When a techie fears his job may be in jeopardy he secretly disables everyone's internet until he gets the respect he deserves. In the process he also locks the doors and traps them for the day...without connectivity.
A controlling CIO, a deceptive manager, a pretty new girl, a demanding sales guy, a lonely old employee, and our pissed off techie are among the internet jonesing people trapped together for a day without technology and connectivity. Techie is a unique focus on an office with four generations of employees all forced to interact face to face.
No, it’s not a thriller. It’s actually a comedy.
Imagine what would happen in your office if it were offline from the virtual world for the day. How would you react? Our lives are more wired than ever. The world is flat, as someone once said. But are we really connecting?
You see a group of people out to dinner, yet everyone's on their mobile devices? You go back and forth with a friend texting when a phone call probably would’ve been better. You can’t drive 1 minute without seeing someone swerve as they try to maneuver the steering wheel and phone at the same time. Nobody has the social graces of talking to people face to face anymore or the manners to put it away when you’re in front of them. Hence, we remove all that virtual access and take a comedic look at an office forced to do things the old fashion way.
Depending on how you feel about the trend of social interaction, this could be the film that really connects with you on a personal level. Or maybe YOU are a TECHIE looking for some respect and acknowledgement for what you do. You keep the “lights” on, right?! They wouldn’t be able to update any of their social media sites if it wasn’t for you! Help support us and tell the Techie story!
Why indiegogo? Because we're not James Franco or Zach Braff, so we actually need crowdfunding.
That’s the upside of being “connected”. We can reach out to the world through Indiegogo. Ironically, let’s all come together online to make a film about the positives and negatives of how society uses technology today.
As you know, a lot goes into making a movie. Even a very low budget one. Some major items:
- Pay cast & crew to be on set
- Wardrobe & props
- Securing filming locations
- Equipment rentals (i.e., camera, lights & lenses)
- Food to feed our hard working cast & crew and plenty of water to hydrate them
And the list goes on...
There are a bunch of cool perks for our campaign, ranging from emails updates from the set to your name in the end credits to an all access pass to the set.
For those of you who are independently wealthy and don't work, "direct report" means someone under you on the org chart. So, you get the same perks as all the people who buy the lower priced perks, plus what you chose. (Unless there are multiple perks at the same price level, then you get to choose one of those perks.)
For the $500 Level you can now get an iPod nano or Kindle Fire.
And for the $1000 level, you can get 2 tickets to this year of next years PRIME TIME EMMYS! (Travel expenses not included)
Snatch them up while you can!
We don’t have an extensive filmography but we have produced and delivered a feature before. Anyone who has done this knows the level of effort it takes and it’s not easy. We know how important it is to assemble a very experienced and competent cast/crew. You can read all about the team on this page.
“I dare you to name one A-List actor who is Asian-American for films that have nothing to do with martial arts.”
Eric Espejo and Dante Basco are both Asian American and are very excited to be working together as part of a bigger picture to help foster more diversity in cinema in front and behind the camera. Having Dante as the lead is important to Eric because he wanted to show support for filmmaking in the Asian-American community. Without taking anything away from the great Asian-American actors who have made a name for themselves in certain genres, it is quite the challenge for others to get a lead role in different types of film – thus, the need for indie films like ours to open the door on such opportunities.
One time leader of the Lost Boys & Prince of the Fire Nation...and now he’s TECHIE!
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg's fairytale movie Hook, as "Rufio", the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline's Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. Ever versatile, he's "Jake Long" in Disney's animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as "Prince Zuko" in Nickelodeon's phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The 19th & Wilson consist of Writer/Director, Eric Espejo and Producer, Aaron Goodmiller. Together they have shot too many short films to count and the horror feature film, Ghosts Don’t Exist (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285219/) – which was shot on a very limited budget and exceeded expectations by acquiring domestic and international distribution with Echo Bridge Entertainment and Horizon Pictures.
19th and Wilson is also partnered with Epic Match Media as co-producers. They have completed several films, including Shenandoah (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1697996) an epic documentary on a racially charged homicide in Shenandoah, PA and Ping Pong Summer (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402985/) a mid 80's era film about a boy obsessed with ping pong, starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson.
We will take all we can get. If it’s not enough then we’ll start disabling everyone’s phones one by one until we reach the goal. Seriously, we’ll be hitting our rolodex of contacts to help make the up the difference. Did we just say “rolodex”?
We understand that it may be difficult to make monetary contributions, but here are other ways you can help:
- Spread the word about this great opportunity to help us film this awesome project and get the buzz out
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Bottom line, you really back a movie that you want to see. This story has never been timelier – it’s about who we all are today -- a society who's never been more connected yet disconnected. If you feel the same way, then I think you'll be interested in seeing our film.
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Thank you for all for your support!