On the brink of their beloved single screen independent movie theater being shut down forever, a misfit band of theater workers face the corporate evil, foreclosure and the unthinkable…having to decide what they want to be when and if they ever grow up. Concessionaires Assemble!
Scott Frakes, pop culture fanatic, comic book collector and going nowhere fast, is the leader of the gang of misfits that run the Monarch Theater. Our gang is made up of Gabby inherited the theater from her father but never really wanted or never really knew what to do with it. Ashley, friends with Gabby since childhood has returned after a humiliating run as a child actor in Hollywood. They are joined by RJ, all state Magic The Gathering Champion three years running and a little awkward with the ladies and Kira, odd and new to the gang. They are all guided by the sage Obi Wan of the group, Jon the projectionist. Together they must figure out how to save the theater from the inevitable closure and save themselves from an impending life of un-fulfillment and obscurity. But at least this obscurity includes silly string fights and being rude to the stupid customers.
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. https://www.youtube.com/user/
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 the 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.