Bong of the Living Dead

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It's Pineapple Express meets Shaun of the Dead. Monster Squad meets They Live. The Passion of the Christ meets Footloose.
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Backward Slate Productions
Film
Columbus, Ohio
United States
1 Team Member

Did you say, Bong of the Living Dead?

In its simplest form, this film is both a stoner movie and a zombie movie.  More than that, it's a character piece - a buddy movie.  But even deeper than that, it's a social allegory and commentary on the differences between two very specific cultures within our society.  The zombies are merely the external conflict that is highlighting the internal conflicts of our characters while trapped in their house amidst the apocalypse.  So, yes, it is a stoner film.  And yes, it is a zombie film.  But also so much more.

Check out our Gallery to see a teaser trailer for the film.

Who is Backward Slate Productions?

Backward Slate is a production company based in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in short films and music videos.  Formed in 2006, BSP explores filmmaking as not just an art or a hobby but as a way of life.  Filmmaking is a collaborative art and should be a fun experience, more like a vacation than a day at the office.  For a look at some of our previous work, please go to our Gallery to check out our award-winning short film "Carpool," voted Audience Favorite in the 2011 48 Hour Film Project in Columbus, Ohio and winner of Best U.S. Short at the 2012 Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

For a look at all of our videos and some more information about us, check out our website at http://www.backwardslate.com/index.html

You can also like us on Facebook to keep up to date on current Backward Slate events and exclusive content: https://www.facebook.com/backwardslate

This film is Backward Slate’s biggest undertaking to date. Aside from the normal production challenges that any team shooting a movie encounters, there are also some hurdles specific to our project that we’ll need to clear.

The first is telling a story in a longer format than we’re used to. With a feature film, everything is bigger. Bigger script, bigger cast and crew, bigger budget. Compared to our past projects, we’ll have a longer shoot schedule, we’ll encounter more budgetary needs, and we’ll have more actors and crew members to coordinate (many of whom will be taking time out from their day jobs and families and working for us for little to no pay). Our past experiences have prepared us for many of these challenges, but we need your help in reaching this bigger budget to better equip us to overcome these challenges. Choose to back our project, and your money will be used to help us afford better equipment, more FX materials, and to help pay some people for their time. All these things will make Bong of the Living Dead a better product and help eliminate the risk of not being able to complete. The more money we can raise, the less of a challenge this will become.

The second challenge specific to our film is overcoming the stigma of a 'stoner' movie. But, we've spent ten years writing the script, developing the story, and putting life into our characters in an attempt to overcome what might on the surface seem to be a movie just about zombies and pot. We have complete confidence that we can overcome the stigma associated with stoner films and present a heartfelt story about lifelong friends...killing zombies. Your backing of Bong of the Living Dead will not only help us financially with the logistics of telling the story, but will also give moral support to our belief that not everything associated with genre films or marijuana is taboo.

With your help, we can face the risks of challenges of completing this feature with the tools needed to succeed and the confidence needed to finish.

When can I see the completed film?

We're shooting in May 2013 and expect to have all the film out on DVD and in your players by next year.

Thanks for your time and support.  Please spread the word about our campaign and help us bring this film to a DVD player near you.

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  • $20USD
    Play a Zombie in the Film

    You’ll be cast as a featured zombie in the film. (Must be available in Columbus, Ohio during our scheduled shoot dates, anticipated to be April 26-28, 2013, May 3-12, 2013, and May 17-18, 2013; travel and accommodations not included.)

    16 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $25USD
    Clintonville Slugger T-Shirt

    You'll receive an exclusive Ocky Bop t-shirt displaying the Clintonville Slugger logo. Check out our Gallery to see photos of the logo and t-shirt.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $30USD
    DVD Copy of the FIlm

    You’ll receive a DVD of the completed film, a Backward Slate Productions button with a handwritten note of thanks from us, and your name will appear in the “Special Thanks” section of the film’s credits.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Ocky Bop T-Shirt and DVD

    You'll receive an exclusive Ocky Bop t-shirt displaying the Clintonville Slugger logo (go to our Gallery to see photos) and a copy of the DVD.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Concept Art and DVD

    You’ll receive a print of artwork (concept art or storyboards) from the movie, a DVD of the completed film, a Backward Slate button, and a handwritten note of thanks.

    5 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Car Wash

    Writer/Director Max Groah will wash your car. (Columbus, Ohio area only).

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $200USD
    Concept Art, Prop, and DVD

    You’ll receive an original piece of artwork (concept art or storyboards) from the film, signed by the artist, an authentic prop featured in the film, a DVD of the completed film, a Backward Slate button, and a handwritten note of thanks.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $420USD
    The Bong of the Living Dead

    We’ll send you a replica of the central prop in the movie, the Clintonville Slugger - a full-sized professional baseball bat modified to fit the theme of the movie (for tobacco use only) - along with a DVD of the completed film.

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    Come to an Exclusive Screening

    We’ll invite you and one guest to your choice of either the exclusive cast and crew screening or the premiere of the film in Columbus, Ohio (travel/accommodations not included), and you’ll get a DVD of the completed film.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Associate Producer Credit

    You’ll get an Associate Producer credit on the film, as well as an invitation to exclusive cast and crew events in Columbus, Ohio, including Teambuilding Taco Tuesday, a set visit, the wrap party, and the cast and crew screening. (travel/accommodations not included)

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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