The Desert Son is an NYU thesis film directed by Sam Kirkpatrick and produced by Justen Van Dyke and Andrew Mallonee. After spending four years in school helping make films for other people, this is our chance to make something we are truly passionate about, in a genre we've all grown up with - the Western.
The film is about a US Marshall who must hunt down his fugitive son in the Old West. Although it will be chock full of all the fun stuff - cowboys, gunfighters, outlaws - at it's heart it is a film about redemption. The three main characters are all attempting to rectify their past mistakes. Jay, the lawman, drove his son from his home. Now the son was involved in a grisly murder and regrets not being able to stop it. A third character, Annie, is searching for a way out of her hellish situation by using the two men.
Why We Need Your Help
Once completed, The Desert Son will be entered into multiple festivals around the nation. We have an exciting script that will make you laugh, cheer and cry. It's filled with action, romance, and tragedy. It is everything that is amazing about film.
Film is truly a collaborative effort. We've engaged a huge community of filmmakers and artists in New Mexico, to whom we are extremely grateful. This film belongs to the actors, the crew and everyone who has made this possible. And now we want YOU to be a part of it too!
Join our family, and become a part of something truly spectacular. We want to bring this exciting story to life to the best of our abilities, and we want to share our product with you!
What We Need & What You Get
So where do your donations go? We want a very authentic feel to the film, so the majority of the indiegogo donations will go to our Production Design. That means authentic costumes, guns, and props. It means horses from our wrangler, Tim Carroll who has worked in the industry over thirty years.
And most importantly (according to the crew) we have to feed everyone! How important is this? We have close to 20 people working on this film, most of them for NOTHING. They are doing it because they believe in this project, and want to be a part of it. All they are getting is grub and a copy of the finished product for their reels.
For donating, you will receive a PLETHORA of gifts, from postcards, to posters, to an Old West Recipe book! In addition to all the swag, you'll also receive a copy of the finished film with a minimum donation of $15. But don't fret, because it will be coming to a festival near you!
Other Ways You Can Help
Please, we urge you to pass this on to everyone you know (especially that rich uncle in Dallas who still travels to John Wayne's grave every year with a bouquet of exotic flowers) so that we can spread the word about our film! This is only possible with your help!
We also are willing to take donations of other sorts, especially if you are in the New Mexico area! We're looking for all sorts of costume, props and food donations!
Thank you for all the support!