Kickstart This: Help Fund '4 of a Kind' Before Filmmaker Goes Blind
by Ben Pearson
August 23, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need a little bit of your help to become a reality. Today, we're featuring a project called 4 of a Kind, written and hopefully directed by Jack Marchetti. Marchetti is slowly going blind, but even if that wasn't the case, his crime thriller still looks cool enough to feature on its own. Trouble is, there's a rapidly dwindling time limit here because the campaign expires this Saturday morning at 12:30am! Take a closer look below and toss this filmmaker a few bucks if you can. Read on!
Jack and his brother were both born with a retinal disease called cone rod dystrophy, which slowly restricts vision. He will ultimately go blind, but he's just not sure when. Before the inevitable happens, he wants to make this film, and while the most cynical among you might look at this as just a charity case, Marchetti's script has received some pretty solid accolades. He originally wrote the screenplay for 4 of a Kind back in 2003, and it went on to make the Top 100 in Season Three of "Project Greenlight" and became a 2010 quarterfinalist in the Blu Cat Screenplay Competition.
So what is 4 of a Kind about? Set in Chicago (where the project is set to be filmed), the story follows a man named John Collins, a vet who returns home to secretly take down his former crew, which is made up of his three best friends since childhood. But when his sister is murdered, John is left reeling and unsure whether someone was trying to send him a message or if her death is coincidental. It has the makings of a really compelling story, and you can even read the screenplay right here if you're into that kind of thing. Take a look at the pitch video, which features footage at the end, and please consider supporting Jack!
For more information about 4 of a Kind, or to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Writer/director Jack Marchetti is hoping to raise $100,000 by the morning of this Saturday, August 25th, so let's do our part to try to give a final push and help Jack make this project while he still can.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're always looking for feedback, so sound off with any thoughts on the film or suggestions for this column in the comments below. Also, my inbox is always open at BenPears85@gmail.com, so feel free to send any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way and you might end up seeing them featured. Don't worry, IndieGoGo fans, I know I've been neglecting that site lately but I've already got one coming in the next few weeks. As always, thanks for supporting these indie projects, because they absolutely could not come to life without without the help of generous people just like you. For our full Kickstart This archives, visit here.