JACKALOPE

LOOKING FOR THE JACKALOPE

By Karl SHEFELMAN

TALANTIS PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

First film - Production 2014

Sometimes, nostalgia can lead you down the wrong road.
A washed up New York novelist, obsessed with a romantic adventure in his past, takes a comically Ill-fated journey to his 20TH college reunion in an attempt to relive his youth and reunite with his old girlfriend.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • First film, Road movie, Romance
    • Countries
    • USA, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Karl SHEFELMAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Karl SHEFELMAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Susan CHRYSLER, Matt STARR
    • Synopsis
    • 20 years ago, JORDAN STERLING had the experience of his life when he and his college girlfriend, JENNIFER LEWIS, hitchhiked from Ohio to New York after graduation. It became the subject of his only novel, “Looking for the Jackalope”, a best seller.
      Since then, Jordan’s life has become a dull routine of boring jobs and serial dates. He yearns for the romantic adventure he had with Jennifer, seen in flashbacks throughout the film. Just after his agent hands him a soul-killing writing job, Jordan receives a surprise phone call from Jennifer. Is he coming to their 20th reunion? Oh, and by the way…she’s divorced.
      Ignoring his agent’s deadline, Jordan arranges to fly to Ohio, meet his old college buddy, “DR. JIM” LINDSAY, and drive to the reunion. Unfortunately, Jordan misses his plane. On a whim, he follows a young hipster couple onto a train bound for Philadelphia.
      The hipster girl convinces Jordan to hitchhike, leaving him with a small gift – magic mushrooms. Jordan pockets the mushrooms and gets off the train in New Jersey to hitchhike. There’s just one problem. It’s night and he’s alone. After a nightmarish trek along the highway where he is hit by a flying beer bottle and chased by a state trooper, Jordan finally arrives at the reunion with Dr. Jim, where he immediately encounters Jennifer. She is as stunning as she was 20 years ago. Though exhausted and sleep deprived, Jordan abandons Dr. Jim and pursues Jennifer, but alas, she rejects him. Jordan is crushed.
      Against Dr. Jim’s advice, Jordan ingests the magic mushrooms given to him by the hipster girl. Now tripping, Jordan is confronted by his own worst demon, A TALKING JACKALOPE, who persuades Jordan to give Jennifer one more try. In a final twist Jennifer reveals a startling secret, and Jordan learns a powerful lesson about the perils of living in the past.
    • Partners & financing
    • Quickstarter - 57.000 US$
      US Private equity - 100.000 US$
      Karl Shefelman - 100.000 US$
      IndieGogo - 60 US$
    • Production schedule
    • August 2012 until September 2012
      July 2014 until August 2014
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2013
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