Mission StatementStrange Trio Productions is an unlikely friendship of writers born from the throws of classical theatre. Now we seek to explore stories of our very own, full of questions and wonder. Our aim is for audiences to laugh along with us, embracing the beautiful absurdity of life.
About The Project
AS OF MAY 29TH, WE MET OUR INITIAL PRE-PRODUCTION GOAL!
WE NOW NEED HELP MEETING OUR PRODUCTION/POST-PRODUCTION BUDGET.
Here's what we still need!
- Location Scouting
- Art Design
- Hair and Makeup
- Transportation To/From Set
- Editing Costs
- Automated Dialogue Replacement
- Sound Design and Score
- Film Festival Submission Fees
- Film Festival Travel and Housing
The Bootstrap Paradox (also known as the Grandfather Paradox) states that if time-travel is possible, it follows that something in the future may cause something in the past, which may stop the initial cause. The famous example goes, “if a man goes back in time and accidentally kills his grandfather, how was he born in the first place”?
Our story follows three friends who find themselves trapped in an extraordinary paradox they seem powerless to escape. Encountering future versions of themselves along a desert highway, the trio continues to play out the same mistakes they just witnessed. Even worse, by trying to stop the loop, they may cause it to exist in the first place.
Inspired by the stress of global events over the past few years and a diverse range of work, such as No Country For Old Men, Groundhog’s Day, Back to the Future, the Netflix series Dark, and FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Bootstrap Cafe is a darkly comedic tale that explores themes of being “stuck in an loop”, history repeating itself in similar patterns, and feeling culprit in these cycles of repetition while feeling powerless to stop them repeating.
Our hope is that The Bootstrap Cafe will leave audiences with a cathartic release from the stress of the future and the guilt of the past while inspiring wonder at the beautiful absurdity right in front of them.
The three of us make our living as theatre actors. When the pandemic hit, we each lost theatre work we had lined up. So, we began meeting weekly over Zoom to work on some of our own scripts in an attempt to keep our sanity… at least somewhat… intact. Storytelling remains integral during these isolating times as a way of giving meaning to our narratives, but our traditional avenues had been shut down. What began as a weekly writers room grew into a full-time endeavor that has resulted in many short stories, a full-length movie script, two full-length plays, several one-act plays, and a very special short film script called The Bootstrap Cafe.
Now, over a year later, we have officially incorporated Strange Trio Productions and have opened up our writers' room to help other writers in their creative journeys.
Learn more about our company on our website HERE
Our mission is to uplift and amplify the creative voice, creating stories that expose, explore, and document the strangeness and beauty of life, with the goal of creating dialogue and widening perspectives in the world around us. Art from the heart is a powerful tool to record the consciousness of our time. We see direct parallels between how we inspire through our stories and how we promote diversity within our company. We foster a workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
The Bootstrap Cafe takes place in a car, on a highway, and at a gas station. We are exploring shooting locations near
and in Utah...
We are searching for a gas station that will let us film near one of these locations! If you have any leads, don't hesitate to let us know!
It is important to stay safe on set! Below are some safety protocols that we have in place to help ensure that filming The Bootstrap Cafe procedes safely.
- Keep the crew small (under 10)
- Maintain social distancing
- Wear masks when not filming
- Encourage cast and crew to receive vaccinations (the three of us already have been vaccinated)
- Disinfect frequently touched items and surfaces
- Avoid sharing phones and equipment
- Use video or teleconferencing
From the beginning, we have been mindful of the safety of shooting a project like The Bootstrap Cafe. We want to do all that we can to keep our community's health moving in the right direction.
The good news is that we are able to keep our budget low because the three of us are volunteering all our time in order to bring this project to life. We've previously made five short films on zero budget, but we want to give this short film a finished look that we feel the script warrants. We're raising a starting budget of $6,000. The three of us will be donating out of our own pockets to help give The Bootstrap Cafe a final budget of $12,000.
The pre-production budget will go toward...
- Location/Revenue Reimbursement
- Production Insurance
- Car Rentals
- Food for the crew
- Actors (although we won't pay ourselves, we do believe in paying actors for their work)
What can you do to help?
1. FOLLOW US ON ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
Follow us on Seed & Spark and all our other social media -
And our website -
2. SPREAD THE WORD
Tell your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, or pets about the Bootstrap Cafe!
3. KEEP FOLLOWING OUR CAMPAIGN
Regular visits to our Seed&Spark!
Thank you for joining our filmmaking adventure!
Use the WishList to pledge cash and loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an incentive directly.
About This Team
Strange Trio Productions was born in the summer of 2015 by Natasha Harris, Sam Ashdown and Marco Vega while working as colleagues at the tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, and has since blossomed into a team of tenacious collaborators.
Incipiently a writers room, Strange Trio has now produced five short films across four different states, including You Suck Natasha, Where’s Marco?, Beach Day, Bears Can’t Smell Air and Couple’a Notes. Inspired by the short films they created, company member Sam Ashdown wrote and directed, BOB, which premiered at the Knoxville Film Festival in 2020.
Sam Ashdown, Co-Writer
Sam Ashdown is an award-winning actor and has played such roles as Henry V for the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and Hamlet for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Recently, Sam played a leading role in the award-winning feature film, Ruin Me. As a professor, Sam has taught Acting for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has designed and taught various Theatre workshops across the country. Sam has experience working as a camera operating assistant, stunt coordinator, actor, writer, and producer. For more information, visit samashdown.net.
Natasha Harris, Co-Writer
Natasha is a San Diego based actor/singer/dancer, musician, and choreographer. A native of San Francisco, Natasha has performed all over the country most recently as a swing for Pig Pen Theatre Company's The Tale of Despereaux at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. She studied Drama and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts. In 2016 she, Sam Ashdown, and Marco Vega founded Strange Trio Productions. For more information, visit natasha-harris.com.
Marco Vega, Co-Writer
Originally from Utah, Marco began his classical theatre training with Southern Utah University (BA), followed by acting with The Utah Shakespeare Festival where his credits included Demetrius, Bardolph, and “Self“. With The Utah Shakes Educational Tour, Marco has taught hundreds of students all over the Southwest; workshops included Stage Combat, Improvisation, and Shakespeare Performance. While completing his undergrad, Marco studied with Off the Cuff Comedy Improvisation; gaining years of improvisation training and performance experience. As a Co-Founder of Strange Trio Productions, Marco works as Writer/Collaborator; holding weekly online writing sessions. And now, as a 2020 graduate from the University of San Diego (MFA), Marco is excited to connect and inspire students to see the potential for theatre in real time. For more information, visit marcoantoniovega.com.
Make a loan or gift toward this campaign!
Describe in a few sentences the goods or services you're offering. Be sure to include your email so the filmmaker can get in touch with you about details:
Your loan has been sent to the filmmaker for approval. Once approved, they will contact you directly to coordinate delivery.Got It!
You're now following The Bootstrap Cafe! Hungry for more great film shorts? Try our streaming subscription!
Your message has been sent!
Hi there! We're excited for you to send your first message.
Just a reminder, use messaging respectfully and appropriately. As a community of filmmakers and film lovers, we're here to tell stories, expand imaginations, build bridges and deepen empathy. Like everything on our platform, be supportive, create healthy debate, never get nasty and definitely don't spam. To use Seed&Spark, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.
Your response has been saved. Thanks!
Before we get started, please confirm the following:
By starting a project you agree to Seed&Spark’s Site Guidelines.
Saved to Watchlist
Way to go, you just added something to your watchlist for the first time! You can find and view your watchlist at anytime from your profile.