You can invest in Brad Wilson’s movie ‘The Furry Fortune’
The Furry Fortune is a family friendly story based on the children’s book of the same name by D. Goode Morgan. Brad Wilson, an award winning producer is working to turn this fun story into a live action movie. (The photos used in this article are part of the official storyboard.)
The premise of The Furry Fortune begins when two twins, who are growing apart, discover their rescue dog doesn’t shed fur – instead he sheds money. However, others soon find this out too and the neighbors, a malicious IRS agent and his slimy son all work to kidnap the money making dog. The siblings are forced to work together to save their dog and their family.
Brad Wilson, the producer of this project has worked on a number of other films including Meanest Man in Texas, Lonesome Dove, My Many Sons, and Falling Down. Wilson has won numerous awards at various film festivals including the Chicago Film Critics Association, Berlin Film Festival, Westchester New York International Film Festival, Nederlands Film Festival, and more.
Wilson is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a charter member of the National Radio Hall of Fame in Texas and is partnered with the production company Higher Purpose Entertainment with Casey Bond.
Wilson believes, “2020 has been a challenging year filled with hardship for many individuals and families across the country, and we wanted to make a positive that could serve as a bright spot for families.” The Furry Fortune could very well be that bright spot.
He also says, “Dogs may just be the one thing nearly everyone can agree on! From soundtrack to director to production, we are thrilled to bring together so many talented professionals, especially as we circumvent traditional Hollywood movie making and turn to the public – notably pet lovers – to financially back the film.”
If you’re interested in helping to make this movie a reality you can invest in the film, share links to their website on social media, and follow them on their own socials on Facebook and Instagram.
It isn’t often people outside of the movie industry are given a chance to back a film or invest in a production – but today is one of those rare exceptions, and The Furry Fortune is a delightful concept which will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
We had the opportunity to ask Brad Wilson a few questions about himself and The Furry Fortune, here’s what he had to say.
Tell us about why you want to make The Furry Fortune.
This is one of the best family film or dog scripts I’ve ever read and the timing with all that’s going on in today’s world is perfect for a positive film like this.
What inspired you to adapt The Furry Fortune into a movie?
When I was first introduced to the book written by D. Goode Morgan, I found it to be so unique and fresh, and I’d never seen another film like it in which a dog starts shedding money instead of fur. The concept seemed perfect for kids and adults, and when I started sharing it with others, everyone felt the same way.
What made you choose to invite the public to invest in The Furry Fortune?
Complete transparency is what I’m about. The fact that everything is out in the open and will be throughout the entire process appeals to me tremendously – because that is rare in Hollywood, if not non-existent. I wanted to change that. Most people don’t get the opportunity to invest in a film. If they do it’s cost-prohibitive to most. In this scenario, people can invest and become part of this journey for as little as $100.
What’s something you want potential investors to know about yourself and/or The Furry Fortune?
Again, transparency. In Hollywood, there is “Hollywood accounting” in many cases. The writer of the movie Forest Gump was told the film never had a profit when the film grossed more than half a billion dollars as an example. That’s just wrong. By investing in The Furry Fortune everything will be transparent all the way, and investors will see where every penny is going.
What’s one goal you have for The Furry Fortune as a movie?
To show a positive experience while at the same time being entertained, and at the same time knowing the whole family can see the film together, and not have to worry about any embarrassing scene that may pop up.
What makes you excited about The Furry Fortune as a project?
It’s a great family movie which is a popular film genre around the world. What I really appreciate about this script is that after a pretty wild movie ride – at the end of the day it’s obvious that family is THE most important thing.
Do you have an idea of when you’d like to begin production for The Furry Fortune?
We plan to begin actual filming of the movie toward the end of this year following our pre-production period, once financing is complete.
Tell us about your history as a filmmaker. How did you start your journey?
There is probably not enough room to tell the story! However, I was blessed to meet Robert Duvall years ago when he was filming Tender Mercies in which he later won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was interested in developing a screenplay that I knew a lot about the subject matter which later became The Apostle.
I was able to help him in the development of the script, which led to a friendship, which led to him offering me a job. So I moved to New York and began my film career. I owe anything I’ve ever been or will be in the film industry to Robert Duvall.
What was the one movie you saw that made you want to go into film?
This is an interesting and hard question at the same time, and this may surprise you but probably A Hard Day’s Night. I was just a kid and although it’s not the best movie ever made it was SO interesting and innovative at the same time. It was the first music video really. Then along came The Godfather. What can I say? One of the best films ever made! I also love True Confessions. That film is a lesson in great filmmaking and acting.
What part of filmmaking do you geek out about the most?
Great acting. Great moments. Pure behavior. Robert Duvall taught me about those things and it can, as they say, “separate the men from the boys” or the “women from the girls.”
What has been your biggest success so far in your career?
Surviving! That’s not easy.
What’s your favorite film of all time, and what did you learn from it?
Like so many others it has to be the combination of Godfather 1 & 2. It’s as good as it gets. And if filmmakers really study it – it’s just brilliant filmmaking. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to me is amazing filmmaking. Quentin Tarantino is one of THE most amazing filmmakers of modern times! He just gets it! I think one of many things that can be learned from those films is no matter how hard [it] is . . . keep it real . . . no matter if it’s made up.
You’re very hands-on with your projects. How hard is it wearing all the hats?
I actually prefer it that way. I’ve worked on big pictures where the producer sweeps in every day or two for a few hours and sits in their chair. I’m a filmmaker. I like to make films and be very hands on. It’s not a control issue or anything like that. I just like it and I like getting to know the crew and working with them.
What’s your five-year plan?
To survive! And to do films that are positive in the world.
What is your creative process like?
Probably different than most. I go with my guts, and anytime I go against that – I end up in a mess. I want to make a film in which the subject matter gets my attention? I was born and raised in Texas. I spent the first 30 years of my life there. No one knows 100%, however, I think because I grew up in a “fly over” state I have an understanding of what people like. I find that many in the Hollywood film industry have no idea what goes on between the Hollywood sign and the Statue of Liberty.
Have you worked with mentors in the past? How would you recommend people go about finding them?
I could not have not had a better mentor on earth than Robert Duvall. I learned so much from him. I think working with a mentor is great because if you truly listen and learn you will avoid heartaches. I think people just have to think about who they know. Things are always right under your nose and we all tend to look too far out. Someone you know could be that mentor or lead you to other people who will help you.
What tips do you have for new filmmakers?
Never give up. You will hear “no” more than “yes.” I always say that every day of my life I have the rug pulled out from under me. That’s okay. It just means I’m closer to the goal. Never, ever let anyone convince you that you can’t do it. Others do. Why not you? And never, ever, ever not do something that makes you look back later in life and say “what if?” Try and try again.
What’s your filmmaking mission? Name the most important thing you want viewers to experience when watching your movies.
A good positive feeling in the end. Realness. We are all in this life together, and you are not alone. And most of all – I want to uplift the human spirit in whatever film I may do. I don’t want to sugar coat life. Life is tough, but bad clouds do pass.
Can we expect to see any episodic television from you anytime soon?
I’d love to say yes. I’m a film guy. I’ve thought about getting into that arena in the past, but it just does not seem it’s been in the cards. That’s ok. My lane is just fine and I’m grateful on a daily basis to be in it.
What indie films should be on our radar?
Sling Blade of course. I’d also say The Apostle. I’ve known that film since Robert Duvall wrote the first word of that script. I know the avenues he went down to make it right. I also like Mid 90’s by Jonah Hill.
What music inspires you to create?
Country! I’m from Texas!!
Here’s an easy question: Cat or dog?
Dog! Although, I have a very mean cat that I try daily to win over.