Posts Tagged ‘kickstarter’


The ‘Invisible Hand’ of the free market flips ‘Atlas Shrugged’ trilogy the bird


Atlas Shat? Ayn Rand’s Manifestos of Rape and Terrorism




With all the Lindsay hysteria, people may have overlooked what happened here:


“The total investment for Bret and I was $3,000 each. And then Kickstarter gave us $160,000, and then everything else was deferred. One of the attractions to doing this, other than working with Bret, was just the curiosity factor. Is it possible to make, is it possible for me to make a film under this new paradigm? This kind of group cooperative paradigm. Where everything is driven by social media. The fundraising that we would keep asking for volunteers on Facebook. We’d ask for extras on Facebook. We got that house, which is really a six-star boat, we got that house through Facebook. For free. Everything about this film from the inception to the casting to the financing, the making, the promoting, and now the release, was intended to be done in a way unlike I’ve ever done before.”




We’re going to see a lot of these in the near future.

To create a new franchise about a superhero whistleblower, who has to fight his own government, writer/filmmakers Jim Cirile and Aaron Pope brought in big muscle.


By Tanya Klein


The writing team of Jim Cirile & Aaron Pope knew they were on to something when they sketched out their original short screenplay for Liberator – a character study of an aging ex-superhero with political undertones. “Liberator was one of ‘America’s goodwill ambassadors’ – leader of a government-created team of supers,” says Cirile. “But that was just their cover. What they were really up to was something else entirely.” When a black op went south, the Liberator was forced to take the fall. Decades later, after a long stint in prison, Liberator is disgraced, reviled — a traitor. “His own family, his daughter, won’t even talk to him any more. And that is just killing him.” So at great personal risk, after all this time – Liberator decides to blow the whistle and tell the truth.

“We knew that trying to launch an original superhero franchise without source material would be next to impossible,” says Pope.  “But if we had something with the right combination of grit and heart, we might just be able to speak to people with it.  That was worth the risk for us so we gambled on getting the closest thing to a real life superhero we could find and sent the script to Lou (Ferrigno).”

Ferrigno sparked to the role immediately.  “It really spoke to him,” says Pope. “Once we had Lou on board, the cast came together quickly – Ed Asner (Up), the amazing Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) and Mr. Worf himself, Michael Dorn, and we were off and running.” Well, except for a little matter of money.

Cirile and Pope decided the best strategy was to shoot as much as they could with the funds they had. “We had enough dough to shoot five days,” says Cirile. “That was enough to get us a lot of great footage to put together a sizzle reel for Kickstarter.” With the reel showing off genre faves Wilson and Dorn, and featuring Ferrigno himself asking for finishing funds, the team set out to raise $18,000. “It was down to the wire,” says Pope. “We were sweating it out there as the deadline got closer and closer. But then with literally seconds to spare, three big donors all came in and put us over the top. We wound up raising almost $25,000.”

Turns out Cirile and Pope had their fingers on the pulse of time. Liberator landed right in the midst of the current whistleblower debate. Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox & Friends, Yahoo! News, and soon CNN all picking up the story.

Liberator premiered last year at Holly Shorts Film Festival and since then has been playing at film festivals and comic-cons. To date it has won Best Dramatic Short from CalShorts and the Award of Excellence from IndieFest. The project’s building momentum has resulted in a comic book deal from Bluewater Comics, with Lou Ferrigno: Liberator hitting stands this summer. “This is a dream come true and in fact, it’s almost like we’ve come full-circle,” says Pope. “We not only get to expand the world of our characters, but we’re creating our own source material, which was the issue we faced in trying to start a new superhero franchise in the first place.”

Now that Liberator is both an award-winning short and a comic book series, can a feature film be far behind? “Franchise was our goal from the beginning,” says Cirile. “The project already has fans in the biz. We’ll see what shakes out. In the meantime, this is my geek dream cast, geek dream project, and we’re really stoked that people are feeling it. Truth is worth fighting for.”

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Tanya Klein is a writer/director currently living in Los Angeles.

Zach Braff delivers a funny pitch for money and shows how its’ done.  I didn’t even like Garden State, but I may have to see this one anyway.


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The filmmakers emailed me, and their Kickstarter campaign could use a real boost, so go ahead and think about spreading the word or contributing.


Dear friends from Poli Film Blog,

Hope you’re well. I wondered if you’d be interested in supporting a project from a team of people hoping to fundraise for a very beautiful and positive documentary about young artists in Afghanistan. We would really appreciate if you could share it in your Newsletter with your network or if you would be interested to write about it.

Creative Despite War is a documentary film about some of the most talented young artists in Afghanistan. We have started our Kickstarter campaign and are thrilled to have already raised over $11.500. Our goal is to raise 30.000 by the 9th of May . More information on the film in the press release below. Let me know if you have questions.

Looking forward to your feedback.

With best regards,




A doc about innovation and art in Afghanistan

Berlin, Germany – Monoduo Films is fundraising for Creative Despite War, a documentary film by Ruì Díaz and Christian Rinke-Lazo about the most innovative young artists in Afghanistan. After two years of repeatedly visiting Afghanistan to follow the development of the characters, they are just one visit away from concluding their story and starting post-production on the film. With generous support from the public through crowd sourcing sites like kickstarter, they will make it happen.

Creative Despite War follows the life and creative process of four young artists and artistic groups. From the urban graffiti treatments of Shamsia Hassani to the rhythms of District Unknown, they become acquainted with the inspiring imaginations of the culture creators of Kabul. Now, they plan

to witness the culmination of many years of hard work as they prepare to share their vision at the Sound Central Asia’s Modern Music Festival (Kabul’s first alternative Youth Arts and Music Festival) this May.

This film honors remarkable Afghan artists and by doing so, dignifies an entire community that has been marked by a single story of catastrophe. By sharing the many stories of the artists encountered in this film, the filmmakers are able to identify and focus on the shared humanity.

The whole production until now has been financed by Monoduo Films and with the kind support of family and friends. Now, they need support more than ever to see their vision through to its final phase. Beyond filming, they need to also implement the post-production (consisting of editing, color correction and final sound mixing). Additional funding beyond the 30,000 USD will enable them to pay for marketing, distribution, and other strategic mechanisms that will allow the film to reach a much broader audience.


Monoduo Films is a Berlin based sales and distribution company with a focus on challenging documentary films related to art and social issues. It has successfully taken part in the distribution and sales of documentaries like “Last Days Here” by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, winner of the IDFA Play Award in 2012, “We don’t care about Music” anyway by Cédric Dupire and Gaspard Kuentz, “Backyard” by Árni Sveinsson or “Leave Them Laughing” by Oscar winning director John Saritzky among others. “Creative Despite War” is their debut film as investors and producers.


Juan Camilo Cruz


Laubestr. 7 | 12045 – Berlin | Germany | T: +49-(0)1577-1587-531

E: | Skype: juan.camilo.cruz.orrego |


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I shit you not. This just in from the Twittersphere (and Patrick Bateman himself (@APtheMusica): KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN


What did I tell ya about it being a cult classic? It’s all so well timed. It’s like I have assistants or something.



Another side to the entire conflict.  This is a Kickstarter for Afghan filmmakers trying to change perspectives on the ground.


Artists in the Face of War


PBS Off Book has multiple installments on their website.



Owlman Chat Roulette

Posted: March 26, 2013 in -
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Yeah we mix it up around here.


This was probably inspired by that other cnap singing “Call Me Maybe” in women’s lingerie.