One night while waiting their turn to perform at a big show, the personal lives and relationships of four members of an all girl punk band – The Yellow Bellies – come to a crossroads. As the other bands play, the girls’ night unfolds, bringing their physical and emotional issues to the surface.
The Yellow Bellies both challenges and reflects the thoughts and ideals of modern youth – the tough love, the tragic heartbreak, and the struggle for personal identity. The story suggests that sometimes it is a struggle to identify the difference between the ideals of a culture and the culture itself.
The script takes great care to portray the forlorn youth of today's society with accuracy, and in the midst of doing this, the film will expose some excellent real-world talents and help an entire city of young artists find a platform.
We're all aware that it takes money to get any kind of artistic endeavor off the ground. A feature length independent film usually costs in the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars range, but an entire community is coming together lending their talent and support to make this movie happen for as small a price tag as possible. As a backer, you will be the final key to their success.
Our film is different from others in that we are approaching this as a truly collaborative effort between filmmakers and musicians. While the central musicians in the film are fictional, all the other acts in the film are from real people and real musicians. This effort and these funds are not about bringing just two artists' visions to the screen, but about granting exposure to an entire culture and city.
Joe Black has written, produced and directed three feature films, as well as produced, many commercials, music videos, and short films. Black has won multiple awards for his films including back-to-back wins at the Jacksonville Film Festival in 2005 and 2006, and as a film major attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, his screenplay To Mia won best drama at the 2005 Fame Awards.
In 2006, Black wrote and directed his first feature film, Another. Black’s second feature length endeavor was in 2008, a romantic comedy titled Doable, which he co-directed with long time collaborator Joe O’Neil. In 2010, Black and co-director Jeremy Tidwell conceived The Hatchet Sisters, a 1960’s style exploitation horror movie. The film premiered to critical acclaim alongside a feature length documentary that Black also directed titled Spells, Splatters, and Sweet Sugar about the community impact of local filmmaking centered on the filming of The Hatchet Sisters.
While Emile Boghos is new to producing feature films, he has a lot of experience working on independent shorts. With starring roles in films such as Alan Is Oblivious and Poster Child, he has also amassed a great amount of experience behind the camera working on the crew of feature films like South of Heaven and the John Travolta film-noir Lonely Hearts. Aside from his film experience, Emile brings the eye of an acclaimed poet to the project. In 2006, Emile was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and has since appeared in numerous publications including The Oregon Literary Review, Espresso Ink, and Glimmer Train.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know not everyone is in a position where they can help with financial contribution, but spreading the news of The Yellow Bellies across different social networks (Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc.) is just as vital to our success! Please tell all of your friends and acquaintances about the project, and let them in on this collaborative effort. Thanks!