The Nomad Trilogy
Welcome to our journey.
With no more West to escape to, follow marginalized Americans, young lovers on a motorcycle, and veterans of economic collapse living in RV’s, trucks, cars, hidden and houseless, seeking new lives and long-lost family connections while heading East to the Nevada desert.
Join independent filmmaker Rob Nilsson and his team as they create these new human stories about Americans living on the edge.
Rob is the first American to win both the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prize at Sundance, and has over 40 feature films to his credit, all focussing on the human condition.
Founder of Citizen Cinema, Nilsson and his colleagues are in the process of creating a new trilogy of films with a conscience. Please help us complete this effort by joining our team. Click here and send a message of support for our efforts and support independent filmmaking at its best. See below some of the incentives to join our team.
Sky-high housing costs, rents no one can pay, urban development, and street crime make life difficult for RV dwellers in Berkeley, California. City bureaucrats collaborate with real estate agents to gentrify neighborhoods forcing out already marginalized people living in cars, trucks, and RVs. With no more West to escape to, they contemplate turning back East. Sandy 1, the clan’s Mother Teresa, beset with seizures, her nephew Rail, a young poet and tap dancer, traveling with his girlfriend Mitra on a motorcycle, look for clues to Arid Cut, a place in the desert where Rail might find Bert Neville, the father he never met. Ziggy and Travis, builders and jacks of all trades, think they might have a clue as the building site they’re working is shut down by the city. Taylor is a rapper looking for gigs along the way with his eccentric agent, Wes and his stoner friend, Geoff. Lucille drives Uber and lives with her mother in a van. Sandy 1 suddenly dies of a seizure and friends gather to mourn. In Sandy’s honor, and to help Rail, they agree to head East on a search for Arid Cut.
ARID CUT had its World Premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, 2019. It is now looking for distribution in all markets.
A road movie where our characters, connected by cell phone and the Internet, spread out into the Nevada desert. Ziggy and Travis head to Mina where they have a job re-building a bar and are surprised to find Karin, a homeless alcoholic, hidden in the back of their truck. Rail and Mitra travel to small-town courthouses looking for Arid Cut. Geoff’s dad has a broken-down bar in Reno where Taylor can test his new rap act. RV dwellers look into short term employment at remote corporate fulfillment centers and national forests cleaning campsites. Where to park without getting arrested? How to keep gas in the tank? At the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in the desert, 3000 RV dwellers catch up and exchange survival lore. Relationships fray and fall apart from the stress of constant movement. Further clues about Arid Cut appear, but mechanical failures, the continual need for gas, and growing xenophobia and racism in small-town America are just some of the obstacles they face.
Recent shoots in Rodeo, CA at Elena Altman's MMTB waterfront location and in the hot springs of Mammoth Lakes
in the Eastern Sierra will be followed in May by in a final series of Modoc County locations.
The economy is starting to fail after a steep Wall Street decline and the Trump administration is clamping down. Rail and Mitra continue looking for Arid Cut. Travis and Ziggy hunt for a remote desert gas station recalling a drunken night 15 years ago in a Reno casino with a fellow Vietnam vet named Bert, whom they remember mentioned a place called Arid Cut. Jackson, an ex-SDS student activist who inherited 20 square miles of Nevada desert, invites the RV people to bivouac on his land. His neighbor, a nativist rancher, objects to outsiders moving in and threatens action. One night, the whole clan meets up in a desert bar where they are accosted by locals and told to leave town. No hippies or outlanders welcome. There are rumors of militias forming and right-wing organizations planning operations to take control of rural areas. Meantime, Travis and Ziggy find the isolated gas station and learn Arid Cut is a remote farm near an old ghost town called Yonder. As angry locals begin to threaten the newcomers, Rail and Mitra ride into the desert to find Bert Neville. Is he Rail’s father? Could he still be alive? Or might he never find his father and discover his mother instead?
In casting and pre-production, looking for production funding.
Please help us with the independent filmmaking process. Every donation counts.
$10 - "Fellow Traveler Level" - You get a social media shout-out.
$25 - "Pathfinder Level" - You get a still image from a scene in the Nomad Trilogy emailed with the director’s signature.
$100 - "Road Master Level" - You get an emailed poster of a Nilsson film plus autographed thanks from the Director.
$250 – "Indie Film Helper Level" - You get a personalized video message from a lead actor on social media and posted to our website.
$500 – "Indie Film Supporter Level" - You get a personalized video message from the director on social media and posted on our website.
$1,000 – "Indie Film Enthusiast Level" - You get a reserved seat at the cast and crew screening.
$2,500 – "Premiere Sponsor" - You get a reserved seat at a premiere plus a day on location during a shoot and a special “Thanks” in the credits.
$5,000 – "Associate Producer Sponsor" - You get the same as the $2500 donation plus an Associate Producer credit in lieu of the special thanks.
$10,000 – "Executive Producer Sponsor" - You get the same as the $5000 donation plus an appearance in one of the films and an Executive Producer credit.
All participants will receive periodic video updates including behind the scenes clips. You can also choose to bypass any of the incentives we offer with your donation.
Reach out to us HERE to find out how to donate.
How will we use your donation?
We are looking to secure $100,000 for our Nomad Trilogy project. In film-making terms, this puts into the Ultra Low Film Budget category. We have tremendous experience in getting things done and finished using very few dollars and this will be no exception. We are highly motivated to complete this new vision and your help is greatly appreciated.
As you can imagine, there are many expenses for producing a feature film and we're doing three of them. Your donations will help in the post-production phase and distribution of "Arid Cut". We are deep in the editing phase of producing the film and which includes color correction, sound, and any final tweaks to the film to get it ready. Once completed, we will submit the film to many different film festivals to secure distribution. We hope to do that here in 2019.
We are in the production phase of "Yonder" and your donations will help fund the filming including things like equipment rental, logistics for locations (transportation, food, and lodging for the cast and crew) as well as other cast and crew expenses. Once primary filming is complete, we move into the post-production and distribution phase for the film.