Western in Noir, a musical feature film with elements of diversity and social justice, was written by a 29-year old African American Writer/Musician who is fighting a battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer.
1 Drop Rule Productions has launched a crowd funding campaign for Western In Noir, a musical feature film with elements of diversity and social justice. The film and soundtrack, owned by the cast and crew, is directed by an all female crew – Michele McMillan, author/producer/film maker; Award-Winning Editor and Director Jennifer Barlow, and Rachel Dunn, Director of Photography.
This all female crew is creating a haunting, realistic vision of America at its weakest in a hacker torn, vigilante ruled future where hearsay can be deadly. The official trailer will be released on Youtube on New Year’s Day.
Western In Noir is a musical film in the vein of Carmen or Pink Floyd’s the Wall. It takes place in a vigilante-run America, after hacks and a failed presidential campaign escalate an American revolt.
This film is a commentary based on the differences in challenges faced by Americans, and a plea for reform. It features a diverse cast.
Spawned by the disappearance of Skip Hutch, the social media fueled presidential hopeful, hackers and malcontent citizens escalate a civil war. Years after the violence settles, people are slowly beginning to trust each other and build again. The CEA, a promising new regime, recruits Elliot to scout the western part of the country for survivors. After stopping in a small church-run town, he meets Nivea, a knife fighter and farm owner who lives with her friends and former lovers. One day, a bounty hunter shows up for Elliot and he discovers that a small misunderstanding has snowballed (or tumble weeded) into a crusade against him funded by a group even stronger than the CEA… the church. While fleeing the farm, he is captured by the Grinch and his gang. Meanwhile, Nivea and her farm crew are all shipped back to her hometown, which was turned into a place for non-violent criminal rehabilitation during what some called “the Great Revision.” Run by the Congressman and his family, home is not what it used to be, and she finds herself working in a brothel called the Mangy Dog.
The soundtrack for the film contains original opera, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as several choreographed dance numbers. While the project has been described to date as very “real,” the film makers are considering going to a darker, more fantasy direction, if funding is secured.
Western In Noir can be watched with or without music video sequences, and the soundtrack includes opera, hip hop, blues, and more. Soprano Nique Wheeler sings the voice of Risky, featuring composition work provided by D_Elete, Ian D, Joe Andolino, and more by the team at Scoreascore.com.
“This project means a lot to me,” said McMillan. “We hope to build on our history as musicians and music video makers. The film is currently in production, and we are looking for funds to pay cast members, obtain permits, licenses, insurance, catering, props, locations, music, and other costs associated with the film.
“I began writing this film when I was first diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Cancer, and in the course of writing it, I lost one of my best friends,” McMillan noted. “We had discussed writing a film together but he passed away. I would really like to see this film go forward for his legacy and mine. I also lost an uncle to gun violence on Chicago’s South Side, and several of the songs in the film are written in his memory.”
McMillan’s goal is to raise $15,000. So far, they have invested $20,000 in the project. For a link to the completed budget: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NKrSJIITIgPsLC-jzYek7qqVIQsUaoTr4Stya98O1-8/edit?usp=sharing
You can view the film website at http://coolaidhouse.com/westerninnoir #westerninnoir
Interested parties can follow the women film makers online, or join their email list on coolaidhouse.com. or go straight to the donation page at http://www.hatchfund.org/project/western_in_noir.
A large portion of McMillan’s share of film proceeds will go towards rehabilitating some properties on Chicago’s South Side, and to the scholarship funds of Neal Bratcher III, and Quinn Heneghan, the son of her late friend Brett “Brett Brett” Heneghan. The rest of the proceeds will go to the cast and crew who will be owners of the film as well.
For more information or to make a donation to Musical Film Western In Noir, you can also email McMillan or phone (773) 818-4759.