Marvel by Moebius.
Some time ago I wrote about my dear friend and film school classmate Mike Pecci, when he made a very controversial fan-film using The Punisher, and Marvel got their panties in a bunch because Mike’s film was a little too amazing for their liking. I guess fan films are supposed to only reek of amateurism, and Mike is the furthest thing from an amateur. He and producing partner Ian McFarland are some of the finest filmmakers working in the United States today.
A few weeks ago Mike launched a Kickstarter for a feature project that literally sprung out of his mind early in the year. I was actually helping Mike and Ian out with a music video project here in Chicago when Ian sent me an email: the shoot was canceled, and Mike was in the hospital.
You hate to get emails like that. Apparently Mike had cracked his skull open after taking a digger on some ice, and was out cold in a hospital bed.
Yesterday I’d written of my own experience with hospital lucidity, and where my brain was cooking itself, Mike’s brain was being squeezed by a hematoma. And of course thankful that Mike survived, but he emerged with something pretty fucking cool. It’s called 12 Kilometers, and it’s a feature horror film. Hear it from Mike himself:
I contributed to the campaign immediately, not just because Mike is a friend but also because more than any other filmmaker working in America right now, nobody knows how to stretch a buck like Mike Pecci. Give him nothing and he’ll make gold, give him something and he’ll make something priceless. He’s that good, he’s that fucking creative, and he’s already created some striking images for the film.
And if it’s your thing, Mike wrangled up some kick-ass (or “wicked hardcore” as he would say in his thick Boston accent) perks for the campaign, including original artwork by the always-amazing Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night).
Support good art. Support amazing indie film. There’s 65k+ followers of this blog and if each of you donated a dollar then Mike would hit his goal tenfold. Contribute and reblog this post. Mike’s not asking for much, and he’s giving everything in return. Help him out, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more of 12 Kilometers in the near future. This is one to watch.
Contribute by clicking HERE.
“12 Kilometers was originally an idea I had for a short four years ago,” says Pecci. I read about this drill team in Russia that had drilled the deepest hole known to man. A Christian media outlet got their hands on the news and claimed that the Russians were lowering microphones into the planet and heard the sounds of hell. Inspired by that, I wrote a short about a drill team that finds an organism at 12KM that can communicate physically and is triggered by sound. It scared the hell out of me as a short, but I wanted it to become something bigger, so I shelved it. The adventure I went on while recovering from my head injury gave me the connective tissue I needed to create a world under the influence of this creature. A world after 12 Kilometers!” Visit the kickstarter
You have two options to get your hands on this original art from #BenTemplesmith. Pledge $20 and get a numbered print signed by the director. Pledge $110.00 and get the print with the bottled monster! Sweet deals. Click the link in my instagram bio or go to http://kck.st/1uONYYg the pledge! They are limited to go quick! #comicbookartist #comicbooks #illustrator
I keep gushing over the fact that Ben Templesmith is doing art for my film. We just posted the final color art that we are giving away as an incentive for 12 Kilometers here: http://kck.st/1uONYYg . It’s awesome! It’s going on my wall! Some of you keep asking; Who is Ben Templesmith? Well there is no better way to describe him than showing you this clip. I shot this piece with Ben quite a while ago. Once he agreed to the interview, I jumped in the car and headed to NYC. Ben was staying in a tiny apartment with a creepy old elevator that belongs in the pages of his books. Our first conversation was over building the couch that I ended up sleeping on. What followed was an adventure featuring tentacles, beers, boobs, and beards! He is a genuine guy, talented storyteller, and has my kind of sense of humor. I’m proud to call him a friend. Ladies and gentlemen, squid girls and corpses….Mr. Ben Templesmith.
Over a year ago I was dealing with the rejection from Marvel when they shut down our Punisher fan film “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted” claiming that “it looked too good and might confuse the fans into thinking it was an official release. The overwhelming fans support helped a great deal and I was determined to make something that they could all see.
Unfortunately soon after I had a life threatening accident that took me out of the game for about 5 months. In retrospect I suppose it was a dumb idea to try ice-skating for the first time at 35 years old, but I figured if 10 year olds could do it, so could I! I ended up slipping on the ice, fracturing my skull, and forming a hematoma on the top of my brain. The pressure in my skull, compounded with the medications, gave me the most horrific nightmares and hallucinations, which became the inspiration for this film. I spent my time off writing the feature film script, and now fully recovered I am setting a plan into motion to share my nightmares with the world!
Click on the link on my instagram bio and donate!
Here is a glimpse at the monster in my new movie #12kilometers ! I can’t finish shooting with out your help. Click the link in my bio and donate $5. If we can get all my Instagram followers to donate 5$ then we can afford to bring this #horror to life!
Comic book illustrator Orlando Baez has been developing early artwork for a potential comic book that supports the film.
IKAN PRESENTS: MIKE PECCI.
Battery Powered Lighting on Location.
As the cinematographer for a documentary, being able to think creatively during high stress situations is key. You will be trying to find the best shot under the tightest time constraints, and you can’t be afraid to be constantly searching, constantly tweaking, to make the film better. Having a lighting kit that runs completely on batteries allows you to do some amazing setups and remote locations and lets you put lights wherever you want. This seminar will show examples of Mike’s recent work and give you an inside look at the kits he travels with. With the aid of fellow cameraman Anthony Jarvis, he will show us an example of the type of lighting they use. Mike Pecci has been a film director, photographer, & cinematographer for over 14 years. He is currently co-owner of McFarland & Pecci where he has shot and co-directed music videos, short films, and documentaries.
Check out his work at mcfarlandandpecci.com. Follow on twitter @mikepecci
It’s scheduled for 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 21, Dedham Holiday Inn in the PATIO ROOM.