Trumbull Filmmaker Wants Your Help

Joe Eckardt (Credit: IMDB.com)
Joe Eckardt (Credit: IMDB.com)

A Trumbull man and his brother are on a movie mission.

Veteran independent filmmaker Joe Eckardt, of Rock On! films, is asking the public for input in his latest venture, called "I Ride Alone," details of which are available at www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-ride-alone.

The film deals with the "true story of Vietnam vet and devoted biker Kevin Benedec who has overcome incredible obstacles to put his life back on track.

"The story picks up as his mother passes away and he loses his way again. In order to find answers, and put his life together again – he jumps on his bike and ride," according to Eckardt.

The campaign is now live at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-ride-alone.

"For the first time in crowd funding history, donations will not be the only thing fueling this campaign. Donors will also have a loud voice in building this project. In return for their contributions, individuals will be able to nominate and vote on important aspects of the project," he said.

Specifically the categories open for crowd selection:

·         Music/genre of soundtrack

·         Bike ridden by supporting actor

·         Lead actress

·         Bike ridden by lead actor

·         Supporting actor

·         Lead actor


According to Eckardt, “Here at Rock On! Films we are excited to take crowd funding to the next level.  Why not give everybody who donates a voice? Why not let everybody build the project? We think that this is true crowd funding – not just funding the budget, but also the funding of ideas! This is going to be exciting!”

Eckardt said he has successfully directed and produced numerous feature films and documentaries.

He added that has worked with some notable names in the industry including Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Steve Buscemi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Frankie Muniz, Jamie Kennedy, Danny Trejo, Corbin Bernsen, Diamond Dallas Page, Michael Gross, Andy Dick, Lacey Chabert, Jason Mewes and director Robert Rodriguez.


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