It happened when Ace Dixon wrecked his back. Laying on his bed with a herniated disc, with a recovery time of over a year, Ace decided to create a feature-length film.
He got Felix Oltean on board, a cinematographer he knew from film school, and "Mop King" was born.
That was back in 2011, and now in 2013 the film is finally complete, having its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival.
The film's about a free-lance maid who still lives with his parents. When his parents vacation to Maui, he runs into a drifter girl who changes the maid business forever. It's an irreverent comedy full of outrageous characters, and provides insight into the self-made maid.
Check out the trailer!
World Premiere at Austin Film FestivalBeing accepted into the Austin Film Festival is a huge milestone for us. We made the film on scraps, and from the help of a cast and crew that contributed in a family like manner.
Screening at the Austin Film Festival is a great opportunity to gain exposure for the film and build an audience. We hope to gain some contacts that can make Mop King accessible to a wider audience and be available on several platforms.
But we're the little guys among big players. The 2013 lineup is impressive, with Mop King being screened alongside the films of The Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne, Steve McQueen, and James Franco. We need your help to get to Austin and to get noticed!
The BreakdownWe're asking for $5,000 to help with promotion costs and travel expenses.
Print materials: posters, handbills,
fliers, post cards, business cards. These will be the bread and butter for our
street promotion. We also want to get a giant poster to put in front of the
Promo Items: useful cheap stuff that will remind people of the film, lotions, chapstick, stress balls, diapers...well, maybe not diapers.
Advertisements: Film program, Festival goodie bags, Local papers, magazines, blogs, websites
Maid Outfits and other Publicity Stunts: yes, we have a publicity stunt that involves maid outfits. You'll have to wait and see...
Airplane Flights: If Austin was on the ocean, we'd take a boat, but alas, we be flyin'.
Accomodations: We aren't staying in no palace, but we need a headquarters and a place to rest from all the promotion we'll be doing.
Perk PreviewHere's the preview of the sleek DVD, if you so desire one.
And of course, the personalized thank you note.
But I have a wife and kids to feed! Shouldn't I support them instead?
No. Support Mop King!
In all seriousness though, Mop King is a truly independent film, financed solely by Ace and Felix, crafted through their spare time. Being accepted into the Austin Film Festival is a huge accomplishment for the project, and your support could help build an audience that in normal circumstances would be out of our reach.
And perhaps, somewhere in this mercurial world, there's a little boy, maybe his name is Billy, who yearns for a film that will set him on the right path. A film that will speak to his heart and give him the answers. That film without a doubt is Mop King. So let's do it for Billy.
Writer, Director, Producer