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Someone Is Funding a 'Ghostbusters II' Documentary on Kickstarter

Oregon-based filmmaker Bradley Bjornstad has taken to Kickstarter to raise money for a pair of Ghostbusters II-related projects. He's asking for $100,000 to make a documentary about how the production of the disappointing sequel went awry, and he's also looking to use the money to create "a definitive Ghostbusters 2 Extended Cut" with deleted scenes from the cutting room floor restored back into the movie, including a key plot point about Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) training to be a Ghostbuster that didn't make it into the final cut of the film.

Bjornstad wants the documentary to feature interviews with "every main cast member and the main principles behind the camera," [...]

A Documentary About 'New Yorker' Cartoonists Needs Your Help

The makers of Very Semi-Serious, a new documentary taking audiences behind the scenes of the New Yorker cartoons of the past, present, and future just opened a Kickstarter in hopes of gaining funding to finish production and complete post-production. Featuring illustrators Matt Diffee, Emily Flake, Zach Kanin, Robert Mankoff, and tons more, the documentary is nearly half way to its $75,000 goal as of this writing but still has a ways to go in case you're feeling charitable and/or love New Yorker cartoon backstories.

The 'Party Down' Movie Is Still Moving Forward and Won't Need Kickstarter

In the past few days, Party Down co-creator Rob Thomas has raised over $3.5 million dollars to make a movie follow-up to his other cult hit series Veronica Mars, leading fans to wonder whether the same future is in store for Party Down. It turns out no Kickstarter is necessary, as Thomas and company are raising funding for it the old-fashioned way: through movie studios and production companies. Thomas tells HuffPo today, "We're still hopeful that there will be a Party Down movie without Kickstarter. We're already in the process of trying to make that happen, and I can't say too much about that. There is [...]

Help Robert Schimmel's Brother Fund a Robert Schimmel Documentary

Late, great comedian Robert Schimmel tragically passed away in 2010, and now, his brother Jeff Schimmel is raising money to make a documentary called Leave 'Em Laughing about Robert. If you're interested, you can head on over to the project's Kickstarter to watch the trailer and make a donation, or don't do that if that's not something you want to do. You are in control.

Help Fund Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon, and Dino Stamatopoulos's Stop-Motion Animated Film!!!!!

You aren't dreaming. This is real. This is the most exciting thing since… What was the most exciting thing before sliced bread? The Wheel? Fire? This is the most exciting thing since the cavemen set a wheel on fire. The film, which is entitled Anomalisa, is described as:

Help Fund the Standup Documentary/Mockumentary Hybrid 'This Is Comedy'

Standup/director Tom McCaffrey is seeking funding via Kickstarter for his new movie, This Is Comedy, a combination documentary/mockumentary that will chronicle the lives of real standup comedians while also documenting the fake struggles of McCaffrey. He's already shot interviews with Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, Sean Patton, and others, and is looking for $17,500 finish the film in case you have that much money to give or just a fraction of it.

The '5 Second Films' Team Wants You to Fund Their First Full-Length Movie

For the past five years, a group of filmmakers have been making movies for their website 5-Second Films every single weekday, and now they're looking to make their first full-length movie. The 5-Second Films team, whose shorts have featured comedians like Patton Oswalt, Doug Benson, and Weird Al, put up a Kickstarter today for their feature Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 in an attempt to raise $200,000 to make the '80s slasher movie-skewering comedy. The movie is based on a 5-second film the group made and later expanded into a fake trailer. See below for a trailer and a longer description of the movie from a group that Patton [...]

The Inevitable 'Party Down' Movie: What Does the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter Mean for Comedy?

In just 11 hours yesterday, fans of the short-lived cult hit TV drama Veronica Mars rallied around their beloved series to raise $2 million to finance a movie follow-up via a Kickstarter campaign started by creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell. The project broke Kickstarter's funding record and not only reached but exceeded its initial $2 million goal in no time at all. As of this writing, over 45,000 people have contributed over $2.7 million to the movie, making it an overwhelming instant success. Something like this has never been done before, but will it be done again? Will this change how movies get funded and bring more [...]

Lefty Pranksters the Yes Men Turn to Kickstarter to Fund Their Next Movie

The Yes Men, a group of prankster filmmakers who use stunts like fake press conferences in order to bring to light the shady dealings of big business, are looking to Kickstarter to crowdsource their next movie, The Yes Men Are Revolting. That's the trailer/pitch up there. There are plenty of fun incentives for parting with your cash, including a day sailing with one of the Yes Men (sorry, "a day of irony on the waters surrounding the financial capital of the world") for a mere $10,000.

Comedian Myq Kaplan Starts a Kickstarter to Figure Out What Kickstarter Considers Art

Here are things Kickstarter implicitly considers art: Hawaiian bitters, a solar powered sound installation, a mix-tape of whale songs, a pre-Burning Man roller disco, and a weapon to shoot toothpicks. Myq's project has already been funded but the more money the more art he can make. It's at least as artful as a toothpick weapon.

Ken Marino and Martin Starr Will Be in the 'Veronica Mars' Movie

The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is going to feature a little Party Down reunion. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who also created Party Down announced yesterday evening that Ken Marino and Martin Starr will both be appearing in the new movie. It was previously announced that Party Down alum Ryan Hansen would be back too. Marino will be reprising his role from the series as sleazy private investigator Vinnie Van Lowe, while Starr, who didn't appear in Veronica Mars, will be playing a new character: Lou “Cobb” Cobbler, a class of '09 grad who's attending the 10-year reunion. Three Party Down stars down; four to go.

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Kurt Braunohler Raised $4,000 via Kickstarter to Make a Joke in Skywriting

In the best use of crowdfunding yet, comedian Kurt Braunohler (Bunk) created a Kickstarter campaign and successfully raised $4,000 to put the phrase "How do I land?" in the air above Los Angeles via skywriting. Fast Company has an interview with Braunohler in which he explains why crowdfunding is best used for stupid, absurd purposes like this one. It's an interesting look at how the Veronica Mars movie of skywriting humor came to be.

Help Seth Olenick Fund His Awesome Comedy Photo Book

Seth Olenick has been photographing hundreds of comedians the past six years in hopes of releasing the collection in a book called Funny Business, and he's crowdfunding the project because publishers for some reason aren't interested in this type of book despite Olenick's awesome photos and comedy photography's status as a burgeoning art form. Funny Business will include photos of Judd Apatow, Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, David Cross, Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, and tons of your other favorite people, with all the photos coming accompanied with blurbs by the comedians themselves. Check out Seth Olenick's blog for more of his photographs of comedians or [...]

Inside Chicago's Own Late Night Show, 'The Late Live Show'

In retrospect, it just seems so obvious.

After a few minutes of talking to the people behind Chicago's The Late Live Show, one starts to feel like the relevant question isn't, "Why did these guys decide to start a live, untelevised talk show?" The real question seems to be, "Why isn't everyone else doing it?"

"There are stand-up shows, there are improv shows, and there are sketch shows in Chicago," said Joe Kwaczala, the show's 25-year-old host. "Those are formats people are familiar with and can dial into. But so is a late-night talk show! We thought, 'Why isn't there one you can go out and see live?'"

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