In this horror-comedy with an ecological twist, a group of kids race to survive #trashpocalypse when all garbage comes to life and returns to meet its makers. Join the journey to realize this scary-fun movie that will make everyone regard their trashcans more cautiously.
Inclusion StatementWe are determined to foster an inclusive culture that breaks down patriarchal power structures and combats racism and sexism. Also, two of three lead characters are people of color, two are women, one is queer, and the script easily passes the Bechdel test.
About The Project
Consumerism depends on the "magical" disappearance of waste. We bury it, burn it, export it, and most of us never give it another thought. In Trash Night, the world’s waste rises up to save the planet from humans. This film uses humor and horror to remind audiences that our consumption has consequences. It’s a hilarious, handmade adventure that dramatizes how much damage we’ve done to the planet and how little time we have to change it...
We have the feature-length script written. Now, in order to entice financiers, we need to develop a killer pitch package. This development phase will allow us to R&D the look of the movie. With your help, we'll be able to bring on a graphic designer to create a poster and pitch deck, a concept artist to design the trash monsters, builders to prototype them (out of recycled and salvaged materials), animators to bring miniature versions to life, and cast and crew to make a short demo film that pulls it all together into a proof-of-concept teaser and shows off the effects, style, and tone of the eventual feature film. All of this will result in an irrestistible sales package that we can then use to raise the production budget from companies and investors in the next stage.
This is the very start of a fun ride to make a movie that will have lasting cultural impact—not despite of but because of its entertainment value. And we want you on the team!
Please PLEDGE. Every litter bit helps!
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Thank you for taking a look. We know that a movie alone can’t change the forces we’re up against. But in among all the organizing and resistance ought to be culture-making, especially socially-engaged entertainment that calls for action while delivering white-knuckled belly-laughs and ultimately joy. To quote Rebecca Solnit, “When you face politics that aspire to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine act of insurrection.” Trash Night on its face seems fearful, but it ultimately digs under the skin to plant seeds of joy, which grow into hope, and then into change... if we all pitch in.
Who do we think we are?
We're a collective of activist-filmmakers started by two brothers, Keil and Aaron Troisi, then joined by other close collaborators including writer Gabe DiDomenico and animator Brett Hall. We spent our teenage years in Pennsylvania making movies every spare second we had, in an open and inclusive process with friends, family, and community members. (All of the GIFs on this page come from old footage from some of those movies, including the one below, from our 1999 full-length adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Farhenheit 451. HBO is taking a stab at that one now, probably for a higher budget than we had.)
Nowadays, Keil is a creative producer and project manager for artist-activist provacateurs The Yes Men, Media Director of their nonprofit creative-activism incubator The Yes Lab, and since 2008 has run a screenplay consulting business, Scriptproof. Aaron is a union organizer (and new father!) in Northeast PA. Gabe is a novelist and screenwriter in LA. Brett is an Emmy-award winning animation director and visual effects artist currently working on Stephen Colbert's Our Cartoon President. We're joined by a tight network of longtime collaborators—and we're excited to widen that network on this film, first with the truly brilliant artist George Ferrandi on board as art director and co-producer. More team members are in talks now and will be announced soon!
Our first feature film (at least, as adults) was 2015's social-issue horror-thriller Human Resources. The movie follows a woman who discovers the skyscraper she works in is haunted by victims of a corporation, and she sets out to stop them by any means necessary...
We made that feature for an amazingly low budget (by industry stardards what's called "no budget")—and it looks a lot more expensive than it really was. That's because ever since we were little, growing up poor-to-lower-middle class, we've had to be crazy-resourceful to get our absurdly ambitious projects off the ground, and it's always worked only because of strong community building and creative problem solving.
Human Resources toured film festivals all over the country, and won five awards, including Best First Time Director at Global Revolution FF, and Best Female Actor and Best Makeup FX at Something Wicked FF, among others.
We learned a lot of making Human Resources—now armed with lessons and insights about how to cheaply make a little movie look big, we're ready to top it.
What You Get!
Please join our community... pledge if you can, but no matter what CLICK FOLLOW! It will help us big time. Everyone who clicks follow and signs up (for free!) will get updates as the project progresses from here on out, and you'll push us toward our goal of 1,000 followers, which makes us eligible for a $25K prize and chance at a distribution deal!
For cash pledges you get all sorts of fun goodies... check out the list to the right. The movie, eco-saving tote bag, calls to your reps advocating for environmentalism, postcards from our crew's trash cleanup outings, roles in the film, and lots more stuff. You can also donate services, talent, and equipment—check out our list here, or drop a line if you have something to offer that's not listed. And in every case, you have the knowledge that you're making an independent film that uses creativity, humor, and horror to tackle the most urgent environmental issues facing the planet.
Thanks for pitching in!
#TrashNight #EveryLitterBit #EcoHorror #CommunalNightmares
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About This Team
Our core crew are tight-knit because we grew up together making movies! There must have been something in the water in our Pennsylvania hometown, because there's so much talent there we have the thrill of learning from and collaborating with. But we’re most excited that this project will take us to the next level and enable us to bring on lots of new talent. This will bring our grassroots DIY-style up a notch with new collaborators and a level of technical and creative excellence that we only dreamed of as kids saving up to buy more blank VHS tapes...
We’re currently in talks with a bunch of artists, designers, animators, and other new team members, so stay tuned—this page will be updated as we build out a badass roster!