upfront fee to submit a film to those distribution companies. 

ITUNES

In order to release an independent film on itunes, we are required to go through one of their aggregators.  Distribber will act as this aggregator.

HULU

Distribber also gives us the option to send our film to Hulu. 

AMAZON

We will also put the film on Amazon for digital download. We believe this will help Misfit Heights reach a broader audience if released on several outlets.  We may also use Amazon to sell physical DVD's.

STRETCH GOALS

$8,000 - We will attend the San Diego International Comic-con, allowing us to promote our film to over 100,000 people!

$11,000 - We will attend the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, allowing us to promote our film to over 40,000 people.  

$14,000 - We will attend GenCon, allowing us to promote our film to over 40,000 people.

POSTERS

Images of the poster rewards
Images of the poster rewards

PUPPET REWARDS

With about 80+ puppets in our film, we decided that some of them would make great rewards!  We were not able to make a normal and zombified version of each puppet, so once we were done filming with it we zombified them.  Only a few puppets survived our zombie invasion, so most of the puppets we have as rewards were torn, ripped, and converted to zombies after their horrifying death on screen.  Check out the pictures below and if you want one, donate the amount and select the reward. 

Each puppet comes with a Certificate of Authenticity assuring that they were used on-screen during the filming of Misfit Heights. Each C.O.A. will have a screenshot showing the puppet, plus it will be signed by the creators James Burzelic and Daniel Grzeskowiak. But hurry, there's only one of each!

Cat Puppet - This kitty is from the Cat Lady's herd.  In life, he was quite partial to Meowy Morsels.  In death, biting the hand that fed him became his favorite.
Cat Puppet - This kitty is from the Cat Lady's herd. In life, he was quite partial to Meowy Morsels. In death, biting the hand that fed him became his favorite.
Lemmings - The Lemmings love having fun and joining in whatever anyone else is doing.  This pursuit had splattering results.
Lemmings - The Lemmings love having fun and joining in whatever anyone else is doing. This pursuit had splattering results.
Fliptop - She was just a nice lady trying to find out what happened to the power.  After she had a rendevous with the zombie Handlebars in the elevator, her flopping scalp became her new identity and she joined the other undead terrorizing the building.
Fliptop - She was just a nice lady trying to find out what happened to the power. After she had a rendevous with the zombie Handlebars in the elevator, her flopping scalp became her new identity and she joined the other undead terrorizing the building.
Paxton (Comes with extra parts) - Always the pessimist, Paxton nearly made it.  When he went, he went in pieces.
Paxton (Comes with extra parts) - Always the pessimist, Paxton nearly made it. When he went, he went in pieces.
Pinky - Pinky really was minding her own business but was recruited for the zombies' big number.  She got featured in a verse and joined in the choruses!
Pinky - Pinky really was minding her own business but was recruited for the zombies' big number. She got featured in a verse and joined in the choruses!
Tapper - Tapper's stumpy right hand didn't really help him in his bartending career, but once he was zombified by Richie's date, the stump didn't really change anything.
Tapper - Tapper's stumpy right hand didn't really help him in his bartending career, but once he was zombified by Richie's date, the stump didn't really change anything.
The Cougar - The Cougar was just going out to find some companionship with hot, young men but got cornered and died a splashy death.  She's still in search for that virility of youth, but not for the same reasons.
The Cougar - The Cougar was just going out to find some companionship with hot, young men but got cornered and died a splashy death. She's still in search for that virility of youth, but not for the same reasons.
Underbite - Underbite is not one of the smarter zombies.  He falls for the survivors' tricks and doesn't get Schminderman's jokes.
Underbite - Underbite is not one of the smarter zombies. He falls for the survivors' tricks and doesn't get Schminderman's jokes.
Terry - Terry was trying to call for outside help when the zombies busted in his door and rammed the phone through his head.
Terry - Terry was trying to call for outside help when the zombies busted in his door and rammed the phone through his head.
Boo - Boo was a business man on his way home from work when he was turned into one of the undead.  Not really knowing what to do, he milled outside the apartment building until another zombie let him and the rest inside.
Boo - Boo was a business man on his way home from work when he was turned into one of the undead. Not really knowing what to do, he milled outside the apartment building until another zombie let him and the rest inside.
Phil - Phil teamed up with the right group of people, but because Dr. Scrub wouldn't let them in, he was unfortunately tackled and eaten by the dog zombie, Dammit.
Phil - Phil teamed up with the right group of people, but because Dr. Scrub wouldn't let them in, he was unfortunately tackled and eaten by the dog zombie, Dammit.
Froggy - Froggy just wanted to get a meal at Romero's but chose the wrong evening.  His limbs were taken as a dish of frog legs by old Mr. Schminderman.
Froggy - Froggy just wanted to get a meal at Romero's but chose the wrong evening. His limbs were taken as a dish of frog legs by old Mr. Schminderman.
Surfer - Surfer had the misfortune of having his legs chewed on, ripped off, and used as fetch stick.  Total wipeout, brah!
Surfer - Surfer had the misfortune of having his legs chewed on, ripped off, and used as fetch stick. Total wipeout, brah!
Flower Girl (with bouquet of arms) - The Flower Girl was caught in the hall way and killed shortly after Pinky.  Once zombified she thought that hands rather looked like flowers.
Flower Girl (with bouquet of arms) - The Flower Girl was caught in the hall way and killed shortly after Pinky. Once zombified she thought that hands rather looked like flowers.
Stacy - Stacy is Lisa's sexy, worldly best friend.  She's a bimbo, but she's a bimbo who knows how to get things done.
Stacy - Stacy is Lisa's sexy, worldly best friend. She's a bimbo, but she's a bimbo who knows how to get things done.
Natty Bumpo - Natty Bumpo is one of the original zombies dug up from the graveyard and accidentally falls through a grave into the Tailgators' Underground.  He and the Mail Puppet got to feast on the party animals all on their own.
Natty Bumpo - Natty Bumpo is one of the original zombies dug up from the graveyard and accidentally falls through a grave into the Tailgators' Underground. He and the Mail Puppet got to feast on the party animals all on their own.
Spike Gator - Spike Gator happened to receive the message about their volume and took full advantage of it to stage dive during the Electrotoads show!  Epic!
Spike Gator - Spike Gator happened to receive the message about their volume and took full advantage of it to stage dive during the Electrotoads show! Epic!
Slick Gator - The suavest of the gators, Slick was never one to miss the action and got his jaws on one of the survivors, ensuring a turning point in the strongest friendship in all of Misfit Heights.
Slick Gator - The suavest of the gators, Slick was never one to miss the action and got his jaws on one of the survivors, ensuring a turning point in the strongest friendship in all of Misfit Heights.
Yuppie Couple - The Yuppies were just visiting their friends for dinner. But on their way out, they were caught up in Dr. Zoltar's shenanigans and opened the door to ruination!
Yuppie Couple - The Yuppies were just visiting their friends for dinner. But on their way out, they were caught up in Dr. Zoltar's shenanigans and opened the door to ruination!
Texan Couple - Tex and his lady know how to host a party, and when trouble comes calling they got the guns to answer.  But maybe trusting the mad scientist to secure the room was a bad idea.
Texan Couple - Tex and his lady know how to host a party, and when trouble comes calling they got the guns to answer. But maybe trusting the mad scientist to secure the room was a bad idea.
Zombie Family - Raising a family is not an easy prospect, but the family that dies together rises together.
Zombie Family - Raising a family is not an easy prospect, but the family that dies together rises together.
Zombie Stooges - These poor goons are the test subjects of Dr. Zoltar's many attempts to control the ravenous horde. Nuk nuk nuk!
Zombie Stooges - These poor goons are the test subjects of Dr. Zoltar's many attempts to control the ravenous horde. Nuk nuk nuk!

Risks and challenges

As much as we want to release our film on every outlet and in every theater, we are at the whim of the distribution companies. If they don't think our film fits their company, they will not accept us. So, we have a back-up plan.

If iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon don't accept our film, we will put the money toward self distribution on our website both digitally and physically. We will attend more conventions and festivals, where we can sell and show our film.

We put a lot of work into "Misfit Heights", and it is time that we released for everyone to see!

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    HUNGRY ZOMBIE: A digital download of all five musical songs from the film.

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    STARVED ZOMBIE: A digital download of our movie with a special thanks intro.

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    INSATIABLE ZOMBIE: DVD, Digital Download of the movie, a Digital Download of both posters, and a digital download of all five musical songs from the film.

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    ZOMBIE FAMILY
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    Everything from the Insatiable Zombie level plus you will get a zombified puppet version of yourself or someone of your choice.

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