As promised, a 90s-era Ford Taurus exploded in an empty lot near the Sixth Street viaduct and the Iron Horse Hotel on a sunny day in October 2012. Flipeleven uploaded a snippet of the inferno to YouTube and joined with Newaukee to travel with other arts enthusiasts to Madison to lobby for arts funding and film incentives. The wintry excursion, carried out in March 2013, was dubbed the “Art Bomb WI.”
Still, several months went by with no film. When we contacted Flipeleven in mid-October of 2015 regarding The Nugget’s whereabouts, co-founder Justin Schnor said the DVDs had been printed, and they were “completing the logistics” of sending them to backers. Renamed Backfire, the 10-minute film depicts an unnamed Man and Woman (played by Milwaukee actors Chike Johnson and Malkia Stampley) who are attempting to flee a deranged Cop (Scotty Dickert) as he’s trying to abscond with the “Nugget” (a little girl played by Zaria Johnson). And yes, one of the important plot points involves Man and a certain exploding Ford Taurus.
Schnor chalks up the most recent delay to turnover. And because “Love MKE. Blow Up a Car” has taken so long, Flipeleven planned to send out special packages to all 96 backers. These thank-you packages will supposedly include an exploding-car T-shirt, a copy of Backfire and a full refund. When will they go out? In October, we were told, “in a month or so.”