Kickstart This: The Insane-But-True 'Brian Banks Story' + Cyber-Punk
by Ben Pearson
June 25, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we've got three film projects for you: a coming of age story about a group of friends called Objects in the Rearview; After the Fall, a cyber-punk story with an emotional core; and finally an autobiographical film about a man wrongly accused of a crime called The Brian Banks Story. Take a look at these three new projects, sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check 'em out!
First up, there's Objects in the Rearview. It's a short film with big ambitions, similar to the ambitions of its characters - a group of 20-somethings who move to Hollywood with dreams of becoming famous. They all deal with the reality of their situations in different ways, and when their trek through Los Angeles proves too much for one of the group, an unconscionable decision is made. With a great cast lined up, including actors from "Parenthood," "Chuck," "Pretty Little Liars," and College Humor, this project looks to separate itself from its contemporaries with equally impressive talent in front of and behind the camera. Take a look:
For more information about Objects in the Rearview, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Adam Bagger and his team just reached their goal, but if their project speaks to you, you can still donate and help them make their work as impressive as possible.
Next, there's the cyber-punk sci-fi actioner After the Fall. When writer/director Randolph Scott's sister passed away, it inspired him to write a sci-fi story based on a previous short he worked on called New Dawn. The new iteration of the tale is about a woman frozen in time who is awakened in the future, where she is rescued by a band of resistance fighters during a post-apocalyptic war. The effects are a little shoddy, but the story comes from a personal place and you can feel the love that the cast and crew put into this project. The success of these indie projects is more about how you connect with the material than how it compares to a big Hollywood production, and this is no exception.
For more information on After the Fall, or to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Randolph Scott and his team are hoping to get $75,000 by July 7th, and they need our help to make it.
And finally, there's The Brian Banks Story. It's a tale that's been used in countless Hollywood movies, but tragically, this time it's a true story. When he was just 16 years old, Banks was wrongfully convicted of raping a fellow classmate and sentenced to five years in prison, losing out on what most people would call the best years of your life. Unlike a lot of documentaries told from an outside perspective, this one is told by Banks himself as he grabs the camera and takes us on a journey that doesn't shy away from the heartbreak of his scenario but provides a glimpse of hope of recovering from a devastating loss of childhood.
For more information on The Brian Banks Story, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Banks is looking for $40,000 by June 28th, and he's only a few hundred dollars from his goal!
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This. Hopefully you like the latest projects we've featured, so leave us some feedback in the comments. My inbox is always open if you come across something you'd like to see grace the pages of this website in the future, so fire an e-mail my way at BenPears85@gmail.com and hopefully we can get it some extra publicity. As always, thanks for supporting these projects, because these filmmakers definitely couldn't achieve their goals without your help. For our Kickstart This archive and to check out every project we've featured, visit here. We hope you like what you see. Thoughts on these?
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