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After The Jack

After The Jack

Daryl Della
2014, 9m, comedy, western

On a ranch in the 1880's, two idiot cowboys argue about the existence of the mythical creature known as the Jackalope. Red, a boisterous roping expert, thinks the path to wealth and fame is through capturing the fearsome critter. His reluctant companion, Bat, would rather get drunk on whiskey and mock Red's skills. When Bat is knocked unconscious by a flying bucket, his spilled whiskey attracts the attention of a mysterious creature, answering the debate once and for all.

Produced by: Daryl Della, Michael Martin, Ray Revello, Chris Cairo, Mitchell Martin
Cast: Becker Von Felsburg, Mitchell Martin
The 3-week run for After The Jack ended on May 21st, 2017. Thank you to all the fans that supported it!
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“Fun for all, will leave you smiling!”
- nina della

Fans of this film

  1. marc davis
  2. mitchell martin
  3. kirsten della
  4. robert chaney
  5. diana shiraishi
  6. vicky edgington
  7. terry edgington
  8. michelle blackwell
  9. sherri hodnefield
  10. nina della
  11. hank della
  12. dawn hirsch
  13. cynthia holmescindyhlms
  14. william lewkowitz
  15. tammy uhls
  16. randy uhls
  17. leah uhls
  18. jake delangis
  19. scott uhls
  20. danielle acorn
  21. sharon kehoe
  22. cliff heap
  23. donna heap
  24. amina khan
  25. kasey moffat
  26. luis castillo
  27. hollye westbrook
  28. cindy clark
  29. mary franco
  30. virginia lam
  31. jamie hari
  32. hank della
  33. dorothy della
  34. diana kayser
  35. ed kayser
  36. raymond revello
  37. sneaky sneaky soy sauce
  38. tim gapchenko
  39. michael martin
  40. john lewkowitz
  41. dorothy lewkowitz
  42. sarah garand
  43. simon della
  44. janina pulido
  45. marcus martin
  46. amber walton
  47. zachary howard
  48. angelo vorrises
  49. brian martin
  50. krystal pardilla
  51. john hoffman
  52. dana baca
  53. raul meneses
  54. angela baldwin
  55. kammy kwok
  56. ida maleki
  57. karen-iliana torres
  58. susan martin
  59. patricia hernandez
  60. nicole gonzalez
  61. philip barsetti
  62. tyler martin
  63. cherakah cunningham
  64. tom lazzari
  65. alexander moreno
  66. jacobo rodriguez
  67. trevor martin
  68. stephanie perera
  69. sivan bedak
  70. patty martin
  71. meghan boyle
  72. giulia pierangeli
  73. stacy young
  74. pete martin
  75. pamela martin
  76. bryan albee
  77. krystal gong
  78. emanuel delgadillo
  79. joe valiente
  80. chris whyte
  81. ryan wahlstrom
  82. feda oweis
  83. becker von felsburg
  84. sasha boggs
  85. daniel meek
  86. hassan shabber
  87. tyler della
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The Ten-Day Interview

5 questions with After The Jack director, Daryl Della at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
  1. 1 Hey Daryl! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make After The Jack?
    Thank you, we're honored to be included! My friend Becker Von Felsburg had been learning how to throw a lasso and was showing it off at his birthday party. Watching him try to rope his barbecue in his backyard made me laugh, and it got me thinking about how my producing partners: Michael Martin and Ray Revello, and I had talked about someday making a Western. Another friend at the party, Jared Coons, reminded me that he owned a ranch out in the middle of California, and suddenly I could start to see how a comedy western could be possible.
  2. 2 You co-wrote this film with your brother Hank Della. What was that process like and how difficult was it to tackle the script?
    Hank Della is actually my father, and he's written most of the scripts that our team, Dollars & Donuts Productions, has produced. The process started as simply as me telling him the basic idea of "Becker teaches Mitch how to lasso", since the thought of Michael's brother Mitchell Martin arguing with Becker seemed like a funny pairing to me. My dad came up with the story and set out to write the script, adding the Jackalope as a callback to a previous film we made. The only difference was he set the story in modern times with references to things like Facebook. So, I took what he had written and begun "translating" it into western slang, setting it in the year 1886. Afterwards, my dad, who is a big fan of Clint Eastwood and westerns in general, scolded me, "Why didn't you tell me you wanted a Western? I would've written it that way!" I apparently never bothered to mention it and just assumed he would write it that way, but I guess that's the kind of communication issues you run into making films with your dad.
  3. 3 This film reminded me of almost a live action version of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. What were the comedies that inspired you to capture that tone?
    I've always been inspired by Looney Tunes and animation in general, and try to bring that to every film we make. This is the most overt live-action cartoon we've made though, and I'm really happy that it comes across that way. Specifically the cast watched "Drip-Along Daffy" for the way Daffy Duck and Porky Pig play off each other in a western landscape. One of my favorite movies that inspired a lot of the tone and look is "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". The madcap comedy mixed with the beautiful widescreen vistas of the 1960's Southern California desert was something we definitely tried to replicate. Another film our cinematographer, Daniel Cruz, referenced was "The Searchers" for that brilliant technicolor look. We even dressed our main character in the same shirt as John Wayne in that film.
  1. 4 What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker?
    Back to the Future Part II. The future scenes captivated my young imagination, but what really blew my mind was when Marty and Doc go back in time to the events from the first movie. Something so purely cinematic as revisiting familiar scenes from a new perspective made me realize the endless possibilities of making movies.
  2. 5 What's next?
    The team at Dollars & Donuts Productions has been hard at work since January on four short films. The first, "No Pill For Regret", is completely done and is a black & white pastiche of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the Twilight Zone. The second is "The Meet-Up", a comedy about a frustrated waiter tired of all the detectives using his diner as a place for secret meetings. The third is "Shadows in the Snow", a thriller about three criminals double-crossing each other during a freezing Lake Tahoe winter. Both of those are in post-production. The fourth that we are shooting right now is a parody of long-running cop shows called "Night Dicks". The plan is to premiere them all in a San Francisco theater in December in what we're calling the "Dollars & Donuts Showcase". So, we're definitely keeping busy. Keep an eye on to see all our past and future films.
  3. About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
    Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
    Ben Hicks

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