Help Frankie Latina finance his next film, and maybe get killed by Danny Trejo in the process
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“A fashion photographer gets more than he bargained for when a roll of film in a used camera contains sinister imagery.”
That’s a simple enough synopsis for a film, and one that could easily be the basis for countless Hollywood boilerplate thrillers. (Or, you know, a mid-’60s Antonioni film.) But in the hands of Milwaukee filmmaker Frankie Latina, it’s sure to be anything but multiplex-friendly. The director is currently prepping his second feature film, Snap Shot, which promises plenty of “sinister wrongdoings,” oodles of “desperate violence,” and a “perilous vortex of the rich and strange.” Like Latina’s 2009 exploitation tour de force, Modus Operandi, Snap Shot will also boast a wonderfully bat-shit collection of actors, including Milwaukee’s own Mark Borchardt, Wes Anderson favorite Kumar Pallana, and ubiquitous character actor and undeniable Machete badass Danny Trejo. (Trejo’s son, Gilbert, wrote Snap Shot’s screenplay.)
But even with the star power of a man who has appeared in everything from Death Wish 4: The Crackdown to Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World, the filmmakers are in need of some cash. Latina has turned to Kickstarter in hopes of raising $74,500, and is offering a handful of oddball goodies for potential backers. For a pledge of $5 or more, Danny Trejo will add you to his private Instagram feed, where he will treat you to behind-the-scenes photos throughout the production. For $45 or more, you’ll be the proud owner of a “limited-edition Mark Borchardt 45 rpm vinyl record of the original soundtrack to Snap Shot,” complete with “groovy sleeve artwork.” And for the big spenders, a pledge of $5,000 or more will not only land you a producer credit and a bit part in the film, but you’ll be killed on-screen by Danny Trejo himself. Now that’s an IMDB credit to be proud of.
Interested in helping this sure-to-be mutated cinematic baby come to life? Then hurry, because the Kickstarter campaign ends March 29, and shooting is expected to begin this spring. After that, the closest you’ll (likely) get to Danny Trejo murdering you onscreen is by popping a copy of From Dusk Till Dawn into one of those old combination TV/VCRs, and dropping it on your head.
Check out Latina’s desperate plea for help below.