More information regarding the film, its unique production process, and the phenomenal cast and crew is available below in the posted segment of the official press release.
The production surrounding The Concessionaires Must Die is truly groundbreaking. The entire pre-production and production of the film was live stream across a number of platforms. The Indie-Go-Go campaign did the first ever Live-A-Thon of streaming for 60 hours straight to encourage people to contribute to the project. 90% of the goal was reached in the first 60 hours of the campaign! In pre-production, all the auditions, location scouts, production meetings were live-streamed to the audience who got to give feedback and get involved in the process on a deeper level than ever before. In production, the entire shoot, entire 12 hour days were live streamed (except for the last 20 pages, no spoilers!) from our location in Fresno. This gave the audience a rare, true glimpse into indie filmmaking: raw, un-filtered and un-edited. Plus, it allowed them to cheer for the filmmakers and be personally invested in the success of the film. You can see some of the interviews from set on our YouTube page.
There were a number of companies brave enough to come on board for the experiment who were able to make this project possible. Please check them out on our Sponsors page!
How it All Began
Sam McCoy, Zakareth Ruben and April Wade decided they wanted to make a movie. Together they came up with a story. Sam McCoy then wrote a script based on his experiences working in an independent movie theater in Nebraska. They then attached America Young as the director and started focusing on making this project come to life. Many, many calls later, they found the Warnor Theater in Fresno, California, the perfect location for the heart and soul of the film. Not only is the Warnor Theater a work of architectural art, but the management and staff were incredibly supportive and quickly became members of the CMD family. With the seed money raised by the Live-A-Thon, the help of an Angel Investor and their sponsors, they were able to get the ball rolling. Along the way the picked up two more amazing producers, Ron Cohen and Jason Dibler. At long last, Zakareth Ruben, America Young, Ron Cohen, Jason Dibler, along with their dream cast, headed up to a welcoming Fresno. The rest is history…in the making.
With appearances from Dan Lauria, Stan Lee, Neil Grayston and cameos by Traice Thoms, Beth Grant, Michael Chieffo, Sasha Grey, Alison Haislip, Alecks Paunovic, Keahu Kahuanui, Dove Meir, and Yuri Lowenthal.