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Hobo With A Shotgun

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If you haven’t already heard, Hobo With A Shotgun, is Feature Film Starring Rutger Hauer that was made from a short film directed by Jason Eisener & produced by Rob Cotterill, won the Grindhouse Trailer Contest put on by the SXSW Film Festival & Robert Rodriguez. It all began with an announcement on Ain’t It Cool News, about a contest that gave a three week deadline to come up with a “grindhouse” style trailer for a fake movie. On the day of the announcement Eisener called Cotterill and they agreed to begin shooting that evening.

For the next 6 days they wrote and shot the now famous trailer in the true nature of the films they love, with no permits, running around the streets with a blood soaked hobo carrying a real shotgun.. The budget for the short was $150, mainly spent on pizza & cigarettes for David Brunt (the Hobo), and a lot of favours. Followed by a week of post work, the trailer was finished and shipped off to Austin Texas. The Hobo creative team including co-writer John Davies, waited for news from down south. For almost a month, the team waited and watched as the Hobo With A Shotgun trailer gained a phenomenal amount of praise and support on the Internet. It quickly became a fan favorite, as the online community argued over the merits of all the entrants to the competition. The incredible internet support Hobo received was astonishing, it was included as one of the trailer favorites by Harry Knowles on the Ain’t It Cool News website; it won G4 Tech TV’s star of the month & garnered a massive fan base through You Tube and all the other great Trailers that generated so much interest and buzz.

This exciting month culminated with the news that Hobo With A Shotgun was a finalist (one of three) in the trailer competition. Eisener, Cotterill & Davies bought their tickets to Austin. With a lot of buzz around the contest, and a fierce competition, the creative team anxiously awaited the verdict, which was being announced at a seminar put on by Robert Rodriguez at the festival. For no real prize, except bragging rights, Rodriguez announced the winner – Hobo With A Shotgun. Since then Hobo has received massive industry support with an unbelievable precedent. Jim Sherry (then with Alliance), heard about this upstart Canadian short winning the contest and decided to strike 186 35mm film prints of the trailer to release it Canada wide, in every theater that Quentin Tarintino & Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse played in. The internet support also blew up and Hobo made the YouTube weekly top ten. The trailer has accumulated close to 400,000 hits on YouTube alone, with a litany of comments loving the Hobo, many demanding for a feature film.

Recently, Hobo With A Shotgun has been asked to screen at several genre festivals, culminating as the surprise opening film to the prestigious & infamous “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” put on by Harry Knowles and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin Texas. Clearly, the word is out, the excitement is still high, and genre fans all over the globe are waiting to see what happens to the Hobo With A Shotgun.

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