Love & Other Stunts

In a 50+-year career Gary Kent has worked more than 100 films as a stuntman, actor, director, writer, but his biggest challenges are in the here and now.
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UPDATES: Thanks to Jim Swift for interviewing Gary Kent and Joe O'Connell for KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas. You can see the story here. There's also a longer written version at the link.

We are in the last day of the campaign! We appreciate any and all donations. They'll go toward making the best darn documentary possible. Please spread the word.

 

The most interesting man in the world

I was at a writing conference in the late '90s when I met a white-haired hustler with a Burt Reynolds mustache and a knowing grin. He introduced himself as Gary Kent and told me about a cult biker film he'd starred in called Satan's Sadists. That night I tracked down a copy of the film and watched it, then I tracked down Gary and wrote a couple of articles about his unique film career doubling Jack Nicholson and Robert Vaughan,  and staging stunts and special effects sequences for notable directors Peter Bogdanovich, Monte Hellman, Richard Rush, Al Adamson and Don Coscarelli for movies including Hell’s Angels On Wheels, Psych-out, Targets, Bubba Ho-tep, and the noir Westerns The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind.


One day I told Gary someone should make a documentary about his life and career. Then I realized that someone is me. Gary agreed and opened his archives of personal photos and home movies to me and provided contacts for his long-time film industry friends and his family.
 
I've written about the film industry for 15 years, including as a columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle and as a contributor to Variety and Video Business. I'm also an award-winning fiction writer, novelist and photographer. I'm a storyteller.
 
The documentary begins following Gary's journey with the release of his memoir Shadows and Light: Journeys with Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood. But I soon realized this film is about more than a guy who makes movies. Gary has faced bigger challenges in his personal life: his wife and soulmate's battle with alcohol and an abusive mother; his own struggle to sucker-punch cancer. The documentary gets to the heart of a survivor who learned how to take a fist to the gut, stand up and try life again.

It's time for the martini shot

We've got a lot of footage in the can, but this campaign will fund final shoots, editing and permissions to use film clips in the documentary. An editor is lined up and waiting. Gary is on board 100 percent, and isn't shying away from the grittier parts of his personal story being revealed. Your donation will assure this project is completed.

Why you should help

Gary Kent's story is one worth telling. You'll see from the brief video above that he is a compelling, charismatic, good guy with an amazing film career and personal story worth telling. My aim is to see this film screen at both mainstream and genre (horror, biker, sci-fi) film conventions like Cinema Wasteland. Both domestic and foreign televisions, DVD and streaming sales will follow.
 
Did you check out these perks for participating in our campaign? First edition copies of Gary's memoir are at this point ultra-rare. Come have lunch with us, pretty please?

Spread the word!

Please post a notice of this campaign to your Facebook page. Blog about it. Send a note to Filmnewsbyjoe at yahoo dot com and ask me questions. Let's cement Gary Kent's place in film history.

Disclaimer:

"All contributions are gifts to the film, not investments.  Please consult your tax advisor about making this gift.  We are not a non-profit organization, and therefore, gifts cannot be considered charitable donations."

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    Bounce off a trampoline as we mentally award you with a punch to the ribs or any other body part you may assign. It's all done through telepathy, but the joy/pain of giving will linger in your heart.

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  • $35USD
    Full Body Burn

    Feel the heat as you receive a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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  • $50USD
    Saddle Fall

    Dust yourself off and collect an autographed photo of Gary Kent. You'll also get a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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  • $75USD
    Pony Express

    Leap onto a moving horse and receive a copy of film producer Joe O'Connell's award-winning novel-in-stories Evacuation Plan. You’ll also get a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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  • $90USD
    Sidewinder!

    When a stunt pro rams his car into another car, you've got a SIDEWINDER! When we run out of new copies of Gary Kent's out-of-print memoir Shadows and Light to offer as perks, it's time to dig up six "like-new" copies of said book and offer them as a LAST CHANCE signed, first-edition rarity. Can you say collector's item? You'll also score a DVD of the finished doc once we premiere the film at its first festival. RAMMING SPEED!

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    $100USD
    Bar Fight

    Are you man (or woman) enough? Ball up your fists and receive a signed first-edition copy of Gary Kent's memoir Shadows and Light: Journeys with Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood and a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival. The book is now out of print and copies are collector's items.

    5 out of 5 claimed

  • $100USD
    True Backseat Love

    What? You think a stuntman is only a fighter and not a lover? Every stuntman dreams of being a leading man. Show some love and receive a DVD of the Gary Kent-directed upbeat movie Rainy Day Friends about an L.A. gang member (Esai Morales in an early role) who must beat the odds when cancer strikes. You'll also receive a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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    $150USD
    Flying W

    Get ready for the stunt that is so dangerous it's now outlawed! You get DVD copies of two rare films directed by Gary Kent: The Pyramid and Rainy Day Friends plus a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

    5 out of 5 claimed

  • $200USD
    Pipe Ramp

    Go up on two wheels! Follow it with a personal 20-minute (minimum) telephone conversation with Gary Kent during which he'll answer your questions about the film business. You’ll also get a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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    Knuckle-Duster

    The ultimate stunt: lunch in Austin, Texas, with the director and Gary Kent. We pick up the tab. Transportation to Austin is the responsibility of the donor and is not included in the award. Walk, run or do a pipe ramp stunt. Just do it! You’ll also get an autographed photo of Gary Kent and a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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    Jerk Off

    That's as in jerked off the ground in one of the most exciting stunts known to man. Donate at this level and get executive producer credit on the documentary. You’ll also get an autographed photo of Gary Kent and a DVD of the finished documentary once we premiere the film at its first festival.

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