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Project of the Day: 'Rover' Reveals a Prophecy in a Decaying Bushwick Church

By Indiewire | Indiewire February 27, 2013 at 4:49PM

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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Rover

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.

"Rover"

Tweetable Logline:

A hapless cult leader losing control of his flock fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie in hopes of bringing them together.

Elevator Pitch:

In their dilapidated church headquarters, a greatly diminished and dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves. Their hapless leader, DAVE, concocts a plan: to quell infighting and give them purpose in life before their deaths, he fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world. There’s just one problem: they don’t know the first thing about film production.

They bring on outside help, and (over the course of production) they improve and get closer.

But just as they hit their stride, Dave receives a true prophecy. It’s time for them to “exit.”

Production Team:

Tony Blahd - Writer/Director
Lizz Morhaim - Executive Producer
Matthew Thurm - Producer
Brant Moeller - Line Producer
Corey Gegner - Director of Photography
Lydia Fine - Production & Costume Designer
Danielle Laubach - Co-Production Designer
Christine Casaus - Co-Costume Designer
Catrin Hedstrom - Editor

About the Production:

"In February 2012, Tony and a few friends leased a decaying church in Bushwick. The place was a shithole -- little schooldesks strewn about, piles and piles of mildewed bibles. But in just a few months, they had cleaned it up and were holding art shows, throwing parties and renting classrooms as artist studios. By August, there was enough money to hustle together a movie (and rumors that they'd lose the church December 1). Three months to write a script, get a crew, and make a movie. What kind of story can you tell for $50,000 in a broken down Bushwick church? -- Matthew Thurm

Current Status:

Raising funds for post production

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page

Facebook Page


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