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A movie for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Trop Rock, and the Island Lifestyle.
Todd Norwood
Bedford, New Hampshire
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

“Island Time” is a feature film which is a celebration of the Jimmy Buffett influenced Tropical lifestyle. 

I want to make a movie that makes you feel like you feel when you listen to your favorite Jimmy Buffett or Trop Rock song. A movie that celebrates the island lifestyle. A sense of pure escape that takes you to the land of steel drums & sandy beaches. 

"Island Time" is a character based comedy about a guy who's stuck in the winter snow, who escapes his cubicle desk bound job to run a beach bar with his friends in the islands. He discovers that the bar he bought is nothing like the luxurious beach bar he imagined and he has thirty days to make it into a working beach bar before the nearby hotel chain buys up his bar. He recruits friends and locals to create the bar and life of his dreams. 

The film’s story, tone, and character will be similar to your favorite Jimmy Buffett song. This film is in no way endorsed by or supported by Jimmy Buffett - rather it is a celebration of all things Parrotheads love, written and directed by a Parrothead himself. 

While this is a comedy, there are a wide range of experiences in emotion in the film, from sentimental, reflective, outrageous, eccentric, and fun. Just like the expanse of songs and tones within an album.

In as much as the film is inspired by Jimmy Buffett, it is also a celebration of Trop Rock. The film’s soundtrack will feature a number of Trop Rock artists whose sunny tunes will help bring the story to life. In addition, one of the supporting characters in the film is a trop rock artist, who is influenced by many of the real life Trop Rock artists working today.

What would you do if you left your cubicle job and could do anything that you wanted? For many people, one of the top items would be to run a beach bar. 

This film is the story of someone who does just that. 

Why a Tropical Movie? 

I love everything about this music. I find Buffett’s music, and the music of similar Trop Rock artists, to be not only calming, but therapeutic. There’s no event in life that can’t be helped by this music. Whether you’re stuck in the snow drifts of winter trying to cheer yourself up, or celebrating with drinks on the back of your boat in the summer sun - it’s the soundtrack of life. 

In addition to the music, I love the stories behind the songs. Stories of people who take a risk in life and live their dreams. 

When I’m stuck in winter and sick of the cold, when I have “Island Fever” - I can listen to a number of my favorite albums to help me escape, but I can’t watch a film. There’s no film that I know of that give me the same sense of escape, fun, humor, and escapism that those songs give me. 

My goal would be to create a film that you can watch to lift your winter sprits and help inspire the rum to flow. 

How Do I Help?

If you want to help make this film come to life, you can pledge whatever you want in exchange for some tropical rewards. (for example, a DVD, a music cd, tickets to the premiere, or even a part in the movie!) 

The more you pledge, the cooler the rewards get! Take a gander at the column on the right to see what's available. 

The Soundtrack

For a movie that celebrates the steel drum sounds of the tropical lifestyle, the soundtrack is one of the key elements to this tropical concoction.  We already have a wide variety of musicians on the soundtrack including some potential new songs written for the film. 

As a big fan of this music myself, I hope that the film helps to promote and expand the fan base of Trop Rock. 


The film is scheduled to shoot in summer of 2014. 

Donation Levels

We've got a lot of great donation levels in the film. Here's a graph which explains what tropical goodies you get at each level.

Who Are You?

I’ve been working in the independent film world for years. I’ve directed a number of independent feature films including  “Tricks of a Woman” starring Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black” “American Pie”) and Scott Elrod (“Argo” “Men in Trees”), as well as the feature films “The Wayfarers” and “Blackwater Farm."  

I'm also a screenwriter for hire, who co-wrote “Immigration Tango” which was released theatrically. Some of my films have won numerous festival awards including “Best Picture” at the Monaco International Film Festival.

I’ve also been producing Web Shows for a few years now, among them “The Salinger Spies” and the long running Web Sitcom, “Meet the Mayfarers.”

I feel that my experience in feature filmmaking on both a larger indie budget scale and a small web budget scale will help me to produce a location based film. I know how to stretch production dollars and make sure everything shows up on the screen. 

I’ve also Produced and have been Project Director on the iPad App, “For the Term of His Natural Life” (starring Anthony Perkins) which is a film and novel fused together in a unqiue app form. 

I've also created and run a lifestyle blog and Facebook page, "South of St. Somewhere" which celebrates the island lifestyle. 

While my professional film experiences has been fantastic, I’ve been longing to do my own bigger project for some time. As a life long Buffett fan, and fan of Trop Rock in general, I'm excited to help shepherd this project onto the screen.

Distribution Strategy

“Island Time” will showcase a unique distribution strategy. Instead of simply playing in movie theaters, we'll tour with the film in a manner similar to a band. 

I've been inspired by the camaraderie, intimacy, and fun of House Concerts, which a lot of Trop Rock musicians take part of. The film business is changing, and the reality is not as many people go to see independent films in the theater anymore. Even as a filmmaker myself, I prefer to watch films in the comfort of my home. 

That's why I want to not simply do film "screenings" but rather create an interactive, tropical experience. 

The distribution goals would to be to set up “Tropical Cinema Evenings” which would have the film showcased in unique venues such as bars and tropical outdoor areas, which would have Trop Rock bands play during the screenings of the film. 

Instead of just "a night at the movies" the film would be part of a fun evening with music, drinks, and dancing. We'll be living the story of the film. 

Depending on the course of filming, we may shoot additional scenes that would be exclusive to these distribution parties. For example, there may be key points within the film itself where the characters reference the band off stage, the film stops for an intermission, and the live band then plays for a set.

We have already partnered with Trop Rock bands, merchandise vendors, and bars to create unique evenings of entertainment. 

Questions and Answers 

When will we get to see the movie? 

Well we need to raise money and make it first! We're shooting next summer, 2014 no matter what, and with your help we'll be making a high caliber flick.

We'll be editing throughout the fall of 2014 - hopefully releasing it in early 2015. Movie making takes a long time, but it's worth it. 

What if you go over your goal?

That would be fantastic! There are still so many costs which I haven't included, such as our post production sound mix and marketing costs. Our current plan is to raise those costs once we are in post production. Any dollars we raise during the campaign over our amount would go raising the profile of the film by hiring recognizable actors. 

Who are these "Recognizable Actors" you keep talking about? 

Good question! The reality of making movies is sometimes you don't know who will be cast until a month or sometimes weeks right before a shoot. It's a mixture of actors' availability, interest, and if they're the right fit for the role. With the right budget, we want to do our best to utilize our connections to cast the right actors in the roles. Like everything in the film business, it is not an exact science. We'll know more the closer we get to shooting, which is always an exciting time.

Will I really get to be in the movie? Seriously? 

That's right! If you donate to the "Star on the Sea" package you will be in the movie with a speaking part. You'll be interacting with one of the main actors in the movie. 

Don't worry. We'll make you look good. We'll tailor your speaking line to you, so you'll feel comfortable, natural, and come across great on screen. Most of all you'll have fun!

Where does the money go? 

Once we raise the money all of your pledges will be collected and deposited into a bank account that we have set up for the sole purpose of funding the film. 

What Happens if you don't reach your goal? 

We have a "Flexible Funding" campaign. In this way we'll be able to use every donation that we can get. We're determined to shoot this movie next year no matter what. But this funding is the difference between a small low budget movie and a high profile film. We need every donation we can get!

When will the rewards be available? (i.e. - "when do I get my Swag!") 

It depends on the reward. Some of them, such as the Koozies, T-shirts, and other bits of merchandise - we'll ship right when the campaign ends. Other items like the DVD, soundtrack, and other items associated with the film will be sent after we're done shooting. 

When the campaign ends, I'll send an email out to get all your details - for your address, desired shirt size and other info so I can send you your rewards. 

Can I change my donation? For example - if I want to get four tickets to the Film's premiere? 

Sure thing! Just log into your account and change your pledge details.

What if I don’t want the incentive and I just want to support the project? 

No problem! That's totally cool. Just e-mail us and let us know. Also, if you want some of the rewards but not everything listed at a given level, that's not a problem either. No worries. 

I only have PayPal. How can I support the film?

You're in luck! Indiegogo accepts Paypal. 

Will you spam me?

Absolutly not! You can unsubscribe at any time.

What if my question isn't answered here?

 E-mail your query at info@islandtimefilm.com or vists our website at www.IslandTimeFilm.com. 

Admit it, this is just an excuse to run to the islands and drink rum. 

There are many easier ways to do that then trying to make a film! 

Is there anyway else I can help? 

Another way you can participate (other than backing the project) is to SPREAD THE WORD about the project! E-mail a friend, share it on facebook, post it to an online forum, bang some coconuts together... anyway you can get the word out is a HUGE help.

Any donation you can give will help and the film and make you a "Beachcomber" Team member.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have by using the "send message" link at the top of this page. Thank you for your support! 

A percentage of every screening of the film will go to the Save the Manatees organization.  


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raised by 202 people in 4 months
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 23, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Beach Blanket

    As a member of our Beachcomber team you'll get a special THANK YOU on our website and updates about the project.

    15 claimed
  • $10USD

    Declare your love for all things Tropical by donating to the project. As a Island Time "Beachcomber" you'll have access to our Behind the Scenes production updates. You'll also get our exclusive HD desktop wallpapers with images of the islands and a special THANK YOU on our website. By donating to the film you'll be on our crew as one of our "Beachcombers."

    23 claimed
  • $25USD
    Lounge Lizard

    As a Lounge Lizard you'll receive an Exclusive "Island Time" T-shirt as well as the HD wallpaper, a Thank You on our website and membership as a "Beachcomber" where you'll get our "Behind the Scenes" production updates.

    29 claimed
  • $40USD
    Coastal Cowboy

    If you donate to this level you'll get a free download of Trop Rock Horizon Award winner John Friday's album, "Coastal Cowboy!" You'll also receive an Exclusive "Island Time" T-shirt as well as the HD wallpaper, a Thank You on our website and membership as a "Beachcomber" where you'll get our "Behind the Scenes" production updates.

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • $50USD

    As an "Island Time" Shipmate you'll get a digital download of the finished film! You can watch the film on any device on the go - whether you're on the road, in the air, or on your boat at sea. All this and you get all the previous gifts as well.

    13 claimed
  • $100USD
    Big Kahuna

    As a "Big Kahuna" you'll be ruling the island by receiving a copy of the soundtrack to this Trop Rock film. In addition, you'll receive a DVD copy of the Exclusive Edition of the film which includes Bonus scenes and "Behind the Scenes" footage. You'll also be entered to win a raffle to have your name be one of the "Founders" of the fictional island where the film takes place. All this and every item from the previous levels.

    19 claimed
  • $100USD
    Island Music Super Pack

    With this level you get downloads of ALL TWELVE of Eric Stone's albums. This includes all his "Boatsongs" albums, his "Scuba Tunes" albums, his new album, "Time to Fly" and many more! Don't miss this opportunity to own digital copies his entire collection which will put you in an Island state of mind!

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014

    Rum Runner

    You can have your name in the movie as a drink. This is a scene where the bartender lists the top drinks on the island in a key scene. Your name will be one of the drinks! You'll also get a signed copy of the script. In addition you'll receive all of the items from the earlier rewards. There's only three spots available for this!

    3 out of 3 claimed
  • $200USD
    Boston Tropical Evening!

    Two tickets for our Boston Screening of the film! This won't be the film premiere, but we're going all out for it as we're from New England. If you live in the New England area, this is a great excuse for a fun tropical evening to warm you up! You will also get everything at the lower levels as well.

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $250USD

    As a member of the Skipper Club you'll have Exclusive access to our Interactive Behind the scene videos, forums, and live video feeds where you can interact with the cast and crew during production. You'll also get an official movie hat, and an "Island Time Koozie" so you can have the coolest Koozie on the Pontoon Boat. All this includes all of the earlier reward levels.

    7 claimed
  • $500USD
    Coconut Cinema Club

    As a thanks for helping to bring the movie to life, you'll get two VIP tickets to see the World Premire of the film including backstage passes to the post-screening party where you'll be able to meet the cast and crew of the film. Transportation and lodging are not included. You'll also get all of the previous gifts as well.

    0 out of 40 claimed
  • $500USD
    Castaway Crew

    Be part of the film! Be on set for our bar party scenes and be a featured extra in the bar scenes drinking with the characters! Enjoy a truly unique island experience. (transportation and lodging not included) You'll also receive all the earlier levels (with the exception of the other $500 levels) including a copy of the Exclusive Edition of the DVD and download - so you can fast forward to your scene and say, "That's me!"

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $800USD
    Castaway Crew Double Feature

    Be TWO featured background EXTRAS. You and your PLUS ONE will be part of the film as featured extras in the bar. Enjoy a truly unique island experience. (transportation and lodging not included) You'll also receive all the earlier reward gifts. (With the exception of the two $500 gifts.)

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Castaway/Coconut Combo

    You'll get to be part of the film AND be there for the premiere. You'll get to be two featured extras as well as two tickets to the premiere. (transportation and lodging not included) You'll also receive ALL of the earlier levels. (With the exception of the $800 levels and $500 levels.)

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Pirate's Club

    As a member of the Pirate's club, your name or business likeness can be incorporated into the film. We can make sure that your logo appears on the wall inside the movie bar, which we will guarantee will get ample screen time in the film. This is advertising like no other. Unlike traditional ads, this ad will always be in the film, with the potential to reach new audiences and customers as the years progress.

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Star of the Sea

    MAKE YOUR SCREEN DEBUT! You will have a speaking role in the film interacting with our cast. Now you’re definitely part of bar! (Date TBA, Transportation and lodging not included) You'll also get all of the earlier levels. (with the exception of "Rum Runner")

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $3,000USD
    Palm Tree Producer

    You will be an Executive Producer on the film with your name listed in the official credits on IMDb. You'll be able to come to set to visit, and will have a lunch with the cast during the production of the film. You'll get tickets to the premiere, a Koozie, cd, DVD, download, T-shirt, and HD wallpaper.

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $15,000USD
    World Traveler

    All of the above PLUS a week’s lodging in the caribbean during production! You get to visit the set daily - and wake up from your tropical bungalow. (transportation and meals not included) You'll get tickets to the premiere, a Koozie, cd, DVD, download, T-shirt, and HD wallpaper

    0 out of 1 claimed
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