“Regular Paintings” Needs Your Help
Pittsburgh-based filmmaking team Francart & Francart Pictures are crowdsourcing their second short film Regular Paintings, a tribute to the night owls who hang out at bars and the bartenders who serve them, coupled with a lingering ghost story. The campaign hosted via Kickstarter hopes to raise $10,000 of their $15,000 budget. The money will go towards equipment, actors, production and locations. Donors can get DVDs, posters, t-shirts, and even a chance to be in the film (depending on the size of their backing). Every donor gets a special mention of gratitude. There’s less than a week to go–the call for donations ends June 6 at 2PM.
The filmmaking team consists of Justin Francart, a Pittsburgh-based writer and filmmaker with an impressive Godzilla VHS collection, and his cinematographer cousin, Pat Francart, who is a loyal Pittsburgher. “We really feel that it is important to work with all local artists. We all call Pittsburgh home and it is a great way for us all to stay on the same page,” says Pat. Those two, along with producer Michael Schatzel and assistant camera man Gregory Neiser round out the head honchos of the project. Their first short film, Meet Your Maker, is a black and white science fiction flick that premiered in October of 2013 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. To give off a “mad scientist” vibe, the team shot Meet Your Maker in grayscale and modeled it after television shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.The film was funded by Kickstarter donations, in addition to contributions from friends and family. Currently, Meet Your Maker is on a festival run.
Regular Paintings presents a ghost story about an aimless bartender at an old neighborhood bar. He grows accustomed to the clientele and things at the bar are going pretty well until one night at closing time when the lights start to flicker and he is presented with a difficult decision. Writer/director Justin Francart was inspired by conversations with his friends and characters around the bar to create the script he hopes everyone can relate to. Below is their Kickstarter campaign video. If that isn’t enough to spark your interest, the Francart cousins even put together this musical number to win your donation. You can also go to their benefit at Wigle Whiskey on Tuesday, June 3rd.