A down on his luck Beverly Hills tour guide meets Michael Jackson the day before he dies.
Inclusion StatementBLUEBERRY features a diverse cast and crew. The film, story, and cast highlight various ethnicities, sexualities, abilities, religions, gender, and ages. Female director, writer, and actress Nicole Daddona (aka Friday Hangs) co-directed, co-wrote, and co-stars in the movie with Adam Shenkman. Cool!
About The Project
Hi! We're The Hangs! BLUEBERRY is our first feature film. BLUEBERRY is a surreal dark comedy with elements of magical realism. It's about a Beverly Hills tour guide whose attempt at leading a tour goes terribly wrong when he finds himself in an absurd daymare where anything can and does happen including a face to face encounter with the King of Pop 24 hours before his death. It's a hilarious and inspiring journey that's fun to watch from beginning to end.
We've worked with major studios like Amazon Studios, Adult Swim, and Cartoon Network in the past on television developments and we've made short films with the likes of Maria Bamford, but we are ready to take the next step into the world of feature filmmaking! We decided to take The Duplass Brothers' lead and make this film ourselves, the way we want to make it, at the time we want to make it - which is now. We've already completed principal photography on BLUEBERRY and we need your help to do the other (probably harder) part of filmmaking...post-production. We shot for 11 days in Portland, Oregon and 2 days in Los Angeles. You're probably like, "Wait, doesn't the movie take place in Beverly Hills?!" - Technically, yes. It does. But we live in Portland. We decided to use the resources we had available to us in and around Portland, Oregon to make the film happen. Through the magic of movie-making, we were able to cheat Portland for Beverly Hills pretty seamlessly. It was a fun challenge and cool to see what we would get away with so we could tell the story we wanted to tell!
A scene shot in Los Angeles
A scene shot in Portland
Working with studios can be awesome and it's amazing when you get that green light to take your vision from dream to reality but.. honestly, working with studios can take a long time. We're totally down to work with studios, don't get us wrong.. that would be awesome! But for this particular project, we didn't want to do a lot of waiting around because the waiting around part kind of sucks!
That's why we're so inspired by The Duplass Brothers and that $3 movie mentality that got their career rolling. We are excited to use the resources we have around us to make a movie and tell a story that we're really excited about! We think you'll be excited about it too! The Duplass Brothers are our friends whether or not they know it because friends help each other and they've helped us a lot. Their book and interviews and films and shows have been an incredible source of inspiration to us. They've helped us believe that we can not only come up with a cool movie idea (everyone has a cool movie idea, right?), but that we can actually make that cool movie idea a cool movie and maybe even make a cool career out of this whole movie making thing if we play our cards right!
BLUEBERRY takes place over the course of one day, but it's a day that will forever change the main character, Abba. We crafted the film's story for over a year going from outline to script and then back to outline after chatting with our writing mentor Isaac Adamson (writer of upcoming film Bubbles, which was featured on The Black List) and studying greats like The Duplass Brothers. It seemed more natural to shoot off of an outline because of the film's run and gun shooting style. We also knew we'd be working with interesting actors - some of them casted at places like coffee shops and banks - so we wanted to let their words be genuine and give them room to play with the role they were given.
We are so stoked for the Hometown Heroes Rally not only because of our deep billowing love for The Duplass Brothers (did we mention that we love those guys?) but also because we have a film in the can that we just wrapped picture on last week and now we have the amazing Seed & Spark community to share it with and get support from as we head into post-production!
We are seeking your help to make this film the way that we want to make it independently on the timeline we prefer. We want to get this film in tip top shape with your help so we can share the joy of the story we've written with you and the world! We shot the film out of pocket this summer, but need help to fund post-production. We saved up for over a year to fund the production of this film working odd jobs like delivering groceries and hawking enamel pins, but now our funds have run dry and we need the help of film lovers from around the world to bring our fun little story into existence. It's got comedy. It's got drama. It's got fantasy. It's even got a little thriller. The world needs more eccentric, fun, and far out films and filmmakers, especially eccentric female filmmakers. We're here to step up to the plate with our feature film, BLUEBERRY!
BLUEBERRY is a film based on true events. It's raw. It's weird. It's totally us. Thanks for checking it out and supporting our vision!
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About This Team
MEET THE HANGS!
The Hangs are comprised of Buddy and Friday Hangs (no relation) aka Adam Shenkman and Nicole Daddona. They specialize in surrealistic and alternative film, television, visual art, and comedy. They have developed shows for Adult Swim, Amazon Studios, MTV, and Cartoon Network and performed live nationally. They were founded in Los Angeles in 2013.
Adam is a seasoned performer, writer, and director and has created many live stage shows in Los Angeles, television shows, and music videos. His comedy has been featured on hundreds of stages including The Comedy Central Stage and he developed his live kids show for adults titled 'The Breakfast Show' into a series with Amazon Studios in 2017. When he's not busy making films and television series, he can be found rapping in gold leotards and searching for the best slice of pizza in America.
Friday Hangs (aka Nicole) is an artist, writer, director, and performer. She got her start drawing bright and often times weird cartoons and comics for the likes of BUST Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. She's the Editor-In-Chief and founder of lowbrow quarterly art & culture magazine FRIDAY, which has featured some of the greatest living underground and up-and-coming artists and creatives of today. When she's not busy living like she's in an 80s teen movie, she can be found exploring forgotten amusement parks, walking around dead malls, and scouring thrift stores for California Raisins figurines.