I am pleased to announce that, following the success of my shorts At Last, Okemah! and The Catastrophe on the U.S. film festival circuit, I am planning on shooting a feature-length film this summer. It is entitled Cool Apocalypse and it is a romantic character-based drama. It will unquestionably be the biggest and best thing I’ve ever done. I’m therefore in need of your help!
We are presently deep into pre-production and very excited about the movie we are about to make. Auditions are done and we will be announcing our phenomenal cast of actors soon. We will shoot Cool Apocalypse in black-and-white digital on the Panasonic GH3 (the successor to the camera on which Shane Carruth shot Upstream Color). You can learn all about it on our website. If you could please take a look at the site and think about making a donation we would GREATLY appreciate it. This film’s budget will be raised entirely through “crowd sourced funding” and virtually none of the cast and crew, including me, will be getting paid. Nearly all of the budget will go towards making the film look and sound as good as possible. As most of you probably know, independent filmmaking is very difficult, so every little bit helps. Donations of $25 and up are eligible to receive a host of exciting perks including tickets to Zanies comedy club in Chicago, HD downloads of the film, mp3s of the original soundtrack and even a speaking cameo in the film! Donations can be sent directly through the site but you can also contact me via e-mail if you would like to send a check.
My 39th birthday is coming up on June 14th; if you were thinking about getting me a birthday present, please make it be a donation to this movie. Or, if you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, which I’ve written for four years as a labor of love for no pay, please consider making a donation to the film as a way of showing your appreciation. Independent filmmaking in Chicago is a VERY worthy cause. Even if you can’t make a donation at this time, please check out the website anyway and learn how you can help us merely by “liking” us on facebook and/or following the making of the movie on Twitter.
Thank you all very much in advance!