Official Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017 - Womp Stomp Films Announces New Kickstarter Campaign for Friday the 13th Fan Film Never Hike Alone.
The team at Womp Stomp Films is excited to announce the launch of a new Kickstarter Campaign, this upcoming Friday, January 13, 2016, for its Friday the 13th Fan Film, Never Hike Alone.
Director, Vincente DiSanti has partnered with Producers Barry Jay, Kyle Klein, and Daniel Evans, to create a unique, high-quality take on the Friday the 13th universe. The film will star Andrew Leighty with DiSanti tackling the role of the legendary Jason Voorhees.
Intended to be a 22-minute short film, Never Hike Alone will follow the story of KYLE MCLEOD (Leighty), an avid backcountry hiker who, while on a solo backpacking trip, discovers the long lost remains of CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE. Ignoring the campfire stories from his childhood, Kyle’s curious nature draws him in to see what is left of the camp, which has been closed since the infamous 1980 Friday the 13th murders.
Kyle’s search of the camp turns deadly when he is attacked by Camp Crystal Lake's last remaining resident, JASON VOORHEES. Stranded alone in the middle of the wilderness with a legendary mass murderer on his heels, Kyle’s survival skills will be put to the test like never before. Will he make it out of the woods alive or become another victim of the infamous cursed camp?
Founded in early 2016, Womp Stomp Films was created by Vincente DiSanti as an avenue to pursue live-action genre entertainment. Never Hike Alone marks DiSanti’s second directorial effort after serving many years as a story consultant and director’s assistant on projects such as Free Birds (2013), The Red Room (2015), Rock Dog (2017), and Duck, Duck, Goose (2017).
Playing the unlucky hiker in the film is Los Angeles based actor, Andrew Leighty. A Santa Barbara native, Drew began his acting career at Santa Barbara City College in the Theatre Arts program. After transferring to Cal State University, Los Angeles, he continued to study theatre before eventually making his break into the entertainment industry. He’s been featured on several television shows and national commercials, but he may be known best for his modeling work for romance novels.
Womp Stomp Films had previously run a Kickstarter Campaign back in October, but fell just short of their goal. However, the team was able to strategize their efforts and forge on to film a majority of principle photography.
“Not hitting our goal was not ideal, but something we had to plan for. We had to give up a few bigger ideas and it also meant the film would take longer to make and produce.”
With a fundraising goal of $13,000, funding from this new campaign will allow the WSF to complete the final scenes of principle photography, which include a high quantity of special make up FX, and a variety of post production services. The final goal is to release the film publicly for free video streaming by Summer of 2017.
“Our first campaign was certainly a lesson learned and we feel confident in the changes we made to our strategy. Feedback from our backers really played a huge part in how we rethought our approach this time around.”
In exchange for financial pledges, they're offering a number of valuable rewards, stickers, pins, t-shirts, posters, producing credits, props from the film including Jason’s costume, and even a special guest role in the film.
In addition to the re-launch of the campaign, next Friday will also mark the arrival of a new trailer for the film, follow-up to the first teaser that was launched nearly a year ago:
“Our team has worked tremendously hard this year with no other intention than to create something special for fans of the Friday franchise. We really hope they like what they see and appreciate the quality of what we can bring to the table. And we’re only getting started.”
As a product of fan fiction, Womp Stomp Films is acting independently outside the official Friday the 13th Franchise. However, DiSanti and his crew are diligent about complying with all rules set by the common fan fiction restrictions, including making Never Hike Alone a non-profit venture. Upon completion of the project, they will be donating all remaining funding to Penny Pines Reforestation Program.
A branch of the National Forest Service of California, the Penny Pines Reforestation program helps revitalize areas of our national forest that have succumb to fire and disease. To date the program has reseeded over 88,000 acres of national forest.
“It’s a no brainer for us. The forest has practically become our second home for the past year and we want to do anything we can so that many more get to enjoy it as much as we have for years to come.”
The Kickstarter campaign for Never Hike Alone launches Friday, January 13, 2017 and comes to a close on Friday, February 17, 2017.
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1st Film trailer
Vincente DiSanti and Andrew Leighty are available for interviews.
Contact: Vincente DiSanti Director / Producer Womp Stomp Films