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About

"West 40s" Is A Hit - Now Help Us Make More Episodes!

A couple years ago, we had a funny idea: a midtown midlife comedy about five gay friends growing through their 40s in NYC - something we know a lot about from personal experience! We raised some money on Kickstarter (23K!), were approached by an outside investor, and got lots of talented folks who believe in our idea to work for free. It was magic!

On July 12, 2018, we premiered the pilot on our YouTube Channel and people started watching, liking and commenting. Over the summer, the pilot got shared, press outlets picked it up, and the views began to grow...exponentially! In just two months, we had more than 100K views and 12K subscribers. Today, that view count is over 166K as people from every state in the US and all over the world have discovered the fun of "West 40s". If you haven't seen it, you can check it out right here!

Now, we want to keep the fun going...and bring you more. Times two!

The Next Two Episodes

Our rapidly growing audience keeps asking "when can we see the next episode?" We hear you! But why stop with just the next "one"? We have a full six-episode Season One already scripted. So to ramp things up we're ready to produce the next TWO episodes at the same time! Our goal is to shoot and edit these back-to-back in the next couple of months so they can both be released simultaneously in the first quarter of 2019. 

The budget below is for these next two episodes, which will be shot over 9 days in mid-January 2019.

$5,000    Insurance (essential to secure locations, equipment, talent)
$2,000    Casting (we have new roles for the next couple episodes) 

$8,000    Locations (it's New York City...need we say more?)
$17,000   Cast and crew (people need to get paid for werq!)
$2,000    Hair/makeup and wardrobe (gurl, people need to look good!)
$4,000    Food/Craft Services (people work hard and need to eat...a lot)
$4,000    Equipment rentals (for fancy cameras, dollys, lights to look fab)

$1,000     Tech/Expendables (drives and other essentials for the shoot)
$4,000    Editing (for renting an edit room for 4-5 weeks)
$4,000    Sound (this is essential to a professional finished product)
$5,000     Music (rights for using 3-4 songs)
$5,000    Post (for color, titles, efx, etc)
$6,000    Kickstarter (yes, they take a fee for all this fundraising)

TOTAL
$67,000 

The Rewards

Here's some details about some of the incentives we are offering at different levels of donation. Click through the images for more info:

"West 40s" Magnet, 2" x 2"
"West 40s" Magnet, 2" x 2"
Corey TuT's new album "Into The Light"
Corey TuT's new album "Into The Light"
Brian Sloan's novel "Tale of Two Summers" (Simon & Schuster)
Brian Sloan's novel "Tale of Two Summers" (Simon & Schuster)
"West 40s" Jeff Hiller (Ryan) at UCB; Asscat3000 and The Curfew
"West 40s" Jeff Hiller (Ryan) at UCB; Asscat3000 and The Curfew
Julian Fleisher's "44 Charlton: A Live Variety Show"
Julian Fleisher's "44 Charlton: A Live Variety Show"
"West 40s" Fabulous Tote Bag
"West 40s" Fabulous Tote Bag
John Riddle's "Daddy 2", 12" x 16"
John Riddle's "Daddy 2", 12" x 16"

NOTE: Blue boxes are for Kickstarter discretion and do not appear on the art itself  😇

John Riddle's "Daddy 1", 9" x 12"
John Riddle's "Daddy 1", 9" x 12"
Joseph Giampietro, "Zaddy" 9" x 12" Color pencil, marker  (jgiampietro on Insta)
Joseph Giampietro, "Zaddy" 9" x 12" Color pencil, marker (jgiampietro on Insta)
"Daniel's Husband" @ Westside Theatre, starring Matthew Montelongo (Dante)
"Daniel's Husband" @ Westside Theatre, starring Matthew Montelongo (Dante)
"Wild Goose Dreams" @ Public Theater, with Dan Domingues (Luis)
"Wild Goose Dreams" @ Public Theater, with Dan Domingues (Luis)

Risks and challenges

There are lots of risks inherent in low budget film/TV making, especially in New York City. But we made the pilot episode here last year in NYC and it turned out great! (You can watch it on our YouTube Channel.) All production has challenges but Brian Sloan is a seasoned professional in the indie film world, with more than 20 years of experience producing everything from no-budget shorts to fully financed documentaries/TV shows. Mark Sam has been working as a professional writer/producer at Comedy Central for the last 10 years and will be bringing his expertise there, as well as utilizing some trusted members from his production team to help make this happen. Together, Brian and Mark Sam's knowledge of producing in New York City, where they both have done 90% of their creative work, will be essential as the project navigates the challenges of shooting in Manhattan. While there are no guarantees in filmmaking, Brian and Mark Sam believe they can get the job done, with a little help from their friends. Oh yeah, and your generous contribution!

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    Baby Gay

    You get a thank-you email from the “West 40s” team and tagged shoutout on our fabulous Facebook page!

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    Total Twink

    You get an exclusive download of our special closing credits song for both Episodes 2 and 3, recorded by someone fabulous especially for "West 40s"!

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    Well-Read Homosexual

    You get a personally autographed, first edition hard cover copy of "West 40s" co-creator Brian Sloan's Simon & Schuster YA novel "Tale of Two Summers"--a fun story of first time love in the teen years!

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    Dancing Queen

    You get a download of the brand new LP "Into The Light," from "West 40s" music contributor and dance music mix master Corey TuT. Corey's music was featured in the first episode of the show, when the gang goes out to Fairytail Lounge--and you can see Corey actually DJ'ing in the background of the scene. The new album has 12 tracks of hot soon-to-be hits!

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    It's the very first piece of official "West 40s" merch! It's a 2" x 2" refrigerator magnet with our colorful logo! Be the first on your block to sport this magnet on your fridge at home, or bring the "West 40s" to work. It could even become a collector's item someday and end up on a 2068 episode of "Antiques Roadshow" where it will be worth....even more! :)

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    You will receive two tickets to a night of improv comedy in NYC starring Jeff Hiller (who plays Ryan in "West 40s")! Jeff is in two shows at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade: The Curfew on Saturdays at 730p and Asscat3000 on Sundays at 730p. Must be in NYC to see the show on weekends in December 2018 or January 2019.

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    Show Queen Junior (December)

    You get a pair of tickets to see "44 Charlton" on December 7. It's the live variety show at WNYC's Greene Space hosted by "West 40s" musical contributor and fabulous singer/songwriter Julian Fleisher. Julian created the unique cover of "Hot Child in the City" for our closing credits on Episode One. He hosts this monthly show in New York City, with amazing and talented guest stars like Lady Rizo, Nellie MacKay and Tonya Pinkins.

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    You get a pair of tickets to see "44 Charlton" on Friday February 1. It's the live variety show at WNYC's Greene Space hosted by "West 40s" musical contributor and fabulous singer/songwriter Julian Fleisher. Julian created the unique cover of "Hot Child in the City" for our closing credits on Episode One. He hosts this monthly show in NYC, with amazing and talented guest stars like Lady Rizo, Nellie MacKay and Tonya Pinkins.

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    Fame Whore

    OUR MOST POPULAR REWARD. You will be immortalized on the Internet as you get your name included in the closing credits of "West 40s" Episodes 2 and 3, in the “Thank You” section! You will be famous all over the world, as the show is watched in 215 countries!

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    Young Buck

    You get a printed copy of the original "West 40s" script for Episode 2, with a cover page that is signed by the lead actors in the episode.

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    Merch Maniac 2: Electric Tote-A-Loo

    Yes, your "West 40s" merch prayers have been answered with this incredible canvas tote bag featuring the show's colorful logo. Perfect for a day at the gay beach or trip home from the fruit market. So many uses! Will this be the "It" accessory of 2019? We think so.

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    Secret Lover

    OUR SECOND-MOST POPULAR REWARD. You get special early access to "West 40s" Episodes 2 and 3 a full week before they are released to the masses, along with an exclusive commentary video of co-creators Mark Sam Rosenthal and Brian Sloan unpacking episodes 2 and 3!

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    Gay Gourmand

    You get a night out on the town in Hell's Kitchen with a delicious dinner for two at Marseille, a local neighborhood dining destination on 43rd and 9th avenue. You must be in NYC for this reward, and must redeem this reward by the end of December 2018.

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    Stud Muffins

    You're invited to a one-night only VIP test screening of Episodes 2 and 3 of "West 40s" in NYC, where you'll get to meet the makers of the show and be a unique part of the creative process!

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    Stud Muffins LIVE

    You are invited to be on camera in Episode 2 of "West 40s". We are shooting a theater performance scene and you would be cast as an audience member for that one-day shoot in mid-January 2019. You must be in NYC and available for the day of the shoot, which will be determined in early-January 2019. On set you'll get to meet the makers of the show, the rest of the sexy cast and be a part of this exciting new episode!

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    Art Lover - "Daddy 1"

    You get an original work of art inspired by the sexy men "of a certain age"! John Riddle is a local NYC artist known for his sensual drawings and artworks of men. For "West 40s" he has created two pieces depicting sexy men in their 40s. This reward gets the work "Daddy 1", sized 9" x 12" (pictured in our STORY section to the left).

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    Art Lover - "Zaddy"

    You get an original work of art inspired by the sexy men "of a certain age"! Joseph Giampietro is a local NY artist known for his beautiful drawings of guys in some very exciting poses. For "West 40s" he has created a piece depicting a hot bearded man. This reward gets the work "Zaddy", sized 9" x 12" (pictured in our STORY section to the left).

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    Art Lover - "Daddy 2"

    You get an original work of art inspired by the sexy men "of a certain age"! John Riddle is a local NYC artist known for his sensual drawings and artworks of men. For "West 40s" he has created two pieces depicting sexy men in their 40s. This reward gets the work "Daddy 2", sized 12" x 16" (pictured in our STORY section to the left).

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    You will receive two tickets to a night of theater in NYC starring a cast member from "West 40s"! For this reward, Matthew Montelongo (who plays Dante) stars in "Daniel's Husband" at the Westside Theater. Must be in NYC to see the show, between November 15 and December 31.

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    Your name will be listed as an Associate Producer in the closing credits of "West 40s" Episode 2. And your name will be listed on our IMDB page too!

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    Daddy Warbucks - Episodes 2 & 3

    Your name will be listed as an Executive Producer in the closing credits of "West 40s" for BOTH Episodes 2 and 3! You'll be a showbiz mogul! And your name will appear on our IMDB page too!

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