David Cross has decided to take a different approach in releasing his directorial debut Hits through a new Kickstarter campaign. The film — which stars Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more — is slated for a theatrical release in February, but Cross turned down multiple distributors because "their plans for the film were a little lackluster." Instead, he's set up a Kickstarter where fans can back the distribution costs for a release both in theaters and an experimental "Pay What You Want" release on BitTorrent. Here's an excerpt from the Kickstarter page:
We want you to decide how much tickets cost [...]
By this point you’ve read a billion think-pieces on crowdfunding. Is it saving art? Is it the worst thing to happen to art? You’ve seen Veronica Mars and Reading Rainbow come back through it. And whether you like it or hate it, there’s no denying that crowdfunding is a major force in the creative world today and it’s going to be a tool that artists of all mediums utilize for the foreseeable future. Here’s the thing: there are so many weird and cool and thought-provoking ideas out there, but somehow the vast majority of the comedy projects out there have been the variations on the same theme: “Help me make [...]
Here's the Kickstarter video for Teachers Lounge, a web series created by and starring comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James that's seeking funding via the site. Following a music teacher (Alexandro) and a janitor (James) who hang out in an NYC public school's teachers lounge, the show features guest appearances from Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Lewis Black, Judy Gold, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Rachel Feinstein, Michael Che, Todd Barry, and Ted Leo, and is worth working into your comedy web series crowdfunding budget for the month.
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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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.