Here’s how it happened…roughly:
October 2006 – Sidecar Productions finished post production work on a second feature as editors and effects artists. In a meeting the owners decided to seek out a writer to create a fun, energetic comedy for their next feature production.
March 2007 – Writer Joey Abi-Loutfi was hired to produce 5 treatments. One of these was a comedic look at the music industry in 1985. The idea of a loner in the Los Angeles Valley creating heartfelt music about women who don’t like him struck a ‘cord’ with Sidecar and Joey began work on Eternity.
The first drafts were completed in 2008 by Joey. Sidecar knew for this production to work the estimated budget needed to be reflected in the script. The development process had no funding so the team would meet on weekends to table read and compare notes.
April 1st 2012 - Sidecar Productions kicked off their Kickstarter campaign on April Fools day to raise over $50,000 to start pre-production of Eternity: The Movie. (then called Todd Lucas: Singer/Songwriter) With the help of producer Kevin Tostado and Kickstarter, the first of Eternity’s finances were in place. *
July 2nd 2012 – With additional funding made possible by private investors production began July 2nd starring Barrett Crake, Myko Olivier, Eric Roberts, Martin Kove, and Jon Gries.
December 31st 2012 – The world got it’s first look at Todd Lucas in Eternity: The Movie. The teaser released on YouTube pictured the loser Todd moving into Reseda from the mid-west and meeting the lovely Gina Marie. He meets BJ and chaos ensues with the added cast members Tamzin Brown and Donna Ruko.
An old school look at Director Thorpe’s old school look at 1985.
March of 2013 – Eternity’s featured six songs were completed by Nick Faiella and Sean Walsh at Pulse Recordings under the supervision of TLMP in late March of 2013 allowing editors Eric Staley and Ian Thorpe to put the finishing touches on the first theatrical edit.
June 2013 – Focus groups set up by Craig Bentley of Imageworks and American Dream Cinema had great results according to producer Eric Staley. ”We learned what we could do and what didn’t work with the audience and the characters of Eternity. It’s a shame, we lost a good amount of over the top drama we’d like to see, dead bodies, abs flexing from crying…you try and find that balance in a music-comedy” said Eric.
July 2013 - After the second rough assembly Sidecar recorded additional footage to complete the circle in Eternity: The Movie. Some of the cast and crew were brought back to the Reseda Complex, filmed in University Heights, where the Director’s daughter got to make a cameo. The Ruby Room (now The Merrow) was again called upon for the production.
August of 2013 – Eternity: The Movie started as a block of marble. All the footage, all the music, all the story line had to be condensed to hit the audience with the cocaine driven spirit of the mid-80s. Director Ian Thorpe, producer Eric Staley and writer Joey Abi-Loutfi had the opportunity to do the final sculpting of their film 7 years in the making.
September 2013 – Enter Kevin Brough to take on the creating the sounds of 1985 as the film’s musical composer. Get Kevin’s songs on iTunes here, on Eternity: The Soundtrack. The film’s sound effect tracks were created by Sean Walsh and Will Hagan of Privet.
October 2013 – Colorist professionals Fancy Film Post Services got out their neon shades and gave the film it’s final polished-retro look.
December 2013 – The film’s first festival entries were sent out. Cinequest in San Jose was the first to accept the film. “Bill and Ted’s Journey of Hall and Oates” remarked Robert Emmett of KJFC in an on-air interview with writer Joey and producer Eric during the festival.
March 2014 – September 2014: “It truly is flattering to be selected to these festivals after so many years of hard work.” said writer Joey Abi-loutfi when asked about their upcoming screenings at Outfest Los Angeles and AGLIFF in Austin on September 11th.
July 2014 – Director Ian Thorpe and Barrett Crake gave audiences what they wanted (over 13,000 views) with Make Love, not Just Sex the music video.
Download “Make Love Not Just Sex” the mp3 for FREE here.
October 17th 2014 - Sidecar Productions and Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity will premiere the film in New York City. “Releasing the movie theatrically has always been the goal, but to do it in New York at a great theater is truly special. I am very thankful to everyone who has helped get us this far through their hard work and dedication. Hopefully New York (followed by the rest of North America) is ready for this candy-colored ode to cheesy 80s R&B music.” commented Ian Thorpe Director of Eternity.
AMC Empire 25 will host the grand event with 80′s rockers, the film’s stars and special guests. Join the mailing list here for updated information. More dates to follow.
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Ryan Levey of VFRPR handles all North American bookings and releasing.
Please contact Eric Staley firstname.lastname@example.org for all international inquiries.
* Kickstarter rewards are scheduled for delivery late 2014.