"A smuggler bleeds like anyone else. He just gets more chances to prove it." Be a part of making our new crime thriller. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 2, 2011.
About this project
"Go get 'em brother! Down and Dangerous looks like the shit! You've got a director's mind and an editor's eye. Lethal!" – Joe Carnahan (director of Narc, Smokin' Aces, A-Team, The Grey)
And again upon learning we reached our goal.
"You got it brother. Now GO KILL!" –Joe Carnahan
WHEN I LOOK AT A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, I LIKE TO KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK THEM TO REACH THEIR CURRENT DONATION LEVEL. WE BEGAN WITH 36 DAYS AND ARE RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND SPREAD THE WORD. :)
WHY I AM MAKING 'DOWN AND DANGEROUS'
I am a filmmaker because of my father. I've had a love affair with movie-making ever since he took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark and explained to me at a young age what a director was. He sat me down in front of classics like Casablanca and Beau Geste and shortly thereafter he and my mother put a videocamera in my hands. Flash forward many years later, my father has since passed, but his influence is as strong as ever. Maybe stronger.
My dad had a brief career in the cocaine trade as an independent smuggler. And what made him unique were the creative methods he used to pull off a dozen scams from South America that were so ingenious that the person carrying the load always had an out – they could walk away free and clear if the cocaine was discovered at Customs. He was uniquely principled for this line of work and always put people first. While Down and Dangerous is not an adaptation, it's his adventures and life lessons that serve as the spirit and creative spark behind this new movie.
So I want to take this deep inspiration and enthusiasm, and everything I've learned from our past movies, and continue to grow as a storyteller as I break through new creative barriers. I want a career making movies with intense authenticity that are fun, entertaining, full of action, suspense, drama, wit, romance and maybe even a touch of poetry. Most of all, I want to craft a motion picture that would make my father proud.
WHAT'S THE MOVIE ABOUT?
Where's the fun in that! Okay, I'll give you a little but I'd like to keep a lid on most details of the plot: An inventive and resourceful smuggler defends himself against violent rival traffickers, a monstrous and vengeful spree killer, and the DEA agents who want to lock him up – all while falling for a stunningly beautiful woman with a taste for danger.
IS THIS AN ADAPTATION OF THE BOOK 'SNOWBLIND'?
No, the film rights to the book about my dad's brief career in the cocaine trade were licensed in perpetuity many years ago. Down and Dangerous is an original work with original characters inspired by growing up with a former cocaine smuggler for a father.
WHERE WILL THIS MONEY GO?
At The Sabi Company, we have learned to stretch our dollar to get the most bang for our buck over the years, without sacrificing the authenticity of story or character. We've assembled a core team that includes myself, the producers, editor, music composer and lead actors. We already have nearly all the required camera gear, lights and editing equipment so know that your contribution is primarily going toward paying the cast a fair rate, necessary costs of production like food and location fees, and toward fun stuff like fake prop guns, knives, breakaway glass, fake blood, costumes and more. Every prop, actor and location will be there because of you and your generosity.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a new way to grow community support and participation in creative endeavors, powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method. Personally, I want to use it to present a project I'm enthusiastic about so I can do something I love. And in return, I want to give back by making an entertaining movie that you can enjoy in the comfort of your living room with a big bowl of popcorn.
HOW TO DONATE AND PARTICIPATE
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.
Then, spread the word about this movie you're backing on Facebook and Twitter. Help us find other people who want to see an intelligent movie for fans of crime thrillers like Heat, Collateral, Narc or No Country For Old Men. Tell them they can help get this movie made!
IS IT REALLY ALL OR NOTHING?
Yes it is! Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. This prevents a situation where filmmakers collect part of the budget without having enough to responsibly make the movie. And it is a great way for us to discover if there is true support for this movie before "greenlighting it" and putting it into production.
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, we can. Our target is the bare minimum we need to make this picture. Any amount over that will afford us the opportunity to expand our shooting schedule so we can take more time in crafting a professional looking and sounding motion picture.
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John T. Woods (actor)
Paulie Rojas (actor)
Ross Marquand (actor)
Kevin K. Shah (producer)
Zak Forsman (writer/director)
Jamie Cobb (editor)
Sam Krueger (asst camera)
Pledge $1 or more
YOU WILL HAVE OUR SINCEREST GRATITUDE & WE'LL SEND YOU AN MP3 OF THE SONG "LESSER THINGS" BY JOHN T. WOODS, WEB REPORTS AND UPDATES FROM THE PRODUCTION FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A SIGNED THANK YOU "DOWN AND DANGEROUS" POSTCARD & AN MP3 OF THE "DOWN AND DANGEROUS SUITE" COMPOSED BY DEKLUN
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A "SPECIAL THANKS" CREDIT IN THE MOVIE, A HIGH-DEF DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FINISHED MOVIE & ACCESS TO A SECRET LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE SET
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A CROWDFUNDERS EDITION DVD (PRE-RELEASE SCREENER) OF THE FINISHED MOVIE & A PDF DOWNLOAD OF THE DIRECTOR'S SHOOTING SCREENPLAY COMPLETE WITH SCRIPT NOTES.
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A DVD OF "HEART OF NOW" (MY FIRST FEATURE) & PARTICIPATION IN THE ONLINE FOCUS GROUP OF THE ROUGH CUT DURING POST-PRODUCTION
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5 backers All gone!
ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: 1 OF 5 PRINTS OF THE 'RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK' & 'POPEYE' COMIC STRIP MASH-UP, FROM THE SECOND EDITION RUN BY ARTIST CHARLES FORSMAN. AS MENTIONED TO THE LEFT, 'RAIDERS' WAS AN INFLUENTIAL MOVIE FOR ME THAT SPARKED MY INTEREST IN FILMMAKING. ONLY 200 PRINTS EXIST AT THIS TIME, TWO OF WHICH WERE PURCHASED BY 'RAIDERS' PRODUCER FRANK MARSHALL. NOTE: This is a limited and exclusive reward NOT included as part of the "ALL OF THE ABOVE" earmark for higher pledge levels. You must select this perk specifically to receive it.
Pledge $250 or more
ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A "SMUGGLER'S MYSTERY BOX", All I'll say is you'll receive a package in the mail and it's relevant to the theme of the movie. A bit of (legal) fun that won't disappoint.
Pledge $500 or more
ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: A PAPERBACK OF "SNOWBLIND: A BRIEF CAREER IN THE COCAINE TRADE", THE BOOK ABOUT MY FATHER AND A KEY INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS MOVIE, SIGNED BY ME UPON REQUEST.
Pledge $1,000 or more
ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT, AN INVITATION TO THE CAST & CREW SCREENING IN LOS ANGELES AND DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS (TRAVEL AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED)
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: THE "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PLUS" PACKAGE – A PERSONALIZED POSTER SIGNED TO YOU BY THE CAST AND CREW, ACCESS TO THE SET IN PERSON (TRAVEL & LODGING NOT INCLUDED) OR VIA PRIVATE VIDEO CHAT AND WE'LL PASS AROUND THE IPAD SO YOU CAN HAVE ONE-ON-ONES WITH CAST AND CREW, AND FINALLY, YOUR NAME OR A NAME OF YOUR CHOOSING WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE MOVIE AS A CHARACTER, IN A LINE OF DIALOGUE, OR SHOWN AS THE NAME OF A LOCATION OR PROP.Estimated delivery:
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ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS: AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, AN INVITATION TO ALL FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS & A WALK-ON ROLE FOR YOU OR ANY PERSON OF YOUR CHOOSING (TRAVEL AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED FOR EITHER)
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