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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!!
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR!
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.
PONY SERVANT CROSS BLOCK!
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!
NAP TIME! CUDDLE HARD!!!
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!
CRESCENT KICK! GROUP HUG!!
John Breen (Director/Badass), Anatoli (Ukrainian/Badass) Matthew Semchee (Steadicam Op/Handsome)
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.
DEEP SQUAT AND CHOP!
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!
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.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!