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A feature film by JOHN BREEN - Brian picked the worst possible day to join an international gun smuggling crew.
John Breen
Portland, Oregon
United States
2 Team Members


IMPORTANTE! Don't think that because we are far from our original goal that your contribution won't help. It will! Any money you donate will go into the bank until we have the funds to pull the trigger on Crook County War. Send money by this Friday midnite PST. And PLEASE tell your friends to do the same! LIP KICK!!

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A modern day gangster dramedy about loyalty, pop songs in Spanish, risk vs. reward, and keeping your awesome boss alive


Who am I and why would I do this?

Hello! My name is Erin Jean O'Regan, and I'm the campaign manager and associate producer for CROOK COUNTY WAR, a feature film by John Breen. I agreed to put my love, blood, sweat, and unbridled hotness into getting this film funded. Why on earth would I do that? I am so glad you asked. 

1) John Breen. Not only is this man hilarious, but he’s also able to convey his wit, honesty and charm into his writing. He also happens to be a brilliant director and extremely good-looking (winky smiley-face emoticon). John's talent and work ethic in the film and TV business have bolstered exceptional relationships with top producers, cinematographers, actors, and crew in Los Angeles and Portland.

His acting credits include Wendy and Lucy with a little someone called Michelle Williams; Untraceable starring Diane Lane; numerous appearances on a show...what was it called again? Oh yeah, Late Night with Conan O'Brien. As an improviser and sketch comedian, Breen performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC, the Vancouver International Comedy Festival and the major Sketchfests. Regarding theater, John has only directed sold out hits: Road House:The Play!, The Lost Boys-Live!, Sweat, The Aces, as well as performances at the Comedy Central Stage and HBO showcases in Los Angeles. He also directed a music video for some shoe company or something. It'll come to me…oh, yeah…Nike. He's directed several short films, screening them in NYC, SF, LA and PDX. John studied film at the New York Film Academy and Film Video Arts in NYC, and acting at T. Schreiber Studio. 



John Breen, born under a karate moon


2) The script. I read this baby in one night...and then kicked John in the stomach the next time I saw him because I was furious with joy and excitement. John has written a screenplay that is action-packed, poetic, and (I may have mentioned this earlier) HILARIOUS. His powerful characters are colored by a desperate search to understand friendship, risk vs. reward, and illicit gunrunning.


I think you are going to love it!

On the first day of Brian T. Parker’s new job, he Googles “how to stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound.” He's doing his best with the on-the-job training, but working for Mr. Marinov, a philosopher turned gunrunner, is trickier than he thought it would be. Brian regrets his career choice when his boss’s bold attempt to overtake a drug cartel goes epically awry. With his new coworkers dead and the boss's gorgeous girlfriend helping him tie tourniquets, Brian finds himself entering the mouth of the dragon.

Money for Funny

How are we going to get the money to make this movie? We could try robbing a super-rich prince or sheik, taking their gold bullion, silver coins, and other precious metals, and then melting them down and selling them to Carlos Slim. He might welcome us into his home which is probably made of thousand dollar bills and chocolate, and maintained by a staff of beautifully groomed show ponies. 




There's INDIEGOGO! Indiegogo is magnificent. Here's how it works. You decide how much you are willing to contribute to our film. Then, you click on the Perk of your choice and donate to what is sure to be an awesome movie. Then what? I don't know, how about you gloat to your friends about how awesome you are and encourage them to donate? Then what? Do it again! "And they'll tell two friends, and so on, and so on." Remember that weird shampoo commercial from the 70s? Me neither. I'm not that old. After that? Just sit back and watch our campaign grow. Then? Take a nap, YOU HAVE EARNED IT!


Since the money to make this movie will be completely in John's calloused, hard-working hands, he will get to create the picture he sees in his head. No, no, not that picture in his head. Sheesh! Put a shirt on lady! The CROOK COUNTY WAR picture in his head. John will not have to worry about heavy-handed investors asking for "final cut," forcing their agendas into the work. Who needs heavy-handed investors when we have friends like you? NOT US, THAT'S WHO!


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John Breen (Director/Badass), Anatoli (Ukrainian/Badass) Matthew Semchee (Steadicam Op/Handsome)


Everything Helps

This Indiegogo campaign is not just about money. Well, actually, it is mostly about money.

Everyone wants to be part of something exceptional. People want to support great projects and cradle some of the responsibility for their success. The thing is, with Indiegogo, YOU can make this awesome baby a reality. Your monetary support is essential to making this movie come to life.

We'd love to make an amazing feature length film for $15,000, but it is just not feasible. We'd love to make an amazing feature length film for $250,000, but we are realistic. Please help us raise $85,000 to make CROOK COUNTY WAR, a refreshing take on smart and funny.

Here's where most of the money is going:

Feeding the cast and crew yummy, healthy food, paying for equipment rentals, post production costs, location rentals, insurance, special effects, promotional materials, and film festival costs. 


But if giving money to be a part of a successful, creative endeavor is not something that you can swing right now, then ok. Fine. Look, I get it. You can still help out by spreading the word. Forwarding the link to this indiegogo page to some of your friends. Share our video with coworkers and have a nice long talk with your rich aunt and get her jazzed about it too.


Who all is doing this thing?

Writer-Director-Producer: John Breen, Executive Producer: David Allen Cress, Producer: Rian Moore, Co-Producer: Heather Harlow, Co-Producer: Ime Etuk, Costume Design: Paola LaMorticella, Casting: Simon Max Hill, Campaign Manager-Associate Producer: Erin Jean O'Regan, "Mr. Marinov": Michael Fetters, "Brian T. Parker": Liam Springthorpe, "Butch": Scott Engdahl, "Johnny Irish": Andrew Harris, "Amira Kezerian": Shelley McLendon, and more! 


Giovani edits while Milo supervises.

Selfie of Milo!

This is Milo, the stunt coordinator for CROOK COUNTY WAR. And that guy in the background is Giovani Knox, editing our campaign video. Giovani was the director of photography, editor, colorist, sound editor, graphic artist, special effects supervisor, and foley artist for CROOK COUNTY WAR's campaign video. Special thanks to Giovani, and to these lovely people who helped get it done: Matthew Semchee, Skot Coatsworth, Jen Sparano, Anatoli Brant, Scott Engdahl, and Garfield Wedderburn.

Please contribute and spread the word about CROOK COUNTY WAR.




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raised by 120 people in 1 month
10% funded
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$85,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on July 26, 2013
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  • $1USD
    Public Citation of Adoration

    Contribute between $1 and $5! We want to make sure everyone who wants to be involved in this project has an opportunity to do so. This is us encouraging and asking you to contribute as little (or as much) as you can to this feature film. And, as always, please spread the news and excitement about this campaign to all that you know!

    2 claimed
  • $10USD
    Grand Theft Awesome

    Thanks for your support. Every little bit counts! In return for your $10 support, please accept our complimentary high five upon our next encounter as well as updates on the Crook County War process. Spread the word, send the link and KICK!

    13 claimed
  • $30USD
    Possession of a Lethal Blow

    $30? Niiiiiice. When we call you bad ass we really mean you are fearless, authentic, compassionate, and ethical. You are a good looking and a wonderful friend of CCW. We want to make sure you get a digital download of this film as soon as it is released. How about we send it to you? And the goodies from above.

    22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    Full Metal Front Kick

    We want to kiss you, a high caliber kiss on the lips, for donating $50 to Crook County War. But we have a movie to make and we can't have you all falling in love with us. How about we send you all of the previous perks plus a kick ass CCW T-shirt, designed by Mr. Breen himself. There will probably be fighting on it. Will that tide you over? Ugh, you are so totally hot. 50 IS FUN!

    20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $80USD
    Illegal use of Pecs & Delts

    Indiegogo will not allow us to give lethal blows away as perks in this campaign, so you, my beautiful friend, will receive all of the previous perks plus a kick-ass movie poster, once the film is released. Better than a knife-hand to the spleen. Or is it?!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $125USD
    Karate in a Public Place

    You rugged, indomitable monster. Thank you for thrusting your support onto CROOK COUNTY WAR! For your $125 donation you will be awarded all of the previously mentioned stuff in addition to a DVD of the film as soon as it is released on DVD. Put THAT in your machine and smoke it!

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $175USD
    Aiding & Abetting Sensuality

    What's that? You are a master of martial AND literary arts? For $175 we will send you all the above mentioned swag, plus a copy of the CCW shooting script autographed by Mr. Breen. Again, once the film has been released for distribution.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $300USD
    Tampering with a Backfist

    "Get your motor runnin' - Head out on the highway - Lookin' for some bad guys - You're totally going to kick their asses!" Well, it almost rhymed. This $300 perk scores you the score, a digital download of the film's soundtrack! Plus, the sweet treats from above.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    Bratski Krug

    This is Russian for " Circle of Brothers." Please excuse me while I get all Olive Garden on your bad ass BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE HERE, YOU ARE FAMILY. We never want anyone to forget how much we appreciate you. Everyone will know you are our favorite because your name will be included in the final film credits under the Best Friends Club. Things are getting serious. Can you feel it? Da!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Day-doo Day-doo Day-doo

    You know, that sound French cop cars make?! Anyway, Mr. Breen will get your name tattooed onto his face. Or your face tattooed onto his neck. Not really. He will not get any tattoos for you. He loves you, but not like that. If ink is what you want, for $1000 you will get everything that all of the other folks get, plus autographed concept art and storyboards, upon the film's release!

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Five Large

    You know what you are? A damn role model for all of the younger less experienced hard asses. If you throw down 5 Large you will get stash from the previous perks, plus a visit to the set, lunch with the cast and crew and get your picture taken with Mr. Breen. BOOM. That's sick, as the kids say. This all will happen in Portland, Oregon in July. Travel and accommodations are not included, guys.

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Capo di Tutti

    That's Italian for "Boss of Bosses." I want you, my boss of bosses, to visit the set of CROOK COUNTY WAR, I want to have you over for dinner, I want you at the Portland premiere with a guest. I want you to have an Executive Producer credit. I want to slow dance with you to Lady in Red by Simply Red or Eric Clapton's You Look Wonderful Tonight. YOUR CHOICE. All the while, Mr. Breen will jealously watch from a distance.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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