Boise Director Takes On Quirky Project For Feature Film Debut

Feb 10, 2014

Zach Voss is currently directing Treefort 2014's promotional videos. It's a multi-part series about a band on a flying ship. It's his first venture into stop-motion animation.
Zach Voss is currently directing Treefort 2014's promotional videos. It's a multi-part series about a band on a flying ship. It's his first venture into stop-motion animation.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise filmmaker Zach Voss may be best known for his promotional videos for Boise's Treefort Music Festival. His 2013  Treefort work grabbed the attention of a northwest movie producer, and now Voss is preparing to make his feature-film directorial debut.

Oregon-based producer Benjamin Morgan, who’s had success in some big film festivals, was impressed with Voss' Treefort projects. Morgan asked Voss to direct his next movie, 'Mother’s Milk.' Voss has been making short films for a few years, but this will be his feature film debut.

“Mother’s Milk is a comedic drama about a young couple who has their first child and the struggles that come along with raising a family,” Voss says. “I really want to bring to the surface all of the exciting, challenging, wonderful, terrifying things that come along with that.”  

Though Voss zeroes in on the universal themes, he describes the story’s plot as a bit obscure and quirky.  It centers on an out-of-work bike messenger whose girlfriend has just had a baby.

“He realizes the potential value of breast milk being the next trendy gourmet food item,” Voss explains.

The main character starts a business selling his girlfriend’s excess breast milk and delivering it on his bike. This is not completely far-fetched. There are people who do things like make cheese out of this, shall we say, locally-sourced ingredient. And Voss thinks the movie has the potential to be very funny.  

He’s scheduled to start shooting in Boise this summer, though the movie won’t necessarily be set here. But filming will only happen if the producers can raise enough money. Their efforts include the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, where people ask for money to begin new projects or businesses.

Full disclosure: This video features independent radio producer Frankie Barnhill who frequently does  work for Boise State Public Radio, but we didn't know she was involved until after we'd decided to do a story about it.  

The producers started the Kickstarter campaign a week ago, and are about half way to their $6,750 goal. The deadline is March 7. The Kickstarter money will be used for things like casting and design that come early in the movie-making process. Once the project is off the ground, the producers will seek private equity to finance production.

I admit to Voss that I’ve been baffled by Kickstarter since I first heard of it a few years ago. I don’t understand why anyone would just give money because someone asked for it. Ironic, I know, from someone in public radio. Still, Voss has several reasons why someone should help fund this film. There are prizes and there’s the fun of getting behind-the-scenes updates.

“I feel like Boise being the production site is the biggest reason,” Voss says. “People who are interested in seeing Boise grow and develop, particularly in the arts scene, are to be serviced with something of quality coming out of here.”

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