There are TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE in the greater New York City area. So why is it so hard to find someone you like?
Brian doesn't believe in soulmates. Brian's best friend Edward, however, has the perfect girlfriend. But after showing a cliche romantic comedy for "film night" at the Jersey City coffee shop where Brian works, everything gets turned upside down. Brian meets a girl, Ashley, who also doesn't believe in soulmates. A match made in cynical heaven. Edward's perfect girlfriend dumps him and moves back to St. Louis. As Edward tries to cope, with a steady diet of "whiskey and porn," Brian falls harder and harder for Ashley, despite keeping it casual. But when Ashley suddenly disappears without a trace, Brian realizes that if he wants something badly enough, he might have to actually put forth some effort to get it. With the help of the imaginary characters from the cliche romantic comedy that Brian hated so much, Brian enlists Edward and they search far and wide for Ashley, only to find out her relationship status may be more complicated than it seemed.
How We Will Do It
TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE was written specifically to be shot in the neighborhood of downtown Jersey City, NJ. We are planning to shoot at a couple of our favorite local spots, The Warehouse Cafe and Brightside Tavern, along with our apartments and along the Hudson river. The cast is small and there are no car chases, explosions, or effects (except a couple of broken hearts).
With your collaboration, we will be able to afford food for the cast and crew, tapes and equipment for a professional look, insurance to keep everything on the up-an-up, and as everyone knows, there are plenty of unforeseen expenses that will no doubt bite us in the butt.
We Need Your Collaboration!
Who We Are
Michael Ferrell • Producer, Writer, Director, Actor
Michael wrote the play Jersey Shore House, produced most recently in L.A. starring Don Stark from That 70's Show and previously in NYC starring Tony Award winner Beth Leavel. Other plays: The Blue Martini (Off-Broadway, NYFringe Festival '06), Life is Short (CenterStageNY), Spring and Jake (Firework Theater), and Delayed Exposition (published: Eldridge Publishing). Michael wrote, co-created, and starred in the web series Stoop Sale, selected for the Independent Television Festival in L.A. and Hard Times, picked up for distribution on the online networks koldcast.tv and mypodstudios.com respectively. Michael trained at I.O. (Chicago), The Barrow Group (NYC), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Chris Prine • Producer, Actor
Chris is a writer, director, editor, actor, and composer who took home "Best Web Series" and "Best Comedy" at the Independent Television Festival in L.A. for Octane Pistols of Fury, also selected for the New York Television Festival. Previous work as a filmmaker: Man-Man (New York Television Festival), The Stryker Files, Sandwich of Terror, Scissor Cop. He also appeared in Wunderkrafthaus (New York Television Festival). A veteran of the popular video screening series Channel 101, Chris also heads up his own production company, Escape Pod Films.
Devin Sanchez • Producer, Actor
For $25 you can be the main character of your very own virtual romcom! Who doesn't love that?! Writer Michael Ferrell will personally write and update a story that stars YOU, our collaborator, that you can follow as our campaign progresses. It's Choose-Your-Adventure style, so as your story is updated you will be given choices of how to proceed, leading you (hopefully) to the person of your dreams!
For $100 you can join Michael on a walking tour of the history of off-off-Broadway in downtown Manhattan. Much like the nature of indie film today, back in the 60's and 70's writers, actors, and directors were filling their own spaces with riveting stories and performances while the establishment looked on. Relive that moment in contemporary theatre history while getting a good healthy walk in!
So many things continue to inspire us as we make this micro-budget indie romantic comedy from scratch. Including:
Jersey City. An up-and-coming neighoborhood and community of art, business, and creativity.
New York City. One long conversation and everyone has an opinion. Gotta love it!
Woody Allen. Laying the groundwork of independent film, romantic comedy, and overall neuroses for decades.
Ed Burns and Kevin Smith. Making quality indie film while shifting the focus back to the artists and away from commerce.
Jay and Mark Duplass. Making films with small budgets doesn't have to be a limitation or a handicap, but rather a punk rock way to tell a story.
Judd Apatow. Making funny movies and telling heartfelt stories with your friends. Only difference is the thirty million dollars the studio gives him to do it.
All of Our Amazing Friends and Colleagues!
Most of all, we are inspired by all of you, our loved ones, our castmates, the people we meet online and in person every day, the festival participitants, the panelists, the teachers, the bartenders, the filmmakers, the writers, the actors, the directors, producers, moms and dads, sisters and wives, husbands and boyfriends, dogs and cats, and of course, Bill Murray.