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Project of the Day: On the Run in the 'Mahogany Sunrise'

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 27, 2012 at 10:30AM

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. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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Mahogany Sunrise

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.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Mahogany Sunrise

Tweetable Logline:
While on the run from hitmen, an IT guy becomes entangled with a femme fatale stripper and her gangbanger ex's bordertown gang.

Elevator Pitch:
Mahogany Sunrise is a romantic, action drama about a downhearted IT guy named Jackson who longs to be a musician. After being sent to a border town for work Jackson stumbles upon a duffel bag full of money. Thinking he’s hit the jackpot he takes the money. He later meets and falls for a charismatic burlesque dancer named Mercedes. But Jackson quickly learns that this new found fortune comes with a price as he finds himself on the run from her ex and his gangster crew along with two hitmen who want the money back.

Production Team:
Writer/Director/Producer: Scott Leisk
Cinematographer: Brandon Torres
First AD: Michelle Millette

About the Production:
"The Mexican Girl chapters of Jack Kerouac’s 'On The Road' were inspirational in writing Mahogany Sunrise. Another motivation for writing Mahogany Sunrise is wondering what inspires an artist or musician. Also, I have always been fascinated by fate and chance and the idea of the path not taken. They always say write what you know and I can really relate to the protagonist Jackson who is also an IT guy but his real passion is music. He feels like he's stuck in a rut feeling as though his creativity is being stifled by working in the IT industry." -Scott Leisk

Current Status:
Crowdfunding

For more information and the support this project:

Film Website

Kickstarter Page

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This article is related to: Project of the Day, Filmmaker Toolkit





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