10 Cent Pistol

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It is good when someone fits with another in a job. When one has what the other one lacks. Even if that job is a crime.

Jake and Easton are brothers and perfect crime partners, one is the planner and the other one is the face of the operation. But their success comes to an abrupt end when a job goes horribly wrong. A corrupt attorney, the LAPD and a sexy femme fatale are after them and they have their backs against the walls.

“10 Cent Pistol” is produced by JT and Damon Alexander, who are also the lead actors. Completing the cast are Jena Malone, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Emilio Rivera, among others.

In a conversation with The Outsider Argentina, the Alexander brothers spoke about the idea of the movie, the Kickstarter Campaign to raise the money for distribution and festivals and the rewards for the people who help them.

How did you get the idea of filming “10 Cent Pistol”?

Damon: After meeting Michael at the Dodger game and being from back east we felt he could write interesting characters for JT and me to play. We started off with a short he wrote. At that point we felt strongly that it needed to be a feature.

What is the movie about?

Damon: The film has biblical references from the story of Jacob and Esau from the book of genesis. Jake and Easton symbolize the relationship between the two. Constant competitive likable criminals that see the world in different ways. Easton gets screwed by a corrupt attorney Joe Mantegna, gets out of jail early which is a surprise to Jake and Daneel (Jena Malone) and comes up with a plan to get back what was stolen from him.

What can you tell us about the characters?

JT: Jake (JT Alexander) is a patient calculating quiet introvert. Danneel (Jena Malone) is a struggling actor whose told she’s no good. She’s in a relationship with both Jake and Easton. Easton (Damon Alexander) is a violent reckless sociopath. Punchy (Joe Mantegna) is a corrupt attorney who is Jake and Easton’s boss.

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How was it like working with such a talented cast, like Joe Mantegna, Jena Malone, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Emilio Rivera?

JT: All the actors were great! Very giving and generous to different choices. We are proud to say all the actors including Jessica Szhor, Brendan Sexton III, Adam Arkin, Colby French, JJ Soria are all very talented pros.

Why did you decide to make a Kickstarter Campaign?

Damon: Since it’s an indie film, we like funding ways that feel very indie. Kickstarter is a huge support system for the indie community. We also felt that it would be a great way to get the word out on how we made this movie happen. It’s a very real unique story that people should hear. We also thought it could be a great way to raise funds for our festival tour.

What are you going to do with the money you’ll earn?

Damon: The money will be used for expenses associated with taking the film to festivals around the world. We also are going to be using the money to help look for distribution, make DVDs and BluRays and the associated costs for that. We don’t know all the film festivals yet, because it’s all very early in the process.

Which are the rewards for the people who help in the campaign?

Damon: We have digital, DVD and BluRay copies of the film available. If people back, they’ll be among the first folks to see the movie. Plus the cast was really generous to donate some fun rewards like signed cast photos, signed script pages, and even some lunches with the actors! You can even have Joe Mantegna, Thomas Ian Nicholas or Emilio Rivera record your outgoing voice mail message. We may also have some more reward tiers coming that we’re excited about.

You two are actors, how was it like producing and acting in this movie?

JT: Very, very challenging! A lot of personalities to juggle. Being both the lead actors and head producers is a difficult deal. Although we feel very proud of the work we have done both on and off the screen.

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Are you planning on keep filming independent movies?

Damon: Absolutely we currently have an Irish mob script optioned named Hitman’s Funeral written by TJ Mancini who wrote Find me Guilty staring Vin Diesel and directed by Sidney Lumet.

Do you think that is easier to film and distribute movies nowadays, with tools like Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Why?

JT: There are many ways to raise money to make a film. Truthfully it all starts with the script and the story. Then you need talent that wants to play the characters while maintaining a good investment to your backers. The amazing part about Kickstarter is that people can get involved on a micro level. You don’t need to be a successful business man or have a huge disposable income to be involved in the film making process. I really like that about the crowdfunding model. Fans can say “I like this, it needs to happen” rather than just studio executives deciding what gets made.

Damon: It’s always hard to raise money to do a movie and still maintain creative control. It seems that things are constantly changing. When we heard of the success of the Zach Braff and the Veronica Mars campaigns we had to look at Kickstarter as a possible format to raise additional funds for the completion of the film and for our festival tour. I think that Kickstarter has given people a choice to put their baby out there and see if people respond positively to it. The world of raising money for films really has no boundaries or rules. It’s still a stressful process no matter what tools are available, it takes a lot of work and we’re learning just how much work Kickstarter can be! We’re grateful that Kickstarter has opened a new market and we are hopeful helps us achieve our goal.

If you want to help the Alexander brothers to make this film possible, here is their Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/874501210/10-cent-pistol-a-movie-with-joe-mantegna-and-jena

Samantha Schuster

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