Writer and director Chad Clinton Freeman has a dream and he’d like your assistance in making it come true. His new project, Parabella Nigel: Saiko Saikik Witch Bitch, is in the planning stages, but it’s a little low on cash. So, Freeman is trying something novel to fund his film’s $16,666 budget: he’s looking for financing online. No cast or crew attachments will be made until funding is in place.
Knowing no one would support a project they knew nothing about, Freeman has created and posted a teaser trailer online HERE. The clip, which is just a little over a minute long, was made from public domain footage to give fans and investors an idea of the film’s mood. The project is being described by Freeman as a “slasher noir about a psychic that may or may not be a serial killer.”
“[It] isn’t quite a horror film and it isn’t a film noir project either. It is, however, a highly stylized and unconventional psychological thriller with quirky characters and dark humor that features lurid and exploitative elements. There’s a psycho killer on the loose snuffing out victims in a graphically violent manner via cinéma vérité visions. There’s the mysterious female psychic that we root for, who is as odd as she is sexy. There’s the hard-boiled detective who is determined to get to the bottom of things and, of course, there are all of those interesting and offbeat players.
“It’s going to be a mind trip of a film that is sort of like Saw meets The Sixth Sense on crack,” said Freeman, a producer on Amateur Porn Star Killer 3D and Killer Biker Chicks. “This is a dark and ugly story that I hope to turn into a beautiful film that is part arthouse and part grindhouse. I hope to make a project that is creative, full of energy and has something to say.
“Paranormal Activity was made for less than $20,000 and it killed at the box office,” Freeman said. “That film reminded me of how important guerilla marketing is in this business. So I thought if social sites can help build that much buzz for a movie once it’s made, then perhaps it’s possible to get people interested in a project based on its pitch and have them rally around to help fund it.”
Parabella Nigel: Saiko Saikik Witch Bitch will be the feature-length debut from Freeman’s Polly Staffle Films. The production company’s first short film, Super Undead Doctor Roach, was a 48 Hour Film Project that later became a 2009 Arizona Underground Film Festival selection.
Freeman is a Las Vegas-based mass media specialist and is best known for his entertainment website PollyStaffle.com, which has been on hiatus this past year. He has also been a part of the independent films Silent Night, Zombie Night; One Long Day; and Breath of Hate, among others.
The clip he put together has a cool sensibility, and if nothing else, Freeman seems to have a talent for catchy titles. I wish him luck and remain cautiously optimistic. If you want to help kickstart Parabella Nigel: Saiko Saikik Witch Bitch, go HERE. Who knows, this could be your chance to break in to the movie buisness.