Only weeks ago, we were chatting on the phone about how cool it would be to produce a short horror film together. We reserved a domain name for our nonexistent website and created an empty Dropbox folder. Fast forward: Now we have a script, a cast, donors, Facebook and Twitter pages and a shooting date: May 25th
We’re thrilled that we have cast veteran actor Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Coming to America, “The Wire,” “Banshee”) and a talented newcomer, 12-year-old Saoirse Scott (“One Life to Live”) as Grandpa Joe and Kendra. As soon as they read the script, they wanted to be a part of our Danger Word family.
But now we have to make a movie.
Is it a lot of pressure? Yes! But we have a terrific team, and Danger Word is the first thing we think about when we wake up in the morning, the last thing when we go to sleep at night. The production team is made up of long-time friends thrilled to have a way to work on a shared project and combine our skills.
And we’re tired of waiting for Hollywood to make the movies we can make ourselves. We’re tired of pitches and meetings. We’re tired of complaining about stories and characters that don’t reflect our lives and world.
We’re ready for something new: a coming-of-age story that will help show our sisters and daughters how vicious life can turn, and give them a vision of the grit it takes to overcome adversity.
On the surface, Danger Word is a zombie film. But it’s so much more.
This is a community-funded film. We won’t have a big budget, fancy hotel rooms and divas in our cast—only artists who share our vision and want a chance to create something special. Something new.
We need $15,000 to shoot Danger Word, so that’s Phase I of our fundraising campaign.
Phase II, which won’t cost as much, will cover post-production. (More details to come.)
Check out our website, our “About” page, our videos, our stellar cast and crew. Tell your friends, and support us if you can.
Let’s make a difference together.
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