We stumbled across an Indiegogo project that we think deserves attention from all Blaxploitation fans - hell, fans of any type of '70s drive-in type cinema. Fred "The Hammer" Williamson has lunched a project to get the production of a sequel to "Original Gangstas" launched.
The Old School Gangstas website says it's an: "exciting sequel to 1996's ORIGINAL GANGSTAS, which re-united Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Now, they're back! Forget THE EXPENDABLES, the old school has returned to kick @$$ and take names! "
The flick will be written, directed by, and starring Fred Williamson, OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS will not only bring back Brown, Grier, and Roundtree: they will be joined by Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas, and Robert Forster.
This is a movie that HAS to be produced! Any fan of the great Blaxploitation flicks of the '70s will have to be excited to sede those names all in one movie!
Here's how it works:
For production to happen we will need $1,200,000. With a cast of this caliber, the bulk of the budget will go to actor salaries. Fred Williamson has written and directed over 20 independent films. He knows how to stretch a $1.2 million budget to look like $5 million or more. We will shoot with a small but efficient crew on an extremely well-planned shooting schedule. Every dollar will be up on the screen with production value and top-notch cinematography to make you feel every punch.
If at least 25% of funding is in place ($300,000), we will have an advantage to approach investors for the rest of production funds. So we have set our goal at $300,000. If we exceed that, or raise the whole $1,200,000 with IndieGoGo, that would of course be fantastic! (and help production happen that much sooner)
Even the lowest donation tier of $10 will land you a "Special Thanks" in the credits of OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS and on the Internet Movie Database page. You will officially be a part of history! And the more you donate, the better the rewards.
click to view larger...In today's world, if a "black film" isn't a comedy, it has little chance in showing up on a studio's radar. With our help, The Hammer and the rest of the gang will have a good chance of getting this flick financed and produced.
The are some great rewards for those willing to make a pedge to the project. I know money is tight these days, but every dollar helps in a project like OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS!
Even if you can't pledge money, you can help bring the project to the attention of others, The Hammer tells you how:
Word of mouth is essential for a crowdfunding campaign. After you pledge, tell your family and friends about the project. Tell your neighbors, acquaintances, anyone and everyone! Tweet about it! Post it on Facebook! Social media will make the difference. With your help, we can make OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS independently and in style. This film will deliver! Thank you. #OG2
We'll be breaking some piggy banks and checking our couch cushions here at BBDI so we can make a pledge, why don't you head on ov er to the OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS site and check out the project, and make a pledge if you can find it in your heart and billfold to do so.