Where Do We Go From Here….A Letter from the A Lazy H Gang
“In the long run [people] hit only what they aim at.” - Henry David Thoreau
(With apologies to Thoreau for paraphrasing his words.) The American Homestead team has had to push filming to next year. That said, we have had an amazing year - and we wanted to share our successes with you.
We managed to get a sizable way toward our fundraising goal - and simply ran out of time for shooting in good weather. We will be staying in contact with our leads and continuing to develop new ones through the year.
We had great coverage from several agents and interest from A-list actors. We expect to be able to attract great talent for the film.
We learned a lot about development - things that will carry us forward through AH and beyond.
Mostly, we came together as a team, through some pretty rough patches. Our loyal supporters (that’s you!) were enormously helpful in keeping our spirits high.
Keep us in your thoughts as we continue our quest to bring this beautiful story to the silver screen. And look for more announcements this Winter as we reach our goal.
Tim & Mary, Joe & Phill, Mandi, and the whole crew.
Hey. This is important. Take a look:
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Well. We have been holding onto this epic TDKR featurette for a week or so now; but in light of last night’s events in Aurora, CO it feels far less important than we once thought. As such we to turn to a the film’s director long-time hero of ours, Christopher Nolan, who responded (in part) saying,
“I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”
Movies are our life. They transport us to another time and place, provide comfort and give us joy when we need it the most. That said, watch the video and get yourself amped. While doing so, remember to keep those affected by the senseless act in your thoughts and do something nice for someone today, yeah?
Whoa. This is by far one of the coolest things we’ve seen. I mean, every cinephile needs a Film Map in their life, right?
From the artist’s website:
A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown.
The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There’s an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.
IndieGogo Projects We Love:
LOVE: AS YOU LIKE IT…a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy AS YOU LIKE IT set in San Francisco!
From the indiegogo campaign page:
Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” meets Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually” in this bold, feature-length adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies, “As You Like It.”
Directed by University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts graduate Marika Sonja Cotter, “LOVE: As You Like It” will take viewers on a wild ride through San Francisco’s hip, artsy and culturally diverse Mission District as a dynamic group of characters struggle with what it means to love, and to be loved.
Cotter’s goal is to approach Shakespeare naturally - in terms of language and performance - but to maintain a highly-stylized visual perspective. She finds inspiration in the films of Kenneth Branagh, Wes Anderson, Baz Luhrmann, and Richard Curtis, and she looks forward to sharing her interpretation with the Shakespeare and cinema communities.
The remaining $2,500 that we are asking for is going to help us complete principal photography and move into post production:
- camera, grip and lighting rental costs
- sound recordist and equipment
- transportation/travel costs
- daily meals for cast and crew
If we are not able to raise the entire $2,500, we will move ahead and shoot as much as we can, adjusting the script and making more cuts in order to complete filming. We are hoping to avoid this compromise, however, as we’ve already had to make many cuts and any more would likely affect the story.
You’ll notice some perks there on your right. Any amount donation DOES make a huge difference and we hope to show our gratitude by offering some interesting perks such as producer credit on IMDB and screening tickets to our premieres in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Every little bit helps folks, so do what you can!
You Should Watch This (Of The Day): 88:88
[The short is] currently a semifinalist in YouTube’s Your Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why.
This quick sci-fi flick has a slow burn, but a stellar payoff. Voting for this movie (and the other 49) ends on Friday, July 13.
Big Announcement Of The Day: New American Homestead Trailer!
We have a brand spanking new trailer, gang! The latest showcases the stunning Montana landscapes set to a beautiful composed score (also new). Thanks to our editor extraordinaire, Art Freed, for all his hard work!
Take a look and let us know what you think!