Kickstart This: 'Paperback' Comedy From Writer/Director of 'New Low'
by Ben Pearson
August 9, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting indie projects that need your help to become a reality. We often feature shorts in this column, but today I'd like to turn your attention to a feature film called Paperback, a story of a guy who meets the girl of his dreams, but discovers an obstacle stands in the way of them being together. It's a tale of romance, and it happens to be a comedy, but it sounds like it's far from your typical "romantic comedy." Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.
Paperback was hatched by writer/director Adam Bowers, a friend of mine and an indie filmmaker whose 2010 film New Low played at the Sundance Film Festival. That project was shot on a shoestring budget, but for his second feature, Adam is looking for a bit more money to pull off a more polished look. But in keeping with Orson Welles' famous quote, "The enemy of art is the absence of limitation," Adam is hoping to retain the same scaled down vibe which served him well on his first film. Adam and I worked together on a few projects when we were in college at the University of Florida, and part of the funds raised will go toward flying the cast and crew from Los Angeles back to Gainesville, where he'll shoot this film.
The story is about a guy who never left his college town, his old best friend who just moved back, and what happens when he meets the girl of his dreams, but finds out there's something stopping the two of them from being together. I really love his description of how this project differs from your standard romcoms:
"It's not different because it's 'quirky,' or the characters play folk songs while riding adult tricycles or something like that. This is a romantic comedy that feels like real life. It's about people that usually aren't in romantic comedies, but are in real life."
Adam's work has already been compared to Woody Allen and Richard Linklater's early films by legit outlets like Indiewire, Variety and the A/V Club, and he has some solid talent attached for this next effort, including the producer of The Myth of the American Sleepover, the DP from Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine, and many others. Take a look at his fun pitch video for Paperback here:
For more information on Adam Bowers' Paperback, and to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. The filmmakers are hoping to raise a total of $39,000 by next Friday, August 16th, and they need your help for that final push to meet their goal. If you'd like to support independent filmmaking set in locations other than the typical hotspots of Los Angeles or New York City, please donate and spread the word about this project on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you can.
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com if you find a cool film-related project that needs some extra attention to meet its goal. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't promise we'll feature it, but I will always take a look at it. Thanks for your continued suggestions, and as always, thanks so much for your support of these independent projects because they couldn't be completed without the help of film lovers like you guys. Feel free to browse our full Kickstart This archives and help out other projects still running.