AN AJ EPYX PRODUCTION
CIVIL WRATH is a gripping western action-drama based on the novel by acclaimed author and filmmaker, John Merenda. Set in the post-Civil War period, the War Commission hires Moses Washington, an African-American bounty hunter from the north, to find Ku Klux Klan member, Benson Krowley. Benson and his Klan killed twelve men while robbing a Union payroll, but Moses lived. He captures Benson and drags him into the desert where a woman finds them near death. The Klan is close they rush to a town, but the Krowleys are lying in wait.
With fundraising through Indiegogo, we intend to produce a 10 minute live action “sizzle reel” which will be an adaptation of a chapter from the Civil Wrath novel entitled “The Confederate.” This is an action-packed sequence in which Moses gets cornered by a band of vicious Confederate soldiers and manages to battle his way out of trouble with some unexpected help. The animated storyboard sequence presented here represents the style of western we intend to film. Once produced, the sizzle reel will be used to attract potential investors for a feature length motion picture adaptation of Civil Wrath. We want this film to capitalize on the current wave of Civil War era films with African-Americans as the protagonists which include such films as DJANGO UNCHAINED and 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
The production is looking to shoot during the first week of February 2014 on location at the Just Horsing Around Ranch in Inverness, FL. With your help, contributions will provide for our Florida-based crew, meals, location rental, makeup, rentals for horses from Just Horse'n Around Inc., prop guns, and western costumes. The project will be directed by Andre´ Joseph (AJ Epyx Productions’ Priceless, Night Stream) and the book’s author John Merenda. Mr. Joseph will also star as Moses Washington and will co-star Joseph Merenda.
Should we raise more than our minimum goal of $1800, the additional contributions will be put toward editing, color correction, and musical scoring. The rewards offered based on your level of contribution are posted on the right side of this page. If you are unable to contribute, but wish to help, you can spread the word to your friends and family about our campaign right here on Indiegogo by sharing this page on all social networks. Any contribution you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
If you have interest in being part of the CIVIL WRATH production, you can contact Andre´ Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about our company and to see previous projects, you can also visit our websites at http://www.coolmusicinc.com/ajepyx/ and http://ajepyx.blogspot.com/ for more details. Thank you!
ABOUT THE CREW
Andre´ Joseph - Co-Director & Producer, "Moses Washington"
-graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 2006 where he received a degree in Visual and Media Arts. After college, he formed his own New York-based independent film production company, AJ Epyx Productions, LLC, produced his first feature film, Priceless, which opened at Tribeca Cinemas.
-is currently preparing to release his
second feature film, Dishonorable Vendetta, with distribution by Goliath
Motion Picture Promotions as well as his dramatic short film, Night
Stream, an official selection for the NewFilmmakers NY Fall Series.
Dishonorable Vendetta Trailer:
Night Stream Trailer:
John Merenda - Co-Director, Producer, & Writer
-born in New York City, John Merenda moved to California where he worked as an actor, writer, director and film producer, but his love of American Western Movies inspired him to write "Civil Wrath". Now he lives in Central Florida and has delivered his Civil Wrath Trilogy in ebook format.
Joseph Merenda - "Johnny"- Played the lead role in The Staten Island Werewolf, its sequel The Staten Island Demon, and bit role in The Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.
Donald Epps - "Ace"
Darrell Faucette - "Roy"
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