is the exciting sequel to 1996's ORIGINAL GANGSTAS, which re-united Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Now, they're back! Forget THE EXPENDABLES, the old school has returned to kick @$$ and take names!
Written, directed by, and starring Fred Williamson, OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS will not only bring back Brown, Grier, and Roundtree: they will be joined by Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas, and Robert Forster.
Fred Williamson (M.A.S.H. Starsky and Hutch, Black Caesar) as “Ham”
Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Coffy, Jackie Brown, Original Gangstas) as "Kelly"
Richard Roundtree (Shaft, Speed Racer, Seven) as "Tree"
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive, Breaking Bad) as "Capo"
Bernie Casey (Hit Man, Sharky's Machine, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka) as "Buddy"
Antonio Fargas (Shaft, Foxy Brown, Starsky & Hutch) as "Jelly"
Gloria Hendry (Black Caesar, Black Belt Jones, Live and Let Die) as "Jelly's Girlfriend"
For production to happen we will need $1,200,000. With a cast of this caliber, the bulk of the budget will go to actor salaries. Fred Williamson has written and directed over 20 independent films. He knows how to stretch a $1.2 million budget to look like $5 million or more. We will shoot with a small but efficient crew on an extremely well-planned shooting schedule. Every dollar will be up on the screen with production value and top-notch cinematography to make you feel every punch.
If at least 25% of funding is in place ($300,000), we will have an advantage to approach investors for the rest of production funds. So we have set our goal at $300,000. If we exceed that, or raise the whole $1,200,000 with IndieGoGo, that would of course be fantastic! (and help production happen that much sooner)
Even the lowest donation tier of $10 will land you a "Special Thanks" in the credits of OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS and on the Internet Movie Database page. You will officially be a part of history! And the more you donate, the better the rewards.
Hollywood studios have little interest in films that aren't wall-to-wall special effects, or black films that aren't comedies. It's important and necessary to bring black heroes back to the screen. We're reaching out to you, the fans, to help us get this film made.
The script, actors, and production schedule are lined up. A killer soundtrack lineup is being assembled by the experienced crew at IMG Ape Gang. The only thing holding this film back is funding. With his 40+ years of productions experience writing/directing/acting/producing via his company Po' Boy Productions, Fred Williamson can make a $1.2 million film that will go toe-to-toe with any big studio picture.
Word of mouth is essential for a crowdfunding campaign. After you pledge, tell your family and friends about the project. Tell your neighbors, acquaintances, anyone and everyone! Tweet about it! Post it on Facebook! Social media will make the difference. With your help, we can make OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS independently and in style. This film will deliver! Thank you. #OG2