LOS ANGELES, CA - 02 January 2013
Earlier this month, Patrick Renna (The Sandlot, The Big Green) and Jason Schnell (Reckless Tortuga) announced that they would be partnering up with Tommy Savas (The Sopranos, The Last Ship) and screenwriter/director Justin Mooney to produce an original feature-length film, currently titled "Bad Roomies".
Having obtained partial funding by private backers, the production unit took its fundraising efforts public with the announcement of a Kickstarter campaign a little more than three weeks ago.
The crowdfunding campaign, which will come to a close as of 2 p.m. this Sunday, has garnered support from a wide and diverse fan base, having raised a total of $65,000 as of today. With still three days remaining, the Kickstarter campaign is poised to surpass its preset funding goal of $75,000 and may well go on to hit one of several stretch goals laid out by the production team. While the primary funding goal will be enough to consider the film funded, any additional funds will go towards a wish list of additional budget items, as laid-out on the filmmakers' Kickstarter page.
Considering the fact that less than 40 percent of film-and-video related Kickstarter projects ever achieve their funding goals, the campaign looks to be a success by any measure. Should the team prove successful in hitting its first stretch goal of $100,000, theirs will be one of 150 Kickstarter campaigns to ever hit the mark in the film and video category, according to Kickstarter's own daily updated statistics.
The production team is currently casting for the project with filming slated to commence in the spring.
About the Film
Bad Roomies, a film penned by Justin Mooney and described by its creators as a modern comedy with dark undertones, tells the story of two roommates, played by the comically inclined Renna & Savas, who decide, for reasons less than pure, to introduce a female roommate into their lives. The ensuing saga of mayhem and mischance is best told on screen, where the team of filmmakers is confident audiences will find it worth the watch.
While the project marks the production team's debut feature-length film as a unit, its core creators boast a combined filmography of more than 400-total credits for work in front of and behind the camera.
Boston-born actor, Patrick Renna, is perhaps most recognized for his role opposite Denis Leary and James Earle Jones in Twentieth Century Fox's 'The Sandlot.' Following the 1993 box office success, Renna went on to add several dozen feature films to his resume, including starring roles in 'The Big Green', 'Son In Law', 'Ricky 6', 'Very Mean Men', 'Life Blood', 'Dark Ride', 'Dorm Daze' and others. His work in the late 90's and 00's saw him gravitating to television where his credits include multiple roles in ABC's 'Movie of The Week' series as well as 'ER', 'The X-Files' and a recurring role on 'Boston Legal'. 'Bad Roomies' marks Patrick's first film as a producer as well as his return to the big screen.
An East Coast transplant, Tommy arrived in Los Angeles a little more than 10 years ago already an accomplished actor. Known best at the time for his roles in the award winning film 'Rodger Dodger' and HBO's award winning series 'The Sopranos', he set out to make a name for himself on the left coast. Over the past decade he has starred on numerous hit TV shows such as 'Arrested Development', 'Cold Case', 'The New Adventures of Old Christine', 'CSI New York', 'Castle', 'House' and 'Justified'. In addition to his television and film work, Tommy has built a fervent following as the star of more than a dozen different web series' produced by the popular YouTube-based sketch comedy consortium known as Reckless Tortuga. Among the successful series Tommy is credited as starring in are the group's 'Online Gamer', 'Psycho Girlfriend' and 'Office Douche Bag'. All told, his online work boasts more than 250 million views. He has most recently wrapped production on the feature film, 'The Moment', starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and is currently filming for TNT and Michael Bay's upcoming Drama, 'The Last Ship'.
An accomplished short film director and sketch comedy specialist, Jason's acclaim began with a film entitled 'Max and Josh', a short that he himself produced, shot, edited and scored and which went on to become an official selection and award winner at Sundance in 2006. Today Jason is the co-creator and director of the mega-popular YouTube-based sketch group, Reckless Tortuga. With over one million subscribers and over 250-million individual views, the group's channel has become one of the most popular narrative comedy destinations on the web. After directing dozens of successful web series for Reckless Tortuga, including 'The Online Gamer', 'Psycho Girlfriend', 'The Basement' and 'Bad Friends', as well as a 10-part series for Machinima Prime entitled 'Th3 cLAN' - which itself garnered over 5 million views - Jason is excited to be bringing his expertise and craft to a feature-length, big screen production.