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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

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

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

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.


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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We are in the remaining 5 days of our GoFundMe campaign. Though donations have been coming in slowly, we have received some private donations that will keep us on track for our trailer shoot dates of June 2 and June 9. But we still need as much as we can not only for the production of the trailer but also editing, sound mixing, and film festival entries. Any small donations between now and the end of this week will help us a long way to see to the full completion of the first phase of this special project. Please continue to spread the word, share the link, and donate as much as you can. Thank you.
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We're happy to welcome actress Stephanie Hinck to play the role of "Suki" in AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS ! Stephanie had started her acting career in the Philly film community, with a number of short films, commercials, and on-stage performances to develop her craft as an artist and encourage her transition to the New York market. Stephanie is a recent graduate at the Maggie Flanigan Conservatory in NYC under Charlie Sandlan. She just wrapped a lead role in ‘Madison Guerilla'; a project close to her heart about injustice and female empowerment.

As we mentioned yesterday, we have until May 25th before our campaign officially ends. Please continue to support by donating and sharing our link to get our trailer shot on June 2nd and 9th!
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As you've probably seen today, we reduced our minimum fundraising goal to $2000. This is because we've made some significant cuts to our trailer budget through favors from friends and colleagues. By no means are we sacrificing the quality of our work. But now we must complete fundraising NO LATER THAN MAY 25th to receive all funds. All reward tiers will be honored after that date. We will have more updates about the shoot later this week. Please continue to support, share, and donate as much as possible for us to raise the remaining $1500. Thank you!
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The Drew Henriksen-penned screenplay for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS has just been accepted to compete in this summer's Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition! The event is also a sister festival to Action on Film as well as the Hollywood Dreams Film Festival where our award-winning short film THE SAXOPHONIST will also be playing this summer. Congrats to Drew and our team!

Please continue to donate and support our efforts to produce a live-action trailer for American Gunslingers!
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