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March 27, 2012 10:30 AM
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Project of the Day: On the Run in the '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:

For more information and the support this project:

Film Website

Kickstarter Page

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  • Diana | April 1, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    Too much droll talking, not enough action! Get people interested from the get-go. You had the two most interesting people at the end. Edit that and garner greater interest.

  • Scott | April 3, 2012 5:45 PM

    Done. Thanks for your critic!

  • Johnson | March 28, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Do you really think I'm going to give you my money to support your film. Most of us have funding for our own indie films that we have to take care of. You guys are some real assholes for that.

  • Carol | April 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    Umm, Johnson, apparently you somehow missed it, but that's what this site is all about--raising money for creative projects. If you don't want to help, fine, but I think you have it mixed up who the a-hole is.

  • Mark | March 29, 2012 3:57 PM

    Wow, Johnson, good luck with that. I'm sure you have a lot of friends who will help you out with that. If everyone who is trying to raise money for their indie films is an asshole, what does that make you, since you admit you have funding needs of your own to take care of?

  • Lines | March 28, 2012 7:44 PM

    that's a bit harsh don't you think? They are trying to get funding through Kickstarter, which if your an indie film maker then you should be doing the same.