Sometime during their last sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in 1973, more than $200,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's safety deposit box at the Drake Hotel. The money has never been found.
We came across this gem of a story at a party at our friends' Zachary and Stella's earlier this year and decided right then and there that this mystery needed to be resolved. If not for the fans, then for lovers of rock n roll. So, being the crazy kids we are, we wrote a script, cast some pretty fabulous actors and assembled one of the tightest, most talented indie crews around, and as you read these words, have literally just wrapped on the filming of our movie.
“Fleecing Led Zeppelin” is our take on a true story that's been sitting in the dusty files of Rock n Roll history for 40 years. It's a short film that will pay homage to Led Zeppelin and their fans, as well as everyone who just likes a rip roaring good story with snappy dialogue.
Individually and collectively we have been creating award-winning, original content across media platforms for more than 20 years. With 7 short films already behind us, 'Fleecing Led Zeppelin' is our latest, most ambitious project and one that we believe has the legs to go the distance to be adapted into a Feature length story.
Ask anybody in Indie film making, you don't do it for the money. Our primary purpose is to create beautifully shot stories with unique characters who truly explore what it means to be human. Characters who the audience can relate to and leave them walking away feeling engaged and entertained. In this case, we're gonna make you laugh.
What We Need and Why
“Fleecing Led Zeppelin” is currently siting in post, and that's where you come in.
We always wrote this short film to be adapted into a Feature and so now we need to make sure we have the money for all that back end stuff like Post-Production (i.e. Editing, Motion Graphics, Title Design, Color Correction, DVD Authoring and Duplication, Sub-titling, Sound Design, Soundtrack composing & recording), Film insurance, Film Festival entry fees, Marketing/Promotion and Screening Venues. When we reach our goal (and we will!), this will allow us to provide the finish that Studios and Producers now expect on the Festival circuit.
We Got Perks !
Because we know some of you are going to be mad Led Heads, we've gone all out and created some great perks just for you. For just $10 you can get a digital version of our Limited Edition Movie Poster, for $30 you will receive a 'Fleecing Led Zeppelin' Postcard with your own personal message from the creators, and for $45, you will receive a Limited Edition 'Fleecing Led Zeppelin' patch. And if you want to go all out, grab a bundle of $10,000 in $100 bills for a paltry $500 (er, but we should point out that the money's fake. A good fake, but fake nonetheless.)
The story of the Led Zeppelin robbery is music lore and that's what makes this film so appealing, not just for LZ fans but for all lovers of Rock 'n' Roll history. Given one of us is from Cleveland (that'd be our Director, Gabe), it made sense when it was suggested to us, that we should submit the film into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. So we're going to. See, we're not just story tellers, we're also music lovers, and well, we think this is one hell of a rock 'n' roll story.
Jackie Maw Tolliver – Writer/Co-Producer (by way of New Zealand)
Jackie Maw Tolliver, (the 'Kiwi' in KiwiBrooklyn, the Production company that she co-founded with her husband Gabriel) comes from the same fertile land as fellow Kiwis' Peter Jackson, Jane Campion and Andrew Niccol. She has since left New Zealand and the global boardrooms behind and now lives and works in New York writing award-winning scripts for Film and TV with grist for the mill garnered by a short astronaut career and an even shorter motorsport career. Specializing in writing ripping yarns within very short timeframes, Jackie's scripts crackle with authenticity and pop with snappy dialogue.
Gabriel Tolliver – Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer (by way of Cleveland, Ohio)
Hailing from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Gabriel's past work includes MTV (most notably YO! MTV RAPS), VH1, Elektra Records, Current TV and Sesame Street. He is a decorated Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) where he served as a US Army video journalist(2007-2011) with the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment out of Fort Bragg, NC. Gabriel wrote and published a war-inspired book, Embrace The Suck: 366 Days of courage, strength, inspiration, wisdom. He is also the author of BLING: THE HIP-HOP JEWELRY BOOK (written with Internet personality Reggie Osse/Combat Jack) that was published by Bloomsbury Press. Gabriel’s passion is creating content/programming across media platforms and diverse worlds as a self-described, “creative mothership".
O. Valerie Nicolas – Producer (by way of Brooklyn, NY )
A passionate and intense producer, O. Valerie Nicolas is the Principal of Ol’ Soul Pictures, Inc. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Valerie has produced and directed The Jazz Kettle, an online cooking show pilot that layers the art of cooking with music and was an Associate Producer on The Tested, a feature film starring Aunjanue Ellis and Armando Riesco. Currently, she is producing the Led Zeppelin-inspired short film, Fleecing Led Zeppelin and a jazz-inspired feature, The Life and Time of a Lady. When Valerie is not producing, she is a freelance production accountant working on various television and film projects such as the critical-acclaimed FX show, Louie, starring Louis C.K, Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, Lifetime's Project Runway and the Spike Lee-directed HBO pilot, Da Brick. Prior to becoming a production accountant, she was an art department coordinator on the Academy Award-winning film, Precious.
Ways You Can Help
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Jackie & Gabe
Behind the Scenes with "Fleecing Led Zeppelin"
Creators Jackie Tolliver, Screenwriter (Left) and Gabriel Tolliver, Director (Right) with the 'Martini' slate - final shot before wrapping on the last day of principal photography.
Producer Valerie Nicolas conferring with the crew about our scene.
Some of our talented Fleecing Led Zeppelin crew!
The star of the show...
...although this guy might dispute that.
Artwork for our movie was created by the uber-talented Theotis Jones.
Our partner in crime.