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.
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