Fil-Am actor kickstarts fundraiser for short film project
Filipino-American actor Dante Basco is the executive producer of a new project that aims to shed light on a beloved film character that played a pivotal role in the Robin Williams classic, Hook.
Basco is part of the crew that opened a Kickstarter page for "Bangarang," a film that will explore the roots of Rufio, the mohawked leader of the Lost Boys who challenges Williams' Pan upon his return to Neverland in the 1992 film.
According to its Kickstarter page, the film will show Rufio's roots as a 13-year-old immigrant kid named Roofus, whose mother was forced to put him into a foster home in Los Angeles.
Roofus will be joined by a Jamaican boy named Julani and a Latina girl named Ella to help him find a way to "escape his ill fate, find his happy thought and fulfill his destiny."
The filmmakers said the short film will take "a beloved character out of his comfort zone" to tell the story of an "under represented group of heroes."
Moreover, they aim to make the "underdog, coming-of-age film" a "social commentary on the current world climate."
"This movie is about believing in yourself, and not letting your past define you are. Finding your destiny and forcing it into existence," the filmmakers stated.
As of Friday afternoon (Philippine time), the Kickstarter has raised $10,997 of its $30,000 target with 25 days to go. Should funding reach $200,000, "Bangarang" will be turned to a feature film.
Basco is outspoken of his Filipino heritage and has been active in events that benefit victims of Typhoon Yolanda and Filipino-American growth within the Asian-American community. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News