No Alternative: A Feature Film Indiegogo

Posted June 27, 2016 by Eoin Friel in News

William Dickerson contacted us about his new project entitled “”No Alternative”; a coming-of-age drama that drills a hole into the world of suburban American teenagers in the early 90’s.

You can check out all the details on the campaign below or visit the Official Indiegogo Page.

Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own “alternative” band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of an X-rated gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.”

“No Alternative” probes the lives of rebellious kids who transition into adulthood via the distortion pedals of their lives in an era when the “Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll” ethos was amended to include “Suicide” in its phrase.

“No Alternative” is a coming-of-age drama about suburban American teenagers in the early 90s. Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own alternative band after the suicide of Kurt Cobain—it’s an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.”

My name is William Dickerson, and I’m a filmmaker and author. I’ve been making films for as long as I can remember, I went to the American Film Institute, and my first feature film, “Detour,” was released in 2013. I’ve gained a reputation for being able to make “microbudget” films look like “muchbiggerbudget” ones, and that’s exactly what I’m planning to do with “No Alternative.”

It’s almost impossible to get Hollywood to fund something that’s not a thriller, or a horror movie, or a comic book movie—they rarely ever fund coming-of-age films.

Generally speaking, Hollywood isn’t funding indie films anymore—there are just tent-poles (studio movies made for 150 million and up) and microbudgets (movies made for under a million, often far less than a million). For filmmakers like me, crowdfunding is a necessity; it’s how indie movies are made now.

The middle class space of filmmaking has disappeared. I’m hoping to help rebuild it, one movie at a time—but, right now, I can only do it with the help of contributors like you.

There is nothing more personal to me than this film. If I had just one chance to make one more movie, it would be this one. When I first started the writing process, I felt compelled to tell the story. There’s one story that’s unique to each of us that only we can tell. For me, it’s this one.

The character of “Bri Da B” is inspired by my sister, who for most of her life suffered from mental illness. One of the ways she was able to cope and enjoy life was through rapping. When the character of Bridget becomes “Bri Da B,” that transformation into someone else helps lessen the pain she is feeling in her life.

I have always thought of “No Alternative” as a love letter to my sister, a plea for her survival. That’s why I originally wrote the novel this film is based on. I wish I could tell you that plea was successful. But, I can’t. The majority of my sister’s life was a battle fought against borderline personality disorder, drug addiction and suicidal behavior. A battle she ultimately succumbed to on July 1, 2014.

While she may have lost her battle, I’m hopeful we can win the war—and we can do it in honor of her, and others who have suffered like she did.

The issue of mental illness needs to be destigmatized. Men and women of all ages suffer silently, struggling with mental illness, addiction and suicidal tendencies on a daily basis. Strides have been made, but as a culture and a society, we aren’t open enough to talk about it in an effective way. “No Alternative” seeks to destigmatize the struggles of people who suffer. If the film starts a conversation and emotionally affects just one person enough for that person to seek help, it will be a success.

The campaign for “No Alternative” is officially being sponsored by From the Heart Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports films that make a contribution to society. By contributing to this film, you are not only helping other socially conscious films get made, but your donation is also tax-deductible.

A script is no longer enough to prove you can make the movie. Hence: the “Proof-of-Concept” film. Here is a scene from “No Alternative,” which has been fashioned into a short to provide an example of the look and style of the film and demonstrate its viability and potential on the screen.

This is a microbudget film that I plan to shoot in Yonkers, New York, where I grew up. I have deep personal connections to the town and the surrounding area. I plan to use every resource at my disposal to shoot this film in my hometown where the story takes place.

I’m thrilled to announce that I have secured HALF THE BUDGET from an investor who believes passionately in the film. However, this $150,000 pledge is contingent on me raising the other half.

We need to raise a total of $150,000 overall, to encompass all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production. With this campaign we are seeking aminimum of $75,000 for the pre- and production phases, plus an additional $5,000 to cover Indiegogo fees, reward fulfillments and legal bills. Please give what you can, because every dollar counts. The more we can raise, the higher quality we can achieve—whether it means we can pay for one or two extra crew members, secure an additional day of shooting, or be able to afford the rights to the perfect 90s soundtrack—each cent matters. Plus, all funds that exceed our goal will be put toward our post-production budget, which is integral in having a finished film!

You can help make this movie a reality! We are already halfway there!

This campaign encompasses the pre-production and production process only. We will require additional funds in order to finish the film in post. Here is the breakdown of the budget:

This campaign encompasses the entire process—from pre-production, to production to finishing the film in post.

Contributors at all levels will receive updates on the film’s production and release throughout the life of the film. Your support is more than just monetary; it is priceless. We will be forever grateful to you, as your commitment is helping us bring this important story to life.

We have some great perks for contributors, including signed editions of my books, filmmaking mentorships, opportunities to be a part of the movie, and props from some of my previous films, like “Detour” and “Don’t Look Back.”

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Eoin Friel

I started The Action Elite a few years ago; it's grown from strength to strength but now seems like the right time to expand. I've always loved different movie genres like horror, sci-fi and dramas so you'll see a wide range of different movies covered here.


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