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Dr. 420 - Stoner Comedy Short Needs Your Help!

Help us get our indie film starring Lin Shaye ("There's Something About Mary", "Insidious") & Naomi Grossman ('Pepper' from "AHS: Asylum") out to the masses!

                  Lin Shaye as Dr. 420

               Lin Shaye (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin, Insidious...and now Dr. 420) is
               out for donors! Give today!

         [NOTE: Be sure to scroll down the page (below the pic of Naomi Grossman in a Dr. 420 T-shirt) to check out our special one-shot prop-related perk packages!] 

 

THE PITCH

Mind Blur Productions, a small production company based in Los Angeles, California, needs your help to make our latest short film project, Dr. 420, a reality. Dr. 420 is, shall we say, the latest entry into that grand, glorious tradition of filmmaking known as stoner cinema*. 

Directed by Chuck Parello (Henry 2Ed GeinThe Hillside Strangler) and produced by Steven Hager (of High Times Magazine and Cannabis Cup fame), principal filming on Dr. 420 is complete–we just need your help to finish the film and get it shown to the public. That’s why we ask you to consider making a donation today, even if it is just a fraction of your munchie funds. 

Dr. 420 is an indie, short comedic film featuring a talented cast headlined by comic legend Lin Shaye. You perhaps know her best from her various roles in movies such as There’s Something About MaryKingpin and The Three Stooges, as well as non-comedic roles in horror films like Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror and Insidious. Other stars will be familiar to viewers as well, such as Naomi Grossman–though her most recent role as the popular ‘Pepper’ character on American Horror Story: Asylum has brought her skills to an even wider audience. 

Mind Blur Productions created the project as a showcase for Shaye’s comedic talents, telling the story of two stoner brothers out for a medical marijuana card from their local dispensary who get a rude awakening from Dr. 420 (Shaye). Shaye is, quite honestly, hilarious in her role as the wacky medical marijuana physician with a thing for bodily fluids and a disdain for stoners in general. 

Dr. 420 was a labor of love for the cast and crew–truly indie in the best sense, having been shot utilizing donated time and equipment–and now we are hoping that the ‘indie’ spirit will carry over to you. Ultimately, we hope that the short film can eventually lead to a feature-length version which will star Lin Shaye in not just one but two parts–along with a cast of other actors–but we realize completing Dr. 420 is just the first step. 

We want to get Dr. 420 shown at film festivals around the world, but we have a few more hurdles to clear to make that happen. Dr. 420 needs your help to become a reality, so please Donate Today!
 

*For an education in stoner cinema, we suggest catching up with the following flicks via DVD rentals from your library or steaming via your favorite service: Any of the Cheech and Chong films; Dazed and Confused; any of the Harold and Kumar films; and Pineapple Express. Actually, pretty much anything with stonerstoned or dazed in the title should work. 

                  Lin Shaye & Sean Carlin on the set of Dr. 420 

                            Lin Shaye and Sean Carlin on the set of Dr. 420.

WHAT THE MONEY RAISED WILL HELP FUND 

  • Editor's fee
  • Sound mix 
  • Music
  • Color timing
  • Visual effects design & compositing
  • Film festival submission fees
  • DVDs, PR/marketing and other promotional material expenses

DR. 420 PERKS FOR CONTRIBUTORS 

If you check out the column on the right, you'll see that we're offering some very cool incentives in this campaign: Dr. 420 DVDs or digital downloadsDr. 420 T-shirtstickets to the rocking Dr. 420 Film World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California; and even film credits and listings on IMDB for those who really want to play the part of Associate or Executive Producer.

Oh, and did we mention all levels $15 and higher will get a cool autographed photo of Lin Shaye as Dr. 420? You can frame it and keep it on your desk, or next to your stash of potato chips. Sweet.  

Naomi Grossman (aka Pepper in American Horror Story: Asylum) models Dr. 420 wear.

             Naomi Grossman (who plays Cookie Weiner) models one of our Dr. 420 T-shirts.


Special Prop-Related Perks

For our Dr. 420 crowdfunding campaign, we’ll be offering some exclusive, website-only prop packages. 

There will be 8 (eight) prop packages in all, and we’ll be rolling those out over the course of the remainder of our campaign. Please note the instructions on how to claim these packages listed in the descriptions on the website. Since there is limited availability on the packages, they are first come, first serve. Once they’ve been claimed, they’re gone!

All of the packages come with a DVD (or digital download) of the EXCLUSIVE Indiegogo version of the completed Dr. 420 film, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), as well as a certificate of authenticity (to prove that the props were used in filming.) Where noted, some of the packages also include a ticket to our Dr. 420 Film World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere date TBA; transportation and accommodations not included. Tickets are transferrable, for those of you not in/traveling to California.)


We will be posting these special packages during the course of the campaign on our website, as there is only one of each package available–so check back frequently for new package postings. (We’ll also post updates on our social media sites as well as in this section so you’ll know when new packages are posted, too.)

For those packages that are unveiled, click on the provided link for more details on the package and how to claim it. 
 

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #1 - UNFRAMED SIGNS

Dr. 420 Special Prop Perk Package #1 - Unframed Signs

Prop Package #1 - Unframed Signs
Pledge level: $75

Package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), plus a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE bonus material available only to Indiegogo donors.

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) The Doctor is In! sign, unframed
  • 1 (one) Green Cross sign, unframed

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at: http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-1

 

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #2 - FRAMED SIGNS
Dr. 420 Special Prop Perk Package #2 - Framed Signs

Prop Package #2 - Framed Signs
Pledge level: $115

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) The Doctor is In! sign, framed
  • 1 (one) Green Cross sign, framed

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at: http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-2


SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #3 - SEXY DR. 420
Dr. 420 Special Prop Perk Package #3 - Sexy Dr. 420

Prop Package #3 - Sexy Dr. 420
Pledge level: $200

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) Sexy Dr. 420 lab coat (white) with pot leaf emblem on it
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 surgical gown (yellow)
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 surgical mask (blue)
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 movie poster (8 1/2" x 11")

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at: http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-3


SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #4 - David's Card & Munchies
Special Prop Perk #4

Prop Package #4 - David's Card & Munchies
Pledge level: $125

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) David's medical marijuana card as used in Dr. 420
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 'Weedies' cereal box prop
  • 4 (four) Dr. 420 'Chronic Soda' stickers

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at: http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-4

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #5 - David's Application & Card

Special Prop Perk #5

Prop Package #5 - David's Application & Card
Pledge level: $150

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) green clipboard from Dr. 420's office
  • 1 (one) David's medical marijuana card application as used in Dr. 420
  • 1 (one) David's medical marijuana card as used in Dr. 420

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at:http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-5
 

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #6 - Service Hawker

Special Prop Perk #6

Prop Package #6 - Service Hawker
Pledge level: $200

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.).

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 Service Hawker's baseball cap (green) with pot leaf 
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 Service Hawker's medical marijuana card in holder
  • 1 (one) large Dr. 420 sign used by Service Hawker in film

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at:http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-6

 

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #7 - Clinic Staff
Special Prop Perk #7

Prop Package #7 - Clinic Staff
Pledge level: $150

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 surgical gown (yellow)
  • 1 (one) pair of Dr. 420 surgical booties (blue)
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420 surgical mask (blue)
  • (one) Dr. 420 surgical hat (bonnet style)

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at:http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-7

 

SPECIAL PROP PERK PACKAGE #8 - Dress Like Dr. 420

Special Prop Perk #8

Prop Package #8 - Dress Like Dr. 420
Pledge level: $500

Prop package includes a certificate of authenticity, a listing in the film and on our website as a Supporter (plus a shout-out on our social media platforms), a DVD (or digital download) of the completed Dr. 420 film featuring EXCLUSIVE material available only to Indiegogo contributors, plus one ticket to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party in Hollywood, California. (Premiere Party date TBA; transportation and accommodations are not included. Ticket is transferrable.)

Package includes: 

  • 1 (one) Dr. 420's (Lin Shaye's) medical scrubs (green) with pot leaf 
  • 1 (one) Dr. 420's surgical gown (yellow)
  • 1 (one) pair of Dr. 420's surgical booties (blue)
  • (one) Dr. 420's surgical mask (blue)
  • (one) Dr. 420's surgical hat (bonnet style)
  • (one) pair of Dr. 420's surgical latex gloves (blue)
  • (one) Dr. 420's stethoscope (real)
  • (one) Dr. 420's otoscope (real)
  • (one) Dr. 420's reflex test tool (real)
  • (one) Lin Shaye's Dr. 420 script (with Shaye's annotations on it)
  • (one) autographed photo of Lin Shaye as Dr. 420

For details on this package and how to claim it, see the description and instructions at:http://www.dr420movie.com/special-prop-perk-8

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Q: What happens if you reach your goal beforehand, or more money than needed is collected? 

A: Reaching our set goal, fast, would be ideal. The more money we receive, the better equipped we will be to create a high-quality Dr. 420 film in post-production, and to promote our film to the public.

If we reach our goal, we will also have some special stretch goal perks that we’ll offer to our contributors. We will roll those out once we get closer to reaching our current goal. The stretch perks will be our way of saying thanks, and of keeping the contributions coming in to the campaign.

Q: Are funds donated being used for the filming of Dr. 420?

A: Principal filming on Dr. 420 has already been completed. We are here on Indiegogo to raise funds for post-production–finishing the film with editing, a musical score and more–as well as money to cover costs associated with entries into film festivals around the world. Dr. 420 is 80% complete. We just need your help to get the rest of the way.

Q: What happens if you are unable to reach your goal by the allotted time?

A: We are running our campaign on a Flexible Funding basis, which means we will receive all of the funds donated. If we fall short of our goal, we will still receive the funds–we’ll just have to pay a bit more in fees to Indiegogo. We are determined to get Dr. 420 completed and before the public, so if we fall short we are determined to find alternative funding. We need your help, though, to exceed our goal. Every donation counts. 

Q: What if I do not want any incentives but just want to contribute?

A: Not a problem. Just let us know that when you make your contribution through Indiegogo. We’ve got some pretty cool perks, though, so be sure to take a look and see if there is something you like. 

Q: What is this AUDITION perk level you are offering? How do I send an audition video? 

A: This is a new perk level that we've added specifically for all the hardworking actors and actresses out there. At the AUDITION perk level, you’ll still get all of the swag being offered in our regular DVD or DIGITAL FILM DOWNLOAD level, plus you’ll have the opportunity to submit an audition video for possible consideration in the planned Dr. 420 feature-length film…or for other upcoming film projects from director Chuck Parello and the producers.

Donors who pledge at this level will get all of the DVD or DIGITAL FILM DOWNLOAD swag, plus you’ll also receive a one or two-page script (via e-mail) for use in your audition video. Instructions on how to submit your audition video will be detailed when perks are shipped.

Also, the higher perk level donations ($50+higher) can include the AUDITION level perk of being able to submit an audition video. We'll be sure to ask in the confirmation e-mail when perks for all donors $50+up are ready to ship, whether or not you prefer the ability to submit an audition video.

We hope that this new AUDITION perk level will not only give you some great swag for helping out Dr. 420, but also an opportunity to bring your acting talents to future projects in return for your support of indie filmmaking. 

Q: What sizes do you offer on the Dr. 420 T-shirts?

A: The T-shirts will be 100% pre-shrunk white cotton, unisex style, featuring the full-color Dr. 420 logo printed on the front. Available sizes for men and women include: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. You can specify in a note which size you prefer when making your contribution, but we'll be confirming your size choice via e-mail when we are ready to ship the perks.  

Q: For the tickets to the Dr. 420 World Premiere Party ($100 level and higher), can those tickets be transferred to someone else? What if I don't live in the Hollywood, California area or am not planning on traveling/can't make it there for the premiere? 

A: Once we get ready to fulfill all the perks to our Indiegogo campaign supporters, we'll be sending out an e-mail to confirm mailing addresses and preferences for items (T-shirts, DVD or digital downloads, etc.). At that time, if you would like your Dr. 420 World Premiere Party ticket issued in a different name–a friend who lives in California, or someone else as a gift–let us know. Keep in mind that the party will be 21+ over, so no gifting to your teenage nephews–no matter how cool an uncle or aunt you want to seem. 

Date and venue for the party will be announced at a later date, but we'll make sure you have plenty of advance notice to plan accordingly.

Q: What about shipping of incentives? What if I live outside the U.S.? 

A:  If you are ordering Dr. 420 swag from inside the continental United States, we’ve got you covered–shipping of your perks is included. For those who reside in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands of the United States, we ask that you add $10 to your total pledge to cover shipping and handling costs. For Canada & Mexico residents, please add $10 to your total pledge to cover shipping/handling costs as well. All other shipping destinations, add $20 to your total pledge to cover shipping/handling costs. 

Why the different shipping costs? Well, we're not Amazon, so we don't have huge shipping discounts (nor are we a mega-gigantic corporation with warehouses that make the one in Raiders of the Lost Ark look small). We want to get your Dr. 420 perks to you in the safest, most efficient manner, but shipping costs money. Shipping outside of the U.S.–especially overseas–can be daunting for an indie project trying to raise funds on Indiegogo, so we have to ask for additional money to help cover the shipping/handling costs. 

Unfortunately, we cannot ship to PO Boxes.

Q: Are you advocating the use of marijuana in your film?

A: Dr. 420 is a satire of the medical marijuana industry. It's a comedy, and as such we are not advocating anything–merely pointing out absurdities and pratfalls. 

Of course, it goes without saying that we here at Dr. 420 would only endorse smoking marijuana if your local city/state/province/country regulations make it legal to do so. If not, then consider joining a group like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to help change that!

Dr. 420 Poster

                           Brandin Rackley poses as Sexy Dr. 420 on the Dr. 420 poster.

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT DR. 420! 

Munchie funds running low? We get it–we’re starving artists, so we know where you’re coming from. Even if you cannot afford to give funds, you can help Dr. 420 by spreading the word about our campaign. It’ll increase our ranking on Indiegogo, and help to give our project some buzz.

On Facebook? Share our Indiegogo campaign in one of your status updates (in between brownie recipes and debates about infinity). Twitter? Send a tweet asking your followers to help fund our campaign. Google+? Yeah, we’re lonely on there, too, but you can at least share our campaign with all of your cool circles…and not, you know, those other circles. You can share our YouTube or Vimeo videos, Tumblr posts and Pinterest pins to your heart’s content, and we will love you for it. Seriously.

You can even become a member of the Dr. 420 Street Team to help spread the word in your town or city. (Click the link for more information on our website.) 

Every little bit counts, so help spread the word about Dr. 420

 

You can find Dr. 420 at the following sites:

 

Cast & Crew Bios

For information on the cast and crew of Dr. 420, check out the Cast & Crew Bios section on our movie website. 

Get In Touch!

Got questions? Send the Dr. 420 team an e-mail and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Whether it is a general inquiry, a request from the press/media, an offer of sponsorship or you are representing a film festival, we’d love to hear from you!  

 

Lin Shaye Dr. 420 crotch shot

                               Lin Shaye taking five on the set of Dr. 420

 

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