Crowdfunding the Fan Film Bangarang…Rufio before Hook

Crowdfunding the Fan Film Bangarang

Kickstarter crowdfunding and creativity are combining forces to make a movie that builds upon a popular film and the timeless legend of the boy who didn’t want to grow up. Inspired by the movie Hook, Bangarang is a coming-of-age story about Rufio, a young Filipino boy, before the mohawk, before Neverland, before becoming the immortal, legendary The Pan. Roofus is thirteen years old, and the leader of a rag-tag group of friends that includes a Jamaican boy named Julani and Ella, a bright-eyed Latina force of nature. His friends find a way to come to the his aid after his mother is forced to put him in a foster home, and help him fulfill his destiny.


How Kickstarter will Finance Bangarang

The popularity of the theme is proven in the success of the campaign, which has already surpassed its original goal, bringing in more than $46,000. But making movies is an expensive project and the crowdfunding budget will pay the location fees, permits, insurance, catering, camera equipment, set decoration, wardrobe and makeup, edit and color mixing, and of course, the talent. The funding will also cover the composition of the score, which will play a pivotal emotional role in the story, as it does in the movie Hook.

The Casting for Bangarang

There will be an opening casting call for the characters in the film. If you know anyone who fits any of the character descriptions, email with a headshot. Characters include three thirteen-year olds: Roofus, a scrawny kid with a young face and a glimmer of hope in his eyes; Ella, an ass-kicking old soul with a big heart; and Julani, who’s fun, fiercely loyal to his friends, and hilarious.

The Creative Team Behind Bangarang

The Bangarang team is made up of a talented mix of hungry and seasoned filmmakers who are looking forward to engaging with the 90s fan base of Hook. Executive producer Dante Basco played Rufio in the 1991 live-action film Hook; he also voiced Zuko in the series Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as Jake Long from Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long. Rawn Ericson III, also an executive producer, is a tech investor, producer, musician, online personality, co-founder of Maker Studios and president of The Machine. Writer/director Jonah Feingold was two-years old when he first watched Hook and that’s when he decided to become a film director. He’s written and directed for CNN, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, AwaesomenessTV and others. He’ll be directing another entry in the J.M. Barrie realm with his first feature film Wendy, beginning this summer of 2017. Jeremy Dylan, writer/producer for the film, was born and raised in Los Angeles and has seen Hook more than 200 times. Swashbuckling Luke Lenza, who has worked with Feingold on other projects both behind and in front of the camera, will be working as a producer on the film. Director of photography Ben Mullin, a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who brings a discerning eye and devotion to making every project better, is a graduate of the USC film school. His work has been featured in the AFI, Raindance, and Cannes Short Film Festivals. Natalia Brito, also a USC film school graduate, is a production designer who has always found Neverland to be a source of inspiration for her visually striking sets. Composer Tim Callobre’s music has been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

Bangarang the Film with a Future

The film’s creators know that the cinema world is crammed with endless prequels, sequels, and reboots. But Bangarang has a unique position because it’s the story of an under-represented group of heroes who are bullied because they’re different. The villains in their lives don’t get in the way of their destiny. That’s an inspiring concept for a film and a future generation of fans who will be as devoted to Bangarang as its creators are to Hook.