By Indiewire | Indiewire January 29, 2014 at 10:55AM
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Tweetable Logline: Desperate to get to an anime convention, a quirky teen "kidnaps" her wily grandfather and together they embark on the roadtrip of a lifetime
Elevator Pitch: "Dandi Chiapetta" is an alternative teen who is into everything anime and the band Slipknot. Bullied for her love of this art form, she still has a dream. To get to a convention halfway across the country where her favorite anime Director, Shinichiro Watanabe, is going to turn one amateur manga comic into an anime. When all else fails, she "kidnaps" her estranged grandfather, in a nursing home, and races to get to the convention in time. Judging by our FB page, which has over 228,000 "likes" already, worldwide, this film and subject matter has huge potential.
Robbie Bryan Writer/Director
Christie Botelho Exec. Producer
John A. Gallagher Exec. Producer
Patrick Coppola Producer
Lisle Wilkerson Ass. Producer
Sybil Santiago Ass. Producer
Aaron Medick Cinematographer
Andrew Hollander Composer (Waitress)
Josh Turi Make-Up (Three-time Emmy Awards SNL)
Masao Maruyama Creating 11 minutes od anime (Co-Creator of Madhouse in Japan)
About the Production: When I first started researching the magical world of anime, I was overtaken by the creativity and passion of this art form. I spent two months talking to kids at anime clubs and conventions and knew we had a unique fresh spin on a road trip film. Bullying was a huge result of liking this genre, and I got excited about eventually forming a Skype club where teens could go when they felt isolated. Lastly, a disabled cosplayer who recently passed, was brought to my attention and I am honored to name a character after her, immortalizing her through film.
Current Status: Crowd funding here http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/black-hat with a 90%-10% deal if we are successful. Scouted and ready to go!
For more information and to support this project: Seed and Spark Page