be brief, I was hoodwinked into "investing" $14,000 with Donald G.
Jackson to help finish a movie called "Guns of El Chupacabra." It was
around the year 2000, and The Blair Witch Project had made hundreds of
millions of dollars, and I figured if we could just make one million, I
would make a nice return on my investment. It was at the peak of the
dot com craze, and anything was possible. I agreed to put up the money
to finish the final editing on the movie, which had been sitting in the
can for a while, since Shaw was as broke as Jackson, and neither of them had the money to complete this movie. I was even able to convince my friends, the Sun City Girls, to donate most of the music on the soundtrack.
naive and stupid about the film industry, I had nothing in writing to
guarantee the returns the Con Man, Don Jackson had promised me. I also
went ahead and paid for 100 promotional DVD's to be printed, and I
created the great packaging artwork and insert. We were going to use
them to try to get a distribution agreement, and supposedly Jackson
& Shaw tried to get distribution deals, however, nothing panned out
and Don Jackson died penniless and deep in debt. Good riddance you jerk!
I found out after his
death that not only did he give me Executive Producer status for my
money, he also promised Executive Producer status to another investor
who neither of us knew nothing about. I wonder if this is how he
financed all his movies? Why Shaw didn't warn me about Jackson until it
was too late is my question.
Jackson's death, all copywrites on the film reverted to Shaw. At that
time, Shaw said it was ok if I sold the rest of the discs, and if I was
able to get distribution outside of the USA, then he would let that
happen to help me recover some of my investment. I tried to sell the
discs on Amazon.com, next to Shaw's version; however, he forced Amazon
to remove my version. The movie was so lame, no one wanted to touch it
and it has sat since then. This week Shaw left a voice mail message for
me and demanded I stop selling the "bootleg" versions of the movie,
rambling on about not taking it personal and it was related to
Jackson's Bankrupt estate, even though he gave me the DVD that was used
to make the promo copies.
It's apparent that greed got the best of Scott Shaw. He seems to have
forgot his promise to help me recover some of my investment. If
you are ever approached by Scott Shaw to invest in his next movie, run
as far and as fast as you can. Otherwise, you could end up just like me
and have a huge write-off. You have been warned...