SLC PUNK IS GETTING A SEQUEL! WE CALL IT PUNK'S DEAD & YOU CAN HELP MAKE OUR BIG CONCERT SCENE HAPPEN.
So, what's this SLC PUNK/PUNK'S DEAD Business?
PUNK'S DEAD is the long awaited sequel to SLC Punk, the 1999 cult movie by James Merendino. SLC Punk tells the story of Stevo and Heroin Bob, two young punks in the Mormon Salt Lake City. SLC PUNK was partly inspired by writer/director James Merendino's youth in Salt Lake City. Over time, SLC PUNK has become a rite of passage movie for 100,000s of teenagers and young adults. It continues to find an audience with new generations who intimately relate to characters and story, and as Fans watch and talk about the movie time and again.True to the original, PUNK'S DEAD is again very autobiographical, and combines the experience of turning into grown-up outsiders with the trials and tribulations of an entirely new set of subculture misfits. How does a Gen X outsider punk find relevance as a 30 something adult who is forced to adhere to a society with which he is still at odds, and what can he pass on to a new generation of disenfranchised youth?
PUNK'S DEAD plot
18 years later, in PUNK'S DEAD, Bob is still dead, but Trish from the Bong Shop, Stevo, Sean the Beggar, John the Mod, crazy Mark and tree hugger Mike are arrogantly saving the world for another generation...or they are at least trying. Get ready to find out what happened to your favorite characters, as we take you to the pivotal events in their lives since SLC PUNK. Holding it all together will be the misadventures and observations of one of their offspring, an eccentric kid named Ross, who has a lot to live up to…
Here is why we need your help!
"I want to shoot a REAL punk concert for the sequel. A BIG concert. Several Punk bands and a Punk Burlesque show. The Venue has to be big. The sound system amazing. And a huge pit. I want to float the camera over all this looking down on the crowd with a crane. I need two days to do it. In SLC Punk, the show was small. This should look like a huge festival show. Just need some extra cash to pull off an actual concert. Not a movie concert." James Merendino, Writer and Director.
So! We need your help to make it happen and each fan that contributes $10 and up will be able to come to the set in Salt Lake, be a part of the scene as an extra and attend the concert. You'll need to get there by your own means and dress for a punk concert.
Who's making this movie?
James Merendino: Writer/Director with mad skills
James Merendino has made every kind of movies, if you can think of a kind of movie, he's made it. He's made pictures with Heather Graham, Jeremy Piven, Carrie Anne Moss, Michael Imperioli, Alan Arkin, Claire Forlani and many more. James's honors include Best New Director at the Venice Film Festival; Best Screenplay at Torino Film Festival; Best Picture at Mar de Plata Film Festival; Best Picture at Minneapolis Film Festival; and Best Picture at Palm Springs Film Festival. Among his movies are THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR, a film noir; AMERIKANA, a Dogme 95 film made for Lars Von Trier/Zentropa; and MAGICIANS, a comedy of illusions. James is best known for his feature film SLC PUNK, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 1999, and among many other awards, received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the screenplay.
Andrea Kreuzhage: Der Producer Wunderbar
Producer Andrea Kreuzhage first met James Merendino in 1997, when she served as Executive Producer on SLC PUNK. Andrea started her career in the film industry in 1986. First based in Munich, Germany, then from 1994 in Los Angeles, she worked with partners all over Europe, the U.S.A., Japan, and from 1987 to 2004 with the Australian company Beyond Films, and was involved in the development, financing, production, and distribution of 8 to 10 feature films and television productions per year. From 2004, Andrea's main focus was the feature length documentary 1000 JOURNALS, her first film as director. In 2008, the film was selected as Berlinale Special, and was seen at festivals and major museums around the world. Among other honors, it won the Best Art Film Chris Award, and the Audience Award at Austin.
Branden Steineckert: Rockin' Co-Executive Producer
Branden Steineckert has
lived in Utah for most of his life. At age 16, he got his first
started a band, and has been a successful musician ever since. His
Used, formed 2001, released several albums through Warner Bros.
Gold record status. In 2006, he was
kicked out of the band because like Heroin Bob, Branden's
lifestyle has always
been drug free and sober. A few months later, legendary Punk Rock
asked him to join, just in time for Rancid's sold out UK tour.
Branden has toured heavily with Rancid, and recorded the Rancid
"Let The Dominoes Fall," in 2009, and "Honor Is All We
Know," in 2013, release date TBA. Branden's other passion is
music for bands, artists and filmmakers (RESIDENT EVIL, ENDLESS
BUMMER) at his
Unknown Studios, and soccer - he wrote and recorded "Believe," the
anthem for Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake.
AN INSANELY TALENTED CAST AND CREW!
Once at work with James Merendino, forever hooked! Most of James' trusted collaborators from his many movies over the years are returning for PUNK'S DEAD. Expect more of the iconic sets and locations, original costumes, hair/make-up, and production design, and of course a great soundtrack. Most of the original cast is trying to come back for the sequel, too, provided there are no scheduling conflicts. We'll have many updates as we move toward production, and if you support us here, you'll be among the first to know all the exclusive details.
COME ON THIS JOURNEY WITH US. IT'S MORE THAN AN EXPERIENCE, IT'S ABOUT BELIEVING IN SOMETHING AND MAKING IT HAPPEN.
Support from VIP fans
Michael Goorjian AKA Heroin Bob
Annabeth Gish AKA Trish
"It was amazing to discover who Trish became. Once the bohemian queen and forever cherished by Heroin Bob, now a grown up who doesn't compromise. She held strong and kept true to herself in the face of a Mormon State, behind the Zion Curtain. It's going to be a wonderful experience to be in the sequel. Thanks so much for your support, everyone! Let's get this movie made."
Devon Sawa AKA Sean
"If there's one movie I've done that deserves a 2nd, it's SLC Punk. I've been Acid free for 10+ years... Let's fix this!!!"
Til Schweiger AKA Mark
"Mark is through with that damn stupid lake, the waterbed without waves, the airplane crash... I've read the Punk's Dead script and can promise you this: In the sequel Mark is back with more, much more!"
Adam Pascal AKA Eddie
" I am so excited at the prospect of revisiting Eddie and the rest of the characters in SLC punk. It was my first film and to this day one of the best experiences I have had in my career. That is thanks to James Merendino and Matthew Lillard for making me feel at ease, when I was totally out of my league and my element. Love them fellas."
Jimmy Duval AKA John the Mod
Other superstar messages coming soon, stay tuned for updates!
PERKS, PERKS, PERKS!
All these images are just digital renderings not the end products.
As you can see on the side, there's a bunch of cool stuff that you can get while helping us fund this damned movie. With entry perks, you get to stream the sequel before everybody else and even get listed in the end credits. If you can find enough scratch, you should come and hang with us while we make the movie. Good times guaranteed! If you got even more change, we'll actually put you in the movie.
LET'S GET THIS THING ON THE HUMP. PICK A PERK AND GET US FUNDED!
Where will the shoot be located?
Salt Lake City. If you are from out of town, we will negotiate good lodging deals and help your coordinate with other fans in your area how to come together and save $$$. You will also be fed on set.
What are the tentative shoot dates?
March/April 2014 (November 2014 release of the film).
Where will the premiere and cast and crew screenings be located?
We probably will have a bunch but you can expect New York, LA and Salt Lake screenings/premiere.
Will there be a theater release or will it be straight to DVD?
There will be a theater release in art houses .
Will you still make the movie if you don’t reach the Indiegogo goal?
Of course! Your support will help us make a better movie, faster.
Will I still get my perks if the campaign goal is not reached?
Yes you will. It’s one of the major reasons why we picked Indiegogo and flexible funding. So we could deliver the perks no matter what. We are well aware that you are working hard to fund those perks and we did not want to just cancel them if we are short from the goal. Worst case scenario, the shoot date will be delayed a little bit but you’ll get your perks.
With the flexible funding feature, does that mean you can run away with the money and not make the movie?
Absolutely not! We are liable to deliver the perks to you. If we don’t , we have to give you your money back.
Special thanks to the team of people who helped us put the campaign together
Karis Drake for the graphics, Lisa Hammer for the video pitch editing and Reel Creative Studios. And all the family and friends who are going to contribute to this campaign . No pressure.