The True Don Quixote
A Man Called Trouble
- At Neutral Ground Films, we’re here to tell great stories in whatever format fits them best. From feature films to episodic television to streaming series and branded content, in any genre, if there is a story to be told, we’re interested.
- Our team of award winning filmmakers is made up of Producers Jason A. Waggenspack and Sean J. Donnelly, and Writer/Director Jason D. Buch.
- We have been producing content together since NGF was founded in 2007 in the back of bar in mid-city NOLA.
- We take our name from the neutral ground, because we want to meet and bring together the top talent and the best projects to find the right fit and create something special.
- A median strip on a highway or boulevard, especially one planted with grass.
- A common area for groups to come together to discuss, collaborate, create.
- In 1837 the Daily Picayune named the area that separated the French Creoles (French Quarter) and the Anglo-Americans (Central Business District) as the “neutral ground”. Today it is better known as Canal Street.
A Baton Rouge native, Jason studied film in New York before graduating from the University of New Orleans. Professionally, he has worked his way up from the bottom, from location managing to directing TV pilots to producing feature films and helming The Ranch Film Studios. He started a development company called Neutral Ground Films in 2007 that has produced multiple shorts, feature films, television pilots, music videos, documentaries and iPhone Apps. In 2014 Jason founded The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette, LA where he is titled the Head of Possibilities (CEO) and has played an integral part in landing some of the biggest films to hit the state of Louisiana.
As Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer for the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA), Jason played a crucial role in maintaining and stabilizing the film tax credit incentive program. Additionally, he is a board member of The Cool Cooperative, Creative Arts New Orleans, a graduate of Leadership St. Bernard, winner of the George Wood Memorial Award from the University of New Orleans and the 2018 Champions Award as an Ambassador of Tourism from the Lt. Governor.
After working at various agencies and studios in Los Angeles, Sean made his way to New Orleans in 2010 where he met Waggenspack through a mutual friend. In 2011 he then partnered with Jason and Writer/Director Jason Buch to form Neutral Ground Films. Over several years in New Orleans, Sean would work on such films that include Ender’s Game, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Deepwater Horizon and Logan.
Since then, Sean has Produced the short films So, You’re Dating a Vampire for App stores, Subtidal for the world wide “Go Green” Competition, and music videos for Caddywhompus and Star & Dagger. Sean Produced Hate Crime, an indie feature winning multiple festival awards and the web series Arceneaux – Melpomene’s Song. Recently, Sean and Waggenspack produced the TV show Wizards on Wheels Getting Wasted – a show featuring Internationally known magicians and signature cocktails in New Orleans.
Jason D. Buch is a writer and filmmaker who has been making movies based in Louisiana for the last 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop, earning his MFA in 2008. He also holds a B.S. In Computer Science from the University of South Florida and worked for AT&T and IBM, before pursuing screenwriting. Drawing on a background as a software developer, Jason’s work explores the merging of technology and narrative as in his interactive video app So You’re Dating a Vampire. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University.
The True Don Quixote
|Directed by||Chris Poche|
|Written by||Chris Poche|
|Starring||Tim Blake Nelson, Jacob Batalon and Ann Mahoney|
Danny Kehoe is bored nearly to death. His only escape lies in the romantic tales of medieval Knights. But when his precious stories are taken away and he can no longer live in them – he has to live them out. Completely mad and believing himself to be the greatest knight in history, he sets out in his cardboard armor to find love and glory and to restore chivalry to the broken world. What could possibly go wrong?
|Directed by||Richard Gray|
|Written by||Michele Gray|
|Starring||Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, John Corbett and Scottie Thompson|
Sadie’s death propels a former basketball champion, a deaf beauty, a drug addict, and an aspiring actress into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to appease drug-lord William Spinks.
So You’re Dating A Vampire
|Directed by||Jason D. Buch|
|Written by||Jason D. Buch|
|Starring||Taylor Roppolo, Garrett Hines and Ashton Leigh|
Grace is a college girl getting ready for a date with Vincent, the eternal bad boy. He just might be the man of her dreams, if she can survive the night. Players experience the fun of interactive story choices combined with a live action film as they make decisions about what to wear, what to talk about, or where to go. A wrong choice can lead Grace or Vincent into a sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent end in this interactive app!
Caddywhompus – “Age of Wild Spirits”
Created for the New Orleans 2012 24-hr. film festival, Neutral Ground Films was paired up with the band Caddywhompus to create a music video for their single, “Age of Wild Spirits”. Combining the nightlife of the French Quarter and a regular hangout on the levee, NGF wanted to capture the pain of losing a friend through the good times they had and will never forget.
Below Sea Level
|Directed by||Jason A. Waggenspack|
|Written by||Michael Dardant|
|Starring||Chris Fontana, Armando Leduc, Michael Dardant, Lyndsey Crow|
How do you restore a sense of normalcy to a place that was never normal to begin with? This is the question posed to an eclectic group of entertainers trying to make ends meet in post Katrina New Orleans. Below Sea Level is a comedy series about six friends living in the French Quarter after the storm of the century and the absurdity that makes ‘The Crescent City’ one of the funniest places on the planet.
Star & Dagger – “In My Blood”
Produced by Donnelly, this “The Shining” based music video was for Star & Dagger’s debut single “In My Blood”. With incredible talent coming from White Zombie & Cycle Sluts From Hell, this all-female, blues/rock trio was formed in New Orleans in 2010 when the legendary guitarist Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith, REM, Soul Asylum) insisted that Sean Yseult and Dava She Wolf form a band.