Workin’ It :: Real Heroes
Ever heard of Big Shot? Blue Arrow? Water Warrior? Or Malibu Action Girl? Welcome to the world of B-string superheroes of the gay-friendly persuasion. These and other colorful characters are the brainchild of Los Angeles-based award-winning filmmaker Keith Hartman, whose second film, "Real Heroes," is working its way through a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to fund post-production.
"It's a great time to be making indie movies," Hartman says. "Technology has radically reduced production costs. But financing remains the biggest problem for indie filmmakers.
"The bottom line is that if you can't raise the money, you can't make the movie."
Hartman is hoping his crazy cast of superheroes will engage the LGBT community and "kickstart" his fundraising efforts. And he's betting their... oddities... will win you over.
Witness Vixen, a teenage superhero who's crushing on a girl at school. Or the aforementioned Big Shot and Blue Arrow, a pair of macho bowmen who are struggling with their feelings for each other. Or Rick and Josh, a young gay couple who have decided to save their relationship by becoming superhero sidekicks.
If they don't represent enough super-gayness for you, try Water Warrior, a pretty boy determined to sleep his way to the top - or Malibu Action Girl, who's basically your average rich debutante with an attitude (and a cape).
What brings them together in the film?
"These aren't your big heroes," Hartman explains. "They're second stringers who are out there every night fighting crime in the hopes that someone will notice."
And just like average citizens looking for fame, there's one sure road to the top (or the bottom, depending on your perspective).
"They're so desperate they decide to go on a reality TV show."
The film - decidedly a comedy with uber-gay sensibilities - has already been shot, but the production team is looking for $35k to edit, color correct and score the flick in preparation for film festivals and distribution. And for a small amount of cash, participants in the fundraising round can score some, well, super stuff.
"For $20, we'll send them a DVD of the movie six months before it comes out in stores," he offers. "And for a little more, they can get one of the superheroes' costumes, chains from the deathtrap, or even the chance to appear as a supervillain in the film's end credits."
Now, who could pass that up?