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AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS Movie Trailer Project

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My name is Andre Joseph  and I am an award-winning independent filmmaker and actor based in Staten Island, NY. On behalf of my production team, we ask you to join us on the start of our journey towards bringing to life our most ambitious live action feature film project to date: AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS.

The Story
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Growing up to be an aspiring filmmaker, one of my dream projects was to make a western in the tradition of classics such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Magnificent Seven, and Unforgiven to name a few. Two years ago, my close actor friend, Chris Corulla , and I came up with the idea of two brothers from different ethnic backgrounds: A black preacher and a white outlaw. Separated as children due to their parents’ tragic murder, they reunite as men in the late 1880s to find a buried treasure left behind by their father who had pieces of a map tattooed on their arms as kids. During their journey, the brothers are targeted by a corrupt Marshall with ties to their past and he hires a band of vicious bounty hunters to track them down. We then passed the idea to Drew Henriksen, the multi-award winning screenwriter of the short film, Power of Prayer. Drew who would go on to flesh out the story and write the full script which recently won “Best Feature Length Screenplay” at the 2019 World Music & Independent Film Festival as well as making semi-finalist status at the Utah Film Festival.

But in the midst of planning the full feature film last year, we realized the logistical and financial obstacles in producing an independent western movie in vintage New York restoration parks with period costumes, props, and of course horses. That’s when we decided to start small by building our audience first before we can attract the right resources to produce a professionally made feature length film.

Our Plan
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We want to shoot a 3 minute trailer for the project which will involve the outlaw brother standing off in a duel against an aging gunfighter. The intense stand-off will inter-cut with a series of shots of the preacher brother and 5 other central characters in the story who will recite a dramatic monologue against the backdrop of 1880s tintype portraits. The trailer will end with a symbolic shot of two horses riding past camera. What we want to depict is not the usual good guys vs. bad guys type of western. Instead, we want to tell a multi-cultural, character-driven tale about the power of love: How it can redeem a lost soul and how it can also destroy a good one.  This trailer will not only serve the purpose of film festival screenings but also be utilized as a “proof-of-concept” to present to potential investors and production companies that will help us make the full film into a reality.

The Fundraiser
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We have 2 shoot dates planned for June 2nd and June 9th. Our target goal of $5000 will cover the rental costs for period costumes and props, the use of 2 horses, production insurance, the location fee for a horse corral in Long Island, providing meals on set, and to compensate our production and post-production team. While any and all donations are accepted, we will provide special incentives for the following fundraising levels:

$5 – Your name in the Special Thanks section of the end credits.

$15 – A digital teaser poster of the film and the Special Thanks credit.

$30 – A Personalized Handwritten Letter from the Director and all lower tier incentives.

$50 – A Physical Copy of the Screenplay Signed by the Director, Screenwriter, and Actors and all lower tier incentives.

$75 – Access to Behind the Scenes Content and all lower tier incentives.

$100 - An early preview of the completed trailer and all lower tier incentives.

$250 – A special Skype call with the Director, Screenwriter, and Actor as well as all lower tier incentives.

$500 – An invitation to visit the set of the trailer shoot on June 9th and all lower tier incentives.

We would greatly appreciate receiving all funds by May 25th to give us enough time to cover all production needs at least a week before shooting. In the event that we meet our goal, any additional funds will go towards the production of the full length feature film.

Our Cast in the Trailer

38766582_1556201194634228_r.jpegAndre Joseph (“Jesse”)

38766582_1556201214927317_r.jpegChris Corulla (“Randy”)

38766582_1556201237112646_r.jpegDrew Henriksen (“Dragoon”)

38766582_1556201265560157_r.jpegBryan Williams (“Bourigeard”)

38766582_1556201345395160_r.jpegAnn Flanigan (“Glenda”)

38766582_1556201373434547_r.jpegChristie Desir (“Hana”)

38766582_1556201396668898_r.jpegTony Simonetti (“Horserider 1”)

38766582_155620142025395_r.jpegMichael Simonetti (“Horserider 2”)

38766582_1556763878966932_r.jpegTeel James Glenn ("Old Gunslinger")

Additional Actors to be announced at a later date.

To Learn More about AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8226972 

AJ Epyx Productions Website: https://ajepyxproductions.com/ 


In Conclusion


The time is right to make a western movie that reflects the call for justice, love, and equality in our current climate in America. Your support will be more than just a contribution. We are asking you to join our posse on a magnificent journey that is just beginning.
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For those of you in the Las Vegas area, our animated trailer will be screening as part of the Action on Film International Film Festival on Wednesday, July 31st at 8pm at the Brenden Theaters located inside the Palms Hotel & Casino. The trailer will be followed by the award-winning AJ Epyx short film, THE SAXOPHONIST! Get your tickets today: https://www.actiononfilmfest.com/product-page/american-gunslingers-directed-by-andre-joseph-7-31-19-8pm-block

Lastly, we're putting the last touches on the audio for the live-action trailer by the end of this week. You'll be the first to see it once it's done.
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Our screenplay has reached FINALIST status at the Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition! Congrats to our screenwriter Drew Henriksen who also has his TV as well as crime scripts as finalist status and he's even up for WRITER OF THE YEAR! The event will take place July 25 – August 3 at the Palms Casino Resort. The script also made Semi-Finalist status at the Cordillera International Film Festival. Though it won’t go forward in the screenwriting competition, we are very happy to be recognized for the work as always.

We're still hard at work on post-production with the trailer project. Some dialogue replacement is being done as we speak and the music will be finalized in another week. We're really excited to show you all what's in store!
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Tonight at 8pm, I will be appearing on It’s Just Us Radio Show with Charlene Bowden to discuss my film career, recent successes including THE SAXOPHONIST and VENDETTA GAMES, and of course AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS. You can listen in LIVE at the following link: http://artistfirst.com/itsjustus.htm
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For all our backers, we want to let you know that we're getting close to completion on the edit for the American Gunslingers trailer. The picture itself is locked, but we still have some audio replacement to do on some dialogue as well as remix the original music that was performed by our lead actor, Chris Corulla. As promised, each of you will get a chance to see it before it goes fully public.

I'm happy to let you all be the first to know that our animated teaser trailer for American Gunslingers has been selected to screen at this year's Action on Film Megafest in Las Vegas! We will have more information early next month about the screening date and film block where it will be showing. But for all filmmakers out there, the AOF as well as their sister festival Hollywood Dreams are still accepting submissions between now and July 1. Check them out on FilmFreeway.
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