Thank you so much for believing in Charm City! It's one week later and we're so grateful at the last-minute rush of backers who allowed us to surpass our goal!
To all those who missed out on the deadline, but would love to contribute a little, we'll be announcing an event to celebrate our movie and our amazing backers soon!
Press and Updates for Charm City!
Film Critic Craig Koban talks to CTV Saskatoon about Charm City!
We're tied for IndieReign's Crowdfunding Project of the Week!
Interview with our Director Joel Souza on Screenwriting for Hollywood
Blog post on why I decided to make this film, this year, My First Full-length Feature Film
A review by Craig Koban In Support of 'Charm City' and One Cool Canuck
Some super cool time-lapse Fan Art by Chris Straver
Please check out our concept trailer below. We filmed this over one weekend to show the tone and the pace of our film and the quality of our work.
Jimmy Hill was going to die in prison. At least until a face from his past showed up to offer him an intriguing bargain-- Jimmy can leave prison on his feet instead of a box in exchange for one last job, just one night of his life.
Newly paroled, Jimmy's looking to reconnect with the woman he left behind, while keeping a low profile. Our movie follows Jimmy as he tries to duck a crooked Parole Officer, a former partner in crime, and a burn-out Narc Cop with a mysterious grudge, as all the sins of Jimmy's past converge on him on one fateful night...
A Local Filming Experience
We are committed to making a film in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film is set here and we want to shoot it here. This makes the filming schedule and location permits a little more challenging and expensive.
So far, we have cast only one role (Naomi!) and have a small production team signed on. We want to support our local filmmaking community and use local talent as much as possible, for both cast and crew. Please help us make this possible!
We'd also like to include YOU. Our rewards include several opportunies to be involved:
- Come by the set, meet the team, and eat with us!
- Shadow our director, call the shots on set, and watch scenes unfold.
- Learn to shoot with the Red, try some steadicam and dolly shots.
We even have a few featured roles up for grabs, including a prison guard, a thug and a police officer!
For those of you who can't make it to the Bay Area for filming, you can still be involved:
- Name a character, be featured on a rap sheet.
- Be a producer, or even an executive producer!
- Get regular updates, and our shooting script
- And much more, please see our rewards!
We also have some exciting stretch goal incentives lined up!
We have one investor so far, our savings, and our credit cards. We are coming to you, the crowdfunders and backers, so that we can keep creative control and make the film the way it should be made.
Team Charm City is a diverse group of committed, experienced filmmakers. We've made numerous features before and we're determined to make this movie the right way!
Joel Souza - Writer/Director - Joel is a Bay Area native who has developed numerous projects at different production companies, and has written several screenplays for independent producers as well. In recent years, Joel wrote the horror film "Machine Head," and wrote and directed "Hanna's Gold," which won the audience prize, the Top Applause Award at the 16th International Family Film Festival. IMDb Profile
Naomi Kyle - Cast as Louly - Naomi is a Canadian actress working for IGN Entertainment as an on-camera host and media personality and has also worked as a model for Next Canada modeling agency, with companies such as Adidas, Guess, and Virgin Mobile. A multi-talented actor/performer, Naomi can be found at IGN Entertainment's award winning news show "The Daily Fix" as well as other new media shows such as "Cheap, Cool, Crazy," and "The Next Game Boss." IMDb Profile
Boyd Kestner - Actor - Boyd was cast in his first major film role in director Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane. Roles in such major Hollywood films as The General's Daughter, Hannibal, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Black Hawk Down and Apaloosa all followed, and established him as an in demand actor with the ability to maintain a curiously enigmatic screen presence. IMDb Profile
Bettina O'Mara - Producer - Bettina began producing films in 1997 with “Just Write” starring Jeremy Piven (Entourage), and in the last three years alone has produced five films, including the award winning “Leave” "The Cottage" and “Hanna's Gold,” on which she collaborated with writer/director Joel Souza. IMDb Profile
Check out the rest of Team Charm City at their links below.
Seana Meek - Producer, IMDb Profile
Maria Victoria Ponce - Producer, IMDb Profile
Mike Pine - Associate Producer
Please refer to our website for more information on our team.
If we can't hit our goal, we won't let it stop us, but we will likely have to post-pone our shooting schedule while we raise more funds, find investors and save.
Please consider backing our film and choose a reward level that fits your budget.
We also know that many of you don't have uncommitted funds to contribute, but you can still help by sharing our campaign with your friends, colleagues, and family!
Please contact us if you have any questions.
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