There are TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE in the greater New York City area. So why is it so hard to find someone you like?
Brian doesn't believe in soul mates. Brian's best friend Edward, however, has the perfect girlfriend. After showing a cliché romantic comedy for "film night" at the Jersey City coffee shop where Brian works, everything gets turned upside down. Brian starts dating Ashley, a stand-up comedian and match made in cynical heaven, and Edward's perfect girlfriend breaks up with him. Brian falls harder and harder for Ashley, but when she suddenly disappears without a trace, Brian enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and the imaginary characters from the cliché romantic comedy to find her, only to discover that her relationship status may be more complicated than it seemed.
Twenty Million People was shot on an extremely tiny budget that was raised entirely online through crowdfunding on indiegogo. Co-producers Michael Ferrell, Chris Prine, and Devin Sanchez made the hilarious and sweet romantic comedy in only 14 months, from the first script reading in Manhattan to the World Premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA.
Using their established internet presence and offering creative perks to backers, they raised their entire shooting budget on the crowd-funding site, Indiegogo.com. With Ferrell at the helm as writer/director, using available locations and resources in downtown Jersey City, NJ, they set out to make their first feature film.
Armed with a top-of-the-line RED Scarlet camera, the professional four-man crew worked quickly and tenaciously. The talented, professional cast came from working relationships that Michael, Chris, and Devin had developed from years of acting and producing in New York City.
In the end, they got the film "in the can" in just 12 days.
After premiering at Cinequest in March of 2013, Twenty Million People has been an official selection at 18 festivals in 4 countries. It has won 5 awards and screened to sold-out theaters in New York City and London.
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