Greetings backers and friends!
A quick update on what's going on with Movies of the Future!
A week from this Friday I will be going to NYC-- Long Island City, home of Troma! Lloyd has given me the green light to route through the "Troma Archives" -- better known as the basement. It contains untold treasures of photos, old scripts, videos, films-- everything an eager Troma-phile could want. I'll be armed with a scanner, a camera and tapes to transfer any old video I find. I've been told somewhere among the debris is a video of Lloyd and his business partner being called "Terrible human beings" by Dick Cavet.
After that, in August, I have booked another big interview with Lloyd. Friend, fellow MFA-er and ridiculously talented DP Nathaniel Hansen has agreed to work on the project with me (check out this current project "The Elders" right here on Kickstarter- it's going to be amazing!) and I think this interview is going to look GREAT.
There are some more things in the pipeline, interviews that will require some travel on my part, for thanks again for giving to this film as without the money, the idea of hopping on a plane to go shoot in Canada or California would be nothing more than a dream! I'll be updating you guys as these plans become realities!
Still working on getting all of the prize packages together-- as some of you are owed multiple prizes I'll be sending them out as soon as I receive everything, which should be quite soon.
Thanks again for all the help!!!! More to come very soon
I'm still in disbelief that we got to our minimum goal on Monday. It was such a great feeling watching people who really wanted to see this movie get some funds scrambling to make up that last couple hundred. I'm grateful to everyone.
So, now there are 38 hours left.
This means there is still time for anyone who had been putting off a donation until the end. The project could use all the help it could get-- every dollar over the minimum is going to help me spend more time with the subjects of the film, get a DP for some extra time, travel more and farther and all the rest of the things a documentary needs. So, while I'm ecstatic that my minimum has met, it's not over yet!
Thank you all for your help! See you at the finish line!!!
In the last 36 hours this project has received a total of $2,174.
I've gone from thinking that this just wasn't my year to get this movie on track to being cautiously optimistic about how it will end up.
We're currently $1,005 from reaching my, admittedly, rather conservative goal to get this thing rolling. It's not there yet, but it's certainly heartening. The next 5-6 days or so will see an even bigger push hopefully to six and maybe even beyond. But we aren't out of the woods yet. $1005 isn't simply going to appear because I've had a really, really good last couple days.
I wanted to once again thank everyone who has given from the largest donation (received today anonymously) to every one who kicked in whatever they could. I hope we can continue and get this thing funded and then some.
With some light at the end of the tunnel, I've gotten back to thinking about the actual movie again-- the specifics. For the last 40 days it went from being something I spent a LOT of time thinking about in terms of themes and shots and events and interviews to this kind of abstraction-- this product that needed funding.
No wonder this fund raising doesn't come naturally to me!
I'm getting back to thinking about what I want this movie to be. What I'm encouraged about so far is that people who were never into Troma or had any idea who Mr. Lloyd Kaufman is are interested in the story. And I think they should be. This movie will be the story of Lloyd, I hope. Troma itself could be it's own film with its long history and certainly you can't tell Lloyd's story without telling at least part of Troma's, but for me it's a movie about a guy who wanted to make HIS movies.
Lloyd started his career working for films people would never associate him with. He had a hand in block-buster smashes like Rocky and Saturday Night Fever as well as art-house darlings like My Dinner With Andre.
Yes. You read that correctly. Lloyd Kaufman, created of the Toxic Avenger, was a production manager on the film My Dinner with Andre.
Before even this, in his college days, he had been on the set of Warhol films and interviewed well-known experimental filmmakers on his radio show.
Lloyd didn't make Troma and Toxie because he wasn't interested in anything not containing Radioactive Mutants of Super Human Size and Strength or Bromo seltzer vomit. He did it because he was interested in a lot of different things.
I haven't made this movie yet. Obviously. Who knows what I'll find going forward? It's folly to go into a documentary thinking you know exactly what it will be about, I think. But I can't wait to start exploring even further this place where low art and high culture, or low culture and high art seem to meet. Ask anyone who knows me-- it's been a life-long obsession.
Thank you again for your support and if you haven't donated yet, consider it. We're getting close. And as I said, $6000 is a very, very conservative estimate. The lines are opened until Friday!
Went to go see John Waters speak last night and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Everyone who makes movies, no matter at what level, knows that it can be stressful. And that's just to make them. The constant hustle of trying to get the money just to get to the point where you can then get stressed out about the movie itself can wear you down. While I know some see Kickstarter as a place where people just set up camp and wait for the money to roll in, it just doesn't work that way. If you want to see proof, check out all the projects that are only 5% complete by the time the final bell rings. In short, after a few weeks of doing the Money Hustle, I was starting to feel real crispy around the edges-like. I'm not a natural publicist. Getting the project out there, making phone calls, sending emails, trying to get any kind of press to take notice-- heck, even interrupting people on the subway when I've heard them talking about Lloyd Kaufman and Troma (yep. Done that)-- it's all not stuff I like doing, if I were to be honest. Let me shoot my footage and get into the editing room by myself for ten hours and I'm a happy man. This money and showcase side of it-- it doesn't come naturally.
But it's really, really important.
So-- what was that about John Waters?
Well, first of all, if you've never gone to see the man speak you're missing something. Some people can just tell a story. And he's one of those. He talked about Johnny Mathis, Leslie Van Houten (famed Manson girl), Zorro the Lesbian Stripper and how he's possibly the only gay man who doesn't think Tom Cruise is in the closet. But aside from these highly entertaining stories, he took some time to talk about making movies.
He was candid about money. "I see all these punk rock kids who come to my events and tell me they hate rich people. Why would you hate rich people? They're the ones who can give you money for your movie! They're the ones who buy art!" and also refreshingly honest for an "independent film" idol: "These are the same kids who tell me they don't care if people see their movies. They don't WANT people to see their movies. Well then what's the point? Stop making movies!!!"
It recharged my battery. This stuff I'm no good at-- this hustle that every filmmaker outside of the Hollywood system has to do-- it's all part of it. But in the end, I DO want people to see my movies. In fact, I really want people to see THIS movie. The one I'm trying to make now.
Lloyd Kaufman is another one who makes me understand that it's not always pleasant to make film. But he's still doing it after all these years. His last movie was made with his wife's savings and just barely recouped those. There's no million dollar profit on what he does. But he's already planning the next film.
The longevity of both Waters and Kaufman-- both men in their 60s, both men who many would still consider makers of "subversive art"-- is not just because they both retained fire in their bellies. It's because they found something they wanted to do, they found things they wanted to say and just kept chipping away at. Of course Waters has had much more commercial success than Kaufman, but I still often wonder what a conversation between the two would sound like (I've made it a secret goal of mine to make that happen sometime, some way-- maybe the premiere of this documentary I'm making? ;) )
Well, that was a ramble.
I think my point is this: This drive is in the homestretch. One week left. I'm halfway there as of tonight. And despite the fact that I hate this end of movie making, I love the other end enough (the part that doesn't happen with out the money) to continue the fight and try to make this a successful fund drive at all costs. Well, most costs. I'm not going to go out and mug old ladies or anything. Though a pyramid scheme on the other hand... hmmmm....
Anyway, if you're a donor to this project-- I thank you. If you're not a donor yet, I would love for you to consider it. I think this could be a really interesting portrait of a man with staying power in a business that's known for grinding people into glass.
More later! This drive has 6 days left officially in 8 minutes. Let's make it happen!!!
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